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Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

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Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

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Highlights...  

Tuscan Estate ● Florence ● Choice on Tour ● Siena ● Tuscan Winery ● Lucca ● Pisa ● Italian Riviera ● Cinque Terre ● Portofino


From $1699 per person

8 Days ● 10 Meals: 6 Breakfasts ● 4 Dinners 

COLLETTE EXPERIENCES 
★Step to the front of the line to see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. 
★Experience a guided tour including a visit to the beautiful Cathedral of San Martino. 
★Marvel at the magnificent architecture of the Piazza Dei Miracoli. 

MUST-SEE INCLUSIONS 
★Journey to Florence for a tour of the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance." 
★Explore the medieval city of Siena. 
★Stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century walls.


CULINARY INCLUSIONS
★Enjoy an authentic Tuscan dinner expertly paired with locally produced wines. 
★Partake in an interactive pasta-making demonstration. 
★Savour regional wines with every included dinner. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Overnight Flight
Experience the romance of travel among the rolling hills of Tuscany and along the colourful coast of the Italian Riviera.

Day 2: Tuscany, Italy - Tuscan Estate - Tour Begins
Welcome to Tuscany. Settle in for a relaxing 3-night stay at a traditional Tuscan estate.* Your journey begins with an interactive pasta-making demonstration with the on-site chef. Then, take your seat for an authentic Tuscan dinner. Today dinner will be included.


Day 3: Tuscan Estate - Florence - Tuscan Estate
How will you experience the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance?” It's your choice! Join a local Florentine guide to see the city’s iconic sites: view the remarkable Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John, the Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce -OR- join your local guide and see Florence’s lesser-known treasures – the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, and visit the Orsanmichele Church; see San Lorenzo Church and admire historic Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Afterwards, gather together to visit the world-famous Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s incredible statue of David. Delight in leisure time to relax or discover this dynamic city on your own. En route to your hotel, visit a family-owned leather shop and learn the traditional Italian techniques of leather making. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Tuscan Estate - Siena - Tuscan Winery - Tuscan Estate
A scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings you to the lovely medieval city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena with its small speciality shops and outdoor cafés. Then it’s on to one of the oldest wine estates in the Siena region. Sit down with a family member to hear about their wine and taste their creations along with other local products. Return to your countryside estate. Perhaps you’ll explore its Medici Villa. Tonight, a local musician will serenade you at dinner, expertly paired with wines. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Tuscan Estate - Lucca - Pisa - Italian Riviera
As you head towards Italy’s picturesque Riviera, make a stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Join a local guide for a tour showcasing the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza Napoleone. Next, spend time in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa. Discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, view the Duomo (Cathedral) and, of course, stand before its famous Leaning Tower. Continue on to the spectacular Italian Riviera and check in for your 3-night stay. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.


Day 6: Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera
Spend the day exploring the colourful cliff-side villages of the Cinque Terre** with a local guide. Take in the picturesque, rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards as you travel by rail. We make our way through this seemingly inaccessible string of fishing villages, nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: Italian Riviera-Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino-Italian Riviera
Travel to the seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. Board a boat*** to glamorous Portofino. Soak in the view of the town’s colourful harbour, dotted by fishing boats and yachts, set against a backdrop of pastel-coloured buildings. Return to Santa Margherita Ligure for free time to peruse its charming streets and boutiques. Tonight, cap off an unforgettable journey at a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Italian Riviera - Tour Ends
Today your journey comes to a close. Today breakfast will be included.

Experience It! ___________________________________ Lucca 
Fall in love with charming Lucca, an ancient city frozen in time. Surrounded by perfectly preserved Renaissance-era walls, Lucca is one of the most enchanting cities you will encounter in Italy. The amazingly intact 16th-century walls are uniquely lined with green grass and trees, the perfect spot for a stroll. Lucca’s maze of medieval streets is sure to bring you back in time…most of them are pedestrian only. Among the many historic buildings, you’ll find the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral of San Martino. Be sure to spend some time exploring the popular Piazza Napoleone for a true taste of Italian culture.

YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2 – 4 Hotel Paggeria Medicea or Fattoria Degli Usignoli
Days 5 – 7 Grande Albergo Sestri Levante
On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.

Departure dates:

November 1st 2019
April 24th 2020
Please contact us for other departure dates in 2019/2020

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