Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside

Tuscan & Umbrian Countryside

featuring Italy’s Charming Hill Towns

 

Day 1: Friday, April 04, 2014 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to the Italian capital of Rome.

Day 2: Saturday, April 05, 2014 Rome, Italy – Tour Begins
Meet your fellow travelers in Rome for a welcome dinner in a local restaurant • Join in an interactive and fun presentation on Italy’s wines given by the restaurant’s sommelier • Indulge in a traditional four-course meal, paired with some of the country’s finest wines. (D)

Day 3: Sunday, April 06, 2014 Rome – Orvieto – Umbria
Depart Rome • Travel to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto, known for its white wine and Gothic cathedral housing a Signorelli fresco • Take time for a leisurely lunch or explore this town on your own • Spend the next four nights in a palace in a pristine Umbrian hill town. (B, D)

Day 4: Monday, April 07, 2014 Umbria – Spoleto – Cooking Class – Umbria
Embark on a guided walking tour of historic Spoleto • See medieval palaces, the ornate Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, and the magnificent Ponte delle Torri, an aqueduct dating back to the 13th century • Enjoy free time to peruse the town’s shops and cafes • Pay a visit to a country restaurant housed in a 16th century farm house • The chef here provides a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson • Indulge in an early dinner in the countryside. (B, D)

Day 5: Tuesday, April 08, 2014 Umbria – Olive Oil Factory – Bevagna – Montefalco – Umbria
Explore Umbria’s specialty food items through a series of tastings • Start the day with a visit to a local olive oil factory in the area of Trevi • Travel to Bevagna for a guided walking tour featuring Roman and medieval archeological and architectural marvels • Stop off in Montefalco, nicknamed the “Balcony of Umbria” • Visit a local enoteca to sip some of this region’s most prized wine, the Sagrantino, and taste local sausages and cheeses. (B)

Day 6: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 Umbria – Assisi – Home-Hosted Dinner – Umbria
After a leisurely morning you’ll head to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis • Take a guided walking tour of the old city, including the Basilica of St. Francis and its medieval streets • Take time for a leisurely lunch or explore this town on your own • This evening, an Umbrian family welcomes you to their country home as they prepare a delicious home-cooked meal. (B, D)

Day 7: Thursday, April 10, 2014 Umbria – Winery – Tuscany
Travel from Umbria through southern Tuscany • A winery visit showcases the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards, olive groves and stunning views • The winery’s chef prepares an authentic Tuscan lunch, expertly paired with wines produced on site • Make yourself at home in Tuscany in your restored palazzo for the next four nights. (B, L)

Day 8: Friday, April 11, 2014 Tuscany – Florence – Tuscany
Set out on a short journey to Florence, “cradle of the Italian Renaissance” • Begin your day with a guided walking tour of the city sights, including the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of the Piazza Del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio • Join your local guide in exploring the unique qualities of the city • Focus on Florence’s local artisans and visit their workshops • Spend some free time shopping and investigating Florence on your own • Return to Montaione. (B, D)

Day 9: Saturday, April 12, 2014 Tuscany – Siena – Monteriggioni – Tuscany
Travel to the city of Siena • Enjoy a walking tour and visit the historic piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race • Continue to the walled town of Monteriggioni for a stroll along quaint streets • Take an afternoon break and try some Tuscan pastries before returning to the town of Montaione. (B)

Day 10: Sunday, April 13, 2014 Tuscany – Volterra – San Gimignano – Tuscany
Spend your morning in Volterra, a former Etruscan city which sits high above the Tuscan countryside • Visit one of the most famous Etruscan museums in Italy, the Guarnacci Museum • Travel to San Gimignano, known as the “Medieval Manhattan” • Look for the town’s fourteen medieval towers that date back to the 13th century • Enjoy a stroll along Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna • Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)

Day 11: Monday, April 14, 2014 Tuscany – Tour Ends
Your vacation comes to a close in Montaione. (B)