A Culinary Journey through Tuscany

From: $3049

per person dbl*

ONE HOTEL STAY

• 7 Night Stay at One Hotel in Chianti
• Truffle Demonstration & Tasting at a Tuscan Estate
• Florence Walking Tour
• Academy Gallery & the Statue of David
• Pasta Making Cooking Class
• Winery Tour & Tasting 
Pecorino Cheese Tasting  
Music & Wine Experience with a local Sommelier
at a Farmhouse in Montalcino
• Sienna Walking Tour
• Dinner at Tuscan Farmhouse & Winery
• San Gimignano
• Gelato Tasting 
Lunch at a local Farmhouse famous for Saffron
• Lake Trasimeno Boat Excursion
• Island Maggiore with Lunch & Wine
• Full Day at Leisure to Relax or Explore on Your Own

7 Nights First Class Hotel Accommodations,  16 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 6 Dinners, Professional Tour Director, Hotel Transfers, Motorcoach Transportation, Admissions per Itinerary, Sightseeing per Itinerary, Baggage Handling at Hotels

March 12, 19 April 2, 9, 16, 23 
May 7 • September 17, 24 
October 1, 15, 22 November 5, 12
$3049 dbl**

7 Night(s) – Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda, Boccioleto Resort & Spa, or Villa Sabolini, Chianti

BOOKING DISCOUNT SAVINGS* – UP TO $200 PER COUPLE/$100 PER PERSON

A Culinary Journey through Tuscany

9-DAYS

DAY 1: DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Europe. 

DAY 2: ARRIVAL FLORENCE – CHIANTI
Arrive in Florence, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your Tuscan Hotel in the Chianti Region for a seven night stay.  This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner of Tuscan favorites and locally produced wine with your fellow travelers.
(D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 3: FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING & TUSCAN ESTATE DINNER  
Today enjoy a Florence City Tour featuring a visit to the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s original Statue of David, a truly awesome sight. Then view the Cathedral to see Giotto’s Bell Tower and Baptistry with its impressive ‘Gates of Paradise’. These buildings demonstrate the traditions of Florentine art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.  Also see the open-air museum of Piazza Della Signoria & Santa Croce, which houses the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo.  Later this afternoon travel to a lovely Tuscan Estate, where you will be greeted with a welcome drink.  Then enjoy a Truffle Demonstration with access to a protected area on the property followed by delicious tastings of oil and truffle butter bruschetta, salami, pecorino, and wines from the estate.   Next, a wonderful dinner before returning to your hotel in Chianti for the night. 
(B,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 4: GREVE – ORGANIC COOKING CLASS – WINERY TOUR & TASTING 
Today enjoy an Organic Cooking & Pasta Making Class and lunch in San Gimignano.  You will be greeted with a welcome drink to enjoy while the chef discusses the class and food to be made and his recipes. The restaurant staff will assist you with putting on your aprons and chef hats and let the cooking fun begin! At the end of the cooking class you will get to eat and enjoy what you have prepared for lunch. Later this afternoon visit a local winery for Winery Tour & Tasting experience.  Sample organically farmed extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and Chianti Classico Wine. Dinner is included this evening. 
(B,L,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 5: TUSCAN HILLS & MONTALCINO
Travel to the incredibly picturesque Val d’Orcia Region filled with ancient villages, gorgeous farmhouses, isolated homesteads, roads lined with cypress trees, fabulous vineyards and olive groves.  Enjoy spectacular Tuscan hills views enroute to visit a local cheese producer for a delicious typical Pecorino Cheese tasting. Continue to a traditional farmhouse in Montalcino, where you will enjoy a multi sensory experience of music and wine! Four wines will be matched with music tracks selected by a local Sommelier. Later, just outside Siena, we will visit a local Tuscan farmhouse with an opportunity to meet the owner and enjoy dinner featuring typical Tuscany dishes paired with their local wines. 
(B,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 6: SIENA & SAN GIMIGNANO 
This morning travel to Siena, the heart of Tuscany. Enjoy a Siena Walking Tour as you stroll the medieval streets to the dramatic Campo, scene of the annual Palio horse race.  Also see the town’s famous black and white striped cathedral and enjoy some time at leisure.  Enjoy lunch at a family-run farmhouse that specializes in saffron production outside Siena. Later we travel to San Gimignano, the epitome of a Tuscan hill town, where nobles built more splendid towers to outdo one another and indulge in their need for status. The medieval structures of this city have largely remained intact and San Gimignano, with its large number of art treasures, is truly considered an open-air museum. Next enjoy a delicious gelato ice cream in one of the oldest gelaterias in Italy which is famous world-wide for unique flavors. Taste the saffron & pine nuts flavored gelato, a registered trademark. Dinner is included this evening.
(B,L,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 7: DAY AT LEISURE IN CHIANTI OR OPTIONAL EXCURSION
Today is at leisure to relax at the hotel, enjoy the spa or explore on your own. An optional tour will be available today.  Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening.
(B,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 8: LAKE TRASIMENO BOAT EXCURSION AND LUNCH ON THE ISLAND MAGGIORE 
Begin your morning with a hearty breakfast and journey to Lake Trasimeno located in the Umbria Region of Tuscany. The heart-shaped Lake Trasimeno is surrounded by rolling hills, olive groves, woods of oak and cypress trees, vineyards and sunflower fields that frame castle-topped medieval towns and villages. Free time to explore and walk around the medieval town of Tuoro, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Next enjoy a Boat Cruise to the Island Maggiore, where we will have lunch at a traditional restaurant located on the lake. Tonight a special Farewell Dinner is planned.  
(B,L,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 9: CHIANTI – FLORENCE – HOME
Today transfer to Florence for your flight home with wonderful memories of your Culinary Journey Through Tuscany.  
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Single Room Supplement + ($1250) Triple Room Reduction  – ($50) per person **Rates are Land only, per person double

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Land only rates do not include hotel transfers.
Roundtrip air package includes hotel transfers
On some dates alternate hotels may be used

* Booking Discount Details –  Make your Final Payment by check & receive $200 per couple/$100 per person savings on Air Inclusive Bookings. Land Only/Own Air Bookings receive $100 per couple/$50 per person savings.