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Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

Departs: 10/23/2017 Returns: 10/31/2017

9 Days | All Airfare Included

Discover the charming Tuscan countryside, visit and explore the colorful villages of the Cinque Terre.

Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Ciao Italia
Our tour begins with an overnight flight to Italy. Anticipation builds as we fly across the ocean.

Day 2 : Tour Tuscany
Upon arrival, we are greeted by our Italian Tour Guide and Driver who accompany us throughout our tour. We then begin our journey through the famous rolling hills of Tuscany to our home for the next four nights, the breathtaking Hotel Casafrassi. This Neoclassical villa sits nestled among a panorama of landscaped gardens, olive groves and vineyards. Amenities include a spa, optional wine tasting and much more. All rooms overlook the Chianti hills. This evening, enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and meet our fellow travelers over expertly prepared Italian cuisine and local wine. D

Day 3 : Volterra & San Gimignano
Today we visit two of Italy's best preserved medieval hill towns. Both are still surrounded by fortified walls and overlook rolling farmland. Pre-dating the Roman Empire, Volterra was once an important Etruscan city. Learn about its ancient history, see the more recent 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and perhaps shop for something made from alabaster. In the afternoon we visit San Gimignano, famous for its medieval towers once used by feuding noble families. Walk through the same city gate used by pilgrims on their way to Rome. Dinner is included tonight to discover the tastes of the region. B,D

Day 4 : Florence
Today we tour Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Visit the Galleria dell’Accademia and view incredible works including Michelangelo's David. Wonder at the Duomo, the largest brick dome ever constructed and gaze upon Ghiberti's bronze doors of the Baptistery, often called the "Gates of Paradise." Take time this afternoon to visit the Ponte Vecchio, a famous bridge housing local gold vendors, or enjoy a fresh gelato, traditional Italian style ice cream. This evening offers a special treat, the Castello di Verazzano. Learn the history of Giovanni da Verazzano, celebrated navigator and discoverer of the Bay of New York. We delight in an included dinner featuring a fantastic selection of wines, meats and cheeses for our sampling pleasures. B,D

Day 5 : Cortona
After a splendid breakfast, we make our way to the hilltop town of Cortona. Our Italian Guide will provide a fascinating tour of the medieval architecture of the Piazza Garibaldi, the sights and shops of the Via Nazionale and the Palazzo Casali, displaying relics from the Etruscan, Roman and Egyptian civilizations. This afternoon is yours for individual pursuits to enjoy the Renaissance churches, olive groves and terraces that surround us in this picture-postcard town. Tonight we take in an included dinner and bid farewell to our time in Tuscany. B,D

Day 6 : Pisa & Santa Margherita Ligure
Enjoy breakfast on the terrace and say arrivederci to Tuscany as we travel north to Pisa, known for its opulent churches and palaces. Our guide introduces us to this charming city. A highlight of our visit is seeing the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. We continue to the comfortable coastal town of Santa Margherita Ligure in the heart of the Italian Riviera. The wide promenade follows the sand beach to the small boat harbor. Enjoy two evenings in this idyllic setting. B,D

Day 7 : Cinque Terre
Today we visit the Cinque Terre, an Italian National Park and UNESCO World Heritage site. We have the day to visit this rocky coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. The pastel colors of the buildings in the tiny fishing villages make for stunning pictures. Enjoy superb views of the distinctive terraced vineyards that produce the local dry white wines. We start in the morning at the little village of Riomaggiore, sightsee to Vernazza and end our visit in Monterosso al Mare, the village with the best beach and beautiful lemon trees. We return to Santa Margherita Ligure for an evening at leisure. We suggest dining in a sidewalk café on the palm-lined street facing the sea! B

Day 8 : Italian Riviera
A leisurely day awaits us. We visit Portofino, known as the “Pearl of the Italian Riviera.” This enchanting fishing village with its picturesque harbor is frequented by some of Europe's wealthiest and most discerning pleasure seekers. This afternoon we travel to Milan for our overnight accommodations. Tonight, we gather together for a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner and toast our new friendships. B,D

Day 9 : Arrividerci Italia
After an included breakfast, we make our way home with fond memories of our Italian adventure. B

B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes 
All airfare
All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $728 per person)
• Holiday Vacations Tour Director
• Experienced European Guides
• Motorcoach and professional Driver
• Baggage handling at hotels
$100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

13 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Holiday Vacations Welcome & Farewell Dinner
• Daily European breakfast
• Dinner & wine tasting at Castello di Verrazzano
• Dinner in Santa Margherita Ligure

All Accommodations Featuring
• 4 nights at Hotel Casafrassi, Castellina in Chianti, Tuscany
2 nights in Santa Margherita Ligure
1 night in Milan

Attractions & Highlights
• Volterra city tour
• San Gimignano
• Florence city tour - The Duomo, Galleria dell'Accademia & Michelangelo's David
• Cortona
• Leaning Tower of Pisa
• Tuscan countryside
• Santa Margherita Ligure
• Cinque Terre
• Boat ride to/from Portofino
• Portofino

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airport - Double $4899
Airport - Single $5599

Final Payment Date: 7/21/2017

Itinerary ID:8565343 | Tour Code: INTY1023171
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