Flavours Of Tuscany & The Enchanting Cinque Terre
Rome – Montepulciano - Pienza – Siena - San Gimignano - S.Donato In Poggio – Pisa - La Spezia - Portovenere ( Golfo Dei Poeti ) Cinque Terre- Carrara Marble Caves -Montecarlo Di Lucca - Rome
4 days / 3 nights, Rome/Rome
2018 depart Sun: 8 Apr to 21 Oct
Day 1 Sun Roma-Montepulciano-Pienza-Siena
In the morning at 08.00, make your way to the meeting point and meet your multilingual tour leader to start a delightful trip through the rolling hills of the Chianti Region. We 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 experience a tasting of wines and local products like ham, cheese, and salami. We proceed to Pienza, the Renaissance town built under Pope Pius II and alsowell-known for its pecorino cheese. The tour will proceed 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 del Campo. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and site of the famous 600 years old horse-race, called “Il Palio”. Dinner will be served at the hotel in the evening.
Day 2 Mon Siena-San Gimignano-S.Donato In Poggio - Pisa-La Spezia
After breakfast at the hotel, departure to San Gimignano, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries; situated on a hilltop and famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures. You will then proceed to S.Donato In Poggio, located within the Chianti Classico “Gallo Nero” region, where we will make a stop at the farmhouse Montecchio to enjoy an excellent wine tasting with snacks. The tour continues onto Pisa, where you will have free time. In the early afternoon, our expert tour leader will 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. Then, we proceed to La Spezia for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Tue La Spezia-Portovenere-Golfo Dei Poeti -Cinque Terre- La Spezia
After breakfast, we depart by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World. The five villages, “Cinque 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 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 Portovenere and the most important villages. You will be able to stop at Portovenere, Vernazza, Monterosso and visit at leisure. Later, we board the train from Monterosso to arrive in La Spezia for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Wed La Spezia- Carrara Marble Caves - Montecarlo Di Lucca- Rome
After breakfast at the hotel, the tour will take you to Carrara for a visit of the impressive marble quarries carved deep into the mountain. This is where Michelangelo took the raw material to create his superb masterpieces. Continue to Montecarlo Di Lucca, a lovely town located on the hills around Lucca. This territory is ideal for the production of top quality wine and extra virgin olive oil. We will stop and visit a farmhouse where the owners will allow you taste delicious Tuscan food specialities, from olive oil to cheese, from bread to wine and of course pasta, which you will taste with different wines. Proceed to Rome and arrival in the evening where your tour comes to an end.
Inclusions: twin share in 4* hotels centrally located, 3 buffet breakfast, 3 dinners (drinks not included), 3 wine tastings with local products, ground transportation by deluxe motor coach with air conditioning, boat trip along the enchanting, Cinque Terre coast line, train from Monterosso to La Spezia, multilingual tour English – Spanish - French, entrance fees, services and taxes.
Exclusions: arrival & departure transfers, lunches, gratuities and city tax.
Hotels: 4* Siena- Montaperti, La Spezia- NH La Spezia (or similar)
Note: only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage. English, Spanish & French languages are spoken on the tour.
On request: Post & pre-nights, transfers and optional tours on request.