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My Best Tour - The Fun Way - Via Santamaura, 9 00192 Roma

Legal address Via Nomentana, 175 00198 Roma

P. IVA (VAT) 11843611002 - ADV license # 91326 - REA RM1331570

 

Deluxe Private Chauffeured and Fully Escorted Multi Country Tour
Provided by Andreas and Roberto of Gioia Tour Service
2200 km - Worry & Stress free Travel
Family size group of maximum 5/6 people + Chauffeur or
Maximum of 10/12 people in 2 luxurious Mercedes Vans
Fly in Frankfurt/Germany - Fly out Rome/Italy or different if necessary
Tour can be provided all year around starting February 15th 2009

 

Itinerary of 16 Days/15 Nights
(Length and Itinerary can be changed on request)
Rhine Castles, Black Forest, Rheinfall, Lucerne, Glacier Express Train
Ride, Swiss Alps, St. Moritz
Lake Maggiore, Borromean Islands,
Liguria Region – Gulf of Poets, Portofino, Cinque Terre
Tuscany Region – Carrara Marble Mountains,
Bicycle ride in Lucca, San Gimignano
Tuscan Hill Towns, Chianti Wine Tasting,
5 Star Luxury Spa Fonteverde (Tuscany)

 

 

Black Forest, Park Hotel 

Day 1

Arrival Frankfurt Airport - Transfer to Castle
Greet and Meet your Chauffeur /Tour Manager at the Frankfurt Airport and start your adventure through all these European Countries with him.
It’s off on the open road this morning from Frankfurt to the majestic and fabled Rhine. Follow the river past the castles of Burg Rheinstein and Burg Sooneck to Bacharach, famed for its half timbered houses. Awesome scenery is at every turn, but prepare yourself for spectacular views from the 1000 year old Castle of Schönburg, where you will stay for 2 nights. Dining like Kings at the Castle Restaurant, with the Rhine winding around under knees.
Hotel Info:
2 nights
www.hotel-schoenburg.com

 

The Porsche Museum 

Day 2

Rhine Villages & Castles
Full day to explore those “Castles on the Rhine” perched along both sides of the river. High above Braubach is the mighty Marksburg, the only castle-fortress in the entire Rhine-Valley never to have been destroyed. Here you will find a great collection of armor as well as an interesting medieval garden.

 

 

 

Brewery 

Day 3

The Black Forest
Your day begins with a drive crossing briefly into France to Strasbourg, one of that country’s best preserved medieval towns. Stop for lunch and a stroll around that beautiful City. Back to Germany deeper into the “Schwarzwald” via the unique Gutach Falls which plunges down the mountain side in seven spectacular stages. Continue deep into the Black Forest to the center of the clock making industry and the home of the Cuckoo Clock. Overnight at Hotel Wehrle in Triberg. See the biggest Cuckoo Clock of the world!!! Use of wonderful Spa facilities at the Hotel.
Hotel Info:
1 night
www.parkhotel-wehrle.de

 

Village in Germany

Day 4

Black Forest/Germany to Lucerne/Switzerland
Late morning, start driving through the “Forest” via the famous Rhine falls into the Swiss countryside and along the shores of the beautiful Lake of Lucerne. Settle into the Romantik Hotel “Wilden Mann” for 2 nights. Bratwurst for Lunch in the fairytale village of “Stein am Rhein”. Fine dining Dinner in Lucerne!
Hotel Info:
2 nights
www.wilden-mann.ch

 

 

 

Schoenburg-am-Rhein, the Castle

 

Day 5

Lucerne
Because Lucerne is ideal for taking a stroll, we call our guided city tour «a walk around Lucerne». On the Walk & City Train Tour, you will learn important, humorous and interesting facts about Lucerne’s history, churches, bridges, narrow streets, towers, squares and, of course, Lucerne’s trademark – the Chapel Bridge with the Water Tower.

 

 

 

Lucerne

Day 6

Lucerne - Glacier Express Train Ride - St. Moritz
After a wonderful breakfast, departure to Andermatt. Then it’s all aboard the Glacier Express Train for an unforgettable trip across 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels to St. Moritz where you’ll enjoy breath-taking views of the Alps. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the lovely Engadin Valley, and settle in for a two-night stay in Celerina. St. Moritz, home of the international jet-set, is considered the oldest and one of the most famous winter resorts in the world. Every winter this alpine village hosts the “White Turf” horse race on the frozen Lake St. Moritz.
Hotel Info:
2 nights www.rosatsch.ch
PRETZELS, BEER, PASTA AND WINE TOUR !!

 

Swiss Alps

Day 7

St. Moritz and Surroundings
The whole day is dedicated to explore the beautiful Engadine area. St. Moritz Sightseeing - Shopping - Winter/Summer Sport Activities.
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides: Take a merry and elegant sleigh ride through the wonderful winter forest, tucked into a cozy warm woolen blanket. How about a cheese fondue in a homey ‘Stüvetta’ to round off the day?

 

 

 

Swiss Alps

Day 8

Switzerland to Lake Maggiore-Italy
Leave St. Moritz after a rich breakfast, driving via the famous “Passo del S. Bernardino”, which takes us south into the Ticino, that Italian speaking part of southern Switzerland. Stop for a quick stroll through the town of Bellinzona. Then drive southwest to the resort of Ascona, spend some time there for lunch, visiting its Old Town and wandering its narrow streets. Back into the car and finally crossing the Swiss/Italy Border. Arrival in Canobbio at Lake Maggiore in the afternoon. Settle into Hotel Cannobbio just for 1 night. Easy going Pizzeria for dinner.
Hotel Info:
1 night
www.hotelcannobio.com

 

 

Lake Maggiore 

Day 9

Lake Maggiore to The Italian Riviera
Early 9 Am departure for a long driving day to the Italian Riviera. Cruising along the beautiful shores of Lake Maggiore, we will use the Italian Autostrada in order to get around busy Milan and for crossing the Alpi Apennini . Once arrived at the Mediterranean Sea, stop at VIP Portofino, have a nice espresso and then a stop at the beautiful seaside town of Santa Margherita for a late lunch. Arrival in Lerici on the Gulf of Poets, where we settle for 2 nights at the family run Doria Park Hotel.

 

 

 

Portofino 

Day 10

Day Excursion to The Cinque Terre
Depending on the weather, we’ll take the boat, train, or our private Van, and visit the remote 5 towns comprising the breathtaking Cinque Terre. The Cinque Terre is a unique area, full of tiny peninsulas and romantic bays. The towns are terraced, almost falling into the sea, and form the gorgeous National Nature Reserve of the Cinque Terre. We will walk at least the famous “Via dell Amore”, which connects 2 villages. – If there is more time and energy, we walk to another one. Light lunch based on pasta al Pesto. Back to our Hotel in Lerici and dinner on your own. – downstairs!!
Hotel Info:
2 nights www.doriaparkhotel.it

 

 

Liguria 

Day 11

Lerici (Liguria) to Lucca (Tuscany)
Breakfast and ready to drive towards Tuscany. We’ll drive for a Cappuccino & Cornetto at the enchanting village of Pietrasanta. The village is famous for its marble sculptors who work on marble quarried in the nearby hills. En route stop at Pisa in order to fix the Leaning Tower. A short drive from Pisa lies Lucca, a lovely city enclosed by massive red brick walls. Built between 1504 and 1645 it represents one of the best-preserved Renaissance defenses in Europe. The Piccolo Puccini Hotel is our final destination today.
Hotel Info:
2 nights www.hotelpuccini.com

 

 

Lerici, the port

Day 12

Exploring Lucca by Bike & Foot
Today we’ll rent bikes and ride atop the ancient walls – 3 miles long- that have been transformed into a park. We will enjoy the splendid landscape of the city and its many bell towers that are silhouetted against the horizon of what was once a defensive fortification, but that currently serves the purpose of maintaining intact the center of a wonderfully charming medieval city.
Great Shopping – Great Food – Great Sightseeing - by Bike & Walk
For lunch we shop at a local Alimentari Foccaccia Bread, Salami, Prosciutto, local Wine, Dried Tomatoes, Pecorino – and have a picnic on the wall.
Dinner at La Vecchia Trattoria Buralli – Specialty La Tagliata (Meat).

 

 

Lucca, Amphitheatre Square

Day 13

Lucca - Chianti Tour - San Casciano dei Bagni
Moving away from Lucca, the road begins to snake its way through the gentle hills of the Chianti – visit famous San Gimignano. Guided wine tasting tour with a stop at a family run vineyard and a visit of their cellar. Lunch inside the walls of Monteriggione. The tiny fortified hamlet of Monteriggioni perfectly conserves its medieval appearance. Afternoon drink at Piazza del Campo in Siena. If there is still time and energy, there awaits a site of great beauty: the Benedictine ‘Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Final destination is the 5 Star Luxury Spa Fonteverde in San Casciano dei Bagni.
Hotel Info:
3 nights www.fonteverdespa.com or www.adler-thermae.com
 

San Casciano dei Bagni, Palazzo Bologna

Day 14

Fonteverde Luxury Spa
No driving today !!
Day 14 - Fonteverde Luxury Spa Enjoy the beautiful facilities at the Luxury 5 Star Spa of Fonteverde, Member OF VIRTUOSO SPAS and LEADING SPAS OF THE WORLD.
Set in the Val d’Orcia in the southern-most part of Tuscany and near the ancient hill town of San Casciano dei Bagni, the Fonteverde Spa is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Tuscany.
P.S. There are many options with local tour guides

 

 

Fonteverde Luxury Spa, the outdoor pool

Day 15

Morning exploration of the countryside, remainders of the day leisurely at the SPA.
Recommended visits include: Radicofani, passing through the ancient medieval hamlet of Ghino di Tacco, Rocca with its beautiful views, and on the way back, the ancient Roman via Cassia, testimonial to the splendors of the historical Mille Miglia race.
Another beautiful drive along the panoramic route passing Monte Cetona. Food lovers must visit Cetona, an ancient hamlet where the first settlers arrived about 40,000 years ago. On the way to Chianciano, the drive is along an enchanting road bordered by cypress trees where many Italian and foreign filmmakers have filmed. A splendid panoramic view is possible from the crest, which unwinds between the Val d’Orcia and the Val di Chiana. On our return we stop in the delightful medieval city of Pienza, where you can taste the famous pecorino cheese with a Brunello wine.

 

San Quirico Val d’Orcia

Day 16

Flight back to USA from Rome
Early departure to the Roma/Fiumicino Airport.
Say Goodbye to your Chauffeur/Tour Manager/Escort/Interpreter
Arrividerci Italia

 

 

 

Fiumicino Airport

 

Or optional: Enjoy full escorted City stay and Private Tour of Rome with our cultural expert Roberto 2-4 days suggested.
This 2 week long Private Tour is designed for anybody: Single Travelers, Couples, Friends, Families etc, which like the comfort to be driven and escorted from A to Z to experience 3 European Countries. Listen to different languages, eat in local places, as well as in fine dining venues. Every Day will be different - Variety!!! Also we are great improvisers, once on the road. There is always somebody to drive you even you drink a bit too much vino. That is what we call “Worry Free Travel” with Andreas & Roberto
At what point you join the tour and the daily Itinerary are flexible to some extent. Touring & Sightseeing will be reviewed Day by Day. The Hotel Reservations once taken, are not possible to change.
Cost for Transportation & Touring is 2300 euro per person for the 16 Day Tour. – minimum 5 people. With four people add 200 euro surcharge per person. Three people or less, contact us for different pricing. This amount is paid directly to Andreas or Roberto of Gioia Tour Service.
This cost includes:
Fully escorted Transportation & Tour throughout the whole 16 days with multilingual Driver/Tour Manager in a luxurious Mercedes Van with Maximum occupancy of 5/6 passengers. All transportation costs like gas, motorway tolls, border fees, parking, bribes etc.
Doesn’t include:
Vat Tax 10%
Airfare - book trough your Travel Agent or by yourself
Hotels - book trough your Travel Agent or by yourself or we reserve for you with your Credit Card Numbers
Accommodations for Chauffeur/Tour Manager
Meals for Chauffeur/Tour Manager if served together with clients
Entrance Fees, Wine Tasting, Train Ride, Boat Ride, City Guides, Public Transportation, Bicycle rent and anything not specifically mentioned as included.
Tips and Gratuity

We will be happy to give you more info about this Tour.
Please contact:
Andreas Krah
Via S. Agostino 181 A
56121 Pisa – Italy
andreas@tours-europe.com
Office +39-050-40677

Cell +39-348-782-0844
Roberto Contursi
roberto@tours-europe.com

Cell +39-335-525-2852
 

 
               
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