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Discover the rolling hills of Tuscany, home to sprawling vineyards, charming medieval hill towns, and enchanting cities. Savor a 7-night stay in Montecatini Terme, the famous resort and spa town. Visit Pisa, Florence, and San Gimignano on this relaxing sojourn into the Italian countryside. Discover the charming town of Lucca, Italy’s best-kept secret. Learn about the heroic deeds of WWII at remains of the Gothic Line and visit the Museum of Liberation. Enjoy free time to explore the cultural treasures of Florence. Partake in a Tuscan cooking class. Sample cheese at the farm where it is made. Enjoy fabulous local wines and the region’s famous cuisine. Steeped in history, culture and legend, this is Tuscany as you always imagined it.
BONUS: Includes Travel Protection Plan insurance which allows you to cancel up to 24 hours prior to departure!
Your guided holiday includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in famous spa resort town of Montecanini Terme
- A total of 10 meals - 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
- Select activities and inclusions
Price is based on select departures in July, August, November 2021. Surcharge applies for May, June, September, October & December 2021.
Extend your holiday and add on a cruise or stopover. Call us for details.
Must see Inclusions:
- Journey to Florence for a tour of the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance"
- Stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls
- Sample delectable wines during a wine tasting in the Chianti region
- Spend time at a cheese farm. Pecorino cheese is made from sheep’s milk and is a staple in Italian cooking. Visit a cheese farm in the Tuscan hills to see how this famous cheese is made. Enjoy a sample of the best and freshest pecorino you’ll ever taste before heading out to explore the picturesque hilltop village of San Gimignano.
- Learn about Tuscan cuisine during a cooking class. A cooking class reveals the secrets of traditional Tuscan cuisine. Learn culinary techniques that have been passed down through generations of wonderful cooks, while using the freshest of local ingredients. Later, you’ll get to enjoy your delicious creation for dinner.
- Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.
- See the Gothic Line, one of the Germans' last lines of defence during WWII.
- Vist the Museum of Liberation and see WWII fortifications and bunkers.
Day 1. Montecatini Terme, Italy - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme, nestled in the heart of the rolling hills of Tuscany. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your adventure. Accommodation: Hotel Ercolini and Savi Meals: Dinner
Day 2. Lucca - Borgo a Mozzano - Gothic Line
Enjoy a guided tour of Lucca, Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Discover Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, and medieval streets flanked by towers. Explore on your own before setting off for Borgo a Mozzano. See the Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) and the nearby remains of the Gothic Line – the Germans’ last defense during WWII. Visit the Museum of Liberation and see authentic fortifications and bunkers. Make your way to a Tuscan winery and learn about the art of winemaking as you taste local varieties. Accommodation: Hotel Ercolini and Savi Meals: Breakfast
Day 3. Florence
A cultural tour in Florence showcases the beautiful “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Start with a visit to the Academy Gallery* to see Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. Join a local Florentine guide on foot and make your way through the city. At the Piazza del Duomo, see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John. Take the remainder of your time in Florence to explore this unparalleled city as you choose. Accommodation: Hotel Ercolini and Savi Meals: Breakfast
Day 4. Montecatini Terme
Today, it’s your choice! Learn more about Montecatini’s curative waters during a guided walking tour and visit to the historic Tettuccio Spa,** known for the health benefits in its mineral waters -OR- journey to Siena and embark on a walking tour through its narrow Gothic streets, getting to know the local lifestyle in a contrada (neighborhood) whose community is centered around the colorful Palio horse race. Accommodation: Hotel Ercolini and Savi Meals: Breakfast
Day 5. Pisa
Explore historic sites in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa, including the Piazza dei Miracoli, or “Field of Miracles” (UNESCO). Keep your camera handy at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Visit the Baptistery, the largest in Italy. This evening, travel to the quiet countryside to learn the secrets of traditional Tuscan cuisine. Partake in a cooking class, using local ingredients and culinary techniques that have been passed down for generations. Enjoy your freshly-prepared meal for dinner. Accommodation: Hotel Ercolini and Savi Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 6. Montecatini Terme
The day is yours to relax and experience the local flavor. Take this opportunity to shop at the local boutiques and dine at one of the many fine local restaurants. Or, perhaps you will choose an optional excursion to Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards; explore this string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Accommodation: Hotel Ercolini and Savi Meals: Breakfast
Day 7. Cheese Farm Visit - San Gimignano
At a nearby cheese farm, learn how the famous pecorino cheese is made before sampling it for yourself. Soak in breathtaking views as you travel to the hilltop village of San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s most picturesque places. Explore this enchanting medieval town, from its famous 14 towers to its magnificent vistas overlooking vineyards. Enjoy free time and perhaps indulge in some gelato. Later, attend a Tuscan feast of traditional cuisine and wines set in the countryside. Accommodation: Hotel Ercolini and Savi Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8. Montecatini Terme - Tour Ends
Your journey comes to a close today. Depart with many fond memories of Tuscany. Meals: Breakfast