- Become acquainted with your home away from home; a stunning private apartment in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse.
- Embark on a journey of new discoveries, new flavors, new textures and new food flavours
- Get to the heart of Tuscany’s soul with an unforgettable visit to Maremma.
- Learn the secrets of the Tuscan Cuisine, using wines and matching the best ingredients
- Indulge yourself with the best wine tasting you can experience when it comes to Chianti and Chianina Steak
- Follow the path of the immortal Carducci, one of the greatest Italian Poet in Bolgheri
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FULLY ESCORTED BOUTIQUE TOUR
Saturday: Pick up in Florence
Pick up ---> accommodation--->Cooking class
On day one of the tour, your local guide will collect you from the main entrance of the Central Station of Florence before whisking you away to your new Tuscan home, a stunning private apartment in a local 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.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, you will meet the local family who will prepare for you your first Tuscany dinner. There’s no better way to get familiar with the delicious food of the area and become acquainted with the local people!
Sunday: Vernaccia Wine and San Gimignano
San Gimignano- Vernaccia wineries
Today is going to be a white wine day, dedicated to La Vernaccia Tuscan wine.
In the morning, we will drive around the countryside of San Gimignano and Castelvecchio National Park and, along the way, we will have an opportunity to sample stunning wines and delicious food at two of the great wineries that are run by local families.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano stands out among the top wines of Tuscany. Vernaccia-based wine from San Gimignano has a long established history, and throughout the Renaissance period, local Vernaccia was widely considered to be the noblest wine in Italy. Its fame is undoubtedly connected to its region of origin, San Gimignano—an ancient Tuscan town that is famed for its medieval towers. The Vernaccia wine grape is mentioned as early as 1276 in San Gimignano’s records and Dante’s Divine Comedy. Its name is thought to originate from the word vernaculum, which means 'of the place' and is the etymological root of the English word 'vernacular.’
In the afternoon, we will progress to the beautiful village of San Gimignano, where you can have some free time to explore this stunning Tuscan town. San Gimignano is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and lofty towers from which visitors can enjoy impressive views of the city from the surrounding valley. At the height of its glory, San Gimignano’s patrician families had built around 72 tower houses as a symbol of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and magical appearance.
We will end the first day of the tour at a local Tuscan trattoria, where we will enjoy dinner before heading back to the accommodation.
Monday: Scansano and Montecucco Wine
Morellino and Montecucco Wine
Today is red wine day! We will taste some of the best red Italian wines from Maremma in Tuscany. It’s not a surprise that Tuscan red wine is considered one of the best in the world. The winemakers of the region have centuries of experience just to master it. Wine is made here ever since the Etruscan times wherein it was sold all over Europe. Once breakfast is done, we will start heading to the Maremma Toscana and before passing through the countryside between Montecucco and Montiano. Then, we will keep
going to the top 2 best local wineries while tasting some samples of fine wines as we go along our way. These wineries are being run by a local family who has years of experience in producing some of the most sensational Montecucco and Morellino di Scansano wines. We will be having a scrumptious lunch on one of the two local wineries
and indulge ourselves with sample traditional foods that came from Maremma. The tour will end with a visit in Santa Fiora in Val D’orcia before coming back to the
apartment. One of the most famous Tuscan wines is Morellino, and the delicious undertones combine the hills from which it hails the fragrances of the sea. The wine is being made around the valleys of Scansano wherein the Sangiovese grapes that are being grown there got the name Morellino which means brown one or little dark. The reason for its name is either because of the color of the grape, or perhaps it boasts a resemblance to the local breed of horses, the Maremmano. According to the chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards, Mr Richard Baudains, wine lovers who want to indulge themselves in the
real flavors of Tuscany should find out about these little-known wines of Montecucco. The historic Tuscan DOCs were made in the year 1960 and the very first DOCGs in the
year 1980. It was only in 1998 when Montecucco came to be. During that time, the producers’ register contained only about 10 names or so and the area nearly had 100
hectares of vineyard. Each of the producers has their story to tell, but the group they formed is cohesive and shares a lot of philosophies. One of their key examples for this
one is that they are committed to growing their crops organically and a majority of the top producers in Montecucco practice biodynamic or organic viticulture.
Tuesday: Cooking Class, Florence, Siena, Arezzo
Cooking class —-> Siena —>Day off
On the third day of our tour, you can choose between relaxing at the farm or we can organize an extra day tour in Florence or Arezzo or Siena upon request. If you are interested on visiting museums, churches or any particular place in any city, it is advisable to inform us in advance as they require reservations in advance. Please, enquire to get a quote. In the evening you can enjoying a cooking class with our local chef, with whom you will prepare dinner.
Wednesday: Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci
Bolgheri wine & Carducci
Once you get a view of this place, you can say that it is one of the most stunning areas in Tuscany. Our day will start with a drive to the valley through the famous “avenue of
cypress trees” to get to the first local winery. Then we will stop in Bolgheri for lunch, before continuing along the main road to make a visit to one additional winery. In this winery, you will have a free sample of their fine wines as well as a visit to their wine cellars. In Bolgheri, you will see one of the most prestigious vineyard areas in all of Italy. The winemaking zone of the area consists of a sloping coastal vineyard at the bottom of the
hills between the town of Bolgheri and the southern part of Castagemeto. It has a proximity location to the Tyrrhenian Sea and is being described as “the golden oasis of the Maremma.” In the year 1960s, the wine industry in Tuscan needs a bit of a shake-up, and Bolgheri was one of the avant-garde areas that brought the region back to life. The
locals employed a tactic to start a new trend of non-DOC wines, and by 1968, a new style of wine was born which was dubbed as the Super Tuscan. The Super Tuscan’s
flagship wine is named Sassicaia.
The famous avenue of cypress trees is located in the municipality of Castagneto Carducci and is a 5km stretch of road that links the oratory of San Guido to the village of Bolgheri. The long road is linear and is flanked by 2 rows of 2,540 century-old cypress trees. The road was built in the 18th century wherein it was when officials decided to create perpendicular roads along the Via Regio which will connect the smaller towns in the countryside to Bolgheri. This road has the memorable verse from the poem of
Giosuè Carducci entitled Davanti San Guido to thank for its fame. The poet has been a resident here for several years as well. There is a small obelisk at the start of the road
which was placed by Giuseppe della Gherardesca in 1908 to commemorate the famous
Thursday: Brunello di Montalcino Vs Nobile di Montepulciano
Today, we will visit Montalcino, which is renowned for Brunello di Montalcino, a red wine that is widely regarded as one of the top three red wines in the world. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about this wine with a visit to one of the region’s most prestigious wineries and cellars. Later, we will visit Montepulciano, a famous medieval village that is replete with Tuscan history and an area of the region that is renowned for its cultural summer festival and fairs.
Our tour will continue with a visit to the city walls, where you’ll have an opportunity to watch skilled tradesmen and women at work using traditional manufacturing techniques to shape copper in their old artisan shops. We’ll also stop by some of the characteristic enoteche (wine shops). The day will end at one of the local Tuscany Trattoria at the accommodation.
Friday: The Chianti Region
Chianti region —> Greve in Chianti
This is most certainly a day for wine enthusiasts! Today, we will get an opportunity to visit the Chianti region of Tuscany, where you’ll tour some of the area’s most notable castles and vineyards and learn the deepest secrets of Chianti’s renowned wines. Our tour might also include a visit to an extra virgin olive producer, where you’ll have a chance to learn more about Tuscany’s olive groves and artisan oils. Having sampled some of Chianti’s famous fare, we will head off to Greve to visit Tuscany’s most renowned butchery and deli. Once you have had the chance to stock up on the area’s high-quality produce, we’ll stop off at a local family-run trattoria at the farmhouse.
Saturday: Drop off in Florence
Breakfast —> Drop off
We’ll end our tour with a hearty breakfast before bidding our farewells in Florence
PRICES 2020, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS:
April - October USD 3400,00 per person. Full Board. Fully Escorted Tour
A surcharge of 700 USD per person will be apply if you request a "private tour".
Departures-Guarantee with a minimum of 2 guests
From the 18 April -17 Oct 2020: Saturdays
Starts/Ends in Florence
Max 8 people
Private apartment in cosy farmhouse Single supplement: $ 300,00
Once we have checked the regular documentation included your travel insurance, 25% deposit of the overall tour cost, is required. No booking will be reserved until the prescribed 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 Pay pal. (5% surcharge with credit cards)
A payment of a deposit indicates an acceptance of all the conditions.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
This tours is based on a Saturday to Saturday stay with us tour.
Pick up in Florence – Click here for more information
• 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 is always our top priority..
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
- Private Apartment farmhouse accommodation.
- All continental breakfasts, 5 lunches and all dinners in local traditional restaurants at the farmhouse with set menu composed with water and wine included.
- Transfer from the local station to the accommodation and back.
- Daily transfer with a luxury vehicle 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 touring to itinerary locations. Tuesday free day
- On arrival at each location: remain as a group with tour leaders, alternatively explore independently and re-group at a pre-arranged time and location
- All Wine tasting with a visit of the callers at selected vineyards/ establishments
- One cooking class at the farmhouse
- GST, Petrol, Tolls, Fees
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 specific tour.
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 art and history of
any cities we can engage a professional local tour guide who can explain you deeply the
history and the culture of this area. The price is $95,00 USD per person (min 2 people).
Max 3 hours service. If you want included the tour guide, please, let us know at least two
weeks before the starting of the tour.
DINNER OUT WITH THE LOCAL: After each day tour, you can choose between having dinner at the farmhouse (included on the package) or going out to a family-run trattoria near the accommodation for a different traditional Tuscany food experience with the local guide. You can organize the dinner out directly to your local guide during the 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.