Hamilton Tours Ltd. With Collette Vacations presents
Tuesday, September 18 to Friday September 28, 2018
The Tuscan and Umbrian Countryside featuring Italy’s Charming Hill Towns This is a small group tour and is limited to 24 passengers. An early booking discount is available of $150.00 if booked and deposit paid by March 15, 2018.
Day 1: Tues., Sept. 18 - Overnight flight to Rome. (D)
Day 2: Wed., Sept. 19 – Rome.
Arrive in Rome and check in to our hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D)
Day 3: Thurs., Sept. 20 – Rome –Orvieto - Umbria.
Travel to the Etruscan hill town of Orvieto, known for its white wine and Gothic cathedral housing a Signorelli fresco. Upon arrival, join a local expert on a walking tour to discover Orvieto’s treasures, including a visit to the cathedral. Spend the next four nights in a pristine Umbrian hill town. (B & D)
Day 4: Fri., Sept. 21 – Umbria – Spoleto - Cooking Class - Umbria.
Embark on a guided walking tour of historic Spoleto. See medieval palaces, the ornate Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta, and the magnificent Ponte delle Torri, an aqueduct dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy free time to peruse the town’s shops and cafés. We will visit a country restaurant housed in a 16th-century farmhouse where the chef will provide a hands-on Umbrian cooking lesson. Indulge in an early dinner in the countryside. (B & D)
Day 5: Sat., Sept. 22 - Umbra – Assisi - Home Hosted Lunch.
Travel to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis. Feel like you have stepped back in time as you independently explore this charming medieval town. This afternoon, join a local Umbrian family for lunch at their country home. (B & L)
Day 6: Sun., Sept. 23 - Umbria - Montefalco –Winery - Bevagna - Olive Oil Farm.
Travel to Montefalco, nicknamed the “Balcony of Umbria” for its unobstructed views of the Umbrian countryside. Step back in time as you independently explore this charming medieval town. Then, it’s on to a local winery to sip some of this region’s most prized wine, the Sagrantino, before enjoying lunch featuring typical Umbrian dishes. Continue to Bevagna where you will join a local expert for a walking tour featuring Roman and medieval archaeological and architectural marvels.Cap off your day by learning about another local product – olive oil – at a local Frantoio. (B & L)
Day 7: Mon., Sept. 24 - Umbria –Winery -Tuscany.
Journey from Umbria through southern Tuscany and admire the picturesque Renaissance landscape of hills and villages of the Val D’Orcia region. Make a stop at a winery to discover the wine cellar, family estate, vineyards, olive groves and stunning views. The winery’s chef prepares an authentic Tuscan lunch, expertly paired with wines produced onsite. Make yourself at home in Tuscany in your restored palazzo for the next four nights. (B & L)
Day 8: Tues., Sept. 25 -Tuscany – Florence -Tuscany. Set out on a short journey to Florence, “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance.” Begin with a guided walking tour of the city sights, viewing the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of the Piazza Del Duomo and the Palazzo Vecchio. Join your local guide in exploring the unique qualities of the city, focusing on Florence’s local artisans and visiting their workshops. Spend some free time shopping and investigating Florence on your own. (B)
Day 9: Wed., Sept. 26 - Tuscany – Siena - Monteriggioni. Travel to the city of Siena. While on a walking tour, visit the historic piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race. Continue to the walled town of Monteriggioni for a stroll along the quaint streets of this town, seemingly frozen in time. Take an afternoon break and try some local snacks before returning to our quiet Tuscan retreat. (B)
Day 10: Thurs., Sept. 27 - Tuscany-Volterra - San Gimignano. Spend your morning in Volterra, a former Etruscan city which sits high above the Tuscan countryside. Visit the Guarnacci Museum, one of the most famous Etruscan museums in Italy. Afterwards, stop to witness an alabaster carving demonstration at a local workshop. Travel to San Gimignano, known as the “City of Beautiful Towers,” and look for the town’s fourteen medieval towers that date back to the 13th century. Enjoy a stroll along Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Cisterna. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner. (B & D)
Day 11: Fri., Sept. 28 - Tuscany-Toronto. Return flights to Pearson International Airport and transferred home. (B)
Tour includes: door to door pick up within Simcoe County and York Region to airport, travel with Hamilton Tours Director, round trip air, taxes and fees, hotel transfers, meals and admissions as listed, gratuities for Collette guides and drivers.
Cost per person: Twin $6040.00 & Single $6650.00 if booked and deposit paid by March 15, 2018
Cost per person: Twin $6190.00.00 & Single $6800.00 as of March 16, 2018
A deposit of $1500.00 is required at the time of booking, with the balance due August 1, 2018.
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.