7 Days

Taste of Tuscany

From AUD$3,750 Per Person, Twin Share

7 Days

Taste of Tuscany

Our ‘Taste of Tuscany’ tour takes you to some of Tuscany’s most renowned locations allowing you to experience some of the many treasures this wonderful region offers, from the tour locations, sumptuous regional food and wine whilst connecting you with the locals.

Our tours will delight and inspire you! The atmosphere and beauty of timeless Cortona make it one of the pearls of Tuscany comprising the world-famous Museo dell Accademia Etrusca.

The beautiful city of Siena, famous for ‘Il Palio’ bareback horse race which takes place in the spectacular Piazza del Campo. San Gimignano famous for its many towers and excellent white wine ‘Vernaccia’. The imbibing arts and culture of Florence and famous Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River. The spectacular countryside of the Chianti world famous wine growing area; the vineyards, olive groves, farm houses and castles will leave you breathless. Experience all of this in 7 days without feeling rushed, but immersed, living ‘La dolce vita’!

Highlight

  • Tuscan Villa Accommodation (one location)
  • Leisurely paced
  • Iconic locations & Medieval Villages
  • Travel as a local and not a tourist
  • Visits and Wine Tastings at Vineyards
  • Regional Food & Wine daily
  • Meet and connect with local artisans

2019 Tour Dates

  • Available for commencement every Saturday from 30th March through to 26th October.

Chat to us more if you are looking for a tour outside these dates.

7 Days Taste of Tuscany Tour

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Saturday – Arrival
    • We transfer you from our local train station to your accommodation and allow you to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be ‘home’ for the next 7 days. Dinner in Cortona
  • Day 2 Sunday – Cortona
    • This morning we drive past ‘Bramasole’ from ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita. We then make our way to the historical centre for a caffé and brioche after which you have free time to enjoy the many boutiques, art galleries and all Cortona offers. We will regroup and enjoy lunch at a typical trattoria. Later in the afternoon there will be the option to return to the villa for some relaxation prior to stepping out to dinner. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 3 Monday – San Gimignano & Siena
    • We visit San Gimignano for the morning. This is a beautiful medieval township; a step back in time. This township houses many stores which offer a very broad range of painted ceramics as well as leatherware and alabaster. Two wonderful piazzas where you can simply stroll, visit a museum or climb a tower for a breathtaking view of the Val d’Elsa or enjoy a delicious gelato. After enjoying lunch at a local trattoria, we will head back towards Siena.
    • You will have the afternoon to explore Siena; a visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horserace is held or Visit Il Duomo, The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambience and the various delights Siena offers, from the little food stores with many tempting treats to the beautiful selection of stores/boutiques.  Dinner in Cortona
  • Day 4 Tuesday – Montepulciano
    • We visit Montepulciano located in the Val d’Orcia. This township is a true gem; great shopping, wonderful trattorias, cantinas and sulumerie. After enjoying a caffe on arrival, you will have the morning free to explore. We will then meet for lunch at a special Cantina where we will have a wine tasting and a tour of the cellar. Mid-afternoon we will return to the villa for some relaxation time. Prior to dinner we will visit a local third generation jeweller for an apperitivo and enjoy a mini tour of their showroom. Dinner in Cortona
  • Day 5 Wednesday – Florence
    • Independent train travel to Florence (8:12am train departure – arrive into Florence 9:30am); train tickets, map, and transfer to and from our local train station on the day is included. Should you wish to visit any galleries/monuments, pre-purchase of tickets should be arranged prior to your tour commencement to avoid long waiting periods upon your arrival. Visit www.tickitaly.com to familiarise yourself with the various monuments in Florence. This evening dinner will be provided for you in your apartment.
  • Day 6 Thursday – Chianti
    • A leisurely day of taking in the most amazing views, whilst driving through this most famous wine growing area of Tuscany. During the morning, we will visit the village of Castellina; we will enjoy a caffe together after which you will enjoy free time to explore this village which offers a wonderful selection of varied stores. We will then visit a vineyard a short distance away, interact with the winemakers and savour lunch and a wine tasting whilst enjoying spectacular views of the vineyards and olive groves. Return to villa late afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 7 Friday – Tour Free Day
    • You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the grounds and relax, visit Cortona or another local township. Alternatively, you may choose from one of our additional activities: Vespa tour, cycling tour, cooking experience, cheese making class, gelato making class, painting class, hot air ballooning. Farewell dinner in Cortona
  • Day 8 Saturday – Departure
    • After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.

7 Days Taste of Tuscany Tour

What's Included

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for 7 nights’ in a Tuscan villa (one accommodation for the duration of the tour) with all modern facilities and a fantastic swimming pool with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
  • The apartments within the villa are fully self-contained and will be entirely for your use, either one, two or three bedrooms, spacious living area and fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities.

Experiences

  • Day tours to itinerary locations
  • Bi-Lingual Hosts for the duration of the tour
  • Complimentary bottle of wine and beer
  • Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments

Meals

  • All breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • All dinners (a-la-carte) at a local trattoria or restaurant. Wine included

Travel

  • All travel to and from tour locations as detailed on itinerary
  • Train tickets and maps for independent travel to Florence
  • Transfers to local train station or Cortona on tour free days
  • Transfers to and from the local train station on your arrival and departure days.

Exclusions

  • Airfares
  • 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.

7 Days Taste of Tuscany Tour

Accommodation

Il Mandorlo, Fratticciola

Il Mandorlo is a rural house dating back to the 17th Century which has been restored in keeping with its original shape and materials. It is located in the valley ‘Val di Chiana’ nearby the historical centre of Cortona.

The house is divided into five apartments with all modern facilities including air conditioning and WI-FI. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the infinity swimming pool provides a panoramic view of the historical centre of Cortona and surrounding valley.

Set in a quiet location but close enough to the main roads which connect to all the well-known historical cities and villages.

It is an image of rolling hills, vineyards, age-old trees, golden wheat in Spring, Sunflowers in Summer and the constantly changing shades of the earth.

Accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking.

Rosa Dei Venti, Creti

Rosa dei Venti dates back to the 18th Century and is located in the hamlet of Creti in the valley ‘Val di Chiana’ nearby the historical centre of Cortona.

The 25 hectare estate comprises a vineyard, olive groves and two farm houses which are beautifully maintained and include a swimming pool offering spectacular views of the valley.

The various buildings on these grounds have been restored in keeping with old traditions and the six apartments comprise all modern facilities including air conditioning and WI-FI.

Set in a quiet location but close enough to the main roads which connect to all the well-known historical cities and villages this property is a gem of the Tuscan landscape.

Accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking.

Fattoria Giare, Fratticciola

Set in the Tuscan hills Fattoria Le Giare is located in the hamlet of Fratticciola in the valley ‘Val di Chiana’ nearby the historical centre of Cortona and offers eight beautifully restored apartments all with modern facilities including air conditioning and WI-FI.

The grounds are beautifully maintained with a swimming pool offering panoramic views of the valley and Cortona. A peaceful and enchanting oasis to retreat to after a touring day.

Set in a quiet location but close enough to the main roads which connect to all the well-known historical cities and villages this property is a perfect ‘home away from home’ in the Tuscan countryside.

Accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking.

7 Days Taste of Tuscany Tour

Getting there

The tour begins near the historical centre of Cortona. Upon arrival we will meet you at our local train station Camucia-Cortona and will transfer you, via vehicle to the villa, which is a short drive into the countryside.

Cortona is located 2.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Rome (Roma Termini) and 1.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella).

Train Travel to the Villa

If you are already in Italy connection to either Roma Termini or Firenze Santa Maria Novella train stations is easily accessible via other train stations.

Either of these two major cities are a good option for your arrival into Italy and then travel to our location. We will meet you at our local train station Camucia-Cortona and will transfer you, via vehicle to the villa, which is a short drive into the countryside.

Arrival from Rome Airport:

  1. Take the Leonardo Express Train from Rome Airport to Roma Termini Train Station (This is a 30min journey and will cost approximately 15 Euro)
  2. From there take a regional train to Camucia-Cortona (This is a 2.5hr journey and will cost approximately 15 Euro)

Arrival from Florence Airport:

  1. Take the bus that goes to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train Station (This takes approximately 30mins and will cost approximately 15 Euro)
  2. From there take a regional train to Camucia-Cortona (This is a 1.5hr journey and will cost approximately 13 Euro)
7 Days Taste of Tuscany Tour

$3,750 AUD

Per Person, Twin ShareSingle Supplement: $300 AUD/USDU.S. Clients: $3,295 USDCanadian Clients: $3,800 CAD

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7 Days Taste of Tuscany Tour

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Tour Free Day Activities

All Activities

$200AUD

Adventure

Horse Riding

A ride between Umbrian and Tuscan hills, enjoying the beautiful landscapes, rich in history and charm.

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$470AUD

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Hot Air Ballooning

Experience an uncommon perspective on Tuscany, standing in a basket thousands of feet up in the air, looking down at forests, vineyards and historic towns.

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$260AUD

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Boat Tour

Private boat trip on Trasimeno Lake visiting two of the islands, where you will be served an Aperitivo with local finger foods, drinks, wine & sparkling. English speaking guide & Captain.

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