Tour Description

Florence, Tuscany and Cinque Terre Private Luxury Tour | 9 Nights/10 Days 

Package Starting Prices Euro 6,485.00 Per Person

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The entire tour of Tuscany begins with your arrival in Florence to spend 3 nights in the this incredible cradle of the renaissance. Visit also Pisa and Lucca as well as the magical wine regions of Siena and Chianti where you will get to explore amazing squares and the great Italian tradition in churches like the San Gimignano and Siena and many other ones.

During the tour you will be served breakfasts in the best hotels but also taken on exclusive wine tasting tours throughout Tuscany and fine dining events. You will be able to see, taste and explore every bit of Cinque Terre, but also go beyond the place and visit Portofino, Rapallo, Tigullio and Santa Margherita Ligure, all picturesque and iconic coastal places in Liguria.

Detailed Itinerary

Florence, Tuscany and Cinque Terre Private Luxury Tour | 9 Nights/10 Days 

Package Starting Prices Euro 6,485.00 Per Person

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Day 01: Florence Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Florence airport please proceed through the Passport Control and collect your luggage inside the customs area. Just outside this area meet your driver who will transfer you to your Hotel in Florence. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Florence.

Day 02: Florence Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Guide at the Hotel Lobby. Follow your guide along the windy pathways to a stop in Piazza del Duomo. Be awed as you take in the glory of the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori). Marvel at the intricacy of the pink, white and green marble that covers the exterior, then gaze up at the striking cupola. You’ll also see Giotto's bell tower (Campanile di Giotto), and the bronze baptistery doors by Ghiberti. Next, stroll to the Accademia Gallery. Head directly inside with your skip-the-line ticket and make a beeline for the gallery’s most famous exhibit: Michelangelo’s David, a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. Admire the marble statue which was carved in the early 16th century, and learn how it is a symbol of strength and youthful, human beauty. Lunch at leisure. This afternoon head into Florence Old Town to see the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. Pose for photos by its distinctive façade before strolling to Piazza della Signoria. See the imposing Palazzo and Ponte Vecchio and admire the replica of Michelangelo’s David. Then, wander through the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air sculpture gallery. After, make for the Uffizi Gallery, which is home to more than 1,500 pieces of art including works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raffaello and Caravaggio. Head directly inside Uffizi Gallery, with your skip-the-line tickets and Personal Guide. After the Tour, return to your Hotel. Overnight in Florence.

Day 03: Pisa and Lucca Private Guided Tour |Breakfast at the Hotel. This morning meet your driver and guide at the Hotel Lobby. Pisa and Lucca are undoubtedly among the richest cities in the world for their architecture and history: they are mandatory destinations for those who want to go deep inside Tuscany and its artistic background. This morning travel to Pisa, whose major attraction is the splendid and imposing Piazza dei Miracoli. You will travel along the banks of the River Arno, flanked by elegant Renaissance Palaces and Churches, like the splendid gothic facade of Santa Maria Della Spina. During this part of your tour of Pisa your guide will talk about the history of this town, which in XI century was a mighty maritime nation, one of the four Marine Republics of Italy. At that time, Pisa was a very important commercial centre and controlled a significant Mediterranean merchant fleet and navy. Continue to the extraordinary Piazza Dei Miracoli or Cathedral Square, dominated by the world famous Leaning Bell Tower. Partly paved and partly grassed, it's dominated by four great edifices: the Duomo (Cathedral), the famous leaning tower, the Baptistry and the monumental Cemetery. After a Food and Wine Tasting in a local Farm, depart for Lucca, known for the well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling its historic city center and its cobblestone streets. Broad, tree-lined pathways along the tops of these massive walls are popular for strolling and cycling. Casa di Puccini, where the great opera composer was born, is now a house museum. You will visit the enchanting old town centre walking along a section of the walls and enjoying a breathtaking view over the rooftops. Then you are free to admire the main attractions of the city we recommend Anfiteatro Square, Guinigi Tower, San Martino Cathedral and stroll along the picturesque streets of antique shops. Late afternoon return to Florence. Overnight in Florence.

Day 04: Florence → Impruneta Oil & Cheese and Wine in San Casciano → Chianti | Meet the driver in your hotel lobby. On route to your Hotel in Chianti enjoy a Private Tour of the Tuscany countryside. This excursion begins in the heart of the Tuscan oil kingdom - the hills around Impruneta, were we'll visit the Torrerossa oil farm. The Farm offers you the occasion to live a unique experience: visit the antique olive grove and taste the delicious extra virgin olive oil made with the pressing of its olives. This is a 100% Tuscan product with very high nutritional values. The Torre Rossa produces the “Torre  Rossa” Extra-virgin olive oil that is still stored in characteristic terracotta orci. The olive grove extends for about 20 hectares, where local varieties such as Moraiolo, Pendolino and Leccino can be found. The harvesting of the olives generally takes place in the month of November. The olives are picked by hand, or with the help of special combs which cause the fruit to fall into nets or sheets spread out on the ground. After the farm tour, you will visit the small town of Impruneta. Continue to San Casciano hills, we find the Corzano e Paterno winery & cheese farm, specialized in the production of cheeses with traditional methods, using the milk from the farm's sheep. Here experience a Lunch/Food & Wine Tasting followed by a tour of farm and the cellars. You will also taste their excellent chesses and wines. After late afternoon, return to your hotel in Florence. Late afternoon continue to your hotel in the Tuscan Countryside. In the afternoon transfer to your Hotel. Overnight at your Hotel in Chianti.

Day 05: San Gimignano and Siena Private Guided Tour | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver and guide in the lobby. San Gimignano, a fantastic example of medieval architecture declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, famous for its medieval skyscrapers. These tower houses were built by local families at the height of the Guelph-Ghibelline conflict. As you stroll around this compact hill town, your Private Guide will introduce you to the life & times of Medieval San Gimignano. You will begin your tour from San Gimignano main gate, where the medieval city walls are still completely visible. During your walk, you will stop at Torre Cugnanesi and then continue to the two main squares: the first one named after the cistern located at its center, the second where political and religious institutions are located and the little market square: Piazza delle Erbe. The Duomo in San Gimignano is one of the few churches in Italy that are entirely decorated with frescoes, it was used as a film location a few years ago, for Tea with Mussolini by the famous movie director Franco Zeffirelli. The Civic Museum boasts a precious collection of wooden paintings dating from 13th to 16th centuries, works by artists such as Coppo di Marcovaldo, Benozzo Gozzoli, Filippino Lippi, Pinturicchio. Here is the access to the only tower of San Gimignano open to the public. Spend some time here at leisure before meeting with your driver and heading to the Chianti Hills to enjoy a Food a Wine Tasting Tour at Tenuta Casanova a family-run Winery. Here you will be warmly welcomed by its passionate winemaker and after the guided tour of the cellars and the lovely aromatic garden; a delicious tasting of different wines and local products will be waiting for you to make you a lovely Tuscan Lunch. In the afternoon, together with your Guide visit Siena. Walking along the narrow medieval streets, you will admire the splendid Cathedral where you can visit the marvelous interior including the Libreria Piccolomini. You may continue to Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is held twice a year, overlooked by imposing Palazzo del Comune. Siena was a very remarkable City-State in the Middle Ages, most of its important monuments were built between the XIII and the XIV century, today we can still admire these artistic and architectural wonders and much more. There are so many hidden spots within the city walls where past and present blend together. They are off the tourists’ beaten paths and can be discovered only with a Private Guide. Free time to stroll around, before returning to your hotel. Late afternoon return to Chianti. Overnight at your Hotel in Chianti.

Day 06: Chianti at Leisure: Breakfast at the Hotel. Today spend the day at leisure in Chianti. Overnight in Chianti.

Day 07: Chianti  → Cinque Terre | After Breakfast at the Hotel Private Transfer to Santa Margherita Ligure. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.

Day 08: Portofino & San Fruttuoso | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver and private Guide in the lobby for a Private Tour of Portofino and San Fruttuoso. From Portofino together with your Guide trek to San Fruttuoso. This small fishing village located in a bay at the foot of Mount Portofino can be reached only by boat or on foot, following the trails in Portofino Park. The site is dominated by the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, a splendid 8th century monument. Near the abbey you’ll find a church, a tower, a few cottages, and a small beach. Enjoy a swim or some sunbathing. An underwater statue of Christ, known as the Christ of the Depths, stands at the bottom of the bay. Return to Portofino by Boat. Lunch and rest of the afternoon at leisure in Portofino. One of the most popular resort towns on the Italian Riviera, little Portofino has just over 500 permanent residents. But that all changes on summer days when the sun is shining and the yachting set drops anchor in the harbor to wander about. Boutiques, art galleries, cafes and restaurants line the tiny streets. Visit the Church of San Giorgio and take a stroll down to the lighthouse. Late afternoon, transfer back to your Hotel. Overnight in SML.

Day 09: Cinque Terre Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Driver at the Hotel Lobby. This morning you will transfer to Monterosso al Mare to meet your Guide for a Private Tour of the The Cinque Terre, one of Italy’s most captivating landscapes. Translated as ‘five lands,’ the region is made up of five unique fishing villages that line the Italian Riviera. A combination of easy walks, village visits, train rides and a short boat trip between the atmospheric villages makes this the ideal visit to the Cinque Terre. Your private Guide will share great stories about each charming village, as The Cinque Terre, which until recently were linked only by mule tracks and accessible only by rail or water. An ancient system of footpaths is still the best way to visit the five villages: Monterosso: for many adventurers, the departure point, for the spectacular 12 km hiking trail that runs down the Cinque Terre coast. Vernazza: The village is dominated by the remains of the “castrum” a series of Medieval forts dating back to the XI century, with a cylindrical castle and tower. Corniglia: the only village of the Cinque Terre not in contact with the sea, rising on top of a rock promontory. Its low and wide houses are more like those of the hinterland than to the typical coastal houses, evidence that the traditional vocation of the village has always been more inclined towards the land than the sea. Manarola: hamlet of Riomaggiore, is a town planning jewel, rich as it is in typical tower houses of Genovese style, founded during the XII century. Riomaggiore peeling pastel buildings march down a steep ravine to a tiny harbour – the region's favorite postcard view. In the afternoon you will reach Porto Venere, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its picturesque harbor is lined with brightly colored houses while narrow medieval streets lined with shops lead up the hill from the ancient city gate to the castle. The tip of the promontory holds a picturesque church. Byron's Cave is a rocky area leading to the sea where the poet Byron used to swim. Ferries cruise along the coast each day, offering passengers a chance to have a view of one of the most evocative landscapes of the Mediterranean. In the late afternoon transfer back to your Hotel. Santa Margherita Ligure.

Day 10: Pisa Departure | After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a Private Transfer from Lunigiana to Pisa Airport.

Tour Inclusions
  • 3 Nights Florence: Hotel Degli Orafi 4* or Similar
  • 3 Nights in Chianti: Villa Curina 4* or Similar
  • 2 Nights Santa Margherita Ligure: Grand Hotel Miramare 4* or Similar
  • 2 Nights Lunigiana: Castello Dell' Aquila Malaspina or Similar
  • Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
  • Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
  • Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
  • Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
  • Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
  • 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
  • Details up on request
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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
    Melissa R. xxxxx.Wassenaar, NL
  • Hope, you are doing well. My wife and I had a great trip to Italy. The place, the people, and the food and wine were out of this world. Warm and kind people including hotel staff, tour guides and drivers went beyond their ways to help us and make this visit very special for us. It was very hard to leave Italy. You, your staff and company did an extraordinary job. You over delivered. Bravo!
    Barry and Paula J. xxxxxx. Omaha, Nebraska
  • We have just returned from our trip to Italy since we took a cruise after the program you and I put together. I just wanted to let you know that everything you planned worked out perfectly. Both hotels were excellent and the rooms were fine. All the drivers were on time and got us to our destinations promptly. We were especially glad to have someone meet us at the train station with the tickets in hand and directions to our car in Milan. The best part of the trip was the all day private boat trip in Bellagio with the great restaurant on the private island. So thanks for your help and hopefully we can do it again.
    John B. xxxxx. Collegeville, Pennsylvania