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Wines of Tuscany from Rome with Cinque Terre & Sorrento – Tour IT106

6 nights / 7 days – Semi Escorted Tour

Departs Sunday’s from April 07th to October 27th, 2019:
Apr 7, 21, May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Jul 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 25, Sep 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27

Visit: Rome, Grosseto, Pisa, La Spezia, Portovenere, Golfo Dei Poeti, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Montaperti, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignano, Siena, Castelnuovo, Berardenga, Montaperti, Montepulciano, Pienza, Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Rome

Discover Italy’s famous Northern wine growing regions, enjoy tastings and experience the wine making process. This tour takes you through Maremma, Chianti Gallo Nero & Montepulciano.  See some of the most beautiful Tuscan towns including Siena and San Gimignano. Marvel at the iconic sight of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Be charmed by the colorful fishing villages of the Cinque Terre. South of Rome visit the fascinating archeological ruins of Pompeii. Stay in Sorrento and visit the Isle of Capri taking a boat ride out to the enchanting Blue Grotto.

Day 01 – Sunday ROME – GROSSETO – PISA – LA SPEZIA
6.30am pick up from your hotel in central Rome. Meet your tour guide and start a delightful trip along the Tyrrhenian Coast. You will cross the Etruscan lands into the GROSSETO countryside, well known as MAREMMA region This is one of the new areas of excellence in Italy’s viticulture. Meandering through the Tuscan countryside you’ll arrive at a beautiful local winery near the regional park and close to wonderful beaches. Experience the winemaking process up close, from the vineyards to the cellar, to the ageing of the wine. At the end of the visit you can taste some of the wines of the region. Proceed along the coast until we reach PISA. Our tour leader will take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical center visiting Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior visit), The Baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments. Proceed to LA SPEZIA. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meal: D

Day 02 – Monday LA SPEZIA – PORTOVENERE – GOLFO DEI POETI – CINQUE TERRE – LUCCA – MONTAPERTI
After breakfast, depart by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the world: Cinque Terre. “CINQUE TERRE” is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs, surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter a little piece of heaven. By touring the coastline by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the sea. (*In case of rough seas, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train.) During the tour, the boat will reach Porto Venere and the most important villages, where you can stop and visit them. Take some pictures in PORTO VENERE, VERNAZZA and MONTEROSSO, walk the narrow streets and immerse yourself in what looks like a colorful postcard. Arrive in La Spezia by train and from there take the bus to reach the region of Tuscany with a stop en-route in LUCCA. Walk the cobblestone streets, explore squares and old Renaissance walls. See the birthplace of local composer Giacomo Puccini. Admire the medieval buildings along Via Fillungo, peek inside the San Frediano church and visit landmarks such as the Cathedral of San Martino, Piazza Anfiteatro and Torre delle Ore. Finally, do not forget to taste a Buccellato cake! Proceed to Montaperti. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meals: B D

Day 03 – Tuesday MONTAPERTI – RADDA IN CHIANTI – SAN GIMIGNANO – SIENA – CASTELNUOVO BERARDENGA – MONTAPERTI
After breakfast at the hotel, depart to discover the Chianti Classic GALLO NERO region and admire one of the most iconic villages: RADDA IN CHIANTI. Visit the small town on your own and then proceed by private coach to SAN GIMIGNANO, a tiny city that has remained intact throughout the centuries. It is situated on a hilltop and is famous for its towers, frescoes and other art treasures. Once you have left San Gimignano you will make a stop in a farmhouse to enjoy a wine tasting with light snacks. Now it’s time to move onto SIENA, where you will have a visit the old city center. Walk along the medieval streets admiring the splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end in Piazza del Campo. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and site of the famous 600-year-old horse-race, called “Il Palio”. Before returning to the hotel you will stop in CASTEL NUOVO BERARDENGA for a special aperitif in a beautiful cellar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meals: B D

Day 04 – Wednesday MONTAPERTI – MONTEPULCIANO – PIENZA – ROME
After breakfast, check out and depart to VAL D’ORCIA to complete the wine tour of Tuscany. You will reach the hilltop town of MONTEPULCIANO, an ancient village, rich in medieval and Renaissance buildings. It is famous for producing one of the oldest wines in Italy: “Nobile di Montepulciano”. Here you will visit a local wine cellar where you will taste wine and local products such as ham, cheese, and salami. Proceed to PIENZA, the Renaissance town built under Pope Pius II, well-known for its pecorino cheese. At the end of the visit return to Rome. Check in at the hotel and overnight. Meals: B

Day 05 – Thursday ROME – NAPLES – POMPEII – SORRENTO
Depart from your hotel (pick up from hotels will be between 6.30 to 7.00 am, please remember to order your breakfast box at your hotel the day before departure) Upon arrival in Naples we will take a walk in the historical center to admire Piazza del Plebiscito, the Royal Palace, Piazza del Municipio, the Gallery of Umberto I and the San Carlo Opera House. Today we will lunch in a traditional restaurant with Neapolitan specialities. Water and 1 soft drink included. Then with our local guide we will visit the Pompeii excavations, UNESCO listed ruins. This ancient Roman city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. which buried and preserved it under a sea of volcanic ash for almost 1700 years. The archaeological journey through the ancient city will give us the opportunity to better understand how Romans used to live at that time. At the end of the tour, we may be given the opportunity to visit a coral and cameo factory, to admire items manufactured with a technique dating back to Ancient Greek times. Proceed to SORRENTO, the gateway to the Amalfi coast, with its colorful historical center and pretty waterfront, lined with fishing boats and the new Marina Grande cruise pier. Check in at your hotel in Sorrento, dinner and overnight. Meals: B L D

Day 06 – Friday SORRENTO – CAPRI – SORRENTO
American buffet breakfast at the hotel, and departure between 07.30-7.45am to the island of CAPRI. You will board the ferry and arrive in MARINA GRANDE. Once on the island you will visit the BLUE GROTTO (weather permitting) and stop at the famous Piazzetta. A minibus will take you up to ANACAPRI. After lunch in Anacapri, you will return to Marina Grande where you will board the ferry for your transfer back to Sorrento. Dinner and overnight Sorrento. Meals: B L D

Day 07 – Saturday SORRENTO – ROME
American buffet breakfast at the hotel and day of leisure to explore Sorrento or have an optional tour to discover the Amalfi coast visiting Positano, Ravello and Amalfi. Meeting point between 2.30-3.00pm in your hotel lobby and transfer to Pompeii where you will join your bus to return to Rome. Arrival in Rome around 9:00 p.m drop off guaranteed in Termini Station / Barberini Square. End of tour services. Transfer to airport or a hotel is available for an additional charge. Meals: B

Includes:

  • 1 night’s accommodation in a 4* Hotel in La Spezia area
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a 4* Hotel in Siena area
  • 1 night’s accommodation in a 4* hotel in Rome
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in a 4* hotel in Sorrento.
  • Ground transportation by deluxe coach with air conditioning
  • Boat and train trip along the enchanting Cinque Terre coastline
  • Multilingual local guide in Siena (2-hour service)
  • Guided tour of Pompeii, including entrance fee
  • Full day excursion to Capri
  • Visit to the BLUE GROTTO (weather permitting / entrance fee included).
  • 6 buffet breakfasts
  • 5 dinners (drinks NOT included unless stated)
  • 4 Wine tastings with local products
  • 1 lunch in Naples or POMPEII area water and 1 soft drink included
  • 1 lunch in Capri (drinks NOT included).
  • Multilingual tour English – Spanish – French
  • One bag per person included plus one piece of hand luggage.

Excludes:

  • Flights
  • City Taxes collected by the hotel. Euro 2-3 per night per guest
  • Other meals and drinks not mentioned

Hotels:

  • La Spezia area: Hotel M.H. La Spezia 4*or similar
  • Siena area: Hotel Montaperti 4*or similar
  • Rome: Hotel Gambrinus 4* / Hotel Rivoli 4* or similar
  • Sorrento: Hotel Vesuvio 4* / Michelangelo / La Residenza / Crawford 4* or similar

2019 Price Per Person in Euro:

  • US$ price will vary with the exchange rate
  • Children accepted from 12 years of age at adult rate.

Additional Services:

  • Arrival & departure transfers are available please ask us for pricing
  • Additional tours in Rome can be added pre or post tour, please ask for options and pricing
  • Additional night’s accommodation in Rome can be booked pre or post tour please ask for rates
  • It’s also possible to add additional nights in Rome to this tour