Spotlight on Tuscany
November 30 - December 8, 2017
Single - $3,199pp
Double - $2,999pp
Triple - $2,969pp
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DAY 01: Overnight Flight
Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Italy. Rolling landscapes, savory wines, delicious food and stunning architecture...this can only be Tuscany. On this special journey you will enjoy walking tours in Italy's most charming towns, visit magnificent historic monuments, and sample mouth-watering cuisine and wines.
DAY 02: Montecatini Terme, Italy - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme, your home for the next seven nights. This evening, get acquainted with your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your Tuscan adventure.
DAY 03: Florence
A cultural tour in the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance” showcases the beautiful city of Florence. A local Florentine guide highlights many of the city’s priceless treasures including a visit to the Academy Gallery* which houses Michelangelo’s monumental statue of David. At the Piazza del Duomo, which is the center of religious life in medieval Florence, you will see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore this unparalleled city as you choose.
DAY 04: Lucca - Borgo a Mozzano - Gothic Line
Set out on a guided visit to Lucca, Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Offering Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, medieval streets flanked by towers, and delightful squares, Lucca is sure to charm you. Visit the Basilica di San Frediano before stopping to explore the home of well-known composer Giacomo Puccini where you will see the piano on which he composed Turandot. Enjoy some leisure time for lunch and independent exploration. Afterwards, depart for Borgo a Mozzano and view the remarkable Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge). Next, view the Gothic Line – built by the Germans, it was one of their last lines of defense during WWII. Visit the Museum of Liberation and see the actual fortifications and bunkers.
DAY 05: Siena
Discover charming Siena with a local guide. Embark on a lovely walking tour through its narrow Gothic streets. Behold stunning palaces, mansions and the historic Piazza del Campo along the way. Your day continues with a special visit to a Tuscan winery where you’ll meet the people behind some of Chianti‘s finest wines. Learn from experts as you savor a selection of the local varieties and find out why Tuscany still shines on the international wine stage. During your visit, learn about the art of winemaking and the process of making Italian olive oil.
DAY 06: Pisa
Explore the many historic sites in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa, including the Piazza dei Miracoli (“Field of Miracles”) – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Be sure to have your camera handy for a stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa so you, too, can take a picture that makes it appear as if you are holding this iconic structure up!
DAY 07: 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 to visit its nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean.
DAY 08: Cheese Farm Visit - San Gimignano
Begin your day with breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills as you make your way to a cheese farm where you’ll learn how the famous pecorino cheese is made. Then, sample it for yourself during a cheese tasting. Afterwards, travel to the hilltop village of San Gimignano, one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany. Enjoy free time and perhaps indulge in some famous Italian gelato before visiting some of the town’s shops. A delightful experience awaits this evening when you attend a Tuscan feast featuring traditional cuisine and savory wines in the magical Tuscan countryside.
DAY 09: Montecatini Terme - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today.