Italy, Tuscany & Umbria – Local Cuisine & Wine
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Travel Type: Food and Wine, Small Group
Location: Italy, Tuscany, Umbria
From AUD: $4,279
Duration: 8 Days
Offer Expires: Dec 31, 2019
Be sure to consider this tour which includes Umbria, the so called 'green heart' of Italy. Not only do you taste the best of traditional Tuscany but you will venture into neighbouring Umbria to uncover some hidden gems too. This one off group departure is a great way to see and taste some of Italy's finest.
From Florence to Perugia, tasting the best wines and cooking regional cuisine.
Tuscany epitomizes the romantic notion of Italy, and best of all their world famous wines and delightful meals around every corner. Our weeklong itinerary includes visits to Siena, Panzano, Monteriggioni, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino which will be dotted with hands on cooking classes, lunches in local trattoria, wine dinners, and historical wine cellars for tastings.
Day 1 - 18 May 2019
ARRIVAL IN PANZANO
Pick up at the airport in Florence for a one hour transfer to Panzano. Check in at your Villa then walk (500mt) to the famous Cecchini butcher shop where you will taste a mac Dario the Italian version of the hamburger. Back at your villa for your first cooking class. The cook is a friendly lady who speak decent English. Supper with what you cooked.
Day 2 - 19 May 2019
VISIT SAN GIMIGNANO AND LUNCH IN WINERY
Transfer to San Gimignano through winding Chianti roads. Visit this beautiful town and its towers, enjoy a gelato and have some leisure time for shopping in its many enticing boutiques. Have a late wine tasting lunch at a wine producing farm facing San Gimignano towers. Return to the villa along a different route.
Day 3 - 20 May 2019
CHIANTI WINERIES AND SIENA
Transfer to Castellina in Chianti for short tour of the town, then transfer to Dievole winery, one of the largest estates in Chianti. Lunch will be in Siena at the Enoteca Nazionale. In the afternoon we peek inside Siena's Duomo, sit at a café in Piazza del Campo, the famous square where the Palio is run. Check in at your hotel a charming place just outside Siena walls. Supper will be at a local trattoria.
Day 4 - 21 May 2019
Along the way you can stop to visit (Monte Oliveto Monastery – Wine tasting/lunch at a Brunello producing farm on the way up to Montalcino. Tour of the town then check in at your villa located among vineyards on the southern slopes of Montalcino. – Supper and night
Day 5 - 22 May 2019
CHEESE MAKING IN PIENZA
Start the day with a visit to a Pecorino cheese factory to see how it is made and try it when it is still young and soft or when it is hard and savoury, but mellowed by honey. Have lunch at the farm. In the afternoon, after a stroll through Pienza the town that is a UNESCO protected site, we have a cappuccino or a glass of wine in Monticchiello, on a terrace with a breathtaking view of the “Crete Toscane”. before returning at your villa for supper (here it is possible to add a cooking class)
Day 6 - 23 May 2019
MONTEPULCIANO AND ``IL NOBILE`` - HEADING TO UMBRIA
But first drive to Montepulciano. Have a wine tasting of the Nobile wine at a nice winery inside the walls . Check in and transfer to Perugia where we will have time for a short tour of the town. Supper at one of the best restaurants in town.
Day 7 - 24 May 2019
ASSISI - BEVAGNA - DERUTA
Assisi and visit then have a wine tasting/ lunch at a family owned winery near Bevagna. On the way home stop in Deruta for the ceramic factory. Do not miss the best of our cooking classes with Cristina
Day 8 - 25 May 2019
TRANSFER TO FLORENCE OR ROME
Return to Florence or Rome for departure.
Seven nights four star level villas
Expert guide who will lead the tour
All entries to the wineries and wine tastings
Two Cooking classes
Transportation with a private van for all the week
Villa Il Castagno, Sienna
Podere Brizio, Montalcino
This unique tour departs once only on 18 May 2019
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$4279 per person based on twin/double room
$4929 for a single room
$3709 per person with three in a room
Prices subject to exchange rate fluctuation