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9 Day Luxury Scenic Umbria and Tuscany

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9 Day Luxury Scenic Umbria and Tuscany

This magical tour devotes quality time to the medieval hill towns and evocative landscapes of Italy's two famous regions. Drink the wine, meet the local people around plate-laden tables and hear their fascinating life stories.

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Day by day

First day Welcome to Rome

Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Transfers to your centrally located hotel, a short stroll from the Via Veneto depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Relax and settle in before the evening's Welcome Reception. Meet your Tour Director and fellow guests over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. (WR),(D)

Hotel:     Kolbe Hotel/Romanico Palace, Rome

Second Day see the Sistine Chapel, sample Orvieto then onto Perugia 

Explore the Vatican Museums in the morning, where the hidden gems of the vast Papal art collection are unveiled by a local historian. Your special VIP visit includes fast-track entry and the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican closed to the general public. View the imposing St. Peter's Basilica, the largest in the world. Next, head north to the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto; its Cathedral is one of Italy's most celebrated buildings. You're welcomed into the kitchens of zesty ‘Etruscan chef' Lorenzo Polegri, who shares with you his virtuoso cooking skills and love of Italian food. Delicious pasta fresca, combined with the local staples of olive oil, cheese, prosciutto and focaccia, make for a memorable lunch, all washed down with a chilled glass of Orvieto Classico wine. Continue to Perugia, one of the most beautiful centres of art in the whole of Italy. The evening is at leisure to dine or explore as you please. (BB),(HL)

Hotel:    Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia

Third Day Enjoy Sightseeing in Perugia with Free Time

In the morning, join a Local Expert to navigate the underground labyrinth of little streets, alleys and arches. Promenade the wide Corso Vannucci, resplendent in pale-pink stone, past the princely Priors' Palace, Cathedral and finely sculptured Great Fountain in the main square. Then, visit a workshop to see how the fascinating art of hand-weaving textiles has been passed down through the generations. Afterwards, you will be free to enjoy the many delights of Umbria's capital city. For dinner, choose your ideal ambience and palate-pleasing menu from a handpicked selection of Perugian restaurants. Buon appetito! (BB),(DA)

Hotel:     Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia

Fourth Day we Visit Assisi 

Journey on to the medieval walled town of Assisi. With a Local Expert, visit the imposing Basilica of St. Francis - its early frescoes served as an inspiration to Renaissance artists. Move on through the twisted groves that carpet the side of Mt Subasio. At a family-run mill, meet a third generation specialist to follow the evolution of the olive, from tree to table and relish the intense flavours drizzled over crusty bread with a splash of salt – delizioso! (BB)

Hotel:    Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia

Fifth Day its onto Cortona then Siena and stay in San Gimignano

Follow the shores of Lake Trasimeno to Cortona, one of the oldest hill towns in Tuscany. After time to explore, move on to the narrow cobbled streets of Siena. Standing in the shell-shaped Campo, imagine the frenzied atmosphere of the biannual Palio horse race and see the superb 14th century Town Hall. Then, with your Local Expert, there is time to climb up to the black and white striped marble Cathedral. Your home for the next three nights is a delightful villa near the medieval town of San Gimignano. (BB),(DW)

Hotel:    Villasanpaolo Hotel, San Gimignano

Sixth Day Enjoy Sightseeing and free Time in San Gimignano

An orientation in the morning shows you San Gimignano's medieval skyscrapers, serpentine streets and hidden squares. It also boasts the world champion gelato maestro Sergio Dondoli. At his artisan ice-cream parlour on the cobbled Piazza della Cisterna, the jaunty gelataio doles out his silky frozen treats in a range of mind-boggling flavours. The rest of the day is at leisure; you could take an optional trip to Pisa and Lucca. (BB)

Hotel:     Villasanpaolo Hotel, San Gimignano

Seventh Day We Tour Florence then head to Chianti

The morning is devoted to the Renaissance city of Florence. A fascinating walking tour with a Local Expert takes you to the marble-clad Cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi's dome. See the baptistery with its beautiful 'Gates of Paradise' and Giotto's splendid bell tower. Walk on to Signoria Square with its open-air gallery of Renaissance sculptures, followed by free time to shop for top-quality Florentine leather or seek bargains in the gold workshops. A delightful drive through the cypress and olive groves of Tuscany will bring you to Greve in Chianti. Here you can taste the local produce and explore the artisan shops beneath the arched loggias of the triangular Piazza Matteotti. Stop along the winding Via Chiantigiana in Panzano - originally a medieval castle, with its beautiful stone houses and Church of Santa Maria Assunta, built into the remains of the fortifications. On your return, we visit a wine cellar for an exploration into their wine-making process and enjoy a tasting. (BB)

Hotel:     Villasanpaolo Hotel, San Gimignano

Eighth Day its off to Venice

Descend from the Apennines before crossing the fertile valley of the River Po and continue to magical Venice, where the city seems to float on the lagoon. Wonder at the marbled expanse of St. Marks Square – the Byzantine Basilica, Doge's Palace and lofty bell tower. Later, embark on a romantic gondola ride through the charismatic canals while musicians serenade you with some of Italy's best loved songs. In the evening, enjoy a farewell Celebration dinner ‘alla Veneziana' with good food, wine and company in the most magical of settings. (BB),(CD)

Hotel:    Boscolo Bellini, Venice

Ninth Day we Bid Farewell to Venice

Delight in your final views of this sea-lapped city in the morning. Transfers arrive at Venice Airport at 08:00 and 09:30. This trip fits perfectly with the Country Roads of Puglia and the Neopolitan Riviera. Why not combine these tours for a full Italian Experience? On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home. (BB)

Dining

Orvieto: Meet ‘Etruscan chef' Lorenzo Polegri, who shares with you his virtuoso cooking skills, followed by a memorable lunch.

Perugia: You are offered a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening. Choose your own ambience, cuisine and drinks for an intimate culinary experience.

Mt Subasio: Follow the evolution of the olive, from tree to table, with a tasting at a family-run olive mill.

San Gimignano: Meet world champion gelato maestro, Sergio Dondoli, and sample silky frozen treats in a range of mind-boggling flavours.

Tuscany: With an expert vintner, savour the superb wines and enjoy a detailed explanation about the winemaking processes.

Venice: Your Celebration Dinner is in the heart of historic Venice.

8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Highlight Lunch (HL), 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 three-course table d’hôte Dinner (DW) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Travel Highlights

Rome: Gain VIP fast-track entrance into the Vatican Museums and enjoy a special private viewing of the Bramante Stairs before being confronted by the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel.

Perugia: Visit a workshop to learn about the art of hand-weaving textiles. Join a local expert to navigate the underground labyrinth of little streets, alleys and arches. Promenade the wide Corso Vannucci, resplendent in pale-pink stone, past the princely Priors' Palace, Cathedral and finely sculptured Great Fountain in the main square.

Assisi: A Local Expert will explain why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of medieval Europe.

Venice: To the tune of accompanying musicians, you will be serenaded through the atmospheric canals by gondola, past water-lapped doorways and Rococo palaces. Cruise to St. Mark's Square by private launch. See St. Mark's Basilica, bell tower, clock tower, Doges' Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Witness hand made Venetian glass-blowing.

Todi: Explore the medieval streets and squares of this hill-top town.

Siena: Walk through narrow cobbled streets to Campo Square.

San Gimignano: Explore the many-towered medieval town.

Florence: Enjoy panoramic views over the city from Piazza Michelangelo. See the Cathedral, Gates of Paradise, belltower and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.

Chianti Classico Region: Drive along the scenic Chiantigiana highway and stop in the old towns of Greve in Chianti and Panzano in Chianti

The Difference

An expert Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.

Enjoy the unique comfort of our luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.

A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.

Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porter-age charges at hotels.

Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.

From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local titbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.

Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
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