Cortona

Taste of Tuscany

Destination
Cortona
Dates From
30/03/2019
Duration
7 nights
8 days
Price From
$3,750
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SMALL GROUP UNIQUE TOURING

Our ‘Taste of Tuscany’ tour takes you to some of Tuscany’s most renowned locations allowing you to experience some of the many treasures this wonderful region offers, from the tour locations, sumptuous regional food and wine whilst connecting you with the locals.

Our tour will delight and inspire you! The atmosphere and beauty of timeless Cortona make it one of the pearls of Tuscany comprising the world-famous Museo dell Accademia Etrusca.

The beautiful city of Siena, famous for ‘Il Palio’ bareback horse race which takes place in the spectacular Piazza del Campo. San Gimignano famous for its many towers and excellent white wine ‘Vernaccia’. The imbibing arts and culture of Florence and famous Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. The spectacular countryside of the Chianti world famous wine growing area; the vineyards, olive groves, farm houses and castles will leave you breathless. Experience all of this in 7 days without feeling rushed, but immersed, living ‘La dolce vita’!

Inclusions

  • Accommodation for 7 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
  • Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments
  • All breakfasts, 4 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
  • 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

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 – Montepulciano

We visit Montepulciano located in the Val d’Orcia. This township is a true gem; great shopping, wonderful trattorias, cantinas and sulumerie. After enjoying a caffe on arrival, you will have the morning free to explore. We will then meet for lunch at a special Cantina where we will have a wine tasting and a tour of the cellar. Mid-afternoon we will return to the villa for some relaxation time. Prior to dinner we will visit a local third generation jeweller for an apperitivo and enjoy a mini tour of their showroom. 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, pre-purchase 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 caffe 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. Farewell 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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30/03/201906/04/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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06/04/201913/04/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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13/04/201920/04/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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20/04/201927/04/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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27/04/201904/05/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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04/05/201911/05/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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11/05/201918/05/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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18/05/201925/05/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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25/05/201901/06/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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01/06/201908/06/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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08/06/200115/06/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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15/06/201922/06/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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22/06/201929/06/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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29/06/201906/07/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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06/07/201913/07/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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13/07/201920/07/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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20/07/201927/07/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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27/07/201903/08/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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03/08/201910/08/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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10/08/201917/08/2001$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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17/08/201924/08/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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24/08/201931/08/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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31/08/201907/09/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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07/09/201914/09/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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14/09/201921/09/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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21/09/201928/09/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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28/09/201905/10/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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05/10/201912/10/2019$3,750 p/p twin shareAvailable
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12/10/201926/10/2019$3,750 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.