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This is a luxury custom tour designed by me.  I hope you enjoy it and sign up!

Presented by Discovery Tours & Travel and Globus Custom Tours

$4306 pp dbl occupancy (20-24 people)
$4157 pp dbl occupancy (25-29 people)

Cost includes tour package, travel protection, gratuities for director and driver, airfare (estimate based on July 2015 cost), 9 breakfasts and 3 dinners.  Fuel tax TBD.

A Registration form must be completed with a $250 deposit required to hold your reservation.  If you have questions, you can send e-mail to me at 1discoverymarie@gmail.com.

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Itinerary
Board your overnight flight

Day 1 - September 12 (Monday) - Rome
Welcome to Rome!  A group transfer will greet you outside of Customs.  Enjoy an unforgettable drive through some of the more exclusive streets of the "Eternal City."  Marvel at the impressive piazzas, fountains, ancient buildings in all their majesty, and much more.  Check into your hotel and enjoy free time, relax, or explore on your own.  This evening an early welcome DINNER with WINE at your hotel, then a short walking tour visiting the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and other sites and squares of Rome. (D)

Day 2 - September 13 (Tuesday) - Rome
The PANTHEON was not built in a day.  Twice destroyed and twice rebuilt, Rome's famous "Temple of All the Gods" started off as a rectangular structure and over the course of a century it evolved into a domed building so famous that it inspired architects for the next 2,000 years.  One of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings, it has been in continuous use throughout its history.  Continue on to the COLOSSEUM, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, and enjoy an UNDERGROUND  visit where Gladiators once waited, then continue on to the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. (B)

Day 3 - September 14 (Wednesday) - Rome
Attend the weekly PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability).  Enjoy a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment.  Continue to monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA.  (B)

Day 4 - September 15 (Thurs) - Rome/ Pisa/Lucca/Florence
Follow the Aurelian Way along the Tyrrhenian coast and enter Tuscany.  In Pisa, take the traditional picture pushing back the amazing Leaning Tower.  Building work on the Tower began in 1173, and even early on the foundations began to sink, 180 feet high and no less than 12 feet out of the perpendicular, see how the modern day techniques now protect it.  Later continue on to beautiful Lucca, one of Tuscany's best kept secrets.  Famous for its churches, towers and 16th century ramparts (walls) surrounding the old town, it features some of Italy's finest medieval and Renaissance architecture.  Then continue to Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance."  This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel.  (B,D)

Day 5 - September 16 (Friday) - Florence / Assisi
Visit the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS to admire Michelangelo's celebrated David.  Marvel at the magnificent marble cathedral, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze "Gate of Paradise," and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Continue to Assisi, where your guided walking tour includes visits to ST. CLARE'S CHURCH and ST. FRANCIS' BASILICA, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity, and love for all God's creatures.  We will overnight at the Hotel Subasio (****) (B)
Day 6 - September 17 (Saturday) - Assisi / Castiglion Fiorentino
After breakfast head to the walled city of Castiglion Fiorentino in eastern Tuscany.  Enjoy a guided tour of the town with a local guide.  Then head to AGRICOLA BUCCELLETTI WINE LODGE for dinner with WINE.  (B, D)

Day 7 - September 18 (Sunday) - Castiglion Fiorentino
Today we head to the medieval and Renaissance hill town of Montepulciano locted in the province of Siena. Your guided tour includes the Piazza Grande, the COMUNAL PALACE and the CATHEDRAL, which holds the Triptych by Taddeo di Bortolo.  Then we head to Cortona, one of the oldest hill towns, featured in the Frances Mayes book Under the Tuscan Sun. Your guided tour includes a visit to Piazza della Republica with its 13th century Town Hall and Clock Tower, the Santa Margherita Sanctuary, and a visit to the DIOCESAN MUSEUM OF CORTONA.  This evening enjoy DINNER at a local AGRITURISMO.   (B, D)

Day 8 - September 19 (Monday) - Castiglion Fiorentino / Excursion to Volterra
Photo credit:  campaninni.com / Google Images


Scenic drive through Tuscany's famous Volterra. Marvel at the remarkable Etruscan walls, including the well-preserved 3rd-century BC Porta dell'Arco and Porta Diana gates.  In the Old Town, see the Buonparenti House Towers, one of the most evocative corners of Volterra; the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with its bell tower; and the octogonal Baptistery.  Later, savor a three-course dinner with drinks at a local restaurant.  (B, D)
Day 9 - September 20 (Tuesday) - Castiglion Fiorentino
Photo credit:  Buccelletti Family Estates

Today we head to the BUCCELLETTI FAMILY ESTATE and participate in their GRAPE HARVEST.  A wonderful way to learn about the culture and get hands-on experience picking grapes, grape crushing, and learn about their wine-making process.  Then enjoy their FULL WINE TASTING with 4 wines, 3 handcrafted Grappas and handcraft Brandy and 2 dessert wines accompanied by a light snack.  The remainder of the day is free to explore the gardens and surrounding area. (B)

Day 10 - September 21 (Wednesday) - Castiglion Fiorentino / Florence
After breakfast a group transfer will take you to the Florence airport for your homebound flight. (B)
I hope you will join me on this fantastic once-in-a lifetime adventure!


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I only work with groups.  If I can assist you in planning a great tour for your group, you can contact me at Discovery Tours & Travel @ 1discoverymarie@gmail.com

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