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Florence, Tuscany & Beyond

4.5
(6 Reviews)
  • 8 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Assisi, Cortona, Cinque Terre, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, Siena, San Gimignano

    Age Range:
    0 - 99
    Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, German, French
    Type: Package, Partially Guided Tours

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Tour at a Glance

Tour at a Glance

Tour the rolling hills of Tuscany from Florence with the rugged coastline of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera

  • Visit the famous Accademia Gallery & Uffizi Gallery
  • Tour the historical streets of Florence
  • Explore the Leaning Tower Of Pisa and the Cathedral
  • Discover the medieval town and Churches in Assisi
  • Travel to Cinque Terre and discover the hillside towns of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Vernazza & Monterosso
  • Experience wine tasting at a Cellar in Montalcino
  • Marvel at the medieval town of San Gimignano
  • Sample Chianti wine, oil & vinegar in the famous Chianti region
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  • Map is an indication of destinations visited and may not depict the exact route taken.

Itinerary

Transfer from Florence Airport or station to your hotel.

Make your own way to the meeting point. Discover two thousand years of history of the cradle of the Renaissance through the eyes of an expert local guide, who will take you on an unforgettable journey to discover the most beautiful squares and monuments of Florence.
The city of the Renaissance is literally dotted with ARCHITECTURAL WONDERS and WORKS OF ART, joining our tour you can admire with your own eyes the sites and monuments that have made Florence one of the most visited destinations in the world.
The first stage of this enlightening guided promenade will be REPUBBLICA SQUARE, one of the most elegant squares in Florence, where the most refined cafés of the city are located. Follow your guide through the charming streets and alleys until you reach the LOGGIA DEL MERCATO NUOVO, where you will discover how to win good luck caressing the nose of the famous PORCELLINO (wild boar) BRONZE STATUE.
Nearby is PONTE VECCHIO, a true icon of the city, famous for hosting the most exclusive jewellery stores in Florence and for its unique structure. It is also the only bridge in the city spared from bombing during the Second World War.
Follow your guide to the ACCADEMIA DEI GEORGOFILI and UFFIZI SQUARE, and discover the beating heart of Florence, SIGNORIA SQUARE, a real open-air museum dominated by the imposing PALAZZO VECCHIO and the magnificent LOGGIA DEI LANZI, which houses wonderful original statues including the PERSEUS by Cellini and the RAT OF THE SABINE WOMEN by Giambologna.
The journey to discover the wonders of Florence will culminate in SAN GIOVANNI SQUARE, home of the wonderful DUOMO and BRUNELLESCHI’S DOME as well as the Baptistery and Giotto’s Bell Tower.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Make your own way to the meeting point.
Your day will begin in Florence, and then you will quickly be enroute to the iconic town of Pisa!
When you arrive, a professional guide will meet your group for a fascinating walking tour of Piazza dei Miracoli. You can admire the Baptistery, the Monumental Cemetery, and of course – the famous Leaning Tower! Your guide will lead you inside the majestic Cathedral as you learn more about the Romanesque design and mysteries of the city.
After your walking tour, enjoy some free time for independent exploration! Save plenty of time for fun photos in front of the iconic Leaning Tower, then grab a cappuccino and some souvenirs, and you will be on your way to the next destination – Lucca!
Lucca is famous in Italy for its still-intact medieval walls with huge gates and ramparts! A local guide will lead you through the enchanting old town centre, with a portion of the walk along a section of the walls. Enjoy the breath-taking views of Lucca’s skyline from over the rooftops. You will admire the main attractions of the city, such as the Anfiteatro Square, the Guinigi Tower, San Martino Cathedral, and a stroll along the picturesque streets filled with antique shops.
The tour ends with a Buccellato tasting, a typical Lucchese cake – a famous saying of the Lucchesi (people from Lucca) is, “Those who come to Lucca without eating the Buccellato are as if they had never been there!”

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Make your own way to the meeting point.
Embark on a journey to Umbria to discover the beautiful medieval town of Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic tuff, as well as the mystic and sacred town of Assisi.
Perched on a volcanic plateau, Orvieto showcases a captivating blend of history, art, and natural beauty. The town is crowned by the magnificent Orvieto Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Marvel at its intricate façade adorned with vibrant mosaics, sculptures, and intricate details that will transport you to another era. Step inside the cathedral to discover its breathtaking interior, where stunning frescoes and exquisite stained-glass windows await (entrance fee not included).
Another fascinating attraction is the famous Pozzo di San Patrizio, or St. Patrick’s Well. This engineering marvel was designed to provide a reliable water supply during sieges. Descend the double-helix staircase, marvelling at the precision and ingenuity of its construction, and immerse yourself in the cool, damp atmosphere that envelops the well (entrance fee not included).
As you explore the winding streets of Orvieto, you’ll encounter charming piazzas, medieval palaces, and artisan workshops. Discover local craftsmanship and perhaps bring home a unique handcrafted souvenir as a memento of your visit.
From Orvieto, we will continue our journey to the mystic town of Assisi.
Assisi, renowned as the home of Saint Francis, sits atop a hill, offering breathtaking views of a picturesque valley. Your guide will lead you through the narrow, winding streets of this medieval town, sharing its charming history. Inside the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, admire Giotto’s unique frescoes depicting the life of San Francesco and discover why it is a fundamental pilgrimage site.
Next, visit the Basilica of Santa Chiara, dedicated to Saint Clare of Assisi, a devoted follower of Saint Francis.
Afterward, you’ll have free time to leisurely explore the town and experience the tranquil atmosphere that characterizes this mystical city.
The tour concludes with a visit to the Santa Maria degli Angeli Church, the birthplace of the Franciscan Order.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Make your own way to the meeting point.
An exciting adventure from Florence to CINQUE TERRE NATIONAL PARK, an unforgettable whole day devoted to the discovery of one of the most enchanting landscapes in the world. Five (Cinque) villages, hanging between sea and land, a place where you can immerse yourselves in paradise, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
The visit begins at daybreak, when we arrive straight to MANAROLA by bus: the village, dating back to the early thirteenth century, is famous for its historic character and local wine. You can admire the houses leaning one against the other and stroll along the narrow cobble alleyways and sheltered paths.
We take a 10 minute train ride to VERNAZZA, one of the most colourful and photographed fishing villages of the area, where you will have free time to sit on the tiny harbour and relax, breathing in the atmosphere of this unique area out of time.
Next, head to MONTEROSSO by train: you will be awed by this ancient fishing village considered “The Pearl of the Cinque Terre”, where you will have plenty of free time to enjoy its enchanting sand beaches as well as the lush vegetation encircling the little town. Here you will have free time to plunge into the crystal sea and sunbathe, before taking the boat to our last destination: as you sail along the coastline, you will have the privilege to admire the villages from another perspective, the sea! Feel the breeze on your skin and enjoy stunning panoramic views.
Once you’ve arrived at the last stop, RIOMAGGIORE, you will be given some free time to explore this seaside town surrounding a small natural port. An unmissable excursion where pastel coloured houses, cobalt sea and incredible panoramic views will be your travel companions.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Make your own way to the meeting point.
Escape the hustle and bustle of Florence and experience the heart of Tuscany by visiting the enchanting Val D’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore the beautiful towns of Montalcino, Pienza and Montepulciano and enjoy two different wine tastings and savour the famous Pecorino cheese! The tour starts with a wine tasting session in Montalcino, the land of the world-renowned Brunello wine. Here you will be enchanted by the outstanding charm of a very special wine cellar.
Next you move up to the peak of the town, where a magnificent sight will take your breath away: sunny rolling hills, ancient oaks, picturesque olive groves, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards and lone cypress trees atop hills.
The following stop is Pienza, which stands high upon a hill and dominates all the Orcia valley with extraordinary views. Enjoy the cheese tasting session with the famous Pecorino cheese (included in the tour!) and explore the pretty alleyways of this small town at your leisure.
The last stop reaches Montepulciano, home to the famous Vino Nobile vineyards and more recently famous for the filming of the vampire movie “New Moon”. Enjoy your second wine tasting session while visiting the dungeon where the wine is stored under the ancient walls of the winery before heading back to Florence.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Make your own way to the meeting point.
Crossing the beautiful Chianti hills, we arrive at the medieval hilltop gem of MONTERIGGIONI, with its still intact walls. Here you can drink in the history and relive the atmosphere of olden times.
Our day tour continues to the stately SIENA, famous for its splendid examples of Gothic architecture and the traditional Palio horse race.
Follow your local guide to the Piazza del Campo, where the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico stands with its Torre del Mangia. Visit Piazza del Duomo and be impressed by the imposing Cathedral, one of the finest achievements of Italian Gothic.
Next, we drive to SAN GIMIGNANO, famous for its white wine, the world renowned Vernaccia, and its skyscrapers, also declared a World heritage Site by UNESCO! The visit is free for independent sightseeing, strolling around the narrow streets and admiring the relaxing landscape.

At the end of the day tour, we move into the CHIANTI area, with its picture-postcard landscapes. You have the chance to taste the best Chianti red wine in a rustic wine estate along with home-made snacks and sampling of wines and oil.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

Transfer to Florence Airport or station. End of services.

Meals Included:
Breakfast

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What’s included?

7 nights accommodation in Florence

Touring with multilingual guide

Tours as per itinerary

7 Breakfasts

Transportation by air conditioned vehicle

Buccellato cake tasting

Motor vessel and train tickets in Cinque Terre

Cheese tasting in Pienza

Entrance fees to:

  • Accademia Gallery (skip the line ticket)
  • Pisa Cathedral
  • Church of San Francesco
  • Church of Santa Chiara
  • Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli

Beverages during meals and any meal not expressly listed above

Hotel taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling

Passport and visa fees

Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned

City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)

Any items of personal nature

Pricing & Availability

Filter Dates
2024
2025
Departing Ending

All rates are based on twin/double share. Please enquire for single and triple rates. Rates are based on AUD. Availability is conditional on final confirmation from the supplier and is subject to change.

Hotel List (or similar)

Cellai Hotel
Via Ventisette Aprile, 52/R, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Tel: +39 055 489291
Rating
4.5
Cellai Hotel

Important things to note

Sequence of the tour portion is subject to change. Tour portion can be a combination of different regular tours therefore, coach change may be required.

The same people may not be travelling throughout the tour.

Package tours do not include any tourist taxes that apply. These are paid locally to the hotels upon arrival.

Pick up from hotels for the day tours may not be included and you may need to make your way to a meeting point.

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Reviews for Florence, Tuscany & Beyond

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Elizabeth and Gordon Wood
Fantastic quality of hotel and expertise of the guide

Review for: Highlights of Sicily

The quality of the hotels, the places visited, the knowledge and expertise of the guide and the experiences we had, were fantastic. Perhaps our only question would be that we were a group of over 30 and we were of the understanding that Sun Island Tours were for groups smaller than this. Our overall impression of Sicily was of a vibrant culture with so much history behind it.
SunIslandTour
Reply from Sun Island Tours
Hi Elizabeth and Gordon, Thank you for your review. The Highlights of Sicily is not a small group tour, and is listed as such. However we will review further to see why you had that impression. Great to hear you had a wonderful time. Regards, John @ Sun Island Tours
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Brent
September 2019

Review for: Florence, Tuscany & Beyond

My wife and I made an eight-day coach trip in the second week of September 2019. Italy is a beautiful country and what added to our rich and positive experience was the tour provided by Sun Island Tours. We experienced the value provided mainly through their tour leader, coach driver and hotels for stay etc. Worth a special mention are the two people that were highly rated by all on the tour – Sabrina Prassede, our tour leader was by far the best guide we have encountered in our years of travel. Here intuitive responsiveness, high energy levels, attention to specific needs of every tourist without diluting the planned itinerary and deep knowledge of the country, made the journey comfortable and stress-free for a diverse set of people travelling from five continents. She was very well supported by Paolo, the coach driver, who was the wonderfully skilled and who ensured the tour was very smooth, safe and prompt throughout. For those wanting to enjoy a stress-free Italy sojourn, we highly recommend them.
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Lucy
Solo Traveller

Review for: Rome, Florence & Cinque Terre by Rail

Generally it's good. I am a solo traveller. On some accommodation I was given a single bed. Which I found cramp and very tight. Quite uncomfortable. As a solo traveller, we are charge with extra for accommodation. So I think we deserved something better if not the best.

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Florence, Tuscany & Beyond

4.5
(6 Reviews)
  • 8 Days
  • Cities Visited

    Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Assisi, Cortona, Cinque Terre, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, Siena, San Gimignano

    Age Range:
    0 - 99
    Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, German, French
    Travel Style: Package, Partially Guided Tours

Or contact your local travel agent.

Italy
Speak to our Italy Expert - Natalie

Natalia is in love with Italy. Contact her for advice on Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Como, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Amalfi Coast, Puglia and Sicily.

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