Under a Tuscan Sun

Duration:
8 days
Transport:
Flight, train & coach
Tour Type:
Tour
Group size:
12
Location:

Until two years ago, we had never heard of Vicopisano in Tuscany, Italy. That was until Massimo and Jonathon called in on a visit from Italy to introduce us to their accommodation portfolio. What was immediately evident was their passion for food and wine, their knowledge of art and history and love of shopping. But above all else, it was their desire to promote quality of experience with a focus on relaxation that clinched it for us.

Massimo is Tuscan and a licensed guide whilst Jonathon is Australian and a qualified tour manager. Together, they created Tuscany Kangaroos which offers personalized accommodation and tours showing their beloved Tuscany through the eyes of locals. So appealing was the idea of an extended stay in a well located medieval Tuscan village, that we decided to offer this as an extension to our CROATIA DISCOVERY Cruise Tour.

Accommodation will be in a few different B&B’s in Vicopisano and we commissioned Massimo (Max) and Jonathon (Jon) to come up with different ideas for excursions. They have done a sterling job. We’ll go truffle hunting, visiting markets, San Gimignano, Lucca, join a local food festival, lunch on a Tuscan farm, and possibly the highlight of the stay, will be the Luminara Festival in Pisa where some 70,000 candles burn along the river bank whilst others are set afloat on the river.

And so well placed is Vicopisano that the famous Cinque Terre (for those who have not yet visited it) is a drive of less than a two hours. Some excursions are included whilst others are offered on an optional basis specifically to leave you with the freedom of choice on how much or how little activity you would like. This is a great opportunity to become a local – to get to know the difference between a good and bad Italian wine, cultivate a taste for Espresso, pick up some poor Italian and perhaps master the art of making real pasta. And, we feel sure, this will not be your last visit to Italy.

ITINERARY

THURSDAY 30 MAY to TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2019

As per CROATIA DISCOVERY itinerary. Meals included: Breakfast

WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE 2019- ROME

Early check out and transfer to airport for your flight to Rome. Transfer to your central hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast

THURSDAY 13 JUNE 2019 – VICOPISANO

Check out and transfer to the railway station for train to Pisa and transfer to Vicopisano. Welcome Aperitivo this evening followed by dinner.

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

FRIDAY 14 JUNE 2019 – VICOPISANO

Morning visa of Pisa by bus. Join a walking tour of the town and climb the Leaning Tower. Optional: $165.00 per person. Afternoon optional cooking lesson and dinner: $275.00 per person.

Meals included: Breakfast

SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019 – DAY VISIT TO SAN GIMIGNANO, TUSCAN FARM LUNCH & VOLTERRA

Granted UNESCO status, San Gimignano is a small walled village, famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers providing an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley. In it’s glory days, San Gimignano’s Patrician families had, to signify their wealth and power, built some 72 tower-houses. Although just fourteen survive today, it still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance. Volterra is a charming town, well known for its Etruscan origins and the many remnants of this past. Step back in time with a walk through the historical centre, sample its local products and explore the handicraft workshops where alabaster handmade products, for which Volterra is famous, will be on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2019 – VICOPISANO

Day at leisure or take optional tour to Lucca $225.00 per person.This evening we join in the festivities of the Luminara in Pisa. The tradition of lighting the city with candles dates back to 1688 when, in that year, the urn containing the remains of Saint Ranieri was placed in the Cappella dell’Incoronata in the cathedral. Dinner will form part of the festivities.

Meals included: Breakfast & dinner

MONDAY 17 JUNE 2019 – TRUFFLE HUNTING

Today we go truffle hunting!

Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

TUESDAY 18 JUNE 2019 – AT LEISURE

Day at leisure. Optional day trip to Cinque Terre $235.00 per person.

Meals included: Breakfast

WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2019 – DEPART

And finally, your extended holiday has come to an end but we suspect, this won’t be your last visit to classic Italy.

Meals included: Breakfast

Included:

  • 14 Day Croatia Discovery Cruise Tour
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Rome inclusive of breakfast
  • 6 nights B&B accommodation inclusive of breakfast
  • Arrival Aperitivo and dinner
  • Luminara Festival and dinner
  • Day excursion to San Gimignano, Tuscan Farm lunch and Volterra
  • Truffle hunting and lunch
  • Airport transfers on arrival & departure

Not Included:

  • Flight Dubrovnik to Rome
  • Transfer to airport on day of departure from Vicopisano
  • Gratuities
Sharing twin/double from
$6,395.00 pp

Go Solo Supplement
$1,000.00 pp

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