This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those who want to see the very best of Umbria and Tuscany. You'll sample a delightful Sangiovese red from the world-famous Chianti Classico region and experience the enchanting medieval village of San Gimignano, famed for its locally-produced Vernaccia white wine. And this is all on day one of our Umbria tour!
The second and third days will be spent exploring the beautiful region of Umbria. You'll visit many incredible villages and cities, including Perugia, Gubbio, and Orvieto.
You'll also discover the captivating town of Civita di Bagnoregio which has Etruscan and Medieval origins and is sandwiched between Lake Bolsena and Orvieto. Known as the 'dying city', Civita is slowly eroding with the rocks upon which it sits.
For the duration of your trip, you'll stay in your very own apartment within a rustic Tuscan farmhouse. For three days, you'll be well looked after by our local guide and driver who will escort you to each and every location.
Collected and dropped off in Florence, all you'll need to do is join us on this amazing adventure, experiencing Tuscany like a local and immersing yourself in our wonderful culture.
Day one: Chianti Classico, San Gimignano
On the first day of our tour, you'll have the opportunity to sample some of the best Tuscan wines on offer. Venturing into the Chianti Classico region, we'll discover some fascinating facts about Sangiovese and the world's most famous red wine on a walking tour.
Next, we'll head over to San Gimignano. Nestled between Siena and Florence, San Gimignano is a rustic, walled town. With impressive architecture and proud medieval towers that rise above it, San Gimignano paints a striking skyline for those in the valley below.
You'll have plenty of time to explore this wonderful town on your own, stopping at a superb local winery and learning about the most famous white grape in Tuscany-the Vernaccia di San Gimignano as well as taking part in some wine tasting.
Later on our Tuscany itinerary, our local guide and driver will transport you to a traditional farmhouse where you'll find a private villa/apartment with your name on it - welcome to your new home in the beautiful Tuscan countryside!
The farmhouse is surrounded by green rolling hills and farmland filled with animals. It also has a big swimming pool, a restaurant for dinners and breakfast, a laundry, and WiFi to keep you connected.
The farmhouse has 12 individual apartments and it used to be a tiny village. All of our tour guests will stay on the same farmhouse property but you'll be in your own private accommodation with your own facilities.
Check out your accommodation here.
Day two: Gubbio & Perugia
At the start of our second day, we'll take advantage of expert Umbria tours. During our time here, we'll see two of the brightest jewels in the Umbrian crown - Perugia and Gubbio.
The morning will be spent in Gubbio, a beautiful, ancient town. Pre-dating Roman times, this marvelous town is steeped in history. Indeed, if the charming streets feel familiar, it's probably because Gubbio famously provided the setting for the ever-popular Italian comedy-crime series Don Matteo, starring Terrence Hill (born Mario Girotti).
Spending a casual morning in Gubbio on a guided walking tour, you'll also be free to wander the charming streets and say 'Ciao!' to those selling local produce at the market (occurring every Tuesday).
When you've fully explored the market, you may choose to sample some local fare at one of the nearby eateries. Perhaps you'll also take in the town from a different angle, enjoying a ride on the cable cars.
In the afternoon, our tour guide will transport us to the University City of Perugia, the capital of the Umbria region. Just as impressive as the medieval town of Gubbio, Perugia has a stunning historical center, presided over by the Palazzo dei Priori, and blessed with breathtaking views of the countryside and olive groves below.
Later in the afternoon, we'll meander back to the farmhouse and enjoy a wonderful meal together.
Day three: Orvieto, Civita di Bagnoregio
The next morning, after check-out of your Tuscan villa, we'll travel south to see Civita di Bagnoregio, a magnificent Lazio town that sits high upon a hilltop. Our transfer will take around 2 hours.
This charming hamlet is an island oasis and we're sure you'll agree, one of Italy's most impressive sights. We'll make sure you have enough time to thoroughly explore every corner of this marvelous village on a guided tour before resting your legs and tucking into a free traditional lunch.
To visit the smaller village, we'll need to walk almost 2km. This will also incur a small fee of 5 euros per person.
Later in the day, we'll travel to the small city of Orvieto, famous for its delicious white wine-Orvieto Classico and its remarkable Duomo.
Free to wander the city, you may choose to visit the beautiful theatre or weave your way through the network of underground mining tunnels.
As our Orvieto visit draws to a close, we'll embark on our two-hour drive back to Florence. It's here that we'll say 'Arrivederci!' and conclude our Tuscany and Umbria tours.
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 any Italy tour, 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 $1600 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, 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. Half Board
- Two continental breakfasts in the farmhouse.
- 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.