Not a lot of time on shore? Not sure what to see and do or how to get there? Let Miles&Miles assist you in creating an unforgettable and stress-free journey! Our La Spezia Shore Excursion to Lucca & Montecarlo gives you a chance to visit some amazing cities in the Tuscany region. The tours are led by expert English speaking guides who will help to create a personalized experience while taking into account your specific interests. These incredible services enable you to tour with a native Italian guide showing you the real face of the city you are visiting. The tours are available in English or Italian, and are delivered with an insight and style that keeps our tours entertaining, fun, and informative.
PORT OF CALL: LA SPEZIA
If your port of call is Livorno please let us know as we have different itineraries from Livorno and will need accurate information in order to arrange your shore excursion properly.
At 8.30AM your day starts from the drop off point after you are shuttled by the cruise line to the shuttle terminal in La Spezia where your driver escort will be waiting with a sign bearing your name. We will be waiting for you with a comfortable, air conditioned, late model Mercedes van to start out a day of amazing sightseeing.
Before we arrive into Tuscany, we will drive the scenic coastline road along the Gulf of Poets stopping for a Cappuccino or gelato in Lerici or San Terenzo. Continuing the drive along the Versilia Coast, know as the South Beach of Tuscany, we will pass Forte dei Marmi, famous for the designer shopping and Italian vacation homes. Enroute your guide will also point out Viareggio, which is famous for yacht construction. After crossing the Monti Pisani, the mountains of Pisa, we will have a visit in Lucca. Lucca, enclosed in its 16th century Renaissance era walls, is a delightful town with surprises around every corner. These walls were used primarily for military reasons but now are used as pedestrian promenades. From the local tasty traditional pastries, the open piazza where once stood a Roman Amphitheater to the long streets lined with medieval buildings and towers that now house fashion boutiques and jewelry shops. The city`s charm remains and can be enjoyed with a walk or bike ride on the massive tree-lined walls. If you are adventurous and are interested in this option, the route is about 3 miles long and the cost to use the bikes is about 3 Euros per hour, per person.
After exploring Lucca, we will drive towards Montecarlo where we can arrange a guided visit to a winery and you can experience some of the local DOCG wines there. Now is the time to have a Tuscan “Merenda” which we can do right at a beautiful winery. This light lunch, usually consisting of homemade bread, salami, cheeses and wine, all of the typical flavors of Tuscany can be enjoyed right at the winery. Or, if you prefer, you can opt for a simple wine tasting at the winery and a traditional lunch at a local trattoria in the town of Montecarlo. You will enjoy the beautiful countryside as you drive back to the port of La Spezia. You will set sail with a day full of wonderful memories of this part of Italy.
Additional Information To Note:
Type and Length of Tour: 9 Hour Tour with a private van and driver guide
Traveling time from the Port of La Spezia: Approximately 60-75 minutes
Departure time from the port: 8:30am
*The order of this tour will be decided by the guide and may be reversed depending on your tour date.