11 Days

The Ultimate Culinary Tour

From AUD$4,600 Per Person, Twin Share

11 Days

The Ultimate Culinary Tour

Savour Tuscany from a culinary perspective indulging in various food and wine experiences all within the art and cultural landscape of this spectacular region. These 11 days will have you experiencing everything this wonderful regional has to offer not only gastronomically, but also Historically. This one is for the true ‘foodie’.

Highlights

  • One villa accommodation
  • Truffle hunting experience

Tour Dates

This tour is available upon request.

11 Days The Ultimate Culinary Tour Tour

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Saturday – Arrival
    • We transfer you from our local train station to your accommodation and allow you to familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be ‘home’ for the next 11 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 Caffè 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’s an option to return to the villa for some relaxation prior to dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 3 Monday – Pienza Pecorino Cheese Making Demonstration
    • This is one for the Cheese lovers! Today we will visit the township of Pienza, home of the Pecorino cheese. The lovely town with a high artistic value and beautiful urban scenery and wonderful views. The main Street of Pienza is crowded with shops, gourmet cheese and food shops where you can taste many different varieties of cheese.
    • We will then move onto ‘Podere il Casale’ an organic farm just outside of Pienza where you will get a behind-the-scenes look at the art of cheese making. You will be taken through the complete process of making cheese. After the demonstration, we will enjoy a typical Tuscan meal from the produce of the farm whilst overlooking the Val D’Orcia. Location for dinner will be decided on the day.
  • Day 4 Tuesday – 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 5 Wednesday – Cooking Experience
    • Depart villa at 10 am. for the short drive into the valley. Experience will involve hands-on preparation of various dishes including pasta, main course, side dishes, dessert. Meal is then enjoyed together with the Chef, accompanied by local wine, dessert and sweet wine.  Return to villa at approximately 3.30pm. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 6 Thursday – Artisan Gelato Making Class
    • The class provides both a theoretical part with the issuing of a “Manual” and that of practical demonstrations. We will explain the basic principles in the preparation of Gelato and we will illustrate the essential techniques to prepare many personalised recipes. At the end of the class, you will obtain a training/participation certificate. Of course, we will be enjoying the Gelato made at the end of the class. Dinner at a local Winery.
  • Day 7 Friday – 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 8 Saturday – 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 Caffè 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. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 9 Sunday – Cooking Experience – All About Pasta
    • Today you will experience the art of making various types of Pasta! Experience will involve hands-on preparation of various types of Pasta, main course, side dishes, dessert. Meal is then enjoyed together with the Chef, accompanied by local wine, dessert and sweet wine. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 10 Monday – Tour Free Day
    • You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the pool and relax, visit Cortona or another local township, alternatively, you may choose from one of our additional activities that we have on offer, these vary from and are not limited to; Vespa tours, cycling tours, cooking classes, gelato making classes, painting classes, hot air ballooning. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 11 Tuesday – Truffle Hunting
    • This morning we will head towards the Florentine Hills to meet Giulio the Truffle Hunter. A member of the Tuscan Truffle Association since 2009 he will take us through the forests with his dog in the search of some fresh truffles. Afterwards we will enjoy a 3-course lunch, focused around Truffles, and wine of course! Location of dinner to be decided on the day.
  • Day 12 Wednesday – Departure
    • After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.

11 Days The Ultimate Culinary Tour Tour

What's Included

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for 11 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
  • Truffle hunting, cooking, cheese & gelato making experiences
  • Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments

Meals

  • All breakfasts
  • 9 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
  • 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.

Exclusion

  • 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.

11 Days The Ultimate Culinary Tour 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.

11 Days The Ultimate Culinary Tour 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)
11 Days The Ultimate Culinary Tour Tour

$4,600 AUD

Per Person, Twin ShareSingle Supplement: $300 AUD/USDU.S. Clients: $3,650 USDCanadian Clients: $4,650 CAD

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11 Days The Ultimate Culinary Tour Tour

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Tour Free Day Activities

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$200AUD

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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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