Experience the romance of travel among the elegant palazzos of regal Turin, the rolling hills of Tuscany and along the colorful coast of the Italian Riviera.
Enjoy agency exclusive pricing, value added amenities, and an additional level of service and support when traveling with one of our agency escorted groups.
Join Holly Carlile and fellow travelers from the Amelia Island Wine Co. and taste your way through Tuscany and the Italian Riviera!
Stay tuned for details on visits to wineries Holly is coordinating…
Day 1: Thursday, July 6, 2023
Day 2: Friday, July 7, 2023
Day at Leisure in Turin
Day 2: Saturday, July 8, 2023
Day 3: Sunday, July 9, 2023
Day 4: Monday, July 10, 2023
Turin – La Morra – Langhe Wine Country – Italian Riviera
Day 5: Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Italian Riviera – Cinque Terre – Italian Riviera
Day 6: Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Italian Riviera – Lucca – Figline, Tuscany
Day 7: Thursday, July 13, 2023
Figline – Florence – Figline
Day 8, Friday, July 14, 2023
Greve in Chianti – Figline
Day 9, Saturday, July 15, 2023
Figline – Return Flight Home
Depart from home and fly overnight to Italy.
Enjoy a day at leisure as you acclimate to Italy.
Welcome to Italy. You’ll make your way to Turin, Italy’s first capital in the 1800s. Settle in for a 2-night stay, admiring the alpine peaks towering in the distance. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring regional specialties. (D)
Walk through Turin with an expert guide, uncovering a blend of French and Italian heritage. Wrap up the tour by trying a bicerin – a mix of espresso and chocolate – in one of the city’s cafés, reminiscent of Parisian coffee spots. After getting acquainted with the city, the rest of the day is yours to further explore Turin on your own. This evening, consider an optional excursion to a historic palace after hours, where you will enjoy an aperitif with a local guide. (B)
Head to Italy’s picturesque Riviera, weaving through the Langhe wine country (UNESCO) along the way. Stop at the hilltop village of La Morra on your way to a local winery, where you will enjoy a tour and tasting. After a light lunch continue to Sestri Levante, perched along the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy an evening on your own to acquaint yourself with the Italian Riviera and perhaps get a bite of the local cuisine. (B, L)
Spend the day exploring the colorful cliff-side villages of Cinque Terre* with a local guide. Take in the picturesque, rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards as you travel by rail. Make your way through this seemingly inaccessible string of fishing villages, nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. (B)
Discover the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Wander with a local guide, delving into the city’s Roman heritage and storied past. Enjoy some free time to explore the Piazza Napoleone and the rest of the city on your own. Continue on through the rolling hills of Tuscany for a 3-night stay** in the village of Figline. This evening, try your hand at the local culture with an interactive pasta-making demonstration by your hotel’s on-site chef. (B, D)
Explore Florence (UNESCO), the “Cradle of the Renaissance” during a locally guided walking tour of the city’s iconic sites. Walk along the glittering storefronts on the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), the only Florentine bridge to survive WWII. You’ll also wander past the Palazzo Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce. Enjoy time to explore more on your own before returning to your hotel in the evening. (B)
Journey through Tuscany’s low-lying hills and dense olive groves to an award-winning frantoio (olive mill), where olives are pressed each November.*** After learning about the many varieties of trees and oil-making methods, join a tasting of the different varietals of EVOO produced at the mill. Your exploration of the Chianti countryside continues in the village of Greve, surrounded by vineyard-carpeted hills. Cap off an unforgettable journey at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)
Say arriverderci to Italy as your journey comes to a close. (B)
The properties selected for our tour are 4-star accommodations, chosen for their locations.
The NH Torino Santo Stefano hotel puts you in the heart of beautiful Turin. Located in the fashionable Quadrilatero Romano district, an area known for its fantastic shopping, restaurants and nightlife. The San Giovanni Cathedral – home to the Turin Shroud – is right next door.
Llocated directly on the seafront of Sestri Levante, between Portofino and the famous Cinque Terre, the 4-star Hotel Grande Albergo has become a point of reference for tourist and business accommodation in the Gulf of Tigullio. The 4-star Hotel Grande Albergo has 70 rooms, some with sea view, others with garden view and others more peaceful and quiet with internal view. Most are made in a classic style, others in a modern style, all equipped with the most modern comforts. An ideal destination to visit the most famous places in Liguria such as the Cinque Terre National Park and the famous village of Portofino
Villa Casagrande, located in the historic center of Figline Valdarno , a town strategically located in the center between the cities of Florence, Arezzo and Siena, is a vast and characteristic building with a large and austere cloister in a purely Tuscan style. The Villa Casagrande in its immense artistic heritage , welcomes a comfortable hotel with 60 bright and spacious rooms, immersed in a context of absolute tranquility .
Base per Person Rates:
Double : $4,499 per person
Single: $5,149 per person
Triple: $4,419 per person
A deposit of $848 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of January 01, 2023 are based upon availability. Final payment due by May 08, 2023. Deposits are refundable up until January 08, 2023.
*Holly is currently coordinating visits with local wineries. Visits will be optional and priced separately from main tour.
For bookings made after Jan 08, 2023 call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Jacksonville Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers,
Not included in price: Charges associated with optional private winery visits, Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $449 per person
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from JAX
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Additional rate of: Business Class $3,690
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IMPORTANT CONDITIONS: Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment. Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes or fees. Once deposited, you have 7 days to send us written consumer consent or withdraw consent and receive a full refund. (See registration form for consent.)
Book Now rates valid until Jan 08, 2023, valid on air inclusive packages only.
Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity from date of return home. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.
IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.
Effective for travel after November 2023, all visitors who do not need a visa to enter Europe will be expected to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization, for a fee, when visiting a Schengen Area Country. To identify Schengen Area Countries and to complete the ETIAS application, please visit https://www.etiasvisa.com/
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
Most shops and businesses in Italy are closed on Sundays and on national/religious holidays.
When reserving single accommodations, be advised that single rooms in Italy are often smaller in size.
In order to fully experience the destination, some of our hotels on these programs are located in smaller towns or on country roads where access is limited to large coaches.
In these cases, you will be dropped off as close as possible and there will be a short walk to access the hotel from the drop-off area.
Days of features are interchangeable.
To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
Hotel check-in on your day of arrival is 3:00 p.m. Rooms may not be available prior to that time.
Most museums in Florence are closed on Mondays, including the Academy Gallery and the Uffizi, as are other state museums. Most state museums in Florence require reservations to access. We suggest you book a ticket online if you plan to visit the Academy or the Uffizi during your free time in Florence.
*Travel to Cinque Terre is by rail. Trains are subject to delays and to public transportation strikes. In the event of a major strike, we may replace your visit to the Cinque Terre with a visit of Portofino.
**Note that some dates will be accommodated in countryside estates.
***Olives are picked over a period of approximately 45 days. The exact starting and ending day depends on the weather and can vary from mid-October to mid-December.
The overall activity level of this tour is a level 3. This means you’re an on-the-go traveler. You don’t want to miss a thing, so walking and standing for longer periods of time (1-2 hours) isn’t a big deal. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. You can expect some longer days balanced with free-time to recharge or set out on your own adventure. In particular, you should expect large crowds in the Cinque Terre and in Florence, which requires minimum 2.5 miles of walking over flat but cobblestoned streets with narrow sidewalks. For the Cinque Terre excursion, agility is required to board trains that require the ability to climb 3 one-foot tall steps holding on to railings and agility boarding local ferry boats when available. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motor coaches, especially in historic areas such as Florence and Lucca. For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes. If you require a walker or wheelchair, or have difficulty walking, you may not be able to access some of these areas and may want to consider an alternate program with us. Our travel counselors can provide additional information or assistance to help you determine the perfect trip for you.
Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions.
Our air passengers will arrive into Milan airport and depart from Florence airport. Our transfers will depart from/return to these airports.
Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.
A deposit of $698 per person is due upon reservation. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of January 01, 2023 are based upon availability.
Final payment due by May 08, 2023. Deposits are refundable up until January 08, 2023.