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One of Joe Banana's English speaking drivers will meet you at the port of La Spezia. You will need to take the shuttle from the cruise ship to the parking lot where your private driver will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it. You will then be chauffeured about 2 hours and 30 minutes, driving through medieval towns and beautiful surrounding valleys, arriving at the first stop of this spectacular shore excursion, San Gimignano.
An enchanting medieval village that has taken the name of Bishop Gimignano who saved the city from the barbarians, San Gimignano has also been named the Italian Manhattan because of it's tall, majestic towers. You will have time here to explore the area and shop.
After this, your private driver will then take you to Siena, where enthusiastics claim that is a must-see. Founded by Augustus around the time of the birth of Christ, the city became a wealthy and powerful rival of Florence during the late Middle Ages. Today Siena offers to visitors a fascinating passageway to the Renaissance.
You will have time to visit Piazza del Duomo, the site of the annual spectacular Palio horse race, and where the Cathedral and the most outstanding buildings are located.
Your driver will be happy to suggest a local restaurant where you can experience the typical cuisine of the area.
After this beautiful shore excursion we'll drive back to La Spezia port, about 2.5 hours away.
Please note the following itinerary is traffic dependent:
7:30 am Pick up from La Spezia port.
10:00 am Arrive in San Gimignano, have about 1.5 hours here.
11:30 am Drive to Siena
12:00 pm Arrive in Siena, have about 2 hours here.
2:30 pm Leave Siena, drive back to the port
5:00 pm Arrive at La Spezia port
Available: all year round
Tour duration: 9 hours
Pick up - drop off location: La Spezia Port
Pick up time (suggested): 7.30am (according to your ship’s schedule)
Luxury air conditioned vehicle
English speaking driver
All taxes, parking, tolls, gasoline and driver maintenance
Meals and drinks
Entrance fees, if required - unless otherwise specified.
Please be advised that, as touring companies have now been unabled to enter La Spezia port, when desembarking, cruisers need to take the shuttle bus in order to reach the designeted pick up area where their driver will be waiting holding a sign showing the guests' name. We kindly suggest that our guests get off the ship about 20 minutes earlier than the scheduled pick-up time in order to make the most out of the touring day.
The proposed itinerary is an example of a tour.
We reserve the right to change the order in which we visit sites.