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Tuscany: Gastronomic Tour
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Tuscany: Gastronomic Tour
itItaly
3 cities
7 days, 6 nights
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Day 1 Florence

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. 

Breakfast included
Grand Hotel Cavour
Grand Hotel Cavour
Via del Proconsolo 3, Florence, FI, IT, 50122
Classic Double or Twin Room
1 room
Up to 2 guests
1 Queen Bed
18 m²
Breakfast included
Arrival: Private Transfer Sedan
Day 2 Florence

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.

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.

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.

4h
Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
Comprehensive Guided Walking Tour
Day 3 Florence

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

Grand Hotel Cavour
Address
Via del Proconsolo 3, Florence, FI, IT, 50122
Car from Florence to Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia)
Departure
Florence, ItalyFlorence hotel/station...
8 h
Arrival
Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia), ItalyTuscany hotel (Castiglione d'Orcia area)...

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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.

Notes

Let our trusted driver take you through some of the most picturesque sceneries in Italy while you enjoy the comfortable journey admiring the views.
Day 3 Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia)

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

Breakfast included
Hotel Osteria Dell Orcia
Hotel Osteria Dell Orcia
Podere Osteria 15, località Bagno Vignoni, Castiglione d'Orcia, SI, IT, 53023
Classic Double Room
1 room
Up to 2 guests
1 Double Bed
18 m²
Breakfast included
Day 4 Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia)

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.

Full day
Pienza Cheese Farm Tour & Montepulciano Winery Visit
Pienza Cheese Farm Tour & Montepulciano Winery Visit
Day 5 Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia)

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

8h
Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Montalcino
Cooking Class and Wine Tasting in Montalcino
Day 6 Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia)

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

Hotel Osteria Dell Orcia
Address
Podere Osteria 15, località Bagno Vignoni, Castiglione d'Orcia, SI, IT, 53023
Car from Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia) to Florence
Departure
Tuscany (Castiglione d'Orcia), ItalyTuscany hotel (Castiglione d'Orcia area)...
2 h 30 min
Arrival
Florence, ItalyFlorence hotel/station...
Day 6 Florence

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.

Breakfast included
Grand Hotel Cavour
Grand Hotel Cavour
Via del Proconsolo 3, Florence, FI, IT, 50122
Classic Double or Twin Room
1 room
Up to 2 guests
1 Queen Bed
18 m²
Breakfast included
Day 7 Florence

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.
Grand Hotel Cavour
Address
Via del Proconsolo 3, Florence, FI, IT, 50122
Departure: Private Transfer Sedan
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2 nights
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