15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights

Including return international flights, boutique hotel accommodation, car hire with unlimited kilometres, guided city tours, cooking class, wine tour and tasting, and more.

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  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
  • 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour with flights
 

Highlights

 

The tastes of Italian cuisine are one of the most beloved in the world for good reason. Dig into authentic local fare and see breath-taking sights along the way on this 15 day Tuscan Discovery tour.

Get to grips with the staggering history and culture of Rome, the magnetic Italian capital called ‘The Eternal City’, on a guided sightseeing tour. From coach and by foot you’ll tour Rome and take in some of its most revered ancient sites – Aventine Hill, Circus Maximus, Roman Forum – and gaze around in wonder on an end-of-day visit to the Colosseum. One of the most unique and memorable aspects of the trip begins in Rome upon you picking up your rental car and heading out on your 7 day self-drive tour of the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Motor from Rome towards Siena in central Tuscany and take in this city and its collection of red-brick architecture on a guided walking excursion. Your time in the Siena area proffers exploration of the wider region too, in particular is a brilliant experience at Fattoria Viticcio, a vineyard located in Greve in Chianti. Here you’ll sip and swill through a wine and food tasting experience, as well as be taken around the estate on a tour. 

Drive from Siena to Pisa to see this small city’s emblematic Leaning Tower and learn more about the other landmarks located here. Would-be masterchefs will love the hands-on cooking class experience in Lucca where a local chef will guide you through a four-hour session. Some of the dishes you (and your appetite) can anticipate may include eggplant crostini, vegetable ravioli, rich ragu and a regional version of biscotti. Enjoy a fantastic day-trip along the spectacular Ligurian coastline and travel to the towns of Cinque Terre aboard a scenic cruise. Spend one last day with your Italian set of wheels for the drive to Florence, and join a two-hour walking tour of this Renaissance city to see its best-known monuments; choose to revisit any or uncover other gems in the free time that follows. Finally, head to Venice, the graceful city where getting lost in the labyrinth of canals, alleyways and small piazzas is almost guaranteed. A joy ride in one of the city’s symbolic gondola caps off your magnificent trip through Italy. 

 
 

Day 1: Australia – airplane-takeoff Rome

Make your way to your local airport and board your flights bound for Italy!

Day 2: Rome 

You arrive in the Eternal City! Upon your arrival at the airport, find your own way to your hotel. You are then at your leisure to check in and begin your exploration at Rome, or you may choose to relax in your hotel room following the long flight.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.

Day 3: Rome (B)

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Rome today, taking in the major ancient and imperial sites of the Italian capital city. You will need to make your way from the hotel to the pick-up point in central Rome, and from there you board a coach to take you to Piazza Venezia where you’ll first see the striking Il Vittoriano monument. Hop out of the coach to leisurely walk to Piazza del Campidoglio, a 16th-century square designed by Michelangelo. From this vantage point you have a great aspect into parts of the Roman Forum site. Return to the coach for a drive by Circus Maximus and Aventine Hill, and stop to see the statue of Moses at the Church of St. Peter in Chains. The final visit of the tour is perhaps the most exciting; the Colosseum. Entry into this former gladiatorial arena is included in this excursion – sure to be a highlight you’ll never forget. 

Day 4: Rome –  Siena (B)

Today you leave Rome behind as you drive into the world-famous landscape of Tuscany towards Siena. Your car will be available for pick up at a point in central Rome and will be yours for the next seven days. Not only does having your own set of wheels give you incredible flexibility in your touring and sightseeing, but driving through Italy is a bucket list experience for many travellers the world over! The most direct route from Rome to Siena takes about three hours, but there are no time constraints today; there is no schedule to follow. Take a scenic drive along the coastline, or follow inland roads and perhaps make pretty pitstops at towns include Orvieto and Montepulciano. Enjoy the comforts of a charming boutique hotel in the Siena area which will serve as a base from which you can explore this picturesque region.

Day 5: Siena (B) 

A two-hour walking tour of Siena is a great introduction to this incredible city. Meet your guide at the San Domenico Basilica at 10.30am and be shown around the cathedral before moving into Siena’s old town to see Palazzo Salimbeni, Palazzo Tolomei and Accademia Musicale Chigiana. Your next stop is Piazza del Campo and the tour then concludes with a visit to the Siena Duomo where you can admire masterpieces by the likes of Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo. You have the rest of the day as free time to continue exploring Siena by foot, or jump into your car for a trip to a neighbouring town. 

Day 6: Chianti Region (B) 

Indulge with an afternoon devoted to one of Italy’s most famous wine varietals. First however, you have a morning of free time to explore the region however you like. Make the 40-minute drive to San Gimignano to wander the cobbled pedestrian-only streets of this hilltop town, or head slightly further afield to Arezzo to hop between its museums and galleries. Seek out Fattoria Viticcio, a vineyard located in Greve in Chianti, about an hours’ drive from Siena. Here, you will join a Chianti Classico winery and food experience that includes a tour of the estate and then a guided food and wine tasting. Expect to try examples of Chianti Classico and Super Tuscan paired with estate-produced extra virgin olive oil, as well as Tuscan breads, salami, cheeses and charcuterie, and a trio of bruschetta. 

Please note that Italy has a strict drink-drive limit of .05. Do not drink and drive following this excursion.

Day 7: Siena –   Pisa (B)

Continue your taste of Tuscany by driving northwards into the area surrounding Pisa. Make any pitstops you like along the way – a particularly popular option is to stop in Volterra – before arriving in central Pisa in the afternoon for a one-hour walking tour. This guided stroll will give you insight into Pisa’s most iconic landmarks – the Duomo, Campo Santo and, of course, the Leaning Tower. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. 

Day 8: Pisa (B) 

Sink your teeth into authentic Tuscan cuisine with an Italian cooking class today. Make your way to Lucca to meet a local chef and get straight into the kitchen to whip up dishes including crostini au fegatini (crostini with chicken liver), crostini alle melanzane (crostini with eggplant), and panzanella (Tuscan bread salad). Move onto main courses and get hands-on making vegetable ravioli, meat ragu and arista di maiale (pork loin with Tuscan herbs). Dessert lovers will get their sweet fix learning how to prepare cantuccini, a biscotti that originated in Tuscany. Savour every mouthful of these beautiful dishes as you sit down to eat with the rest of your group. Buon appetito!

Day 9: Pisa –   Cinque Terre –  Pisa (B)

Rise early for breakfast at the hotel before you drive towards the Ligurian coast and the town of La Spezia. Arrive in time to board a small-group cruise (departing at 10.30am). The boat will ferry you to Cinque Terre – a string of impossibly photogenic small towns that all cling to the stunning coastline – and drop you in Vernazza. Take a break from your sea legs to walk around town before getting back on-board the boat to travel to Monterosso al Mare, the largest of the five towns. You arrive at about lunchtime and have six hours to enjoy Monterosso as you will. Those that packed their swimmers might make a beeline for the beach, or keen explorers can hop aboard the train (fare not included) to explore the other three towns – Riomaggiore, Manarola and Corniglia. The cruise departs Monterosso at 6.25pm and stops in Portovenere for a short break; arrive back in La Spezia by 8.20pm. 

Day 10: Pisa –   Florence (B)

Travel to Florence today. There is no rush and you can stop anywhere that takes your fancy, such as Lucca, Pistoia or Prato. Say goodbye to your car as you drop it off at Florence Airport (FLR) and make your way to the hotel. The trip from the airport into central Florence takes about 30 minutes, depending on if you opt to take a taxi, bus or local tram (fares not included). You have the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 11: Florence (B)

Florence is a magical city. As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and the former hometown of da Vinci, Michelangelo and the powerful Medici family, there is an incredible amount of history and things to see. A great place to start, especially for first-time visitors to the city, is this morning’s two-hour walking tour. You will be shown Florence’s best-known sights – Duomo, Palazzo and Ponte Vecchio, Giotto’s Bell Tower – and then have the freedom to revisit any favourites afterwards, in your own time. 

Day 12: Florence – train-icon Venice (B)

Find your way to the railway station to board a train headed to Venice. This scenic journey sees you travel through the countryscapes of Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto. Arrive at the Venice St. Lucia station and make your own way to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day as free time. 

Day 13: Venice (B)

Join a guided walking tour of Venice this morning and learn more about the city nicknamed, ‘Queen of the Adriatic’. Wander past St. Mark’s Square and the Basilica, as well as the Clock Tower and Doge’s Palace. The tour then takes you to Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo S. S. Giovanni e Paolo, and to the house of one of Venice’s most famous residents, Marco Polo. Visit the Teatro Malibran before retracing your steps through the San Marco district via the Mercerie. The tour finishes with you clambering aboard the symbol of Venice – the world-famous gondola – for a joy ride through the city’s iconic canals and waterways. Tonight is your final evening in Italy. 

Day 14: Venice – airplane-takeoff Australia (B)

It is time to conclude your Italian adventure. Find your way to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) and board your return flights back to Australia.

For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.

Day 15: Australia

Arrive home in Australia today.

 

Inclusions

 
  • Return flights with a full service airline
  • Extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 12 nights’ twin share accommodation in charming boutique hotels
  • 7 days’ car hire with automatic transmission, air-conditioning and unlimited kilometres
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Guided tour of Imperial Rome and the Colosseum, and walking tours of Siena, Pisa, Florence and Venice, including gondola ride
  • Chianti wine tour and tasting with a cheese platter 
  • Cooking class in Lucca and Cinque Terre boat excursion
  • 2nd class rail tickets as per the tour itinerary, including seat reservations
  • Valid for summer 2020 season travel!
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account and activate your new Visa Debit Card*. Visit our Promotions page for more detail

 

Highlights: 

  • Be shown the remarkable sights of ancient and imperial Rome, including the Colosseum, on a sightseeing tour
  • Travel into the heart of Tuscany from the driver’s seat of a private hire car, and explore the beautiful city of Siena 
  • Enjoy a guided tour and food and wine tasting experience at a local vineyard in the Chianti region, and journey to Pisa for a walking excursion around this city known for its iconic Leaning Tower
  • Get hands-on with Italian tastes at a cooking class in Lucca 
  • See the Ligurian coastline on a scenic cruise to Cinque Terre 
  • See Florence to appreciate the beauty of its Duomo, piazzas and Renaissance-era architecture, and finally venture to Venice to take in its landmarks and have a gondola ride
 

Fine Print

 

How to book:

  • Bookings essential
  • Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information:

  • A deposit of $499 per person is due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date.
  • All peak season surcharges, interstate surcharges (if applicable) and single supplements (if applicable) are also due at the time of purchase and will be reflected at the checkout stage
  • Final payment is due 120 days prior to travel. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment
  • Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/ 
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment

Tour Excludes: 

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions
  • Tipping
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned or “optional” in the itinerary

Group Sizes: This is an independent tour. Accompanying guides are not provided except where mentioned in the tour itinerary. 

Single Supplement: $1,399 per person in addition to 1 x twin share price.

Please purchase one twin share voucher and then purchase your single supplement. You can purchase your single supplement by clicking here.

As a single traveller, indulge in the spacious amenities of your own hotel room. Travelling by yourself will ensure your trip is not only memorable but truly exclusive!   

Tour Only: To purchase this tour without the return international flights, navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button. By selecting this option, international flights and all airport transfers (if applicable) will be forfeited. 

Accommodation: 

The accommodation listed below may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard.  Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.  
Rooms offered are based on a lead in room type and any bedding configuration preferences are on a request basis only.

Hotel name: xx or similar 

Rome: Patria or similar
Siena area: Sangallo Park or similar
Pisa/Lucca area: Da Carlos (Santa Maria de Giudice) or similar
Florence: Delle Nazioni or similar
Venice: Hesperia or similar

Bedding: 1 x double bed or 2 x single beds.
Please note, all bedding configurations are on the request basis only and cannot be guaranteed.

Triple Share: Not available

Car rental:

Peugeot 3008 or similar (mid-size vehicle)
Audi A4, Mercedes CLA or similar (full-size vehicle)
Mercedes E-Class or similar (luxury vehicle)

Please make your preferred choice at the time of booking by selecting the corresponding rental category. Please note that you will need to present a credit card in your name during collection in Rome. A security deposit will be blocked which is released upon returning the vehicle in Florence.

For a complete list of the car rental terms and conditions please click here.

Child policy: Child price is the same as an adult. No minimum age applies.

Itinerary: Please note the tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences.

Health: Different levels of travel involve varying degrees of activity and we recommend a good level of fitness and health in order to fully experience the package and optional tours purchased, including site-seeing by foot, climbing of stairs and extended day touring. It remains each passenger’s responsibility to inform Webjet Exclusives of any health or mobility issues that may impact the running of the tour, both for the safety of the passenger concerned and for other travellers in the group.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that all customers purchase Travel Insurance as soon as they make a purchase on our website. Help cover yourself for the unexpected with Webjet Travel Insurance, we highly recommend it. Click here for a quote.

Visas: Visas are not included. It is the traveller’s responsibility to ensure they meet the visa requirements for the country they are visiting. Webjet Exclusives is unable to provide visa advice.

For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Passports: All passengers must have a valid passport that is valid for at least six months after the holiday package return date. Passengers must consult with the appropriate consulates to ensure that they have any applicable visas for countries included in the holiday package prior to departure.

Any deposits paid at the time of purchase are non-refundable.

$100 spending money offer valid for any Webjet Exclusives tour or resort booking made at www.exclusives.webjet.com.au. Eligible bookings will receive a unique account application link from Webjet Exclusives via email within 72 hours of making a booking. Any HSBC Everyday Global Account applications not made via this link or if the booking is cancelled, the offer will not be fulfilled/paid. One (1) offer will be paid per booking. The offer is a 100 AUD deposit into the newly opened HSBC Everyday Global Accounts and the activated Visa Debit card. The offer may take up to 6 weeks to be fulfilled/paid. Webjet Exclusives reserves the right to withdraw this promotion at any time. The email address entered at the time of booking will be used as the primary contact. Webjet Exclusives’ standard booking terms and conditions apply. For more information go to www.hsbc.com.au/accounts/offers/everyday-global/webjet/

 

Travel Dates

 

2020:

Daily departures between 1 May – 16 October except Wednesdays 

Surcharges will apply to some dates, please see the availability calendar for more details

Availability on departure dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BOOK NOW button

Tour Only option – Navigate to the yellow “Tour Only” button and select “Book Now” to view live availability. Note, Tour Only option commences on Day 2 of the flight-inclusive itinerary.

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

 

Flight Information

 

Airline Information:

  • Return economy flights departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Qatar, Emirates, Etihad or Singapore Airlines and their codeshare partners
  • Flights include one piece of checked-in baggage per person
  • Once your booking is confirmed, no further changes can be made, and your booking will remain non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable

 Flight Conditions:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before/after, involve up to 3 transits, stopover or a substitute airline
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided at the time of booking. Names cannot be changed once booked
  • One-way flights cannot be accommodated. All flights within the package must be utilised, any flight intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being cancelled
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules
  • Flight itineraries will be provided with final documentation
  • Airline schedule changes can occur and are beyond our control. If you have received your documents an updated itinerary will be provided

Flight Options:

Date/Itinerary Variations:

  • Flights will be ticketed as per the dates and itinerary of the tour unless otherwise advised at the time of completing the booking form
  • If we can accommodate your request at no additional cost flight tickets will be issued as per the request on the booking form and acknowledgement will be sent via email
  • If your flight variation incurs additional airfare and taxes a request for payment will be sent via email. If payment is not received by the date and time advised Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book flights as per the dates of the tour
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Cabin/Class Upgrades (where applicable):

  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop-down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase
  • The quote will be sent via email only. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will result in the quote expiring, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the economy airfare included in your package
  • A flat fee of $350.00 per person for this service, plus any additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport

Tour Only:

  • Tour only options may be available on selected deals, please refer to the fine print tab of the deal for specifics
  • Any additional accommodation outside the tour itinerary will need to be arranged at your own expense. Any alteration to the original flight itinerary offered will forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and you will need to make your own way to and from the airport
  • All tour only bookings remain strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable from the time of purchase. Webjet Exclusives will not be able to assist with flight change requests/schedule changes for airfares not booked by Webjet Exclusives

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return flights with a full service airline 
  • Extend your stay fee-free with Flexi Flights
  • 12 nights’ twin share accommodation in charming boutique hotels
  • 7 days’ car hire with automatic transmission, air-conditioning and unlimited kilometres
  • Delicious breakfast daily
  • Guided tour of Imperial Rome and the Colosseum, and walking tours of Siena, Pisa, Florence and Venice, including gondola ride
  • Chianti wine tour and tasting with cheese platter and local produce
  • Cooking class in Lucca and Cinque Terre boat excursion
  • 2nd class rail tickets as per the tour itinerary, including seat reservations
  • Valid for summer 2020 season travel!
  • Exclusive offer! Book now and get $100 spending money for your trip when you open an HSBC Everyday Global Account*, visit our Promotions page for more detail

 

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