The Florentine Renaissance - Tour Specifics
Cost: The land cost of the tour is $3,650 USD per person, based on double occupancy. Cash discount cost is $3,550 per person for payment by check or wire transfer.
You may make your registration deposit using PayPal and/or your credit card and still be eligible for the cash discount cost if your final balance is paid by check or wire transfer. Single rooms are available for a supplementary charge of $595. Airfare is not included.
Accommodations: 8 nights lodging in elegant, 4-Star historic hotel properties; (4 nights in Florence at the Hotel Pierre, and 4 nights in Cortona at the Villa Marsili. All rooms have en-suite baths.
Meals: All breakfasts, one full-course meal daily (either lunch or dinner), additional meals as scheduled. All meals–after breakfast!–include regional wines. We carefully choose the restaurants based on ambiance and quality of cuisine. We are able to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets as well as various food preferences (such as no seafood, or no red meat).
Transfers: All ground transportation during the tour subsequent to your arrival at the hotel in Florence up to, but not including, departure from our hotel in Cortona.
Admissions: Entrance fees for all planned visits to monuments, galleries and museums are included.
Workshops and Presentations: We include slideshows and presentations that provide essential background information to enhance your visits.
Small, Intimate Group: We will be limiting the number of participants to a maximum of 16.
Arrival and Departure: The tour begins at the Hotel Pierre in Florence. A taxi from the Florence airport to the hotel costs approx. €25 euro and takes about 20 minutes. Or, we can arrange for you to be met by a private driver at additional cost. On the final morning of the tour, we offer a group shuttle from Cortona (a 90-minute ride) for everyone to either Florence Airport or the Florence train station at a cost of €40 per person. Pick-ups or drop-offs at other locations or times can be arranged for an additional fee.
Early Arrival/ Late Stay Options: Depending on hotel availability you may be able to arrive early or extend your stay. We'll be happy to help you make these arrangements. For trip extensions of 2 nights or less, we provide planning assistance on a complimentary basis. For extensions of 3-5 nights, there is a nominal fee of $150 to assist with trip planning including booking hotels, guides, drivers, etc.
Luggage Handling: We will provide luggage handling services all throughout the tour, commencing with your departure from the Hotel Pierreup to and including your departure from Villa Marsili. Please be sure to have a luggage tag with your name printed clearly on each piece of luggage.
Experienced Tour Leaders: Sam Hilt will be the primary host and presenter for this tour. Sam will be joined by Pam Mercer along with several of our favorite art-loving Tuscan guides!
Tour Exclusions: Airfare; airport-to-hotel transfer upon arrival; hotel city tax (usually €2-5 per person, per night; payable onsite)