A fresh new perspective on life in the five lands and under the Tuscan sun... that's traveling in Cinque Terre and Tuscany the Culturious way. It's hands-on learning with local experts on many subjects, who share their experience, their knowledge and their passions. And you are discovering the real meaning of living la dolce vita...

Hands-on, heartfelt learning At a private piano concert in a palazzo... on a bicycle ride atop Lucca's walls... at tastings of vino, olive oil & Prosecco in private vineyards... at art restoration workshops... on a 4 x 4 vehicle drive to a marble quarry & a Cinque Terre cruise... at a pasta-making class...

Hike Cinque Terre's coastal paths, visit a Restoration Specialist in her studio, tour Carrara marble quarries, bicycle atop Lucca's walls, attend a lecture by a Florentine art historian, taste olive oil in the Ligurian hills, meet a concert pianist for a recital at a pallazzo, learn pasta making at a cooking class

Traveling Well Includes:
  • Small Culturious groups, averaging 18 guests
  • Hike along Cinque Terre's coastal paths amidst breathtaking views
  • Go inside an artisan's workshop and studio with a Restoration Specialist, and learn the rich history of Florence's artisan guilds
  • Discover the new Opera Duomo Museum in Florence on a guided tour
  • Take a guided tour of the quarries where Carrara marble has been mined since Roman times
  • A wine and olive oil tasting in Tuscany & a cooking class in the art of making pasta
  • Bicycle ride atop the walls of Lucca
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 12 meals (7 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 3 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14346540

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1FlorenceArrive Florence

    Tour begins: 3:00 PM at Hotel Plaza Lucchesi, Florence. Look for us at the Peretola Airport for your included transfer to the historic Hotel Plaza Lucchesi, overlooking the Arno River in the center of Florence. Freshen up for a fresh look at Florence on a walking tour with our local guide, including a visit inside the new Opera Duomo Museum. Cocktails and canapes follow on your hotel's rooftop terrace (weather permitting), offering 360-degree views of the city. It's a short walk to a local Florentine restaurant for a true Tuscan welcome dinner.

    Lodging:Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

    Meals: D
    Day 2FlorenceThe Heart of Art

    With a local guide, walk to the Piazza della Signoria, Florence's main government square where you'll see Town Hall, on the way to the acclaimed Uffizi Gallery. The museum is in the former offices of the House of Medici, the dynasty that ruled Florence for centuries. Inside on a guided visit, view great works of art, from Giotto's Maesta and Piero della Francesca's Duke and Duchess of Urbino to Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Primavera. The rest of your day is free.

    Lodging:Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

    Meals: B
    Day 3FlorenceArt, music and more... living the Florentine life

    Walk along the cobbled streets of the Oltrarno to the artisans' workshops in the old San Niccolo district. By special appointment, Culturious takes you inside two working restoration studios to meet the people behind the art. Art Restoration Specialist Bettina Schindler-Pratesi gives new life to antiques dressed in ivory, bone and mother of pearl. Next door, see a multitude of locals at work restoring and immortalizing art from all genres; their meticulous expertise deftly erases the ravages of time, preventing the art from fading into oblivion. Then discover the rich history of Florentine artisans and their guilds as you walk with your local guide over the Ponte Vecchio, with its famous shops, to the Orsan Michele facade featuring sculptures dedicated to the guilds. Wind up your tour at a building in the Piazza della Signoria that once housed original leaders of the guilds. Following time to explore on your own, concert pianist Gregorio Nardi, and his wife Annegret, invite you to join them for a private evening at the Palazzo Bargellini. Enjoy a tour, a piano recital, discussions on history and politics, and an aperitivo.

    Lodging:Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

    Meals: B
    Day 4PortovenereCarrara marble & the coast on the way to Cinque Terre

    Your first Culturious road trip twists and turns its way toward the Mediterranean Sea; en route, see the huge mountains of white marble at Carrara - snow-like clouds of stone-dust blanket quarried landscapes; view them up close on a guided tour. Changing landscapes mesmerize as you drive along the coast to Liguria and Portovenere on the Gulf of Poets. A motor boat navigates Mediterranean waters along Cinque Terre to the lemon-scented village of Monterosso where your boutique hotel overlooks the harbor from its perch on the hillside.

    Lodging:Hotel Porto Roca

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5VernazzaDiscovering The Five Lands of Cinque Terre

    Wake up in paradise, and if you wish, hike with us through terraced vineyards overlooking the sea from Monterosso to Vernazza, the pearl of Cinque Terre. If you would prefer not to walk, take the train to your hideaway by the sea. Along the way, fall in love with village life. The rest of the day is free.

    Lodging:Hotel Porto Roca

    Meals: B
    Day 6SienaTasting Tuscany in Lucca and on to Siena

    A jog, or a swim, is an excellent way to start the day before a drive through the Tuscan Hills to Lucca. This medieval city's surviving Renaissance-era, red-brick walls shut out traffic and the modern world... leaving a peaceful community that still revolves around its original Roman street plan. And because it's topographically flat, Lucca is a cyclist's dream. One of the best ways to explore this culturally rich city is by bicycle... and, led by your local guide, you'll do just that - zipping down its narrow lanes... across its ancient piazzas... even along the top of its massive walls! If you're wondering if Tuscany is all about the food, a hands-on lesson with experts in the art of making fresh pasta at Fattoria Colle Verde, one of the region's foremost wineries and olive oil producers, may shed some light. After a little testing and a little cooking, cap your pasta-making debut with a little virgin olive oil tasting... a little Tuscan wine tasting... and more than a little pasta tasting at lunch. Then it's on to the historic Tuscan city of Siena for a two-night stay.

    Lodging:Grand Hotel Continental

    Meals: B, L
    Day 7SienaSienese treasures & a Tuscan farewell

    Awaken in beautiful Siena and spend the morning exploring as you wish; your Tauck Director can suggest museums, galleries and other points of interest, as well as great spots to enjoy lunch on your own. Or you can rise early and join us for an optional hot air balloon ride over the lush Tuscan landscapes, followed by a champagne breakfast (for an additional cost; ask at booking for details). Later, join your local guide to discover Siena's many architectural treasures on a walking tour - including its black-and-white Duomo, one of Italy's great cathedrals, with scenes inlaid in the marble floors and sculpture by Michelangelo. You'll see the Piazza del Campo - where the famous Palio bareback horse race has been held twice every year for centuries - Palazzo Salimbeni, Palazzo Tolomei, Torre di Mangia, Santa Maria della Scalla and more. After some time to explore on your own, cap your Tuscany travel adventure with cocktails and canapes in an ancient wine cellar, followed by a memorable dinner of Tuscan specialties in an absolutely magical spot... under the setting Tuscan sun, for the Culturious only.

    Lodging:Grand Hotel Continental

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8SienaJourney Home

    Tour ends: Florence. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Grand Hotel Continental in Siena to Peretola Airport in Florence. As you return to Florence through those magical hills for your journey home, the rich flavors of Tuscany, Culturious-style, linger in your memory. And there they'll stay... warm and inviting... until your next visit.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    09/07/2019$5,490.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    09/21/2019$5,490.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    09/28/2019$5,490.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    10/14/2019$5,290.00* (USD) / LimitedQuote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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