Absolute Tuscany

6 Nights/7 Days

Starting From $2273

Introduction

Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy, and with this tour you’ll understand why! Discover the diversity of the region by starting off in cosmopolitan Florence – famed for its extensive art collections and Renaissance architecture – before exploring its ancient rival of Siena, the home of the famous Palio horserace. You’ll get the chance to see other towns such as San Gimignano, Pienza and Cortona, and also try typical Tuscan food and wine in a multitude of organised dinners that will make you (or at least your stomach!) never want to leave! But never fear, as after heading to the countryside for a delicious cooking class, you’ll be well schooled in the secrets of Italian cooking, so you’ll be able to recreate your favourite recipes at home, and keep yourself going until your next Italian adventure.


TOUR ITINERARY

Arrive independently in Florence before meeting your tour guide at your hotel in the afternoon for a welcome briefing. Begin to discover the city with an orientation tour of the town, taking in sights including the Pontevecchio and Piazza della Signoria. Overnight in Florence
Explore the fascinating city of Florence, starting your day at the market of San Lorenzo, where you will see food – including local cheeses, fruits, vegetables and breads - arriving from the Tuscan countryside, which you of course, will also be able to taste. If you’re still hungry, head out for lunch on your free time, before reconvening with your guide at the hotel for a walking tour of the town. Take in the stunning Renaissance art and architecture created by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli as you explore the Piazza della Signora, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo (complete with Giotti’s bell tower) and the Ponte Vecchio. Finish up at the Florentine Accademia to see, among many other masterpieces, the iconic symbol of Florence, Michelangelo’s statue of David. Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast
Setting off from Florence in the morning, you will pass through the beautiful hills of the Chianti region on your way to your first destination of the day - the magnificent city of Siena. In this previously powerful city state that historically warred with Florence for dominance, you will enjoy a guided walking tour, taking in the Piazza del Campo, the site of the city’s famous and deadly Palio horse race, as well as quieter backstreets. You will then head out of the city to your second destination of the day, San Gimignano, a town celebrated for its soaring medieval towers, high walls and narrow streets. Legend has it that this town was founded in 63 BC, but only became became rich and powerful when it became an important stopping place for pilgrims travelling along the Francigena Road, which connected Canterbury to the Holy Land. Spend some free time in this historic city, before regrouping to enjoy dinner in the cellar of a fascinating noble Villa in the Chianti countryside. During your dinner you will also enjoy a wine tasting, where delicious vini will be paired with the courses of your typically Tuscan meal. Conclude the gastronomic extravaganza with a dessert and local sweet wine, before heading back to the hotel to sleep it all off! On your way back to Florence, you will stop off at the Piazzale Michelangelo Belvedere to take in a breath-taking view over the city. Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast
The powerful Medici family invented the word “villeggiatura” in the Middle Ages, to define their belief that you should often take rest periods in the rolling pastures of the Tuscan countryside, to recuperate from the bustling city. To celebrate their invention, you will start your morning in Florence’s famers’ market, where you will discover local produce and meet various butchers, bakers and farmers from whom true Florentines buy their ingredients. Later in the day, you will head into the Chianti countryside, just as the aristocrats and rich merchants did to mirror the Medici’s “back to basics” tradition. Upon arriving at a historic villa, you will experience a fun and educational cooking class, where you will learn how to make typical Tuscan food under the attentive supervision of an expert Italian chef. And what cooking class would be complete without a sumptuous dinner and a wine tasting of products from a boutique Chianti vineyard? Overnight in Florence.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Depart from Florence and head towards the city of Pienza. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time to walk around and explore the centre of this charming city which is widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance.” The birthplace of Eneo Silvio Piccolomini, who later became Pope Pius II, the city was originally the humble town of Corsignano, but was transformed during the Renaissance by the soon to be Catholic leader’s money and influence. After exploring Pienza’s breath-taking architecture, you will head to your second destination of the day. Montepulciano is a quintessential Tuscan medieval town, boasting a green landscape of rolling hills, castle walls and ramparts, thermal springs and fine wine... what more could you ask for? Full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, the city boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it. Amidst this beauty you will enjoy a delicious lunch in a local Trattoria, where you will taste the town’s famous products including pici pasta, pork, lentils and of course their renowned Vino Nobile. Once you’ve had your fill, you’ll continue on to Cortona, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Overnight near Cortona.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch
Stay at : Borgo Il Melone or similar
Enjoy a relaxing day in a countryside estate to unwind from your busy week exploring Tuscany. Read your favourite book in a plush garden, take a walk in the shade of the roads surrounding your villa, enjoy some horse riding, take a cooking class with the resident chef, or visit the hill-top town of Cortona just 10 minutes away. In the evening you will enjoy a final Tuscan meal to help you bid a fond farewell to the region, of course paired with delicious Tuscan wines. Overnight near Cortona.
Meals : Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Stay at : Borgo Il Melone or similar
Bid farewell to Italy as you are transferred from Cortona to Rome (city or airport) or Florence (city or airport).
Meals : Breakfast
Stay at : Borgo Il Melone or similar

What's Included

  • Departure transfer
  • Farewell dinner at an estate
  • Full day guided tour of Montepulciano and Pienza with a wine tasting in Montepulciano
  • Cooking class in Tuscany with a winery visit and a farmer’s market tour
  • Guided tour of Florence, including skip the line entry to see Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia
  • Siena & San Gimignano guided visits with a dinner in Chianti
  • Welcome briefing
  • Daily Breakfast
  • 2 nights in Val d’Orcia
  • 4 nights in Florence
  • Lunch in a typical Trattoria

Not Included

  • City Tax to be paid locally
  • Drinks on meals
  • Arrival Transfer

Please Note

  • Hotel names will be communicated 30 days before arrival date

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Charges
60 days or more € 150 per person
59 to 31 days 25% of total travel services
29 - 15 days 50% of total travel services
14 - 3 days 75% of total travel services
2 days or less 100% of total travel services