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 untouched medieval villages, jaw-dropping landscapes, and some of the greatest food and wines to be found anywhere. Our fully escorted 3-day 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.
- Guaranteed departure every day.
- Fully escorted tours with a local, knowledgeable guide
Day one: San Gimignano and Siena
Your Tuscany tour manager and driver will meet you at 9 am in front of platform 16 at the train station in Florence to start your Tuscany road trip.
We will go straight to San Gimignano, where you can spend two hours wandering through this astonishing medieval town, visiting its 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, and 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 these 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 for a traditional Tuscan lunch 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. In fact, the grapes are mentioned as early as 1276 in civic records, and it warranted a mention in Dante's Divine Comedy.
After stopping for lunch on your day trip, 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. This is 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.
But 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 you.
At the end of the day, your tour manager will bring you to your beautiful villa apartment or room in a comfortable traditional Tuscan farmhouse where you'll be staying for the duration of your Tuscany vacation.
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Day two: Chianti Wine TourChianti region > Greve in Chianti
Next up on your Tuscany itinerary is a wine tour. 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 on each stop of this Tuscany wine tour, 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 famous butchers and delicatessen in the Tuscany countryside - a perfect place to stock up on all the products you've been sampling during the day.
In the evening, we'll head back to the farmhouse for a delicious, home-cooked dinner overlooking the Tuscan countryside.
Day three:Hot Springs and Val d’Orcia
A wonderful day of relaxation to round off your time on 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 your guided tour will immerse you in one of the most relaxing environments Europe has to offer.
You can wander through the woods in the Tuscan hills, 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 the hilltop town of 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 walking tour will end with your tour manager dropping you back to Florence train station to start your journey home.
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 taking on our Tuscany road trip itinerary.
Minimum group size: two persons.
PRICE AND PAYMENT:
The tour costs $1625 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 ( drinks not included)
- Collection and drop off at Santa Maria Novella station in Florence or Hotel in Florence
- Transport in a comfortable vehicle (either car or minivan).
- 3 day tours ( 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.
- Italian tourist Hotel tax