8-Day Semi Escorted Tour: Rome, Florence Tuscany & Cinque Terre

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From € 2275 pp
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2023 Semi-Escorted Dates
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March – October 2023

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Overview

Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Cinque Terre.

This tour offers you a wealth of contrasting experiences, from the energy and noise of the center of Rome to the quiet tranquility of Tuscany’s hillsides. As you travel from Italy’s capital to its famous countryside, and then on to the picturesque northern coast, you will get to experience every facet of Italian life.

Rome is an incredibly popular location, full of fascinating history and architecture, whereas Florence in Tuscany offers refined art and culture, and nearby vineyards and olive groves in which to escape the heat of the city. Cinque Terre’s string of seaside villages offers stunning views and unspoiled landscapes.

This is a Semi-Escorted Tour, meaning that you will have a small group tours with guides, private transportation with drivers but will not travel with a group; you will travel solo for your days of sightseeing and private transportation between locations. There will also be assistance available locally at all times, to help with any problems or queries you may have.

This tour starts in Rome and ends in La Spezia (Cinque Terre). You may extend this tour to add days to other locations in Italy or Western Europe, just ask your booking agent for ideas.

DAY 1 – Arrival to Rome

You may add an optional Arrival Transfer – Your private driver will meet you as you arrive in Rome, and transfer you to your central city hotel. In the afternoon you will receive a welcome briefing from your tour host and be able to meet the other member of your small tour group. After your introduction you will all walk to a nearby restaurant for a welcome dinner, getting your first taste of Rome’s delicious cuisine.

For this tour we recommend you fly into Rome and out of Florence for the easiest option. You can also fly back home from Rome, but will need to make additional arrangements to return to Rome before your flight departs. Your booking agent can assist you with all options available to you.

DAY 2 – Breakfast, Private Transfer, Heart of Rome Walking Tour, Vatican Walking Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your private driver who will take you to the meeting point where you will meet your tour guide who will take you for a walking tour of Rome’s Baroque Town, including visits to the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, the Italian Parliament, the Pantheon and the Piazza’s Navona and Spagna. You will also enjoy a view of the Roman Forum and make your way to the Colosseum where the gladiator games were held.

After the heart of Rome walking tour you will have free time to grab a bite to eat on your own then meet your guide who will take you to the Vatican Museums in the middle of Rome’s independent city-state, the Vatican City. This tour lets you visit all of the most popular attractions within the museums, such as the Raphael Rooms, the Belvedere Courtyard, the Pinecone Courtyard, the Candelabra, Maps and Tapestry Galleries, and most importantly the Sistine Chapel.

After exciting into St. Peter’s Square and admiring the cathedral, you will go back to your hotel with your private driver for a rest and a siesta. You are free for the rest of the day and evening to carry on exploring Rome by yourself and choose somewhere to eat dinner.

Overnight in Rome.

Florence Italy panoramic view

DAY 3 – Breakfast, Private Transfer, Train Tickets to Florence

What makes this tour so popular is the combination of guided exploration and free time to do as you please. Your third day has you going from Rome to Florence by train.

Your private driver will pick you and your luggage up and take you to Rome’s train station. You will have tickets for the short ride to Florence. Upon arrival to Florence, you will make your own way to your hotel. It’s easy to grab a taxi outside the station for the short ride to your hotel.

Once you check into the Florence hotel, you have the rest of the day to relax and explore on your own.

Overnight in Florence.

Florence panoramic view

DAY 4 – Breakfast, Florence walking tour with skip the line David tickets

After breakfast, your tour of Florence will begin with journey into the city centre, and learn about how the ancient statesman Lorenzo de Medici brought writers, artists and architects to Florence in the 15th century, and secured its reputation as the birthplace of the Renaissance. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli are just some of the famous names whose work is now on display in Florence.

Your tour will take you past the Palazzo Vecchio, over the Ponte Vecchio, to the Piazza della Signoria, the Oltrarno area known for its artists and workshops. You will see the bell tower by Giotto and Ghiberti’s Baptistery with its gold doors, then the tour will end with a visit to the Accademia gallery. Here, your tickets will allow you to skip the lines and see Michelangelo’s influential statue of David, as well as other classic artworks.

You will return to your hotel on your own after this full day of sightseeing, and spend another night in Florence.

San Gimignano Panoramic

DAY 5 – Breakfast, Grand Tour of Tuscany, Siena, San Gimignano, Chianti & Pisa

After breakfast you will leave your hotel in Florence, meeting your small group tour and traveling to Tuscany. This journey is an experience in itself, as sensational scenery passes you by interspersed with medieval villages and castles.

Your journey will start with a stop in the city of Siena, where you will tour this UNESCO historic site. Siena was once considered to be as influential as Florence in terms of its power and cultural influence and is full of interesting pieces of architecture and art as well as the Piazza del Campo where horse races are held every summer.

After exploring Siena you will continue to San Gimignano in Tuscany, known as the Medieval Manhattan for its 14 towers that can be seen across the Tuscan landscape. You will have time to shop, explore the village, grab a bite to eat or just people watch in a cafe. Afterward you will be taken to a local family run winery where they will greet you with open arms for a tour of the small cellars followed by a wonderful lunch featuring the local, organic ingredients of the area paired with the families local wines; a truly joyful experience.

In the afternoon, you will continue to Impruneta which is famous for producing the famous terracotta products from the area. You will learn how its made and what makes it so special. The last stop of the day will be in Pisa, the home of the famous leaning tower. You will have free time too walk around the Piazza die Miracoli, take the funny photos of the tower and then return to Florence for a free evening.

Overnight Florence.

Cinque Terre Town

DAY 6 – Breakfast, Private transportation, Lucca visit, La Spezia

Today you will take a trip from Florence to the northern coast of Italy, discovering incredible views in the fishing region of Cinque Terre. Your private driver will meet you at the hotel after breakfast and you will drive through the Tuscan Hills along the Italian Riviera Coast until you can spot the southern part of the Apuan Alps.

You will stop along the way at the Medieval town of Lucca with its walls that surround the town. You will have free time to explore the city, grab a bite to eat, visit the church and just take it all in before continuing to one of the towns of the Cinque Terre; La Spezia to your hotel.

Check into your hotel then the rest of the day and evening is yours to enjoy and discover on your own.

Overnight La Spezia.

house in Cinque Terre

DAY 7 – Breakfast, Cinque Terre Free day with the Cinque Terre Card

Sleep in and enjoy a relaxing morning. Today is a free day to explore on your own but with the help of the included Cinque Terre Card. The card gives you unlimited access to the local express trains that travel between each of the villages of the coastal town network.

Cinque Terre is known for being a hiking and backpacking destination, and on arrival, we will visit the area’s National Park and experience some of its iconic trails across the cliffs and forests. You can use the Cinque Terre Card to discover the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Manarola, Corniglia, Riomaggiore and Vernazza. You can also go hiking above the villages to see the area from a new perspective.

The day and evening is yours to do as you wish.

Overnight La Spezia.

Cinque Terre Town

DAY 8 – Breakfast & Departure

You will depart La Spezia independently after your last breakfast in the hotel or add an optional departure transfer to an airport or train station. You can also add days to this program to extend the trip to other parts of Italy or Western Europe, ask your booking agent for ideas!

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2023

Departure Dates & Pricing

2023

March:
7, 14, 21, 28

April:
2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 25, 26, 27

May:
1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31

June:
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27

July:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31

August:
1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30

September:
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27

October:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29

Prices starting from:

Prices are per person, land only, priced in Euro Dollars.

March, 2023
Double Euro 2335
Single Euro 3065
Triple Euro 2275

April, 2023 
Double Euro 2505
Single Euro 3450
Triple Euro 2435

April 2, 3, 4, 5 2023
Double Euro 2678
Single Euro 3660
Triple Euro 2599

May, 2023
Double Euro 2525
Single Euro 3435
Triple Euro 2450

June, 2023
Double Euro 2678
Single Euro 3660
Triple Euro 2599

July, 2023
Double Euro 2459
Single Euro 3310
Triple Euro 2391

August, 2023
Double Euro 2375
Single Euro 3142
Triple Euro 2311

September, 2023
Double Euro 2582
Single Euro 3557
Triple Euro 2508

October, 2023
Double Euro 2532
Single Euro 3456
Triple Euro 2460

All prices are per person in Euro dollars to avoid any hidden exchange rate charges. Euro rate is locked at time of full payment

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What's Included

Included

  • 2 nights in a hotel in Rome
  • 3 nights in a hotel in Florence
  • 2 nights in a hotel in La Spezia
  • Daily breakfast in all hotels
  • Private RT transfer from hotel in Rome for sightseeing
  • A guided small group visit of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, including skip the line reservation
  • Private transfer from Rome hotel to Rome station
  • Train from Rome to Florence – Economy tickets
  • Half day small group Tuscany tour
  • Half day small group guided visit of the centre of Florence, including a visit to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David with skip the line reservation
  • Private transfer from Florence to La Spezia, stopping off in Lucca
  • Cinque Terre Card

Hotel Types:
Rome = Villa Gloria, Aranci or similar 4 star
Florence = Executive, Cellai or similar 4 star
La Spezia: CDH La Spezia, NH La Spezia or similar 4 star

Hotel Upgrade Available in Rome: Orazio, Conciliazione, O Savoy

Not Included

  • Arrival or Departure Transfer
  • Local city tax of 2-4 euro per day, per person
  • The airfare to and from Italy. We can help you with sorting this for your trip, just ask when booking
  • Travel Insurance. This can be bought from any source, including us, but it is necessary for all travel

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