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A Tuscan Getaway

 

Tuscany is the perfect destination to escape everyday life and immerse yourself in Italian culture, art, and cuisine. Your extended stay home here is Montecatini Terme, a charming Roman spa town with a long and fascinating history. Located in Pistoia, Tuscany, Montecatini Terme has been a destination for travelers seeking healing and relaxation for centuries. Tuscany is widely regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of art and science. In Florence, you explore the ancient architecture, beautiful art, and fascinating culture that make this city special. See the iconic Duomo, learn about the Medici family, and visit the Ponte Vecchio. Explore the fascinating history of three Tuscan gems – Lucca, Siena, and San Gimignano! From Roman ruins to medieval towers and Renaissance churches, you'll be amazed by these three towns' rich culture and heritage. Discover the unique stories of each city and immerse yourself in their past with a knowledgeable local guide. Visit Lucca to explore its ancient walls, Siena to stroll its picturesque streets, and San Gimignano to admire its iconic towers. Experience the centuries-old history of the Chianti Classico wine region, visit a local vineyard, and sample locally made wine. Chianti Classico has been recognized as a distinct wine region since the 13th century and is renowned for producing some of the finest red wines in the world. Join Quest Voyager to visit Tuscany for many reasons. Many come searching for fine art, others to explore the wonderful countryside with charming medieval hill towns and sweeping hillsides full of vineyards. Join us as we explore the endless opportunities that Tuscany has to offer.

 

Italian Highlights

Extended stay for 7 nights in one location • Explore medieval town of Montecatini Terme • Enjoy scenic drives through gentle rolling hills of Tuscany • Admire Renaissance art and architecture of Florence • Marvel at legendary Leaning Tower of Pisa • Visit Piazza dei Miracoli, a World Heritage Site, including Pisa Baptistery of St. John & Duomo • Visit medieval towns of Lucca, Siena & San Gimignano • Experience magic and spectacular scenery of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site • Discover Chianti Classico wine region • Enjoy wine tasting • Tour eternal city of Rome • Discover amazing Vatican City, including Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

 

Main program - included features

ROUND TRIP AIR - Air transportation from New York

FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - 7 nights first class hotels

MEALS - 10 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts and 3 dinners

THE PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Full day tour of Florence, Full day tour of Pisa and Lucca, including the Leaning Tower, Duomo and the Baptistery, Full day tour of Siena, Full day tour of San Gimignano and the Chianti region including wine tasting. Optional tours available

QUEST VOYAGER CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as a visit to the artisans’ leather workshops in Florence, wine tasting in the Chianti region, and an authentic local dinner at a countryside estate

QUEST VOYAGER PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional

Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in Italy

FIRST-CLASS MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach

BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

 

Rome extension program - included features

FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - 2 nights first class hotels

MEALS - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts

THE PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: City tour of Ancient Rome. Optional tours available

QUEST VOYAGER PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour

FIRST-CLASS MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach

BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

 

Day 1 Depart the USA. Fly to Italy for an unforgettable adventure and Tuscan experience! Enjoy meals and drinks served onboard the plane during your flight from the US.

 

Day 2 Arrive Italy - Montecatini Terme. Welcome to Italy, a land of art, culture, history, food, fashion, and the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany. After clearing customs, you will be met by our professional tour director and transferred to your hotel in Montecatini Terme, your home, for the next seven nights. Montecatini Terme is a fantastic Italian city renowned for its healing waters, spas, and beautiful scenery. During your stay, immerse yourself in its rich history and culture and experience the healing powers of the natural springs. Montecatini Terme is the perfect gateway for your Tuscan Adventure. Tonight, a welcome dinner is served at the hotel. (D)

 

Day 3 Montecatini Terme - Siena Tour. After breakfast, transfer to Siena for your full-day tour. Set in the most beautiful Tuscan countryside of rolling hills, lush vines, and gray-green olive trees. Siena offers much to see, from fine palaces that line the narrow-cobbled streets to the superb Duomo. The iconic Duomo is the most impressive Gothic cathedral in Italy. The exterior is built with white and green stripes, while the interior is home to some of the most remarkable works of Italian Renaissance art. Later you see the Piazza del Campo, the hub of Sienna and one of the most famous public squares in the world. Its unique shell-like shape sets it apart from other squares and is the site of the twice-a-year Palio di Siena, a horse race that has occurred here since the Middle Ages. After the tour, take time to explore the sights of Siena independently and possibly visit the charming shops of the Via dei Banchi di Sopra. Today, along the way, you will visit the American Military Cemetery and Memorial. See the burial area where 4,392 headstones are curved in symmetrical rows upon the hillside. They represent 39% of the U.S. Fifth Army burials originally made between Rome and the Alps. Most died in the fighting after Rome's capture in June 1944. Among them are casualties of the heavy fighting in the Apennines Mountains shortly before the war's end. (B)

 

Day 4 Montecatini Terme - Florence Tour. On today’s tour, you will discover Florence, a magical and magnificent city known for its art, history, and culture. See the iconic Duomo and its “cupola,” the Baptistery (from outside) with the Gates of Paradise, and Piazza della Signoria. On our walking tour, you will explore streets and piazzas lined with Renaissance-style buildings, marble sculptures, and leather and jewelry stores. Later participate in a visit to an artisan leather outlet to observe centuries-old techniques in action. Then enjoy free time to shop, savor the famous Tuscan cuisine in local restaurants, or visit the numerous museums and art galleries. (B)

 

Day 5 Montecatini Terme - San Gimignano and Chianti Region Tour. Today, enjoy a tour of San Gimignano, the Manhattan of Italy, due to the towers that line the ramparts that look like medieval skyscrapers. As we drive through the picturesque Chianti region, see its rolling hills, vineyards, and medieval villages. On our Cultural Discovery Series this afternoon, you will stop at a local winery for a wine-tasting experience! Enjoy samplings of delicious Chianti wines and learn about the unique flavors of the Chianti varieties. This afternoon you will return to Montecatini Terme after an unbelievable Tuscan experience and possibly a few great wines in your backpack! (B)

 

Day 6 Montecatini Terme. Today enjoy a late breakfast, shop in Montecatini Terme, or join your fellow travelers on an optional full-day excursion to Cinque Terre. Discover Italy's renowned Cinque Terre region (Five Lands). Take in stunning coastal views while visiting three of the five villages nestled on the cliffs. Start in Manarola, the smallest village, and continue to Vernazza before ending your tour in Monterosso, the largest village. Enjoy some time to have a coffee in Manarola and grab lunch in Monterosso. After your tour, transfer back to Montecatini Terme. Dependent on local conditions the towns visited may change. (B)

 

Day 7 Montecatini Terme - Lucca and Pisa Tour. Today, enjoy a tour to experience the stunning Tuscan towns of Lucca and Pisa. You will start by exploring the romantic city of Lucca with a specialized guide to experience its spectacular 16th and 17th-century ramparts that encircle the narrow streets of medieval buildings. From here, head to Pisa and marvel at the Leaning Tower, 14 feet off center at the top due to settling after its construction in 1173. While there, you will take a guided tour of the Campo dei Miracoli, or Field of Miracles, to see the Baptistery and Duomo (entrance included), all fine examples of the Pisan-Romanesque architectural style. End the day enjoy music and a delicious dinner at a Tuscan farmhouse and meet the family members to learn about their farming on the guided tour of the estate. (B,D)

 

Day 8 Montecatini Terme. Spend the day at leisure to explore Montecatini Terme on your own, enjoy a spa treatment, or relax or journey to Montecatini Alto. This town, perched on the hill above Montecatini Terme, boasts spectacular views of the valley below. Montecatini Alto dates to medieval times, long before Montecatini Terme existed. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

 

Day 9 Montecatini Terme to the USA or extend your stay with an optional Rome extension. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the USA. (B)

 

Optional Rome Extension

Day 9 Montecatini Terme – Rome. Say goodbye to Montecatini Terme and hop on our first-class motor coach to Rome! Upon arrival, you will check into your hotel and relax. Later explore the city and experience the vibrant nightlife and terrific restaurants the city has to offer. (B)

 

Day 10 Rome, city tour. This morning you will have an informative half-day guided tour of Ancient Rome with a visit to the Coliseum (entrance not included), Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, and the Pantheon. Afterward, the day is yours to explore Rome. You might want to consider an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. This tour will allow you to see the incredible works of art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, including masterpieces from Raphael, Caravaggio, and Michelangelo. In the Sistine Chapel, you can see the world-famous frescoes painted by Michelangelo, including The Creation of Adam, The Last Judgment, and The Sibyls and Prophets. The day is yours to decide. (B)

 

Day 11 Rome to the USA. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the USA, with memories of the eternal city of Rome and the Tuscan landscape. (B)

 

Key: (B) – Breakfast, (L) – Lunch, (D) – Dinner

Hotel and Itinerary are subject to change.

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