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Tuscany & the Italian Riviera (Tuscany to Sestri Levante)

8-day escorted tour with Collette

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Collette Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Set out to experience two of Italy's great regions.
 
Day 2 Italy - Tuscan Estate - Tour Begins
Begin your trip with a relaxing three-night stay in a traditional Tuscan estate*. This evening, enjoy a private tour of the estate’s winery in the heart of Tuscany that showcases the wine cellar and the splendid grounds. Prior to enjoying an authentic Tuscan dinner expertly paired with wines produced on site, experience an interactive pasta-making demonstration with the winery’s chef. (Dinner)
 
Day 3 Tuscan Estate - Florence - Tuscan Estate
In Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,” visit the world-famous Uffizi Gallery with a local expert to see some of the most important works from the Renaissance period. During your cultural tour, you'll also view Florence’s Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore and the Palazzo Vecchio. Complete your tour with an informative explanation of Florentine gold and the fascinating techniques behind it at a local gold shop. Finally, enjoy time at leisure to relax or discover this thrilling city on your own. (Breakfast)
 
Day 4 Tuscan Estate - Siena - Monteriggioni - Tuscan Estate
A scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings you to the mystical city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena with its great shops and outdoor cafés. Continue to the walled town of Monteriggioni for a stroll along quaint streets. Return to your countryside estate where you may take time to explore the Medici Villa on-site. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 5 Tuscan Estate - Lucca - Pisa - Italian Riviera
As you head towards Italy’s picturesque Riviera, make a stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. A guide takes you on an informative tour including a visit to the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza Napoleone. Next, visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, the Duomo (Cathedral) and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. Continue on to the Italian Riviera, your home for three spectacular nights. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 6 Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera
Spend a day exploring the Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards. Travel by rail through this nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Your Tour Manager is on hand to help plan your day and make the most of your time in these five towns. (Breakfast)
 
Day 7 Italian Riviera-Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino-Italian Riviera
Travel to the seaside town of Santa Margherita Ligure for a boat ride** to glamorous Portofino. Take in the town’s colorful harbor, dotted by fishing boats and yachts, set against a backdrop of pastel-colored buildings. Return to Santa Margherita Ligure where you may enjoy a lovely lunch or peruse its charming streets and boutiques. Enjoy a free afternoon in the area before your farewell dinner. (Breakfast & Dinner)
 
Day 8 Italian Riviera - Tour Ends
Today you depart for home. (Breakfast)
Tour Map
Tour Highlights
  • Visit a Tuscan winery for a tasting and traditional welcome dinner.
  • Visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and see some of the Renaissance’s most important works of art.
  • Stroll Lucca’s piazzas and medieval streets.
  • Enjoy regional wines with every included dinner.
  • Experience the benefits of personal audio headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout your tour.
All This Included
Join us as we travel across the Italian countryside, over the rolling hills of Tuscany and to the enchanting Italian Riviera. Relax with a three-night stay in a Tuscan estate and savor the sprawling vineyards and charming medieval hill towns of the region. Enjoy a private winery tour on an interactive pasta-making demonstration. Spend a day exploring the Cinque Terre’s rugged coastline by train. Visit the Uffizi Gallery and marvel at some of the Renaissance’s most important works. Visit Siena, Pisa, and Lucca. Take a boat ride from Santa Margherita Ligure to visit glamorous Portofino. Revel in a three-night stay on the stunning Riviera. Stroll along the streets of the walled town of Monteriggioni and take a guided tour of the treasures of Florence. Throughout your journey, discover a land rich in history, culture and cuisine.
  • Accommodations for 6 nights.
  • 10 meals. (Welcome and farewell dinners feature local specialties.)
  • 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).
Accommodations on this Tour
Tuscany: Hotel Paggeria Mediceaborgo Di Artimino
Italian Riviera: Grande Albergo Sestri Levante
Notes
  • Days of features are interchangeable.
  • Please note that most shops and businesses in Italy are closed on Sundays and on national/religious holidays.
  • When reserving single accommodations, be advised that single rooms in Italy are often smaller in size.
  • In order to fully experience the destination, some of our hotels on these programs are located in smaller towns or on country roads where access is limited to large coaches. In these cases, you will be dropped off as close as possible and there will be a short walk to access the hotel from the drop off area.
  • Hotel check-in on your day of arrival is 3:00 PM. Rooms may not be available prior to that time.
  • *Note that villas and country estates in Tuscany are dotted throughout the region and we use different properties on this program. Some may be located in the countryside, removed from a city center. Still others may be closer to the hustle and bustle of the region. Each one is unique, full of history, with many amenities, and brimming with true Tuscan flavor. This is part of the fun!
  • **The boat ride to Portofino operates on a weather permitting basis. When the weather is uncooperative, you will still visit Portofino, but you will travel there by bus. Most national museums in Florence, including the Uffizi Gallery and the Academy, are closed on Mondays.
  • 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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