Florence, Italy (10 days)

What’s included:

  • 3 or 4 Star hotel accommodations for the duration of the tour
  • Hop off – hop on bus ticket (2 days)
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • 9 breakfasts included

What’s not included:

  • International flights to and from tour.  Contact us for the best prices from your city
  • Additional meals and drinks not indicated in Itinerary.
  • Any internal country fees, taxes or permits
  • Taxes, fees and charges not included in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities

Tour may not be in the same order as shown here.

Day 1 – Arrival, transfer to hotel, and check-in

Day 2 – Free day to tour the sights and sounds of Florence using you included “hop on and off” bus ticket.

Day 3 – Cinque Terre
You’ll fall in love with Italy’s prettiest coastal villages on a small group visit to the Cinque Terre from Florence. You’ve probably heard of the five famous fishing ports of the Cinque Terre. Now’s your chance to visit these picture-postcard villages on a personalized small group day trip you’ll treasure.

Highlights

  • Full-day small group day trip to the Cinque Terre villages from Florence
  • Easy-walking Lovers Lane trail from Riomaggiore
  • Explore Manarola or relax in a cafe or bar
  • Shared boat trip from Manarola to Vernazza
  • Lunch (not included) in Vernazza
  • Scenic views from Corniglia

Day 4 – CHIANTI: an unforgettable experience for your taste buds
Departure: 2:15 pm
Duration: 5.5 hours – Return to Florence 7:45 pm

Why not take a trip to the Chianti territory and experience typical Tuscan gastronomy that will be a sure delight for your senses.

Everything about the Chianti countryside is exceptional: the view, the food and especially the wine.

This tour is meant to be an unforgettable experience for your taste buds.

To that end, our first destination is a local farm estate. In its ancient wine cellars we will discover not only the art of wine making, but also how the wines are stored to maintain their excellent bouquets.

Some of the most renowned wines are a product of this enchanting territory, for example ‘Chianti Classico’, ‘Chianti Riserva’, ‘Vermentino’ and ‘Morellino di Scansano’.

While sitting comfortably overlooking the countryside with a glass of excellent wine you will also be able to savor our delightfully crunchy bruschetta with extra virgin olive oil, our aromatic vinegar, as well as tasty salami and cheese.

Monteriggioni, the next stop on our itinerary, is one of the gems of the Chianti area.

Here you will have some private time to take in the atmosphere and the quaint homes that line the narrow roads that lead to the fortress.

Back in motion, our tour along the scenic roads of the Chianti countryside will take us to a second winery where other wines will be served.

This time our taste buds can delight in such wines as ‘Chianti DOCG, ‘Chianti Rosé’ ‘Supertuscany’, while munching on our typical Tuscan salami and Cinta Senese salami.

The food, the wine and the view all make for an enchanting afternoon in Chianti.

The return to Florence is scheduled for the late afternoon.

Day 5 – Tuscany in a Day
Departures: 08:00 am
Duration: 11 hours. Return to Florence: approx 7:30pm

Price Includes: transfer in comfortable coach with loudspeaker system and air conditioning (up to 8 people the transfer will be with minivan), full day Multilingual travel assistant, guided tour of Siena (the tour can be conducted in two languages), ticket to the Cathedral, wine and food tasting and lunch at a Tuscan farm.

If you only have one day to explore Tuscany, here is our solution to the problem! After an early start we reach Pisa where we have free time to walk around Piazza dei Miracoli in order to admire the famous monuments, such as the Leaning Tower. We continue our trip towards S. Gimignano and stop for lunch on the way. You will be served local specialties such as crostini, different types of salami, cheese, first course and fine wines! Once we reach the enchanting hilltop town of S. Gimignano you will be free to explore the maze of narrow streets and the exquisite squares. Our comfortable coach will take you through Chianti, an enchanting landscape stretching over vineyards and olive groves, dotted with churches and castles, all the way to Siena. A guide will take you to the most important squares and sights on the way to the Cathedral. After a tour inside the Cathedral you will return to Florence at sunset

Day 6: Florence Guided City Tour Full Day with Accademia and Uffizi Galleries and Lunch

Time: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Duration: 8 Hours

See such Florence wonders as Piazzale Michelangelo, Duomo Complex, Porta del Paradiso, and Giotto’s Bell Tower.

Visit the Piazza Signoria, the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce

Enjoy a delicious Italian lunch

Discover this ancient Italian city with a knowledgeable guide

Day 7: Pisa & Lucca with buccellato tasting
Departure: 9.15 am
Duration: 8.5 hours – Return to Florence: approx. 5:45 pm

Price includes: transfer in comfortable coach with loudspeaker system and air condition, full day multilingual travel assistant, guided tour of Pisa (the tour can be conducted in two languages) and ticket for the Pisa Cathedral, buccellato tasting in Lucca

Spend a full day visiting two of the most important historical cities in Tuscany: Pisa and Lucca. The itinerary first takes us to Pisa, where our guide will show you the most important squares and monuments in the city: the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with the Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Cemetery and the Cathedral (visit inside). At the end of the visit you will have free time for photos and for lunch (not included) before departing for Lucca.

The enchanting Lucca, renowned for its art and Renaissance style, hidden within its original towering walls, is our next stop. Here you will have free time for on a pleasant walk through the enchanting historical center where you will have the chance to admire the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower, San Martino Dome and the typical “antique dealers street”.

The visit of Lucca will end in a local pastry shop where you will taste the Buccellato , typical sweet of Lucca.

Return to Florence in the late afternoon.

Day 8: Florence Food Tour – Tastings, Markets, Wine & Gelato
Tour departs at 9:30 a.m.

The food and wine of Tuscany is world-famous—with reason! For this gastronomic adventure, we’ve handpicked Florence’s best, most authentic spots so you can experience Tuscan cuisine like a real local. Unlike most other companies, we take you to the city’s most authentic market, Sant’Ambrogio, as well as to an enoteca, trattoria, gelateria and more. More than 10 tastings—of meats and cheeses, olives and spreads, a samling of primi and wine, vin santo and coffee, and more—mean you’ll have a complete Tuscan meal… so make sure you come hungry!

Sights included:

  • Piazza dei Ciompi flea market
  • Tasting at a local enoteca, including crostini, olives, olive oil, and wine
  • Tasting of Florence’s cucina povera, including lampredotto (optional, for the brave!)
  • Sant’Ambrogio market
  • Tasting of local cured meats
  • Tasting of local cheeses
  • Sampling of primi in an authentic trattoria
  • Gelato tasting

Tuscany’s cuisine is world-famous. So, while you’re in Florence, make sure you taste the best, most authentic Tuscan foods and wines… and discover an essential (and delicious) part of Tuscan culture!

After meeting your local food expert and the rest of your group (a maximum of only 12 people!) at the beautiful…

Note: For those with food allergies or other special requirements, please notify us prior to reserving your visit and then again, as soon as you meet your tour guide. We will do our very best to accommodate you and find suitable alternatives.

Price includes: All tastings; olives, meats, cheeses, wine, Tuscan spreads, a sample of primi, vin santo, cantucci, caffè, gelato and even lampredotto (optional, for the brave!).

Tour Duration
3 hrs 30 mins Tour Start Time

That evening it is time for Florence Pizza and Handmade Ice Cream with Dinner
Tour departs at 6:00 p.m.

Go learn to make Pizza and Gelato just like the Italians do! Join our late afternoon class! Our chef will be happy to introduce you to the history of these Italian glorious creations!

This activity is strongly recommended for families that wish to have children to learn about the Italian culture, an easy and fun experience that will last forever in their memory.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pizza and Gelato lesson with a famous local Chef
  • Use of apron and cooking utensils
  • All ingredients for pizza and gelato making
  • Dinner with Wine Tastings (soft drinks for children)
  • Graduation Certificate

You will learn how to make tender, flexible yeast dough that stretches to almost paper-thinness, and discover the tricks for a flavorful yet light tomato sauce. Even if you bake pizza in your own oven, these techniques are universal and using them really makes a difference.

After Pizza it’s time for Gelato. Chef will tell participants why gelato remains Italy’s favorite dessert while giving an insight to the ‘gelato culture’ that continuously grows. We’ll continue describing the principle raw ingredients used for basic ice cream making and select the best products available according to specific principles and all followed by a presentation and tasting of many of the flavors used in gelato making.

Participants will learn development and application of natural colors, the heating and freezing techniques and how they have different effects on ingredients.

Inclusions: Pizza and Handmade Ice Cream with Dinner

Duration: about 3 hours

Day 9: Your free day for museums, art galleries, shopping, etc.
Let us know what your interests are and we will provide you with some ideas!

Day 10: Transfer to airport or train station.

3 star hotel – starting at $2,380.00 US per person, based on double occupancy

4 star hotel – starting at $2,726.00 US per person, based on double occupancy

We can also add 3 days in either Rome or Venice, should you wish. Check out our “tour extensions” or contact us for more information.

 

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