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Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside 2018-2019

11-day escorted tour with Collette

Collette Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Rome, Italy.

Day 2 Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Welcome to Rome – Italy’s dynamic capital city. Say hello to your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 Rome - Orvieto - Umbria
Travel to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto. A local expert leads you on a walking tour amid the town’s treasures, including a visit to its prominent Gothic cathedral, home to a Signorelli fresco. Explore the many sides of Orvieto on your own. Perhaps pause for a leisurely lunch, sip on some white wine and become a part of the local scene. This is just the beginning. You’ll spend the next four nights immersed in country life in a pristine Umbrian hill town. (B,D)

Day 4 Umbria - Spoleto - Cooking Class - Umbria
Set off for 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. Next, visit a country restaurant housed in a 16th-century farmhouse. This is the Italy few get to experience. Take a stroll through their herb garden (weather permitting) and see how they make their own cheese. Afterwards, join the chef for a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson. Indulge in an early dinner in the countryside before turning in for the evening. (B,D)

Day 5 Umbria - Assisi - Home-Hosted Lunch - Umbria
Travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Set out on a walking tour of the old city with a local guide. Come to know its history as you stroll the medieval streets, pausing along the way to see its famed Basilica of St. Francis. Next, you are in for a treat when an Umbrian family welcomes you to their country home as they prepare you a delicious home-cooked meal. Share stories and make an Umbrian friend (or two). (B,L)

Day 6 Umbria - Montefalco - Winery - Bevagna - Olive Oil Farm - Umbria
Head to the “Balcony of Umbria.” The charming medieval town of Montefalco received this moniker because of its unobstructed views of the Umbrian countryside. Step back in time as you explore independently. Then, it’s on to a local winery to sample some of this region’s most prized wine, Sagrantino. Next, savor a lunch of authentic Umbrian dishes. Continue to Bevagna where we meet a local expert for a walking tour featuring Roman and medieval archaeological and architectural marvels. Cap off your day by learning about another locally made product – olive oil – at a family-run ‘frantoio’ (olive-presser). (B,L)

Day 7 Umbria - Winery - Tuscany
It’s on to Tuscany! You’ll fall in love with the picturesque Renaissance landscape of hills and villages as we make your way through the Val D’Orcia region. Of course we’ll make a stop at a local winery to see the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards and olive groves. The winery’s chef creates an authentic Tuscan lunch, expertly paired with wines produced on-site. Later, make yourself at home in your restored Tuscan palazzo. (B,L)

Day 8 Tuscany - Florence - Tuscany
Today it’s Florence, “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Join a local guide for a walking tour of the city’s iconic sights. Return to another age as you view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of the Piazza Del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. Catch a glimpse into the creative side of Florence when you meet a local artisan in his workshop to see how and where he refines his craft. Take some time to browse the shops and explore Florence on your own. (B)

Day 9 Tuscany - Siena - Monteriggioni - Tuscany
Travel to the city of Siena. During your locally guided walking tour, visit the historic piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race. Then, the choice is yours! Explore the 14th-century Torre (Tower) del Mangia, the 3rd tallest tower in Italy at your own pace or join your guide to get to know local life in a Contrada (neighborhood). Each of these small, close-knit communities is unique and has traditions all their own. Then it’s off to the walled town of Monteriggioni. Stroll its quaint streets, seemingly frozen in time. Take an afternoon break and try some local snacks before heading back to your quiet Tuscan retreat. (B)

Day 10 Tuscany - Volterra - San Gimignano - Tuscany
Roll along the country roads to Volterra, a former Etruscan city perched high above the countryside. Spend time at the Guarnacci Museum, one of the oldest public museums in Europe, founded in 1761. Then it’s on to an alabaster carving demonstration* at a local workshop. Later, we travel to San Gimignano, known as the "City of Beautiful Towers." Look up to see 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. Partake in an interactive and fun presentation on wine by the restaurant’s sommelier. (B,D)

Day 11 Tuscany - Tour Ends
Your journey comes to a close in Montaione. (B)
Tour Highlights
  • Embark on a guided walking tour of Spoleto.
  • Marvel at the ornate Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta.
  • Behold the magnificent Ponte delle Torri, a 13th-century aqueduct.
  • Take the road less traveled visiting small villages in Italy’s countryside.
All This Included
See another side of Italy. Explore Tuscany and Umbria’s smaller, more authentic towns. Learn the secrets of 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. Choose to visit Siena's Torre (Tower) del Mangia or explore one of its Contradas. Venture to Assisi for a guided walking tour of the old city. Travel to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto, known for its white wine and Gothic cathedral. Spend time in the hill town of Volterra to visit the Guarnacci Museum and witness an alabaster carving demonstration at a local workshop. Explore San Gimignano, known as the "City of Beautiful Towers." Along the way, savor regional specialties and enjoy Italian wine with every dinner.
  • 16 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)
Accommodations on this Tour
Rome: Hotel Kolbe 
Umbria: Hotel Antica Dimora Alla Rocca, Trevi 
Tuscany: UNA Palazzo Mannaioni, Montaione 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Kolbe Hotel Rome
Notes
  • 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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