Travel With The St. Charles Regional Chamber
Join the St. Charles Regional Chamber on an enchanting journey to the breathtaking landscapes of Tuscany, Italy!
Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of history, culture, and culinary delights as we embark on this unforgettable trip. From the iconic rolling hills to the charming medieval towns, Tuscany offers a truly unparalleled experience. Picture yourself strolling through vineyards, savoring world-renowned wines, and indulging in authentic Italian cuisine.
This exclusive excursion promises to be a feast for the senses. Let the beauty of Florence captivate you with its magnificent art and architecture, while the medieval town of Siena transports you back in time. Explore the charming streets of San Gimignano, renowned for its medieval towers, take a picture of yourself appearing to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and discover the hidden gems of Montecatini, Cinque Terre, and Lucca. If this isn't enough, there is an optional three day extension to tour Rome.
As we traverse this picturesque region, we will also have the opportunity to visit local artisans, witness traditional craftsmanship, and engage with the warm-hearted locals. The St. Charles Regional Chamber aims to foster a sense of community, and what better way to do so than by embarking on this remarkable journey together?
Whether you are a seasoned traveler or someone seeking new adventures, this trip to Tuscany promises to leave an indelible mark on your soul. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to join us as we create lasting memories amidst the beauty and charm of Tuscany, Italy. Reserve your spot today and get ready for an extraordinary experience that will surely be the talk of the town!
Scroll down to see photos of the region and the trip itinerary below!
(B) – Breakfast, (D) – Dinner
Day 1 - Depart USA - Depart from St. Louis, Missouri on an overnight flight to Tuscany, Italy. Meals and refreshments served on board.
Day 2 - Arrive Italy/Montecatini - Upon arrival proceed to baggage claim. After clearing customs, you will be met by our professional tour director and transferred to your hotel in Montecatini. You can spend the rest of the day at leisure. Have a welcome cocktail and briefing at 7:00 PM in the hotel. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel. (D)
Day 3 - Montecatini - Florence Tour - Today’s tour will take you to Florence, a magical and magnificent city known for its art, history and culture. Your walking tour will take you through streets and piazzas lined up with elegant Renaissance-style buildings and gorgeous marble sculptures, fine leather and jewelry stores, and restaurants serving delicacies that have made the Tuscan cuisine famous worldwide. See the Cathedral, whose gigantic “cupola” is the symbol of Florence’s artistic achievements, the Baptistery (from outside) with its fine bronze doors adorned with the famous gates of Paradise and the Piazza della Signoria. Next, take part in our Cultural Discovery Series - Visit the artisans’ workshop in the vibrant Oltrarno district and see how local artists use centuriesold techniques when creating art, jewelry, and leather. Enjoy free time for shopping or visiting some of the numerous museums and art galleries. (B)
Day 4 - Montecatini - Lucca and Pisa Tour - Today, enjoy a tour to Lucca and Pisa. Lucca is a peaceful place with narrow lanes that wind among the medieval buildings, opening suddenly to reveal churches, tiny piazzas, and many other reminders of the city’s long history, including a Roman amphitheater. This town is well known for its magnificent 16th and 17th century ramparts, which having remained intact, encircle its narrow streets which are lined with many medieval buildings. In the afternoon, we continue to Pisa to see its incredible Leaning Tower. It is 14 feet off center at the top because of settling after construction was started in 1173. Your visit of Pisa will also include a sightseeing tour of Pisa’s Campo dei Miracoli, or Field of Miracles, to see the Baptistery and Duomo (entrance included); all are fine examples of the Pisan-Romanesque architectural style. Later, visit a Tuscan farmhouse, meet the family members and learn about their organic farming on the guided tour of the estate. Later on enjoy music and delicious dinner in this lovely countryside estate - Cultural Discovery Series. (B,D).
Day 5 - Montecatini - Siena Tour - After breakfast, transfer to Siena for your full-day tour. Set in the most beautiful Tuscan countryside of rolling hills, lush vines, and gray-green olive trees. Siena offers much to see, from the fine palaces that line the narrow cobbled streets and the superb Duomo, to the celebrated Piazza del Campo where the famed Palio horserace is run yearly. Enjoy the Piazza del Campo, the ancient Tuscan capitol, a fascinating art town. Take time to explore the museums and churches of Siena and the glamorous shops of the Via dei Banchi de Sopra. (B)
Day 6 - Montecatini - Enjoy a day of leisure or join the optional full day excursion to Cinque Terre. After breakfast, depart from your hotel and transfer by coach to the train station of La Spezia. By train, you will discover the renowned region called Cinque Terre (Five lands in Italian), taking its name from the five villages nestled on the cliffs which overlook a blue sea and a coastline of astounding beauty. Our first stop will be the village of Manarola, the smallest "Borgo" after Corniglia, but with a nice tiny square and a lovely view of the coast. Some time for a coffee and we take the train to reach our second stop Vernazza. Last destination is Monterosso, the biggest village, where you will have time for your lunch in one of the typical restaurants or cafes facing the sea. This afternoon you will take the train back to La Spezia and by coach drive back to Montecatini. (B)
Day 7 - Montecatini, San Gimignano & Chianti Region Tour - Today, enjoy a tour to San Gimignano, a town of Etruscan origin. Built by noble families, the fourteen remaining towers that line the ramparts look like medieval skyscrapers. As we drive south through the Italian wine country of Chianti this afternoon, your stop will include a winery to taste the superb local wine. Together we will learn what makes a Chianti Classico - Cultural Discovery Series. This day is sure to be a highlight! (B)
Day 8 - Montecatini - Spend the day at leisure to explore Montecatini on your own, enjoy a spa treatment or just relax. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell Tuscan feast at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 9 - Montecatini to USA or extend your stay with an optional Rome extension. This morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home, taking with you many wonderful memories of Italy. (B)
OPTIONAL ROME EXTENSION
Day 9 - Montecatini/Rome - City Tour - Following breakfast we will say farewell to Montecatini as we board our deluxe motor coach and head to Rome, as in Italy all roads lead to Rome. This afternoon is dedicated to a guided tour of Ancient Rome, by bus and on foot with a stop at the Coliseum (entrance not included), Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. This evening enjoy some free time as the city comes to life. (B)
Day 10 - Rome - Enjoy breakfast this morning. Today is yours to explore. You might want to consider experiencing Rome from an “open air motocoach” on a Hop On & Hop Off bus. Or perhaps enjoy an optional guided tour of the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. To avoid the long lines, our group will have reservations and will make our tour much more enjoyable. This afternoon is yours to explore and enjoy. Perhaps you will take in a walk where you can see the: Piazza Popolo, Spanish Steps, or the Piazza Navona. (B)
Day 11 - Rome to USA - After breakfast we will bid farewell to this amazing city as we transfer to the Rome airport for your return flight home. (B)