2020 Tour Dates
May 1-15
(4 apartments available)
 September 16-30
 October 1-15
(1 apartment available)

*Note - Tours are selling quickly! 
Contact me as soon as possible if you
would like to go on any of these dates.

    Each tour is for 14-nights.  
    To arrive on the first day of the
    tour you will depart the USA on the day before. 
     Your departure day will be on the last day of the tour.
Each tour is limited to only 12 persons.
$200 per person deposit holds your reservation.
First received, first confirmed reservations.

 The Package Price 

 $3100 per person/ double occupancy

What's Included in the Package?

* 14-nights lodging at Residence La Contessina in the historic district of
Florence within easy walking distance of all the major sights.
Your own apartment includes a full kitchen, living/dining area,
loft bedroom with queen or twin beds and marble tiled bathroom
Click here to see the website: www.residenceinflorence.com

* Complimentary WI-FI so you can bring your own electronics

* Daily breakfast served in the Residence breakfast room
plus a welcome dinner and three lunches included
* A "Welcome to the Neighborhood" dinner at
 La Sosta della Contesse on the evening of your arrival

* Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tour of Florence and Fiesole
An open-top bus with a recorded guide

* The Best of Tuscany motorcoach tour with Italian guide to visit
Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa including a delightful lunch at an
organic farm and winery in the Chianti countryside

* Included day trips by train to visit lovely Lucca and by priviate van to visit
the Florence American Cemetery, the town of Greve and an outstanding guided
tour and 5-course lunch with wines at the Castello Verrazzano Winery in Chianti
Click here to see the website: http://www.verrazzano.com/en/

* A day-long Cooking Tour and Class that starts with a shopping trip at the central market
then continues at a venue in the hills above Florence where we will make bruschetta,
 pasta and sauce, roasted pork and potatoes and tiramisu.  Plus enjoy wine as we cook and eat!
This class is so much fun - you will love it!
Click here to see the website:
* Admissions to the Palazzo Davanzati, the Duomo Museum and Dome,
Giotto's Tower, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and the Medici Chapels

*Tips and gratuities for guides and drivers on our tours

* Private guide services of your hostess, Patrizia, for orientation and history
walks in Florence as we discover the charms of the city's neighborhoods.
She will also assist you with your independent outings, museum visits, etc.

* Free time to pursue your own interests or just to relax in your apartment
or you may decide to use some of these days for the optional day trips
"It's all in the package" !

What's Not Included?

AIRFARE to and from Florence.  You will arrange your own air flights.
Flights are available into the Florence (FLR) airport but require a transfer from
a major European airline hub.  You will most likely have an overnight flight from the
US to a hub, then a short flight on to Florence arriving around mid-day or earlier.
I will be glad to advise you on search engines for checking flights available.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS  Taxi or tram service to and from the airport.MEALS and expenses not stated as included in the package description
Optional Day Trip

I am offering the following escorted day trip from Florence.
The trip will require at least 5 participants from the group.

Venice - $125 per person
We take a morning train to Venice arriving before lunchtime.  Everyone should see Venice at least once but the more you see it, the more you discover its unique charms.  A trip down the grand canal on a vaporetto (water bus) is included as we begin our day wandering around this floating city.  Shopping, sightseeing and dining is delightful in Europe's only pedestrian city as we walk through its winding streets and cross its many footbridges. In early evening we find our way back to the train station for our comfortable train ride back home to Florence.
 It will be a day to remember for many years to come!

What About Rome & Other Places
I no longer escort travelers on day trips to Rome, however I will be happy to assist you with
purchasing a train ticket from Florence (one and a half hour trip) and advise you about how to
use the hop-on-hop-off bus tours there.  We can also set you up with a local tour guide in
Rome if you prefer.  These options are easily managed and my travelers have had
no problem doing it on their own.  Some have traveled to Rome to stay
a couple of days after joining me in Florence.
If there are other towns or cities you would like to visit on your own, I will work with you to
meet a tour guide or purchase train tickets and advise you.  Some possibilities might be
Assisi, Cortona, Bologna, Cinque Terre Villages, Milan - all these can be done in a day.

This tour is offered by
Patricia Kirkman
Southport, NC 28461

All information contained herein is deemed true and accurate at the time
of printing however Patricia Kirkman will not be held liable for any errors
or changes in the information.