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Siena and San Gimignano Shore Excursion

a cruise excursion in Livorno

Duration: 9 hours
Languages: EN
  • Local prices from local partners
  • Timely return to your cruise ship
  • Cruise friendly cancellation policy

Enjoy a private shore excursion directly from your ship in Livorno. Our expert and courteous, English-speaking driver will pick you up in a luxury vehicle and take you to visit the very best highlights of Siena and San Gimignano.

After an hour and half driving through the Tuscan countryside you will reach San Gimignano. San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers dating back to the 11th century. Its cultural and natural patrimonies have been recognized by UNESCO, but even more impressive is the medieval skyline made up of towers and the views from above and below them. The town increased in wealth and developed greatly during the middle Ages thanks to the "Via Francigena" the trading and pilgrim's route that crossed it. Such prosperity lead to the flourishing of works of art to adorn the churches and monasteries. On 8 May 1300 Dante Alighieri came to San Gimignano as the Ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany. In 1348 San Gimignano's population was drastically reduced by the Black Death Plague throwing the city into a serious crisis which eventually led to its submission to Florence in 1353. In the following centuries San Gimignano overcame its decline and isolation when it's beauty and cultural importance, together with its agricultural heritage, was rediscovered. Once in San Gimignano, other than admiring the famous towers, you can also see the "Duomo" or Collegiate Church, the "Palazzo del Popolo", the "Palazzo Nuovo del Podestà" (which is now the town hall), S. Agostino Church, the Museum of Holy Relics, and the infamous Museum of Torture, which displays early instruments of torture and reminds everyone that cruelty and violence existed even way back then.
On a lighter note, there are numerous shops which sell local products including the "Vernaccia" wine. During the transfer San Gimignano-Siena you will stop in Monteriggioni, without doubt one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. The town was built by the Senesis in the years 1213-1219 on a hillock overlooking the Cassia Road. Its ideal position allowed controlling the Elsa and the Staggia Valleys in direction of Florence, the historic enemy of Siena. Here you'll have the chance to taste a true Tuscany meal in a typical trattoria. After lunch, we'll proceed to Siena, where you'll immediately notice an ancient and mysterious atmosphere floating through the little, narrow streets and squares. You'll feel as if you've stepped backwards in time.

Draped on its three hills, Siena is a very beautiful city to visit, a flamboyant medieval ensemble of places and towers cast in warm, brown, Siena-coloured bricks. It's soaring skyline is it's pride, dominated by the gothic cathedral (Duomo is one of the most spectacular in Italy and one of the few to have been built south of the Alps in full gothic style) and the taut needle of the Torre del Mangia and yet the shell shaped Piazza del Campo, probably captures the most attention and fame. It has been seen in films, photographs, and advertising campaigns. The bricks cover the sweetly sloping land underneath and are witness to many events in history, but the most intriguing is the "Palio" horserace, one of the most important things in the life of a Siena native. In the piazza on 2 July and 16 August there is a bareback horse race that was first recorded in 1283, but may have had its origins in Roman military training. On those days mayhem takes over this small town and non-natives can observe local patriotism at its best and worst. Any and everything will be done passionately to bring home the prize.

The price is the "Palio", a banner to be shown off with pride for the whole neighbourhood it represents. At the end you will drive back to Livorno pier on perfect time to reboard your ship.

Why this excursion?

  • Luxury vehicles
  • English-speaking drivers
  • All taxes, tolls, fuel, parking fees included
  • Courteous and personal service
  • Shore excursions can be customized within reason
  • All vehicles are fully insured according to Italian law
  • Skip-the-line reservations for the museums can be made upon request

Important remarks

  • Available: all year round
  • Tour length: 9 hours
  • Pick up - drop off location: at your ship in the Livorno Port
  • Pick up time (suggested): 8.00am (according to your ship schedule)

OPTIONALS (IF INTERESTED)

  • Licensed guide at disposal in Siena and/or San Gimignano (2 hours in each town) to give you more specific and detailed tour of the city/museums/attractions

CANCELLATIONS

  • No charge will be applied for cancellations made up to 15 days prior to the service date;
  • Cancellations made 7 days prior to the service date: 50% charge
  • Cancellations made 48 hours prior to the service date: 75% charge
  • Cancellations made 24 hours of less or no show: 100% charge
  • ONLY FOR CRUISERS: no penalty if the ship doesn't dock in port, due to weather or unforeseen circumstances
  • Cancellations must be made in writing. E-mail is sufficient, but must be acknowledged by us to confirm receipt.

TRANSFERS - DELAYS/CANCELLATIONS/CHANGES
If your arrival flight / train / is cancelled due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, no charge will be made, if we've been advised of it. If you miss/change your flight / train, you must advise us as soon as possible. The quoted price include one hour after the arranged pick up time at no extra charge. Our drivers monitor all flights before they leave our garages and adjust the time they leave accordingly. If however the flight arrival time is amended due to delays following the driver's arrival at the airport, then additional waiting time (after the first hour included in the agreed price) will be charged at our basic hourly rate (Euro 50.00/hr). If, as a result of extreme delays the driver is required to return to the airport in order to collect the client, then this will be at our the convenience. The Company is obliged to carry out other pre-booked reservations, and cannot cause delays and inconvenience to other clients as a result of flight delays. If, upon arrival at the airport, you can't find your driver you must contact us as soon as possible.

TRANSFERS - NON ARRIVAL
If the client fails to arrive on the flight/train detailed at the time of reservation then the driver shall wait for a maximum of 2 hours starting from the scheduled pick up time. If after this time the client fails to arrive, and advise us, the driver will leave the airport/station and an extra charge of Euro 50.00, will be incurred for the additional hour (not included in the price).
NO REFUND will be issued.

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS &  SHORE EXCURSIONS
If you are on a ship, and your Cruise Company decide to cancel the reserved port of call, you must advise us, as soon as possible, so we can cancel the service before the car leave the garage, and no charge will be made. If the Cruise Company decide to change the reserved port of call, you must advise us, as soon as possible, so according to your needs and our availability, we can re-schedule the service with all of the new details, including the price that may vary, due to logistic reasons. If you failed to advise us and you do not arrive we will consider and charge it as a NO SHOW.

Included

  • Luxury air conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking driver
  • All taxes, parking, tolls, fuel and driver maintenance

Not included

  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees, if required - unless otherwise specified
  • Gratuities

Start location

At the Livorno Port directly at your ship gangway

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