TASTE OF TUSCANY TOUR
Pass through the kitchens and vineyards of beautiful Tuscany! Learn about and indulge in the delicious culinary traditions of Italy on this unique hosted tour. Visit the world-renowned wine region of Chianti and sample fine wines and cuisine.
Enjoy the fabulous art and incredible architecture found in Florence, Siena and Pisa. Have fun in a cooking class in San Gimignano and in Rome, tour the Vatican! Join us as we explore the cities, towns and countryside of this picturesque region; rich in fresh, hearty cuisine. A luscious feast for all your senses!
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Rome - Tuscany - Florence - Pisa - Chianti Wine Tasting - San Gimignano - Siena
* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Tuscany: six nights 4-star hotel accommodation
• Rome: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation
• Eight breakfasts, one cooking class with lunch, one wine tasting with lunch and six dinners with wine
• Two wine tastings: Chianti and San Gimignano
• Five excursions: Florence, Pisa, Siena, Chianti, San Gimignano
• Full-day Vatican and Colosseum excursion
• Private motor coach transportation
• Professional local tour manager
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes and gratuities
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DAY 1 | Sept. 27, 2019 | Toronto - Rome
Board your overnight flight to Rome. Air Transat flight 386 departs Toronto at 9:15 p.m. (Terminal 3) arrives in Rome at 11:50 a.m. the following day.
DAY 2 | Sept. 28, 2019 | Rome - Tuscany (D)
Upon arrival in Rome, we will be met and transferred to the Grand Hotel Vittoria, our home base in Tuscany for six nights, where we will enjoy a welcome dinner with the group.
Accommodation at Grand Hotel Vittoria or similar (6 nights)
Set in Montecatini Terme, Grand Hotel Vittoria is a charming hotel with a privileged location, near the park and the thermal baths, and overlooking the town with a unique view of the surrounding hills. This hotel was recently renovated and features an outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre , and free WiFi access.
All rooms come with a satellite flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.
The shopping district and the Montecatini Terme train station are within walking distance.
Your base for six nights will be in Montecatini Terme, one of Tuscany’s most prominent spa towns and an intoxicating blend of historic architecture, gorgeous scenery and great local attractions. The town is split between a lower and upper section, known as Montecatini Bassa (lower) and Montecatini Alto (upper). One of the best ways to go between the two sections is via the town’s historic funicular railway, which has been running since 1888. The upper town is most historic, with pretty cobbled lanes, stunning views and a 12th century church. The spas are also located here, and are some of the best known in all of Tuscany. While spa treatments have modernized, there are many original spas still standing, including the grand Tettuccio Terme – one of the region’s best.
Viale Verdi the main street through town leads from Piazza Popolo to the spas and is bordered on one side by the park. Viale Verde is lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. On this street are two theaters, the tourist office, and the historic Gran Cafe Gambrinus, a lively meeting place.
Montecatini Terme is on the rail line between Lucca and Florence, both less than an hour train ride. Two trains per hour run between the two cities stopping at both of Montecatini's stations and one train per hour continues to Viareggio on the coast. Both stations are right in town.
DAY 3 | Sept. 29, 2019 | Tuscany - Florence (B, D)
After breakfast we are off to Florence for a full-day guided walking tour of the city which will include the Franciscan church of Santa Croce, known as the “Pantheon of the Italian Glories” where many illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli, are buried.
In the afternoon we return to Tuscany.
DAY 4 | Sept. 30, 2019 | Tuscany - Pisa (B, D)
After breakfast meet at the hotel lobby. This morning depart to Pisa, famous for its leaning tower, for a guided tour of the city.
Pisa has much more to offer the traveller, including its medieval centre, beautiful Duomo and Baptistery, parks, statues, and the homes of Lord Byron and Shelley.
Following this walking tour, return to Tuscany.
DAY 5 | Oct. 1, 2019 | Tuscany - Chianti (B, L, D)
After breakfast, today we can enjoy unique wine tasting with a private tour of the famous cellar of “Chianti”. We will explore the Chianti area, some of the famous vineyards and savour in a three-course lunch at the Castello Vicchio Maggio, before returning to Tuscany in the afternoon.
DAY 6 | Oct. 2, 2019 | Tuscany - San Gimignano (B, L, D)
After breakfast we will depart for San Gimignano famous for its towers and have time to explore the town and then enjoy a traditional cooking class with lunch and wine included at Fattorie San Donato Winery.
We will return to Tuscany in the afternoon.
DAY 7 | Oct. 3, 2019 | Tuscany - Siena (B, D)
After breakfast today, we will visit Siena and start with a walking tour of the the Cathedral, the Piazza del Campo, the Town Hall, and San Domenico.
At the end of the tour there will be time to visit of the Contrada (District) Museum before returning to Tuscany and enjoying a farewell Tuscany dinner with the group.
DAY 8 | Oct. 4, 2019 | Tuscany - Rome (B)
Today, we will have our last Tuscany breakfast and then check out for our departure to Rome. The remainder of the afternoon is at our leisure to explore Rome at our own pace.
You may opt to see the Crossing Piazza de la Repubblica with the fountain of the Nayads or stroll through the historical centre where you can admire the Trevi fountain, La Colonna di Marco Aurelio, the Palazzodi Montecitorio designed by Bernini, the Pantheon, Palazzo Madama (seat of the Senato) and Piazza Navona.
Our hotel is positioned in central Rome, one block from the Tiber River in the Prati District, which is an easy 20-minute walk to Vatican City and just a 10-minute walk to Castel Sant’Angelo.
Accommodation at Le Meridien Visconti Palace Hotel (2 nights)
DAY 9 | Oct. 5, 2019 | Rome (B)
Following breakfast at the hotel we will depart on a half-day tour of Vatican City. This tour includes access to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. We will then visit the Colosseum, known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and the most recognizable ancient Roman building.
In the afternoon, we will return to the hotel.
DAY 10 | Oct. 6, 2019 | Rome - Toronto (B)
After breakfast we check out for our transfer to Rome airport.
Air Transat flight 309 departs Rome at 1:40 p.m. arrives Toronto at 5:30 p.m.
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