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The Best of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast - Spring 2018
April 21-May 1, 2018

$3700

The Best of Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast – Spring 2018

Come with us as we explore Florence, the Tuscan Countryside, the Amalfi and Sorrento Coasts, and Naples!

ITINERARY


DAY 0 - April 19 or 20

Either fly from the US on April 20 to arrive in Florence on April 21, or let us know that you’d like a pre-night in Florence and fly on April 19 to arrive in Florence on April 20, and transfer to your pre-night hotel. Pre-night option in Florence

DAY 1 - April 21: Florence and Tuscan countryside

The morning is yours to discover Florence. Visit museums and churches, shop, or just sit in a café near the Ponte Vecchio and people-watch in one of the world ' s finest cities. At 12 pm we will meet with the rest of the group and head to Panzano in Chianti, where you will enjoy a lunch at Dario Cecchini's meat restaurant. You will then start your exploration of Italian wines with a visit to a Chianti Classico wine estate. At the end of the day you will reach your hotel, where you will stay for the next 4 nights. Sleep at Castello di Montalto or similar

DAY 2 - April 22: Lake Trasimeno and Cortona

Today you will drive along the shores of Lake Trasimeno to an olive oil mill that we believe produces the best olive oil in Italy. You will sample several grades of olive oil and learn how to recognize the best quality. You will then explore the gorgeous Tuscan hill town of Cortona, once an important center of Etruscan civilization, with a great local guide. You will also have time to shop, stroll and discover more of this beautiful city centre at your own pace under the Tuscan sun (here is where the movie and the book were set). Sleep at Castello di Montalto or similar

DAY 3 - April 23: Cooking class

This morning you will drive to a small farmhouse where you will enjoy a hands-on cooking class in a super-friendly environment. You will sample some of the fresh products from the farm, including honey, olive oil and wine, and enjoy a great lunch. You will have the rest of our day to relax and sip a great glass of wine overlooking the vineyards and your resort's lovely pool. Sleep at Castello di Montalto or similar

DAY 4 - April 24: Siena

Today you will head off to one of Tuscany's grand jewels: the city of Siena. You will learn from a local about the famous Palio, the horse race all Sienese are crazy about, and you will visit several of Siena's amazing architectural masterpieces such as the grand Cathedral and the Campo square. You will have time on your own to soak in the atmosphere of this unforgettable town, people watching, eating ice-cream and sipping wine at one of the many local bars before heading back to the castle to enjoy a lovely evening! Sleep at Castello di Montalto or similar

DAY 5 - April 25: Orvieto

This morning you will hit the road to reach one of the prettiest towns in all of Central Italy - the hilltown of Orvieto. Built on a high plateau of tufa rock, this historic town will surely be a cultural highlight of your trip. Here you will behold the very frescoes that inspired Michelangelo to paint his “Last Judgement” in the Sistine Chapel. You will also visit a pastry shop that rests above a secret, mile-long Etruscan tunnel. Maurizio, the shop's owner and an early proponent of the Slow Food Movement, will teach you a few Umbrian cooking secrets after showing you the private tunnels his father has been renovating for over 20 years. Sleep in Orvieto

DAY 6 - April 26: Royal Palace of Caserta and Sorrento Coast

This morning you will drive south and reach the grandiose Royal Palace of Caserta, just a short drive from Naples. One of the largest buildings erected in Europe during the 1700s, and displaying incredibly beautiful gardens, it is today a UNESCO site and a sight not to be missed. You will then reach your hotel in centrally located Sorrento. Sleep in Sorrento

DAY 7 - April 27: Capri

During this morning’s cruise to Capri you will enjoy excellent views of the Sorrentine Peninsula and the striking “teeth” of Capri, the Faraglioni cliffs. Enjoy the highlights of Capri including the Phoenician Steps -- 800 ancient stairs to a romantic viewpoint, the Belvedere delle Noci -- the island’s limestone rock formations and the Church of San Michele – location of the majolica tiles of Adam and Eve. If you just prefer to relax you can stay back at your lovely hotel and spend some time shopping and strolling in Sorrento. Sleep in Sorrento

DAY 8 - April 28: The Amalfi Coast: Ravello, Amalfi and Positano

Today you will drive down the amazing Amalfi coast and discover some of its most beautiful views and little villages. Amalfi will blow you away with its grand cathedral and amazing views. In Ravello you will be able to take in one of the world’s most talked about views from the gardens of Villa Cimbrone. You will have time to enjoy a glass of Ravello’s DOC wine here or maybe some of the area’s world-famous Limoncello before heading down to picturesque Positano. Multicoloured homes overlooking the sea, and a beautiful beach with the best gelato ever, will make your visit memorable. Sleep in Sorrento

DAY 9 - April 29: Sorrento coast boat tour and Mt. Vesuvius

Any visit to Southern Italy would not be complete without a stop at Mt. Vesuvius. A really fun and engaging local guide will join you to explain the geology, and many of the legends that surround this powerful volcano. You will then enjoy a great wine tasting at a local estate. In the afternoon you will admire the beautiful Sorrento coast from the sea, on a very relaxing boat tour (weather permitting). Sleep in Sorrento

DAY 10 - April 30: Naples

Enjoy a walking tour along the greatest avenues of Naples with an experienced and entertaining local guide. The grandiosity of this city’s countless royal buildings and grand churches is a great surprise to the first-time visitor. In the evening, you’ll enjoy a very fun and colorful farewell dinner. Sleep in Naples

DAY 11 - May 1: Fly Home

This morning you will be transferred to Naples airport after breakfast



INFORMATION


Trip Details:
Price: 3,700 USD per person in double room
Single room supplement: 580 USD
Deposit: 500 USD per person
Sign up deadline: December 15, 2017

What is included in the trip

    • Hotel accommodation with breakfast
    • Private deluxe bus with air conditioning – from day 1 to 10 in the afternoon, parking fees, tolls, city entry taxes as per the itinerary
    • Food and accommodation for the bus driver throughout the trip
    • Professional tour leading, tour leader’s accommodation, transportation cost and expenses, local guides when needed
    • 10 quality meals including water, wine, coffee or tea
    • Cooking experience: a great cooking class with tastings in a real farmhouse
    • great wine tastings
    • an olive oil tasting
    • All entrances as per the itinerary
    • Boat ticket for Capri round trip
    • Boat tour in Sorrento

NOTE: TRANSFERS FROM AND TO AIRPORT AT THE BEGINNING/END OF TOUR:
We will be possibly offering transfers with minivans at the beginning of the tour (Rome/Florence) and end of tour (Naples/Rome). The price will be approx. 75 USD per person per way, to be confirmed once we know how many people will need it.

What is not included

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to guides, tour leader, drivers

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