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Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy an authentic Tuscan dinner expertly paired with locally produced wines.
  • Partake in an interactive pasta-making demonstration.
  • Savor regional wines with every included dinner.
  • Experience a guided tour including a visit to the beautiful Cathedral of San Martino.
  • Marvel at the magnificent architecture of the Piazza Dei Miracoli.
  • Spend 3 nights in a beautiful Tuscan Estate.
  • Journey to Florence for a tour of the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance."
  • Explore the medieval city of Siena.
  • Stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls.

Short Description

Experience two of Italy's great regions, Tuscany and the Italian Riviera, and discover the charm of its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport N/A
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Itinerary

Day 1 Tuscany, Italy - Tuscan Estate - Tour Begins

Welcome to Tuscany. Settle in for a relaxing 3-night stay at a traditional Tuscan estate.* Your journey begins with an interactive pasta-making demonstration with the winery’s on-site chef. Then take your seat for an authentic Tuscan dinner expertly paired with their wines.

Day 2 Tuscan Estate - Florence - Tuscan Estate

How will you experience the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance?” The choice is yours! Perhaps you’ll join a local Florentine guide to see the city’s iconic sites: view the remarkable Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John, the Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce. Or, you may join your local guide and see Florence’s lesser-known treasures – the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the bustling San Lorenzo Market, and visit the Orsanmichele Church; see San Lorenzo Church and admire historic Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Later, delight in leisure time to relax or discover this dynamic city on your own.

Day 3 Tuscan Estate - Siena - Tuscan Winery - Tuscan Estate

A scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings you to the lovely medieval city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena with its small specialty shops and outdoor cafés. Then it’s on to one of the oldest wine estates in the Siena region. Sit down with a family member to hear about their wine and taste their creations along with other local products. Return to your countryside estate. Perhaps you’ll explore its Medici Villa. Tonight, a local musician will serenade you at dinner.

Day 4 Tuscan Estate - Lucca - Pisa - Italian Riviera

As you head towards Italy’s picturesque Riviera, make a stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Join a local guide for a tour showcasing the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza Napoleone. Next, spend time in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa. Discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, view the Duomo (Cathedral) and, of course, stand before its famous Leaning Tower. Continue on to the spectacular Italian Riviera and check in for your 3-night stay.

Day 5 Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera

Spend the day exploring the colorful cliff-side villages of the Cinque Terre** with a local guide. Take in the picturesque, rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards as you travel by rail. We make our way through this seemingly inaccessible string of fishing villages, nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 6 Italian Riviera-Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino-Italian Riviera

Travel to the seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. Board a boat*** to glamorous Portofino. Soak in the view of the town’s colorful harbor, dotted by fishing boats and yachts, set against a backdrop of pastel-colored buildings. Return to Santa Margherita Ligure for free time to peruse its charming streets and boutiques. Tonight, cap off an unforgettable journey at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Day 7 Italian Riviera - Tour Ends

Today your journey comes to a close.

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