2019 Spotlight on Tuscany, Italy Tour

Luxury Motorcoach/Airline Trip

2019 Spotlight on Tuscany, Italy Tour
March 14 – 22, 2019
9 Days – 8 Nights

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$500 Per Person Deposit due upon Signing & Balance by January 13, 2019
Luxury Transportation Departing:  Marshalltown

SAVE $100 if sign up BEFORE Friday, October 12th. Priced below:

After Discount:

PRICE PER PERSON:                                                                                                             

$3,149     Double Occupancy
$3,349      Single Occupancy
$3,119     Triple Occupancy

Price Per Person Price AFTER  October 12th :

     $3,249 Double Occupancy
     $3,449 Single Occupancy
     $3,219 Triple Occupancy
     

INCREDIBLE SPECIAL PRICE  for our 2019 Spotlight on Tuscany, Italy Tour includes:

  • Luxury transportation from Marshalltown to Des Moines
  • Round trip Air from Des Moines, Air Taxes and fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners
  • Montecatini Terme
  • Florence
  • Lucca
  • Gothic Line
  • Pisa
  • Cooking Class
  • Siena
  • Winery Tour
  • YOUR choice of tour attraction
  • Cheese Farm
  • San Gimignano

Day 1: Thursday, March 14th – Luxury transportation from Marshalltown to the Des Moines Airport. Overnight Flight. Rolling Landscapes, savory wines, delicious food and stunning architecture…this can only be Tuscany. Unpack once on this journey among Italy’s most charming towns.

Day 2: Friday, March 15th – Montecatini Terme, Italy – Tour begins. Our tour opens in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme, nestled in the heart of the rolling hills of Tuscany. This evening, get to know our fellow travelers during a welcome dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your adventure! (D)

Day 3: Saturday, March 16th Florence. A cultural tour in the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance” showcases the beautiful city of Florence. Join a local Florentine guide who highlights many of the city’s priceless treasures including a visit to the Academy Gallery* – housing Michelangelo’s monumental statue of David. At the Piazza del Duomo, the center of religious life in medieval Florence, see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore amd the gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John. Take the remainder of the day to explore this unparalleled city as you choose. (B)

Day 4: Sunday, March 17th – Lucca – Borgo a Mozzano – Gothic Line. Set out on a guided visit to Lucca, Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, medieval streets flanked by towers, and delightful squares are just some of Lucca’s charms. Visit the medieval Basilica di San Frediano. Its otherwise simple façade is adorned with a colorful 13th-century mosaic. Enjoy some time to explore at your own pace. Then set off for Borgo a Mozzano to see the remarkable Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge). Continue on to the Gothic Line. Built by the Germans, it was one of their last lines of defense during WWII. We will visit the Museum of Liberation and see the actual fortifications and bunkers. (B)

Day 5: Monday, March 18th – Pisa.  Explore the many historic sites in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa including the Piazza dei Miracoli, or “Field of Miracles” (UNESCO). Keep your camera handy during our stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. You probably won’t be able to resist taking a picture that makes it appear as if you are holding this iconic structure up. Visit the Baptistery, the largest in all of Italy. This impressive building of Romanesque and Gothic architecture is known for its perfect acoustics. This evening we travel to the quiet countryside to learn the secrets of traditional Tuscan cruisine. Partake in a cooking class featuring a bounty of local ingredients and culinary techniques that have been passed down for generations. Then sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor during dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Tuesday, March 19th – Siena.  Welcome to Siena. Discover this charming town with a local guide. Embark on a walking tour through its narrow Gothic streets. Take in stunning palaces, mansions and the historic Piazza del Campo along the way. Then, it’s your choice! Explore Siena’s beautiful Gothic Cathedral at your own pace OR join our guide to get to know local life in a contrada (neighborhood). Next we make our way to a Tuscan winery and meet the people behind some of Chianti’s finest  wines. Learn from experts as we savor a selection of the local varieties. We’ll also learn about the art of winemaking and the process of making olive oil. (B)

Day 7: Wednesday, March 20th – Montecatini Terme  The day is ours to relax and experience the local flavor. Take this opportunity to shop at the local boutiques and dine at one of the many fine local restaurants. Or, perhaps you will choose an optional excursion to Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards. Explore its string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean. (B)

Day 8: Thursday, March 21st – Cheese Farm Visit – San Gimignano.  Begin the day with breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills as we make our way to a cheese farm. Learn how the famous pecorino cheese is made before sampling it for yourself. Afterwards, travel to the hilltop village o San Gimignano, one of the most picturesque places in Tuscany. Explore this enchanting medieval town, from its famous 14 towers to its magnificent vistas overlooking the vineyards of Tuscany. Enjoy free time and perhaps indulge in some gelato. A delightful experience awaits this evening when you will attend a Tuscan feast featuring traditional cruisine and savory wines in the magical Tuscan countryside. (B, D)

Day 9: Friday, March 22nd – Montecatini Terme – Tour ends. Our journey comes to a close today. We will fly back with many fond memories of Tuscany. (B)



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