Cortona

Soggiorno in Tuscany

Destination
Cortona
Dates From
30/03/2019
Duration
14 nights
15 days
Price From
$5,650
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SMALL GROUP UNIQUE TOURING

This tour offers the perfect opportunity to indulge and connect with the region in a very special way.

During your two week stay not only will you visit iconic locations, you will also have ample time to relax by the pool and share the passion of regional food with a local chef.

Based in a Tuscan villa in the countryside near Cortona, this will become your ‘home’ during this ‘soggiorno’ and your connection with the local way of life and the people will make this a unique experience. Indulge in this wonderful region, by many regional culinary experiences daily, Historical treasures, vineyard visits, shopping and much more. The vineyards, olive groves, farm houses and castles will leave you breathless. What are you waiting for?

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 14 nights’ in a Tuscan villa (one accommodation for the duration of the tour) with all modern facilities and a fantastic swimming pool with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Day tours to itinerary locations
  • Bi-Lingual Hosts for the duration of the tour
  • Complimentary bottle of wine and beer
  • Cooking experience
  • Spa package
  • Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments
  • All breakfasts, 8 lunches & all dinners (a-la-carte) at a local trattoria or restaurant. Wine included
  • All travel to and from tour locations as detailed on itinerary
  • Train tickets and maps for independent travel to Florence & Arezzo
  • 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 14 days. Dinner in Cortona

Day 2: Sunday – Cortona

This morning we drive past ‘Bramasole’ from ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita. We then make our way to the historical centre for a caffé and brioche after which you have free time to enjoy the many boutiques, art galleries and all Cortona offers. We will regroup and enjoy lunch at a typical trattoria. Later in the afternoon there will be the option to return to the villa for some relaxation prior to stepping out to dinner. Dinner in Cortona

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 horserace is held or Visit Il Duomo, The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambience 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 – Tour Free Day

You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the grounds and relax, visit Cortona or another local township. Alternatively, you may choose from one of our additional activities: Vespa tour, cycling tour, cooking experience, cheese making class, gelato making class, painting class, hot air ballooning. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 5: Wednesday - Florence

Independent train travel to Florence (8:12am train departure – arrive into Florence 9:30am); train tickets, map, and transfer to and from our local train station on the day is included. Should you wish to visit any galleries/monuments, prepurchase of tickets should be arranged prior to your tour
commencement to avoid long waiting periods upon your arrival. Visit www.tickitaly.com to familiarise yourself with the various monuments in Florence. This evening dinner will be provided for you in your apartment.

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 - Tour Free Day

You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the grounds and relax, visit Cortona or another local township. Alternatively, you may choose from one of our additional activities: Vespa tour, cycling tour, cooking experience, cheese making class, gelato making class, painting class, hot air ballooning. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 8: Saturday - Arezzo

Independent train travel to Arezzo; (9;30am train departure) train ticket, maps, and transfer to and from our local train station on the day is included in the tour cost. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 9: Sunday - PIENZA & MONTEPULCIANO

This morning travel through the Val D’Orcia. Our first stop is Pienza, the birth place of Pope Pius II; a small township famous for Pecorino cheese and beautiful boutiques. After a Caffè at a local bar you will have two hours to explore this gem independently.
We regroup and travel to a nearby location for lunch. After lunch we visit Montepulciano, also located in the Val d’Orcia. This township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful trattorias, cantinas and sulumerie for wine and cheese tastings. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 10: Monday - CORTONA RESORT & SPA

A wellness package, including half hour massage, Turkish bath, Finnish Sauna, salt room, pool area. Enjoy lunch in the restaurant or lovely grounds surrounded by beautiful gardens and pool. Depart villa mid-morning. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 11: Tuesday - COOKING EXPERIENCE

Hands-on Cooking Experience. Depart mid-morning for the short drive into the valley to a local farmhouse. The experience will involve hands-on preparation of various dishes including pasta, main course, side dishes, dessert. Meal is then enjoyed together with the Chef, accompanied by local wine, dessert and sweet wine. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 12: Wednesday - ORVIETO

This morning we drive through Umbria to Orvieto. On arrival we enjoy a Caffè after which there is ample opportunity to visit Il Duomo, Saint Patricks 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 13: Thursday - LUCIGNANO

This morning we visit Lucignano, elliptical in shape, it is known as the ‘pearl of Val di Chiana’.
We enjoy a Caffè after which you will free time to visit the local market and the village. We will regroup for a lovely lunch at a trattoria and make our way back to the villa early afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 14: Friday - Tour Free Day

You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the grounds and relax, visit Cortona or another local township. Alternatively, you may choose from one of our additional activities: Vespa tour, cycling tour, cooking experience, cheese making class, gelato making class, painting class, hot air ballooning. Dinner in Cortona.

Day 15: Saturday - DEPARTURE

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

DATES & PRICES

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30/03/201913/04/2019$5,650 p/p twin shareAvailable
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06/04/201920/04/2019$5,650 p/p twin shareAvailable
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20/07/201903/08/2019$5,650 p/p twin shareAvailable
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Exclusions

Airfares
Travel insurance
Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places wherever entry fees apply (pre-purchase of tickets can be arranged).
All lunches and meals not specifically listed above.
All personal expenditure.