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Tour Tuscany & Umbria in Spring.

Book your all-inclusive small group tour of Tuscany and Umbria.

Spring Dates: 21 April until 12 May 2017 - 22 Days and 21 Nights

$7,995 twin share - single supplement $1,125

Inquire Today and live life like a local in Tuscany & Umbria in 2017. We pride ourselves on providing our guests a truly unique Italian travel experience. Our fully escorted and all-inclusive small group tours mean you spend more time in the exquisite locations we visit, allowing you to truly experience the local life. 

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Tour Highlights


Be inspired and amazed on your small group Italy tour of Tuscany and Umbria. Discover something extraordinary around every corner and indulge your senses while experiencing the very best tour of Tuscany and Umbria.  

Experience Tuscany and Umbria like never before on our spring small group tour in Italy. Live life like a local and discover: 

- Montecatini Terme - the beautiful spa town frequented by the Romans
- Montefalco - the 'balcony of Umbria' 
- Pienza - the magnificent jewel in the Tuscan crown. 

On your Tuscany and Umbria small group tour, prepare to experience the sights of Florence, Siena and Assisi, stunning cities steeped in history and renowned around the world for their beauty and culture. 

While visiting Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, you’ll discover the birthplace of the Renaissance, that is home to masterpieces of art and architecture. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, with its terra-cotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and the famous bell tower designed by Giotto. 

Experience the famous shopping Florence has to offer, and enjoy other unique shopping opportunities as you tour through the magnificent landscape of Tuscany and Umbria. 

As you tour Umbria and visit Assisi and Perugia, you really get a taste of the real Italian way of life. We spend longer periods of time in each town in which we stay which means you will get to know your local barista during your visit.

As you travel through Tuscany and Umbria, escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy the smaller, less frequented towns and villages in the hills. 

You will have the rare chance to visit local artigianale (artisans) ranging from ceramics and leather, to chocolate and cheese. Meet local Italian wine and olive oil producers. Sample the best Italian food ever while you tour Umbria. 

Explore la culla del Rinascimento (the cradle of the Renaissance) on your Tuscany tour and gaze upon beauty and history without equal. 

We meticulously research all the hotels in Italy that we visit, the Italian restaurants we dine in, and all of the places we travel to in Italy. We provide a personalised travel service to make your Italy tour experience an unforgettable one.

We offer travellers outstanding value-added elements including; maximum of 20 guests per tour, guaranteed departures regardless of numbers, more inclusions than other tour companies with no surprise 'extras' and a unique personalised travel proposition. 

When on your holiday in Tuscany, whenever possible we are adaptable so that we can try to take into account the interests of our guests, the local conditions and events, and tour Tuscany with an adventurer's heart.

All hotels are 3 and 4 star 



Inclusions


Tour Tuscany and Umbria in Spring 2017.

Fully escorted and all-inclusive small group tours of Italy. Spend more time in the stunning locations we visit and immerse yourself in the Italian way of life. Our itineraries offer experiences and inclusions exclusive to CarolinaSusi Tours. Please contact us should you have any questions about our Italian travel experiences.

Your Tuscany and Umbria Spring Group Tour Inclusions:

* No more than 20 guests per tour. The average number of guests on this tour is 12-15
* Enjoy 21 nights' accommodation in 3 and 4 star boutique centrally located hotels
* Our personal professional driver and first class coach transportation
* Fully licensed professional tour manager
* Local guide and entrance fees to the Duomo in Lucca to tell us about the music and the Romans
* Local guide in Florence to present the home of the Renaissance
* Local guide and entrance fees to the Duomo in Arezzo to show case the frescos and the main piazza
* Local guide Pisa to explore what’s behind the Tower
* Assisi’s local art expert to take us on a journey of art and history. Whispers are included
* Local guide and entrance fees in Siena to introduce the magnificent Duomo and explain the intricacies of the palio and the contrada
* Return train fare to Florence
* Weather permitting, ferry to the Cinque Terre
* Entrance fees to the Cinque Terre National Park
* Train between the Cinque Terre villages and return to La Spezia
* Round trip Mini Metro tickets into Perugia
* Wine tastings
* Tickets to experience medieval artisans in their shops
* A light lunch to enhance the Brunello wine tasting at a local award winning winery
* 21 delicious breakfasts
* 16 Italian dinners

We’re all about discovering the real Italian way of life, understanding the culture, discovering places only locals know about, sightseeing, speaking the language and enjoying the spectacular regional cuisine, local markets and wineries and café culture.

For more information on your tour of Tuscany and Umbria please call: Carrol on +61 401150615 or Sue on +61 410 692 003, or click here to send us an email. You can also obtain your Tuscany and Umbria Tour Booking Form on our website or by contacting Donna at Savenio Travel on 1800 770 599.

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Note: CarolinaSusi Tours wishes to advise that, in order to reach some locations, it is necessary to walk on steep, uneven pathways. This may pose some difficulties for people with mobility impairments or those reliant on walking frames or wheelchairs. Where this is the case, a travelling companion who can provide assistance is recommended. The tour operator reserves the right to ask participants to stay behind or modify their itinerary on any day they feel mobility will be an issue. If you are in any doubt, please consult with the tour operators or Savenio.


Spring Itinerary


Day 1
Highlights: Montecatini Terme, Orientation Walk, Aperitif, Welcome Dinner

Buongiorno, e benvenuto in Italia, welcome to Italy. We will meet you at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport at Fiumicino at 11:00am. Leaving the airport, we travel north on the autostrada towards Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, stopping for lunch and time for you to stretch your legs. We arrive in the mid afternoon in plenty of time for you to unpack ready for the first week of your holiday. We will take a short orientation walk in the town centre. A welcome drink will be waiting when we return followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2
Highlights: Lucca Guided Tour, Leisure Time to Explore, Dinner

After a late breakfast, there’s just a short drive to the historical town of Lucca, birthplace of Puccini the colourful, world famous opera composer. Our local guide will take us on a short walking tour through some of the historic and most beautiful parts of the town. Should people wish, there is the possibility for us to arrange lunch in one of the excellent family owned osterias in the town. The afternoon is yours for you to make your own discoveries. If time permits we may also be able to call into another village in the nearby hills.

Day 3
Highlights: Volterra Guided Tour, San Gimignano, Leisure Time to Explore

Our first stop is Volterra, Etruscan in origin and a centre for alabaster mining. It contains one Italy’s most important Etruscan museums and the remnants of a Roman amphitheatre. Perched on top of a high plateau, this wealthy town was easy to defend and was once envied for its mining wealth. Leaving Volterra after lunch, we continue on to the mediaeval City of Towers, San Gimignano.

This once wealthy town boasted 75 towers which were symbols of the wealth and power of the noble families. Today, it is also known for saffron and the crisp white wine Vernaccia. San Gimignano was the location for the film Tea with Mussolini starring Judy Dench and Maggie Smith.

Day 4
Highlights: Picturesque Chianti Hills and Villages, Wine Tasting, Tuscan Lunch on Request

Today, we explore the countryside and villages of the Chianti Region, south of Florence. This region of gently rolling hills with its extensive vineyards became the world’s first officially defined wine producing area in 1716. Discover and taste the distinctive Chianti wines and learn the legend of the Gallo Nero (Black Cockerel) symbol which appears on each bottle of Chianti Classico. Depending on numbers, we can arrange a rustic Tuscan lunch is an osteria in a typical Chianti village.

Day 5group tours of florence
Highlights: Florence Guided Tour, Free Time to Visit Museums, Markets etc at Leisure, Dinner

In contrast to our day in the countryside, today we catch the train to Firenze (Florence), the capital city of the region. Our local guide will take us to some of the world famous iconic monuments and central piazzas of Florence. This cradle of the Renaissance simply overflows with well known artistic treasures but we also take you to some of the hidden gems of this beautiful city.

The afternoon is free for you to take in the stylish shopping opportunities, or perhaps explore the markets or many galleries and museums around the central part of Florence.

group tours of Italy Tuscany Day 6
Highlights: Full day in the Cinque Terre Villages by Ferry, Foot and Train, Portovenere, Dinner

At CarolinaSusi Tours we want to showcase a variety of experiences to our guests and the spectacular terraced villages of the Cinque Terre are high on our list. Weather permitting, we will take a ferry from La Spezia to Portovenere where we can view Lord Byron’s secret writing place or perhaps have a quick coffee.

Reboarding the ferry we follow the coast north for a panoramic view of the five villages clinging to impossibly steep cliffs and rock formations. Leaving the ferry at the most northern village, Monterosso, we make our way by foot and rail through the other villages. Should weather conditions prevent the use of the ferry, we have other ways of getting to Monterosso.

tours of leaning tower of pisaDay 7
Highlights: Pisa Guided Tour, Leisure Time to Explore, Tuscan Village Dinner

When you think of Pisa, the Leaning Tower or Bell Tower immediately springs to mind. But there is so much more to Pisa. The tower represents a small part of this ancient town. Our local guide takes us through the hidden secrets of Pisa, its medieval streets, its palazzi and its arcades. As always, we make sure you have leisure time to enjoy the things that are important to make this tour your own individual experience. Dinner is a special surprise, another of CarolinaSusi Tours specialities.

Day 8
Highlights: Leisure Time in Montecatini Terme, Dinner

Relax and enjoy Montecatini Terme. Book a spa, shop in the elegant boutique shops or just relax in the piazza. You could take a ride on the 100 year old funicular to Montecatini Alto, the medieval village that crowns the hilltop overlooking Montecatini Terme. Take a walk around and discover the Rocca and the original church or for a spectacular view of the valley below, enjoy a glass of wine and lunch in the piazza.

Day 9
Highlights: Travel to Montefalco, Passignano on Lake Trasimeno, Dinner

Leaving Tuscany we travel south east to Montefalco, stopping for lunch and a lakeside stroll at Passignano on shores Lago Trasimeno. Lago Trasimeno is the largest lake in central and southern Italy. We arrive at our agriturismo (farm stay) on the outskirts of Montefalco during the mid-afternoon.

This agriturismo, is another of CarolinaSusi Tours special finds. It is set in the beautiful Umbrian countryside and overlooks the Vale of Spoleto and the Sibillini Mountains.

There will be a chance for you to have an orientation walk through the village before we arrive at the farm.


Day 10

Highlights: Spoleto, Leisure Time to Explore, Spello, Dinner

Spoleto, described by the poet Shelley as “the most romantic city I ever saw” is the destination for today. It is a centre for arts and music and forms a backdrop for many contemporary music and art festivals. The upper town is a maze of twisting, narrow backstreets filled with interesting art galleries. Take time to walk around the base of the Rocca to see the remarkable medieval Ponte delle Torri. Planned initially as an aqueduct, it was later used as an escape route from the castle. On the way back to Montefalco we will drop into visit the lovely flower-decked hillside village of Spello. From the outer wall it is possible to view the whole valley and on a clear day it is possible to see Assisi and Perugia.

Day 11
Highlights: Todi, Leisure Time to Explore

South west of Montefalco lies the picture perfect town of Todi. The town prides itself on its ‘visible and distinct culture’. This elegant medieval town stands proudly on a hilltop overlooking the Tevere Valley and is approached through olive tree covered slopes. The heart of the city is the Piazza del Popolo. From this central point there is easy access the Basilica, the art gallery and the museum as well as the stunning views from the Piazza Garilbaldi. Hidden beneath the Piazza del Popolo are the Roman cisterne which were built to collect rainwater and are part of an extensive system of tunnels and galleries.

Day 12
Highlights: Assisi, Leisure Time to Explore, Specialist Tour of Assisi Basilica’s Frescoes, Dinner

Assisi, constructed mostly of pink Subasio stone, is the birthplace of St Francis, the patron saint of Italy. During the morning you are free to explore this beautiful historic town with our Tour Leader. After lunch, we will meet our local specialist guide for a specially arranged visit to see the Basilica.

The Lower Church frescoes were created by a number of artists including Cimabue and Giotto. Below it lies the crypt containing the tomb of St Francis. The walls of the Upper Church are lined with a magnificent display of frescos, attributed to Giotto, depicting St Francis’ life.


Day 13
Highlights: Pottery in Deruta, Bevagna Medieval Crafts, Leisure Time to Explore, Dinner

The tradition of pottery decoration in Italy using the Majolica glazing technique (maiolica in Italian) dates back to the Renaissance. Deruta became a major centre for its production. We visit a local artisan in Deruta who, together with his family, still practices this ancient craft. Later, we travel to the medieval village of Bevagna. We have arranged for you to meet some other local medieval craftsmen who carry on the tradition of forging coins, candle and paper making. We meet a silk maker still creating thread using an ancient and remarkably complex spinning machine.

Day 14
Highlights: Perugia, Local Sightseeing Bus around Town, Hidden Medieval City, Leisure Time to Explore, Dinner

The sophisticated university town of Perugia is the home of Perugina Baci chocolates. During our visit here we enjoy a ride on the local guided sightseeing bus tour, the best way to experience the highlights of this sprawling town. Later, you can also select from a number of self-guided walking tours around the town or perhaps visit the National Gallery of Umbria and the Palazzo dei Priori. We can show you the hidden medieval city and it is a must for you to try the famous Baci chocolates.

Day 15
Highlights: Leisure Day in Montefalco, Wine and Olive Oil Tasting and/or Linen Factory on Request, Dinner

This is a free day to relax in Montefalco. It may be possible to organise a visit to an internationally famous linen factory owned by one of our close friends. This could be followed by a visit to a boutique winery in Montefalco owned by a couple of brothers whom we’ve come to know over the years. Alternatively we can arrange wine tasting and lunch with another friend, a local olive oil and wine producer. If you prefer, you can just spend the day soaking up the atmosphere and the stunning views across to the Sibillini Mountains.

Day 16
Highlights: Lake Trasimeno, Pienza Orientation Walk, Dinner

This final week is spent in the tiny hillside town of Pienza overlooking the glorious World Heritage listed Val D’Orcia. In our opinion, Pienza is the jewel in the Tuscan crown. On our way we will stop at San Feliciano on Lake Trasimeno for a lakeside wander and lunch. Those of you wishing to do so can hop on a local ferry and travel about 20 minutes to Isola Polvese. Stroll around the island and enjoy the gardens and the views of the lake. After settling in to your hotel in Pienza, our Tour Leader will take us on a short orientation walk through this tiny UNESCO listed Renaissance town. In the evening you can take a stroll along the town walls and take in the spectacular night time views.

Day 17
Highlights: Cortona, Montepulciano, Leisure Time to Explore

Remember the movie Under the Tuscan Sun based on the book by Frances Mayes? We will spend time in Cortona where it was filmed and enjoy the views stretching across the Valdichiana to Lake Trasimeno in the distance. The town’s first class Museum holds an extensive collection of Etruscan artefacts, the largest in Italy, and is well worth a visit. Leaving Cortona, we drive the short distance to Montepulciano.

Sprawling along a narrow ridge, it boasts spectacular views from either side of the town and has an array of Renaissance palazzi and churches. Vino Rosso and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano are the signature wines of this area. Many of the small shops offer tastings of both the wines and the locally produced salamis and cheeses.

Day 18
Highlights: Siena Guided Tour, Visit to Contrada and Duomo, Leisure Time to Explore, Dinner

Siena is known for the famous Palio, the horse race which is held in the Piazza del Campo twice a year. The rival contrade or quarters vie fiercely to win the Palio. Our local guide will take us on a short walking tour of this historic town. We also visit the Basilica and view the marble floors. By special arrangement, we may be able to visit one of the contrade. Then you have free time to explore the museums or climb the 388 steps of the Torre del Mangia for a view of the city and the countryside beyond. Siena is also famous for a local spicy cake known as Panforte which goes very nicely with a coffee.

Day 19
Highlights: Arezzo Guided Tour, Piero della Francesca Frescoes, Leisure Time to Explore

Arezzo, believed to be one of the twelve most important ancient Etruscan cities, is now a major centre for goldsmiths, jewellery and antiques. We meet our local guide for a visit to see the famous frescoes in the church of San Francesco painted by Piero della Francesca. Following, the visit to the frescos, we will continue with a guided walk around the town. Arezzo was also one of the locations featured in the movie Life is Beautiful. There is free time for you to discover this historic town or to enjoy sitting under the porticoes of the Piazza Grande sipping an afternoon Spritz.

Day 20
Highlights: Bagno Vignone, Montalcino, Light Lunch and Brunello Wine Tasting

Today we will visit some of the smaller towns and villages in the region, starting with the hot springs of Bagno Vignone. The therapeutic properties of the water from these thermal springs has been used since Roman times. Maybe dip a tired toe or two in for a foot spa. Moving on to Montalcino, which is renowned for its world famous Brunello di Montalcino, we have arranged a light lunch with a tasting of this award winning wine at a local winery.

Day 21
Highlights: Leisure Time in Pienza, Farewell Dinner

There’s one more chance to wander the wonderful little town of Pienza on this final day before we depart. Try to visit the Palazzo Piccolomini, the summer home of Pope Pius II and don’t forget the Pieve di Corsignano, a tiny Romanesque church a ten minute walk out of the town. If you haven't already done so, visit some of the numerous cheese shops selling Pecorino cheese or try the local speciality, cinghiale (wild boar). And finally, make sure you enjoy the view from the walls as the sun sets.

Day 22

Our last day and we travel back to Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Fiumicino aiming to arrive at around 11:30am. If you are planning on travelling to other
parts of Europe or back home at the end of the tour, we suggest you book flights after 2:00pm in case there is a delay in getting to the airport.

Note: The itinerary is subject to change. Due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather conditions and other elements out of our control, some items on the itinerary may change during the course of the tour.