Culture, Food and Wine in Tuscany
8 days beginning in Florence and finishing in Rome
This is a suggested tour itinerary for private departures, adjustable to best suit your specific wishes. Price based on how many travelers, your chosen package inclusions and your chosen level of accommodation.
Specific inclusions may vary depending on your specific chosen travel dates/day of the week and availability of attractions/special events.
Arrive in Florence, Italy
Welcome to Florence! Group transfer by coach to your hotel in Montecatini Terme, famous for its thermal waters and that can be considered the biggest “spa town” in Italy.
Gather the hotel lobby at 6.30pm to meet your Tour Director and traveling companions in the hotel lobby for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)
This morning is free to relax at the hotel, to make shopping or to spend some time at one of the several spa in the city.
In the afternoon leave for the Chianti region, a surprisingly wild part of Tuscany, with densely wooded hills and vineyards. Visit a Pasta factory, then move to the Castello di Verrazzano to visit its gardens and wine cellar and for a delightful dinner with wine tasting. (Breakfast, Dinner)
This morning enjoy a full day excursion to Florence, including the visit to the Academy Gallery, home of Michelangelo’s David. Your guide will bring you to visit the central market, the “Mercato Centrale” where you could try the authentic Florentine street food. In the afternoon make a stop to a historic ice-cream parlor to taste the Italian gelato. (Breakfast)
Montepulciano – Montalcino
Today board your coach for a full day excursion to Montepulciano and Montalcino, famous all over the world for its wines. The first stop is in Montepulciano for a visit to a farm followed by lunch with wine tasting, then move to Montalcino, famous for Brunello, probably Italy’s most famous and expensive red wine, to visit another farm with wine tasting. (Breakfast , Lunch)
Siena – San Gimignano
After breakfast, depart the hotel with your coach for a full day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano. You will have a guided walking tour of the city of the Palio, to discover the secrets of its “contrade” and to visit the magnificent Cathedral; then move to San Gimignano for a visit to a local farm including wine tasting and lunch followed by an orientation tour of this medieval town located on a hill-top. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Another free morning for personal activities, then move to a farm near Vinci for a guided visit of the estate, followed by a cooking lesson and dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Today you leave Montecatini Terme to go to your hotel near Rome airport. Drive along the Livorno coast where you will find the small but excellent vineyards of Bolgheri, which now holds a place of honor among Tuscany’s most dynamic wine zone. Make a stop en route to a winery for wine tasting and light lunch. Upon your arrival at the hotel, relax a little before gathering for your farewell dinner to Italy.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning, take a taxi or hotel shuttle to get Rome airport. (Breakfast)
Please note: All attraction opening times are correct at time of printing this website. While we will do our utmost to include all of the properties mentioned as central visits, we reserve the right to change an attraction should it become impossible to deliver a planned visit due to changes in opening days or times beyond our control.
Please note that your final day to day itinerary may fluctuate to accommodate variable opening times/days for listed attractions, special events and places of interest. Please discuss your needs with us for an individual itinerary with rate quote.
This tour itinerary is bookable via Special Group Tours, written by partner Italian Discovery
This is a suggested tour itinerary and can be modified to best you your individual wishes.
Suggested tour package includes: # of touring days with vehicle & exclusive services of your driver/guide/companion, your accommodation for # nights while on the tour including full breakfasts, all taxes and tips other than those you may wish to give your guide. Your price also can include dinners and/or entrance fees to attractions or these items can be left out of the up front package/to be paid directly for maximum flexibility. Airport transfers, accommodation pre and post tour, scheduled city day tours/attraction passes/transport passes or theatre/event tickets can be added to your package as you wish, subject to availability.
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