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Florence, Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

9 days |  11 days with Lake Como extension
9 days |  11 days with Lake Como extension
Group size1530 travelers

4.6 out of 5 stars

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View of downtown Florence at Giardino Bardini in Firenze Italy
Angular view of Ponte Vecchio in Florence Italy at sunset
Three cups of coffee on a table
View of colorful houses in Manarola Cinque Terre Italy
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    Get to know Italy at its finest.

    Slow down and learn the true meaning of la dolce vita as you explore three of Italy’s most inviting destinations. Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Dante in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and take in Tuscany’s iconic red rooftops and green hills. Then, make your way to the sunny, colorful shores of the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre.

    Your tour package includes

    • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 2 dinners with beer or wine
    • 3 sightseeing tours
    • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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    Included highlights

    • Florence Duomo
    • Giotto's Campanile
    • Basilica of Santa Croce
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Lucca’s city walls
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    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 1: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

    Florence4 nights
    Day 2: Arrival in Florence
    Included meal: Welcome dinner

    Welcome to Italy! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

    Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Florence
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Get to know Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, as you make your way through the UNESCO-recognized historic center with a local guide.

    • View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo.
    • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
    • Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo.
    • See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine life.

    Enjoy a free evening in Florence or add an excursion.

    Villa Machiavelli Dinner

    From $129 per person

    Day 4: Free day in Florence
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Florence or add excursions.

    The Leaning Tower of Pisa

    From $145 per person

    Tuscan Cooking Class & Dinner

    From $159 per person

    Day 5: Free day in Florence
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

    Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns

    From $175 per person

    Italian Riviera3 nights
    Day 6: Italian Riviera via Lucca
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Known for its Renaissance-era walls, Lucca sits in the heart of Tuscany. You’ll get to know the town on a guided tour.

    • Walk along a section of the city’s walls and learn about their illustrious history.
    • Take in impressive views of the classic red-tiled rooftops, medieval churches, and swath of cypress trees below.
    • Descend into the center of town to view the Palazzo Pfanner, Guinigi Tower, and Basilica of San Frediano.
    • Enter San Martino Cathedral and San Michele in Foro, a basilica known for its intricately inlaid facade.

    This afternoon, continue to the Italian Riviera.

    Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Cinque Terre
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Join your Tour Director to discover Cinque Terre, an idyllic cluster of five villages set on seaside cliffs.

    • Board a train to Monterosso and soak in views of the pebble beach that the village is known for.
    • Hop aboard a boat to the village of Vernazza and admire the colorful houses that dot the waterfront.
    • Continue by boat to the dramatic coastal village of Riomaggiore.
    • Learn about Via dell'Amore, one of the area’s most famous hiking paths, which connects two of the five villages.
    • Enjoy short walks through each village before spending free time exploring, shopping, and eating.
    • Admire the Liguria regions’ varied landscape as you transfer back to your hotel by train.

    Please note: The boat ride is weather-dependent. In the case of inclement weather, you’ll visit the villages by train. In addition, the specific villages you visit may vary.

    Day 8: Free day on the Italian Riviera
    Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

    Enjoy a free day on the Italian Riviera or add an excursion.

    Then, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner this evening.

    Villages of the Italian Riviera & Lunch

    From $159 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 9: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the Genoa airport for your flight home or continue your trip to explore Lake Como.

    Extension to Lake Como
    Lake Como is arguably one of the Lombardy region’s loveliest spots, with Alpine landscapes and ritzy villas galore. It’s also a go-to locale for the rich and famous, but you don’t need to be George Clooney to visit. Just extend your journey alongside your Tour Director.
    Lake Como2 nights
    Day 9: Transfer to Lake Como & sightseeing tour
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Head north to beautiful Lake Como, located in the foothills of the Alps, where your Tour Director introduces you to the waterfront city of Como.

    • See Como’s eclectic architecture, glittering lakefront, and mountain scenery.
    • View Como Cathedral, one of the last Gothic cathedrals built in Italy.
    Day 10: Free day in Lake Como
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in the Lake Como area or add an excursion.

    This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

    Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio

    From $145 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 11: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the Milan airport for your flight home.

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    4.6 out of 5 stars

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      6/6/24 by 1st-time traveler Amanda

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      5/23/24 by 1st-time traveler Judi

      Daniela, our tour guide was amazing. Very accommodating xo. Very patient. Lovely girl. An asset to your company xo

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      Hotels, flights & FAQ

      Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


      We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
      Hotel Executive
      Hotel Executive

      This charming hotel is located in the historic center of Florence along the River Arno. Guests enjoy the beautiful lounge bar with live music, origina...

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      Hotel Canali Rapallo
      Hotel Canali Rapallo

      This charming hotel is located in the Rapallo neighborhood on the Italian Riviera. Guests enjoy sea views, a terrace, and bike rentals. Nearby you’ll ...

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      Albergo Firenze
      Albergo Firenze

      This contemporary hotel is located in Como's historic center overlooking Piazza Volta. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a minibar, and air conditioning. Nearby...

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