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Rome > Siena > Florence > Cinque Terre > Chianti Region > Florence
Explore the bustling capital of Rome and it’s astounding ancient architecture, and then head on to see Florence’s artistic masterpieces. Afterwards, you will then be able to escape to the countryside for a completely different take on Italian life. From the panoramic seaside fishing villages of the Cinque Terre to a boutique winery in the rolling Chianti countryside – where you’ll get to see how they turn vine to vino – this tour will give you an exclusive insight into Italian country life that you wouldn’t get if you just stayed in the city!
8 Days
Food & Wine
Guided
Honeymoon & Anniversary
Small Group
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

BENEFITS OF SMALL GROUP TRAVEL

More Flexibility
Smaller groups allow access to unique places you could not get to with a larger group and opens up more opportunities to truly experience a destination.
Premium Accommodation
Stay in selected and inspected centrally located hotels, or charming boutique properties throughout your trip.
Local Guides
All tours are escorted by a knowledgeable guide who will share hidden gems and insider information with you throughout your journey.
Cultural Experiences
Small group tours include many intimate, cultural, and authentic culinary experiences you could not get with a larger group.

Departures

2022 departures: April 8, 22, May 6, 20, June 3, 17, July 1, 15, August 12, September 9, & October 14, 28

Included:

  • Accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Tour Escort service
  • Welcome briefing
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Walking along the heart of Rome
  • Guided visit of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with skip the line reservation
  • Transfer from Rome to Florence via Siena
  • Wine & Food Experience in Siena
  • Walking along the heart of Siena
  • Fresh market’s tour of Florence
  • Guided visit of the heart of Florence, including Accademia & Michelangelo’s David with skip the line
  • Guided visit to Cinque Terre with lunch and wine tasting
  • Wine & Oil Experience with dinner in Chianti

Not Included:

  • International or domestic airfare
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Local city tax for overnight stays
  • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary
  • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 participants
  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change

Optional Extras:

  • Private Airport Transfers
  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • Rome Optional Tours (Ancient Rome, Borghese Gallery, etc.)
  • All optional excursions per the itinerary are subject to change and are based on availability and can be pre-booked or booked with the Tour Escort

Travel Privately

You can request to book this tour privately, travelling only with people you know.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO ROME

Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at the airport make your way to your hotel in the heart of Rome. An optional private transfer is available. Late afternoon meeting with your Tour Host in the hotel. You will learn more about your tour. In the end, walk to the restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner. Overnight in Rome. Meals: D

Accommodation at the Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome, or similar

DAY 2: VATICAN & HEART OF ROME

After breakfast, you will enjoy a unique visit to the Vatican Museums. Access the Museum easily with your skip-the-line tickets. After the tour, exit on St. Peter’s Square and enjoy the magnificent view of the imposing Cathedral. Late afternoon meet your tour leader for a walking tour of Baroque Rome including Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament, and the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. Return to the hotel with your Tour Host and enjoy the evening at leisure. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome, or similar

DAY 3: ROME

Today you will be free at leisure. This tour has been designed to offer the best of each city visited combined with some free time to customize your travel experience as well as take your time to relax. There are many available experiences. Among these, we like to suggest exploring Imperial Rome with Colosseum and Forum, and much more. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Hotel Della Conciliazione, Rome, or similar

DAY 4: ROME > SIENA > FLORENCE

Today you will continue to Tuscany. Be ready to meet your tour host at your hotel in Rome and transfer to Florence, where you will arrive late afternoon following an en-route stop in Siena. The ride itself is a magnificent opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Tuscan hills, the view of small enchanting villages as well as the vineyards and castles that pointed the region. Upon arrival in Siena, enjoy a wine and food experience in the heart of the old town. After you will have time to discover the main central square where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year. Continue to Florence. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Hotel Pierre, Florence, or similar

DAY 5: CULINARY & ARTISTIC FLORENCE

Start your exploration of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city. Visit the market of San Lorenzo where it’s possible to see the food arriving from the Tuscan countryside. It’s a chance to taste lots of varieties of local cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and bread.

In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel and get ready to explore the heart of the town. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists of the time. We’ll visit Piazza Della Signoria, walk by the Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo with Giotto's bell tower (from outside), and Ponte Vecchio. Our walkthrough of Florence will end with a visit to the Accademia to admire, among the many masterpieces, the jewel of Michelangelo, the statue of David. Overnight in Florence. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Hotel Pierre, Florence, or similar

DAY 6: CINQUE TERRE

Today discover a spectacular corner of Italy, famous for its panorama, its wine, its food, beautiful sea, and hiking opportunities. Leave Florence early morning with your guide driving to North West Riviera with a comfortable air-conditioned minivan. During the ride, you will enjoy the view of Tuscan Hills till the moment you will see the Southern part of the Alps, which divides Tuscany from Liguria.

Once in Cinque Terre National Park enjoy the most astonishing views either from land and sea, as we stroll along the national park by boat, train, and walking fabulous trails on the cliff. Your experience includes a delicious full lunch with wine tasting in a local restaurant on the sea where you will enjoy incredibly fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by some great white wines typical of this region. Return to Florence. Meals: B, L

Accommodation at the Hotel Pierre, Florence, or similar

DAY 7: CHIANTI REGION

Today your morning is free at leisure, the day to Cinque Terre was a long one and this morning you will have some additional time to relax.

In the afternoon, meet your tour guide and start your Chianti experience. Transfer to the rolling hills of the Chianti Wine Region till you reach a noble Villa with a winery. Once there, a wine expert will welcome you and take you for the 500-year-old cellar visit, still used today for a very small, selected wine production and aging. You will taste all the different products of this boutique winery while you will learn the sophisticated techniques of winemaking and teach you to distinguish the different and various scents and flavors that each wine presents.

After the visit, you will have dinner. The dinner will be served in a charming restaurant, where you will also learn how to pair different wines with specific dishes. You will enjoy 4 different wines, including the world-renowned Supertuscan of the estate. Plus, a sweet typical dessert wine. You will also taste the region's finest olive oil with typical unsalted Tuscan bread. The fine dining includes local charcuterie and a cheese selection, paired with different jams and balsamic vinegar, a selection of two pasta dishes, and the main course made of a traditional meat dish. A Tuscan dessert is then served with local sweet wine.

Coming back to Florence, you will stop at Piazzale Michelangelo belvedere, for a breathtaking view of Florence, admiring all the lights of the city. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Hotel Pierre, Florence, or similar

DAY 8: FLORENCE

After breakfast, make your own way to the airport or train station for your departing flight or train for your onward journey. An optional private transfer is available. Arrivederci! Meals: B


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