Luxury Tuscan Tour, a 7 day tour of beautiful Tuscany
Our Luxury Tuscan Tour includes top class accommodation, wine tours, fine dining, sightseeing, cooking classes, Italian lessons and much more. Accompanied by an expert bi lingual guide, this is an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience.
You'll find an outline itinerary below, for more info or to book a tour, please get in touch.
Day 1 – Arrival and Tuscan Gourmet Dinner
Rendezvous with your guide and driver and transfer to your luxury villa accommodations in the heart of Tuscany with free time to rest, relax and settle in. In the evening meet your hosts for a Welcome to Tuscany Gourmet Dinner.
Day 2 - Siena & San Galgano. Evening travel to Montefollonico and dinner
In the morning enjoy a light and healthy buffet breakfast catered at the villa before departing for Siena where we’ll meet our local guide for a 2 hour guided tour of the city center and intro to Siena history.
In the early afternoon depart for San Galgano and visit this breathtaking abbey and the sword in the stone. Return to the villa and free time to rest and relax before heading to the charming hill top village of Montefollonico for dinner at one of our favorite enotecas.
Day 3 - Brunello di Montalcino wine tour – the ultimate wine lover’s experience
Breakfast on your own at the villa before departing for the medieval hill-top city of Montalcino, home to Italy’s most famous wine, Brunello di Montalcino. Enjoy free time to explore Montalcino, shop for wine and enjoy an espresso at Montalcino’s historic piazza cafè before moving on to the Pertimali winery.
After touring the vineyards and cellars, sit down to a home-cooked lunch featuring traditional Montalcino cuisine prepared especially for our group.
After lunch we’ll move on to the breathtaking 9th century Benedictine Abbey of Sant’Antimo. Return to the villa and free evening with optional dinner transfer to a local restaurant.
Day 4 – Tuscan seaside – Argentario (Porto Santo Stefano & Porto Ercole)
Breakfast on your own at the villa before travelling through the Tuscan countryside on your way to the Argentario coast with a stop en route and the magical hilltop town of Pitigliano.
Tour the coast including stops at Porto Santo Stefano, Porto Ercole and other charming villages and destinations with free time to explore and relax with lunch on your own.
On your way home stop at the famous Frescobaldi wine estate in Montalcino for a private tour of the estate followed by gourmet VIP estate dinner.
*Extra options (to be reserved in advance):
1) Private boat cruise from Porto Santo Stefano to the Island of Giglio.
2) Private boat cruise to the Island of Giglio with seafood lunch catered on the boat.
Day 5 - Cortona - Gourmet seafood & Opera wine dinner at the villa
Enjoy a leisurely morning relaxing at the villa with breakfast on your own.
In the late morning travel to the lovely hill top town of Cortona where we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Cortona with a local art historian guide followed by free time to explore Cortona, shop or visit the famous museum of Etruscan artifacts.
Return to the villa to rest and relax before enjoying a very special gourmet dinner celebration featuring a seafood dinner prepared with the freshest ingredients brought that morning from the seaside to your villa. To top off our farewell feast, a live vocal performance of operatic songs with soprano Cristina Villarini and piano accompaniment by Chiara Ricci will complete the perfect evening.
Day 6 - Pienza, Monte Oliveto Maggiore guided hike & La Vinsantaia olive oil tasting dinner
Breakfast on your own at the villa and departure for the perfect renaissance village of Pienza, with time to explore Pienza.
While travelling through the breathtaking Crete Senesi countryside, stop for a picnic lunch near Monte Oliveto Maggiore before visiting the Benedictine Abbey to see the world-famous frescos by Sodoma. After visiting the abbey head out for a guided hike along beautiful trails through the Crete Senesi countryside.
After our hike drive along one of the Italy’s most beautiful roads through the heart of the Crete Senesi on our way to La Vinsantaia.
Arrive at La Vinsantaia, where Andrea will lead us through a tasting of olive oils followed by a sampling menu of exceptional cheeses and other locally produced products paired to olive oils from various areas of Tuscany and an array of Chianti Classico wines. We’ll wrap up our meal with a tasting of world famous Amedei chocolates paired to a selection of some of the world’s finest (and too often underappreciated) pleasures – grappa.
Day 7 - Cooking and Italian language class at your villa
Breakfast on your own at the villa before meeting our chef and interpreter/teacher for an Italian language & cooking class. Learn some basics of Italian grammar and phrases before starting your intro to Tuscan cuisine (taught entirely in Italian), where you will learn to prepare a traditional 4 course meal including antipasto, primo, secondo and dessert. This fun “active language” class will teach you some basics of the Italian language while you learn the foundations of Tuscan cuisine, practicing your conversation skills with your native Tuscan cook and your bilingual interpreter/teacher.
At the end of your class you’ll sit down to enjoy a casual lunch “in italiano” featuring the foods you have prepared together, while you practice your new language skills.
Day 8 - Departure & Lago di Bolsena and Orvieto
Breakfast on your own at the villa.
Late morning check-out and travel south through the countryside to beautiful Lake Bolsena. Explore the lake and the town of Bolsena with free time for lunch.
Following this we will have an optional stop at the hill-top city of Orvieto with free time to explore the magnificent Cathedral and amazing underground city before travelling on to Fiumicino.
Check-in to the airport Hilton and for dinner you have an optional transfer to a great little trattoria in Lido di Ostia, offering some of the area’s best traditional Roman fare in a casual atmosphere.
This 7 day itinerary includes:
• Customized itinerary and travel planning services
• Intro to Tuscany sommelier-guided wine tasting.
• 1 light buffet breakfast catered at the villa
• 5 dinners (including 2 gourmet dinners at the villa and private dinner at The exclusive Frescobaldi Estate)
• 1 private lunch in Montalcino
• 1 cooking class at the villa with lunch
• 8 full days transportation in a private bus with driver as described in the itinerary including dinner transfers.
• 8 days services of a bilingual guide who will share details on local culture, wine & food as well as take care of logistics so you can sit back and enjoy all the best Tuscany has to offer
• 2 hour guided tour of Siena with local guide
• 2 hour guided tour of Cortona with a local guide
• All entrance fees included in the itinerary
• Comprehensive trip folder including detailed 8 day itinerary, local history and notes on Italy’s wine and cuisine
• Restaurant gratuities for meals included in tour
• Baggage assistance between hotels
• Drinks and snacks stocked in the bus fridge
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