Experience of Tuscany 7 days tour
Tuscany Tour Review of: Authentic Tour of Tuscany:
Reviewed September 18, 2018
- A unique experience of Tuscany 7 day tour.
- Experience life as a local in a beautiful private apartment in a genuine Tuscan farmhouse.
- Commence your journey of discovery in the spellbinding medieval villages of Arezzo and Anghiari.
- Immerse yourself in the history of Tuscany with a San Gimignano tour and see Volterra up close and personal.
- Learn about the fascinating customs and traditions of an ageless Tuscan village.
- Lose yourself in the rural allure of Val D'orcia.
- Intrepidly explore the fascinating medieval city of Siena and the stunning surrounding landscape.
- Tour the world-famous vineyards and sample Italy's finest tipples.
Saturday: Collection from Florence train Station
Pick up ---> accommodation
Your Tuscany tour will commence at the Central Station of Florence where you will be collected by our knowledgeable local driver.
From the station, you will be shuttled to your authentic Tuscan accommodation base, where you will have a chance to explore the private apartment or room that you will call home for the next few days.
Sunday: Discover Arezzo and Anghiari
Our Tuscany itinerary will get off to a great start with a visit to the southeast towns of Arezzo and Anghiari, two of Tuscany's most beautiful areas.
First on our itinerary will be Arezzo which has a long and established history in the goldsmith trade, contributing to its status as one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany.
While its Medieval town center was sadly devastated during the second world war, the monuments, museums, and churches that remain dotted throughout the town give visitors a chance to catch a glimpse of times gone by. Free time...
After lunch, we'll head to another medieval treasure, Anghiari, which is positioned in the Tuscan Valtiberina valley.
Anghiari is a distinctive hilltop town that has formed over centuries with the Tiber River at its base.
Surrounded by imposing 13th-century walls, this Medieval village has stone houses that line the roads features characteristic small windows and wooden shutters. The doorways and balconies of the homes are adorned with bright floral displays, giving the streets of Anghiari a vibrant and charming beauty. Free time
When we've explored all Anghiari has to offer, we'll head back toward the Hotel.
Monday: Exploring San Gimignano and Volterra
Next is a San Gimignano tour, a little walled village that sits halfway between Siena and Florence. San Gimignano is renowned for its medieval turrets that tower above the other medieval buildings and provide visitors with an unforgettable view of the city and the surrounding valley.
San Gimignano's patrician families provide intrepid travelers with an opportunity to immerse themselves in their history while also providing visitors with a chance to sample some of the area's famous produce, including saffron and the Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine.
We'll ensure that you get plenty of time to discover the remarkable village of San Gimignano independently before your tour manager takes you to enjoy a lunch of local products and delicious wines at a family-run winery.
The next place on our itinerary will be Volterra, a delightful town in the Tuscan countryside and the heart of the province of Pisa. Here, we will discover the town's renowned Etruscan origins and the many remnants of this fascinating era in history. Free time...
Volterra is particularly intriguing due to its strange layout, and you can still see some of the town's defensive walls which were constructed as far back as the 5th to 4th centuries BC.
Notable sites include the Porta dell'Arco and Porta Diana city gates; the Acropolis, which houses numerous buildings and the groundworks of two ancient temples; and various Roman remains, such as the Roman Theatre.
Tuesday: Cooking class, Florence
On the third day of our tour, you can choose between relaxing at the accommodation or we can organize an extra day tour in Florence or a cooking class upon request. If you're interested in a walking tour of any specific museums or churches, inform us in advance as they require reservations in advance.
Wednesday: The Chianti Region
Today, your Tuscany wine tour will immerse you in the cherished history of Chianti wine production when we get a guided walking tour of some very special cellars, wineries, and castles in the Tuscan hills. In addition to tasting the fine wines of the region, you'll also have a chance to savor Chianti's delicious extra virgin olive oil made from the olive groves.
After indulging in the distinctive produce of Chianti, we will pay a visit to Greve, the home of Tuscany's most renowned butcher and deli shop... another great place to sample Tuscany's delicious wares!
We'll end the day with dinner at the farmhouse.
Thursday: Hot Springs, Montalcino, Val D'Orcia
Today is all about relaxation as we visit one of Tuscany's most naturally beautiful hot springs. You'll lose yourself amid the waterfalls, calciferous formations, and small pools of hot water. Take a dip and relax!
Venture deeper along the paths, and you'll be met with an immense calcium formation that is known affectionately as the "White Whale."
In the afternoon, you can start preparing yourself for another wine tasting experience in Montalcino, where you will have a chance to learn all about the " Brunello " red wine.
You will be transported back to the farmhouse base in the late afternoon, so you have a chance to take a short break before enjoying a sumptuous Tuscan dinner.
Friday: Siena and Monteriggioni
The last day of the Tuscany tour will involve a visit to the picturesque town of Siena. Siena has a reputation for being Italy's finest medieval city, and it's easy to see why. Free time...
At the heart of Siena, we find the Il Campo central piazza, which is famous throughout the world for the Palio run that is held here twice every summer. Fans of the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, will vividly recall the images of the Siena and Palio that appeared in the film.
In the afternoon, we will progress to Monteriggioni, one of the territory's most notable walled castles. Sitting atop a hill that gracefully emerges from the surrounding countryside between the beautiful city of Sienna and Colle Val d'Elsa, the Monteriggioni is immaculately preserved as though time has stood still. Free time...
After a fascinating day exploring these historical marvels, we will return to the farmhouse accommodation for a final Tuscan dinner together.
Saturday: Drop off in Florence Station
We will end your Tuscany road trip with a hearty breakfast before parting ways at Florence Train Station.
PRICES, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS:
$2890,00 USD per person. Half Board.
A surcharge of $700 USD per person will apply if you request a "private tour".
Departures-Guarantee with a minimum of 2 guests
Starts/Ends in Florence Train Station.
Max 8 people
(taxes included, US dollars price variable due to dollar conversion). Single supplement: USD 300,00
Once we have checked your documentation, a 25% deposit of the overall tour cost is required.
No booking will be reserved until the deposit is received.
Balance of the payment will be due 30 days before starting the tour.
Deposits and balance of payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card via PayPal (4% surcharge).
Payment of the deposit indicates an acceptance of all the conditions.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
All tours are based on a Saturday to Saturday stay with us.
Pick up at Florence Station – Click here for more information: www.trenitalia.com
• Check IN: 3.00 pm
• Check OUT: 10.00 am
Contact us if you need advice to reach the pickup point
Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 8 people per week to ensure that client needs and enjoyment are always our top priority. Tours timing and tariffs are subject to change.
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST:
- Private villa/apartment or room in farmhouse bed and breakfast accommodation in HB.
- All continental breakfasts, 2 lunches and all dinners in local traditional restaurants at the farmhouse with a set menu (excluding water and wine).
- Transfer from the local station to the accommodation and back.
- Daily transfer in a comfortable minivan from the accommodation to the different locations of the tour and back (9 hours/day tour service).
- Bi-lingual hosts for the duration of your tour.
- 5-day tours to itinerary locations.
- On arrival at each location: remain as a group with tour leaders or explore independently and re-group at a pre-arranged time and location.
- Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments.
- GST, petrol, tolls, fees.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
All items not detailed in inclusions
All transfers other than to the local train station
- Airport taxes
- Travel insurance
- Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places wherever entry fees apply
- All lunches and meals not specifically listed above
- All personal expenditure
- Refer to the specific tour
- Italian Tourist Hotel tax
- Licenced Tour Guides
Activities beyond the specified tours listed on this website are subject to additional costs.
HISTORICAL TOUR GUIDE. If you are interested to learn more about the art and history of any city, we can arrange for a professional local tour guide who can explain the history and culture of the area. The price is $95,00 USD per person (min 2 people). Max 3 hours service. If you want to hire a private tour guide, please let us know at least two weeks before the start of the tour.
DINNER OUT WITH THE LOCALS. After each day tour, you can choose between having dinner at the farmhouse (included in the package) or going out to a family-run trattoria near the accommodation for a different traditional Tuscan food experience with the local guide. You can organize the dinner out directly with your local guide during your tour. The price for this extra service (pick up and drop off) is $58,00 USD per person (minimum 2 pax). The price doesn't include the dinner out.