Florence and the Italian Renaissance

Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2018
$7,390per person, twin share (land content only). $1,880 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon
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Florence has the world’s greatest concentration of masterpieces from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, when it was one of Europe’s largest and most dynamic cities. Settle in and relax on this residential tour as we discover the unique amalgam of commercial enterprise, republican government, dynastic ambitions and individual virtuosity that shaped some of the world’s most revolutionary artists, writers and scholars: Dante, Giotto, Masaccio, Donatello, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo. Our visits to diverse collections are balanced with day trips to medieval towns in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, tours of Florence’s artisanal culture, wine tastings and fine dining.


  • Italian art and culture in Florence, far beyond what most tourists see
  • The history of Florence, one of the most dynamic cities of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • Beautiful medieval towns, including Siena, San Gimignano and Pistoia, 2017’s Capital of Italian Culture
  • The world of the Renaissance genius: Michelangelo, Donatello, Botticelli and Bronzino
  • Florence beyond the Renaissance: Etruscans, villas and gardens
  • Tuscany’s gastronomic delights and artisanal traditions


  • Two weeks in Florence exploring the society, history and art of the Renaissance
  • Extraordinary galleries and museums, including the Uffizi and the recently renovated Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
  • Day trips in Tuscany: Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra and Pistoia
  • Private tours of the cathedral terraces and the Secret Passages of the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Tuscan cuisine, wine tastings, and Florence’s artisanal traditions

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Your Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon has a University Medal and PhD in Italian history from the University of Sydney. Having taught history at universities in Sydney for 10 years, he now leads tours to Italy and Europe exclusively for Academy Travel.


Day 1: Arrive in Florence.

Days 2–4: Discover how Florence became the centre of the Renaissance; excursion to the medieval towns of San Gimignano and Volterra.

Days 5–9: Artisans and Renaissance masterpieces in Florence; Pistoia, a Renaissance jewel in Tuscany.

Days 10–13: Renaissance heritage in art, science, letters; the gardens of Florence, including Villa Gamberaia and Villa Medici; day trip to Siena.

Day 14: Depart Florence.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

We recommend flights into and out of Bologna with Emirates. Contact us for competitive quotes and bookings.

Tour Inclusions

What is included in the tour price? 
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:

  • Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
  • Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
  • All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
  • Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
  • Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
  • Services of tour leader throughout tour
  • All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local guides at some sites
  • Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals

Airport Transfers

Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.

What is not included in the tour price?
Open-age tours do not include the following:

  • Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
  • Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
  • Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
  • Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
  • Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 60 days before departure: $500*
  • 60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
  • 44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
  • 14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due

*This amount may be credited to another ADFAS Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.

Unused Portions of the tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Travel Insurance

ADFAS Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ADFAS Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an ADFAS Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

Will the itinerary change?

Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ADFAS Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

ADFAS Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

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Florence and the Italian Renaissance Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2018

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Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2018
$7,390per person, twin share (land content only). $1,880 supplement for sole use of a hotel room.

Tour Leader

Dr Nick Gordon


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Tour Consultant

For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:

Jamal Fairbrother 02 9235 0023
or 1800 639 699 (Outside Sydney)
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