The entire tour of Tuscany begins with your arrival in Rome and the visit of Montalcino and Pienza 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 Saint' Agostino, Saint' Egidio 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 in places like San Gimignano, Florence, Cinque Terre and Naples.
If you love history more than you do wine tasting, Pompeii, Gragnano and the Sorrento Peninsula will amaze you a lot and show you every bit of Italian's history, architecture and arts that dates back to the Roman Empire.
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 central Florence. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Florence.
Day 02: Florence| 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 *Optional Tour: 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: San Gimignano - Siena - Chianti Private Guided Tour | After breakfast at the hotel, meet the driver in the lobby for a Private Tour of the Tuscany countryside. First San Gimignano, a splendid medieval town declared a World Heritage Site. The town will leave you astonished by its beauty. Leave San Gimignano to visit Chianti area where you will enjoy a Food a Wine Tasting. Then continue on to Siena for a private guided tour of Italy's loveliest medieval city. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Late afternoon return to your hotel in Florence.
Day 04: Florence - Cinque Terre | After Breakfast at the Hotel Private Transfer to Santa Margherita Ligure. En route stop and visit the Cinque Terre by boat with a local guide. Departure from Florence in the early morning: upon arrival in Portovenere, catch the the local boat to Monterosso and stop in Vernazza, famous for its intricate layout with its “carruggi” (narrow lanes) and steep stairways and Riomaggiore ( or Manarola). At the end of the day, arrive in Monterosso and meet your driver. Continue to Santa Margherita and overnight in town.
Day 05: Portofino & The Tigullio Gulf | After breakfast at the Hotel, meet your driver in the lobby for a Morning Private Tour of Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo and 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, historic sights like the Church of St. Martin and the Castello Brown hilltop fortress. Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon visit Chiavari, Sestri Levante and Levanto. Late afternoon return to your Hotel. Overnight in Santa Margherita Ligure.
Day 06: Santa Margherita Ligure - Gulf of Poets - Lunigiana | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your Driver in the Lobby. On route to the Lunigiana, today explore the Gulf of Poets on a Private Guided Tour. The Gulf of Poets is a dramatically beautiful area full of little villages, gorgeous colors and steep cliffs that disappear into the blue waters below. Also known as the Gulf of La Spezia this area of the Italian Riviera begins at the Magra River and finishes at the town of Portovenere. The Bay--so called because it was a favorite of writers like Shelley, Byron, Petrarca and Montale--also includes the picturesque villages of Lerici, Sarzana, Tellaro, San Terenzo, Montemarcello, the city of La Spezia, and the islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto. Late afternoon continue to your Castle Hotel in Lunigiana.
Day 07: Lunigiana Castles & Borgos |After breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver in the lobby. Your Private Guided Lunigiana tour starts at one of the most fascinating of all the castles in Lunigiana, Fosdinovo castle. It is strategically placed halfway between the peaks of the Apuan Alps and the Versilia Coast. Today, the descendants of the ancient feudal Malaspina family still live in the castle. Their origin can be retraced as far back as the IXth century, when Boniface I arrived in Italy in 813 as a follower of Charlemagne. The king granted Tuscany to Boniface, from where he managed to expand his influence as far as Liguria and Corsica. The Malaspinas built Fosdinovo Castle in the Middle Ages and their fortunes are interwoven with its history. Inside the Castle, the frescoed walls and furnished halls reflect what life was like during those times. From Fosdinovo, we head towards northern Lunigiana. After lunch in a characteristic Lunigiana restaurant, you continue to Pontremoli, the door of Tuscany. It is a typical medieval town on the Via Francigena, full of history and traditions. Crossing the Cresa bridge, you enter the walled town and head for Piagnaro Castle, the magnificent fortress that dominates the town. In the castle, you visit a small but extraordinary museum, the Stele Statue Museum. The stele statues are prehistoric, anthropomorphic sculptures dating from between the first and fourth millennia BC. Late afternoon transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Lunigiana.
Day 08: Pisa Departure | After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a Private Transfer from Lunigiana to Pisa Airport.
- 3 Nights Florence: Hotel Degli Orafi 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
Prices in Euro
Package Starting Prices based on Double Occupancy in
4* Boutique Hotels
€ 4,785 per person
5* Luxury Hotels
€ (On Request) per person