Tuscany & Cinque Terre
On this 7-day Wines of Tuscany & Enchanting Cinque Terre tour you will enjoy a fully escorted coach tour meandering through Tuscany’s lovely countryside visiting places like Siena, Pienza, San Gimignano & Lucca, the wine towns of Montepulciano & Montalcino, and discover the captivating villages of Cinque Terre plus time to discover the Eternal City itself.
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Day 1: Rome
Arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, collect your luggage & clear customs then locate your driver who will be waiting in the Arrivals Area displaying your name on a board & ready to whisk you comfortably to your hotel in historic Rome. Check in and the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Day 2: Rome
Breakfast at your hotel. In the morning enjoy a guided walking tour to discover some of Rome's most famous sites. Starting from Largo Argentina, your English speaking guide will lead you to Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese and Piazza Navona, past the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the famous Spanish steps, ending in the very centre of the city. The afternoon & evening is free to spend as you please. (B)
Day 3: Rome | Grosseto | Pisa | La Spezia
An early morning departure from Rome sees your tour heading along the Tyrrhenian Coast to cross the Etruscan lands and through the Grosseto countryside, known as Maremma. This is one of the new areas of excellence in Italy's viticulture. Meandering through the Tuscan countryside you'll arrive at a beautiful local winery near the regional park and close to wonderful beaches. Experience the winemaking process up close, from the vineyards to the cellar, to the ageing of the wine. At the end of the visit, you can taste some of the wines of the region. Proceed along the coast until you reach Pisa. Our tour leader will take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical centre, visiting Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior visit), The Baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments before ending the day in La Spezia where dinner will be served at your hotel. (B.D)
Day 4: La Spezia | Portovenere | Golfo dei Poeti | Cinque Terre | Lucca | Montaperti
After breakfast, you'll depart by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to discovering one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the World: Cinque Terre. “CIinque Terre" is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs, surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coastline by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the sea. (*In case of rough sea, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train.) During the tour, the boat will reach Porto Venere and the most important villages, where you can stop and visit them! Take pictures in Porto Venere & Monterosso, walk the narrow streets and immerse yourself in a colourful postcard! Arrive in La Spezia by train and from there take the coach to reach the region of Tuscany, with a stop en route in Lucca, where you can walk the cobblestone streets, explore squares and old Renaissance walls. See the birthplace of local composer Giacomo Puccini. Admire the medieval buildings along Via Fillungo, peek inside the San Frediano church and visit landmarks such as the Cathedral of San Martino, Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre delle Ore. Finally, do not forget to taste a Buccellato cake! The day ends at your hotel in Montaperti where dinner will be served. (B.D)
Day 5: Radda in Chianti | San Gimignano | Siena | Castelnuovo Berardenga
After breakfast at the hotel, today begins with a departure to discover Chianti Classico Gallo Nero region and admire one of the most iconic villages: Radda in Chianti. Visit the small town on your own, and then proceed by private coach to San Gimignano a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. Situated on a hilltop, it is famous for its towers, frescoes and other art treasures. Once you have left San Gimignano you will make a stop in a farmhouse to enjoy wine tasting with typical snacks. Now it's time to move to Siena where you will have a visit to the old city centre to walk along the medieval streets admiring the splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end at Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the site of the famous 600 years old horse-race, called “Il Palio”. Before returning to the hotel there will be a stop in Castel Nuovo Berardenga for a special aperitif in a beautiful cellar. Dinner this evening will be served at your hotel. (B.D)
Day 6: Montepulciano | Pienza | Rome
After breakfast, check out and the tour heads to Val D'Orcia to complete the wine tour of Tuscany. We'll reach the hilltop town of Montepulciano, an ancient village rich in medieval and Renaissance buildings. It is famous for producing one of the oldest wines in Italy: “Nobile di Montepulciano”. Here you will visit a local wine cellar where you will taste some wine and local products such as ham, cheese, and salami. Proceed to Pienza the Renaissance town built under Pope Pius II and well-known for its pecorino cheese. At the end of this visit the tour will return to Rome where you will check back into your hotel and enjoy a final evening in Rome. (B)
Day 7: Rome
Today marks the end of your Wines of Tuscany & Cinque Terre tour. Check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport to begin your journey home. Arrivederci! (B)
This tour departs on Friday April 5 & 19; May 3,10,17,24 & 31; June 7,14,21 & 28; July 5,12,19 & 26; August 2,9 & 23; September 13,20 & 27; October 4,11,18 & 25, 2019