August 27 – September 3, 2020.
A week in VOLTERRA in the heart of the Tuscan mountains. We will taste the Tuscan wines, cheeses and olive oil; visit the Etruscan Museum, the Tower of the City Hall, the ancient Archeological Park, amble through the 2000 year old Roman forum, stroll along the Medieval wall and visit the amazing Art Gallery. We also visit wonderful cosmopolitan SIENA and the Tuscan village of COLLE VAL D’ELSA. Group airport transfers, first class hotel with private bath, breakfast and dinner daily, ETCS Travel Preparation and Sightseeing Documents, entrances to all planned sights and myself as private guide and translator are included.
This is a LEISURE TOUR from ONE hotel. Unpack only once and ENJOY!
THIS IS A VERY SMALL GROUP TOUR.
AUGUST 27. Transatlantic flight to Italy.
AUGUST 28. Arrival in Italy and transfer to Volterra. Relax this afternoon, enjoy the beautiful vistas of the valley from the town’s terrace, relax and have a glass of wi
AUGUST 29. Relax in Volterra this morning. This afternoon we visit the small Tuscan town of COLLE VAL D’ELSA, perched on the crest of a cliff. This 11th century village has charmed visitors forever. It is a town of endless vistas, a magnificent Medieval Wall and pleasant shady squares. Of course, you can have a leisurely day in wonderful Volterra if you wish.
AUGUST 30.Today we will visit the Etruscan Museum, finest of its kind in Europe. This is the civilization that helped spur Rome to become the great republic and empire that it would eventually become. Later we visit the Porta del Arco, one of the first arches in the world.
AUGUST 31.We will stroll down to the ancient Roman Forum and Amphitheater, dating from 10AD. The ruins are classics of the early Empire. This afternoon we will have a tasting of some of the many products of Tuscany, and lunch at “VolaTerra”, a famous shop featuring wines and oils of the area.
SEPTEMBER 1.The day begins with a visit to the Volterra Pinokothek, the gallery with exquisite paintings from the Medieval through the Renaissance periods. This afternoon, join an optional TUSCAN COOKING CLASS if you wish, or relax back at the hotel.
SEPTEMBER 2.This morning we visit the city of SIENA, famous for horse racing, the Medieval main square, the fascinating and colorful Cathedral and excellent boutiques. You may wish to relax in Volterra and explore the shops and cafes.
SEPTEMBER 3 Transfer to the airport for the return flight or continue to ITALY: ROME, FLORENCE & VENICE.
Prices are PER PERSON sharing a room and based upon current exchange rates / costs and do not include airfare or taxes. Mike Ross Travel returnees from $2359. Early deposit $2559. Late deposit $2799. Single supplement $459.
PAYMENTS: $1500 p/p deposit with REGISTRATION FORM on website. Make check payable to ETCS, Inc., 922 Oak Grover Road, Jackson MI 49203. Balance due 90 days prior to departure. See TERMS & CONDITIONS on the web site. Call Mike at 517-782-6847, toll free 877-845-4763, send an e-mail to Mike@mikerosstravel.com or visit us on the web at www.mikerosstravel.com.