You may only have a few days to spare but we have put together an amazing 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 three-day 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. 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.
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.
On the way back, we can stop off for an authentic Tuscan dinner at a family-owned trattoria, or you may decide to enjoy your dinner at the farmhouse’s restaurant.
Day three:Hot Springs and Val d’Orcia
A wonderful day of relaxation to round off your time in Tuscany. 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 at least two medieval villages, maybe Monticchiello and Montepulciano, along the way.
Your tour will end at 7 PM, with your driver/tour manager dropping you back to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella railway station.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
Departure: Santa Maria Novella Station, Florence, platform 16, 9 AM
Return: Santa Maria Novella Station, Florence, 7 PM
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 $995 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
- Two nights’ accommodation in your own private villa or apartment in a comfortable traditional Tuscan farmhouse.
- Two continental breakfasts in the farmhouse.
- Three lunches, either set menu or à la carte.
- Collection and drop off at Santa Maria Novella station in Florence.
- Transport in a comfortable vehicle (either car or minivan).
- 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.
Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 6 people per tour 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 25% is non-refundable. If you cancel 90 days before tour starting date: 75% 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 30 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are provided a private apartment. The additional single supplement cost will apply.
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.
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.”
Our tours are not pet friendly