Tuscany & Cinque Terre Tour
Your Travel Story through Tuscany Begins
- Day-by-Day Itinerary
- Welcome to Tuscany & Cinque Terre
- Our Boutique Hotels & Villa
- What's Included
- Dates & Pricing
What does Tuscany bring to mind?
Your Story of Tuscany begins.
~ Scenic landscapes that beg for a movie set. ~ Culinary and wine experiences that rival the world's top menus. ~ Photographic experiences for the amateur or professional.
Discovering a unique itinerary through Tuscany for travelers looking for more than the usual is Story's Tuscany & Cinque Terre Tour. The trip features in depth and after hours experiences at Tuscan landmarks, delicious culinary experiences, regional wines of Chianti and Toscana and of course we stay in authentic Tuscan villas and hotels.
Why Story for Tuscany?
Exclusive Experiences: Enjoy 2 cooking classes by our local chefs, a cheese tasting featuring Pecorino and other varietals, 2 Wine Estate tours and tastings and a special Cellar Dinner at our Villa.
Story Land & Sea®'s innovative approach to touring means we were the first tour operator in the industry to feature:
- No Annoying Up-Sell: Your Tour Captain is there to host and help you, not sell to you.
- Unique Dinners, No Set Menu with Premium Beverages Included. Period.
- Hotels in the Heart of Cities, not just centrally located.
- Customary Gratuities Included.
- Expert Italian Tour Guides and Story-employed American Tour Captains ensure perfect touring harmony.
It was a Day like No Other.
Your Daily Tuscan Itinerary
Flights from USA ~ Arrange your air to depart from the USA, Canada or Australia in order to arrive Italy the date following published tour date (example: Day 1: May 16 Tour commences in Italy on Day 2: May 17). We can provide you with an air-inclusive vacation package if you like ~ contact Reservations on 1 (877) 865-6711.
We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.
Day 2: Welcome to Florence, Italy: Birthplace of the Renaissance
Included Dining: Welcome Dinner
Exclusive: Story Land & Sea® Original Experiences
Upon arrival at Florence airport, transfer by taxi or optional arrival transfer to our hotel located in the very heart of Firenze. Our tour commences with an orientation walkabout at 3pm.
Florence is the city of arts and the birthplace of the Renaissance and the family Medici. Though you may check-in and drop bags at the hotel, your rooms are guaranteed ready by 2PM.
3:00PM INCLUDED HOST ORIENTATION WALKABOUT
You will join the Tour Captain for the included Florence Orientation Walkabout through the cobblestones streets to become familiar with the location around our hotel, in the very heart of Florence. Find out where the major landmarks are located, ATM machines and other helpful sites ~ Hey, is that the Arno River?
• Admission and tour of Palazzo Vecchio
Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Light
INCLUDED WELCOME DINNER TONIGHT — Tonight, Florence welcomes us with a variety of regional culinary tastes, beverages and ample portions of fine local wines from Toscana and Chianti.
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Santa Maria Novella or similar, 3 Nights
Our Tour Captain, Pascal, was fantastic! He has all of the charm of the quintessential Italian along with the desire to exceed expectations!
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— Robert & Lucy
Day 3: Florence & The Medici Family's Legacy
Story Land & Sea® Exclusive: FLORENCE MEDICI EXPERIENCE
Discovery in Florence
Florence boasts a variety of fine sights to see, including Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery's Bronze "Gate of Paradise," Giotto's Bell Tower and more, but on this itinerary get ready for everything Medici!
This interesting Florentine family affected Italy in a powerful way. Learn all about the family as you discover the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Delight and inspire while the mystery and romance of the family Medici springs to life all around you.
A great morning tour allows you to enjoy the afternoon for shopping and sightseeing on your own.
INCLUDED GUIDED TOUR WITH OUR LOCAL GUIDE. Today ENJOY ADMISSION & SIGHTSEEING to:
SPECIAL ACCESS: Admission and tour of Pitti Palace ~ The Palazzo was built for the Pitti family in 1457, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and built by his pupil Luca Fancelli. We enjoy a full tour of the grounds and palace.
FEATURING: Boboli Gardens ~ These gardens, housed on the grounds of the Pitti, are one of the most largest and elegant Italian style gardens in existence.
Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Moderate to Ample
Day 4: Market Day at San Lorenzo
Story Land & Sea® Exclusive: Sunset over Florence
COOKING CLASS IN FLORENCE WITH A VISIT TO THE SAN LORENZO MARKET
A Food, Leather & Cultural Adventure
We will visit the market to select only the freshest ingredients for today's class.
Following the market visit in the morning, we proceed to the school where we will learn to prepare the typical Italian dishes under the guide of the chef.
The market is actually comprised of two separate markets, an indoor market, known as the Mercato Centrale, or Central Market. It is home to all things food and the outdoor section that lines the surroundings streets of the large Mercato Centrale building, selling leather, clothing and many souvenirs to commemorate your visit to Florence.
Enjoy the fruit of your labor paired with perfect wine before continuing with the balance of the day at leisure.
Just before sunset, consider an optional walk with your Tour Captain up to Piazzele Michelangelo for an outstanding perspective of sunset over Florence. It's truly a beautiful perspective.
Ah! Firenze! Enjoy your evening at leisure or join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner.
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Day 5: Wine Estate Visit, Tour & TastingIncluded Dining: Enjoy an included dinner on the grounds of the villa with your Tour Captain.
Exclusive: This is a highlight of the day as we tour a traditional Tuscan winery complete with tastings paired with cuisine from the region.
"When I'm in Tuscany, my heart is free. My passion soars. It's My Tuscany."
This morning we leave Florence bound for the countryside and delve deep into the heart of Tuscany.
CHIANTI CLASSICO REGION
Story Exclusive®: Enjoy our in-depth experience at our winery estate in the heart of Tuscany. We will enjoy a tour of the production facilities and cellars, followed by a delightful wine-tasting paired with perfect morsels for lunch. Buon Appetito!
Our experience features palate-pleasing appetizers, including pecorino cheese, bruschetta, and other local farm-to-table delights. You'll get your fill of classic Chianti and Super Tuscan varietals along with delicate cuisine hand-made by the family chef.
Our estate is situated in the Chianti Classico area on the western slopes of the dominating hills of the Elsa valley, looking towards San Gimignano. It was built around an ancient sighting tower and was an important "suburb" and fortress of the area. The first owners of the estate were the family Vettori, the last heir, Maddalena, brought it as dowry to her wedding with Ludovico Capponi in 1577. The couple restored the estate completely and commissioned Bernardino Poccetti, important master painter, to fresco the loggia of the court. In this era, the estate became a place of passing by for painters and poets. One of those, Gerolamo Muzio, dedicated a poem to the castle and remained there until his death. Also the production of wine is documented from 1596 on. In 1696, Cassandra Capponi brought to the castle an important collection of codex's, parchments and books, the product of her marriage to the Marchese Carlo Riccardi Strozzi. This collection formed the nucleus of the Riccardian library in Florence. The Strozzi family remained owner of the estate until 1984. In this year, the family Albisetti took over. With its 763+ acres (majority wood), the estate is one of the biggest farms of the area, producing over 23,000 gallons of wine from just over 54 acres of vineyards. Make note, we will use one of our many other incredible winery estates at times. All of the Story Land & Sea® estates are truly impressive, both in ambiance and wine quality.
We arrive at our Tuscan villa and check-in. Enjoy leisure time until the included dinner tonight.
Story Way® Dining: Enjoy an included welcome dinner on the grounds of the villa.
ACCOMMODATION: Tuscan Villa, 3 Nights
Day 6: Culinary Delight: At our Tuscan VillaExclusives: Learn the Skill of Cooking.
STORY® EXCLUSIVE: Enjoy learning about the skill of cooking Tuscany-style. Discover the very best of Italy's countryside right with cuisine and wine paired perfectly as you experience our authentic private cooking experience in Tuscany. Enjoy a wine tasting with a sommelier, try fresh Tuscan produce from an organic Tuscan farm and then prepare and eat your Italian meal.
Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.
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Day 7: Siena
Story Land & Sea® Exclusive: Walking tour beginning in the impressive Piazza del Campo, in the heart of Siena
Story Land & Sea® Immersion Experience: Taste of Siena
Deeper into Tuscany along the Wine Road we are bound for Siena in the heart of Tuscany today.
STORY® EXCLUSIVE: Enjoy a walking tour as we begin in the impressive Piazza del Campo, in the heart of Siena. The piazza is in the shape of the letter "D," and is divided into cloves to mimic the mantle of the Virgin Mary to whom the city honors.
The tall tower, or Torre del Mangia, caps the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's town hall.
Return to the villa for a night of leisure.
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Day 8: Lucca
Included Dining: Dinner Tonight
Story Land & Sea® Sightseeing Immersion: This morning we arrive Lucca to enjoy a tour and then the afternoon by bicycle throughout the inviting flat landscape that is Lucca. If 'biking' is not your game, no worries, you can enjoy Lucca this afternoon at your own pace.
Lucca is perched on the river Serchio and is the capital city of the Province of the same name. Its most notable feature is its intact Renaissance-era city walls that enclose its rectangular grid which is the original Roman street plan for the city.
Traces of the amphitheater are found in the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro and the city boasts a rich history.
Story Way® Dining: Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner to celebrate our time together and plan for more adventures.
Accommodation: Hotel Alla Corte Degli Angeli or Similar, 2 Nights
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Day 9: Exploring the Five Lands
Exclusives: Classic Perspectives Experience
FULL DAY TOUR: Enjoy our day trip to the Cinque Terre
We'll explore the five towns of the Cinque Terre on a full day's excursion. Return to Florence for overnight.
THE CINQUE TERRE
A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The Cinque Terre is a World Heritage Site and lives up to its classification. Cinque Terre means five lands, referring to the five villages precariously perched along the coast. It is famous for its white wine and the Pesto Sauce with pasta is a must as the Italian Riviera is where Pesto originated. Enjoy the tiny villages perched high above the sea, with their many wine bars and restaurants.
We return after our day's journey to the Cinque Terre.
Optional dining with the Tour Captain or explore on your own.
Day 10: our Ends Today or Extend Your Journey with more time in Lucca or Italy!
After breakfast, check-out and transfer by train to Florence SMN and onward taxi to airport at own expense or extend to other locales in Italia! We offer a departure transfer from Lucca by driver as well — please inquire with reservations.
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Deluxe Hotels & a Luxury Villa
Unique properties where you want to be!
There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with cappuccino, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit. Classic Budget guests will enjoy a continental breakfast.
Our small group Italy tour hotels feature historical architecture with all the amenities you'd come to expect from 5-star luxury Italian hotels. The properties are located in the heart of the Italian cities, towns and villages. We proudly feature the following Italy tour hotels which have been personally inspected for quality and standard. On very rare occasion, we may substitute any Italian hotel for an Italy tour property of equal or greater quality and standard.
Remember, availability in tour hotels may be affected based on seasonal demand. Alternate hotel properties of equal quality will be used when the following hotels are not available.
Florence Hotels - 3 Nights
Our Tuscany Accommodation
Tuscan Treasures Await
What's Included in Your Small Group Tour through Tuscany
- 5 Nights Boutique Hotel Accommodation
- 3 Nights Villa Accommodation
- Enjoy 2 cooking classes by our local chefs
- Cheese tasting featuring Pecorino and other varietals
- 2 Wine Estate tours and tastings
- Special Dinner on the grounds of our Villa
- On-Tour transportation per itinerary
- Included admissions, entrances and experiences per itinerary
Tuscany & Cinque Terre Tour
Book your trip by January 16, 2017, and save up to $300.00 off per couple on select departures.
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