Siena, Italy – Tuscany, Umbria & Rome Tour (9 Days)

An unforgettable tour of the Tuscan and Umbrian Regions and Rome in places which are still being discovered by tourists:  Maremma, Orbetello, Talamone, Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Orvieto, Todi, Assisi, Spello and Rome.   All you have to do is unpack your luggage and begin enjoying …“La Dolce Vita” while staying in our beautiful, hospitable 4 star hotels. These scenic and idyllic regions will leave an indelible picture in your memories and the simplicity and mysticism will penetrate your soul. The buffet-style lunches (L) and dinners (D) will include mineral water.  Breakfast (B) will be continental style. Boxed lunches will be prepared by our hotel for each full day optional tour.

Tour Features:

  • 9 day Escorted Tour
  • First Class Hotel/Resort (4 star) with private bath
  • Sea View Room Free Upgrade if available at the arrival in Maremma
  • Welcome cocktail at arrival
  • 15 buffet-style meals (B, L & D)
  • Mineral water with lunch and dinner
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches, mini-buses, vans or cars
  • English speaking professional Tour Director
  • Group transfer from/to Rome airport and RR station or Civitavecchia Port
  • Group transfer from Maremma to Rome (stop in Orvieto & Todi)

Not Included:

  • International airfare to and from the destination, please contact us for the best available prices from your home city.
  • Travel Insurance is not included, but available, please contact us for the best options for your family.
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary below.
  • Tours not mentioned in the itinerary below.
  • Gratuities (optional).

Day 1:  Saturday – Depart from your city to Rome.

Day 2:  Sunday – Rome

Arrive in Rome at Fiumicino airport, Termini train station or Civitavecchia Port and transfer to our four star Grand Hotel Corte dei Butteri Resort, Maremma, Tuscany. Our tour bus will depart at 10:00 AM. (Transfer for different dates and times will be at your expense). A welcome cocktail will be served upon arrival. This resort has a wonderful private beach with a crystal clear sea located on the scenic Argentario gulf between Porto Santo Stefano and Isola del Giglio. Beach umbrellas and chairs are provided to our guests free of charge.  The complex has 700 yards of private beach, 7 hectares of pine forest and a small Italy Tours & Hotels – Stay and Visit Italy Orofino Tours & Hotels Lake. Sport activities include: swimming, tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and bocce ball. This hotel/resort will be our home away from home for the next 4 nights. (Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 3: Monday – Orbetello & Talamone

A Venice-like peninsula town with picturesque lagoons, Orbetello is surrounded by small villages such as Talamone, Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole. Today’s trip will be an exciting experience of ecologically important flora, fauna and archeological ruins of Etruscan civilization. We will go back to the hotel for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit Talamone. This beautiful village is one of the most romantic on Tuscany’s Etruscan Riviera and one of the very few territories left in Italy which remains uncontaminated by the tourist explosion. The turquoise water of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the beautiful coastline, the simple and tranquil village life are the perfect combination for romance and relaxation. Talamone was the background for the movie “Quantum of Solace”. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 4:  Tuesday – Lucca & Pisa

This morning we will visit the lovely city of Lucca. Its walls remained intact even as the city expanded and modernized. When the wide walls lost their military importance, they became a pedestrian promenade ringing the old town. The walls are still intact today and the four principal sides are each lined with a different type of tree. In the afternoon we will see Italy’s most photographed attraction, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The tower is one of many works of art and architecture in the city’s Campo dei Miracoli or “Field of Miracles”. The Campo dei Miracoli also houses the Duomo (Cathedral), the Baptistery and the Camposanto (monumental cemetery). (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 5:  Wednesday – Siena

Today we will see firsthand why the scenery of Tuscan countryside is so famous. We will visit Siena,Italy’s best preserved medieval town. Siena’s heart is the “Piazza del Campo” famous for the “Palio”, a festival and horse race that takes place on the piazza twice a year. The beautiful Duomo (Cathedral) contains works by Donatello and Pisano. From the Torre del Mangia (Tower) you will have an excellent view of the city. For the wine connoisseur there is Cantina in Piazza to sample some of the local wines. This region is well known for the “Chianti Classico”. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Day 6:  Thursday – Orvieto, Todi & Rome

Pack your baggage. This morning after breakfast, we will depart for the capital of the Roman Empire, Rome also known as The Eternal, Capital of the World, and The City. Along the way, we will stop in Orvieto & Todi. Orvieto has one of the loveliest cathedrals in Italy with a facade encrusted with brilliantly colored mosaics. Flanking the Duomo are wine shops offering the famous wines of the area. Sit at a café table and sip Orvieto Classico while you watch the everchanging tableau of this evocative square, or stop for a gelato at one of the finest ice cream shops in Italy. We will continue to Todi, described by the University of Kentucky as the most livable town on earth for its size, its climate, its hilltop location and for its surroundings. The “Gran Premio Internazionale  Mongolfieristico”  (international ballooning competition) is held every year in Todi with participants from Europe and the US. The museum (admission not included) has rare Etruscan coins and paintings from the 16th century. In Rome our four star Grand Hotel Olympic will be our home away from home for the next 3 nights. This beautiful Papal palace in the heart of Rome, between the Vatican City and Piazza del Popolo, is a short distance to all the essential points of the city, 5 minute walk from Vatican City and St. Peter cathedral.  Legend has it that Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus and is definitively unique with its rich history and fervent vitality of its citizens. We encourage you to savor your first Roman dinner at nearby typical and well known restaurants and enjoy your meal with a glass or two of “er vino de‘Castelli“, typical regional wine. (Breakfast included)

Day 7:  Friday – Assisi & Spello

The day begins with a visit to the mystical town of Assisi.  Saint Francis (founder of the Franciscan order) was born here and the reverence, mysticism and spirituality of the Saint can be felt by the visitor while in Assisi. You will see one of the two churches of St. Francis Basilica, containing magnificent frescoes attributed to Giotto, and the crypt where St. Francis’ ashes are buried. From Assisi we will journey to Spello, considered one of the best areas for Italy’s wines, culinary specialties, olive oil, truffles and porcini mushrooms. (Breakfast included)

Day 8: Saturday – Rome

Today we will visit Rome by subway (metro). The historical sites and major attractions of Rome are closed to traffic, thus the best way to explore the city is by taking the convenient metro system. We will visit the famous St. Peter Cathedral, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum (the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire and the most representative symbol of Rome). You will appreciate the magnificence and glory of what was Rome 2000 years ago. We will continue down “via dei Fori Imperiali” and, along the Via Sacra, we will follow in the footsteps of Julius Caesar, Marc Anthony and Nero. At the altar where Julius Caesar was cremated, visitors from around the world still leave flowers and candles to this day. Then you will visit the Capitol Hill with its square by Michelangelo and Piazza Venezia considered the Center of Italy. Subway fares and entrance tickets to monuments and museums are not included. (Breakfast included)

Day 9:  Sunday – Rome

7:00 AM group transfer to Fiumicino airport and Stazione Termini train station. (Transfer will be at your expenses for different dates and times). Have a safe return home, treasure the memories…grazie and arrivederci a presto! (Breakfast included)

We reserve the right to change the itinerary and schedule times for logistic reasons.

Above pricing includes taxes where stated. In Canada, GST/HST included. Country taxes that must be paid locally are not included.  Prices listed were correct at time of publication.  Prices can change to reflect exchange rate changes. Custom World Vacations reserves the right to amend prices at any time without prior notice.  All vacations are subject to availability.  *As of 1/1/2011 the City of Rome has introduced and will collect a new “Tourist Tax” of 3 Euros per night per person (12 and older).

This tax is not included in our rates and must be paid at the hotel. The “Grand Hotel Olympic” will collect the tax in the name of each traveler.

Airfares are not included and are your responsibility.

Departure dates and rates are guaranteed and confirmed at the time of reservation.

Prices are per person based on double/triple/quadruple occupancy. An additional 50% premium will be applied for single occupancy. Children under 12 staying in the room with 2 parents receive a 50% discount

Tours are as described, admission fees/entrance tickets to museums, galleries, subways, etc. are not included.

For the Full Day Tours we will provide a travel lunch bag.

We are not responsible for any third party arrangements, tours or excursions organized independently by the client.

Transfers will be at additional cost to you when you join early/late or leave early/late.

 

Prices starting from:

2015 Prices

May 24 or June 1                    $1,295.00 U.S.

September/October                $1,298.00 U.S.

June 28 or July 6                    $1,799.00 U.S.

Above pricing includes taxes where stated. In Canada, GST/HST included. Country taxes that must be paid locally are not included.  Prices listed were correct at time of publication.  Prices can change to reflect exchange rate changes. Custom World Vacations reserves the right to amend prices at any time without prior notice.  All vacations are subject to availability.

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