ALL ABOUT TUSCAN WINE





Three-day Full Immersion Wine Tour. Up and down on the Tuscany Hills

Departures-Guarantee with a minimum of 2 guests
From the 30th April 2018: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
Starts/Ends in Florence
Max 8 people




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  • Become acquainted with your home away from home; a stunning private apartment in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse.
  • Embark on a journey of new discoveries, new flavors, new textures and new food flavors
  • Get to the heart of Tuscany’s soul with an unforgettable visit to the Chianti Region.
  • Travel to the heart of Tuscany, Maremma  and experience the finest food and wine of Castiglione della Pescaia
  • Follow the path of the immortal Carducci, one of the greatest Italian Poet in Bolgheri

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Day 1: The Chianti Region

  

We will get the tour off to the perfect start with an unforgettable visit to the Chianti region of Tuscany. You will be guided every step of the way by a local Italian guide who has an intimate knowledge of the area. Your guide will meet you at 9:00 am at your Hotel in Florence before onward transportation to your home from home: an enchanting apartment in a local Tuscan farmhouse. You will be given two hours to acquaint yourself with your accommodation before being whisked away on your first adventure.

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Today is all about the finer things in life. We’ll be visiting Chianti’s most prominent castles and vineyards, and you will have a fantastic opportunity to really get to grips with Chianti’s delectable wines and olive oils. Once you have toured the vineyards and sampled the delicious wines, we will take you to Greve, where you’ll become acquainted with even more of the area’s fine produce before enjoying dinner at the local Trattoria

Day 2: Vernaccia of San Gimignano

  

Today is going to be a white wine day, dedicated to La Vernaccia Tuscan wine.

In the morning, we will drive around the countryside of San Gimignano and Castelvecchio National Park and, along the way, we will have an opportunity to sample stunning wines and delicious food at two of the great wineries that are run by local families.

Vernaccia di San Gimignano stands out among the top wines of Tuscany. Vernaccia-based wine from San Gimignano has a long established history, and throughout the Renaissance period, local Vernaccia was widely considered to be the noblest wine in Italy. Its fame is undoubtedly connected to its region of origin, San Gimignano—an ancient Tuscan town that is famed for its medieval towers. The Vernaccia wine grape is mentioned as early as 1276 in San Gimignano’s records and Dante’s Divine Comedy. Its name is thought to originate from the word vernaculum, which means ‘of the place’ and is the etymological root of the English word ‘vernacular.’

In the afternoon, we will progress to the beautiful village of San Gimignano, where you can have some free time to explore this stunning Tuscan town. San Gimignano  is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and lofty towers from which visitors can enjoy impressive views of the city from the surrounding valley. At the height of its glory, San Gimignano’s patrician families had built around 72 tower houses as a symbol of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and magical appearance.

We will end the first day of the tour at a local Tuscan trattoria, where we will enjoy dinner before heading back to the accommodation.

Day 3: Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci

 

Today, you will have an opportunity to visit a truly spellbinding area of Italy.

We will commence the day with a short tour of the castle in the village of Bolgheri. We will then continue on our way down through the stunning valley and “avenue of cypress trees” to the first winery of the day. Later, we will drive along the road that connects Bolgheri to Castagneto Carducci, and you will once again have a chance to sit back and enjoy some of the most mesmerizing natural scenery Italy has to offer. Along the way, we will visit two additional wineries, where you will have a chance to tour the cellars and sample the wines. At lunchtime, we’ll enjoy a delicious meal of local Tuscan cuisine.

In the afternoon, we will stop in Castagneto Carducci, and you will be provided with time to stroll leisurely through the village before onward transportation back to your accommodation.

Later that day, your tour manager will return in Florence city and bid you a fond farewell.

Bolgheri, which lies close to the Tyrrhenian Sea on the stunning Tuscan coast south of Livorno, is renowned throughout the world for offering some of the most esteemed vineyards. The winemaking zone of the area encompasses many sloping coastal vineyards, which sit serenely at the foot of the rolling hills that lay between Bolgheri, after which the DOC is named, and southern Castagneto. Also known as ‘the golden oasis of the Maremma,’ Bolgheri was at the heart of the avant-garde movement to bring the Tuscan wine industry back to life. The area’s success is largely attributed to the fad for non-DOC wines and the emergence of the Super Tuscan, one of the most notable of which is the Sassicaia.

The five-kilometer Avenue of Cypress Trees connects the oratory of San Guido with the historical village of Bolgheri in the municipality of Castagneto Carducci. It earned its name from the historic cypress trees that run parallel to the road; however, it is most famous for its inclusion in the Giosuè Carducci’s poem, Davanti San Guido (“In front of San Guido”), in which the trees are described as “tall and proud are they in San Guido in two rows.” A small obelisk sits at the start of the long road. It was placed there in 1908 by Giuseppe della Gherardesca as a mark of respect to Giosuè Carducci, who lived in the area for many years.

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PRICES, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS:

Price for this tour is $ 1150 per person, twin share. Single supplement: $ 200,00
Once we have checked the regular documentation included your travel insurance, 25% deposit of the overall tour cost, is required. No booking will be reserved until the prescribed deposit is received.
Balance of the payment will be due within 15 days of booking confirmation.
Deposits and balance of payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card via Paypal.
A payment of a deposit indicates an acceptance of all the conditions.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:

Departures-Guarantee with a minimum of 2 guests
From the 30th April 2018: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays.
Starts/Ends in Florence
Max 8 people

Pick up/drop off in Florence – Click here for more information www.trenitalia.com :

Once you reach the accommodation you can leave your laugage in your room and  we will start touring straight to the Chianti area.
• Check IN:: 3.00 pm
• Check OUT: 10.00 am

Contact us if you need advice to reach the pickup point

TOUR GROUPS:

Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 8 people per week to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority.

INCLUDED IN TOUR COST:

  1. Private Apartment farmhouse accommodation.
  2. All continental breakfasts, 3 lunches and  in local traditional Trattoria or winery with  set menu composed  with water and wine included.
  3. Transfer from the local station to the accommodation and back.
  4. Daily transfer with a luxury vehicle from the accommodation to the different locations of the tour and back
  5. Bi-Lingual Hosts  for the duration of your tour
  6. 3 day touring to itinerary locations.
  7. On arrival at each location: remain as a group with tour leaders, alternatively explore independently and re-group at a pre-arranged time and location
  8. 8 wineries visiting with wine tasting each location with a visit of the callers at selected  vineyards/ establishments
  9. Maps for all itinerary location

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST

All items not detailed in inclusions

Personal spending

All transfers other than to the local train station

  1. Airfares
  2. Airport taxes
  3. Travel insurance.
  4. Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places wherever entry fees apply
  5. All lunches and meals not specifically listed above.
  6. All personal expenditure.
  7. Refer to specific tour.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:

Tour Guide.

Activities beyond the specified tours listed on this website are subject to additional costs

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TOUR GROUPS:

Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 8 people per week to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority.
Tours and tariffs are subject to change.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:

All tours, travel arrangements and accommodations are secure from the time of confirmation of booking. Consequently a cancellation fee will apply on all cancellations.
If you cancel your tour reservation for any reason, your first deposit of 15% is non-refundable. If you cancel 90 days before tour starting date: 85% of your total tour cost is refundable. If you cancel between 90 days and 60 days before tour starting date: 50% of your total tour cost is refundable for physician documented emergency medical reasons or for police documented cases of accident, flood, fire, or crime. Cancellations less than 60 days from the tour start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the tour cost will apply.
We do not provide refunds for: non-medical personal problems; air carrier delays or cancellations; inability to obtain passports; business problems or emergencies; etc.
In the unlikely event or if the tour fails to fill with the necessary minimum number of participants required (2 people), you would be entitled to a 100% refund in full.

COST/EXCHANGE RATES:

Prices and tariffs quoted for the tours are subject to change without notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as significant currency fluctuations.

INSURANCE:

You are required to purchase your own travel insurance to cover cancellation coverage, airline tickets, trip delay, lost luggage or any potential medical expenses, personal accident and sickness, emergency repatriation and personal liability. It is advisable to take specific cover for ambulance through the respective State ambulance providers or through their own private health insurance.
Please note that travellers on Tuscany Untouched tours must have comprehensive travel insurance. We will require evidence including policy number, insurers name and emergency contact number before we finalise your booking.

LUGGAGE:

You are allowed one suitcase and one carry-on bag. If you exceed this limit there may not be space in the vehicle to transport your excess luggage and it will be at your own expense to have it transported. We suggest that you bring a day pack for carrying water, guide books, jacket, rain gear, etc.

STRENUOUS WALKING

Most medieval towns were built as hilltop fortifications, so you will find some challenging climbs. There is a lot of walking on our tours and you will spend a lot of time on your feet while sightseeing. Age is not important as long as you are physically fit and a strong walker. Our tours are not suited for anyone who has problems with knees, back, heart or obesity.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS:

Single travellers are provided a private apartment. The additional single supplement cost will apply.

PRICES:

Our recommended tours and dates, as listed on our web site, are guaranteed once a booking is confirmed. Your additional expenses will be for non-included meals, moderate tipping where appropriate, and personal sightseeing or shopping.LIMIT OF LIABILITY:

No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expense, accident, injury, or damage to any person or property due to the actions or omissions of any person, or any cause, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, defects in machinery, breakdown of equipment, weather, quarantine, negligence, loss of baggage, or other causes beyond our control, such losses being the responsibility of the guest.

MEMBERSHIP ON TOUR:

Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd reserves the right to accept, reject, or not retain any person as a tour participant whose condition or general deportment impedes the operation of the tour or, in the opinion of the tour manager, affects the rights and enjoyment of other guests. A guest not retained on tour shall have no cause for complaint or refund, and shall bear any and all extra expenses that ensue.

TOUR CHANGES:

All information on this website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes in accommodations, visits, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable. Delays or itinerary changes caused by strikes, bad weather, traffic, or other unforeseen circumstances are beyond our control and we are not obliged to pay guests compensation.

STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES

Just a reminder that travel on Tuscany Untouched trip requires a degree of flexibility, and you should understand that the trip’s route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should Tuscany Untouched PTY LTD deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or re-routing any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to you if the reason for any alteration is outside Tuscany Untouched’ control.

While travelling with Tuscany Untouched you agree to accept the authority of the leader at all times. You are aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. You understand that Tuscany Untouched reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time. To the best of Tuscany Untouched’s knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Tuscany Untouched  will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behaviour of these third parties. Tuscany Untouched will not accept responsibility or liability for any traveller who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited. No employee, servant or agent of Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd has authority to vary these conditions.

CONFIRMATION BOOKING FORM

All Tuscany Untouched travellers on group trips must sign a Booking Form. Please note that signing the form is a pre-requisite of travelling with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. The wording of this form follows.

“I understand that touring with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd may involve risks (and rewards) above and beyond those encountered on a more conventional holiday, and that I am undertaking a physical trip with inherent dangers. I understand that I am travelling to geographical areas where, amongst other things, the standard of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, cleanliness, medical facilities, telecommunications and infrastructure development may not be of the standard I am used to at home or would find on a conventional holiday. I have read and understood the Tuscany Untouched tour notes for the trip I am undertaking and have provided details of any pre-existing medical conditions I have to Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd  representatives. I accept these risks and obligations and I fully assume the risks of travel. I release Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd from any liabilities connected to these risks to the maximum extent permitted by law.”

ANIMALS:

Our tours are not pet friendly

 

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