Highlights of Tuscany
Trip for Singles
October 10 – 18, 2018
$2899.00 CAD including air from Saint John, Fredericton or Moncton Booking deadline June 30, 2018 limited availability
Just You Tour Manager as your host
7 nights in a 4-star hotel
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Specialist Local Guide
Complimentary wi-fi on board your coach
Welcome drink & farewell get-together
Day One- Depart from Fredericton, Saint John or Moncton for Florence, Italy.
Day Two -You'll meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner this evening in Montecatini Terme.
Day Three - Pisa is home to one of Italy's most recognizable sights, the famous Leaning Tower. Residing in the Field of Miracles, this 180ft campanile took 176 years to build and began to lean shortly after construction. Thankfully the structure has recently been secured yet it still retains its famous lean. We include a visit to the Field of Miracles this morning. Discover more of Pisa this afternoon in the company of your fellow travellers - your Tour Manager will always be on hand to suggest interesting places to visit.
Day Four - We'll visit Siena today, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its enchanting narrow streets lined with palaces and mansions lead to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, which is the setting each year for the colourful and intense Palio horse race.
Day Five - Today is free for you to enjoy as you wish. Perhaps enjoy a stroll into town or maybe treat yourself to a Spa treatment. Alternatively you could head out with your travelling companions and take the cable car up to the hilltop medieval village of Montecatini Alto. The views from here are unmissable.
Day Six - Enjoy another day at leisure in Montecatini Terme. Or, if you want to explore further, why not join our optional excursion to San Gimignano and Volterra.
San Gimignano is one of the prettiest hilltop towns in Tuscany, with beautiful palaces and churches, ornate frescoes and a fine baptistery within its ancient walls. It's also known as the 'town of beautiful towers' because of the impressive towers built here as status symbols by feuding families in medieval times.
We'll then move onto the walled medieval town of Volterra. We will visit the Estruscan Museum, which houses a large collection of historic artifacts, and see a craftsman at work hand carving Alabaster.
Day Seven - Florence is known as Italy's 'Art City'. It is home to works by great masters including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Built beside the River Arno, explore the city's compact historic centre on your included excursion. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, climb the steps of the magnificent Duomo and admire glorious architecture among the Renaissance streets and piazzas. Il Porcellino, the statue of a boar located in Mercato Nuovo, is surrounded by superstition – if you throw a coin into the grating at its feet and rub its shiny nose, legend has it that you will return to the city.
Day Eight - Lucca is a traditional historic town surrounded by impressive walls. Explore the town on an optional excursion today. Take a walk along the ancient ramparts and admire the beautiful botanical gardens, the Basilica of San Frediani and fascinating architecture including a tree-topped tower. Casa di Puccini, where the great opera composer was born, is now a house museum.
Alternatively, take time to explore your resort, enjoy the bustling town and the local café culture.
Day Nine - Your Just You vacation comes to an end today and it’s time to fly home or extend your holiday in Italy.
Go and Write ! Tuscany
Combine adventure with writing on this unique retreat.
Join Dr. Gerard Collins, an award-winning Newfoundland author, mentor, and university educator, on this creative writing retreat in Tuscany, Italy.
Your writing getaway includes round-trip air from Saint John, New Brunswick (other travel arrangements available), 6 nights at the Belvedere di San Leonino villa in Chianti, Italy, writing workshops and one-on-one feedback sessions, all breakfasts and dinners, ground transportation, taxes, and airport fees.
During our 6-night stay at the villa, Gerard will offer two creative writing workshops and host individual meetings with all participants, where the focus is on you and your writing, and where Gerard will provide detailed feedback on your writing.
There will be group readings in the evenings, optional writing prompts, and many opportunities for grand conversation and inspiration: a thoughtful balance of time spent in the company of other writers and time alone dedicated to your own writing.
We also have the option of a full day trip to Florence, cradle of Renaissance Italy, where we'll visit Medici Chapel and Dante House Museum, among other sites. While this day trip is highly recommended, it's an add-on ($275/person), as travelers have asked that we try to keep our base price down. Please indicate your interest when you book.
How to register
Register to take advantage of this unique opportunity to work directly with Gerard, an award-winning author, writing mentor, and IMPAC Dublin nominee. All genres and writing levels welcome, and non-writers welcome as well.
Cost is $4,999 CAD per person based on two travellers sharing a room, or $5,599 CAD for a single traveler ~ includes airfare from Saint John, NB, all taxes, fees, travel coaches, all breakfasts and suppers. Land-only rates and air from other gateways is available. Prices in Canadian funds. U.S. writers, your dollar stretches a long way and we'd love to have you join us! You only need a downpayment of $1,000 when you book, and you pay the balance in July.
To register for your writing getaway, call Freedom Tours at 1-506-632-1012 or 1-800-561-2324 (toll free in North America). Questions? Reach out to Gerard directly - he'll be happy to chat and provide more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Air from Saint John, NB to Florence, Italy October 22-29
-Round trip airport transfers at destination
-6 nights at the Hotel Belvedere di San Leonino October 23-29
-American Breakfast each morning
-Dinner at hotel each evening
-Group workshop on day 2 at hotel and on day 5 at hotel
Opatija and Venice (Mestre): October 2nd-19th
Opatija is a costal town on the Adriatic Sea and is known for its Mediterranean climate and historic buildings. Relax on the beach, go hiking, enjoy the local cafes, walk along the seafront promenade or take in the historic architecture.
$2549.00/person based on double occupancy
Round trip airfare from Montreal with Air France
Round trip airport transfers
14 nights accommodation at the Giorgio II in a sea view room
2 meals/day (breakfast and supper) in Croatia
1 orientation tour of Opatija and Rijeka
Transfer from hotel in Opatija to the hotel in Mestre
2 nights accommodation at the Delfino Hotel including breakfast
Taxes and service fees
Holiday in Gabicce Mare, Italy
Hotel Sans Souci, located on the beach along the Adriatic coast (28 km from Rimini) is surrounded by greenery and positioned at the edge of a natural park, within walking distance of the resort center. An ideal destination for relaxation, fun and a dream vacation.
Departures- October 1st-16th and October 15th-30th
Price starts at $2479.00/person based on double occupancy.
Airfare from Montreal
Round trip transfers
14 nights accommodation
2 meals/day (breakfast and supper)
1 supper of traditional cuisine
1 orientation tour
Wine tasting in a vineyard
1 cooking class at the hotel
Full day excursion to Urbino and Sant' Angelo in Vado
Full day excursion to Rimini
Air port taxes and fees
Beverages and meals not mentioned
Hotel city tax
Sea View Supplement- $359.00/person
Single Supplement- $859.00/person
Romantic Danube Cruise on the Viking Var
September 27th, 2019- October 4th, 2019
Visit Budapest’s Castle District and cross the famous Chain Bridge. Explore Göttweig Abbey, one of Austria’s most revered monastic centers, and make dumplings with Wachau Valley apricots.
See Europe’s largest pipe organ in Passau, or travel to Salzburg. Celebrate Vienna’s musical heritage at a concert featuring works by Mozart and Strauss. With medieval towns, grand cities and stunning scenery, this 8-day journey on the “Blue Danube” is one you are sure to love.
Veranda Room- $5824.00/person based on double occupancy
French Balcony Room- $5074.00/person based on double occupancy
Included in your cruise fare:
One shore excursion in each port of call, led by a knowledgeable local guide
All onboard meals, featuring regional specialties made with locally sourced ingredients and always available American classics
Restaurant reservations with your choice of multiple dining venues and times (including open seating)
Wine, beer & sodas with onboard lunch and dinner service
Specialty coffees & teas available 24 hours
Bottled water replenished daily
Internet/ wi-fi so you can remain connected
All port charges & government taxes — no nickel and diming
Freedom Tours & Travel
80 Charlotte St,
Saint John, NB
Phone: (506) 632 - 1012
Toll Free: 1 (800) 561 - 2324
Hours of operation:
Monday to Friday
9 - 5:30 PM
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