Best-Day Adventures:
Tuscany & the Italian Countryside
For single Jewish travelers in their 40s, 50s & 60s
June 11-20, 2023

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Accessibility note: Please note that the tour will involve a number of walking tours and participants should be in adequate physical condition. Walking levels will generally be easy-moderate and while plenty of shade and breaks are incorporated, full participation may require periods of standing or walking along even, uneven and occasionally hilly terrain that could include steps, inclines and cobblestone surfaces. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

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For payment by credit card, please add 3%.
Pre-tour and post-tour hotel room nights in Florence and Venice respectively
 are available upon request. Hotels are subject to change.

Arrive in Florence, Italy (FLR): June 12, 2023 before 3:00pm
Depart Florence, Italy (FLR): June 20, 2023 after 10:00am
Depart Venice, Italy (VCE): June 22, 2023 after 10:00am
For assistance with flights, contact or 800-237-1517 x340.
(Airport transfer options will be provided).

Tour Overview:

Home to some of Italy's most romantic medieval cities, the central region of Tuscany is most coveted for its landscape, artistic legacy, hilltop villages and rustic farm-to-table menus. Join us on an extraordinary, customized immersion into this truly wondrous culture as we visit Florence, Bologna, Parma, Cortona, Pisa, Siena & the stunning Cinque Terre.

Extend your tour with us to the city of Venice, highlighted by over 150 canals, 400 bridges, 500 gondolas, the Piazza San Marco and a fascinating history. We'll enjoy two days and nights of touring and exploring one of Italy's most picturesque destinations.


Charming 4-star accommodations
14 Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners
Daily sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as listed on the itinerary including:

*Parmigiana tasting in Parma
*Cooking class in Cortona
*Bolognese sample in Bologna
*Sunset boat ride in Cinque Terre
Private modern air-conditioned motor coach
"Follow the leader" options during free time
Services of English-speaking tour guides
Travel gifts to all participants
Hosted and escorted by Best-Day Adventures

**Please note, hotels are subject to change.


Roundtrip international airfare
Airport transfers (assistance will be provided)
Meals not listed above
Tips to guides, drivers and other service personnel ($25 per person, per day; pre-collected)
Items of a personal nature
Any costs associated with Covid testing or related to proof of Covid/vaccine status
Travel insurance (recommended -
group policy available)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Sunday, June 11, 2023: DEPARTURE

• North American travelers depart home for overnight flight to Florence!

Day 2: Monday, June 12, 2023: BENVENUTO IN ITALIA!

• Welcome to beautiful Florence! Upon arrival, transfer to our beautiful centrally located hotel in the heart of the city. Florence is the place where history revolves around art. The birthplace of Renaissance, this magnificent city is home to artworks by masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael and many more.
• This morning we offer a meet and greet at our hotel for all arriving travelers.
• While Florence is known for its works of art, we begin our tour with another important landmark of the city. As we wait for our hotel rooms to become available, we embark upon a walking tour of the former Jewish ghetto, a history-filled neighborhood, where we see the Loggia del Pesce with sweeping views of the entire city as well as the synagogue and Jewish Museum.
• Mid-afternoon we check into our hotel and have a little down time to refresh before we join together for a festive welcome program and our first taste of fine Italian cuisine at our welcome dinner.

Overnight in Florence (D)

Day 3: Tuesday, June 13, 2023: FLORENCE, BOLOGNA & PARMA

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we have allotted some time for a leisurely start to the day. Choose to sleep in a bit and then have a stroll down the fascinating corridors of Florence, visiting a museum or enjoying an espresso at a local caffe. For those interested in the market scene, plunge into the Italian hustle and bustle by paying a short visit to Florence's most famous marketplace, the San Lorenzo Market. Here you'll discover local traditions and crafts, as well as beautiful Florentine leather products handcrafted nearby. You may also choose to visit the adjacent Mercato Centrale, an indoor food market largely aimed at the local population offering an abundance of stalls with regional specialties.
• Late this morning, we check out of our hotel and depart for Bologna, where we immerse ourselves into the stories of the city while experiencing the porticos, monuments and towers of this well-preserved medieval center. We learn about the city's past and present and discover the most magnificent monuments, including the Two Towers, the inner courtyard of Archiginnasio and San Petronio Church. We also admire Piazza Maggiore and the romantic Piazza Santo Stefano, the social hub of Italian lifestyle.
• After lunch on own at a local restaurant in Bologna (feel free to sample the real pasta Bolognese), we will continue on to Parma.
• Upon arrival, we check into our hotel for the night and enjoy a delicious Italian dinner (with Parmesan cheese of course!).

Overnight in Parma (B, D)

Day 4: Wednesday, June 14, 2023: PARMA & LUCCA

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• Following breakfast, we set out on a bike tour of Parma, a small but prosperous and quaint city. Here, you will not see many cars as most locals prefer to walk or bike to get around. (Alternative touring available for anyone not comfortable on a bike).
• Next, we visit a local farm where Parmesan cheese is made; one of Italy's most famous and delicious exports.
• We enjoy lunch together at the Parmigiano-Reggiano Factory, including tasting the delicious cheese and aperitif.
• We continue on to Lucca, checking into our hotel upon arrival and then setting out again for your choice of dinner on own, or “follow the leader” to a local establishment.

Overnight in Lucca (B, L)

Day 5: Thursday, June 15, 2023: LUCCA & CINQUE TERRE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin with a short walking tour around Lucca, known throughout Italy for its fantastic medieval city walls that still encircle most of the historic old town.
• We set off for the colorful and romantic Cinque Terre. The beautiful coastline, lovely beaches, bright colored homes built among the cliffs as well as the great hiking trails, spectacular nature and well-known Italian cuisine and hospitality make up this stunning destination. Cinque, meaning five in Italian, is made up of five impressive towns, of which two we will visit; Riomaggiore and Manarola.
• We complete our day with a sunset cruise along the coast and dinner on own before returning to Lucca.

Overnight in Lucca (B)

Day 6: Friday, June 16, 2023: PISA, SAN GIMIGNANO AND BEYOND

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• We depart Lucca and travel through the stunning scenery of Tuscany to Pisa. As a city port, Pisa was the first place in Tuscany where Jewish families settled as early as the 9th century. Here, we will meet our local guide who will weave stories of the past Jewish presence in Pisa as we visit the Jewish cemetery and synagogue.
• A visit to Pisa would not be complete without a photo opportunity with the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa.
• We continue to San Gimignano, whose famous silhouette is an enduring symbol of Tuscany. We set out on a guided tour of the town known as one of the most attractive and popular destinations in Italy and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
• Our next stop is in Pienza, a true gem famous for their local pecorino sheep's milk cheese, then it is on to the medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano, where we are surrounded by vineyards, where Vino Nobile red wine is the name of the game.
• We arrive in Cortona in the early evening. Join us for a short but sweet Kabbalat Shabbat and then set out for dinner on own or choose to “follow the leader” to a local establishment.

Overnight in Cortona (B)

Day 7: Saturday, June 17, 2023: CORTONA

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we embark on a walking tour of Cortona, one of Italy's oldest towns. Without question, the most popular place to visit in Cortona is the Convento delle Celle, which sits above a stream on the slopes of Monte Sant'Egidio.
• Next, we enjoy Piazza della Repubblica, once the Roman Forum, sitting in the historic center overlooked by the 14th century Palazzo del Popolo and the imposing Palazzo Comunale.
• After some free time to enjoy a little Italy on our own, we partake in a cooking class at a local farm and then enjoy the fruits of our labor at dinner.

Overnight in Cortona (B, D)

Day 8: Sunday, June 18, 2023: CORTONA - SIENA - FLORENCE

• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• Today, we travel to Siena, where we enjoy a walking tour featuring San Domenico Church and Piazza del Campo, a shell shaped plaza where the famous Palio horse race takes place each summer. We complete our tour in Piazza del Duomo in front of the grand and colorful façade of the Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary, where visitors can admire works of art by world-renowned artists like Michelangelo, Donatello and Bernini.
• We enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant, where you will want to try the pici (specialty pasta), ricciarelli and the panforte (delicious sweets).
• In the late afternoon, we return to Florence and enjoy a visit to the Galleria dell' Academia di Firenze (Gallery of the Academy), best known as the home of Michelangelo's Statue of David.
• We check into our hotel and enjoy a free night in Florence (“Follow the Leader” option for dinner will be offered).

Overnight in Florence (B, L)

Day 9: Monday, June 19, 2023: BEAUTIFUL FLORENCE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• We begin our day with a walking tour visiting some of the city's most iconic attractions. The entire city is a showcase of the Italian Renaissance, the humanistic artistic movement that broke Europe from the Dark Ages. Stops include the Ponte Vecchio and Brunelleschi's Dome.
• Our walking tour continues at the Piazza Duomo, where a cluster of buildings form a cathedral complex, home to some of Italy's greatest artistic treasures. The Duomo is the prominent landmark of the Florentine skyline and is known for its size, beauty and architectural masterpiece that was ahead of its time.
• Next, we see the Baptistry of St. John with is marble façade and intricate interior mosaics, followed by stops in Piazzale Michelangelo and Piazza de la Republica.
• After some free time for lunch and shopping, we gather one last time tonight for our group farewell dinner.

Overnight in Florence (B, D)


• Breakfast and check out of our hotel.
• We transfer to the airport for our flights home.

Extend your tour with us to the city of Venice, highlighted by over 150 canals, 400 bridges, 500 gondolas, the Piazza San Marco and a fascinating history. We'll enjoy two days and nights of touring and exploring one of Italy's most picturesque destinations.

• Following breakfast, we board our bus and travel to Venice.
• Upon arrival in this breathtaking city, we will meet our local guide and embark on a city tour highlighted by visits to St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace to explore the opulent public chambers adorned with masterpieces of Renaissance art. Here, we learn how the powerful doges ruled the Venetian Republic with an iron fist and gain rare entry into shadowy quarters of the Piombi attic prison, where Casanova was once locked up. We also walk across the famous Bridge of Sighs and share the same view that so many convicts shared as their last look at the outside world.
• Later this afternoon, we check into our hotel and freshen up before taking a stroll (or canal boat) to find dinner on own.

Overnight in Venice (B)

Day 11: Wednesday, June 21, 2023: JEWISH VENICE

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• This morning, we begin with a walking tour of the Venetian Ghetto. Though it was founded more than 500 years ago, today, the authentic features of this neighborhood are still home to a Jewish community of approximately 450 people.
• We continue to St. Mark's Square, where we enjoy an authentic gondola ride.
• The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the many charms of Venice or choose an optional excursion to the Island of Murano and tour one of the many glass-making business.
• We gather together one last time this evening for our farewell dinner at a local restaurant and a chance to reminisce about our Italian adventure.

Overnight in Venice (B, D)

Day 12: Thursday, June 22, 2023: ARRIVEDERCI

• Breakfast at our hotel.
• Transfer to airport for our return flights home.

The Memories Last Forever!!
*Itinerary subject to change