Our Exclusive November Tour of Northern Tuscany!!!
Enjoy a week in Northern Italy with sightseeing, shopping, wine tasting, cooking classes and more! Tuscany is on almost everyone’s bucket list to visit in Italy and we are going to give you a special trip there that you won’t forget! We have cooking classes, wine and tasting classes on top of our tours to the unique towns you find in Tuscany include a trip over to see Cinque Terre!
You won’t find this tour anywhere else as this is an exclusive tour from InterlineTravel.com.
The tour includes 7 nts at the 4 star Hotel Villa Cappugi in Pistoia, which is about 41 minutes west northwest of Florence and is our base hotel for all of our excursions and experiences. We will have a bus leaving the Florence airport the afternoon of Nov. 4 to take everyone to the hotel. If you can’t make it or want to come in early then you are on your own to get to the hotel but we can book for your additional pre hotel nights at the hotel or get your booked at a hotel in Florence and you can then join up with our bus at the airport on Nov. 4 to head for Pistola.
Also included are:
- 1 welcome drink
- 1 x 3-course dinner with fixed menu upon arrival
- 5 – 3-course dinners with choice menu
- 1 x 4-course farewell dinner
- Salad and vegetable buffet at every evening meal
- Drinks are extra
- Headsets throughout your trip
- Porterage in & out at the hotel listed above
- All tours as outlined below
- 24-hour emergency telephone number
Not included are – airfare, tips, hotel city taxes (to be paid directly at the hotel upon arrival), everything not mentioned under the services included.
Our amazing itinerary is:
- Nov. 4, 2020 – Arrival Day – Upon arrival at the Florence airport, transfer by coach to your hotel in Pistola. Enjoy a welcome drink before evening dinner.
- Nov. 5, 2020 – Siena & the Chianti valley with Vin Santo & Cantucci tasting – Siena’s charming streets lure you in through their quaint quarters…until you arrive at its heart: the seashellshaped square, the Piazza del Campo. Start to understand how the contrade neighborhoods are the font of beauty and pride that fuel the Palio horse race held there twice each year. With its iconic round bottle, Chianti is more than a fabulous wine, but a marvelous Tuscan region. Visit the vineyards sprinkled throughout the hillside, enjoying the winding, country roads lined with cypresses as you do. Enjoy a visit to a local agriturismo for a tasting of the typical Vin Santo accompanied by Cantucci.
- Nov. 6, 2020 – Pesto cooking class & excursion to the Cinque Terre – This morning you will reach the beautiful village of Sestri Levante, where you will take a course of pesto making in a typical local Osteria, and will enjoy the results with a glass of wine and some pasta Discover the marvelous Cinque Terre area, made up of 5 small towns along the rocky coast of Liguria. Five fishing villages, the so-called ‘Cinque Terre’: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, are nestled into narrow incisions in the rocks along the 12-km-long coast. Riomaggiore is the centre of wine production for this area. The location is heavenly: the houses squeeze themselves between the rocks and a kind of natural amphitheatre of vineyards, vegetable gardens and olive groves.
- Nov. 7, 2020 – Guided tour in Pisa & Pasta factory in Lari – Pisa has pizazz. Its Piazza del Duomo is better known as the “Prato dei Miracoli”, an apt name for the grassy field on which one of the world’s most iconic and miraculous buildings stands. Or…leans. Snapping a selfie with the Tower tops myriad bucket lists. The monument intrigues, as does the people watching there. Everyday tourists contort themselves into hilarious poses to get The Photo. Sometimes visitors are so captivated by the oblique building at the city’s core that they do not notice the surrounding area abuzz with daily life. In the shadow of the Leaning Tower lays an urban expanse great for a little shopping, espresso sipping and site-seeing. For those with limited time, focus will, of course, stay on the UNESCO recognized Duomo Square and its four masterpieces of medieval architecture – the bell tower, the cathedral, the baptistery and the cemetery (ENTRANCE fee extra). Entrances tickets to the complex can be organized upon request. Please note that buses are not allowed in the city center; groups must factor in the public shuttle bus cost from the parking area to the old town.
Lari is a lesser known Tuscan town located within castle walls. Its biggest draw is Europe’s smallest pasta factory, situated in its center. It is so tiny, in fact, that if you blink you might miss it. Though mini, the Famiglia Martelli has been proudly making their pasta there since 1926. The family-owned and family-run factory specializes in five types of pasta: maccheroni (rigatoni), penne, fusilli (corkscrew pasta), thin spaghetti and thick spaghetti. The Martellis warmly welcome visitors for a tour. The walk-through gives insight into the art of making pasta, the original way. The process is a long one, as the semolina pasta is still made by hand and hung to dry. The brothers, who usually give the tour, emphasize that what they produce in a year a modern factory pumps out in five hours. At the end of the tour it is possible to taste the difference in their artisanal approach to one of Italy’s staple ingredients. Visitors can purchase a bag (or two, or more!) to take home as a souvenir.
- Nov. 8, 2020 – Guided tour in Lucca & Cooking demo with light lunch – Lucca is a fabulous little city known for its opera house (Puccini was a native), bicycle route around its walls and its circular bread, the buccellatto, which allows the locals to go about their daily lives as they carry the staple home like some sort of a delicious bracelet. Lucca is a place that will appeal to all of your senses, for its sights, sounds, scents and flavors. Tuscan food and wine is created with the hands as an extension of the heart. You simply can’t help but fall in love with the homemade specialities, distinguished by the their wholesome simplicity. With few, high quality ingredients, no condiments are needed, as the authentic food speaks for itself. The various areas offer a variety of interpretations of Tuscan cuisine and it is fun to explore their differences though cooking demonstration often held at country estates and local restaurants.
- Nov. 9, 2020 – Day at Leisure – Relax today and go explore the town of Pistola on your own or with others in our group. Pistola is set around its central Piazza del Duomo are the Cathedral of San Zeno, which has a silver altar, and the octagonal Battistero di San Giovanni in Corte baptistery. Also on the square is the Palazzo dei Vescovi, an 11th-century palace housing a number of museums.
- Nov. 10, 2020 – Excursion to Florence & street food lunch at the Central Market – The Renaissance spirit was Florentine. Extracting details from the ruins of its Roman past, the city’s creators proudly dusted of ancient forms and brought them to light. First incorporating the elements as inventive details in structures, meant to illuminate their brilliance from an otherwise buried past, they then extended into entire compositional arrangements highlighted in the unmatched architectural masterpieces that make up one of the most unmistakable cityscapes in the world. Florence inspires with its Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo, the Uffizi and Accademia museums, markets, gardens and squares. Sample a “panino con porchetta”, a traditional Tuscan sandwich with roasted pork at the famous Central Market of Florence.
- Nov. 11, 2020 – Depart for Home – After breakfast transfer by coach to the airport for your return flight home.
Cost – This will vary based on how many people sign up. But here is the breakdown. Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
- 20 to 29 guests – $1,129
- 30 to 39 guests – $969
- 40 to 44 guests – $899
- Single supplement – add $99 – Limited to 9 single room, first book, first get. Waitlist after that.
We have a 20 person minimum to make the tour go. If you sign up at the higher price and we get more people, you will end up paying what the final price for the tour ends up. For example, you sign up when we only have 20 people signed up, the cost is $1,129pp. But if we end up with over 40 going the price drops to $899pp and that would be the final price you would pay, not the $1,129pp.
Yes you can bring friends with you and parents and in-laws of employees can book into this also. We want to fill the group to 40+ to get the rate down. If we get an overwhelming response we will go to our operator and see about adding a 2nd or 3rd section if needed. Otherwise once we hit 44 we will have a waitlist in case of cancellations.
Deposit is $500pp. Space is based on availability.
Final Payment is due on July 31, 2020.
No penalty if you cancel prior to July 31, 2020.
Full penalty if cancelled after July 31, 2020.
We strongly suggest you take out travel insurance to cover you for cancellation or medical issues while on the trip. Ask our agent for that info or click here to purchase it.
To book, contact InterlineTravel.com at 800 766-2911 and any agent can take your info and payment. We need your full legal name to book and your billing address for your credit card. The charge will come from Dynamic Travel on your credit card bill.