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LUCCA & the Italian Riviera

A Vibrant Journey in Tuscany and Liguria


Private journey for 2 - 10 travelers. Gather a small group of friends, family or colleagues for a vibrant experience in small Tuscan towns, the hills of Tuscany and along the stunning coastline of the Italian Riviera.
Gather a small group of friends, family or colleagues for a vibrant experience in small Tuscan towns, the hills of Tuscany and along the stunning coastline of the Italian Riviera. Spend 7 nights based in the engaging Tuscan city of Lucca, known for the massive Renaissance walls that surround the city. The itinerary is designed to include excellent food and wine, music, history, dramatic landscapes, and easy to moderate recreational biking, hiking and walking.

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To plan your private journey, call 505.992.1981

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

DAYS 1 and 2
DEPART U.S. / LUCCA, ITALY
Depart on an overnight flight from your home to Pisa, Italy. Arrive at the Pisa airport (PSA) and meet the Tour Director and fellow travelers for the ½ hour transfer to Lucca. Rest and refresh this afternoon after a long flight. Or meet for a leisurely walk around Lucca’s walls to acquaint yourself with this small city. San Luca Palace Hotel

Today’s Activity Level: optional 2.5- mile walk around walls, flat, easy pace, 1+ hour

DAY 3
LUCCA
Today, discover Lucca both on foot and by bicycle. On a walking tour with a local guide, pass through Lucca's charming neighborhoods, lively pedestrian shopping avenue Via Filungo, and take in the intimate parish churches and the grand Duomo di San Martino. Hop on bicycles for a ride atop the walls and – weather permitting – an optional ride outside the city. Lunch is on own. This evening, attend a 1-hour concert featuring arias by Lucca's own Giacomo Puccini. Enjoy dinner at a lovely restaurant in Lucca. San Luca Palace Hotel

Today’s Activity Level: 1/2 hour ride around the walls, paved and flat; then, optional 2-3 hour bike ride, moderate, generally flat with both paved and gravel sections. Short uphill section at start.

DAY 4
LUCCA / LUCCHESI HILLS
If you wish, start the morning with a walk along the walls, or grab your camera to photograph Lucca as the day begins. Mid-morning, take a short ride in our own minibus into the hills outside the city to visit two of the area's historic Renaissance villas, still owned by the original noble families. Later,stop in at a family-owned winery for lunch and tasting of the lovingly crafted, small-batch wines that result from the rich sea and mountain-fed soil of this region. Return to the hotel in late afternoon. At your leisure, enjoy the traditional evening passeggiata (walk) along Lucca’s lively Via Filungo. Dinner is on own. San Luca Palace Hotel

DAY 5
PALMARIA ISLAND / PORTOVENERE
Rise early for departure from Tuscany and a drive into the province of Liguria. The Ligurian coastline, also known as the Italian Riviera, is dotted with colorful fishing villages cascading down to the rocky shoreline. Travel to some of the lesser-known spots today. Embark on a 3–hour hike, with an amiable local guide, around Palmaria Island, home to only 30 inhabitants. From the island, look out over views on the Bay of Poets, so called for the English romantic poets, Byron and Shelley, who once lived here. Enjoy lunch along the water’s edge before visiting the picturesque village of Portovenere and its cathedral hanging on a precipice at the edge of the Bay. Return to Lucca, where we have a light dinner together. San Luca Palace Hotel

Today’s Activity Level: 3-hour hike, moderate, on Palmaria Island; initial steep uphill section then relatively flat, mild downhill near end

DAY 6
LUCCA / CARRARA
Enjoy a morning at leisure. This afternoon, head to Carrara, and board rugged Land Rovers to travel upward into the stunningly white marble quarries. This other-worldly and rare experience takes us high into the mines, where we watch the miners at work as they man the heavy equipment that cuts and transports massive blocks of marble to the market each day. Later, have dinner at a popular trattoria in Lucca. San Luca Palace Hotel

DAY 7
LERICI / TELLARO
Venture back to Liguria and the Bay of Poets today for a hike from the colorful beach town of Lerici, into the terraced hillsides and quiet villages around the Bay. Return to Lucca in late afternoon and enjoy a casual dinner. San Luca Palace Hotel

Today’s Activity Level: 3-4 hour hike, moderate; several uphill sections; paved and dirt path sections; steep, uneven downhill for final ½ hour.

DAY 8
LUCCA
Spend the last day in Lucca meandering on your own, or embark on a special ½ day excursion outside the city.San Luca Palace Hotel

DAY 9
Depart for the Pisa airport (PSA) for return home.

About the Hotel: The 4-star San Luca Palace is located in the heart of the walled city of Lucca in a restored 16th-century palazzo. The 26-room boutique property offers spacious accommodations with independent air-conditioning and heating systems, complimentary WiFi, minibar, safe, and LCD TV with satellite channels. The hotel’s Puccini bar and outdoor patio provide pleasant places for afternoon tea or evening cocktails. A generous breakfast buffet is offered each morning including pastries, juices, cheeses, eggs, bacon, coffee and more. Most important, the management and staff at the San Luca Palace are local, gracious and welcoming.

DETAILS

Pricing based on number of travelers and desired itinerary. Accommodations subject to availability.

To learn more or to plan your private journey, please write to us at discover@beyonddoorwaystravel.com or call 505.204.8334

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Wine estate outside Lucca
The harbor at Lerici
Wine tasting in the Lucchesi hills
Piazza San Frediano, Lucca
Wedding in Portovenere, along the Italian Riviera
Carrara's marble quarries

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