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+ Optional Post-Tour
Florence
October 16, 2020 – October 18, 2020
Florence is arguably the cultural capital of Europe and the showcase of Renaissance exuberance. Lovers of beauty, art, and history can extend their experience in Tuscany to embrace the treasures of this magnificent city.
Post-Tour Rate***
Double: $1,195
Single: $1,695
Itinerary:
Day 9: Depart Castellina / Arrive in Florence
Upon arriving in Florence, set out on an enlightening guided walking tour around the city to explore Florentine life, taste traditional dishes, and converse with the locals. Visit a variety of colorful markets and shops, learn from culinary artisans at each stop, and sample a delicious assortment of breads, cheeses, salumi, crostini, balsamic vinegars, olive oils, sweets, and seasonal specialties—each paired with notable Tuscan varietals including Chianti and Nobile.

This evening, enjoy leisure time at the hotel or stroll the bustling cobble streets to discover lively shops and bistros.
Overnight: Hotel Santa Maria Novella (L)

Day 10: Florence
Today, embark upon a guided panoramic walking tour to admire the sculptures that surround Piazza della Signoria—the heart of Florence’s historic and political square. Stop by Palazzo Vecchio—the town hall—and Ponte Vecchio, the oldest and most famous bridge in Florence. Pass by Dante's house, San Lorenzo Market, the famous Duomo, and Brunelleschi’s Cathedral and its baptistry renowned for its three bronze doors and relief sculptures.

Afterward, view Michelangelo’s David at Accademia Gallery.
Overnight: Hotel Santa Maria Novella (B)

Day 11: Florence / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to Florence's Peretola Airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch

Please note that this post-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Group space may not be available within 90 days of departure.
(Itinerary subject to change.)

Accommodations:

Hotel Santa Maria Novella

Spend two lovely evenings amidst one of the most beautiful squares of the Tuscan capital. Located in an ancient palace, Hotel Santa Maria Novella exudes charm and refinement. Each luxurious guest room features its own colorful décor with modern amenities.

During leisure time, visit the rooftop terrace overlooking the Santa Maria Novella Basilica, retreat to the sauna, or reenergize in the well-equipped fitness room.

Room Amenities: Climate control, Egyptian cotton bedding, LCD satellite TV, phone, complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, tea and coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers, safe, and marble en suite bathroom with premium sundries and hair dryer.
(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included:
  • Two nights accommodations at Hotel Santa Maria Novella (or similar), with breakfast each morning
  • Guided artisanal and cultural tour featuring food and wine tastings
  • Guided panoramic walking tour of Florence's historical highlights
  • Admission to Accademia Gallery for a viewing of Michelangelo’s David
  • Gratuities to driver and local guide
  • Airport transfers for guests departing during the suggested times
***Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.