Fall 2015 & Winter Cruises 2016 – Volume 4 by Senior Tours Canada

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tentative itinerary for a taste of tuscany day 1 depart we depart for milan via amsterdam waters you can taste at the local spas and the artistic importance of the spa premises day 2 milan we arrive in milan and transfer to day 9 florence montecatini a full day our hotel the balance of the day is at leisure until our welcome dinner tonight touring in florence the cradle of the renaissance we visit the academia gallery to see the magnificent statue of david by michelangelo we then have a walking tour and see the multi-coloured marble cathedral signoria square the baptistery and piazzale michelangelo from where we have the best view over the city day 3 milan ligure on our morning tour of milan we see the cathedral duomo the castle the galleria and the famous opera house la scala after our tour we depart for the ligurian coast and the charming town of santa margherita ligure this evening there will be an orientation lecture day 4 portofino camogli ligure we take a boat ride along one of italy’s most beautiful coasts stopping in portofino a beautiful port town that has long been a favourite destination for the rich and famous we then continue to the picturesque fishing village of camogli known as the “city of the thousand white sailng ships” for its maritime tradition day 5 cinque terre ligure we travel by coach and train to the five villages known as cinque terre which cling dramatically to the cliffs along the rocky coastline upon arrival at the village of riomaggori we take a walk along the via d’amore to manarola and then take the local train to vernazza for some free time then there will be a boat ride to monterosso one of the most attractive of the five villages at the end of our visit we return to ligure by train day 6 ligure at leisure to explore the town and stroll the lovely coastline promenade day 7 portovenere montecatini we depart for the village of portovenere situated on a rocky coastline the village was dear to lord byron for its tranquility the 12th century village centre still preserves the original coloured houses overlooking the harbour and the tinetto islands we will see 13th century st peter s church built on rocks we continue to montecatini and after a welcome drink there will be an entertaining talk on the history art local traditions and present-day rivalries in tuscany day 8 montecatini today’s guided tour will include an explanation of the miraculous day 10 montecatini tuscany is well known for its wine production so this afternoon we visit a fine local winery there will be a presentation on the process of winemaking a visit of the wine cellar and a tasting of the varieties produced day 11 lucca villa bernardini montecatini we visit medieval lucca and see the historical centre the little shops in this town are a delight in the afternoon we enjoy the lovely tuscan scenery as we travel to the 17th century villa bernardini an elegant villa with magnificent gardens surrounded by olive groves and vineyards this villa has fine original furnishings and still houses a green theatre in the garden that seats 400 day 12 montecatini a day at leisure the town has parks lovely strolls and of course the popular spas for which the town is famous all within walking distance of our hotel your tour manager may offer an optional tour to see more of the region and mr giuseppe the hotel s chef will be on hand to explain the preparation of a couple of local specialties day 13 san gimignano volterra montecatini a full day to explore the unique hilltop towns set among the tuscan vineyards and cypress trees these small towns with their medieval buildings and monuments have existed since 1155 day 14 montecatini at leisure you may like to take the cog train up the hill to the ancient upper town this evening’s farewell dinner will feature some specially prepared regional dishes day 15 home we fly home via amsterdam 33.