Authorized
Plan your perfect trip and don't forget to Save it
Tuscany: Gastronomic Tour
Add destination
Map editor

Tuscany: Gastronomic Tour

Private tour
7 days
3 cities
2nights

Florence, Italy

The capital of the renowned Tuscany region and a real cradle of the Renaissance, irresistible Florence is among the most well-packed Italian cities in terms of extraordinary art masterpieces. Being the hometown of such prominent Italian writers like Dante Alighieri and Francesco Petrarca, Florence still inspires creators and artists from around the world. The true icon which defines the city is the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, hiding some exciting secrets you would definitely like to reveal. Speaking of more outstanding Florence attractions, make sure to save time for the brilliant Florence museums like the home of Michelangelo's sculpture of David, Galleria dell'Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, each boasting just jaw-dropping art collections. Walking around Florence, you can still feel the spirit of such great art geniuses as Brunelleschi, da Vinci and Michelangelo harmoniously combined with the atmosphere of a vibrant modern city with plenty of entertainment opportunities. Already packing your bags?...
  • Day By Day

    Day 1: Arrival in Florence
    Welcome to Florence! Upon arrival, your private driver transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to relax after the trip.

    Day 2: Florence Sightseeing 
    After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your private guide and go on a comprehensive walking tour of Florence's highlights.

    Today's program includes exploration of the Piazza del Duomo with a visit to the Baptistery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

    Your ticket to the Grande Museo del Duomo allows you to visit the other magnificent monuments of Piazza del Duomo in your free time within 72 hours: the Cathedral itself, the famous Dome, the Bell Tower, and the Cathedral Museum with works by Michelangelo and Donatello.

    As you proceed to the main square of the city - Piazza della Signoria - you pass through the heart of the historical center with its landmark sites like Piazza della Repubblica and the Strozzi Palace. Stroll down via Tornabuoni, one of the most beautiful streets of the city, famous for its fine shops.

    We will also cross over the Arno River on the Ponte Vecchio to enter the Oltrarno district where you see numerous local craftsmen shops and the beautiful Santo Spirito Church and Convent, built for the Augustinians. In this very part of the city you can find an early work of Michelangelo dating back to when he was just 17 years old.

    During the tour we also visit the Galleria dell'Accademia to see Michelangelo's famous colossal statue of David, a must-see in Florence.

    After the tour return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at your own leisure.

    Day 3: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your private driver for the transfer.

    Edit
  • Included in your trip
    Hotel De La Ville
    4-star hotel
    IT, Piazza degli Antinori, 1/r, Florence, 50123
    Hotel De La Ville
    Classic Double Breakfast included
    Centrally located on a pedestrian high-fashion street of Via Tornabuoni, this 4-star hotel is within a walking distance of the Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    Hide details
    • Half Day Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
      Embark on an Italian adventure and enjoy Florence sightseeing with a professional English-speaking guide. Some of the highlights of the walking tour include Piazza della Signoria, Strozzi Palace and the famous statue of David by Michelangelo at Galleria dell'Accademia.
    Hide Experiences
    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
    Hide Transfers
CarCar
Connection | Florence - Castiglione d'Orcia
Private Transfer Sedan & Siena Tour

The first destination on your route today is San Gimignano where you have some free time for independent sightseeing.

Often called the town of towers as it is home to 14 well-preserved towers from the medieval times. These towers vary in height and form the international identity of the town. San Gimignano boasts many churches, such as the Collegiata and the Sant'Agostino. Moreover, the heart of the town contains 4 Piazzas - Cisterna, Duomo, Pecori and Erbe.

Then you continue to Siena, Italy's loveliest medieval city. During
a 3-hour walking tour with a local guide, you visit all of the major sights including the Cathedral of the Duomo, which houses the works of artists like Nicola Pisano, Ghirlandaio, Ghiberti, Donatello and Jacopo della Quercia. You then see the Piazza del Campo - a shell-shaped structure, which is also a major attraction famous for hosting horse races. After the tour you continue the trip to the hotel.

Florence hotel/station
Florence, Italy
8 h
Tuscany hotel (Castiglione d'Orcia area)
Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia), Italy
3nights

Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia), Italy

Anyone who has ever been to the amazing region of Tuscany can tell you that even though visiting Florence and Pisa is enough to leave your heart in Central Italy, it's not enough to truly comprehend what Tuscany has to offer. And one of the places, required to fully explore the region is the medieval village of Castiglione d'Orcia which is one of the top places in Italy to immerse in the centuries of Tuscany's wine-making traditions. Surrounded by the picturesque hills of the Val d'Orcia and listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this charming destination boasts incredible views as well as extensive history and rich cultural heritage. Once it was a vital point along the Via Francigena, an ancient road connecting France with the Eternal City. Following the traces of the pilgrims is a great way to admire the vast stretches of gorgeous vineyards, and one of the most inspiring things you can do during your stay there is going wine-tasting. Another "must-do" thing in Castiglione d'Orcia is exploring the ruins of the ancient Rocca Aldobrandesca and the impressive Santa Maria Maddalena and Santi Stefano churches, housing the "Madonna With Child" masterpiece by Simone Martini....
  • Day By Day

    Day 1: Arrival in Tuscany Hotel
    Upon arrival you have a check-in in a charming hotel.

    Day 2: Tour to Cheese Farm and Montepulciano Winery
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you have an amazing experience as today you visit a Pecorino cheese farm.

    Your driver-guide takes you to Pienza, the area known for the wonderful Pecorino di Pienza cheese, which gets its name from the word pecora, Italian for "sheep". You visit the rustic organic cheese farm that sits on top of a hill overlooking the entire Val d’Orcia and even Pienza itself. Here the local cheese producer shows you how the pecorino sheep cheese is made and the many stages of aging from soft and fresh to hard and complex.

    Later you carry on to Montepulciano, a small village of Etruscan origin and one of the most beautiful hill towns in Tuscany. After some free time in the Montepulciano historical center, you visit a traditional winery in a small farm. Here you enjoy tasting one of the most famous Italian wines: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The Nobile wines of Montepulciano were the first to be given the ultimate quality level of DOCG certification.

    In the late afternoon, you are transferred back to your hotel.

    Cheese tasting included.

    Day 3: Cooking Class in a Local Farmhouse
    Today your private driver-guide picks you up from the hotel and takes to a small group cooking class in a local farm restaurant. Here you learn how to cook a traditional Italian meal and about Italian dining traditions.

    Your experience starts with picking up spices and vegetables and collecting eggs. After about 3 hours of the workshop, you enjoy a full Italian lunch which includes starters, home-made fresh pasta with sauce, the main course and a dessert. Later you have a private visit to an amazing winery located inside a historical castle.

    At the winery you have a tour of the cellars, the vineyards, take in the gorgeous views and taste Brunello "Riserva" and also Rosso di Montalcino.

    After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel and have the evening on your own.

    Lunch and tasting included

    Day 4: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Tuscany.

    Edit
  • Included in your trip
    Hotel Osteria Dell'Orcia
    4-star hotel
    IT, Podere Osteria, 15, Castiglione d’Orcia, 53023
    Hotel Osteria Dell'Orcia
    Classic Double Breakfast included
    Hotel Relais Osteria dell'Orcia is an elegant 4-star hotel, set in a former post office from the 15th century in the UNESCO-protected Val d'Orcia Nature Reserve.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    Hide details
    • Full Day Tour to Pienza and Montepulciano
    • Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Montalcino
    Hide Experiences
    Included Transfers
    Transfers can be added here
    Hide Transfers
CarCar
Connection | Castiglione d'Orcia - Florence
Private Transfer Sedan
Tuscany hotel (Castiglione d'Orcia area)
Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia), Italy
2 h 30 min
Florence hotel/station
Florence, Italy
1night

Florence, Italy

The capital of the renowned Tuscany region and a real cradle of the Renaissance, irresistible Florence is among the most well-packed Italian cities in terms of extraordinary art masterpieces. Being the hometown of such prominent Italian writers like Dante Alighieri and Francesco Petrarca, Florence still inspires creators and artists from around the world. The true icon which defines the city is the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, hiding some exciting secrets you would definitely like to reveal. Speaking of more outstanding Florence attractions, make sure to save time for the brilliant Florence museums like the home of Michelangelo's sculpture of David, Galleria dell'Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, each boasting just jaw-dropping art collections. Walking around Florence, you can still feel the spirit of such great art geniuses as Brunelleschi, da Vinci and Michelangelo harmoniously combined with the atmosphere of a vibrant modern city with plenty of entertainment opportunities. Already packing your bags?...
  • Day By Day

    Day 1: Arrival in Florence & Optional Tours

    Following breakfast, you check-out from the hotel and your private driver transfers you to Florence. Upon arrival, you check-in and have a choice to either have a free day or join one of our carefully-planned optional tours.

    • Optional tour 1: Florence Gastronomic tour
      In the morning you have a gastronomic tour with a chef. You visit the best gastronomic shops in the historic center where you taste Prosciutto, Tuscan cured meats and Parmigiano Reggiano. Then you visit the best cheese shop where you taste Italian cheeses (sheep, goat and cow). Then onto a superb artisan chocolate shop, the owner and master buys the best cocoa beans and produces his own excellent chocolate. Your next stop is one of the most historic delicatessens in the city, which still represents a classic meeting place for Florentines as well as the preferred destination for lovers of specialties made with truffles. You taste the famous sandwich with truffle paste. Your afternoon gastronomic tour ends at the well known historic Enoteca (wine shop) where you have wine and olive oil tasting. Time at leisure in the afternoon. Overnight in Florence.
       
    • Optional Tour 2: Truffle-hunting tour
      Your truffle-hunting day starts early in the morning. Your local, professional truffle hunter and English interpreter (accompanied of course by the truffle dog) meets you in the morning and accompanies you on silent paths through the crisp, misty morning. You look for, listen, and learn, and in the end, you will almost certainly find the precious tuber, a moment of great excitement. Then move onwards to the farm and wine cellar for a tasting of local products and a guided sensory analysis of the black and white truffle. Lunch at the farm is available upon request at an extra charge depending on which type of truffle is featured in your meal. After the tour, you are transferred back to the hotel in Florence.

    Breakfast is included.

    Day 2: Departure
    This is the last day of your Tuscany exploration. Today you check-out from the hotel in Florence and your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future vacations!

    • Recommended extension: If you would like to extend your Italian vacation, continue exploring its wonders with our extensions, please, contact your specialist for details.
    Edit
  • Included in your trip
    Hotel De La Ville
    4-star hotel
    IT, Piazza degli Antinori, 1/r, Florence, 50123
    Hotel De La Ville
    Classic Double Breakfast included
    Centrally located on a pedestrian high-fashion street of Via Tornabuoni, this 4-star hotel is within a walking distance of the Florence Cathedral and the Uffizi Gallery.... show more
    2 days / 1 night
    Included Experiences
    Experiences can be added here
    Hide Experiences
    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
    Hide Transfers
Add destination
What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Stress-free Booking Book your journey without stress and at convenient pace. You can pay a deposit of 20% to book any tour in any major currency; the final balance will be due 90 days before start date. In event if you decide to change or postpone your trip, you can transfer your deposit to any other packages we offer. Cruise bookings and special offers may be subject to different booking terms.

Trip Assurance If you need our assistance during your trip, you can call our support line available from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CET) on weekdays and weekends.

Firebird tour policies & FAQs