Tuscan Treats 2023

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : April to October
Start: Florence, Italy
End: Florence, Italy

Tuscan Treats: 1 nt Florence, 2 nts Lucca, 1 nt Volterra, 2 nts Pienza, 1 nt Rural Tuscany

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

A wonderful blend of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food, Tuscany makes for an unforgettable holiday destination. On this leisurely tour we’ll seek out world-renowned treasures, explore hidden gems and become culinary connoisseurs as we fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

8 DAYS /7 NIGHTS / UP TO 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

 The Blue-Roads Difference

– Explore the mysterious medieval town of Volterra
– Unlock the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with a cooking class set amongst the romantic Chianti region

– Indulge in a delectable cheese and wine tasting at a local farm in Pienza

 

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Hotel Roma (Florence)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA (Florence)
The tour finishes late afternoon/early evening.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Florence

Welcome to the birthplace of the Renaissance and the romantic capital of Tuscany. After meeting the group at our hotel, we’ll get to know each other over a delicious welcome meal. (D)

Accommodation: Hotel Roma (or similar)

Day 2Florence – Lucca

Our journey will begin with an in-depth walking tour of Florence. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll by the likes of the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica and the Ponte Vecchio. After lunch, we’ll set a course for lovely Lucca – where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. This evening we’ll be free to explore Lucca at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Albergo San Martino (or similar)

Day 3Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lucca

A rocky coastline dotted with candy-coloured villages – today, we’ll turn our attention to the awe-inspiring Italian Riviera! After winding our way along this sublime stretch of shoreline, we’ll find ourselves in Cinque Terre: a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Having spent some time getting to know the area with our expert Tour Leader, we’ll return to Lucca for an evening spent at our leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Albergo San Martino (or similar)

Day 4Lucca – Pisa – Volterra

Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for a staggering first port of call today. There will be plenty of time for photographing this iconic landmark as we explore the Campo dei Miracoli at our own pace. After a leisurely lunch, our attention will turn to the magnificent medieval ramparts of Volterra. We’ll spend some time exploring this mysterious town before discussing the day’s events over an evening meal together. (B, D)

Accommodation: Hotel San Lino (or similar)

Day 5Volterra – San Gimignano – Siena – Pienza

Today we’ll make tracks to San Gimignano: home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. While we’re here, we’ll sample some exquisite creations of a local gelato maker – before we’re treated to an indulgent Tuscan wine tasting. Before the day concludes, we’ll pay a visit to medieval Siena – an open-air museum of Gothic architecture and home to the magnificent Duomo. After taking in the town’s historic sights on an orientation tour, we’ll journey onwards to Pienza – our home for the night. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Corsignano (or similar)

Day 6Pienza

Pienza’s timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop makes for a serene spot to spend this morning exploring at our leisure. Later, we’ll sample some handcrafted cheese and world-class wines at a delightful local farm with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. This evening is ours to spend as we wish. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Corsignano (or similar)

Day 7Pienza – Rural Tuscany

After breakfast, it’s all aboard the mini-coach as we wind our way through the delightful Chianti countryside on our way to a regional cookery class. After learning some local recipes from our host, we’ll have the chance to tuck into our creations for lunch. Buon appetito! The afternoon will be ours to enjoy at our leisure before we reconvene for a final dinner together. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Fattoria degli Usignoli (or similar)

Day 8Rural Tuscany – Florence

Before returning to enchanting Florence, we’ll stop off at a local oil mill for a guided tour and olive oil tasting. All in all, it’s a fitting end to a tour celebrating the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany. (B)

Dates and Prices:
Departure Dates Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2023: April 15, 29 $2,919 $3,559
2023: May 6 $2,999 $3,669
2023: May 20, 27 $3,089 $3,769
2023: June 3, 17, 24 $3,089 $3,769
2023: July 1, 8, 22 $2,999 $3,669
2023: August 5 $2,999 $3,669
2023: August 19, 26 $3,089 $3,769
2023: September 2, 9, 16 $3,089 $3,769
2023: September 23 $2,999 $3669
2023: October 7 $2,919 $3,559

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures. 

We recommend combining with: Enchanting Southern Italy

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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