Under the Tuscan Sun Tour
September 15 - September 26, 2018
Following in Francis Mayes footsteps
THIS INCREDIBLE GROUP DEAL INCLUDES:
- 10 nights accommodations in lovely 4-star properties including continental breakfast in Rome, Cortona, Florence, Amalfi Coast
- Entrance fees to the following venues: Santa Croce in Florence, Pompei Excavations in Pompei, Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel
- Walking tour of Rome including Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and Navona Square
- Panoramic tour of Castel Gandolfo and Frascati enroute to Amalfi coast
- One lunch in Frascati
- Hydrofoil from Amalfi to Capri and return
- Mini bus services from Marina Grande - Anacapri - Capri and return
- Coach services throughout the tour
- Transfers to and from airport to hotel
- One Welcome dinner in Rome (wine included)
- One Cooking Lesson and Dinner at Santo Stefano local farm house in Cortona (wine included)
- One wine-tasting and lunch in Montepulciano Osterio
- One wine-tasting in Chianti region
- One tour and tasting at ice cream parlor in Florence
- Pizza class in Florence followed by dinner
- One lunch along the Amalfi coast (3 courses - drinks not included)
- One lunch in Positano (3 courses - drinks not included)
- One dinner at hotel in Amalfi
- One lunch in Pompeii (3 courses - drinks not included)
- One dinner in Trastevere area of Rome (3 courses - drinks not included)
- Panoramic tour of Roman Forum and Coliseum
- Farewell group dinner in Rome on final evening (wine included)
- Professional Multilingual tour escort throughout
- Local guides in Florence, Amalfi, Capri, Pompeii and Rome
- Head set and headphones for guided tours throughout.
Italian music by Kelly Neonakis-Morash
Day 2: Breakfast in hotel. Depart to Cortona. Stop at the famous Bramasole House (Villa Laura) - made famous in the film - for a short view from the outside. Then we will proceed on to Montepulciano for a visit of this lovely Medieval town. We will enjoy a wine tasting and light lunch in a local Cantina. Return to Cortona for a cooking lesson followed by dinner at Santo Stefano local Farm House. Overnight in hotel in Cortona.
Day 3: Departure from hotel in Cortona to the city of Florence. En route explore the Chianti area, the famous land of vineyards and hilltop towns along the Via Chiantigena. Enjoy the landscape as we drive through Castellina, Radda in Chianti and Greve. Visit a local vineyard along with a wine tasting, then continuing to Florence where we will overnight at our hotel.
Day 4: Walk through the historical center of Florence and visit the Santa Croce church, known as the "Pantheon of Italian Glories" and the burial site of many illustrious Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli. The visit also takes in other religious buildings (the Baptistry, the Duomo and Giotto's bell tower) and the houses of power in the old city (the Piazza della Signoria). Break at one of Florence's oldest ice cream parlors, "Perche no!", that offers more than 33 different flavours and a precise selection of raw materials (including pistachios from Bronte, a Slow Food Presidium product, saffron and cardamom). There will be a short talk on how the ice cream is made along with some samples. Free afternoon to stroll along elegant streets of Florence, visit the Uffizi Gallery or shop at the leather market. Don't forget a visit to the world famous Pont de Vecchio ~ the elegant bridge surrounded by jewelry stores. To top of the day, we will take in a Pizza class at a local restaurant, followed by dinner. Return to hotel and overnight.
Day 5: Depart from Florence to reach Amalfi, enjoying the beautiful scenery as we catch our first glimpse of the famous Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast offers one of the world's greatest drives so do have your cameras ready. You'll gain respect for the Italian engineers who built the road and even more respect for your bus driver! As you catch your breath, notice the colors of the Mediterranean sea, a sheer 500-foot drop below. Set in a wide cleft in the cliffs, Amalfi is the largest town and perhaps the highlight of the coast. On the way stop to Roman Castle for panoramic tour of Castel Gondolfo and Frascati. Lunch in local restaurant. Proceed on to Amalfi Coast and accommodation in your hotel. Free dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Full day tour of Amalfi Coast. First stop is Ravello, then proceeding on to Positano - seen in the film "Under the Tuscan Sun". Positano is built in a charming fashion on terraces on the steep rocks of the Monte Comune, around a small, well-protected bay. The church of Santa Maria Assunta features a dome made of majolica tiles as well as a 13th Byzantine century icon of the madonna. Lunch in local restaurant. Plenty of free time for shopping and sight-seeing. Return to Amalfi. Dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 7: Breakfast in hotel then departure to Capri with hydrofoil. Transfer by minibus to Piazetta and Anacapri. Enjoy a few hours on the beautifil island of Capri, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a coastal village inhabited by fishermen and sailors; explore marine caves; walk through masses of sheer rock and peer over precipices which drop dramatically into the sea; stroll through olive groves and orchards of lemon and orange trees; free time for having lunch or browsing through boutiques, artists studios, churches and the remains of Roman villas. Afternoon on your own, hydrofoil back to transfer back to hotel. Dinner in Hotel and then Overnight in Amalfi.
Day 8: Breakfast in hotel. Then transfer to the lovely town of Sorrento and accommodation at your hotel. We have left this day free for you to enjoy this wonderful town at leisure and explore the lovely shops and cafes. We can also arrange an optional excursion to Naples (not included in pkg) for any interested guests. Overnight in Sorrento
Day 9: Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from Sorrento to Rome. En route we will stop in Pompeii to visit the excavations. A thrilling archaeological journey unfolds as we explore the ancient ruins of this doomed city that was buried in ashes after Mount Vesuvius erupted almost 2000 years ago. We have arranged lunch here and then continue on to Rome. Before we check in to our hotel, we will take a panoramic tour of Roman Forum and Coliseum. After checking in and cleaning up, join us for dinner at a local restaurant in the Trastevere area., check in and overnight.
Day 10: Departure from hotel for a 4-hour guided tour of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peters Basilica. Lunch on your own in St. Peter's Area. In the evening we will be hosting a Farewell Dinner in local Restaurant with the entire group as we reminisce about our wonderful Italian adventure. Last night in Rome.
Day 11: Depart from hotel in Rome and transfer to Airport for your return flight home.
RATES - LAND ONLY
This rate is based on a minimum group of 20 persons - up to 24 persons:
Double occupancy: $3723 per person
This rate is based on a minimum group of 25 persons - up to 30 persons
Double Occupancy: $3436 per person
SINGLE occupancy rates are as follows:
Group of 20-24: $4329
Group of 25-29: $4041
RETURN AIR CAN BE ADDED FROM TORONTO FOR $980 RETURN - MINIMUM 10 GUESTS REQUIRED .
Deposit of $500 each due June 15, 2018
Terms & Conditions: *Some itinerary details are subject to change. Price is per person based on double occupancy. Cancellation Policy: Once full payment has been received, the tour is considered non-refundable. Deposit of $500 per person required at time of booking. Deposit is fully refundable if tour does not occur. Full payment required 90 days before start date of tour. Minimum number of 10 bookings at double occupancy required to guarantee departure.
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