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20 Jan 2008

Discover Tuscany


A relaxing 10 day tour stay in the famous Italian region of Tuscany

Visit the Academy Gallery and Michelangelo’s famous statue of "David"
Tour the Pitti Palace’s magnificent collection of Renaissance masterpieces
Sample delectable wines during an included winery tour and tasting
Visit the historic, medieval cities of Sienna, Pisa and Lucca
Enjoy a guided tour of historic Assisi and the Basilica of St. Francis.

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Rolling landscapes, savory wines, delicious food, and stunning architecture.this can only be Tuscany. Explore of Italy’s most famous treasure. On this special journey you will travel back roads, enjoy unhurried walking tours, visit magnificent historic cities and sample delectable cuisine and wines. Your adventure begins with an overnight flight to Italy.

Day 2: Arrive Rome, Italy - Tour Begins

Your tour begins in Rome where you have some leisure time before joining your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner this evening.

Day 3: Rome - Assisi - Montecatini Terme

Travel to the medieval walled city of Assisi, birthplace of the patron saint of Italy, St. Francis. Take a local expert guides you on a tour of the magnificent Basilica of St. Francis and the historic old city. Continue on to beautiful Tuscany and the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme, your home for the next six nights.

Day 4: Pisa - Lucca

Travel to the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa where you will find the Piazza dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral) and its historic Baptistry, along with the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Next, journey to historic Lucca and explore the old town, filled with gothic palaces, charming shops, and streets bustling with activity.

Day 5: Siena

Travel through Tuscany’s low-lying hills to Siena, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. Embark on a lovely walking tour through the narrow Gothic streets and behold the stunning palaces, mansions and historic Piazza del Campo. Enjoy free time to explore Siena’s captivating ambiance. Your day concludes with a winery tour and tasting of various local wines.

Day 6: 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 the Academy Gallery which houses Michelangelo’s monumental figure of David. At the Piazza del Duomo, center of religious life in medieval Florence, you’ll see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You also view the Church of Santa Croce, burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli. The remainder of your day is at leisure for you to explore this magnificent city. A delightful experience awaits you this evening as you attend a Tuscan feast featuring traditional cuisine, wines and your favorite Italian melodies.

Day 7: Montecatini Terme

Enjoy a day of leisure to relax and experience the local flavor. Take this opportunity to shop at the local boutiques and dine at one the many fine local restaurants. Perhaps indulge in a favorite local pastime and visit one of the many thermal spas which draw people from all over Europe to Montecatini Terme.

Day 8: Florence - Pitti Palace

Today you return to Florence and enjoy a guided tour of the amazing Pitti Palace. See master works by artists such as Raphael, Rubens and Caravaggio in this impressive collection, and. also tour the staterooms of this former royal palace. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to independently explore the many treasures of this great city. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip to unforgettable Tuscany. *The Pitti Palace is closed Mondays

Day 9: Tuscany - Rome

Travel the Autostrada to Rome, the Eternal City. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore your hotel’s surroundings or visit Vatican City and the magnificent Vatican Museums on your own.

Day 10: Rome

Spend the day discovering this glorious city at your leisure. Perhaps you’ll stroll by the Spanish Steps, explore the history of the Coliseum and the Forum, or simply watch the world go by from a sidewalk cafĂ©.

Day 11: Rome

Flight to back home

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