Cortona

Ladies Escape

Destination
Cortona
Dates From
30/03/2019
Duration
7 nights
8 days
Price From
$4,100
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BOUTIQUE LADIES TOUR EXPERIENCE

Indulge in Tuscany and all its beauty with a group of girlfriends ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. This 7 day ‘Ladies’ Escape’ tour is the perfect mix of culture, shopping and pampering.

You will be based in a Tuscan villa in the countryside near Cortona for the duration of your stay.

From there each day we will take you various townships throughout Tuscany with our local professional trip leaders and drivers.

Please note this tour requires a minimum of two participants. This tour package is available between March and October. Please contact us to arrange your preferred travel dates.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 7 nights’ in a Tuscan villa
  • Bi-Lingual Hosts for the duration of the tour
  • 6 day tours to itinerary locations
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (a-la-carte) at a local trattoria or restaurant. Wine included
  • Welcome pack of local delicacies
  • Complimentary bottle of wine and beer
  • Cooking Experience
  • Spa package & Vespa Hire
  • Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments
  • All travel to and from tour locations as detailed on itinerary
  • Transfers to local train station or Cortona on tour free days
  • Transfers to and from the local train station on your arrival and departure days

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday - Arrival

We transfer you from our local train station to your accommodation and allow you to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be ‘home’ for the next 7 days. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 2: Sunday - CORTONA & COOKING EXPERIENCE

Today we spend the day in the local Medieval township of Cortona, the setting for the movie and book “Under the Tuscan Sun”. This morning you will have a guided tour of the town, including a special ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ walk stopping at all the points the movie was filmed. Il Museo dell’Accademia
Etrusca in the town centre is a very popular location. Visit the many boutiques, art galleries, stroll to the “high point” and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita, where the Saint’s remains are encased high on the altar. Lunch will be at a local trattoria. Return to the villa mid to late afternoon for a little relaxation
by the pool.
Early evening, we return nearer Cortona to a Villa dating back to the 1500’s for a hands-on cooking experience with a local chef, Donatella, who has over 20 years of experience researching and rediscovering ancient recipes and Tuscan cooking traditions. Savour the dishes you have prepared,
including local wines, with the chef.

Day 3: Monday - SAN GIMIGNANO & SIENA

We visit San Gimignano for the morning. This is a beautiful medieval township; a step back in time. This township houses many stores which offer a very broad range of painted ceramics as well as leatherware and alabaster. Two wonderful piazzas where you can simply stroll, visit a museum or climb
a tower for a breathtaking view of the Val d’Elsa or enjoy a delicious gelato. After enjoying lunch at a local trattoria, we will head back towards Siena.
You will have the afternoon to explore Siena; a visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horse race is held or Visit Il Duomo, The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambiance and the various delights Siena offers, from the little food stores with many tempting treats to the beautiful selection of stores/boutiques. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 4: Tuesday - MONTEPULCIANO BY VESPA & DINNER AT UNDERGROUND JEWELRY SHOWROOM

Enjoy stunning panoramic views as we ride from Cortona to Montepulciano located in the Val d’Orcia; this township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful Trattorias, Cantinas and Sulumerias for wine and cheese tastings of which we will enjoy as a group. After a wine tasting and lunch, you will have some free time to explore Montepulciano independently. Mid-afternoon we will ride back to the villa
for some relaxation time before dinner.
This evening we will be dining at an underground Jewelry Showroom in Cortona where the 3rd generation jewelers will explain the art of jewelry making while you will have the opportunity to wear some of their pieces during dinner.

Day 5: Wednesday - ORVIETO

This morning we drive through Umbria to Orvieto. On arrival we enjoy a caffe after which there is ample opportunity to visit Il Duomo, Saint Patrick’s Well – 1537 which is 62 metres deep with double spiral staircase or tour the underground city/caves. Orvieto has a great selection of stores, ranging from leatherware to ceramics and boutiques. Regroup for lunch at a local trattoria. Return to villa late afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 6: Thursday - Chianti

A leisurely day of taking in the most amazing views, whilst driving through this most famous wine growing area of Tuscany. During the morning, we will visit the village of Castellina; we will enjoy a Caffè together after which you will enjoy free time to explore this village which offers a wonderful selection of varied stores. We will then visit a vineyard a short distance away, interact with the winemakers and savour lunch and a wine tasting whilst enjoying spectacular views of the vineyards and olive groves. Return to villa late afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 7: Friday - CORTONA RESORT & SPA

A wellness package, including 30 min massage, Turkish bath, Finnish Sauna, salt room, pool area. Lunch included. There will be the option to spend a little extra time exploring Cortona for the last time before dinner. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 8: Saturday - Departure

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.

DATES & PRICES

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30/03/201926/10/2019$4,100 p/p twin shareAvailable
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Exclusions

Airfares
Travel insurance
Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places wherever entry fees apply
All lunches and meals not specifically listed above.
All personal expenditure.