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Rome and Tuscan Highlights 2014

  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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    At Leisure 2014
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  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: With the heart of Tuscany as your base, ancient customs and medieval cities meet the Leaning Tower and picturesque olive groves, in a leisurely journey of culture and art. It's Insider moments like… the quiet hush of the Museo Leonardiano, housed in the medieval castle that guards the old town of Vinci. It's the murmur of voices as your Travel Director sheds light on the life and works of Leonardo, in the ancient town of his birth. Feeling the past merge into the present, you leave the museum and step into the chatter of modern Italian daily life to explore Piazza Conti Guidi, where the earthy tang of olives groves is unchanged since Da Vinci himself walked the streets.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE ROME

    Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! The city stands on the Tiber river and enjoys a long and celebrated history. Relax after your journey. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Then an orientation drive will show you the Tiber and St. Peter's Basilica - a perfect introduction to the sights which await you!


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Cardinal St Peter

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  • Day 2

    ROME SIGHTSEEING – MONTECATINI (TUSCAN HILLS) (6 NIGHTS)

    Your included Small Group Sightseeing tour with a Local Expert begins at the Vatican Museums. Experience a Unique Insight in the Vatican when you ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante. Admire Michelangelo's magnificent frescoed ceiling in the Sistine Chapel and then visit St. Peter's Basilica to see his famous Pietà. Your tour continues in ancient Rome where you view the enormous Colosseum and the ancient Forum, once the centre of Roman rule. Later, enjoy a spectacular scenic drive through the Tuscan Hills to the spa resort of Montecatini, your home for the next six nights!


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

    Hotel: Columbia

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  • Day 3

    SAN GIMIGNANO AND SIENA EXCURSION

    Explore San Gimignano known as the 'medieval Manhattan', famed for its ring of towers which can be seen several kilometres from town. Shop for locally-produced delicacies and hand-painted Tuscan pottery. Later, in Siena, see the Piazza del Campo, scene of the celebrated annual Palio horse race, and the stunning marble Cathedral which dominates the town.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    PISA AND VINCI EXCURSION

    In the coastal town of Pisa see the famous Leaning Tower, the finely sculpted marble Cathedral and the ornate Baptistery. Then travel to the scenic Tuscan town of Vinci where you will enjoy an Unique Insight about the life of Leonardo da Vinci with an included visit to the Museo Leonardiano containing some of his work. Join your fellow travellers tonight for a wonderful Be My Guest dinner experience with beautiful views over the Tuscan hills.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 5

    MONTECATINI AT LEISURE

    Montecatini Terme is one of Italy’s most popular thermal spa destinations, and you have the entire day to do exactly as you please! Your Travel Director will be available for suggestions on how to spend your day.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    FLORENCE EXCURSION

    Your Local Expert gives you a fascinating account of the history of Renaissance Florence during your walking tour. See the magnificent Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. View the Ponte Vecchio bridge, one of the city's most famous landmarks.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7

    MONTECATINI AT LEISURE

    Enjoy a relaxed morning at the hotel before having a delicious Regional Meal in the Tuscan countryside for lunch.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Regional Meal)

  • Day 8

    MONTECATINI (TUSCAN HILLS) – ASSISI – ROME

    Set on the slopes of Mount Subasio, Assisi is the birthplace of St. Francis. Visit the Basilica during your walking tour with a Local Expert. In Rome tonight, celebrate the end of your holiday with your companions at a Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Sheraton Golf Parco de Medici

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  • Day 9

    DEPART ROME

    Say 'arrivederci Roma' at the end of a relaxing and memorable Italian holiday. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Visit an Agriturismo farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany for a delicious Italian meal. After a warm welcome by the family, walk through the olive groves and lemon trees and taste some of the locally produced wines and olive oils.
  • Local Expert in Rome, Florence and Assisi.
  • Small Group Sightseeing In Rome, enjoy a guided visit to the Sistine Chapel with a group size of no more than 25 guests to enhance your experience.
  • Unique Insight Stop in Vinci - the town near where Leonardo da Vinci was born and visit a museum dedicated to the master.
  • Unique Insight Follow in the footsteps of Michelangelo and da Vinci when visiting the Vatican Museums. Ascend the smooth and step-less spiral staircase designed by famous architect Donato Bramante, in a part of the Vatican not open to the public.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tours in Rome, Florence and Assisi.
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the amazing Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, the medieval town of San Gimignano, the Tuscan city of Siena, the Leonardiano Museum in the town of Vinci and St. Francis' Basilica in Assisi.
  • Views of the Roman Forum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence.

Dining

  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 1 Regional Meal lunch.
  • 4 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, three course dinner with wine and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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