Food & Wine: Flavors of Tuscany & Umbria with Cindy Shroder

Jun 24-Jul 3, 2017 / 10 DAYS

Taste the rustic flavors of central Italy.

Tucked-away towns and villas make up the core of Tuscany and Umbria, while the cultural capitals of Rome and Florence offer urban elegance and histori…

Your package includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 guided sightseeing tours
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 three-course dinners
  • 3 wine tastings
  • 1 cooking lesson
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Florence Duomo, Basilica of Santa Croce, San Gimignano, Tuscan cooking lesson, Lake Trasimeno, Perugia’s Rocca Paolina

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you'll walk for about 3.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some …

Itinerary

Map of Italy

Overnight flight / 1 NIGHT

Jun 24: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

Florence / 3 NIGHTS

Jun 25: Arrival in Florence

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Jun 26: Sightseeing tour of Florence

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off with a local guide to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance.  • Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo  • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture • Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio • Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life • Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, burial site of Michelangelo and Galileo This evening, join a local chef for a cooking class where you’ll make pasta by hand, create two kinds of bruschetta and craft tiramisu for dessert. Savor your creations for dinner with accompanying wines.

Jun 27: Free day in Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Florence or add excursions.

Siena / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 28: Siena via San Gimignano

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to the enchanting city of Siena, stop in San Gimignano, “the city of beautiful towers.”  • Explore the small medieval town of San Gimignano on your own • Sample some of the region’s fine wines and olive oils at a winery • Arrive in Siena for this evening’s included dinner of Tuscan specialties

Jun 29: Montalcino & Siena

Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Today, you’ll visit a winery and explore the vibrant cities of Montalcino and Siena. • Spend free time wandering the streets of Montalcino • Taste three acclaimed Brunello grape wines and enjoy a light lunch • Return to Siena, where a local guide shows you Siena Cathedral, home to major works of art by Donatello and Pisano, and the adjoining Piccolomini Library  • Stroll Siena’s medieval streets, stopping at the historic Piazza del Campo

Perugia / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 30: Perugia via Cortona & Lake Trasimeno

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your travels across the Tuscan landscape and into Umbria as you head toward Perugia. • Explore the hillside town of Cortona on your own before visiting the town's Museum of the Etruscan Academy, home to an impressive collection of Etruscan artifacts • Visit Lake Trasimeno, where Hannibal battled the Romans • Enjoy a lunch of traditional Umbrian specialties

Jul 01: Sightseeing tour of Perugia

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out on a guided tour of Perugia, the medieval town known for its Etruscan Arch. • See the Palazzo dei Priori, a medieval palace dating back to 1298 • View stunning artwork inside the 15th-century Collegio del Cambio • See Perugia Cathedral and wander the tunnels of Rocca Paolina, Perugia’s historic underground city Enjoy a free afternoon in Perugia or add an excursion.

Rome / 1 NIGHT

Jul 02: Rome via Orvieto

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey across Umbrian valleys en route to Rome. Stop along the way in the Etruscan town of Orvieto for a wine tasting and lunch. Later, arrive in Rome in time for a farewell drink with your fellow travelers.

Jul 03: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore Rome.

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