9 Day Tastes of Tuscany

7 nights in Montecatini
Round trip airfare from JFK, 7 nights accommodation, all transfers, most meals and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • Round trip flights New York-Florence, Florence-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights Montecatini
  • Italian city hotel taxes
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 4 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides in all major cities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Excursion to the medieval city of Siena and walled village of San Gimignano
  • Travel to the Chianti region, where Italy's most famous red wine is produced
  • Walking Tour of Lucca, a jewel of medieval architecture
  • View Pisa’s famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower
  • Wine Tasting, Cooking Class and Dinner at a Tuscan Farm
  • Leisure time in Montecatini, to pamper yourself at one of the celebrated spas
  • Wine & mineral water with all lunches & dinners
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Florence, Transfer to Montecatini
Arrive in Florence and transfer to your hotel in Montecatini, the spa center of Italy known for its world-famous thermal baths and expansive parks and gardens. The rest of the day is at leisure to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Medieval Siena and Excursion to San Gimignano
Today’s full day excursion takes you to the enchanting medieval city of Siena that sits elegantly over three hills. The heart of the city is the stunning Piazza del Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman Forum used to be, now the site of the famous Horse Race of Palio. The race takes place twice each year in celebration of the holy apparition and assumption of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the city. Tour Campo Square and Basilica of St. Dominic before continuing to San Gimignano, a small walled village famous for its medieval architecture and towers that create a unique skyline. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city offers a step back in time to a feudal era. Return to Montecatini for dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Chianti Wine Tasting and Lunch, Town of Greve
Today, enjoy breathtaking scenery as you travel to the magnificent Chianti region, in the very heart of the Tuscan countryside, where Italy's most famous red wine is produced. Chianti offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone. The Chianti landscapes are so stunning that it has inspired many famous photographers -- so keep your cameras ready. Stop at one of the local vineyards for a wine tasting followed by lunch highlighted by local specialties. Then, on to the small town of Greve with its bustling main square, where you have time to wander around, sip an espresso, or indulge in a gelato before returning to Montecatini
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Montecatini
Explore Montecatini on your own today, or join the not-to-be-missed full day optional tour to Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Upon arrival, walk to the magnificent Duomo celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue to the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. From here, walk through the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "Old Bridge". Return to Montecatini and enjoy the evening at leisure
Optional: Full Day Florence from Montecatini (AM)
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Excursion to Pisa and Lucca, Wine Tasting & Cooking Class with Dinner
Magnificent panoramas await you today. Drive through the rolling countryside dotted with olive trees to Lucca, a jewel of medieval architecture, with its massive 17th-century walls framing the city. Walk along the winding streets of the original Roman grid revealing layers of history at every turn. Arrive at the Church of San Michele adorned by its beautiful piazza, occupying the site of the ancient Roman Forum. Then, to Pisa to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. A lovely end to the day with a visit to a traditional Tuscan farm. After a warm welcome and wine tasting, participate in an "hands-on" cooking class followed by a delectable dinner with local specialties and regional wines
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Montecatini
Full Day at leisure to explore Montecatini and its surroundings on your own or take an optional tour to the spectacular Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here five small villages, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea and the surrounding hillsides, are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the scenic coastline while exploring the villages and the beautiful vistas * Exact tour itinerary & operation of the tour is subject to weather conditions and group size and will be advised locally
Optional: Full Day Cinque Terre (AM)
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Full Day in Montecatini
This last day is yours to relax. Explore the streets with its many elegant shops and stylish cafes, or treat yourself to a soothing massage or Turkish bath at one of the many spas. Perhaps, join the optional morning tour and discover the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, often depicted in Leonardo’s maps and in his famous drawings. Surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, in a landscape almost untouched by time, you will view the house where Leonardo was born in 1452. From there transfer to the town of Vinci, to visit the Museum that documents the work of Leonardo the inventor, the scientist, and the engineer. End the tour with a Tuscan Merenda savoring the typical wines and snacks of the area before returning to Montecatini. Tonight, join in for a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Optional: Half Day Leonardo da Vinci Tour from Montecatini (AM)
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in nearby Florence for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
Not Included
Optional tours and gratuities

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability at the time of booking. The from price reflects the lowest available price at time of publication, which is valid for a specific start date or dates and also based on availability at the time of booking.

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