Cortona, Arezzo, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Florence, Montalcino, St. Gimignano, Gubbio
Arrival in Cortona, wonderful Tuscan medieval city, surrounded by Etruscan walls, where narrow streets, cafes and typical Italian shops are a little jewels for painters, photographers and Italian lovers. Accommodation in an elegant, peaceful and finely restored Monastery-Hotel built in the 13th century and located in a superb position from which you can admire the Chiana valley. Plunged into olives and Cyprus trees, your monastery-hotel offers all the facilities of a three star superior hotel. Its wonderful Tuscan Renaissance Restaurant offers a typical healthy cuisine. Accommodation and dinner.
Buffet breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Cortona. This enchanting Tuscan city will totally absorbe you. Free time to stroll around, to taste the world known Chianti wine or to buy something from the local shops. We proceed to Arezzo, birthplace of the famous Italian writer Petrarca. Guided visit to discover the world known treasures of the city. Free time to enjoy the charm of Cortona or just to have a rest in the beautiful garden of the monastery. Dinner and overnight stay.
Buffet breakfast. Departure for Siena. On the way, stop at the famous Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore with its enchanting charm. Arrival in Siena, perhaps after Florence, the most famous city of Tuscany and guided tour. Piazza del Campo square will fascinate you and its medieval narrow street will plunge you in another time when the Italian chevaliers, Queens and Kings fought for their feuds and lovers. Return to Cortona. Dinner and overnight stay.
Buffet breakfast. Departure for Assisi and guided visit to the city birthplace of St. Francesco. Wonderful medieval city, set on a hill, where in each street you can feel the charm of an ancient past. In the afternoon visit to Perugia, another medieval jewel of Italy with its wonderful palaces, fountains and museums. Return to Cortona. Dinner and overnight stay.
Buffet breakfast. Departure for Florence and guided visit to the city. Florence, built on the Arno's banks, is considered the Queen of Renaissance and you will have the opportunity to see its world wide famous art treasures: the Cathedral, the Giotto Tower, the Baptistery, the Signoria Square, the church of Santa Croce and the bridges over the Arno river. Return to Cortona. Dinner and overnight stay.
Buffet breakfast. Departure for Sant'Antimo (south of Montalcino) and listening to the monks chanting. The Abbey is very famous, also if not known to everyone, for the genuine Gregorian Chant, only human voice without music. It is known as the The singing stone for its particular travertine marble its nave is built up. Visit to Montalcino and tasting of the world famous Brunello wine. We will proceed towards St. Gimignano the medieval town with its hundreds towers. Free time to stroll around and enjoy the visit of this magnificent city. Return to Cortona. Dinner and overnight stay.
Buffet breakfast. Departure from Cortona to discover some other famous and beautiful medieval and Renaissance cities of Umbria such as San Sepolcro, Citta' di Castello and Gubbio. You will have the time to taste the famous olive oils and wines. On the way back, you will admire the wonderful nature of Umbria, a landscape which inspired a lot of Saints and artists. In the evening Special Farewell Dinner in the Monastery inspired to the ancient past of these two magnificent Italian regions.
Buffet breakfast. Departure day or, if you wish, you can continue the Tour discovering Rome, Venice, Milan, etc.. lodging in other wonderful monasteries-hotels.
Accommodation in our wonderful Monastery-Hotels comparable to ***/**** star hotels Daily breakfast and dinner 7 nights accommodation in Cortona 1 half day guided tour in Arezzo 1 half dey guided visit in Assisi 1 half day guided visit in Florece Sightseeing tours and guided visits by our art historian guides as per program 24 hour ZefiroWorld telephone assistance One person free for every 25 paying people
Luxury motor coach English speaking tour escort Beverages and lunches Entrance fees Bus driving and parking permits Extras, tips and everything not mentioned in the “ Included in the price”
(min. 25 pax)