Day 1 – Fly from USA or Canada
Day 2 – Arrive Pisa or Florence ~ Train or transfer to Lucca
Day 3 – Train to Monterosso
Day 4 – Monterosso
Day 5 – Monterosso
Day 6 – Train to Florence
Day 7 – Florence ~ Full-day private Tuscany tour
Day 8 – Fly to USA or Canada
$1,750 per person, double occupancy
April 1 – October 31* — 2015 and 2016
LAND ONLY (airfare NOT included)
Fly into Pisa or Florence and out of Florence
* Prices are for travel which begins and ends within dates shown.
Note: Due to the nature of this package, which uses very small hotels on the Cinque Terre, we need plenty of lead time to put it together. Be sure to check with us for availability prior to purchasing your flights. The Cinque Terre, on Italy’s Riveria Coast is one of Italy’s most popular tourist destination – book early!
This is our shortest and most economical package with the Cinque Terre. There’s always the question of what airports to use and what other destinations to combine with the Cinque Terre, which is not located along any popular routes to other places in Italy. To get a short and practical itinerary with the Cinque Terre, we decided to start with a flight into either one of two airports (your choice) in Tuscany, and a first night spent at the popular city of Lucca. You can fly into Pisa (PSA) or Florence (FLR). At the airport, you’ll be met by your private transfer driver for the trip to Lucca, which will take approximately one hour. Your Lucca hotel will be within the walls of the very appealing old town.
Next day, you’ll go by train to Monterosso, on the Cinque Terre. Note that we only use hotels that are actually in the Cinque Terre. There are so few rooms available in this area, compared to the high level of interest, that some other travel companies would place you in hotels outside the Cinque Terre, in communities to the north or south. Also because of there being so few rooms, we urge you to plan a Cinque Terre trip as far ahead as possible, because the little hotels fill up well in advance. You’ll have three nights at Monterosso, which gives you plenty of time to explore the 5 villages as well as to take a boat trip along the coast down to Portovenere, the next town to the south outside the Cinque Terre.
Then you’ll go by train again back into Tuscany, this time going all the way to Florence for 2 nights. The Florence stay not only puts you near an airport for flying out, but it also provides the opportunity to include a private Tuscany tour, to the south of Florence into the Chianti countryside. It’s just you and your driver-guide for Tuscany, so you control the pace and the emphasis. The tour can include a Chianti winery if you so choose.
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