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Journey of Rome, Tuscany & Liguria

Tour Overview

Embark on an enchanting journey through Italy’s cultural and culinary treasures with our meticulously curated tour. Begin in Rome with hotel transfer. Explore the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica with exclusive “Skip the Line” access, immersing yourself in the world’s most exceptional art collections. Venture into the picturesque landscapes of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, and Siena, indulging in wine tastings and local delights. Traverse the Chianti hills for panoramic views, followed by a cellar tour and guided wine tasting at Poggio al Sole. Experience the medieval charm of San Gimignano before delving into the rich history of Florence and the quaint beauty of Lucca. Marvel at the Leaning Tower in Pisa (exterior visit) and explore the Cinque Terre villages, unveiling the Mediterranean’s pristine allure. Conclude your journey with visits to Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure, and Portofino, topped off with a wine and local food tasting in Sestri Levante. As the tour comes to an end in La Spezia, savor the memories of an unforgettable Italian adventure.

Itinerary

Arrive in Rome and experience a seamless transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the comfort of your overnight stay in the city.

This day start between 7:45 and 8:00 am, following a breakfast. Embark on an exclusive tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, enjoying the coveted “Skip the Line” privilege. Your guide ensures a timely arrival, leading you through the museums to delve into one of the world’s most exceptional art collections. Explore the captivating Galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps, and discover the renowned Raphael’s Rooms. The grand finale awaits at the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel, concluding the guided tour. After this extraordinary artistic immersion, the rest of the day is yours to freely explore the city at your leisure.

Meet your friendly tour guide at 7:15 am, and set off on a luxurious coach journey through the captivating landscapes of Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany. Arrive in Montepulciano, a medieval town rich in history and art, famous for its “nobile” wine. Explore the town at your own pace, indulge in wine tastings, and enjoy leisure time for shopping and lunch (not included). Continue to Pienza, the crown jewel of the Val d’Orcia region, planned by Pope Pius II and enjoy leisure time. In the afternoon, visit Montalcino, a hilltop town renowned for its wines. Take a stroll along the fortress walls and savor an exclusive wine tasting at Enoteca la Fortezza, accompanied by local culinary delights. Conclude your day in Siena for a delightful overnight stay.

Start your day with a hotel breakfast. Explore the enchanting Chianti hills for breathtaking views of lush forests, endless vineyards, and medieval hamlets. Greve, known for its triangular piazza and as Verrazzano’s hometown, invites you to enjoy leisurely moments at local boutiques and vibrant market stalls.

Drive to Poggio al Sole for a cellar tour and guided wine tasting, followed by a delightful lunch featuring Tuscan specialties. Learn about the winery’s history and organic winemaking, tracing the journey from grape to bottle.

After lunch, visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, San Gimignano, a medieval hill town. Explore the town, savoring medieval treats like ricciarelli (almond biscuits) and panforte (a rich and luscious fruit cake). Take your time before returning to Siena for a tranquil overnight stay.

Enjoy breakfast and explore Siena’s medieval lanes, including the iconic Piazza del Campo, famous for the ancient horse race “Il Palio.” Next, embark on a scenic drive to Florence, known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” Delve into the city’s rich history, marvel at landmarks like Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, Giotto’s campanile tower, and the Baptistery with its “Gates of Paradise” by Michelangelo. Explore Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo della Signoria, and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Revel in leisurely moments strolling along Florence’s cobblestone streets at your own pace before proceeding to Lucca.Conclude your day with dinner at the hotel in Lucca, marking the end of a fulfilling day.

Explore Lucca on a captivating walking tour, discovering its ancient history and enchanting attractions, including Piazza di San Michele, the Basilica of San Frediano, the Clock Tower, and the Guinigi Tower. Highlights also include Piazza Anfiteatro, the city walls, and the Cathedral of San Martino. After bidding farewell to Lucca, head to Pisa to marvel at the Leaning Tower (exterior visit) and other monuments in Piazza dei Miracoli. Optionally, stroll to Piazza dei Cavalieri to admire the Scuola Normale – one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Conclude the day in La Spezia for an overnight stay.

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel, gearing up for a memorable journey to Cinque Terre, one of the Mediterranean’s pristine regions. Explore the charming villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, nestled between the rugged coastline and lush hills. These cliffside villages offer some of the cleanest waters in the Mediterranean.

Connected by historic mule tracks and accessible by rail or sea, the Cinque Terre reveals unique surprises at every turn. Vibrant house palettes, winding paths, terraced vineyards, and olive groves characterize this breathtaking region. Our journey begins with a bus ride to Levanto, followed by an exploration of Cinque Terre on specially designated local trains. Enjoy free time for lunch before returning to La Spezia for another serene night.

Begin your day with a hotel breakfast before a scenic bus ride to Rapallo. Explore the charming harbor with its medieval castle turned exhibition space. Wander through historic streets revealing Rapallo’s Roman heritage. Depart for a boat journey to Santa Margherita Ligure, “La Perla del Tigullio,” with its picturesque port. Continue to Portofino for a taste of its elegance, upscale boutiques, and crescent moon-shaped beauty. In the afternoon, return to Rapallo, then by bus to Sestri Levante for a wine and local food tasting. Finally, return to La Spezia for the night.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel as your tour with us comes to a close. End of our services.

Accommodation

We use a variety of hotels in each destination, so you may stay in a hotel different to that listed here. Hotels are selected closer to departure date; you will receive a confirmed list prior to your departure date.

St. Martin 4* or Hotel Diana Roof Garden 4* or similar

Hotel Garden 4* or similar

Grand Hotel Guinigi 4* or similar

CDH Hotel La Spezia 4* or similar

What’s Included

8 nights hotel accommodation – 4* Hotels

  • Tour Leader & Local Guide during the Journey
  • Visit the best of Rome, Tuscany and Liguria!
  • Montalcino: wine tasting with local charcuterie board at Enoteca La Fortezza
  • Chianti Zone: wine tasting and light lunch with gastronomic specialities.
  • Sestri Levante: wine tasting and light dinner with gastronomic specialities

*The sequence of the tour may change depending on the departure date.

  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Arrival transfer from Rome airport

International flights are not included

Insurance is not included

  • Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
  • Optional Experiences
  • Departure Transfer
  • Other activities and services are not included
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals
  • Departure Transfer
  • Tipping for guide, driver and hotel staff
  • Personal Expenses
  • Item, product or service not specifically listed under Included
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