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Dreaming of Tuscany

October 14-October 23, 2021

Itinerary is subject to change with or without notice. Sequence of day trips may change dependent upon local happenings. Included meals are indicated at the bottom of each day’s description.

A favorite dream vacation….Dreaming of Tuscany! Let’s enjoy the best of Italy as we explore the renaissance city of Florence, the beautiful Tuscany countryside and discover the fascinating Cinque Terre. This is a Tuscany Dream Vacation that encompasses the best of the Tuscany region.

This lovely journey with a small group of women will begin and end in one of Europe’s finest cities: Florence.

We will savor traditional dishes, drink memorable wines, immerse in local culture and make lifetime memories with new friends. You can expect the best of the best. It will be easy travel with no decision making.

Everything has been arranged to take care of YOU! A dream vacation where we will mangia in fabulous local eateries, shop in lovely Italian boutiques, and visit local artisan markets. There will be professional tour guides as we visit the historical sites, meander through museums and take in amazing views.

Yes, you can have it all! Are you ready to join us for an amazing Tuscany Dream Vacation?

Tuscany literally means “land of the Etruscans“, the heartland of Italy. These ancient peoples controlled a large part of the Italian peninsula prior to the rise of the Romans. They were great builders and engineers of temples, roads and burial chambers. Many of which can still be seen today. There was indoor plumbing and beautiful painted frescos in public buildings. They drained swamps to keep mosquitoes away and built their cities high in the hilltops. But what is most appreciated is the status of the women during this period. Etruscan women were allowed to own property and drive chariots! Let’s discover this beautiful region of Italy in our own chariots!

Benvenuto! Welcome to Italia!


Day 1

Florence

  • Arrive in Florence
  • Transfer to boutique hotel.
  • Evening Meet & Greet with wine and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Dinner together afterwards is optional

Dreaming of Tuscany-Florence - Tuscan Vacation

Buon Giorno Senorinas!


Day 2

Florence

  • Breakfast
  • Fiat Tour
  • Walking tour of the beautiful renaissance city Florence
  • Lunch with wine
  • Museum/Stroll thru leather market

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Day 3

Florence

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Academia Gallerie to see Michelangelo’s David
  • Afternoon free for shopping or another Cathedral/Museum visit
  • Dinner at a fabulous local restaurant

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Day 4

Siena/San Gimignano

  • Early Breakfast and check out
  • We will leave for: Siena and San Gimignano
  • Wine and light snack tastings: cheeses, meats, breads and olive oil
  • Check in to local villa
  • Free afternoon and evening for exploring

Day 5

San Gimignano/Siena

  • Breakfast at our hotel.
  • Full day private tour:  Visiting several local villages
  • Winery tour and tasting
  • Farmhouse lunch
  • Dinner

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Day 6

San Gimignano/Siena

  • Breakfast
  • Free time to explore
  • Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon tour
  • Evening Cooking class with dinner under the stars

Tuscan Chocolage


Day 7

Lucca

  • Breakfast at our hotel and we will check out to head up the coast
  • Includes lunch with wine at a seaside village
  • Check in lovely coastal boutique hotel
  • Afternoon tour of Pisa

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Day 8

Cinque Terre: The Five Fishing Villages

  • Breakfast packed for the road
  • All day tour to Cinque Terre
  • Breakfast and Dinner included

 


Day 9

Lucca

  • Breakfast
  • Van picks us up at 10:30 am.
  • We will make stops along the way in local artisan village
  • Return to Florence
  • Free Afternoon
  • Overnight in boutique hotel
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 10

Arrivederci Italia!


You can expect the best of the best. It will be easy travel for you to travel with little decision making. Everything has been arranged to take care of YOU! A dream vacation where we will mangia in fabulous local eateries, shop in lovely Italian boutiques, and visit local artisan markets.

There will be professional tour guides as we visit the historical sites, meander through museums and take in amazing views. Yes, you can have it all!

Are you ready to join us for an amazing Dream Vacation?

Price: $5695.00

Small group tour for women only. No crowds or lines! No buses, buffets or stress!

(All accommodations, meals as indicated, local guides and professional Sommelier, all site entrances and winery visits, activities, workshops and local transportation including airport pick up.)
In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a more private customized tour.  This decision will be made with your approval.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT DETAILS

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS. We believe all women deserve their own space and privacy.  Her Dream Vacation tour price includes private single room in boutique hotels or similar private accommodations, meals and tours where indicated, private transportation and more.

This particular dream vacation is limited to 10 women. Minimum booking is 6. In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private customized tour.  This decision will be made with your approval and receipt of supplemental payment.

Early reservations are advised and a non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation. You will receive a confirmation with travel details and an invoice for balance due. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.

If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please contact us and you will be invoiced. 

Does Not Include: International flight or mandatory all inclusive travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals not indicated, alcoholic beverages, & personal spending or taxes.

*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, and transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*

THIS IS NOT A BUS TOUR. We will be traveling using private transportation, trains and ferries. After final payment, you will be sent additional information with travel and packing tips, final day to day itinerary, logistics and needed details from you to help you with ease of travel.

Our small group women’s tours include many extras that you may not be expecting. Because we are a small women’s group tour, we have the luxury of flexibility including necessary changes. We stop when we want to, we add in an extra site and we start our day when it makes sense. Some days are easier than others but you do have some free time built in. It is important to us that you take care of YOU. Do you want to get a massage? Go shopping? Or just chill in your room with a good book? Please do so with being mindful and respectful to your tour companions and traveling concierge.

We have expert guides and drivers who answer questions one on one, with transportation that is typically a luxurious touring van. We immerse with the locals and there is a lot of serendipity! We visit the “planned by us” but unknown to you and surprises along the way are built in. Please join us in Tuscany!

 If you need any further assistance or payment options, please email:  info@herdreamvacation.com

Guests will receive an invoice for balance due when reservation and deposit is received. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.

Make your reservation

Why do people love to visit Tuscany?

Tuscany is postcard perfect!

Women love visiting because of the diversity of activities, the beauty of the country and the warm welcome from the locals. A vacation in Tuscany is one you will never forget.

It is a central, convenient region of Italy where exploring will be delightful with the group and on your own. A lovely destination to make lifelong friends and share great memories.

Can I arrive early or stay a few extra days?

Yes, and let us know how we help with your plans!

Where do we begin and end?

We will begin and end in Florence where you will see art, architecture, and the modern way of life in Italy. Then we will spend time in quaint villages and medieval cities such as Siena and San Gimignano.

You will have free time to spend a few days walking, shopping and choosing sites that are of interest to you. And of course we will eat and drink in natural settings, courtyards, vineyards, and olive groves. The scenery will be amazing.

When do I send in my reservation?

Now. Please fill out the form at this link: https://herdreamvacation.com/book-your-dream/reservation-form/ and choose the Tuscany Vacation in the drop down menu.

Once I receive the returned reservation form, I will invoice you the monies due minus any discounts.

What discounts do you offer?

The tour price is: $5695.00. Occasionally there may be an offer with a discount. Please watch our Facebook page or inquire.

 

Is this a new tour?

No. As you know, it is the mission of Her Dream Vacation to escort you to known destinations. This particular Dream Vacation is a forth favorite! The hotels and guides are familiar and prior to your arrival, all hotels, restaurants and activities will be inspected once again.

Can I bring a friend and share a room to save costs?

Yes, you can share a room to save costs but you are not guaranteed twin beds. Hotel rooms are typically suited for couples hence, the individual rooms. Every effort will be made for a twin room. A reduction in cost will be determined by final reservations.

How will we travel from Florence to the other villages and cities?

We will have a private driver and/or take the train. These decisions are made for the convenience of the group and ease of travel from destination to destination. Final decisions will be based upon the group size.

Recommended Readings:

  • Romola (George Eliot, 1863). In this historical novel set in Renaissance Florence, Eliot depicts the awakening of a young woman in the time of the Medicis and Savonarola.
  • The City of Florence (R. W. B. Lewis, 1994). The author’s 50-year love affair with Florence started in the chaos of World War II; this book is both a personal biography and an informal history of the city.
  • Dark Water (Robert Clark, 2008). Florentines race to save seven centuries of human achievement in the face of the city’s destructive 1966 floods.
  • Fortune Is a River (Roger D. Masters, 1998). Two geniuses of the Renaissance — Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci — conspire to reroute the Arno River (unsuccessfully, thankfully).
  • The Hills of Tuscany (Ferenc Máté, 1998). After traveling all over the globe, a writer and his wife try to settle down in the Tuscan countryside.
  • The House of Medici (Christopher Hibbert, 1974). Florence’s first family of the Renaissance included power-hungry bankers, merchants, popes, art patrons — and two queens of France.
  • Italian Renaissance Art (Laurie Schneider Adams, 2001). In one of the definitive works on this pivotal period, Adams focuses on the most important and innovative artists and their best works.
  • The Lives of the Artists (Giorgio Vasari, 1550). The man who invented the term “Renaissance” offers anecdote-filled biographies of his era’s greatest artists, some of whom he knew personally.
  • The Prince (Niccolò Machiavelli, 1532). The original “how-to” for gaining and maintaining political power, still chillingly relevant after 500 years.
  • A Small Place in Italy (Eric Newby, 1994). A young American couple tries to renovate a Tuscan farmhouse in the late 1960s.
  • The Stones of Florence (Mary McCarthy, 1956). McCarthy applies wit and keen observation to produce a quirky, impressionistic investigation of Florence and its history.
  • A Tuscan Childhood (Kinta Beevor, 1993). The daughter of a bohemian painter reminisces about growing up in pre-war Tuscany among writers like Aldous Huxley and D. H. Lawrence.
  • Under the Tuscan Sun (Frances Mayes, 1996). Mayes’ bestseller describes living la dolce vita in the Tuscan countryside (and is better than the movie of the same name).
  • A Room with a View (E. M. Forster, 1908).
  • The Sixteen Pleasures (Robert Hellenga, 1994). Set during the 1966 floods in Florence, a young student discovers an erotic manuscript banned by the pope and lost for centuries.

Movies and TV

  • The Best of Youth (2003). Beginning in the turbulent 1960s, this award-winning miniseries follows the dramatic ups and downs in the lives of two brothers over four decades.
  • Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972). Franco Zeffirelli presents a sensitive account of the life of St. Francis of Assisi, including his friendship with St. Clare.
  • Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (2004). This PBS miniseries reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly about Florence’s first family.
  • Tea with Mussolini (1999). Franco Zeffirelli’s look at pre-war Florence involves proper English ladies, a rich American Jew, and the son of a local businessman — all caught in the rise of fascism.
  • Up at the Villa (2000). Based on a W. Somerset Maugham novella, the film follows a wealthy young English woman in 1930s Florence who is brutally confronted by the consequences of her whimsy.
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (1991). In this adaptation of an E. M. Forster novel, a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a poor Tuscan but dies in childbirth, prompting a custody battle.

“Life offers you a thousand chances… all you have to do is take one.”

~Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun

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