Tuscan and Umbrian Countryside – Featuring Italy’s Charming Hill Towns (Sign up by October 31, 2017 based upon availability thereafter)

PricingPricing Per Person Cash or Check

  • Double Occupancy – $5,325
  • Triple Occupancy – $5,275
  • Single Occupancy – $5,725

PricingPricing Per Person Credit Card

  • Double Occupancy – $5,489
  • Triple Occupancy – $5,439
  • Single Occupancy – $5,899

Prices are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control. Tour Price Includes: Roundtrip Airfare, Roundtrip Airport Transfers, Tour Package and Travel Protection. Deposit is Due at Time of Booking * This Tour is A Small Group Tour. It is Limited to 24 Travelers and it Fills Quickly. All Seats MUST be Booked By October 31, 2017.

Itinerary

Day 1 | May 5 | Rome, Italy

Your overnight flight from Minneapolis brings you into Rome, Italy.

Day 2 | May 6 | Rome, Italy

Welcome to Rome – Italy’s dynamic capital city. A leisure day to enjoy the city. Evening Accommodations at Kolbe Hotel Rome * Dinner Included

Day 3 | May 7 | Umbria, Italy

Travel to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto. A local expert leads you on a walking tour amid the town’s treasures, including a visit to its prominent Gothic Cathedral, home to a Signorelli fresco. You’ll spend the next four nights immersed in country life in a pristine Umbrian hill town. Evening Accommodations at Antica Dimora Alla Rocca * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 4 | May 8 | Umbria, Italy

Set off for 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 cafés. Next, visit a country restaurant housed in a 16th-century farmhouse. This is the Italy few get to experience. Take a stroll through their herb gardens and see how they make their own cheese. Afterwards, join the chef for a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson. Indulge in an early dinner in the countryside before turning in for the evening. Evening Accommodations at Antica Dimora Alla Rocca * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 5 | May 9 | Umbria, Italy

Travel to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Set out on a walking tour of the old city with a local guide. Come to know its history as you stroll the medieval streets, pausing along the way to see its famed Basilica of St. Francis. Next, you are in for a treat when an Umbrian family welcome you to their country home as they prepare you a delicious home-cooked meal. Share stories and make an Umbrian friend. Evening Accommodations at Antica Dimora Alla Rocca * Breakfast & Dinner Included

Day 6 | May 10 | Umbria, Italy

Head to the “Balcony of Umbria.” The charming medieval town of Montefalco received this moniker because of its unobstructed views of the Umbrian countryside. Step back in time as you explore independently. Then, it’s on to a local winery to sample some of this region’s most prized wine, Sagrantino. Next, savor a lunch of authentic Umbrian dishes. Continue to Bevagna where you meet a local expert for a walking tour featuring Roman and medieval archaeological and architectural marvels. Cap off your day by learning about another locally made product – olive oil – at a family-run ‘frantoio’ (olive-presser). Evening Accommodations at Antica Dimora Alla Rocca * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 7 | May 11 | Tuscany, Italy

It’s on to Tuscany! You’ll fall in love with the picturesque Renaissance landscape of hills and villages as we make your way through the Val D’Orcia region. Stop at a local winery to see the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards and olive groves. The winery’s chef creates an authentic Tuscan lunch, expertly paired with wines produced on-site. Later, make yourself at home in your restored Tuscan palazzo. Evening Accommodations at UNA Palazzo Mannaioni * Breakfast & Lunch Included

Day 8 | May 12 | Tuscany, Italy

Today it’s Florence, “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Join a local guide for a walking tour of the city’s iconic sights. Return to another age as you view the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of the Piazza Del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. Catch a glimpse into the creative side of Florence when you meet a local artisan in his workshop to see how and where he refines his craft. Take some time to browse the shops and explore Florence on your own. Evening Accommodations at UNA Palazzo Mannaioni * Breakfast Included

Day 9 | May 13 | Tuscany, Italy

Travel to the city of Siena and take a guided walking tour and visit the historic piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race. Then, the choice is yours! Explore the 14th-century Torre (Tower) del Mangia, the 3rd tallest tower in Italy at your own pace or join your guide to get to know local life in a Contrada (neighborhood). Later in Monteriggioni, stroll its quaint streets, seemingly frozen in time. Take an afternoon break and try some local snacks before heading back to your quiet Tuscan retreat. Evening Accommodations at UNA Palazzo Mannaioni * Breakfast Included

Day 10 | May 14 | Tuscany, Italy

Roll along the country roads to Volterra, a former Etruscan city perched high above the countryside. Spend time at the Guarnacci Museum, one of the oldest public museums in Europe, founded in 1761. Travel to San Gimignano, known as the “City of Beautiful Towers.” Enjoy a stroll along Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna. Tonight, gather for a farewell dinner and partake in an interactive and fun presentation on wine by the restaurant’s sommelier. Evening Accommodations at UNA Palazzo Mannaioni * Breakfast Included

Day 11 | May 15 | Home

The tour concludes today with a flight back to Minneapolis. Breakfast Included

Depart05/05/2018

Return Date

Return05/15/2018

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Tour Highlights

  • Rome
  • Orvieto
  • Spoleto
  • Italian Cooking Class
  • Assisi
  • Private Home-Hosted Lunch
  • Montefalco
  • Bevagna
  • Olive Oil Farm
  • Florence
  • Siena
  • Monteriggioni
  • Volterra
  • Guarnacci Museum
  • San Gimignano
  • Optional Tour Choice
  • Activity Level – Extremely Active
  • 9 Breakfasts * 3 Lunches * 4 Dinners

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