Tuscan Escape | Summer | 2024

Tuscan Escape | Summer | 2024

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$1348

Tuscan Escape | Summer | 2024

7 Days Starting and ending in Rome

Visiting: Rome, Baschi, Siena, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignano, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Umbria

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

BBTUA19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 24

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Cycling, Walking

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$2015
$1348 Operator discount: -$604 Exclusive Tourhub Members Discount: -$63 -33%

NB: Prices correct on 27-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Starting in Rome, we’ll live la dolce vita for seven unforgettable days on this adventure up through sun-soaked Tuscany for a truly authentic taste of this iconic region. Whether you get your kicks from food, history, culture or Chianti, this is the one you’ve been waiting for - with mouthwatering cuisine, idyllic vineyards & a chance to try artisan crafts, we’ll re-live the Renaissance in Florence and Lucca, marvel at the medieval beauty of Siena and pose for the perfect picture in Pisa all across one extraordinary week.

Highlights

  • Guided foodie walking tour in Trastevere, Rome, sampling pizza, gelato, wine, and more

  • Visit to Casale Polegri vineyard and olive orchard in Baschi with lunch under the Veranda overlooking the Tiber Valley

  • Exploration of Siena, Italy's most beautiful medieval city and a UNESCO world heritage site

  • Cycling from Gaiole to a local vineyard in Chianti and sampling local meats and cheeses

  • Visit to the enchanting hilltop town of San Gimignano, known as the Town of Fine Towers

  • Locally guided walking tour of Florence, exploring Renaissance architecture and local handicrafts

  • Visits to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the charming town of Lucca with its Renaissance architecture

  • Exploration of Umbria, visiting Perugia and a traditional Olive Oil mill

Itinerary

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Day 1: Rome

Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel, Genova (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Hotel Genova (or similar)

Meals Included: None

We’re all set to fall in love with this ancient Italian capital the moment we set foot in it. ‘Ciao’ your new Contiki pals and we’ll hop on our coach. Next we’ll cross the River Tiber to taste our way through Trastevere on a food walking tour, sampling local treats and more in this bohemian district known for trattorias, pubs and artisan shops. Full of our first introductions to Italian life, we’ll join the locals for a passeggiata (promenade) to stroll off a few of the carbs before a satisfied slumber tonight.

Day 2: Rome To Siena

Location: Rome, Baschi, Siena

Accommodation: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Accommodation Name: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Sorry Rome, we’d love to linger but there are so many more experiences to soak up!


But first, we have an epic, included MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experience to enjoy. Casale Polegri is set within the gorgeous town of Baschi, where we'll meet the Polegri family. These guys have run their vineyard and olive orchard for generations, and after giving us the grand tour, will serve us lunch under the Veranda. As we overlook the Tiber Valley, enjoying some of the most authentic Italian food we've ever tasted (topped off with the Polegri's very own wine, naturally), we might reflect that we've never had it so good. It's the kind of local travel experience you don't encounter every day (you're welcome).


The day is still unfolding and we’ve already done so much! After arriving at our accommodation in Siena there’ll be time to explore what is possibly Italy’s most beautiful medieval city. The historic center has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site and its heart is the Piazza del Campo, the sweeping central square that hosts the world-famous Palio horse race. We’ll settle in here for the night, ready for more adventures tomorrow. This evening we have the chance to savor a dinner of pizza, in a typical Sienese restaurant.

Day 3: Siena With Day Trip To Chianti And San Gimignano

Location: Siena, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignano, Siena

Accommodation: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Accommodation Name: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Bathed in the golden glow of the Tuscan sun, there’s no better way to uncover this historical region than by tasting it. Today we’ll hop on our bikes to ride from Gaiole to a local vineyard where we'll discover for ourselves this rich ruby red tipple the locals have been perfecting here for centuries followed by a visit to a local butchers to sample meat and cheeses.



Another place famous for its wine, next we head to the enchanting hilltop town of San Gimignano. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, it’s yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its medieval architecture & sweeping views of the entire Chianti valley. Once you’ve stopped staring there’ll be free time to explore, have dinner and, hey why not, maybe another glass of wine?

Day 4: Siena With Day Trip To Florence

Location: Siena, Florence, Siena

Accommodation: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Accommodation Name: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our destination today is home to red roofs, Renaissance architecture and rustic cuisine. Florence is often referred to as a 'walking museum', and today we'll find out why. With a locally guided walking tour, we'll explore the city on foot, swooning at Giotto's Bell Tower and the remarkable architectural feat that is the Duomo, pausing at the stalls and jewellry shops on the Ponte Vecchio and posing for a selfie with the replica statue of David (fig leaf and all). This afternoon we’ll have the chance to get involved with local handicrafts at a leather craft demonstration, part of Florence's artisan history, learning about this ancient tradition from a master craftsman and using the opportunity to customize your own leather accessory. Later there’ll be free time for more sightseeing, shopping or food, and meat-eaters won’t want to miss the chance to sample a Bistecca Fiorentina, a Tuscan specialty. Before we leave the city today don’t forget to touch the nose of ‘Il Porcellino’, the bronze boar in Piazza del Mercato, the traditional way to make sure you return to Florence!

Day 5: Siena With Day Trip To Pisa & Lucca

Location: Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Siena

Accommodation: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Accommodation Name: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We can't be in this part of the world without a sneaky visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Depriving you of the chance to perfect the ‘holding-up-the-tower’ shot would be criminal. Our visit includes a locally guided tour.

We’ll make a quick stop in Lucca, with its charming piazzas, Renaissance architecture and historic cafes. Explore the well-preserved 16th century walls surrounding the historic center and cobbled streets with a gelato in hand. You can choose to sample wines at the local vineyards here.

Day 6: Siena With Day Trip To Perugia (Umbria)

Location: Siena, Umbria, Siena

Accommodation: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Accommodation Name: La Certosa di Pontignano (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Somehow Umbria feels even more authentically Italy than anywhere else we’ve been so far. A little less explored than Tuscany and still dotted with fairytale towns, we can see why Umbria is known as Italy’s ‘green heart’. We’ll visit its capital Perugia, where fine old buildings perch on the beautiful hilltop. Plus, a top tip - instead of wine, Perugia has become famous for chocolate. We'll stop for lunch at a traditional Olive Oil mill (where the traditional hospitality is sure to knock your socks off!)

Further south you can choose to find some dinner in Montalcino, another beautiful historic town known for – you guessed it – the production of delicious red wine. Don’t go knocking this one back too easily though, thanks to its individual grape variety, Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s priciest wines...

Day 7: Siena To Rome

Location: Siena, Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

It’s said that all roads lead to Rome and that’s where we’re headed back to today. Has it really only been a week since we last set foot in the Eternal city?
Back in modern day Rome this afternoon, it’s time to say our sad goodbyes – or ‘Arrivederci’ - until we meet again on our next adventure. How does a reunion in Greece sound?

What's Included

  • Guided Tours

    Enjoy guided tours in Rome, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, and Perugia, including a special foodie walking tour in Trastevere, Rome.

  • Special Visits

    Visit Casale Polegri vineyard, Siena's medieval city, a local vineyard in Chianti, San Gimignano, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and more.

  • Cycling Adventure

    Experience a cycling tour from Gaiole to a local vineyard in Chianti, sampling local meats and cheeses.

  • Local Experiences

    Engage in a locally guided walking tour of Florence, exploring Renaissance architecture and local handicrafts.

  • Accommodation

    Stay in carefully selected accommodations throughout your journey.

  • Some Meals Included

    Enjoy meals at select destinations, including a lunch under the Veranda at Casale Polegri vineyard.

What's Not Included

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered.

    Please refer to the itinerary for specific meals included.

  • Personal Expenses

    Expenses for personal nature such as souvenirs, laundry, and tips are not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Any optional activities mentioned are not included in the tour price and will require additional payment.

Check out our Q&As

  • Where does the Tuscan Escape tour start and end?

    The Tuscan Escape tour starts and ends in Rome.

  • What type of activities are included in the Tuscan Escape tour?

    The Tuscan Escape tour includes activities such as coach tours, foodie and wine tours, history exploration, cycling, and shopping.

  • What are the inclusions in the Tuscan Escape tour?

    Inclusions in the Tuscan Escape tour are guided tours in Rome, Siena, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, and Perugia, special visits to various sites including vineyards and medieval cities, a cycling adventure in Chianti, local experiences in Florence, accommodation throughout the journey, and some meals including a lunch at Casale Polegri vineyard.

  • What are the exclusions in the Tuscan Escape tour?

    Exclusions in the Tuscan Escape tour include travel insurance, some meals, personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, and tips, and any optional activities mentioned.

  • What are the highlights of the Tuscan Escape tour?

    Highlights of the Tuscan Escape tour include a guided foodie walking tour in Trastevere, Rome, a visit to Casale Polegri vineyard in Baschi, exploration of Siena, cycling in Chianti, a visit to San Gimignano, a walking tour of Florence, visits to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Lucca, and exploring Umbria including Perugia and a traditional Olive Oil mill.

  • What countries does the Tuscan Escape tour visit?

    The Tuscan Escape tour visits Italy.

  • What is the primary tag of the Tuscan Escape tour?

    The primary tag of the Tuscan Escape tour is Adventure Tours.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

Reviews of this operator

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Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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Trusted Customer  

First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Trusted Customer  

Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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