Tour Itinerary

Day 1: 3/15/14        Overnight Flight to Florence

Your trip begins with a regularly schedule overnight flight on an internationally recognized airline to Florence.  You will have dinner and breakfast on board.

Day 2: 3/16/14        Arrive in Florence

Welcome to Florence!

After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will transfer you to your hotel, details of which will be sent to you prior to your departure.  The rest of the day is free for strolling along the cobbled streets and stone bridges of Florence or just relaxing in your hotel.  This evening, become acquainted with your fellow travelers as well as the region's famed cuisine at the Welcome Dinner.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 3: 3/17/14        Florence

Il Duomo--Florence, ItalyDiscover the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of opera and Italian language.  Today's guided tour introduces you to the city's Renaissance splendor.  Marvel at Brunelleschi's masterpiece--Florence's massive pink, white and green Duomo.

Then, enter the Church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo, as well as the Dante Memorial are displayed. 

This evening, learn to make cuisine the Tuscan way at a private cooking class.  Then enjoy the freshly prepared meal with your fellow chefs. 

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: 3/18/14        Siena

En route to the enchanting city of Siena, stop in San Gimignano, "the city of beautiful towers."  Take in views of the glorious scenery before continuing to a local wine tasting, where you'll have the opportunity to sample some of the region's fine wines. 

Arrive in Siena for this evening's included dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: 3/19/14        Siena

Duomo di SienaThis morning, travel through vineyards and olive groves to the hilltop town of Montalcino, famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine.  Enjoy the opportunity to taste this local treasure, as well as an included light lunch.  Follow a local expert guide on this afternoon's tour of Siena, longtime rival of nearby Florence.  Visit Siena's Romanesque Duomo, which houses major works of art by Donatello and Nicola Pisano, along with the famous Piccolomini Library.  Walk along medieval streets to the Piazzo del Campo.  Each summer, daredevils race horses bareback around this main piazza during the famed Palio.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Wine Tasting

Day 6: 3/20/14        Perugia

Continue your travels across the Italian landscape to reach Perugia.  Stop for lunch near Lake Trasimeno to indulge in regional specialties.  Continue on to Cortona, perched on a Tuscan hillside for panoramic views of the plains below.  Meander through the steep, narrow streets and look for the remains of the original city wall before a visit to the Museum of Etruscan Academy of Cortona, home to an impressive collection of Etruscan artifacts.  Cross over the Tuscan border into the Umbrian region, and arrive in Perugia. 

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7: 3/21/14        Rome

A local guide introduces you to the vibrant streets and landmarks of Perugia, the medieval town symbolized by the Etruscan Arch.  See the Palazzo di Priori, the gorgeous medieval palace begun in 1298, and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo.  Journey across the Umbrian valleys today en route to Rome.  Arrive in Rome, the Eternal City, in time for this evening's farewell dinner. 

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 8: 3/22/14        FLY HOME

Say "arrivederci" to Italy and fly home!

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Note: The itinerary is subject to change.