$3699.00

DISCOVER & EXPLORE TUSCANY

with SALINAS VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

October 11, 2023 to October 19, 2023

Day 1: 10/11/2023 - USA - Italy

Today depart the U.S. on an international flight to Italy. Rome pre-tour group: Enjoy a day at leisure, or an Optional Pasta & Tiramisu making and tasting excursion. (B)

Day 2: 10/12/2023 - Montecatini

Pre-tour Group: Travel by train departing from Rome's Termini Station today non-stop to Firenze (Florence) Santa Maria Novella Station. Upon arrival meet your program guide at the station. Your guide will escort you to Montecatini. (B) Main Group: Upon arrival, proceed to baggage claim and after clearing customs you will be met by your English-speaking Discovery Program Guide, who will assist you onto your deluxe motorcoach. You will arrive at the nearby spa resort town of Montecatini, your home for the next seven nights. Montecatini is situated in the northern part of Tuscany, just outside of Florence, in the heart of the Italian art cradle. One of the many highlights of this tour is that there is no "packing and unpacking" . . . a relaxed way to experience this wonderful region of Italy. Join your tour manager for a Welcome Cocktail and briefing before dinner at the hotel. (D)

Day 3: 10/13/2023 - Pisa

In the morning, you will visit Pisa. The square of Mirades contains some breathtaking monuments: the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistry, the monumental cemetery and the Opa Museum. Exploring is easy as everything is located within a few hundred yards of each other. Maybe taste a local cappuccino at one of the cafes on the square. (B, D)

Day 4: 10/14/2023 - Florence

After breakfast, you'll travel to the heart of the Tuscan region and the city of Florence, which has produced famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Dante and Michelangelo. Your tour of Florence will include a visit to the Piazza del Duomo to see its massive bronze ``Gates of Paradise,`` Signoria Square, the 13th century Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Giotto Tower and the Church of Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried. The afternoon will be free to sightsee or shop in Florence. (B)

Day 5: 10/15/2023 - Montecatini (Cinque Terre)

Today, enjoy an OPTIONAL Tour of Cinque Terre where you`ll find rugged beauty and a slow pace. Named for the five towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, this portion of the Italian Riviera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces, fishing boats bob in harbors and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region`s famous sauce, pesto. (B)

Day 6: 10/16/2023 - Montecatini (San Gimignano - Chianti)

After breakfast we travel into the heart of Tuscany. As we travel south you will recognize many of the landscapes from the movie ``Under the Tuscan Sun,`` filmed in this area. Visiting the walled city of San Gimignano, the best preserved medieval village in Italy, you will admire the many towers, once the skyscrapers of the 13th and 14th centuries. We will stroll around the tiny streets leading to the top of the village, maybe stop in one of the many cafes and small trattorias for a sandwich and a ``gelato``... Italian ice cream. [Chamber Experience] As you drive south through the Italian wine country of Chianti this afternoon, your stop will include a winery to taste the local superb wine. Enjoy local wines and an educational program as brought to you by the leaders of the local wine industry. This evening enjoy cooking class with home-made pasta making and dinner with wine tasting. (B, D)

Day 7: 10/17/2023 - Montecatini (Ferrari Museum)

Today enjoy a day at leisure or an OPTIONAL Tour to the Ferrari Museum. (B)

Day 8: 10/18/2023 - Montecatini (Siena)

Day at Leisure or take an OPTIONAL Touto Siena: Tour Siena, in the heart of Tuscany. Your escort will lead you to the Piazza del Campo, the ancient Tuscan capitol, a fascinating art town. This is the site of the most famous ``palio`` in all of Italy. This race of men on horseback, held twice a year, is charged with electricity as the competitors race around the town square at a furious pace. Take the time to explore the museums and churches of Siena and the glamorous shops of the Via dei Banchi de Sopra. This evening enjoy a delicious Tuscan Feast with your fellow travelers as a tribute to your new fond memories in Italy. (B, DB)

Day 9: 10/19/2023 - Departure Day OR optional Venice Post-tour

Arrive in Venice, transfer to hotel - afternoon at leisure. Enjoy a Venice Walking Tour and a Gondola Ride with an English-speaking guide. The afternoon is yours to explore the city on your own. (B)
LEGEND: ( ) = Included meal, B = Breakfast, D = Dinner, DB = Dinner Banquet, L = Lunch
HIGHLIGHTS: • Round trip scheduled airfare from home city listed on your program brochure • Round trip transfers between airports and hotel • 7-nights first class Hotel • Superb cuisine, daily breakfast, and 4 dinners • City tour of Florence: see the Cathedral, Baptistery, and the famous Gates of Paradise • The Leaning Tower of Pisa • Full day tour of San Gimignano • Visit the WWII Florence American Cemetery (weather permitting) • Chianti Wine Tasting • Chamber Exchange in Tuscany • Tuscan Feast Dinner • Discovery Program Guide
Room Type 
Price Per Person
Single
$4399.00
Twin
$3699.00
Double
$3699.00
Triple
$3666.00
 
Optional Pasta and Tiramisu Workshop (available for those participating in Rome extension)
Discover the secrets to making authentic homemade pasta and tiramisu from a local chef with this small group cooking class in Rome. The cooking class takes place in a locally loved restaurant, in the foodie neighbourhood of Rome near to the Vatican City. This cooking class will offer you not only the best quality but also the best value. Expect an expert chef, the finest quality ingredients and free flowing fine wine and Prosecco, as well as unlimited soft drinks. Group sizes are limited so book now to join this amazing cooking class in Rome ! After the class is offer, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Take home the recipes to replicate your new skills art home.
Per Person Price: $89.00
FERRARI MUSEUM AND LUNCH TOUR
Optional Tour with Lunch
Museo Ferrari (previously known as Galleria Ferrari) is a Ferrari company museum dedicated to the Ferrari sports car marque. The museum is not purely for cars; there are also trophies, photographs and other historical objects relating to the Italian motor racing industry. In addition to that, the exhibition introduces technological innovations, some of which had made the transition from racing cars to road cars. It is located just 980 ft from the Ferrari factory in Ferrari`s home town of Maranello, near Modena, Italy. The museum first opened in February 1990, with a new wing being added in October 2004. Ferrari itself has run the museum since 1995. The total surface area is now 2,500 square metres. The number of annual visitors to the museum is around 180,000. The exhibits are mostly a combination of Ferrari road and track cars.
Per Person Price: $189.00
Optional Food and Wine Luncheon (for those participating in Venice extension)
Per Person Price: $129.00
VATICAN AND SISTINE CHAPEL (available for those participating in Rome extension) max 29
Accompanied by our guide, you will enjoy a unique and exciting tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Brilliantly decorated and lined with masterpieces, the Museums brim with treasures and history. Take a journey through art and religious history entry to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Avoid the long ticket lines and then enjoy your visit at your own pace. Wander through the Greek Cross Gallery to see elaborately-carved sarcophagi that might just contain the earthly remains of some of antiquity's famous kings and queens. See masterpieces by Renaissance masters in the Raphael Rooms, and rest for a while in the Borgia Apartments. Then, it’s time to marvel at Michelangelo’s exquisite Sistine Chapel, the crown jewel of the Vatican, and perhaps even of all the world’s art treasures.
Per Person Price: $129.00
OPTIONAL: CINQUE TERRE TOUR (MIN 20)
Full Day Tour
Today, enjoy an Optional Tour of Cinque Terre where you’ll find rugged beauty and a slow pace. Named for the five towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, this portion of the Italian Riviera is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and ancient vineyards cling to steep terraces, fishing boats bob in harbors and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto.
Per Person Price: $149.00
OPTIONAL: SIENA TOUR (MIN 20)
3/4 Day Tour
Venture back in time to Siena, an amazingly preserved medieval city with its architecture and towers that still mark out time. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, ancient cityscape and the palio. In this city the presence of fearless knights can be relived with this area’s characteristic alleyways that give Siena its proud and elegant aspect. Be sure to stop for a gellato or a taste of Italian cuisine during your free time!
Per Person Price: $129.00
OPTIONAL: LUCCA TOUR (MIN 20)
1/2 Day Tour
After your tour of Pisa, you may wish to enjoy the historic town of Lucca (if not, you will return to Montecatini for an afternoon at leisure). Being of Etruscan origin, Lucca once belonged to the ancient Roman powers, and then self proclaimed itself as independent for five centuries, making Lucca truly a gem in Tuscany. It is a haven filled with divine religious buildings, fascinating history and with fabulous places to eat. Lucca is absolutely a must visit in this region. Enjoy a ride on the Italian rail system for your return to Montecatini.
Per Person Price: $89.00
Optional Tivoli Day Tour (available for those participating in Rome extension)
Optional Tivoli Day Tour (available for those participating in Rome extension)
Visit the historic vacation homes of the Roman elite on a Rome to Tivoli day trip. The full-day guided excursion includes tours of Tivoli’s two UNESCO-listed sites: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. Hear Renaissance and Ancient Roman history and scandal, admire archaeological ruins and explore some of Italy’s most extravagant private gardens. Learn intriguing Renaissance history on a guided walking tour of two villas east of Rome Explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian's Villa, former home to 2nd-century Emperor Hadrian Admire the stunning gardens of Villa d'Este and see the famous Fountain of Neptune.
Per Person Price: $149.00
Venice Lagoon Tour with Dinner
Brand New Tour
Itinerary: After breakfast you have the morning at your disposal to explore the city on your own. In the afternoon you might want to join our Optional motorboat trip to the Venetian Lagoon to visit the two charming small islands of Burano and Murano. Burano is the most colorful island, a magical place still living at slow pace. Since before the Venetian Republic, Burano was home to fishermen and the legend says that their homes were painted in bright colors, from pea green to lobster pink, from fiery red to canary yellow, so they could find their way home even when fog blanketed the lagoon. Free time to explore the small island and the boat transfer to Murano. Murano is a gem that stands out in the lagoon, a corner of the world filled with vibrant spirit where beauty and art meet with ancient cultural heritage. The glass-making activity in Venice has been a tradition for ages and you will see a glass-blower at work in one of the many glass factories of the island. Back to Venice by water taxi and enjoy a special gourmet Venetian dinner in a typical restaurant (included in this tour). Walk back to the reserved hotel.
Per Person Price: $189.00
VENICE POST-TOUR
• 3 nights in 4 star hotel on Venice Island • Transportation to Venice • Guided city tour with gondola ride • Guide at hospitality desk 4 hours per day • 3 course dinner at local restaurant on final night (location TBD)
Continue your trip with 3 nights on Venice Island! Includes transportation, breakfast each day and a 3 course dinner. Enjoy a guided city tour and gondola ride and free time to explore the city!
Room Type
Price
Single
$1399.00
Double
$1099.00
Twin
$1099.00
Triple
$1066.00
ROME PRE TOUR 202
Additional 3 nights includes: Transfers to Rome, Guided City Tour of Rome, hotel accommodations in city-center, breakfast each morning, and transfers to the Rome Airport for flights home to the U.S.
Fall in love with this breath-taking city, where every sight brings awe and wonder with a rich blend of artistic and architectural masterpieces, classical ruins, and extravagant baroque churches and piazzas. Rome, Italy is one of many popular tourist destinations in Europe. It is composed of world- famous landmarks still standing from when Rome was at the height of her power. Today, it is one of the world`s most important cities. Tour the magnificent Eternal City, explore the famous Colosseum and the Roman Forum, visit St. Peter`s Square, walk up the Spanish Steps, and even throw coins into the Trevi fountain.
Room Type
Price
Single
$1099.00
Double
$799.00
Twin
$799.00
Triple
$766.00
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