9D/8N- 2019 Wines of Tuscany and Splendid Tour

9D/8N- 2019 Wines of Tuscany and Splendid Tour

    Wines of Tuscany and Splendid Tour

    Rome-Grosetto-Pisa-La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre-Lucca-Chianti area-San Gimignano-Siena-Montepulciano-Pienza-Rome-Naples-Pompeii-Sorrento-Capri-Positano-Amalfi-Rome

    9days/ 8 nights, Rome/Rome

    2019 departures: Apr 07, 21. May 05, 12,19, 26. Jun 02, 09, 16, 23, 30. Jul 07, 14, 21, 28. Aug 04, 11, 25. Sep 15, 22, 29. Oct 06, 13, 20, 27.         

    4* hotel from: $2757 pp (s/sup $877) Apr and Oct

    4* hotel from: $2885 pp (s/sup $989) May-Sep

day 1 –Sun Rome-Grosetto-Pisa-La Spezia

7.00 am meeting point at the Destination Italia’s sightseeing office or pickup at the hotel from 6.30 am

Meet your multilingual tour leader and start a delightful trip along the Tyrrhenian Coast, you will cross the Etruscan lands till Grosetto countryside, well known as Maremma. This is one of the new area of excellence in Italy's viticulture. Meandering through the Tuscan Country side you will reach a beautiful local winery near the regional park and close to wonderful beaches. See up close the winemaking process, from the vineyards to the cellar and aging of wine. At the end of the visit you can taste some of the most representative wines of this territory. Proceed along the cost till reach PISA where you will enjoy some free time. Our expert tour leaderwill take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical centre, Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower(exterior visit), The Baptistery(exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments. Proceed to La Spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

day 2 –Mon La Spezia-Portovenere-Cinque Terre-Lucca-MontapertiLA

After breakfast, departure by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to discover of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World : Cinque Terre – it 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 coast line by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside.(*In the event 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! You can take some pictures in Portovenere, Vernazza, Monterosso walking into the narrow streets and immerse yourself in a colorful postcard! Then you will reach la Spezia by train and form there you will take a privatemotor coach to reach Tuscany region with en route stop in Lucca. Walk on the cobblestone streets, explore squares and old Renaissance walls; and see the birthplace of local composer Giacomo Puccini. Admire the medieval buildings along Via Fillungo, peek inside San Frediano church and visit landmarks like the Cathedral of San Martino, Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre delle Ore and finally do not forget to taste Buccellato cake!. Proceed to Montaperti. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

day 3 –Tue Montaperti-Radda in Chianti-San Gimignano-Siena-Castelnuovo Berardemga-Monteperti

After breakfastat the hotel, departure to discover Chianti Classico GALLO NERO region and admire one of the most emblematic village, Radda in Chianti. Visit the small town on your own, and then proceed by private motor coach to San Gimignano tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries; situated on a hilltop and famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures. Once left San Gimignano you will make a stop in a farmhouse to enjoy an excellent wine tasting with typical snacks.Now it's time to move to Siena, where you will enjoy a visit of the old city centre. You will be walking along the medieval streets admiring splendid palaces.The sightseeing tour will end in the Piazza delCampo. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and site of the famous 600 years old horse-race, called “Il Palio”.

Before to come back to hotel stop in CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA for a special aperitif in a cellar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

day 4 –Wed Monteperti-Montepulciano-Pienza-Rome

After breakfast, check out and departure to Val D’Orcia to complete the wine tour of Tuscany.Will reach the hilltop town of Montepulciano an ancient village rich of medieval and Renaissance buildings, famous for producing one of the oldest wines of Italy, the“Nobile di Montepulciano”.You will stop for a visit to a wine cellar and for tasting some wines and local products. You will stop for a visit to a wine cellar and for tasting some wines and local products like ham, cheese, and salami. Proceed to Pienza, the Renaissance town built under Pope Pius II and alsowell-known for its pecorino cheese. At the end of the visit proceed to Rome. Check in and overnight at the hotel in Rome

day 5 Thu Rome-Naples-Pompeii-Sorrento

Pick up at the hotel (pick up from hotels will be from 6h30 to 7h00: please remind to order your box breakfast at your hotel the day before departure!) Upon arrival in Naples our local guide will take us for a walking tour of the historical centre to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, Piazza del Municipio, the Gallery of Umberto I, the San Carlo Opera House. Upon leaving the city, continue to Pompeii. After lunch in a typical restaurant with Neapolitan specialities (mineral water and 1 soft drink included), visit a coral and cameo factory where we will have the opportunity to admire and purchase items made with a technique dating back to the Greek times. Followed the visit of Pompei excavations of this ancient Roman city that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 a.C. This archaeological journey through the ancient city will give you the opportunity to better understand Roman used to live at that time. Proceed to SORRENTO, the gateway of Amalfi coast with his colourful historical centre and pretty waterfront with fishing boats and new Marina Grande cruise pier. Check in at the hotel in Sorrento, dinner and overnight.

day 6 Fri Sorrento-Capri-Sorrento

American buffet breakfast at the hotel, and departure at 07.30/7.45am to the island of Capri. You will board the ferry and arrive in Marina Grande. Once on the island you will visit, the Blue Grotto (weather permitting), and stop at the famous Piazzetta. A Minibus will take you up to Anacapri. After lunch in Anacapri, you will return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry for your transfer back to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

day 7 Sat Sorrento-Positano-Amalfi

American buffet breakfast at the hotel and departure to Amalfi at 9.30am via the breathtaking Amalfi Coast drive. En-route stop in Positano. Upon arrival at the picturesque village of Positano, enjoy approximately 1H30 hour of free time to explore the narrow lanes and abundance of souvenir shops. Alternatively, laze on the beach or visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta (own expense). Leaveing Positano and arrival in Amalfi, check in at the Hotel and time at leisure. You can reach the beach and plunge into the water of the Mediterranean Sea. Alternatively, you may visit the city center of Amalfi. Overnight at the hotel.

day 8 Sun Amalfi

This morning time at leisure to visit the historic center of Amalfi. Its historic center is justly considered an outdoor museum and preserves, almost intact, architectural and urban digs of its past of rich maritime republic. You can also visit the picturesque Ravello with the beautiful Villa Ruffolo and magnificent gardens of Villa Cimbrone or you can decide to spend the day on the beach. Have a romantic dinner in one of the pretty restaurants all around the harbor or taste the typical street food. Overnight in Amalfi

day 9 Mon Amlafi-Pompeii-Rome

American buffet breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Meeting point at the hotel at 2.30/3.00pm and transfer to Pompeii where you will join the bus to come back to Rome. Arrival in Rome around 9h00p.m (drop off guarantee in Termini Station /or Barberini Square)

Inclusions: 4* hotels, buffet breakfast daily, 5 dinners, 1 lunch in Naples/ Pompei , 1 lunch in Capri, 4 Wine tastings with local products, Ground transportation by deluxe motor coach with air conditioning, Multilingual tour leader, boat trip along the enchanting Cinque Terre coast line, multilingual local guide in Siena (2h service), train from Monterosso to La Spezia , guided tour of Pompeii included entrance fee, full day excursion to Capri , Visit of the Blue Grotto (weather permitting/ entrance fee included), Ground transportation by deluxe motor coach with air conditioning, Multilingual tour English – Spanish – French

Exclusions: arrival and departure transfers, meals not mentioned above, drinks, gratuities and city tax.

Optional: arrival & departure transfer and optional suggested tours.

Note: Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage. Venice film festival on 27 Aug & 3 Sep, the group could be hosted in alternative hotels in the Venetian lagoon. Assistant during the whole tour except in Amalfi.

Hotels: 4* La Spezia- Hotel NH La Spezia, Siena Area -Hotel Montaperti , Rome- -Hotel Gambrinus-Vesuvio /Michelagelo / La Residenza, Amalfi Hotel G.H. Excelsior /Palazzo Ferraioli / La Bussola

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