ITALIAN FLAVORS ESCORTED FEATURING ROME, SIENA & CINQUE TERRE

8 Days / 6 Nights - Guaranteed Departures


Highlights

The Flavors of Italy

Visit Rome, Montepulciano, Siena, Lucca, Pisa and the amazing Cinque Terre. Enjoy wine tastings paired with cheeses, meats, breads and oils. Enjoy the flavors of Italy on this once and a lifetime tour.

Tour Highlights

  • Walking guided tour “Discovering Rome”.
  • The famous wines of Montepulciano and Tavernelle.
  • Visits to: Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and Pisa.
  • The magnificent Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso Carrara: the impressive Marble quarries carved deep into the mountain.
  • Multilingual tour: English – Spanish - French.

Italian Flavors Tour Includes

  • Accommodation in 4* hotels centrally located.
  • Three (3) dinners (drinks NOT included).
  • Three (3) wine tastings with local products.
  • Ground transportation by deluxe motor coach with air conditioning.
  • Boat trip along the enchanting Cinque Terre coast line.
  • Train from Monterosso to La Spezia.
  • Arrival and departure transfer.

Hotel Options

Rome Hotel Options: Hotel Gioberti, Villafranca or Commodore.

Siena Hotel Option: Hotel Garden

La Spezia Hotel Option: Hotel NH La Spezia

Itinerary

Day 01, Thursday: U.S. to Rome

Overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Celtic Tours World Vacations will be delighted to book your air in conjunction with your tour, or purchase this tour on a land only basis, where your tour would begin on day 02, in Rome.

Day 02, Friday: Rome

Transfer from the airport in Rome to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is not included.

Day 03, Saturday: Rome

American buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a 3-hour “Discovering Rome”, walking tour (English only). You will be picked up at your hotel at about 9.00 am. The tour will start from Largo Argentina and continue to Campo de’ Fiori, Piazza Farnese , Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish steps. Rest of the day at leisure and overnight. Dinner is not included.

Day 04, Sunday: Rome, Montepulciano, Pienza and Siena

American buffet breakfast. Pickup at 7.30 am at the hotel. Meet your multilingual tour leader and start a delightful trip through the rolling hills of the Chianti Region. Will reach the hilltop town of MONTEPULCIANO, an ancient village rich of medieval and Renaissance buildings, famous for producing one of the oldest wines of Italy, the “Nobile di Montepulciano”. You will stop for a visit to a wine cellar and experience a tasting of wines and local products like ham, cheese, and salami. Proceed to PIENZA, the Renaissance town built under Pope Pius II and also well-known for its pecorino cheese. The tour will proceed to SIENA, where you will enjoy a visit of the old city center. You will be walking along the medieval streets admiring splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end in the 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”. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 05, Monday: Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and La Spezia

After breakfast at the hotel, departure to SAN GIMIGNANO, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries; situated on a hilltop and famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures. You will then proceed to Tavernelle Val di Pesa located within the CHIANTI CLASSICO “Gallo Nero” region, where we will make a stop at the farmhouse La Tancia to enjoy an excellent wine tasting with light lunch. The tour continues onto PISA, where you will have free time for lunch. Early afternoon our expert tour leader will take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical center, 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.

Day 06, Tuesday: La Spezia, Portovenere and Cinque Terre

After breakfast, departure by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World. The five villages, “CINQUE TERRE” is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coast line by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside like in a postcard (in the event of rough sea, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train). During the tour, the boat will reach Portovenere and the most important villages. You will be able to stop at PORTO VENERE, VERNAZZA, MONTEROSSO and visit them at leisure. PORTOVENERE: Portovenere, on the Gulf of Poets, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its picturesque harbor is lined with brightly colored houses, while narrow medieval streets lined with shops lead up the hill from the ancient city gate to the castle. VERNAZZA: The small fishing village Vernazza is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The village is surrounded by very steeply-terraced olive groves which are said to produce among the finest olive oil in the country. MONTEROSSO: It is the largest of the five coastal villages. Its amazing beaches, its beautiful reefs and the sea’s crystal clear waters, make this small village one of the most hospitable of the Ligurian Riviera. Board the train from Monterosso and arrive in La Spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 07, Wednesday: La Spezia, Carrara Marble Caves and Rome

After breakfast at the hotel, the tour will take you to CARRARA for a visit of the impressive marble quarries carved deep into the mountain. This is where Michelangelo took the raw material to create his superb masterpieces. By visiting the quarry museum you will admire ancient tools, some sculptures and the quarryman’s house. Continue to MONTECARLO DI LUCCA, a lovely town located on the hills around Lucca. This territory is ideal for the production of top quality wine and extra virgin olive oil. We will stop and visit a farmhouse where the owners will have you taste delicious Tuscan food specialties, from olive oil to cheese, from bread to wine and of course pasta, which you will taste with different wines. Proceed to Rome and arrival in the evening. Overnight.

Day 08, Thursday: Rome

American buffet breakfast at the hotel and transfer at the airport.

Optionals

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Mar 30; Apr 6; 13; 20; 27; May 4; 11; 18; 25; Jun 8; 15; 22; 29; Jul 6; 13; 20; 27; Aug 3; 10; 17; 24; 31; Sep 7; 14; 21; 28; Oct 5; 12; 19   1549

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start / end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date one would depart from the US. Tour begins in Italy one day later.

 
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