New London Adult and Continuing Education
New London Adult and Continuing Education

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Tuscany & the Italian Riviera  

Come to the Tour Presentation on Thursday October 4th at 6:00pm at Three Shaw's Cove,the New London Adult & Continuing Education Center

The tour includes: Transportation to Airport, Round Trip Air, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers, 10 meals, 6 Breakfast, and 4 Dinners

Highlights: Tuscan Estate, Florence, Choice on Tour, Siena, Tuscan Winery, Lucca, Pisa, Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre, Portofino

Day 1: Friday, April 12, 2019 Overnight Flight Experience the romance of travel among the rolling hills of Tuscany and along the colorful coast of the Italian Riviera.

Day 2: Saturday, April 13, 2019 Tuscany, Italy - Tuscan Estate - Tour Begins Welcome to Tuscany. Settle in for a relaxing 3-night stay at a traditional Tuscan estate.* Your journey begins with an interactive pasta-making demonstration with the winery’s on-site chef. Then take your seat for an authentic Tuscan dinner expertly paired with their wines. (D)

Day 3: Sunday, April 14, 2019 Tuscan Estate - Florence - Tuscan Estate How will you experience the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance?” The choice is yours! Perhaps you’ll join a local Florentine guide to see the city’s iconic sites: view the remarkable Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John, the Piazza della Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce. Or, you may join your local guide and see Florence’s lesser-known treasures – the Piazza Santa Maria Novella, the bustling San Lorenzo Market, and visit the Orsanmichele Church; see San Lorenzo Church and admire historic Ponte Vecchio, the oldest bridge in Florence. Later, delight in leisure time to relax or discover this dynamic city on your own. (B)

Day 4: Monday, April 15, 2019 Tuscan Estate - Siena - Tuscan Winery - Tuscan Estate A scenic journey through Tuscany’s graceful low-lying hills brings you to the lovely medieval city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena with its small specialty shops and outdoor cafés. Then it’s on to one of the oldest wine estates in the Siena region. Sit down with a family member to hear about their wine and taste their creations along with other local products. Return to your countryside estate. Perhaps you’ll explore its Medici Villa. Tonight, a local musician will serenade you at dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Tuscan Estate - Lucca - Pisa - Italian Riviera As you head towards Italy’s picturesque Riviera, make a stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. Join a local guide for a tour showcasing the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza Napoleone. Next, spend time in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa. Discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, view the Duomo (Cathedral) and, of course, stand before its famous Leaning Tower. Continue on to the spectacular Italian Riviera and check in for your 3-night stay. (B, D)

Day 6: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera Spend the day exploring the colorful cliff-side villages of the Cinque Terre** with a local guide. Take in the picturesque, rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards as you travel by rail. We make our way through this seemingly inaccessible string of fishing villages, nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. (B)

Day 7: Thursday, April 18, 2019 Italian Riviera-Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino-Italian Riviera Travel to the seaside resort of Santa Margherita Ligure. Board a boat*** to glamorous Portofino. Soak in the view of the town’s colorful harbor, dotted by fishing boats and yachts, set against a backdrop of pastel-colored buildings. Return to Santa Margherita Ligure for free time to peruse its charming streets and boutiques. Tonight, cap off an unforgettable journey at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers. (B, D)

Day 8: Friday, April 19, 2019 Italian Riviera - Tour Ends Today your journey comes to a close. (B)

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1 Overnight Flight

Days 2 – 4 Hotel Paggeria Medicea/Borgo di Artimino, Tuscany

Days 5 – 7 Grande Albergo Sestri Levante, Italian Riviera -- On some dates alternate hotels may be used

Experience It! Lucca Fall in love with charming Lucca, an ancient city frozen in time. Surrounded by perfectly preserved Renaissance-era walls, Lucca is one of the most enchanting cities you will encounter in Italy. The amazingly intact 16th-century walls are uniquely lined with green grass and trees, the perfect spot for a stroll. Lucca’s maze of medieval streets is sure to bring you back in time…most of them are pedestrian only. Among the many historic buildings, you’ll find the magnificent Romanesque Cathedral of San Martino. Be sure to spend some time exploring the popular Piazza Napoleone for a true taste of Italian culture.

Tuscany & the Italian Riviera  
April 12-19, 2019 4/12
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