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Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

1. Florence: Cinque Terre Day Trip with Optional Hike and Lunch

Get a taste of 'la dolce vita' on this jam-packed tour to the Cinque Terre, a collection of quintessential Italian towns dotted along the coast of Tuscany. After meeting your guide in central Florence, listen to an insightful introduction about the Cinque Terre on the 2-hour bus journey to La Spezia. After a quick bathroom break, board the first train of the day. Arrive in Manarola, the first of the Cinque Terre villages you will visit. Here you will join a small guided walk through the vines, and then enjoy some free time to explore at your own pace. Next, take the train to Corniglia. Climb the steps to reach the center of this quaint village and take some time to wander around. If you have selected the add-on, sit down at a local restaurant with a beautiful terrace and sea views. Tuck into a lunch of homemade pesto pasta for your 'primo' and fresh fish for your ‘secondo’. Then, choose to either go on an adventurous guided hike from Corniglia to Vernazza, or if you prefer to take it easy, follow your guide and take a train instead. Once in Vernazza, sit at one of the local cafés, or take a refreshing dip in the sea. Next, board a train to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beaches and artisan shops. If the weather allows it, you will then board a boat to navigate along the coast of the Cinque Terre. Arrive in Riomaggiore, an ancient fishing village and the most southern of the 5 villages. After exploring this last village, board the train back to La Spezia and then take the coach back to Florence.

From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

2. From Carrara: Marble Quarries Jeep Tour with Lardo Tasting

On this guided tour, spend the day visiting the famous marble caves of Carrara. Marvel at some of the world's finest marble, from which Michelangelo once chose in order to sculpt his masterpieces. Get a taste of the cavers' traditional diet with a visit to a lard factory. Begin your tour by hopping into a stylish off-road vehicle to reach the marble caves. Your guide will drive you up to quarries up to 1,000 meters above sea level. There, learn about marble extraction techniques and how they have evolved since the Roman era. After seeing the quarry that Michelangelo selected for his marble sculptures and discovering the history of this renowned area, enjoy the unique taste of the cavers' cuisine with a visit to a lard factory. The renowned Lardo di Colonnata will round out your tour.

From San Gimignano: Horseback Riding in Tuscany

3. From San Gimignano: Horseback Riding in Tuscany

You will be brought to an old riding school in a private, air-conditioned minivan. Soak-up the atmosphere of the old riding school situated in a tranquil and peaceful area nestled between the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. The horses will be there waiting for you. Don’t worry if you haven’t ridden a horse before, the experienced school staff will make sure you feel confident before the ride commences. They will help you to become familiar with the horse, showing you all the necessary techniques to ride. You will ride through lush vineyards, native woods, olive groves and rolling hills for a collection of breathtaking and unforgettable views.

From Florence: Horse Ride and Wine Tour at Estate with Lunch

4. From Florence: Horse Ride and Wine Tour at Estate with Lunch

Meet your guide in Florence city center then be escorted by car to the riding center in the Southern Chianti hills, which is a 30-minute drive. During the drive, some details about the Tuscany landscape and the local wine and food economy will be explained by the guide. You are free to ask for more information about what you see along the road. Upon arrival at the horse court, you will be invited to sign the insurance forms or leave your personal data for insurance purposes. Helmets and possibly chaps and gloves will be lent to you. Then get on the saddle of an experienced, quiet, and reliable horse.  The ride outward will be preceded by the adjustment of the stirrups, straps, and reins and a short basic horseback riding lesson in the outdoor or indoor arena. One or two guides will escort you on a sweetly hilly country trail among vineyards and olive groves. Along the path, your horse companion will allow you to take unforgettable pictures of the breathtaking landscape that you will ride through.  Upon returning to the riding center, you will be escorted by car to a historic and scenic Tuscan estate for the wine tour. This includes a guided visit of the estate, its ancient cellars, and the vinsantaia. You will be served a light lunch with three award-winning wines and a typical Florence pasta dish. 

Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

5. Florence: Eco Tour by Electric Cart

Explore the historic center of Florence by electric golf cart and leave your conscience clean as you cover more sights than possible on a walking tour. Climb aboard the eco-friendly cart in Piazza San Firenze and drive through the streets of the Renaissance city, passing Piazza Signoria and the Porcellino Market. Continue to the Duomo and marble façade of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. Journey along the banks of the River Arno to Piazza Ognissanti. An MP3 player will be provided with commentary about the history of the city and its sites so that you can sit back and relax as your escort drives you across the Santa Trinita Bridge. Marvel at the Pitti Palace and Ponte Vecchio. Continue to the Ponte alle Grazie, rebuilt after it was destroyed in World War II. Go to the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale (National Central Library) on Piazza Santa Croce to see the largest library in Italy.

Horseback Riding from Siena

6. Horseback Riding from Siena

Visit an old riding school situated in a tranquil and peaceful area of Castellina in Chianti immersed between the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside. Discover the tranquility of this area on a guided horseback riding tour. After a short journey on a private air-conditioned minivan, the horses will be there waiting for you. Don’t worry if you haven’t ridden a horse before, the experienced staff will make sure you feel confident before leaving for a ride. Ride through lush vineyards, native woods, olive groves, and rolling hills for a collection of breath taking and unforgettable views. Return to your meeting point in Siena at the end of your tour.

Florence: Balloon Flight Over Tuscany

7. Florence: Balloon Flight Over Tuscany

Experience the magical feeling of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a hot air balloon flight from Florence. The adventure begins as soon as you arrive at the take-off field, which is dependent on weather conditions and will be provided to you the day before your flight. Watch as the balloons are inflated and prepared before your eyes. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket and begin your float to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters). Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling scenery below. Each flight offers a different experience, as the balloons are directed by the breeze. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne and a breakfast with local products before the transfer shuttle back to your take-off site.

1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

8. 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Lucca

Experience the magic of flying high above the cypress-studded hills and vineyards of Tuscany on a 1-hour VIP hot air balloon flight over Lucca. Toast your flight with a glass of sparkling champagne.  Begin your adventure as soon as you arrive at the take-off field. Watch as the colorful balloons are inflated and prepared. Once the pilots have done their final checks and given you a briefing about flight safety, climb into the balloon basket. Float gently to altitudes of up to 2,000 feet (6,000 meters).Glide over valleys and castles, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the rolling hills below. As the balloons are directed by the breeze, each flight offers a unique experience every time. Upon landing, enjoy a glass of sparkling champagne to celebrate your adventure. Then transfer back by shuttle bus to your take-off site.

Total Immersion Wine Tour in Chianti

9. Total Immersion Wine Tour in Chianti

All the guests will be welcomed at the estate and brought to the roof of the cellar to see the most breathtaking views of the rolling hills at 600 meters above sea level. Here one of the passionate members of the team will provide an introduction to a history of the estate and a small general explanation of what guests will see and what they will be doing in the next one and a half hours of their time. Clients will be able to visit one of the vineyards followed by an explanation of the working process and of organic agriculture with some additional biodynamic techniqes that are often used and practised at the estate. If the weather permits, guests would be offered a glass of sparkling wine or a fresh wine of their choice at the small adjecent terrace built under an oak tree.  The tour will then take everyone to a visit through the gardens of the villa and include a visit of the vegetable garden. The cellar is the next stop, where detailed explanation follows about the harvest and selection of the grapes during the harvest, fermantation, and further aging of the wines. Each step of the viniticulture process is explained in great detail and guests would learn a lot of new and exciting things about how to make wines in the Chianti Classico area. The last stop is a tasting room, where guests will be able to try all 5 products of the estate with the selection of various local cured meats and/or cheeses with bread and olive oil. Guests will also learn particular details about the history of each wine, will learn how to smell and taste it, and what to look for when opening a new bottle of wine. The last exciting detail is the grappa, for those who would like to learn about its production and unique and delicate taste.

From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip

10. From Florence: Cinque Terre Full-Day Trip

Join an adventure to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Cinque Terre. Explore these 5 secluded villages built onto seaside cliffs, connected to one another only by paths, boats, or trains. Your trip begins early in the morning when you’ll meet your guide in Florence to begin the picturesque drive to the first village. Along the way, your guide will give you a thorough introduction to the region. After you arrive, the rest of the day’s activities are up to you. With the whole day free, it’s up to you as to where you go or how you spend your time. Take a scenic boat or train transfers to the 4 other villages of Riomaggiore, Vernazza, Monterosso al Mare, and Corniglia. Wander the cobblestone streets and marvel at the closely-packed, pastel-colored houses rising up from the coast. Head down to one of the many stunning beaches for white sand and crystal clear waters. Or enjoy a leisurely Italian lunch, overlooking the dramatic cliffs. After a full day hopping between the charming villages, you’ll board the bus for the journey back to Florence.

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The only way to see all five towns and hike in one day. It’s a daunting task from Florence, but this tour was so well organized and delivered, we were able to do it. The logistics were incredible…. Timing, transportation, communication.. the guides, Chris and Addo were just excellent, ; attentive, energetic and conscientious. Both spoke excellent English. We did not have much time in each town, but didn’t expect it in a one-day tour. We just had time to see the town, grab a bite. You go up by train, stopping at each town, and back on a wonderful boat which gives you a view of the towns from the water. If you want any sort of immersion in Cinque, this is not your tour. We did the hike which was far more strenuous than we anticipated. It took us 90 minutes which cut into our free time in Vernazza. We took the organized lunch at Corniglia. It was very good and great value, but cut into free time in Corniglia, which was definitely worth a short visit. Overall, a great tour.

Our guides Chris & Ado were absolutely amazing! They were kind, knowledgeable and on top of everything! They kept track of each one of us and gave us great info and tips for each town we visited. You can tell these two have fun working together and are truly good people. Cinque Terre was beautiful. We opted out of the hike so we could have more time on the beach. The towns are colorful, picturesque and easy to explore. Lastly during the bus ride home our guides made the effort to talk to each of us to answer any questions we may have had. It was truly the best experience I’ve ever had with guides. I highly recommend this excursion.

Our tour man Marco was terrific, super knowledgeable, and kind. He was patient and very courteous. We saw so much in one day. We couldn’t get over how reasonable the cost was for an in-depth tour like this. By far is our best tour experience

Awesome, highly recommend! The tour guides were both so amazing and generous, as well as very clear with instructions. Got to see all 5 towns and had enough time at each.

We had a a wonderful few hours. It was great to see areas outside the city and Gabriel our guide was very knowledgeable and humorous.