HEART OF ITALY with CINQUE TERRE

Enjoy our updated Heart of Italy tour, with a maximum group size of sixteen (16) passengers, experience an intimate and unforgettable time in Italy. This tour features Rome and Florence, with a day tour to Cinque Terre

HEART OF ITALY with CINQUE TERRE

Enjoy our updated Heart of Italy tour, with a maximum group size of sixteen (16) passengers, experience an intimate and unforgettable time in Italy. This tour features Rome and Florence, with a day tour to Cinque Terre

Now a 7-night tour for 2019

Tour Highlights

  • No more than sixteen (16) passengers traveling together (minimum of 2 to operate).
  • Premium hotels, centrally located.
  • Gourmet dinners at intimate restaurants.
  • Scenic routes and slow travel.
  • Professional tour leader, present but not obtrusive.
  • All entrance fees included.
  • Porterage at hotel and train station.

Heart of Italy Tour Includes

  • Arrival transfer in Rome and return transfer in Florence
  • 3 nights in Rome 
  • 4 nights in Florence
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Tour Escort service
  • Welcome briefing
  • Welcome dinner in Rome
  • Walking along the heart of Rome
  • Guided visit of Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel with skip the line reservation
  • Transfer from Rome to Florence via Siena
  • Wine & Food experience in Siena
  • Walking along the heart of Siena
  • Fresh market’s tour of Florence
  • Guided Visit of the heart of Florence, including Accademia & Michelangelo’s David with skip the line reservation
  • Guided visit to Cinqueterre with lunch and wine tasting
  • Wine & Oil Experience with dinner in Chianti

Premium Hotel Options (or similar)

Rome: Dei Mellini or Londra & Cargill

Florence: Executive or Kraft
 

Additional Notes

The package requires a minimum of two (2) passengers to operate. The package will operate with no more than sixteen (16) passengers. These tours are operated with a tour escort, however, when the number of people travelling will be less or equal to 7, the tour will be operated with a tour host and transfer from Rome to Florence and from Rome to Naples maybe operated by train and not by car. All the inclusions are guaranteed and provided as per agreement. The tour host will escort the guests to the restaurants when the dinner is included. The tour host will be available 24hrs by phone.

Hotels are not confirmed until 14 days prior to arrival in Italy. Unfortunately this can not be sooner and does affect when documents are sent. Documents are sent 7 days prior to arrival in Italy. If we cannot physically send the documents (due to time constraints) e-documents will be provided.
 


Itinerary

Day 01, Friday: Arrival Rome

Welcome to Italy! After collecting your baggage, transfer to your hotel. Time to relax before meeting our *Tour Leader and fellow traveling companions at the bar of the hotel. From here we walk to a local restaurant and enjoy a tasty welcome dinner. Overnight in Rome. (D)

Day 02, Saturday: Heart of Rome & Vatican

After breakfast, meet your driver and your guide and reach the Vatican Museum by private van. Access the Museum easily with your skip the line tickets. Your visit will be memorable: our guides have drawn up a route to include all the major sights as well as some unexpected surprises. See the Belvedere Courtyard with Apollo Belvedere & Laocoön & His Sons, Raphael Rooms, the Galleries of the Candelabra, of the Maps and of the Tapestries, the Sistine Chapel Pinecone Courtyard, St. Peter’s Basilica and at the end, exit on the St. Peter’s Square and enjoy the magnificent view of the imposing Cathedral. You will return to your hotel to relax after a challenging morning. Late afternoon meet your tour leader for a walking tour of the Baroque Town with Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna, the Italian Parliament and the fascinating narrow streets of ancient Rome. Return to hotel with your tour leader or enjoy a dinner in the very heart of the eternal city. Overnight in Rome. (B, D)

Day 03, Sunday: Free day in Rome

Today will be free at leisure. This tour has been designed to offer the best of each city visited combined with some free time to customize your travel experience as well as take your time to relax. We can offer optional touring today if you wish. Please let your agent know at time of booking. Overnight in Rome. (B)

Day 04, Monday: Experience True Tuscany

Today we will continue to Tuscany our tour. Meet your tour guide at hotel in Rome and transfer to Florence by coach with an en route stop in Siena. The ride itself is a magnificent opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Tuscan hills, the view of small enchanting villages as well as the vineyards and castles the pointed the region. Upon arrival in Siena, enjoy a wine & food experience in the heart of the old town. In the ancient times, Siena was only one city that competed against Florence for power, wealth and artistic beauty. Here you will enjoy a walking tour to discover Piazza del Campo, the main central square where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year, as well as exploring quieter backstreets and learning everything about the Contrade, the 17 medieval city districts that compete against each other in the Palio. Continue to Florence where you will arrive later afternoon. Time permitting, en route stop in Monteriggioni. Overnight in Florence. (B, S&W)

Day 05, Tuesday: Magnificent Florence between Food & Arts

Start your exploration of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city: visit the market of San Lorenzo where it’s possible to see the food arriving from the Tuscan countryside. It’s a chance to taste lots of varieties of local cheeses, fruits, vegetable, and breads. If you’re still hungry, there’s free time for lunch on your own. In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel and get ready to explore the heart of the town. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli who he commissioned to produce various works of art and architecture. We’ll visit Piazza della Signoria, walk by the Palazzo Vecchio, , the Duomo with Giotto's bell tower (from outside), Ponte Vecchio. ?Our walk through Florence will end with a visit to the Accademia to admire, among the many masterpieces, the jewel of Michelangelo: the statue of David.?Overnight in Florence. (B)

Day 06, Wednesday: Florence - Cinque Terre

Today discover a spectacular corner of Italy, famous for its panorama, its wine, its food and beautiful sea and hiking opportunities. Leave Florence early morning with your guide driving to northwest Riviera with a comfortable air-conditioned minivan. During the ride, you will enjoy the view of Tuscan hills till the moment you see the southern part of Alps, that divide Tuscany from Liguria. Once in Cinque Terre National Park enjoy the most astonishing views either from land and sea, as we stroll along the national park by boat, train, and walking fabulous trails on the cliff. Your experience include a delicious full lunch with wine tasting in a local restaurant on the sea where you will enjoy incredible fresh seafood cooked the Ligurian way, accompanied by some great white wines typical of this region. Return to Florence late afternoon. Overnight in Florence. (B, L/W)

Day 07, Thursday: Wine & Oil Experience with dinner in Chianti

Today your morning is free at leisure, the day to Cinqueterre was a long one and this morning you will have some additional time to relax. In the afternoon, meet your tour guide and start your Chianti experience. With a 25 minute ride, a comfortable van will shuttle you to the rolling hills of the Chianti Wine Region till you reach a noble Villa with a Boutique Winery on top of a hill. The landscapes is marvelous with beautiful vineyards and olive groves that surround you. Once there, a wine expert will welcome you and take you for the 500-year-old cellar visit, still used today for a very small, selected wine production and ageing, listed in the top 100 on Wine Spectators. You will taste all the different product of this boutique winery while you will learn the sophisticated techniques of winemaking and teach you to distinguish the different and various scents and flavors that each wine presents. At the end, you will enjoy a fine dinner. The dinner will be served in a charming restaurant, where you will also learn how to pair different wines with specific dishes. You will enjoy 4 different wines, including the world renowned Supertuscan of the estate. Plus, a sweet typical dessert wine. You will also taste the region's finest olive oil with typical unsalted Tuscan bread. The fine dining includes local charcuterie and a cheese selection, paired with different jams and balsamic vinegar, a selection of two pasta dishes and a main course made of a traditional meat dish. A Tuscan dessert is then served with local sweet wine. Coming back to Florence, you will stop at Piazzale Michelangelo belvedere, for a breathtaking view of Florence, admiring all the lights of the city. (B, D plus Wine Experience)

Day 08, Friday: Florence - U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to Florence Airport for your return flight home.

*Important Note: These tours are operated with a tour escort when 8 or more are traveling on anyone departure. The tour guarantees with a minimum of 2 participants, however, when the number of people travelling will be less or equal to 7, the tour will be operated with a TOUR HOST ONBLY and transfer from Rome to Florence and from Rome to Naples maybe operated by train and not by car. All the inclusions are guaranteed and provided as per agreement, but may be provided with just a driver (no guide only). The tour host will escort the guests to the restaurants when the dinner is included. The tour host will be available 24hrs by phone.

Rates & Hotels

New Small Group Tour & Guaranteed Departure

2019 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
  $2579
  $2109
  $2109

Featured Hotels

Heart of Italy with Cinqueterre with premium hotels
Rome Hotel Rome
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Tour Details

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Accommodation Details

Centrally located Rome Hotel

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Centrally located Florence Hotel

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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. Triple rooms offer discounts.

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 the tour begins in Italy. If you book airfare, you will depart one day prior.