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Story Land & Sea®

Tuscany Tour Extension


5 Days, 4 Nights in Beautiful Tuscany

(Re)Discover Authentic Tuscany with us on this Itinerary in the very heart of Italy.



Day 1 – To Tuscany

Welcome to Tuscany

Tuscany’s Sunshine Welcomes You!

Upon arrival in Italy, OR after breakfast and checking out from your hotel after your primary tour, you will board the optional private transfer to the heart of Tuscany. Inquire for transfer pricing from many of the Italian airports.

Upon arrival check in to your villa hotel, Villa Dievole or similar. Read TripAdvisor© ReviewsHere.

Option: Prefer to stay in Siena proper? Consider our alternate hotels in Siena:
~ NH Excelsior (4 Star) - inquire for supplement
~ Grand Hotel Continental (5 Star) - inquire for supplement

Upon arrival to Wine Country we enjoy our first fruits of the “wine road” throughout the Chianti region. Wind your way into Chianti, landscape of villas, castles and, of course, vineyards. You arrive at our favorite villa in all of Tuscany, Villa Dievole or similar. 

Enjoy 4 nights at our villa near Siena. 

Tonight, you enjoy the Dievole welcome dinner on the grounds of Villa Dievole or similar (Included).

 

Day 2 - Discovering Tuscany

Under the Tuscan Sun ~ A Taste of Siena Tour

Today enjoy a tour of Siena with our private guide and roundtrip transfers. This city is a wonderful blend of the sturdy and the sophisticated. A morning tour with our guide is followed by a hearty lunch. After lunch, we enjoy a scenic and historic walk around the town—through the maze of hilly streets lined with gothic towers, medieval houses and palazzi, and finally to the Duomo, earliest of the great Tuscan cathedrals. Along the way, our guide fills us in on Il Palio, the chaotic horse race that's run annually in the scallop-shaped Piazza del Campo. We set aside time for shopping or on-your-own explorations. Return to hotel for a free evening.


Day 3 – Leisurely Tuscany

Free Day to Explore ~ Discovering the beautiful Tuscany and Chianti regions.

Inquire for optional sightseeing or just enjoy the Villa estate. 


Day 4 – Monteriggioni & Volterra

Optional Excursion through the Vineyards of Toscana

Optional Sightseeing Excursion: Monteriggioni
Our driver will pick you up and take you on a Tuscan Hill Towns Tour with sights including Monteriggioni. A community in the greater Province ofSiena. Monteriggioni is architecturally and culturally significant boasting many piazze (plural for a lot of piazzas!) and is referenced in Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy as well as in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed and Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood video games. 

Enjoy a taste of wines from the outer Siena province and from local grapes near Monteriggioni while sightseeing this morning.

Volterra
Volterra, known to the ancient Etruscans as Velathri and to the Romans asVolaterrae, is a town and “commune” in Tuscany boasting unique beauty, views from its perched position, and, of course, great wine.

We enjoy a stop at a typical Tuscan winery for a tour and tasting before returning to our villa for a free evening.

Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Moderate

 

Day 5 – Arrivederci Toscana!

After breakfast opt for a private departure transfer to your departing airport, or extend your stay to Florence, the Cinque Terre or other parts of Italy. 

Inquire with reservations for more details.

***Tour Ends***

 


Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

Our Selected Hotels for the Tuscany Tour Extension

Upon arrival check in to your villa hotel, Villa Dievole or similar. Read TripAdvisor© Reviews Here.

Option: Prefer to stay in Siena proper? Consider our alternate hotels in Siena:
~ NH Excelsior (4 Star) - inquire for supplement
~ Grand Hotel Continental (5 Star) - inquire for supplement


THE TUSCANY EXTENSION INCLUDES:

Small Group Touring™ - Only Way To Go! Many companies boast interesting itineraries and complement that with a large group of bus junkies (some times upwards of 75 people!). With Story Land & Sea's Italy's Great Cities Tour you are guaranteed a small group tour experience of this delightful land. We mean it when we say small: average size groups range from 10 to 16 passengers.

Licensed Professional Italian Guides. We are proud to comply with Italy law and offer only professional, licensed guides throughout our Italy's Great Cities Tour experience. In Venice, we meet Cinzia and Luigi, our boat driver. In Florence, it's Susanna. In Rome, it's Cynthia. Bilingual, friendly and knowledgeable.

 

5 Day Villa in Tuscany

Price

$1,744

Solo Supplement

$570

Prices based on double occupancy

Year Round Departures

 

 



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Guest Reviews

"...making our "trip of a lifetime" come true!! "
Italy's Great Cities Tour - September 2014

Hi Elaine,

I am assuming you are enjoying Spain and Portugal. Wish I was there with you. Hopefully some day.

I just wanted to take the time to let you know what a fabulous job you did. I was so impressed with your knowledge and your leadership on the tour. I certainly got lucky when I found Story Land & Sea by QueensLander. Your local guides were outstanding too. I can't say enough about the tour - the history, the food, the wine, the hotels. Everything was outstanding. I don't think I will find any better wine................ And tuscany - that just blew me away. I can't pick a favorite spot - they were all fantastic.

Also, on a personal note thank you so much for the lovely shawl and the "Italia" shirt for Tony. He has done nothing but rave about this trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's because of you!! (and Story Land & Sea by QueensLander)

Again, thank you for everything and making our "trip of a lifetime" come true!! You are the best Elaine!!! tata !!

~ Tish & Tony Fiamingo


"It was amazing - we can't stop talking about our experience!"
Italy's Great Cities Tour - September 2014

A week ago Dana and I got back from our Italy's Great Cities small group tour. It was amazing - we can't stop talking about our experience! There were only six travelers in our group plus Patrick Nixon our tour captain. Our group quickly gelled and the friendships that developed made the trip even more enjoyable.

Every time we walked past the other large tour groups it reminded me of a cattle drive. People being herded from one site to the next. Some groups were "branded", wearing stickers, scarves or whatever else to identify who they belonged to. I knew right then we made the right decision to go with the small group tour. I felt like we received personal attention from everyone we came in contact with, not only from the tour captain, but the hotel staff, specialized tour guides, chefs and restaurant staff. It was obvious to me that Story Land & Sea by QueensLander has a very good reputation with the people we came in contact with.

Our tour captain, Patrick, was wonderful. From his first communication with us to when we finally met him, he was very approachable and easy-going. He put us at ease right off the bat, and was more than helpful throughout the trip taking care of our questions and any special needs. It is a testament to his abilities and personality that our whole group chose to dine with him on our "off nights". He would always have a new experience, new food, or new wine for us to try. We couldn't wait to see what was next.

Our group ended in Rome, but we kept on going taking the three day extension tour of the Amalfi Coast. What a terrific way to end the Great Cities Tour! We saw the beautiful coast, the Isle of Capri, and Pompeii - but, we also had plenty of time to relax and enjoy ourselves. One thing I really like about your schedule is most of the touring is in the morning when the sites are less crowded. Most afternoons were reserved for exploring on your own. I took full advantage of that and felt we got to discover some real gems on the trip ourselves.

I don't know when we will be able to plan our next trip, but rest assured - we will certainly keep Story Land & Sea by QueensLander at the top of our travel list. Thanks again for helping make our trip special, and memories that we will always cherish.

Sincerely,

~ Mark Mishoe


"Enjoyed My Recent Tour With Your Company"
Italy's Great Cities Tour - September 2014

Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed my recent tour with your company. I traveled with my son and 3 friends on the Great Cities of Italy tour. Never having even been aware of your company we all were a bit skeptical of what to except. Please know it met all of our expectations in food, accommodations, excursions, free time and more. What most impressed me was the location of every hotel. All were within easy walking distance of both sights and good restaurants. The wine tasting lunch and rooftop farewell dinner were both exceptional.

Our tour captain, Elaine Rodriquez, was outstanding. Her communication skills are exceptional, as well as her listening skills. Her warmth, enthusiasm and sense of humor were a hit with everyone. We felt pampered, were surprised. learned a lot and felt like we had truly made a friend. Leading a group of strangers is an art, one that she has mastered.

I will recommend your company and hope to be a repeat customer. Thanks for providing such wonderful memories!

~ Ann Nimmo


"Highly recommended!!!"
Great Cities Tour - April 2013

We just returned from a 10 day trip to Italy and used Story Land & Sea by QueensLander Tours as our guide. We had a safe...comfortable and wonderful time seeing Venice, Florence, Tuscany and Rome. We stayed in hotels that were just a block to to three blocks from the historical centers of each city. In the Tuscan countryside we stayed in Cortona at...One of the most picturesque hotels I have ever seen.

The tour included 8 nights in 4-5 star properties and 5 deluxe dinners with wine. All hotels had deluxe breakfast buffets.

We had terrific tour guides in each city and a tour captain that stayed with us all the time. That's what I meant about safe!! Our captain could handle anything and had many friends in each city to call on if necessary. Highly recommended!!!

~ Sylvia


"It takes a professional..."
Great Cities Tour - April 2013

I recently returned from your Italy's Great Cities Tour...The trip exceeded my expectations...I didn't realize until I got home just how much planning and work (was) put into this trip...in order to make the entire trip exceptional, carefree and memorable...The hotels, local tour guides and restaurants could not have been better. We had the right balance between guided activity and personal time. It takes a professional to provide a city's highlights paired with activities that are less strenuous...It is difficult to pick a favorite Italian city and memory. The wine tasting and lunch in the Tuscan countryside was wonderful. The vintage sports car race through the streets of Cortona was special...our tour guide in Florence was exceptional, as was our guide in Rome. I have recommended Story Land & Sea by QueensLander to my friends and family.

~ Irene


"...truly was the trip of a lifetime..."
Great Cities Tour - April 2013

Shirley and I want to thank you for a fantastic 2 weeks in Italy. You did a wonderful job arranging our personalized tour. We will highly recommend Story Land & Sea by QueensLander Tours to anybody we know...Thank you, Story Land & Sea by QueensLander Tours!

~ Sandra


"...you have done an amazing job..."
Northern Italy - April 2013

...You and your team did a fabulous job of providing us with wonderful accommodations and a great schedule of tours and events to taste that part of the world...
If we book any more trips, it will be with you. Really you have done an amazing job of finding some wonderful hotels with marvelous views and the villa was such a beautiful place of rest for me and probably the very best staff possible anywhere. The tours were wonderful-just a great job of planning our days and so nice to have that free time...
La Poesia was a real blessing. It is quaint- the room we were in was beautiful with a very spacious bath. And weather permitting the terrace for breakfast and just sitting is gorgeous. The owner is a very warm and lovely...We would definitely want to stay there again. Just all in all Steve and I were so pleased at what a great experience this was-you have been first rate from the very first e-mail.Your small group concept makes all the difference and then it is obvious you have a staff that has made these trips...
Our guide in Siena did a great job-felt more like a friend showing us around. And the basically private tour at Monte Chiaro with Alessandro...
was amazing-to sit with him to talk about the vineyards and olive trees and to have a meal there with him was just so warm and lovely. He as so many others was so very approachable and warm-so often on this tour I felt like these were all friends-very relaxed,intimate settings...
...you provided the avenue for Steve and I to have a trip of a life time!

~ Cathy


..."had a most wonderful time..."
Great Cities Tour - October 2012

Robert and I had a most wonderful time on our recent tour. We are pleased with the way our trip was planned, the information given to us before the start of our trip, and our Tour Leader. The local guides were wonderful, and the hotels were lovely.

...much thanks to all of you at Story Land & Sea by QueensLander.

~ Shirley


"We would definitely travel with Story Land & Sea by QueensLander again..."
Great Cities Tour - September 2012

...Our trip was very well organized. We were impressed by the hotel locations which allowed us to walk to nearby attractions such as Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain in Rome as well as the Duomo and several Piazzas in Florence. We were also pleased that we had taken the five meal option. Those meals were very enjoyable and some offered us the chance to get to know the other eight people in our group...

All of our transportation was timely and the drivers, especially on the Amalfi Coast route, were cordial and clearly experts in the areas.

Our tour captain was upbeat, positive and took everything in stride. She was knowledgeable, kept us organized and on time, attentive to our needs, and got us everywhere we were supposed to be. She always had a smile, shared her insights on the city or region we were in, and went out of her way to be helpful...

We would definitely travel with Story Land & Sea by QueensLander again (and) would recommend the company to our friends...

~ Winnifred & Jacqueline


"a superb experience"
Great Cities Tour - September 2012

Our tour was a superb experience for Karen and I and ALL aspects of the trip exceeded our expectations. The itinerary, accommodations, venues, tour and city guides, transportation, meals and beverages were just outstanding. We LOVED Italy-its beautiful countryside, magnificent cities, terrific hill top villages, the history and the treasures, and the wonderful people themselves. A huge contributor to our most memorable holiday was our fabulous tour guide...

What an asset to our group and obviously to Story Land & Sea by QueensLander-tireless, organized beyond belief, knowledgeable, professional, and so much fun to be with-we all just loved her. We were also so fortunate to be accompanied by 7 other awesome couples who quickly became friends, and we were sad to say goodbye to everyone. Thanks so much for all your efforts in building such a high quality tour company-there was not one hitch, just perfect execution in all areas.

Best Regards,

~ Karen and Doug


"I couldn't have imagined a more incredible trip!"
Great Cities Tour - September 2012

Hi Mark! I need to send you a HUGE heartfelt "THANK YOU!" for a "DREAM" trip to Italy!...There was nothing easy or lazy about what you organized for us...I couldn't have imagined a more incredible trip! Both Dave and I will live this trip, over and over in our memories! We will definitely plan another vacation with you in the future! I have many friends who are enjoying our photos and stories of Italy, that will probably plan something with you as well...I just pray you don't get too busy, that you get booked up!???

I must say, we loved our fellow travelers! I know that is the unpredictable element of group vacations...this group of people were so much FUN!

Thank you again for EVERYTHING!!

~ Catherine and Dave


"Had the most amazing time..."
Great Cities Tour - September 2012

Had the most amazing time on this tour. Elaine was the perfect guide...her Italian flair just added so much to the experience.

I will recommend this tour company to anyone I know that would be choosing to go on a trip. Once again, thank you.

~ Pamela


"the most satisfying experience!"
Great Cities Tour - September 2012

Thank you very much for providing one of the most satisfying travel experiences of our lives. Check that, it was the most satisfying experience! While all the sights we saw were terrific, I think it was the personal relationships that made our group what it was. We had so, so much fun.

Hoping to travel with you again sometime in the future,

~ Charlie and Mary Lou




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