Touring Tuscany

Explore the magic of Tuscany with a sommelier and an expert local guide. Visit Florence, Siena, Montalcino, Pienza, San Gimignano, and San Quirico d'Orcia. Discover the delights of the region over the course of a week.

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Tour Highlights

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Tuscany on this week-long adventure. Immerse yourself in a rich tapestry of experiences, blending delectable cuisine, exquisite wines, and cultural marvels. Delight your palate with tastings at renowned wineries, savor authentic Tuscan dishes, and explore charming villages.

Witness the region's cultural heritage through visits to historic landmarks. This is meticulously curated trip that offers a harmonious blend of culinary pleasures and immersive cultural encounters, ensuring a week of memories exploring Tuscany's beauty, flavors, and traditions.

  • When October 13 2024 - October 20 2024
  • Duration 8 days
  • Price $3,850 per person
  • Availability Limited spots

What's Included

  • 3 nights at 4-star Grand Hotel Baglioni in Florence
  • 4 nights at 4-star Hotel Palazzuolo in San Quirico d’Orcia
  • Private bus transportation with a dedicated driver
  • Full-time tour leader and wine host
  • Full-time expert local tour guide
  • Winery visits and tastings
  • 14 meals, including multi-course meals with wines
  • Cheese farm tour, with tasting & lunch
  • City guide tour in Florence
  • City guide tour in Siena

Your Itinerary

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Arrival in Florence. 3 PM check-in at 4-star Grand Hotel Baglioni located in the city center near Santa Maria Novella, steps away from the Cathedral and the main shopping area. Meet your guides and the group at B-Roof, the rooftop bar at the hotel for a welcome drink. We will toast to the beginning of the tour of Tuscany, meet fellow travelers, and get briefed on logistic details of the week. Free night for dinner on your own. Your guides will have lots of suggestions/recommendations to choose from.

Accommodation Grand Hotel Baglioni Included Meals n/a

Walking tour of Florence with an expert local City Guide. Visit the exteriors of Piazza Signoria, Santa Croce square, Cathedral, and Baptistery. Lunch included in central Florence at Francesco Vini restaurant, with 400 year old wine cellar. Free afternoon. Your guides will be available with maps and suggestions for activities and shopping. Free night for dinner on your own, with available recommendations for restaurants.

Accommodation Grand Hotel Baglioni Included Meals breakfast and lunch

Board our private bus and depart for a day trip to the Chianti Classico wine region with photo opp stops along the way. Visit Poggio Amorelli, a family-owned winery, where a traditional Tuscan lunch will be served by the winery team, paired with wine tasting. Midafternoon take a stroll in one of the villages set on the rolling hills of the Chianti Classico region. Arrive at Castello di Volpaia, a medieval hamlet and historic winery combined into one. Tour of the winery, followed by a tasting of 3 wines Drive back to Florence. Free night for dinner on your own, with available recommendations for restaurants.

Accommodation Grand Hotel Baglioni Included Meals breakfast and lunch

Leave Florence and drive to the stunning countryside surrounding the town of San Gimignano Visit Poggio Alloro, an organic Tuscan farm that produces vegetables, preserves, honey, saffron and the local white wine known as Vernaccia di San Gimignano Enjoy a wine tasting paired with bruschetta and small appetizers Proceed to San Gimignano. Explore the medieval town of San Gimignano with its towers and fairytale atmosphere for shopping and on-your-own enjoyment. Relax as we drive through the Tuscan countryside to our next hotel, located in the town center of San Quirico d’Orcia Check-in at Hotel Palazzuolo Group dinner at the restaurant in the hotel

Accommodation Hotel Palazzuolo Included Meals breakfast, light lunch and dinner

Today we explore the beautiful Val d’Orcia, in southern Tuscany, where the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine is produced. Take a stroll with your guides in the village of Montalcino. Optional entrance ticket to the fortress and walk on the medieval battlement Drive to Castello Tricerchi Winery where we visit the cellar and enjoy a wine tasting paired with a multi-course lunch Transfer to the ancient abbey of Sant’Antimo, located in an evocative valley surrounded by olive trees and forest. Free time to explore the medieval architecture at your own pace Midafternoon, arrive at the prestigious Poggio Antico, the second winery of the day for a tasting of 3 wines Return to the hotel. Tonight dinner is on your own. Your guides will be available for restaurant suggestions within walking distance of the hotel

Accommodation Hotel Palazzuolo Included Meals breakfast and lunch

Late morning to enjoy the Tuscan countryside at your own pace. Drive to an organic and sustainable cheese farm near Pienza. Tour the facility, see the goats, the dairy workshop and the stunning views over the valley. Cheese tasting and a multi-course lunch with one hot dish is served the restaurant of the farm, with local wine Early afternoon, drive to the nearby town of Pienza for some free time. Walk in the town designed in Renaissance time and enjoy a gelato in the central square Return to the hotel for freshening up. Then drive about 20 minutes to the small village of Bagno a Vignoni, known for the fountain and the springs of water embellishing the central square. Dinner is on your own in one of the many restaurants in town. Return to the hotel

Accommodation Hotel Palazzuolo Included Meals breakfast and lunch

Drive to Siena. Meet up with an expert local City Guide and get an orientation of the rich history and unique traditions of charming Siena. At midday enjoy free time and lunch on your own. Explore the city some more, taking in sites, architecture and great shopping. Midafternoon, drive back to the Hotel Palazzuolo. Later on depart on our bus to a nearby restaurant set in the middle of the Tuscan countryside for our Farewell dinner and celebrate the end of the tour.

Accommodation Hotel Palazzuolo Included Meals breakfast and dinner

Breakfast and check-out of Hotel Palazzuolo. Group transfer is included to Florence airport and to Santa Maria Novella train station in downtown Florence.

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Italian Renaissance Florence

  • Discover Ancient architecture, sweeping piazzas, and soaring churches.
  • Florence is the capital of Tuscany, and home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture.
  • We will take a walking tour of Florence with an expert local City Guide, visiting the exteriors of Piazza Signoria, Santa Croce Square, the Florence Cathedral, and Batipstery.
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Culinary adventure Food & Wine

  • 5 winery visits and tastings, and 14 meals are included throughout the tour, including multi-course culinary experiences paired with local wines.
  • Luxuriate in historic villages, vineyard hillsides, and stunning sunsets

World class wine Chianti Classico

  • The Chianti region stretches between Florence and Siena and includes 14 towns.
  • The area is small but “Chianti Classico” has been produced there for over 2,000 years
  • We will visit an historic hamlet, the cellars of Castello di Volpaia, and the Poggio Amorelli winery.
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World class wine Brunello di Montalcino

  • Brunello di Montalcino is a famous red wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino, in the province of Siena
  • Brunello di Montalcino is made 100% from the Sangiovese grape varietal
  • Our visit there will include stops at two (2) extraordinary local wineries.
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A Week of Food, Wine and Culture

Florence, Siena, ancient villages, wine cellars, restaurants, farms and strolling amongst the rolling hills of the region.

Florence

Ponte Vecchio

Montalcino

Castello Tricerchi

Pienza town

Province of Siena

Meet Our Expert Sommelier & Tour Leader

Sam Kimball is not just a sommelier; he’s a storyteller. With years of experience and a deep passion for Italian wines, he’ll introduce you to the art and science of wine tasting. From the majestic Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino to the delightful and crisp Vermentino and Vernaccia, you’ll taste the diversity of Tuscany’s wine heritage on this tour.

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Pricing

Double Occupancy Private Room $3,850.00 p/person

Includes:
  • 4 Star Hotels
  • Transportation
  • Local Expert City Guides
  • 5 Winery Visits and Tastings
  • Organic Cheese Farm Tour and Lunch
  • 14 meals

Single Occupancy Private Room $4,350.00 p/person

Includes:
  • 4 Star Hotels
  • Transportation
  • Local Expert City Guides
  • 5 Winery Visits and Tastings
  • Organic Cheese Farm Tour and Lunch
  • 14 meals
Boutique, intimate tour experience, limited to 18 guests + 2 hosts

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