You may only have a few days to spare but we have put together an amazing Best of Tuscany tour which will allow you to live like a local and enjoy the very best this incredible region has to offer.
Tuscany is famously one of the most beautiful regions on earth. With astonishing untouched medieval villages, jaw-dropping landscapes, and some of the greatest food and wines to be found anywhere. Our fully escorted best of Tuscany tour will allow you to enjoy all these wonders to the full, guided by a Tuscan local.
- Pick up and drop off from Florence.
- Small intimate groups.
- Guarantee departure every day.
- Fully escorted tour with a local guide
Day one: San Gimignano and Siena
Your tour manager and driver will meet you at 9 AM in front of platform 16 at the train station in Florence to start the best of Tuscany tour. We will go straight to San Gimignano, where you can spend two hours wandering through this astonishing medieval town, visiting its delightful shops offering local crafts, food, and wine, or viewing its astonishing collection of Renaissance and contemporary art. The town’s untouched medieval architecture is famous across the world; the town still boasts fourteen of the imposing towers that the aristocracy built as their homes in the Medieval and Renaissance periods; not only do they lend an extra touch of magic to the town’s atmosphere, they also provide incredible views of the valley and the town.
At noon, the tour manager will accompany you to a local farmhouse to lunch on the cuisine of the region, perhaps accompanied by a glass or two of Vernaccia, the area’s most famous white wine. Vernaccia is one of the most highly rated wines in Tuscany, with a very long historical pedigree. During the Renaissance, the wine from this region became the most sought after in all of Italy. The grapes from which the wine is made are mentioned as early as 1276 in civic records, and it warranted a mention in Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Having eaten, you will then move on to the magnificent old town of Siena, one of the most perfectly preserved Renaissance towns in Italy. We will stay there until 5 PM, giving you a chance to visit the central square, the Piazza del Campo, the venue for the world-famous Palio horse race each summer. If you’ve got the energy, a climb of the 400 steps of the Torre del Mangia will reward you with an astonishing panoramic view of the city, including the unique black-and-white marble of the Duomo. If you want to be a little more relaxed, a saunter through the streets of Siena with its artisan shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars is sure to delight.
At the end of the day, your tour manager will bring you to your beautiful villa apartment in a comfortable traditional Tuscan farmhouse.
As farmhouse, it is surrendered of a lots of green. It has a farm as well with many animals and of course a big swimming pool, a restaurant for dinners and breakfast, a laundry and wi.fi. The farmhouse has 12 individual apartments. it used to be a tiny village. All guests will stay on the same farmhouse property but they will be in the own private accommodation with their own facilities. You will be given two hours to acquaint yourself with your accommodation before being whisked away on your first adventure.
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Day two: Chianti Wine TourChianti region > Greve in Chianti
The perfect day for wine aficionados; your whole day today will be devoted to food and wine. We will take in three vineyards and cellars to find out all about the history and production techniques of the world-famous Chianti wine. You will be able to taste a number of different wines at each stop, and also sample some of Tuscany’s famous extra-virgin olive oil.
Having eaten and drunk our fill, we will move on to Greve, the home of the most famous butcher’s and delicatessen in Tuscany, a perfect place to stock up on all the products you’ve been sampling during the day.
Dinner at the farmhouse.
Day three:Hot Springs and Val d’Orcia
A wonderful day of relaxation to round off your time in this best of Tuscany tour. Once you’ve had breakfast and packed your suitcase, we’ll travel to the wonderful outdoor hot springs in San Filippo, where you can immerse yourself in one of the most relaxing environments Europe has to offer. You can wander through the woods, passing waterfalls and charming little pools, until finally, in the heart of the woods, you will find the “White Whale”, a 48°C hot spring; immerse yourself there or stroll on and choose whichever pool you like the look of best. Thoroughly relaxed, take a stroll around San Filippo and go on to lunch in a local trattoria. We will finish your day, and your tour, with a stunning scenic drive through the Val d’Orcia region, stopping off in Montalcino or Montepulciano for a wine tasting.
Your tour will end with your driver/tour manager dropping you back to Florence.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
Departure: Santa Maria Novella Station, Florence, platform 16, 9 AM or Hotel
Return: Santa Maria Novella Station, Florence or Hotel
We never take more than eight people on our tours, as we are dedicated to providing the best personal attention to every individual who travels with us.
Minimum group size: two persons.
PRICE AND PAYMENT:
The tour costs $1350 per person.
We ask for a 25% deposit to secure your place, with the balance to be paid 30 days before departure. If the tour is booked within 30 days of departure, the full payment will be required.
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR COST:
- Professional local bilingual tour manager/driver for the whole tour.
- Two nights’ accommodation in your own private villa or apartment in a comfortable traditional Tuscan farmhouse. Full Board
- Two continental breakfasts in the farmhouse.
- Three lunches and two dinners with a set menu
- Collection and drop off at Santa Maria Novella station in Florence.
- Transport in a comfortable vehicle (either car or minivan).
- 3 day tour ( 9 hours service per day)
- GST, tax, petrol, tolls, fees.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR COST
- Anything not detailed in the list above.
- Personal spending.
- Any required transfers, apart from those to and from the train station in Florence.