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Spotlight on Tuscany 2017-2018
9 days with Collette  |  See Prices

  • Visit the Academy Gallery and Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.
  • See the Gothic Line, one of the Germans’ last lines of defense during WWII.
  • Visit the Museum of Liberation and see WWII fortifications and bunkers.


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Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Montecatini Terme, Italy.

Day 2 Montecatini Terme, Italy - Tour Begins 
Your tour opens in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme, your home for the next seven nights. This evening, get acquainted with your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your Tuscan adventure. (D)

Day 3 Florence
A cultural tour in the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance” showcases the beautiful city of Florence. A local Florentine guide highlights many of the city’s priceless treasures including a visit to the Academy Gallery* – which houses Michelangelo’s monumental statue of David. At the Piazza del Duomo, which is the center of religious life in medieval Florence, you will see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore this unparalleled city as you choose. (B)

Day 4 Lucca - Borgo a Mozzano - Gothic Line
Set out on a guided visit to Lucca, Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Offering Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, medieval streets flanked by towers, and delightful squares, Lucca is sure to charm you. Visit the Basilica di San Frediano before stopping to explore the home of well-known composer Giacomo Puccini where you will see the piano on which he composed Turandot. Enjoy some leisure time for lunch and independent exploration. Afterwards, depart for Borgo a Mozzano and view the remarkable Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge). Next, view the Gothic Line – built by the Germans, it was one of their last lines of defense during WWII. Visit the Museum of Liberation and see the actual fortifications and bunkers. (B)

Day 5 Siena
Discover charming Siena with a local guide. Embark on a lovely walking tour through its narrow Gothic streets. Behold stunning palaces, mansions and the historic Piazza del Campo along the way. Your day continues with a special visit to a Tuscan winery where you’ll meet the people behind some of Chianti‘s finest wines. Learn from experts as you savor a selection of the local varieties and find out why Tuscany still shines on the international wine stage. During your visit, learn about the art of winemaking and the process of making Italian olive oil. (B,D)

Day 6 Pisa
Explore the many historic sites in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa, including the Piazza dei Miracoli (“Field of Miracles”) – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Be sure to have your camera handy for a stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa so you, too, can take a picture that makes it appear as if you are holding this iconic structure up! (B)

Day 7 Montecatini Terme
The day is yours to relax and experience the local flavor. Take this opportunity to shop at the local boutiques and dine at one of the many fine local restaurants. Or, perhaps you will choose an optional excursion to Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards to visit its nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean. (B)

Day 8 Cheese Farm Visit - San Gimignano
Begin your day with breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills as you make your way to a cheese farm where you’ll learn how the famous pecorino cheese is made. Then, sample it for yourself during a cheese tasting. Afterwards, travel to the hilltop village of San Gimignano, one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany. Explore this enchanting medieval town, from its famous 14 towers to its magnificent vistas overlooking the vineyards of Tuscany. Enjoy free time and perhaps indulge in some famous Italian gelato before visiting some of the town’s shops. A delightful experience awaits this evening when you attend a Tuscan feast featuring traditional cuisine and savory wines in the magical Tuscan countryside. (B,D)

Day 9 Montecatini Terme - Tour Ends
Your tour ends today. (B)
Montecatini Terme: Hotel Ercolini & Savi
The rolling hills of Tuscany are home to sprawling vineyards, charming medieval hill towns and enchanting cities steeped in history, culture and legend. Discover them for yourself on this relaxing sojourn into the Italian countryside. Visit Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano. Savor a 7-night stay in Montecatini Terme, the famous resort and spa town. Enjoy free time to explore the cultural treasures of Florence, including Michelangelo’s “David.” Discover the charming town of Lucca, Italy’s best-kept secret. Learn about the heroic deeds of WWII at remains of the Gothic Line and visit the Museum of Liberation. Enjoy fabulous local wines and the region’s famous cuisine. This is Tuscany as you always imagined it.
  • 10 meals
  • 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)
  • 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.
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