The picturesque region of Tuscany is one of the most coveted vacation destinations in all of Italy, beloved for its rolling green hills dotted with beautiful vineyards. Before heading to the countryside, spend some time in Florence to take in the art and culture by visiting world-renowned art exhibits such as those found within the halls of the Uffizi Gallery. For the next part of the trip, you will travel through the countryside and explore ancient and medieval cities rich in history such as Siena. Spend a few magical days touring the local vineyards and wineries to learn which wine pairs best with the various courses of a proper Italian meal. Experience the best of Tuscany at your own pace during this unforgettable tour.
Day 01: OUT-BOUND FLIGHT
Board your overnight flight to Italy.
Day 02: FLORENCE
Arrive in Florence, Italy. Upon your arrival at Florence Airport you will be transferred to your hotel where you will check in. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this captivating city.
Day 03: FLORENCE
After breakfast you will join a Half Day City Tour that will take you first to Piazzale Michelangelo, a large square on the outskirts of Florence, to admire the wonderful panorama of the city, one of the most fascinating in the world. Then proceed by motor coach through the old city center on an outdoor guided tour of the Duomo complex, Giotto’s bell tower, and the Baptistery, with its impressive bronze doors. A short walk through the historic streets of the heart of Florence brings you to the renowned Galleria dell’Accademia where you will admire the famous David sculpture by Michelangelo as well as other prominent works by Florentine artists. After the tour, continue exploring the city center on your own and then enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Days 04 - 05: FLORENCE
With two more days in Florence, there is plenty for you to still see. We recommend visiting one of the most important art museums in the world: the Uffizi Gallery. Once inside, admire important masterpieces from artists such as Botticelli, Raphael and Leonardo Da Vinci. Other museums worth a visit include the Pitti Palace and the Bargello Museum. Afterwards, take some time to shop for quality leather in the leather district or gold as you stroll along the Ponte Vecchio, famous all around the world for its jewelry shops. On one of these days you may wish to take an optional excursion to nearby Pisa in order to see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Days 06 - 09: SIENA AND THE TUSCAN HILL COUNTRY
Travel via rental car through the Tuscan countryside with its ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Arrive in the medieval city of Siena, famous for the Palio horse race and admire its marvelous Cathedral, the unique, fan shaped Piazza del Campo and the majestic Palazzo Comunale. From Siena enjoy day trips to the multi-towered hilltop town of San Gimignano, medieval Montepulciano and Volterra, or the enchanting Saint Antimo Abbey. Taste the excellent wines of the Chianti area and stop in a vineyard in Montalcino, where the international award winning Brunello wine is produced. Of course, some of the most typical Tuscan specialties will accompany your wine, and you will enjoy delicious recipes of genuine and simple ingredients passed down through the centuries. One suggestion for an unforgettable trip: drive your car through the countryside and get lost! You will not be disappointed by what you may discover.
Day 10: RETURN FLIGHT
Return your car at the Florence airport and board your flight back home.
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PACKAGE START AT $1,764.00 INCLUDES:
· Round trip flights in economy class with in-flight meals, drinks, and entertainment (*)
· 4 nights accommodation in a premium 3 star Hotel in Florence (**)
· 4 nights accommodation in a premium 3 star Hotel in Siena (**) or in the Tuscan hill country.
· 8 Daily Italian Buffet Breakfasts
· 1 Half Day guided city tour
· 5 days of Rental Car
· Ground transfer from Airport to Hotel · Vat Taxes and Service Charges (in Italy) included
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
· U.S. & Foreign Departure Taxes and Surcharges Fee(s) assessed by the Airlines.
· Hospitality city tax which varies by city and hotel category. If applicable it must be paid locally to the hotel.
· All that is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.
(*) Rate based on NYC departure gates. Alternative U.S. departure cities available upon request at 1-866-GO ITALY or Email Trips2Italy .
(**) Rate based on two adult persons sharing a double or twin bedded room with private bathroom. Single rooms are available at an additional supplement. Children’s, triple room rates and alternative accommodation arrangements are available upon request. (Additional and different charges may apply).
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