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Tuscany, Cinque Terre & the Portofino Coast
From $6,290.00 (USD)

A fresh new perspective on life in the five lands and under the Tuscan sun... It's hands-on learning with local experts on many subjects, who share their experience, their knowledge and their passions. And you are suddenly living la dolce vita...
 
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Tuscany, Cinque Terre & the Portofino Coast

A fresh new perspective on life in the five lands and under the Tuscan sun... It's hands-on learning with local experts on many subjects, who share their experience, their knowledge and their passions. And you are suddenly living la dolce vita...



From under the Tuscan sun to the Italian Riviera, embark on a journey that fills your senses with art, cuisine, wine, and the best of nature from rolling Tuscan hills with vineyards of grapes and olives to the magnificent Mediterranean Italian Riviera, lined with fragrant gardens along a picturesque coastline... And you are suddenly, you are living la dolce vita...

Our 8-day journey brings extraordinary experiences, from nature to knowledge. Bicycling atop the walls of Lucca... or walking through the medieval alleys of Siena. It's laughter. It's sharing, such as vino made from grapes in the vineyards you've just explored. It's about becoming a part of day-to-day Italy... learning to cook Italian-style... savoring the extraordinary beauty of nature from Portofino along the Mediterranean's Italian Riviera... exploring villages of Cinque Terre National Park, overlooking the sea... and going off-the-beaten-path for an Italian cultural connection unlike any other.



From under the Tuscan sun to the Italian Riviera, embark on a journey that fills your senses with art, cuisine, wine, and the best of nature from rolling Tuscan hills with vineyards of grapes and olives to the magnificent Mediterranean Italian Riviera, lined with fragrant gardens along a picturesque coastline... And you are suddenly, you are living la dolce vita...

Our 8-day journey brings extraordinary experiences, from nature to knowledge. Bicycling atop the walls of Lucca... or walking through the medieval alleys of Siena. It's laughter. It's sharing, such as vino made from grapes in the vineyards you've just explored. It's about becoming a part of day-to-day Italy... learning to cook Italian-style... savoring the extraordinary beauty of nature from Portofino along the Mediterranean's Italian Riviera... exploring villages of Cinque Terre National Park, overlooking the sea... and going off-the-beaten-path for an Italian cultural connection unlike any other.



Traveling Well Includes:
  • Small groups from 22 - 26 guests for a more personal travel experience
  • Private, early-opening visit to Florence's Basilica di Santa Croce, final resting place of Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and more
  • In Florence, explore the fabulous Uffizi Galleries on a guided visit
  • Learn to cook Italian style when you join local chefs in Lucca for a hands-on lesson in pasta making with a wine and olive oil tasting
  • Spend two nights along the Italian Riviera at an elegant hotel that was once a private villa, a perfect setting to enjoy the magnificent scenery in the region.
  • Explore Cinque Terre National Park's coastal paths amidst breathtaking views
  • If you wish, join us for a bicycling tour atop Lucca's well-preserved walls
  • Enjoy a docent-led visit at La Cervara, a 14th-century abbey renowned for its stunning gardens overlooking the sea.
  • Attend a wine and olive oil tasting in Tuscany

  • Call (530) 896-1668 for more information or to book today! Mention code 18577147
    Tour OperatorTauck Tours
    OfferOffer valid through 9/30/2024
    Duration
    8 Days
    Itinerary
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1FlorenceWelcome to Florence

    Tour begins: 6:30 PM, Helvetia & Bristol. A transfer is included from the Peretola Airport to the elegant Helvetia & Bristol. Join us this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner.



    Lodging: Helvetia & Bristol

    Meals: D
    Day 2FlorenceSanta Croce & the Uffizi Galleries

    Michelangelo's shadow looms large in Firenze. Sightseeing begins today with an early-opening, private morning visit of the 15th-century Basilica di Santa Croce. Dubbed the Temple of Italian Glories, Florence's answer to London's Westminster Abbey is filled with the tombs of major Italian legends including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini, Machiavelli, and more, along with a statue that inspired the Statue of Liberty. Florence's Renaissance heart makes yours beat a little faster as you ramble through it with your Florentine guide, then discover some of the city's masterpieces on a guided visit to the fabulous Uffizi Galleries; the Uffizi is Europe's oldest art gallery, founded by the Medicis to display their countless treasures, today housing some of the world's most beloved art. Today you'll understand how art and history are inextricably intertwined in Florence.



    Lodging: Helvetia & Bristol

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3FlorenceA day in the Tuscan countryside

    Your day begins with exploration of the Sienese countryside south of Florence with a local guide; you'll view some of the prettiest landscapes in Tuscany boasting rolling hills, vineyards, and hilltop towns, and visit the charming Renaissance town of Pienza (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). This evening, join us for a special apericena at your hotel in the Wine Cellar, dating back to the 13th century.



    Lodging: Grand Hotel Continental

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4SienaCarrara Marble & on to Cinque Terre National Park

    Awaken in beautiful Siena; accompany your local guide to discover Siena's many architectural treasures on a walking tour including its black-and-white Duomo, one of Italy's great cathedrals, with scenes inlaid in the marble floors and sculpture by Michelangelo. You'll see the Piazza del Campo where the famous Palio bareback horse race has been held twice every year for centuries Palazzo Salimbeni, Palazzo Tolomei, Torre di Mangia, Santa Maria della Scalla and more. Spend the afternoon exploring as you please, or join us at Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo to view the world's first secular fresco, Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, followed by free time.



    Lodging: Grand Hotel Continental

    Meals: B
    Day 5LuccaCooking, cycling and tastings

    Head to the walled town of Lucca for either a bicycle* tour led by a local guide or a guided walk. This medieval city's surviving Renaissance-era, red-brick walls shut out traffic and the modern world… leaving a peaceful community that still revolves around its original Roman street plan, encircled by a delightful, tree-lined promenade. And because it's topographically flat unlike most Tuscan towns Lucca is a cyclist's dream. One of the best ways to explore this historically powerful and culturally rich city is by bicycle... and, led by your local guide, you'll do just that down its narrow lanes… across its ancient piazzas… even along the top of its massive walls. At a local agriturismo, enjoy a hands-on lesson with local chefs, an olive oil and wine tasting, and a pasta-making class.



    Lodging: Grand Universe Lucca

    Meals: B, L
    Day 6Cinque TerreCinque Terre National Park

    Weather permitting, ride a ferry along the coast to Vernazza, one of five remote fishing villages strung like jewels along the coast Cinque Terre National Park, the five lands. They're now linked to the outside world by rail, but for centuries were accessible only by sea… or on foot, the best way to appreciate life in what is truly a world of its own. Disembark for a walking tour of the village followed by lunch at a local trattoria. This afternoon, you'll have a choice of activities. You may either stay in Vernazza for free time to do as you wish, or embark by train to explore another village. Arrive in the town of Rapallo on the Italian Riviera for a two-night stay.



    Lodging: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa

    Meals: B, L
    Day 7RapalloPortofino and a garden visit

    Ferry this morning to the small fishing village of Portofino, revered by artists and writers for its stunning Mediterranean setting; if you wish, walk up the steep climb to Castello Brown for amazing views overlooking the port. This afternoon, enjoy a docent-led visit at La Cervara, a 14th-century abbey renowned for its stunning gardens overlooking the sea. Join us this evening for a farewell reception at your hotel, followed by dinner.



    Lodging: Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 8Genoa ItalyArrivederci, Italy

    Tour ends: Genoa. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Grand Hotel Bristol Resort & Spa to Genoa Airport or Genoa train station, or you can post-stay in Genoa (ask at booking). Allow three hours for flight check-in at the airport.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.
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