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Tuscany – Alumni Campus Abroad

May 1–9, 2018

Tour Operator: AHI Travel


Activity Level: Moderate

Discover Tuscany during this seven-night journey featuring hilltop villages, storied architecture and bountiful vineyards. Stay in a charming Tuscan villa in Cortona and enjoy excursions to Renaissance villages, beloved Florence and a family-owned winery. Along the way, stroll charming piazzas, explore Etruscan treasures and taste regional flavors.

In an exclusive offering for UW Alumni, why not begin your stay in Italy by combining your journey with our tour to the idyllic Amalfi Coast (April 24 – May 2).

Itinerary

Day 1
In Transit

Depart for Florence, Italy

Day 2
Florence, Italy/Cortona

Arrive in Florence and transfer to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers during a Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3
Cortona

Often referred to as the Mother of Troy and the Grandmother of Rome, Cortona is believed to be one of Italy’s oldest towns. Admire Cortona’s artistic and historical treasures from its perch 600 meters above sea level during a walking tour. Later, travel through the patchwork of burgeoning hill country of the Val d’Orcia. During your excursion, enjoy a tantalizing culinary experience at a family-owned winery in the Brunello di Montalcino region. Tour the winery and sample satisfying vintages and tasty local cheeses.

Day 4
Siena

Siena is an ideal town to explore on foot as you can study the carvings above old doorways and count the brick bridges in ancient alleys. See the architecture surrounding the Piazza including the 14th-century Torre del Mangia, the Piazza Chapel and the Civic Museum. Then step into a true masterpiece of Italian Romanesque-Gothic architecture when you visit the Duomo, home to fascinating works of art and sculpture.

Day 5
Florence

During your walking tour of Florence, visit the city center, and discover how the city’s wealth of creative genius left it laden with fine art and stunning architecture. Walk by the Old Palace and the legendary Ponte Vecchio where tanners, butchers and blacksmiths plied their trades centuries ago. Also see the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the Piazza della Signoria and other remarkable highlights.

Day 6
Montepulciano

Depart Cortona and travel through the Val di Chiana to the ancient Etruscan city of Montepulciano. Revel in the scents and sounds of this special town — the aroma of cappuccino and warm baked goods wafting from little shops, the perfume of fresh flowers and the bustle of the main square.

Day 7
Cortona

Explore the charms of Cortona on your own, or join today’s elective excursion to Assisi and Perugia. Stroll through Assisi and visit the Basilica of San Francesco, which is dedicated to the town’s most famous resident, St. Francis. Step inside the Basilica of Santa Maria delgi Angeli, and enjoy lunch of delicious Italian fare in Assisi. After, travel to the hill town of Perugia to see the 13th-century Fontana Maggiore and the Prior’s Palace. Enjoy some free time in Perugia before returning to Cortona.

Day 8
Cortona

Discover the artistic legacy of the Etruscans, who first settled in what now is Cortona. Visit the 14th-century Praetorian Palace. Inside, the Museum of the Etruscan Academy will astound you with archaeological finds and important Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Egyptian works of art, mosaics and collections of engraved gems. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception followed by a Farewell Dinner.

Day 9
Depart for U.S.

After a breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Program Itinerary is subject to change. See final brochure for complete details.

Cost Details

Land Only: $2,995
Single Supplement: $695

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