Introduction
Drinking in the sunset and the Chianti at our friend Marco's farmhouse, we decided that a Tuscany walking tour couldn't be improved upon. Since he's a staunch Tuscan, he surprised us by saying, "Then you've never been to the Cinque Terre." So we went. They're not far, these five once almost unreachable villages that grow out of rock along the Ligurian Sea. For centuries, a connecting footpath was their lifeline, but for us it's the scenic route into a remote and vibrant coastal culture. Beforehand, we spend three nights in the parts of Tuscany we love best…complete with hilltowns that rise out of silver-green olive groves, homemade prosciutto and potato ravioli and the sunny vineyards of Chianti. Throughout, we'll explore the art history, and savor the food and wine. But in the end, will you prefer walking tours in Tuscany or the Cinque Terre? The good news is that because this trip gives you both, you don't have to decide.
Picture yourself...
  • Winetasting on the grounds of a castle
  • Traversing the streets of towering hilltowns
  • Discovering secluded seaside villages
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 - FLORENCE / CHIANTI
We gather in Florence, before a short journey into Chianti leads to a private visit and tasting at one of the famed wineries, followed by a scenic walk to our hotel, a historic home that dates back to the 16th century (3 nights). In the nearby countryside, a walk past silvery olive groves culminates with a visit to a shepherd who shows how he makes sheep's-milk cheeses…and a chance to sample some of the traditional specialties. In the lovely Chianti hills, a vineyard walk ends with a home-cooked lunch and wine-tasting in the private cellars of Castello della Paneretta. San Gimignano, fortified with more than a dozen medieval towers, shimmers in the near distance as we approach along a rural footpath.

DAYS 4-5 - SANTA MARGHERITA
Along the Apuane mountains, we drive to Santa Margherita (2 nights), where our hotel overlooks the Ligurian Sea. By day, we walk to the colorful, isolated villages of the Cinque Terre—Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Rio Maggiore—with time out for shopping or a picnic. (Or skip the walking, and take a little coastal train that runs between the villages.) A magnificent day's exploration includes the tiny monastery of San Fruttuoso reachable only by foot or boat, and is punctuated by a visit of Portofino.

DAYS 6-7 - FLORENCE
Back in Florence (1 night), our evening is capped by a memorable dinner at our favorite trattoria, where in one meal we enjoy the whole tapestry of Tuscan cuisine. Our final day is a glorious stroll that provides an insider’s view of the famed Renaissance city. Wandering through the ancient streets, you’ll see and learn about Brunelleschi’s incredible dome, the Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza della Signoria. We’ll graze through San Lorenzo, the Florentine’s main market, with its pyramids of produce, olives, breads, meats and more. And we’ve arranged for you to skip the long lines to see Michelangelo’s David.
Tuscany & the Cinque Terre
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7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Florence – 2:00 pm – Beacci Tornabuoni Hotel lobby

Ending Point: Florence – 3:00 pm – Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni Hotel

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Tuscany & the Cinque Terre
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The ultimate luxury in your Cinque Terre travel is escaping the crowds. On all of our tours we get to the places the turisti don’t go.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our Tuscany and Cinque Terre walking tours. We always offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
September 4-10, 2016$4495.00$795.00
September 18-24, 2016$4495.00$795.00
October 2-8, 2016$4495.00$795.00
April 16-22, 2017$4495.00$795.00
May 7-13, 2017$4495.00$795.00
May 28-Jun 3, 2017$4595.00$795.00
June 11-17, 2017$4595.00$795.00
July 2-8, 2017$4595.00$795.00
September 3-9, 2017$4595.00$795.00
September 17-23, 2017$4595.00$795.00
October 1-7, 2017$4595.00$795.00
Oct 29-Nov 4, 2017$4495.00$795.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners
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Tuscany has a warm, sunny climate. While we’re along the coast, the warm sunshine is moderated by the winds that blow off the Ligurian Sea.

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Hotels
Villa Le Barone

This historic home dates back to the 16th century, and your hosts are a count and countess. Its rooms have wood-beamed ceilings and local antiques. The property boasts spectacular gardens, a pool, and a terrace for sunning and Chianti sipping.

Grand Hotel Miramare

One of the first grand hotels in the region, this property is a Leading Hotel of the World. It offers all of the luxurious comfort you expect...plus a pool that overlooks the scenic promenade to Portofino.

Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni

Originally a palace of the Guelf family, this historic hotel in the heart of Florence is known for its attentive service. The rooftop terraces offer remarkable views of the entire city. Rooms are decorated in elegantly understated Florentine style.

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