8 Day Tuscany Fly & Drive with Milan (New York)

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Travel Style: Array Mixed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
8 days
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    5 Montecatini, 1 Milan

    Style Self-guided tour
    See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
    Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
    Lodging Level Value (3*)
    Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
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    Attractions & Cities Visited

    Lucca Milan Parma Pisa San Gimignano Siena

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    Itinerary

    Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.

    DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Italy
    Depart for Italy

    DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Milan and Drive to Montecatini
    Arrive in Milan and pick up your vehicle at the airport. Drive to Montecatini and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure
    Drive Time: 3.5 hours
    Distance: 221 miles*
    Overnight: Montecatini

    DAY 3, Wednesday - Drive to Lucca and Pisa
    Spend a full day at leisure in Montecatini or drive to Lucca and Pisa. Set off for the ancient medieval town of Lucca, one of the most fascinating towns in Tuscany. Walk the narrow streets of the original Roman grid to San Michele and its beautiful piazza, which occupies the site of the ancient Roman Forum. While in Pisa make sure to walk the quaint streets of this Old Maritime Republic and enjoy the medieval arcades of the Borgo Pio, along with views of the city's famous university that has fostered many of Italy's Nobel Prize winners. Also not to be missed is the famous Piazza dei Miracoli, site of the Leaning Tower, Baptistery and Duomo. Return to Montecatini
    Drive Time: 2 hours
    Distance: 70 miles*
    Overnight: Montecatini
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 4, Thursday - Visit Florence
    Spend a full day at leisure in Montecatini or travel to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Visit the Duomo and Baptistery to view Ghiberti's "Gates of Paradise." See the historic open-air art museum of Signoria Square, with its beautiful statues, Palazzo Vecchio, and the Ponte Vecchio "Old Bridge." Return to Montecatini in the evening
    **We suggest taking a train from Montecatini to Florence, unless you plan to stay late into the evening. Train service stops around 9:30/10 PM.
    Drive Time: 2 hours
    Distance: 65 miles*
    Overnight: Montecatini
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 5, Friday - Drive to Chianti and Greve
    Spend a full day at leisure in Montecatini or enjoy a relaxing drive to visit the heart of the Tuscan countryside in the Chianti region, where one of Italy's famous red wines is produced. View the spectacular setting of hills, cypress trees, olive groves and endless rows of grape vines. During the harvest season you can stop for a tasting of the region's wine & local specialties at one of the many wineries. Greve, once an important market town in the middle ages is considered the entrance gate into the Chianti region. Don't miss a visit to the beautiful Montefioralle, a well-preserved small fortified village located on a hill above Greve, and the birthplace of the famous explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Return to Montecatini
    Drive Time: 2.5 hours
    Distance: 90 miles*
    Overnight: Montecatini
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 6, Saturday - Drive to Siena and San Gimignano
    Spend a full day at leisure in Montecatini or drive to visit two of Tuscany's true gems, Siena and the medieval walled town of San Gimignano. Set in the beautiful Tuscan countryside with lush vine escarpments and gray-green olive trees, Siena offers much to see, from fine palaces to the Duomo and Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio Horserace is run. Then, travel to San Gimignano, a town of Etruscan origin. Built by early noble families, fourteen remaining stone towers line the ramparts of this medieval town, dominating the streets below and creating a beautiful skyline easily seen miles outside of town. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the town's narrow lanes and squares before returning to Montecatini
    Drive Time: 4 hours
    Distance: 160 miles*
    Overnight: Montecatini
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 7, Sunday - Drive to Parma en route to Milan
    Should you choose to drive North to Milan via the A1 Autoroute, why not stop in Parma, home to two Italian delicacies - Prosciutto di Parma and the famous Parmesan cheese "Parmigiano Reggiano". Take a walk through the elegant historic zone and stop to view the baptistery of the Parma Cathedral, considered to be one of the most important medieval monuments of Europe. Weather permitting, cross the River Parma and take a relaxing stroll around the city's most popular park, the Parco Ducale. Top off your visit with a cheese & ham plate at one of the many local restaurants before you continue to Milan area for your last overnight
    ** parts of Parma including the historic center have traffic restrictions, but there are pay parking lots nearby. There are also parking lots outside the city, connected to Parma by a shuttle bus
    Drive Time: 4 hours
    Distance: 240 miles*
    Overnight: Milan Malpensa Area
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 8, Monday - Depart Italy
    Drive to Milan airport and return your vehicle prior to your departure flight
    Drive Time: 10 minutes
    Distance: 1 mile*
    Meals: Breakfast

    *Please note that this is a suggested itinerary. Driving times and distances are estimated and can vary due to many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc. GPS devices are recommended and can be rented locally.

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    All internal ground transport

    Group Size

    Small Group - 24 max

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    Drivers must be at least 25 years old to rent a vehicle. A valid drivers license issued a minimum of 12 months prior to rental along with an international driving license is required for all renters. Drivers 75 years or older cannot be covered under the Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) or Personal Travel Insurance (PTI).

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