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Tuscan and Umbrian Countryside 2016-2017

11-day escorted tour with Collette

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Collette Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to the Italian capital city of Rome.
Day 2 Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Meet your fellow travelers in Rome for a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Join in an interactive and fun presentation on Italy’s wines given by the restaurant’s sommelier. Indulge in a traditional four-course meal paired with some of the country’s finest wines. (Dinner)
Day 3 Rome - Orvieto - Umbria
Travel to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto, known for its white wine and Gothic cathedral housing a Signorelli fresco. Take time for a leisurely lunch or explore this town on your own. Spend the next four nights in a pristine Umbrian hill town. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 4 Umbria - Spoleto - Cooking Class - Umbria
Embark on a guided walking tour of historic Spoleto. See medieval palaces, the ornate Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, and the magnificent Ponte delle Torri, an aqueduct dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy free time to peruse the town’s shops and cafés. Pay a visit to a country restaurant housed in a 16th-century farmhouse. The chef provides a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson. Indulge in an early dinner in the countryside. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 5 Umbria - Montefalco - Winery - Bevagna - Olive Oil Factory - Umbria
Travel to Montefalco, nicknamed the “Balcony of Umbria” for its unobstructed views of the Umbrian countryside. Feel like you have stepped back in time as you independently explore this charming medieval town. Then, it’s on to a local winery to sip some of this region’s most prized wine, the Sagrantino, before enjoying lunch featuring typical Umbrian dishes. Continue to Bevagna where you will join a local expert for a walking tour featuring Roman and medieval archaeological and architectural marvels. Cap off your day by learning about another local product – olive oil – at a local factory in the area of Trevi. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 6 Umbria - Home-Hosted Lunch - Assisi - Umbria
After a leisurely morning, an Umbrian family welcomes you to their country home as they prepare a delicious home-cooked meal. Afterwards, travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis, for a guided walking tour of the old city, including the Basilica of St. Francis and its medieval streets. Take time to explore the city on your own. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 7 Umbria - Winery - Tuscany
Journey from Umbria through southern Tuscany. Make a stop at a winery to discover the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards, olive groves and stunning views. The winery’s chef prepares an authentic Tuscan lunch, expertly paired with wines produced on-site. Make yourself at home in Tuscany in your restored palazzo for the next four nights. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 8 Tuscany - Florence - Tuscany
Set out on a short journey to Florence, “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Begin with a guided walking tour of the city sights, including the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of the Piazza Del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. Join your local guide in exploring the unique qualities of the city, focusing on Florence’s local artisans and visiting their workshops. Spend some free time shopping and investigating Florence on your own. Return to Montaione. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 9 Tuscany - Siena - Monteriggioni - Tuscany
Travel to the city of Siena. While on a walking tour, visit the historic piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race. Continue to the walled town of Monteriggioni for a stroll along the quaint streets of this town, seemingly frozen in time, before returning to Montaione for the evening. (Breakfast)
Day 10 Tuscany - Volterra - San Gimignano - Tuscany
Spend your morning in Volterra, a former Etruscan city which sits high above the Tuscan countryside. Visit the Guarnacci Museum, one of the most famous Etruscan museums in Italy. Travel to San Gimignano, known as the "City of Beautiful Towers," and look for the town's fourteen medieval towers that date back to the 13th century. Enjoy a stroll along Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Day 11 Tuscany - Tour Ends
Your journey comes to a close in Montaione. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
Tour Highlights
  • Take the road less traveled through central Italy and explore Tuscany and Umbria’s smaller, more authentic towns.
  • Participate in a cooking class in Umbria in a 16th-century farmhouse and learn to make some of the region’s most delicious recipes.
  • Enjoy a home-cooked meal at one of Umbria’s country homes while dining with a local family.
  • Sample local specialties while sipping the famed Sagrantino wine during a winery visit near the “Balcony of Umbria,” Montefalco.
  • Travel to Volterra and visit one of the most famous Etruscan museums in Italy, the Guarnacci Museum.
  • Experience the benefits of personal audio headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout your tour.
All This Included
See another side of Italy. Explore Tuscany and Umbria’s smaller, more authentic towns. Learn the secrets of Tuscan and Umbrian cuisine. Journey to Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Visit a family owned winery for a tasting and have a home-hosted lunch in a charming country home. Stop in Siena, a medieval town with one of Tuscany's most beautiful squares. Travel to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto, known for its white wine and Gothic cathedral. Along the way, savor regional specialties and enjoy Italian wines with every dinner.
  • Accommodations for 9 nights.
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home.
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling.
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip.
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours.
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees."
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life.
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour.
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway).
  • 16 Meals (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.)
Accommodations on this Tour
Rome: Hotel Imperiale
Umbria: Antica Dimora Alla Rocca
Montaione: Una Palazzo Mannaioni
  • To truly experience the program and destination, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.

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