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Tuscany, Italy 2007
 
Trip Agenda & Excursions
Subject to change. Additional excursions/activities available.
 

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Day 1 / Oct 13; Saturday: Depart USA for Italy
Check in with club at Terminal E, Logan Airport, Boston at 2PM
Receive and attached luggage tags & bag identifiers & receive trip shirt.
Check-in with Airline. Note: check your seat assignment and request changes as necessary. You are limited to checking-in two bags each weighing 50lbs or less.
Pass through security. Please visit the TSA web site for information on what is permitted in carry-Ons: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/


Day 2 / Oct 14; Sunday: Florence/Montecatini
Upon arrival, Check in with our group. We will all clear passport control and proceed to baggage claim.
Do not exit/leave the baggage claim area until instructed to do so as we must exit as a group. If you are missing a checked bag, please let your escort (Daniel) know.
We will exit through customs and meet a hotel representative and transfer by coach bus to the Grand Hotel Vittoria in Montecatini Terme.
Once we check-in we will receive a welcome cocktail & briefing on our agenda (included trips) and additional activities available.
The rest of the day is open for you to check out the Hotel and Montecatini Terme.
We will have dinner at the hotel each night.

Montecatini Summery: For centuries, Montecatini has been an exclusive world-renowned spa resort, famed for its spring waters, thermal baths and numerous spa treatments. The spas feature numerous treatments including drinking cures, thermal baths, mudpacks, general massages, sub water massages and respiratory treatments.

Day 3 / Oct 15; Monday: Montecatini/Florence/Montecatini
Daily Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day excursion to Florence (included in our trip cost)
After breakfast we will depart by motor coach for a full day excursion to Florence, the Cradle of Renaissance.

Florence Summery: Its striking buildings, formidable galleries and treasure-crammed churches attest to the Florentine love of display. Its elegant appearance the skyline, with its russet rooftops and lofty domes, contributed to give this city its role of important center for culture and arts. See the Cathedral, whose gigantic "cupola" is the symbol of Florence's artistic achievements, the Baptistery with its fine bronze doors adorned with the famous gates of Paradise, and Piazza della Signoria. Visit the San Lorenzo market and the jewelry laboratories on the famed Ponte Vecchio.

 
Day 4 / Oct 16: Tuesday: Montecatini/Cooking Lesson
Transfer from/to hotel to/from the villa. Cooking Experience led by a master chef with light lunch and wine/water. (included in our trip cost)
Visit the sites of Montecatini at your  leisure


Day 5 / Oct 17; Wednesday: Montecatini at leisure / Florance trip option
Day at leisure in Montecatini or visit Florence by train.
 
The trip to Florence will be a group club trip. You will need to purchase train tickets and pay entry fees for some attractions. We may also take the sightseeing bus around Florence (I think it’s 20 Euro?) depending on how our first day of touring Florence was. (NOT included in our trip cost)

 
Day 6 / Oct 18; Thursday: Montecatini at leisure / Pisa trip option
Day at leisure in Montecatini or go on our Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour.
The tour will be for a full day with an English speaking guide and will include a tour and wine tasting at Abbadia Ardenga in Montalcino! (NOT included in our trip cost: Expected to be less than $100)

Day 7 / Oct 19; Friday: Montecatini/Chianti e Vinci /Montecatini
Enjoy full day excursion to the Chianti region and the hilltop town of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Visit to the Leonardian museum of Vinci. A highlight of the tour will be a wine tasting followed by snacks. (included in our trip cost)


Day 8 / Oct 20: Saturday: Montecatini / At Leisure
Day at leisure in Montecatini or visit Pisa (the leaning tower of Pisa and more!)  by train with our club group.

We will take a tour of Pisa. There will be a charge for the Train, Tour bus & entrance to the various Pisa attractions. (NOT included in our trip cost)


Day 9 / Oct 21; Sunday: Montecatini/Florence/Boston USA
Transfer to Florence Airport in our coach bus. Checkin in with that airline as a group.
Arrive in Logan Airport at 5:45 PM same day, Sunday.


IMPORTANT: Gratuities/tips are not included and expected.
Gratuities: Tips to waiters, chambermaids, local tour directors, local guides, and drivers are not included and expected. The following is a suggested minimum tip guideline from the Hotel:
Euro 1.00 per person/per day for waiters and chambermaids
Euro 2.00 per person/per day for drivers and local guides
Euro 3.00 per person/per day for your Tour Director
You can be contacted at the hotel while on the trip at:
Grand Hotel Vittoria in Montecatini Terme
Telephone: 011 39 0572 79271
Fax: 011 39 0572 910520
   

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