Tuscany by Central Holidays
Florence, Pisa, Siena and San Gimignano
9 Days | February 20-28, 2019
Starting At $2,499.00
Leave everyday life behind you on this 7 night escape to Tuscany! Known for its beautiful landscapes and artistic legacy it is widely regarded as The Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. You will experience Tuscan cuisine, superb wines of the Chianti Region, see both the Leaning Tower and the bronze doors of the Baptistery in Florence.
Prices Per Person
Single Supplement $349
Day 1-Depart USA
Depart from the East Coast today on Alitalia for Florence, Italy. Meals and refreshments served on board.
Upon arrival, proceed to baggage claim. After clearing customs, you will be met by a professional tour manager and transfer to your hotel in Pistoia. You will spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Have a welcome cocktail and briefing in the hotel. Tonight includes dinner at the hotel.
Today’s tour will take you to Florence, a magical city known for its art, history and culture. Enjoy a walking tour through streets and piazzas lined with elegant Renaissance style buildings and gorgeous marble sculptures, fine leather and jewelry stores, and restaurants serving delicacies that have made the Tuscan cuisine famous worldwide. You will see the Baptistery (from outside) with its fine bronze doors adorned with the famous gates of Paradise and the Piazza della Signoria. Later enjoy free time for shopping and visiting the museums and galleries.
Today, enjoy a tour to Lucca and Pisa. Lucca is a peaceful place with narrow lanes that wind among the medieval buildings, opening suddenly to reveal churches, tiny piazzas, and many other reminders of the city’s long history, including a Roman amphitheater. In the afternoon, we continue to Pisa to see its incredible Leaning Tower. It is 14 feet off center at the top because of settling after construction was started in 1173. Your visit of Pisa will also include a sightseeing tour of Pisa’s Campo dei Miracoli, or Field of Miracles. Tonight dinner is included at the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Siena for your full-day tour. Set in the most beautiful Tuscan countryside of rolling hills, lush vines, and gray-green olive trees. Siena offers much to see, from the fine palaces that line the narrow-cobbled streets and the superb Doumo, to the celebrated Piazza del Campo where the famed Palio horse race is run yearly. Take time to explore the museums and churches of Siena and the glamorous shops of the Via dei Banchi de Sopra.
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and then enjoy the remainder of the day on your own to explore.
Day 7-San Gimignano & Chianti Region
Today enjoy a tour to San Gimignano, a town of Etruscan origin. Built by noble families, the fourteen remaining towers that line the ramparts look like medieval skyscrapers. As we drive south through the Italian wine country of Chianti this afternoon, we will stop at a winery for tasting the superb local wine. Together we will learn what makes a Chianti Classico. This day is sure to be a highlight!
Spend the day at your leisure to explore Pistoia, enjoy a spa treatment or just relax. This afternoon, we will participate in a 2.5 hours Cooking Demonstration followed by a farewell Tuscan feast at the hotel.
Day 9-Pistoia to USA
This morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home, taking with you many wonderful memories of Italy.