Tuscan Immersion

Italy, Tuscany / 14 Days

Food and Wine, Villa Stay

This tour offers the perfect opportunity to indulge and connect with the region in a very special way.

During your two week stay not only will you visit iconic locations, you will also have ample time to relax by the pool and share the passion of regional food with a local chef.

Based in a Tuscan villa in the countryside near Cortona, this will become your 'home' during this 'soggiorno' and your connection with the local way of life and the people will make this a unique experience. Indulge in this wonderful region, by many regional culinary experiences daily, Historical treasures, vineyard visits, shopping and much more. The vineyards, olive groves, farm houses and castles will leave you breathless. What are you waiting for?


SAT / ARRIVAL

Dinner in Cortona.

You will be met and transferred from the local train station to your accommodation, where there will be time for you to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new 'home' for the next 14 days.

SUN / CORTONA

Dinner in 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 will be the option to return to the villa for some relaxation prior to stepping out to dinner.

MON / SAN GIMIGNANO & SIENA

We visit San Gimignano for the morning. This is a beautiful medieval township; a step back in time. The village houses many artisan stores which offer a very broad range of painted ceramics as well as leatherware and alabaster. Visit 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 horse race is held or Visit Il Duomo, The Mangia Tower or wander the streets and enjoy the ambiance 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.

TUE / TOUR FREE DAY

Dinner in Cortona.

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.

WED / 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. Your Food and Wine Travel consultant will be happy to assist. This evening dinner will be provided for you in your apartment.

THU / CHIANTI

Dinner in Cortona.

A leisurely day of taking in the most amazing views, whilst driving through this famous wine growing area of Tuscany. During the morning, we will visit the village of Castellina; we will enjoy a Caffè 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.

FRI / TOUR FREE DAY

Dinner in Cortona.

You may choose to 'stay in' today. Enjoy the villa 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.

SAT / AREZZO

Dinner in Cortona.

Independent train travel to Arezzo; (9;30am train departure) train ticket, maps, and transfer to and from our local train station on the day is included in the tour cost.

SUN / PIENZA & MONTEPULCIANO

Dinner in Cortona.

This morning travel through the Val D'Orcia. Our first stop is Pienza, the birthplace of Pope Pius II; a small township famous for Pecorino cheese and beautiful boutiques. After a caffè at a local bar you will have two hours to explore independently. We regroup and travel to a nearby location for lunch. After lunch we visit Montepulciano, also located in the Val d'Orcia.
This township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful trattorias, cantinas and sulumerie for wine and cheese tastings.

MON / CORTONA RESORT & SPA

Dinner in Cortona.

A wellness package, including half hour massage, Turkish bath, Finnish Sauna, salt room, pool area. Enjoy lunch in the restaurant or lovely grounds surrounded by beautiful gardens and pool. Depart villa mid-morning.

TUE / COOKING EXPERIENCE

Hands-on cooking experience. Depart mid-morning for the short drive into the valley to a local farmhouse. The 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. Dinner in Cortona.

WED / ORVIETO

Dinner in Cortona.

This morning we drive through Umbria to Orvieto. On arrival we enjoy a Caffè after which there is ample opportunity to visit Il Duomo, Saint Patrick's Well - 1537 which is 62 metres
deep with double spiral staircase or tour the underground city/caves. Orvieto has a great selection of stores, ranging from leatherware to ceramics and boutiques. Regroup for lunch at a local trattoria. Return to villa late afternoon.

THU / LUCIGNANO

Dinner in Cortona.

This morning we visit Lucignano, elliptical in shape, it is known as the 'pearl of Val di Chiana'. We enjoy a caffè after which you will have free time to explore the local market and the village. We will regroup for a lovely lunch at a trattoria and make our way back to the villa early afternoon.

FRI / TOUR FREE DAY

Dinner in Cortona.

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.

SAT / DEPARTURE

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.

  • Fourteen nights in a Tuscan villa
  • Bilingual hosts for the duration of your stay
  • Ten day tours to itinerary locations
  • Breakfast daily
  • Eight lunches
  • All dinners (a-la-carte) at a local trattoria or restaurant. Wine included
  • Complimentary bottle of wine and beer
  • Cooking experience
  • Spa package
  • Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments
  • 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

Excludes

Airfares, travel insurance, entry fees to museums/galleries, lunches and meals
not specifically listed, and all personal expenditure.

Departure Dates

This independent itinerary is available, starting each Saturday between 30 March to 29 October during 2019. Just drop us a line so that we can check availability for you.

Pricing

  • $5650 per person based on twin/double share
  • Add $300 for a single room

Please note that your final price will be subject to the number of guests, the time of year you travel, availability of inclusions at time of booking and exchange rate fluctuations.


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