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Absolute Tuscany Tour (7 Day Tour)

Vacation Code: EVAT0611
7 Days and 6 Nights
09 Meals: 5 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Tour Description

Tuscany beckons with magical landscapes, expansive history and fragrant wines. This deluxe, small-group tour visits the medieval towns of Montepulciano, an early settlement of the intriguing pre-Roman Etruscan civilization, Siena and Monteriggioni. You’ll drive through the green-golden hills of the Val d’Orcia, where Cyprus trees dot the countryside like elegant exclamation points. In Florence, you’ll learn about the Renaissance, the cultural movement that lifted Europe to new heights, and in Chianti, you’ll sample the region’s wine. Along the way, the group will sample regional cuisine in local restaurants and trattorias.
 

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Itinerary



ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1: Florence
Day 2: Florence
Day 3: Florence – Siena – San Gimignano – Chianti
Day 4: Florence – Chianti
Day 5: Florence – Montepulciano – Pienza – Cortona
Day 6: Cortona
Day 7: Cortona

Day 1: Friday – Florence

Independent arrival in Florence. In the afternoon, meet your tour guide at your hotel for a welcome briefing. Start your discovery of Florence with an orientation tour in the heart of town, passing along Pontevecchio and Piazza della Signoria.

Overnight in Florence.


Day 2: Saturday – Florence (Breakfast)


Start your exploration of Florence from the unknown and most picturesque sides of the city: visit the market of San Lorenzo where it’s possible to see the food arriving from the Tuscan countryside. It’s a chance to taste lots of varieties of local cheeses, fruits, vegetable, and breads. If you”re still hungry, there’s free time for lunch.

In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel and get ready to explore the heart of the town.

Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time; Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli who he commissioned to produce various works of art and architecture. We’ll visit Piazza della Signoria, walk by the Palazzo Vecchio, , the Duomo with Giotto’s bell tower ( from outside), Ponte Vecchio. Our walk through Florence will end with a, visit to the Accademia and experience the masterpiece of Michelangelo: the statue of David.

Overnight in Florence


Day 3: Sunday – Florence – Siena – San Gimignano – Chianti (Breakfast, Dinner)


Today visit two of the most beautiful towns in Tuscany: Siena and San Gimignano. Starting from Florence, you will arrive in Siena passing along the beautiful hills of Chianti.

In the ancient times, there was only one city in Tuscany that competed against Florence for power, wealth and artistic beauties: Siena. Once in town, you will enjoy a guided walking tour to discover Piazza del Campo, stage of the famous Palio horse race, as well as exploring quieter backstreets.

You will learn everything about the 17 medieval city districts that compete against each other in the Palio, called Contrade. Your journey continues to San Gimignano, celebrated for its medieval skyscrapers, high walls and narrow streets.

According the legend the town was founded in 63 BC when two brothers Muzio and Silvio, young patricians fled from Rome because accomplices of Catiline, took refuge in Valdelsa but became rich and powerful only when it became an important stop along the Francigena Road, connecting Canterbury to the Holy Land, around year 1000 AC.

After some free time in San Gimignano, gaze in awe at a marvelous sunset on the Tuscan hills and then enjoy a typical Tuscan dinner in the cellar of a fascinating noble Villa in the Chianti countryside. During your dinner you will also enjoy a wine tasting, pairing different wines with the various courses of your Tuscan meal.

A Tuscan dessert is then served with local sweet wine. Coming back to Florence, you will stop at Piazzale Michelangelo belvedere, for a breathtaking view of Florence, admiring all the lights of the city.


Day 4: Monday – Florence – Chianti (Breakfast, Lunch)


In the Middle Age, Medici family invented the word ‘villeggiatura’ to celebrate the idea that one should take a rest from the crazy life of the city to respite in the rolling pastures and fortress-topped towns of Tuscany.

The aristocats and the rich merchants starts to build their “villas” as well as agricultural farmhouses in the countryside around Florence and Siena for the pursuit of villeggiatura. Today, discover this ancient tradition and enjoy the fantastic experience of learning our Chef’s secrets on Italian cooking in an intimate and friendly atmosphere immersed in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside.

In the morning, take a little walk in the city center and visit Florence Farmers’ Market and discover all its beautiful colors and authenticity, getting to know the butchers, bakers and farmers which Florentines buy their ingredients from.

Later, reach a fascinating villa in the Chianti countryside where you will have the opportunity to learn about Tuscan food and prepare your dishes under the attentive guidance of an expert Chef. The experience include Lunch + Wine tasting of 3 wines and a visit of a boutique winery in Chianti.

Return to Florence late afternoon and overnight.


Day 5: Tuesday – Florence – Montepulciano – Pienza – Cortona (Breakfast, Lunch)


Departure from Florence. Upon arrival in Pienza free time to have a walk in the city centre. This charming village is widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”, the creation of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. Piccolomini had the money and influence to transform his birthplace village, the humble Corsignano, into what he considered the Utopian city should be, exemplifying the principles and philosophy of classical times and of the great Italian Renaissance. Thus, Pienza became the realization of a dream!

Departure for Montepulciano and guided visit of the city. Montepulciano, just eleven kilometres away from Pienza is nestled between the Val D’Orcia and Val di Chiana, is a quintessential Tuscan medieval village, boasting a green landscape of rolling hills, castle walls and ramparts, thermal springs and fine wine… just perfect! The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it.

The town is also famous worldwide for its Vino Nobile, an Italian product par excellence. Besides the wine and other excellences of this town related to food, such as pici pasta, pork, lentils and so on, there are many things worth visiting here.

You will have the chance to taste all these excellent things during your lunch that will be served in a local Trattoria, paired with a wine tasting.

At the end, continue to Cortona area where you will arrive late afternoon.


Day 6: Wednesday – Tuscany (Breakfast, Dinner)


After a long week in Tuscany, your Estate is the perfect spot to relax and recover energy. You can read your favourite book in the gorgeous garden, walking along the shady roads around your villa, enjoy a horse riding or visit the town of Cortona, just 10 min away. Among the many activities available, we suggest to have a cooking class with the resident chef.

The cuisine of Tuscany stands out for its simplicity and sobriety which combines well with the refinement and attention for high quality local products. You can enjoy a class in a beautiful kitchen located in a evocative setting, where thanks to an experienced chef you will learn all the secrets of the traditional recipes.

Tonight, enjoy a full dinner paired with Tuscan wines to say goodbye to Tuscany.

Overnight near Cortona


Day 7: Thursday– Tuscany (Breakfast)


After breakfast, transfer to Florence airport or train station.


Featured Properties (All 4 stars hotels)

HOTEL IN FLORENCE: Hotel Executive, Hotel Cavour or Hotel Pierre
HOTEL IN CORTONA: Borgo Il Melone, Corte dei Papi or Similar

Hotel may be substituted with similar according to availability. Hotels will be confirmed up to 21 days prior to the arrival


Additional Information:

The tour includes:

  • Transfers to and from Airport/Train station
  • 4 nights in Florence
  • 2 nights in Tuscany Villa
  • Siena & San Gimignano Guided visit with Dinner in Chianti
  • Guided Visit of the heart of Florence, including Accademia & Michelangelo’s David with skip the line reservation
  • Cooking class in Tuscany with Winery visit and Farmers’ market tour
  • Full day driver guide tour of Montepulciano and Pienza with wine tasting in Montepulciano, with drop off at the villa
  • Farewell dinner at the villa


The tour does not include:

  • Tips
  • Porterage at airport
  • Luggage handling at hotel
  • Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional excursions


*Tour Host
These tours are operated with a tour escort. We guarantee bookings with a minimum of two participants. With groups of six or under, the tour will include a tour host. Groups of seven or more include a tour guide, who travels with your group.

Your tour host will escort guests to the restaurants when dinner is included. Your tour host is available by phone 24 hours.

The passengers are provided at their arrival with a Travel Pocket Guide with information, maps and an itinerary with details, tips and emergency toll free number.

Pricing and Dates

Departure DateDoubleSingleTripleReservation Deposit
Apr-05-2019$ 2400.00$ 3300.00$ 2250.00$ 300.00
Apr-12-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Apr-19-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
May-03-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
May-10-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
May-17-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
May-24-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Jun-07-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Jun-14-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Jun-21-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Jun-28-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Jul-12-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Jul-19-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Jul-26-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Aug-09-2019$ 2350.00$ 3230.00$ 2230.00$ 300.00
Aug-16-2019$ 2350.00$ 3230.00$ 2230.00$ 300.00
Sep-06-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Sep-20-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Sep-27-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Oct-04-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Oct-11-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Oct-25-2019$ 2500.00$ 3500.00$ 2380.00$ 300.00
Nov-01-2019$ 2350.00$ 3230.00$ 2230.00$ 300.00
Nov-08-2019$ 2350.00$ 3230.00$ 2230.00$ 300.00
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