From art and culture to food and wine, experience all Tuscany has to offer while based in the Tuscan and Italian Renaissance capital of Florence.
September 2-9, 2018 $4399.00 per person double
Travel through the scenic countryside and take-in the postcard-perfect vistas as you journey to Pisa, Siena, Monteriggioni, Chianti and Leonardo's hometown of Vinci. Sample the local wine at two wine-tasting events and learn the secrets of preparing delicious Italian cuisine at a hands-on cooking class. Experience Italy's "La bella vita" - the good life!
Activity Level: Energetic
Discover the breathtaking capital of the Italian Renaissance with your local guide on the included walking tour. Visit the famous Academia Gallery where you get an up-close view of Michelangelo's masterpiece, David - undoubtedly the world's most famous sculpture. See the cathedral and famous bronze doors of the Baptistry in Duomo Square. Shops line the Ponte Vecchio, a medieval stone-arched bridge spanning the Arno River, and there is plenty of art-work to admire as you visit the main-square and heart of the city, Piazza della Signoria. This afternoon, enjoy a wine tasting of local wines for which this area is famous. Enjoy an evening of leisure.B
Upon arrival in Florence you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, begin your immersion into the local flavor of Tuscany with a visit to the Mercato Centrale. In this large, covered market in San Lorenzo, you'll see many impressive food shops where authenticity, sponteneity and tradition play a major role in bringing the taste of Tuscany to life. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner of authentic Tuscan cuisine at a local restaurant in the Mercato Centrale.D
Depart on your overnight flight to Florence, Italy
Travel to Pisa to visit its iconic landmarks: Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower. Your local guide will explain the history of this beautiful little town as you walk through the square, admire the architecture and see the historic walls of this medieval city. After an included Tuscan lunch in a local restaurant, continue on to the town of Vinci, the hometown of Leonardo. Visit his former home and the Leonardo Museum where his models and sketches await your discovery. Return to Florence this evening where you have time at leisure for dinner on your own.B, L
The morning is at leisure in Florence. It's the perfect opportunity to visit another museum, stroll along the Ponte Vecchio, climb to the top of the Duomo for amazing views of the city, shop for leather or souvenir itemss or simply relax at a sidewalk cafe. This afternoon you're in for a treat as you attend an entertaining cooking class. During this hands-on experience, a professional chef will reveal the secrets and tips of preparing delicious Italian cuisine. After the lesson, enjoy the dishes you created, paired with the perfect local vintage of wine.B, D
Depart Florence for a full-day excursion to Siena and Monteriggioni. Upon arrival in Siena, the local guide will show you its artistic masterpieces including the Cathedral complex and the Piazzo del Campo - home to the famous Palio horse race. During the walking tour, see the Duomo of Siena, the Palazzo Pubblico - formerly the City Hall, and many buildings of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture. After an included lunch at a typical Italian restaurant, continue by coach to the 13th century medieval village of Monteriggioni. Its imposing walls and castle were inspiration for some of Dante's poetry. Return to Florence this evening.B, L
Venture out into the scenic Chianti countryside on the included excursion to a prestigious estate where you visit the castle, its gardens and the ancient cellars. A highlight of the visit may be the included wine tasting, led by an expert in the field, and accompanied by lunch in this wonderful venue. This evening in Florence, enjoy the farewell dinner.B, D
Flight back to BWIB
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Please contact our Travel Agent Jill Wood for information and reservations at 800-321-3973 ext. 3225, 301-598-1599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2-9, 2018
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Pricing includes land, air from BWI
Deposit amount: $250.00 per person (plus $199 insurance)
Final payment date: June 1, 2018
8 Days - 12 meals
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