Tuscany and Cinque Terre: two of the most recognized names in Italy. You’ll never forget your time during this week, which highlights the best of both. Lots of time in the open air, walking, and discovering the soft yet dramatic beauty of these regions. Your 4-star villa hotel in Tuscany sits in a small town convenient to Florence, the Chianti wine region, and the towered hill town of San Gimignano. The second part of the week focuses on the famous Cinque Terre, five quaint fishing villages cascading down the hills of Italy’s Mediterranean Coast, along with other famous destinations like Portofino, loved by jet setters for generations.
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Come to Portugal: Safe and Seductive! From the historic beauty of Lisbon and Porto, to the pretty towns of Estoril and Cascais, and Porto’s lush wine estates – Portugal is the current darling of savvy travelers to Europe. This ten-day trip combines history and natural beauty with great food and wine to create lasting memories. Portugal was the first country in Europe to develop the post-Covid Clean&Safe seal. All of our suppliers along the way proudly maintain this certification.
Freshly baked bread, olives, cheese, red wine or crisp vinho verde (young wine), chargrilled fish, cataplana (seafood stew), smoked meats – the Portuguese have perfected the art of cooking simple, delicious meals. Dining means experiencing the richness of Portugal’s bountiful coastline and fertile countryside. All washed down with some very drinkable wine!
This trip defines the easy-going southern Italian lifestyle. You’ll be spending the whole week in a comfortable 4-star hotel by the crystalline Adriatic sea, restful and life-affirming after that long trip across the Atlantic. Each day will unfold new secrets of Italy’s heel, visibly rich in Arabic, Byzantine, Spanish and Norman traces. You’ll explore with your local guide several Pugliese towns, including Polignano a Mare, the magical town shown above. Optional visits include Matera, the 2019 European Cultural Capital, as well as Otranto and Gallipoli in the Salento and the unique Castellana Caves.
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