Italy from $2,398

Florence - Lucca - Italian Riviera - Cinque Terre - Pisa - Tuscan Countryside
9 days
US departure date: September 3, 2022
Florence land tour start date: September 4
Tuscan Countryside return date: September 11

Check Availability or call 800-638-7640

What's Included?

The 9-day land package includes:

Transportation and Lodging

  • 7 nights in superior tourist class hotels or better 2-share rooms with private bath/shower
  • All ground transportation by private motor coach as per itinerary
  • Airport transfers with purchased AESU group airfare


  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 specialty dinners
    • Welcome Florentine dinner at neighborhood osteria
    • Italian Riviera pizza party
    • Tuscan Feast farewell dinner
  • 2 lunches
    • Rustic Tuscan lunch
    • Snacks with wine & olive oil tasting in Tuscan Countryside

Activities & Admissions

  • Guided tours of Florence and Lucca, led by a local historian
  • Market visit in Lucca
  • Cinque Terre hikes
  • Cinque Terre rail card
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Tuscan Countryside stay
  • Winery tour
  • Wine & olive oil tasting


  • See Michelangelo’s Florence
  • Brunelleschi’s Duomo
  • Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral
  • Gates of Paradise
  • Giotto’s Bell Tower
  • Picturesque Italian Riviera
  • Medieval town of Lucca
  • Lucca market
  • Cinque Terre, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Fishing villages
  • Tuscany’s rolling hills
  • Chianti wine region and much more….


  • A private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • All service charges and local taxes

Explore Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance and a city packed with extraordinary art and architecture. Then discover the Italian Riviera with its breathtaking coastal scenery and hike along paths through charming fishing villages of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, dip into the magic of Italy’s Tuscan countryside with its rolling hills of olive groves and vineyards crowned by castles and ancient abbeys. Savor local Chianti wine and home-made pasta, try bread dipped in olive oil, slices of red tomato loaded with fresh mozzarella cheese, basil and sun-cured olives. Enjoy la dolce vita!

Free Airport Transfers & Discount Airfare

When you book your airfare through AESU, you get these great benefits:

  • Free airport transfers overseas on tour start and return dates
  • Hassle free—we take care of all the details
  • Free quotes & competitive rates
  • Fly with fellow travelers
  • Flexible payment schedule
  • AESU can help with special flight requests too
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Half-day excursion from La Spezia to Portofino incl. seafood lunch and kayaking (1 hour)

Portofino is a perfectly styled coastal village on the Italian Riviera coastline, southeast of Genoa city. Pastel-colored houses, high-end boutiques and seafood restaurants border its Piazzetta, a small cobbled square overlooking the harbor, which is lined with luxurious yachts from all over the world.

This splendid sea resort with its relaxed, Mediterranean personality, also boasts an ancient marine culture, and is another one of those spots beloved by artists, famous people and writers that have long sung its praises.

Our excursion includes the round-trip transfer from our hotel to Portofino, free time in Portofino to explore the town, a delicious seafood lunch and an hour kayak or stand-up paddle boarding outing.

Contact your tour director in Italy for exact times and what to bring.

  • Est. departure from hotel: 9 AM
  • Est. return time: 4 PM
Pasta cooking class

Get an authentic taste of Northern Italy during our 4-hour pasta cooking class. Led by a local chef, learn how to craft a delicious spread of Tuscan favorites, including hand-rolled pasta originating in this area. Afterward, enjoy the fruits of your labor with your group and cheers to your newly acquired cooking skills with glass of vino.

Max. group size is: 15


  • Duration: approx. 4 hours
  • Cooking class with a professional local chef
  • Preparation of antipasto, Italian snacks, pasta
  • Lunch incl. water, 1 glass of wine
  • Transportation to/from cooking school


What to do during your free time? For more details or current local events talk to your tour director or your local city guide. They are always the best source for free-time activities and offer great tips on restaurants or local hang-outs.



Traveling on this trip will introduce you to some native cuisine, including local specialties.

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We stay in superior tourist class hotels, all with private bath/shower in 2-share rooms. Our hotels have been specially selected for their European atmosphere, friendly hospitality, and cleanliness. Our hotels are centrally located or within a short walk of public transportation to take you to the landmark of your choice in the city you are visiting.

You'll be given a complete hotel address list with your final documents. Properties are subject to change and any substitutions would be the equivalent of those listed. All land package rates are based on two people sharing a room. If traveling solo and not wanting to pay the single supplement, AESU will attempt to arrange a share with a same-gender travelers. If a share cannot be arranged a single supplement will apply.


The 4-star Grand Hotel Mediterraneo is situated in an enchanting and peaceful position on the banks of the Arno river, a short distance from the centre of Florence. The hotel features an excellent restaurant offering authentic Tuscan cuisine and an American bar and lounge.


CDH Hotel La Spezia is located in the town’s shopping district and a 10 minute walk to/from La Spezia train station. From here you can catch trains to the Cinque Terre. The hotel offers spacious air-conditioned rooms with modern design and tiled floors. All rooms feature a satellite TV, a safe and a private bathroom with a hair dryer. Wi-Fi is free throughout. A breakfast buffet is available daily.


Housed in a medieval village near the town of Siena, La Bagnaia features air-conditioned, tastefully decorated room. WiFi is free. The hotel has a spa (services for additional fees) that includes a sauna, a thermal pool and a fitness center.

Ciao Italy$2398.00
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Start In FlorenceEnd In SienaLand Only
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If you purchase your own airfare, book your overnight flight from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date listed above.

* Price per person based on a twin share room. If you're traveling alone, and do not want to pay the single supplement, AESU will attempt to arrange a share with a same-gender traveler. If no travelers are available to share, a single supplement of $625 will apply.

UCR Young Alumni Journeys through AESU are a benefit to current members of the UCR Alumni Association. To join the UCR Alumni Association, please visit or call 951-827-2586.

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Gateway Cities

Fly into and out of Florence, Italy

Airfare is not included in land price. If you choose to book air with AESU, after receipt of your land booking, AESU will email you a quote with your tour confirmation invoice. You will have 72 hours to accept or decline airfare. (Or call AESU at 800-638-7640 for a quote prior to booking).

Book Airfare with AESU - FREE Airport Transfers

Purchase your airfare from AESU and receive free arrival/departure transfers between the airport to your hotels. We also try to book you on the same flights as others traveling on your tour. Land only participants BOOKING OWN FLIGHT OVERSEAS, DO NOT receive airport arrival/departure transfers. If you book land only with us, book your flights from the USA one day earlier than the tour start date. If you are not booking flights through AESU, we recommend not booking airfare until your tour is guaranteed (This will be noted on website with “guaranteed” next to tour start date).

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How to Book

Click on a date above to get a quote or make a reservation. You can make your $500 deposit ONLINE to confirm your space on the land tour. Full payment isn't due until 120 days before departure, and you or friends and family can make partial payments after you've booked (See NOTE below if within 120 days). Or you can scan/email or fax a booking form.

If you just want a quote and don’t want to secure a spot on the land program, select date above and click “Get a Quote” button on next page.

NOTE: Reservations to be paid in full 120 days prior to departure. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and any airfare quote can only be held for 72 hours. Payment in full, for late reservations, will be due upon receipt of invoice from AESU. A late booking fee of $150 per person will apply.

All prices reflect a cash discount (For full payment by credit card, there is a 4% processing fee.)

To download a copy of the Terms and Conditions Click here.

PAYMENT PLAN: pay a little at a time and make your trip more affordable.

After paying a deposit of $500 online to reserve your spot, you can pay your balance in as many installments as you like, with a minimum of $100 for each transaction with no fee. Please indicate booking number on your check payment. If you prefer to pay installments by credit card, please call us at 800-638-7640 for details. (All prices reflect a cash discount. There is a 4% processing fee for any payments made by credit card after initial deposit.) The total tour cost (land, and air if applicable) must be paid in full at least 120 days before departure.

INSURANCE: Travel insurance is required. (Check if trip insurance is offered directly by your Alumni Assoc.) If not, you can get a quote and purchase online through Trip Assure. See the insurance link on AESU's website under Travel Tools or copy this link into your browser:

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Contact Us

UC Riverside Alumni

Darron Pinkney
Office of Alumni Engagement
2203 Alumni & Visitors Center
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521-0110
Tel. (951) 827-2586 (UCR-ALUM)
email: [email protected]

AESU Alumni World Travel

3922 Hickory Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: 410-366-5494
Toll-Free: 800-638-7640
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