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Three-day Full Immersion Wine Tour. Up and down on the Tuscany Hills.
Departures-Guarantee minimum of 2 guests - Max 8 people
From the 27th April 2019
Starts/Ends in Florence
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Day one: San Gimignano and Siena
Your tour manager and driver will meet you at 9 AM in front of platform 16 at the train station in Florence. We will go straight to San Gimignano, where you can spend two hours wandering through this astonishing medieval town, visiting its delightful shops offering local crafts, food, and wine, or viewing its astonishing collection of Renaissance and contemporary art. The town’s untouched medieval architecture is famous across the world; the town still boasts fourteen of the imposing towers that the aristocracy built as their homes in the Medieval and Renaissance periods; not only do they lend an extra touch of magic to the town’s atmosphere, they also provide incredible views of the valley and the town.
At noon, the tour manager will accompany you to a local farmhouse to lunch on the cuisine of the region, perhaps accompanied by a glass or two of Vernaccia, the area’s most famous white wine. Vernaccia is one of the most highly rated wines in Tuscany, with a very long historical pedigree. During the Renaissance, the wine from this region became the most sought after in all of Italy. The grapes from which the wine is made are mentioned as early as 1276 in civic records, and it warranted a mention in Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Having eaten, you will then move on to the magnificent old town of Siena, one of the most perfectly preserved Renaissance towns in Italy. We will stay there until 5 PM, giving you a chance to visit the central square, the Piazza del Campo, the venue for the world-famous Palio horse race each summer. If you’ve got the energy, a climb of the 400 steps of the Torre del Mangia will reward you with an astonishing panoramic view of the city, including the unique black-and-white marble of the Duomo. If you want to be a little more relaxed, a saunter through the streets of Siena with its artisan shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars is sure to delight.
At the end of the day, your tour manager will bring you to your beautiful villa apartment in a comfortable traditional Tuscan farmhouse.
Day two: Chianti Wine Tour
Chianti region > Greve in Chianti
The perfect day for wine aficionados; your whole day today will be devoted to food and wine. We will take in three vineyards and cellars to find out all about the history and production techniques of the world-famous Chianti wine. You will be able to taste a number of different wines at each stop, and also sample some of Tuscany’s famous extra-virgin olive oil.
Having eaten and drunk our fill, we will move on to Greve, the home of the most famous butcher’s and delicatessen in Tuscany, a perfect place to stock up on all the products you’ve been sampling during the day.
On the way back, we can stop off for an authentic Tuscan dinner at a family-owned trattoria, or you may decide to enjoy your dinner at the farmhouse’s restaurant.
Day three:Hot Springs and Val d’Orcia
A wonderful day of relaxation to round off your time in Tuscany. Once you’ve had breakfast and packed your suitcase, we’ll travel to the wonderful outdoor hot springs in San Filippo, where you can immerse yourself in one of the most relaxing environments Europe has to offer. You can wander through the woods, passing waterfalls and charming little pools, until finally, in the heart of the woods, you will find the “White Whale”, a 48°C hot spring; immerse yourself there or stroll on and choose whichever pool you like the look of best. Thoroughly relaxed, take a stroll around San Filippo and go on to lunch in a local trattoria. We will finish your day, and your tour, with a stunning scenic drive through the Val d’Orcia region, stopping off at least two medieval villages, maybe Monticchiello and Montepulciano, along the way.
Your tour will end at 7 PM, with your driver/tour manager dropping you back to Florence’s Santa Maria Novella railway station.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
Departure: Santa Maria Novella Station, Florence, platform 16, 9 AM
Return: Santa Maria Novella Station, Florence, 7 PM
We never take more than eight people on our tours, as we are dedicated to providing the best personal attention to every individual who travels with us.
Minimum group size: two persons.
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR COST:
• Professional local bilingual tour manager/driver for the whole
• Two nights’ accommodation in your own private villa or apartment in a comfortable traditional Tuscan farmhouse.
• Two continental breakfasts in the farmhouse.
• Three lunches, either set menu or à la carte.
• Collection and drop off at Santa Maria Novella station in Florence.
• Transport in a comfortable vehicle (either car or minivan).
• GST, tax, petrol, tolls, fees.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR COST
• Anything not detailed in the list above.
• Personal spending.
• Any required transfers, apart from those to and from the train station in Florence.
In Collaboration with "Tuscany Untouched"