Embark on an unforgettable escapade tailored exclusively for the women of Sisterhood Travels to the enchanting heart of Italy – Tuscany. Picture yourself amidst the undulating landscapes that stretch like timeless canvases, where the sun-kissed vineyards produce wines that dance on the palate. Indulge in culinary delights that tell tales of tradition and passion, all while being mesmerized by architectural wonders that have stood the test of time.
In the embrace of Tuscany, there’s no need to unpack more than once, for this journey will take you through a medley of Italy’s most alluring towns. Traverse the hidden treasures of Montecatini Terme, lose yourself in the cobbled charms of Lucca, and trace the steps of history along the haunting Gothic Line. Embark on a sensorial odyssey through vineyards with an immersive Winery Tour and stand in awe before the artistic grandeur of Florence.
Join Sisterhood Travels on this exclusive women-only expedition where every moment is designed to celebrate your spirit of exploration and connection. Tuscany beckons – come revel in its beauty, culture, and the camaraderie of your new Sisters who share your zest for life.
Today, you’ll arrive in Florence where your driver will be waiting to take you to your beautiful hotel in Montecatini Terme. You’ll have the entire day and evening to rest and relax as you prepare for the start of our tour tomorrow. This evening, perhaps you’ll meet with your new Sisters informally for a drink or a bite.
Today, you’ll be in Montecatini Terme, a famous spa resort town nestled in the hills of Tuscany. Your day is free for independent exploration or to enjoy the pool and spa at the resort. This evening, you’ll get to know all of your Sisters during a Welcome Dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your adventure.
(Breakfast and Dinner)
This morning, after breakfast, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Lucca, Tuscany’s best-kept secret. We’ll discover Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, and medieval streets flanked by towers. Take some time for independent exploration before we set off for Borgo a Mozzano where we’ll see the Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) and the nearby remains of the Gothic Line, the Germans’ last defense during World War II. We’ll also visit the Museum of Liberation and see authentic fortifications and bunkers. Later, we’ll make our way to a Tuscan winery and learn about the art of winemaking as we taste local varieties
This morning, after an early breakfast, we’ll head to Florence where an extensive walking tour showcases the beautiful “Cradle of the Renaissance”. We’ll start with a visit to the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s sculpture of David. Later, we’ll join a private guide who will help us make our way through the city on foot.
At the Piazza del Duomo, we’ll see the impressive Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John. We’ll take in views of the Piazza della Signoria and Santa Croce Square before enjoying independent exploration time in Florence.
(Breakfast and Dinner)
Today, it’s your choice! You can choose to learn more about Montecatini’s history during a half-day guided walking tour and visit the historic Tettuccio Spa (known for the health benefits of its mineral waters), OR you can choose to journey to Siena on a full-day excursion where you’ll take a walking tour through its narrow Gothic streets, getting to know the local lifestyle in a contrada (neighborhood), whose community is centered around the colorful Palio horse race.
We’re going to explore historic sites in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa, including the Piazza dei Maracoli (Field of Miracles). You’ll want to keep your cameras ready at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. We’ll visit the Baptistery, the largest in Italy. This evening, we’ll travel to the quiet countryside to learn the secrets of traditional Tuscan cuisine. We’ll partake in a cooking class, using local ingredients and culinary techniques that have been passed down for generations. Enjoy your freshly prepared meal for dinner with your Sisters.
(Breakfast and Dinner)
Today, we’ll have a glorious experience exploring the unique Cinque Terre. We’ll discover a magical land nestled between the mountains of the Mediterranean that is nearly inaccessible. We’ll travel by rail and boat past terraced vineyards and stunning panoramas on our way to a string of colorful fishing villages that sit along the area’s breathtaking, rugged coastline. Our local guide will help us explore some delightful towns in the area, where you’ll hear tales of the region’s past and present. You’ll feel like you stepped into a postcard on this UNESCO World Heritage site. Our day will come to a close as we taste the area’s flavors at a local shop, sip wine made in the region, and try some local treats.
We’ll be visiting one of the treasures of Tuscany – San Gimignano, today. At a nearby cheese farm, we’ll learn how the famous pecorino cheese is made before sampling it ourselves. You’ll want to soak in the breathtaking views as we travel to this hilltop village. We’ll explore this enchanting medieval town, from its famous 14 towers to its magnificent vistas overlooking vineyards. When you enjoy some free time in the village, don’t miss out on trying some gelato! This evening, we’ll attend a Tuscan feast of traditional cuisine and wines set in the countryside.
(Breakfast and Dinner)
Sadly, our journey comes to an end today. We’ll be transported back to the Florence airport by our drivers
Walking and standing for longer periods of time (2-3 hours) isn’t a big deal. A moderately paced two-and-a-half-hour walking tour covering several miles, hills, and uneven surfaces is no problem for you. Walking four miles over the course of a day is very doable, as is climbing into and out of various modes of transportation. You can climb three flights of stairs easily. Expect some longer days with early mornings or late nights balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own adventure. In Italy, some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations restricting tour bus circulation, especially in historical areas such as Lucca, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, and Florence. In Florence, you must be prepared to walk approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) to complete the sightseeing. The full-day walking tour takes place over flat but cobblestoned streets with narrow sidewalks, which are often crowded. For your well-being, we recommend bringing comfortable walking shoes. This trip is not fit for travelers who cannot meet the physical demands of the tour due to mobility or health challenges.
One glorious hotel for your entire trip – only unpack once!
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This is an active itinerary packed with a combination of long, active days, several early hotel departures and long journeys by coach. The itinerary may also involve multiple flights and travel by non-traditional means such as safari vehicles, rickshaws/pedicabs, bicycles etc. Some accommodation may be based on authentic home stays, overnight camping and/or some basic rural hotels adding to the authenticity of the experience. Alternatively, it could include concentrated periods of more strenuous physical activity. Guests should be capable of walking 2-3 miles at a time over potentially difficult, uneven terrain which may include hills. Guests should have the appropriate levels of ability, fitness and good health to safely enjoy the trip.