Super Tuscany for the Connoisseur

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from $2,159*

Departures from March 2016 – Oct. 2016

Independent Tour: 7 Days/ 6 Nights

Perugia, Assisi, Cortona, Montepulciano, Bagno Vignoni, Crete Senesi, Chianti, Siena, San Gimignano & Florence

YOUR INDEPENDENT ITINERARY:

DAY 1: Departure from Rome for Assisi & Perugia
Today, in Rome, meet your driver guide early in the morning for your transfer to Cortona.
En route you will stop in Assisi & Perugia. Your driver/guide will show and explain the most interesting sites of both cities. Perugia is, principle city of Umbria, is placed on the top of a hill that dominates the Tiber Valley. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic age and still preserves its Roman-Etruscan core. You will have free time for lunch in town. Transfer to Assisi and explore this village on your own. Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the birth place of St. Francis, who renounced all his worldly possession in order to help the needy.
Overnight in Cortona.
DAY 2: Cortona — Wine Experience
Today take a short independent walking tour of Cortona, then we continue to the Avignonesi estate for a wine tasting. In the afternoon, return to Cortona and, if time permits, have a private cooking class at Villa di Piazzano.
Overnight in Cortona.
(Breakfast)
DAY 3: Val d’Orcia/Montepulciano/Pienza

After breakfast depart to Crete Senesi. En route stop in Montepulciano and Pienza. Your guide will stop for a visit to nearby farm houses to experience authentic and artisanal Tuscan foods, wines and olives.
Overnight in Bagno Vignoni.
(Breakfast)
DAY 4: Crete Senesi

Free time to enjoy the gorgeous landscapes of Crete Senesi or relax at Bagno Vignoni Spa.
Overnight in Bagno Vignoni
(Breakfast)
DAY 5: Siena/Monteriggioni

Meet your driver/guide and transfer to Florence. En route stop in Siena and Monteriggioni. The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany. Enjoy the view of the hills covered by vineyards, olive trees, small villages and original bell towers. Lunch will be on your own in a typical farmhouse, where some of the world’s best wines are produced. Continue on to Siena, and enjoy a guided walking tour of the town, probably the loveliest medieval place in Italy. In the heart of Siena is the Piazza del Campo, where the famous horse race Il Palio takes place twice a year. Stop in Chianti for a wine tasting.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast)
DAY 6: Florence
In the morning, enjoy a small group guided walking tour of the city. Lorenzo de Medici, in the 15th century, transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to name a few. Visit Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Giotto’s bell tower, Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Florence on your own, maybe taking the opportunity to visit the Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia to admire Michelangelo’s “David”. Later in the day, join us for an optional evening walk in the sunset followed by a dinner to taste the local Tuscan delights.
Overnight in Florence.
(Breakfast)
DAY 7: Free time
Today is free at leisure
Overnight in Florence
(Breakfast)
DAY 8: Departure

Arriverderci to Tuscany! After breakfast transfer on your own to the airport or rail station for your return trip home or your continuation to another destination.
(Breakfast)

Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations in 4* hotels for six nights (1 night in Cortona, 2 nights in Crete Senesi, 3 nights in Florence) based on 2 persons sharing a room.
  • Breakfast daily.
  • Signature “Umbria” private transfer from Rome to Cortona with an expert driver /guide.
  • Stops in Perugia and Assisi.
  • Cooking Class at Villa di Piazzano (time permitting).
  • Wine tasting and visit of the Vineyards at Avignonesi Winery.
  • Signature “Siena & Monteriggioni” private transfer from Crete Senesi to Florence with an expert driver/guide.
  • Stops in Siena and Monteriggioni.
  • Signature “Montepulciano & San Quirico” private transfer from Cortona to Crete Senesi with an expert driver/guide.
  • Stops in Cortona, Montepulciano and an Avignonesi Factory.
  • Small group walking tour of Florence.
  • Hotel taxes and service charges.

Does not include:

  • Round-trip air transportation from USA or Canada to Italy.
  • Porterage at airports.
  • Round-trip airport to hotel transfers.
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips and optional excursions.
  • Transit tax to be paid locally.
  • Travel Insurance.

 

Note — We urge you to purchase travel insurance to cover the cost of your entire vacation including any services you purchased from another agency.

Hotels:
Cortona:
Villa di Piazzano (4*) or similar
Località Piazzano, C.P. 6,
50044  Cortona
http://www.VillaDiPiazzano.com/
Crete Senesi:
Orto delle Terme (4 *) or similar
Via dei Mulini, 18,
53027 San Quirico D’Orcia, Siena
http://www.LortoDelleTerme.it/
Florence:
Palazzo Castri (4 *) or similar
Piazza dell’Indipendenza, 7
50129 Florence
http://www.PalazzoCastri.com/
2016 Rates Holidays Land Only Price Air & Land Price*
March $2,159
April $2,449
May/June $2,569
July/Aug. $2,499
Sept./Oct. $2,569
**Price is based on 2 persons sharing a Double room.Prices are subject to change as a result of fuel surcharge increases or currency fluctuations. No changes will be made once final payment is received. Rates may be higher during holidays, fairs and special events.
Single Supplement: upon request.
*Air Fare is not included but discounted rates are available upon request.
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For information on air fare, transfers or optional tours, please contact us: info@EuropeByChoice.com 212-400-7347

Please note that for operational reasons it may be necessary to substitute hotels and adjust itineraries due to local conditions.

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DEPOSITS/PAYMENTS:

We accept American Express, Visa, Master Card and Discover credit cards as well as checks as forms of payment. A deposit of 25% of the total price of the land services, inclusive of taxes and fees or full payment (depending on departure date) is required to confirm a reservation. Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure. Airline tickets must be paid in full prior to issuance regardless of departure date. Ticket prices cannot be guaranteed until paid in full and ticketed. For full Terms and Conditions please click here.

Cancellation Policy
61 days or more prior to departure: 5% of package price
60-46 days prior to departure: 10% of package price
45-31 days prior to departure: 20% of package price
30-15 days prior to departure: 40% of package price
14-8 days prior to departure: 50% of package price
7-0 days and no-shows: 100% of package price

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TRAVEL TIPS:

Gratuities:
Tips to waiters, chambermaids, and to the Tour Directors, local guides, and drivers are not included. The following is a suggested guideline on tipping:
(a.) Euro 1.00 per person/per day for waiters and chambermaids
(b.) Euro 2.00 per person/per day for drivers and local guides
(c.) Euro 3.00 per person/per day for your Tour Director
Transfers:
Add transfers to your tour so you don’t have to worry about how to get to your hotel and back. Prices available upon request.
Transit Tax:
As of July 1, 2011 all visitors to Italy are required to pay an additional tourist tax for their hotel stay. The new tax has been created mainly to help re-build the ancient cities and is based on how many stars a hotel has. This tax may vary by city and can range from 1 to 6 Euro per person, per night, for a maximum of 10 consecutive nights. This must be paid by the visitor, in Euro, directly to the hotel at time of check-out. It will be presented as a separate charge from any other charges accrued at the hotel. (Children under the age of 10 are exempt from this tax.
Baggage:
Different airlines may have different policies. For information on specific airline policies, please check your carriers web site.
Air Transportation:
Air fares change often and vary by gateway city, season, day of week and seat availability. Our air fares will be quoted to you within two business days of your tour reservation and will include the air fare, fuel surcharges and government taxes as quoted by the airlines. You are under no obligation to accept our airfare quote and may elect to use your reward miles or your preferred airline. Typical airfares from New York to Rome varies from $1200 in March – May and September – October to $1500 in June – August but can change without prior notice. We highly recommend to reserve your seats early in order to obtain the best air fare.

 

 

 

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