The tour begins with a coach transfer from Florence. Our first destination is the walled city of Lucca, one of the most pleasing towns in all of Tuscany. A morning walk will take us through olive covered hills and tiny villages above the city. In the evening we’ll attend a Puccini concert at the Basilica of San Giovanni, one of Italy’s most beautiful churches. We’ll climb up the Leaning Tower at Pisa. Before leaving Tuscany we’ll visit the marble quarries and artist studio at Carrara.
The Cinque Terre coastline was inhabited in ancient times by the Ligurian tribes, then settled by Greeks, conquered by the Romans, then dominated by Byzantines, Longobards and finally the city-state of Genoa. This land of rural fishermen and farmers, once accessible only by sea and by mule paths, now comprises the Cinque Terre National Park. The walk through the five villages highlight our time in Liguria. Your hotel rooms in Monterosso al Mare feature spectacular views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Finally we’ll visit the fabulous riviera resort of Santa Margherita Ligure and the intriguing sea port of Genova. Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Museum and a pre tour exploration of Florence is included!
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Arrival at Florence airport, where you will be met by your tour manager and transferred to Lucca, the most beautiful city in northern Tuscany and home of composer Giacomo Puccini. You’ll be staying at the HotelIlaria for 3 nights, located in the center of the historic district.
Late afternoon free for your own explorations and shopping. Hotel bicycles are available for riding the 4 kilometer ramparts that encircle Lucca.
At 7pm welcome meeting & aperitifs, followed by dinner at one of Lucca’s best restaurants.
Lucca is rich in history – Roman origins, medieval and renaissance power and wealth. Our local guide will walk us through these eras, from Imperial times to the Lucca of the 1800’s, a century that began with the reign of Elisa Bonaparte. We’ll explore the massive walls and fortifications, the piazzas and palazzos of Lucca’s many transformations.
Pisa was one of the four medieval powerhouse maritime republics, along with Genoa, Amalfi and Venice. They established trading posts and colonies throughout the Mediterranean. Pisans, being ruthless pirates, were widely feared and hated – giving rise to the expression, “better a death in the family than a Pisan at the door”. After a raid on Saracen Palermo they returned home with enough booty to initiate the Square of Miracles, the most amazing architectural complex in the world. This afternoon we’ll have a fantastic guided tour of the Pisa historic center, the Duomo and Baptistery and finish with a climb up the famous Leaning Tower.
Evening free in Lucca.
The Via Francigena was the medieval pilgrim and tourist route from northern Europe to Rome. This morning we’ll walk 7 kilometers of it in the lovely hills above Lucca, through olive groves, vineyards and small hamlets. Mid-route we’ll stop to visit an olive oil mill at a 17th century farmhouse. A refreshing lunch with local wines at a village café will follow.
This evening we’ll take in a Puccini concert at the Church of San Giovanni.
Carrara has been one of the world’s most famous mining centers since the time of Julius Caesar and still produces 800,000 tons a year of the same white marble that was the source of many of Michelangelo’s most famous creations. This morning we’ll have a fascinating guided tour of the quarries.
The village of Colonnata, known for its unique production of lard, lies in the mountains high above Carrara and is where we’ll sample the local fare.
Then, the spectacular Cinque Terre – we’ll be staying in Monterosso al Mare, the northernmost of the five villages. The Porto Roca is a beautiful hotel perched on a cliff with spectacular views overlooking the Ligurian Sea.
This morning we’ll ride the train back to the first village, Riomaggiore, and do an easy two hour walk along a cliff-side footpath. We’ll pass through Manarola and terminate our walk in Corniglia where you’ll certainly want to stop for lunch. After which you can return by local train or boat to Monterosso or continue your hike on to Vernazza (90 minutes). Your tour manager will be on hand to assist. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy one of the most pleasing areas in all of Italy.
Included dinner on the hotel terrace with dazzling sea views!
Our exploration of the Ligurian coastline will continue with a morning in Santa Margherita Ligure, a lovely seaside resort with garden villas and grand hotels.
Genoa is an often overlooked destination because of its somewhat-hard-to-access location squeezed on a narrow stretch of land between the Apennine mountains and the Ligurian Sea. For many centuries this was one of the grand powers of Italy – an empire of seafarers, traders, bankers and shipbuilders. Its historical legacy was to leave behind a beautiful and intriguing city like none other on this marvelous peninsula as our local guide will illuminate this afternoon.
Evening free to wander the maze of pedestrian lanes of the largest medieval city center of Europe.
One of the most interesting and entertaining museums anywhere awaits our morning visit in Genoa – the Galata Museo del Mare (Museum of the Sea) – a multi-media masterpiece where you can board sailing vessels in one century and emigrate to the Americas in another.
Afternoon free for your own explorations.
The best of Genovese cuisine will be presented for our farewell dinner in the exquisite setting of an early 17th century palace.
Morning transfers to Genoa airport and Genoa Brignole train station.
Pickup Florence & Pisa airports at scheduled times
7 nights, 4 star hotel accommodations
Tourist accommodation tax
All ground transportation Days 2 - 7 with porterage
All breakfasts, 3 dinners & 2 lunches, beverages included
All activities and admissions listed in Highlights
Full-time professional tour manager
Day 8 morning transfers to Genoa airport and Genoa Brignole train station
Local guide tours of Lucca, Pisa, Carrara & Genova
Il Duomo, Baptistery & the Leaning Tower at Pisa
7 km Northern Hills Medieval Walk
Olive oil mill visit at Petrognano
Puccini concert in Lucca
Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre
Galata Museo del Mare (Museum of the Sea) in Genoa
Tour begins: Florence
Day 1 transfer from Florence Peretola Airport is at 14:00 and, upon request, from Pisa airport to Lucca.
Tour ends: Genova
Morning transfers are available to Genoa airport and Genoa Brignole train station
How to get there: Book multi-city tickets into Florence or Pisa airports and out from Genoa
Pre tour: We recommend arriving to Florence a day or more early. The city center/historic district is just a 10-15 minute taxi ride from the airport.
Take advantage of our free Florence city tour including Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia Museum the afternoon prior to tour start.
Post tour: Genoa is a fascinating port city, well worth an extra day. Upon request we can book you an additional night at Hotel Bristol Palace and add the room cost to your balance payment.
Day 1 — Lucca, LU, Italia
Day 2 — Pisa, Italy
Day 3 — San Gennaro, Lucca, Italy
Day 4 — Carrara, Massa and Carrara, Italy
Day 5 — Parco Nazionale delle Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Italy
Day 6 — Santa Margherita Ligure, Genoa, Italy
Day 7 — Genoa, Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
Be prepared to spend a few hours a day on your feet and an uphill walk to the hotel in Monterosso.
The 3.2 mile Northern Hills Medieval Walk the morning of Day 3 is along an up and down, panoramic one lane paved road.
The Cinque Terre Day 5 walk from Riomaggiore to Corniglia is along a cliff-side footpath overlooking the Ligurian sea. The path is sometimes smooth, sometimes rough with some inclines. Duration is one and a half hours.
This tour is not suited for anyone who has problems with knees, back, heart, obesity or those who cannot manage steps and moderate inclines. Age is not important as long as you are reasonably fit and a good walker. If you have mobility issues this is not the right tour for you. Please call us if you have questions.
1. PRICES, DEPOSITS, PAYMENTS, REFUNDS
Prices shown are per person, double occupancy, in euro.
The deposit is 400 euro per person.
Balance payments are due 70 days prior to tour start.
Deposits and balance payments are accepted by Visa and Master Card or by bank wire. After your deposit has been received we will send you an invoice with the due date and amount for the balance of payment. Should you fail to make final payment by the date specified on your invoice, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without refund.
Cancellations and refunds: in the unlikely event that we would cancel your tour, you would be entitled to a 100% refund within 2 weeks after the tour’s cancellation.
If you cancel your tour reservation:
1. are 50% refundable up until 180 days prior to tour start date.
2. are 100 % non-refundable less than 180 days prior to tour start date.
3. are 98% refundable 70 days or more prior to tour start date.
4. are 48% refundable 70 to 31 days prior to tour start date.
5. 30 days or less prior to tour start date: no refund.
Physician documented emergency medical reasons or police documented cases of accident, flood, fire or crime are required for refunds.
We do not provide refunds for: non-medical personal problems; air carrier delays or cancellations; inability to obtain passports; business problems or emergencies; etc.
2. TRAVEL PROTECTION
We strongly recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
It is not possible for Amber Road Tours to provide protection coverage of any sort and you agree to buy insurance or travel at your own risk.
Transfers from Florence Airport on Day 1 (available only at scheduled time). Transfer from Pisa airport to Lucca hotel available upon request. All ground transportation Days 2 to 7, including tour manager and drivers. Transfers on Day 8 to Genoa airport or train station, 7 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast, 3 dinners and 2 lunches including beverages (wine or beer or soft drinks and water). Admissions to all sites visited as a group, as listed in bold in the tour itinerary.
4. NOT INCLUDED
Air transportation, all meals not listed above, room service, phone calls, etc.
The transfer from Florence Peretola airport to our first hotel destination will be at 2pm. For all other arrival times: the hotel is located inside the historic district of Lucca. It is about 45 minutes by taxi from the Florence airport or one hour by train or taxi from the Florence train station. Upon request we will send you detailed arrival instructions.
You are allowed one suitcase and one carry-on bag. If you exceed this limit there may not be space in the coach to transport your excess luggage and it will be at your own expense to have it transported throughout the tour. We suggest that you bring a daypack for carrying water, guide books, jacket, rain gear, etc.
7. WALKING ON TOUR
Be prepared to spend a few hours a day on your feet and an uphill walk to the hotel in Monterosso. The 3.2 mile Northern Hills Medieval Walk the morning of Day 3 is along an up and down, panoramic one lane paved road. The Cinque Terre Day 5 walk from Riomaggiore to Corniglia is along a cliff-side footpath overlooking the Ligurian sea. The path is sometimes smooth, sometimes rough with some inclines. Duration is one and a half hours. This tour is not suited for anyone who has problems with knees, back, heart, obesity or those who cannot manage steps and moderate inclines. Age is not important as long as you are reasonably fit and a good walker. If you have any difficulty walking this is not the right tour for you.
Days 1 – 7 by air-conditioned coach
Day 7 San Fruttuoso from Camogli and back is by ferry (weather dependent)
Days 8 by coach or taxi
Are located in quiet locations within historic districts or a short distance outside the city walls. European hotel rooms are generally smaller than those in the U.S., and have one queen bed or two single beds, with private bath. The rooms and balconies at Hotel Porto Roca are of varying sizes with varying views. Upgrades to junior suites are available.
10. SINGLE TRAVELLERS
We have space available for two singles on each of our tours. They are provided with single-use double rooms. The additional single room supplement cost can be found on the Calendar page of our website.
For our recommended tours and dates, as listed in our web site, are guaranteed. We do not sell optional excursions or take you on shopping expeditions. Your additional expenses will be for non-included meals, moderate tipping where appropriate, and personal sightseeing or shopping.
12. NO SMOKING / NO CELL PHONES
We have a no smoking policy on all tour buses, at group meals and at all sites visited. The same policy applies to the use of cellular phones.
13. EASY TRAVELERS
For the enjoyment of all our guests on tour we ask those who choose to travel with Amber Road Tours to be congenial, lighthearted and to take small issues in stride. Should you have any issues please address them to your tour manager – he or she is your Amber Road Tours’ representative during your time on tour. Once your tour is finished you will be emailed a link to our website where you can leave comments about your experiences and suggestions about how we can improve our services.
14. LIMIT OF LIABILITY
No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expense, accident, injury, or damage to any person or property due to the actions or omissions of any person, or any cause, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, defects in machinery, breakdown of equipment, weather, quarantine, or other causes beyond our control.
15. MEMBERSHIP ON TOUR
Amber Road Tours reserves the right to accept, reject, or not retain any person as a tour participant whose condition or general deportment impedes the operation of the tour or, in the opinion of the tour manager, affects the rights and enjoyment of other guests. A guest not retained on tour shall have no cause for complaint or refund, and shall bear any and all extra expenses that ensue.
16. TOUR CHANGES
All information on this website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes in accommodations, visits, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable. Delays or itinerary changes caused by strikes, bad weather, traffic, or other unforeseen circumstances are beyond our control and we are not obliged to pay guests compensation.