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Italy (Florence)

A Perfect Tour - Tuscany Tour - Florence based villas - Personally escorted by Jerry Gain

Below is the detailed itinerary for our escorted / guided Tuscany tours which includes visits to Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, the Chianti country side, and Cinque Terre on Italy's riviera on the Ligurian coast. Highlights include tours of Tuscan estates producing olive oil and wines, along with our featured traditional Tuscan cooking class. Additional tours can be arranged to Rome, the Amalfi, Venice and Verona, and other regions of Italy. Our daily tours are conducted by our certified driving guides, who work in tandem with official city guides of the regions.

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You might wish to begin your Perfect Tour with extended time in Rome.

Day 1 of our trip starts with a flight

Flight departs to Florence

Day 2:

Early arrival in Florence
Our host will guide you to our chartered vehicle and transportation to our selected Villa
Check in at villa. Familiarize with villa and surrounding area. Traditional Tuscan dinner prepared by our host (included). Orientation meeting with tour representative after dinner.

Our villas are traditional Tuscan properties strategically located a short distance south west of Florence and Siena . These are family owned villas who take great pride in their properties. The villas are surrounded by the natural beauty of vineyards and olive groves, reflecting the Tuscan landscape. They are equipped to handle every customer's interests. We are home to these villas for 1 week with guided tours almost daily to round out A Perfect Tour. Day tours from our Florence based Villas are as follows:

Day 3:

Day outing to Siena, San Gimignano, and Monteriggioni
Leaving the hotel around 9:30am, we will head immediately to the walled city of Siena .  We return to the hotel about 5:30pm.
Dinner suggestion: dine at a local restaurant of your choice.

Day 4:

Day outing: learn to cook like a real Italian!
Return to villa around 5:30pm
Dinner is up to you (if you still have room to eat!)
This basic cooking class is absolutely for everyone, even the kitchen helpless! After pick up at the villa and a short drive, we stop at a Winery and Olive Oil estate. Our host will brief us on our food preparations, but before starting on the meal, we visit the winery on the property for a brief tour and sampling. We also visit the area where they produce the extra virgin olive oil. Our host tells us about the easy menu we will prepare and starts us on preparing the ingredients. Our participants are divided into two groups who then proceed to work on preparation of a fine Italian meal. After making the pasta and hanging it to dry, appetizers are served al fresco. We feast on crostini, bruschetta, etc., and, of course, accompany it with wine. As our food is being cooked, the table is set and soon we sit down to the fruits of our labour. After lunch, we can relax on the lawn, chat at the table while having espresso the Italian way, or take a stroll around the romantic private grounds

Day 5:

Half day Tour of Florence : Our guides pick us up at the villa and transport us into the city of Florence . We meet with our city guide who directs us through the many areas of Florence including: the famous jewellery district around the Ponte Vecchio, the famous Dome by Brunelleschi, and the gold Paradise door of the Baptistry. A highlight of the tour is seeing Michelangelo's David at the Academia of Fine Arts Museum - Galleria dell 'Academia- (without the customary 2 hour lineup). With our guide we bypass the crowds. In the afternoon we have free time to explore the city, shop, or just sit in a piazza sipping a cold drink or cappuccino and watching the crowds. Our suggestion: take in the Uffizi Museum in the late afternoon when the crowds are down.
Pick up for return to our villa around 5:00pm.

Day 6:

Tour of Montepulciano and Pienza 
Leaving the villa around 8:30am, our transfer takes us to Montepulciano one of Tuscany’s highest hill towns with its walled fortifications and Pienza, delightful village, home to Pecorino cheese.  Suggest we have a light lunch in Pienza. We then drive thru Montalcino, home of the Brunello Wines.  Return to the villa and dine locally for those who wish.

Day 7:

Day outing: The Chianti Countryside Tour (lunch included)
The Chianti Countryside
Leaving the villa at 9:30am, the day will be entirely dedicated to the Chianti Region. Defined by many foreigners as “the most beautiful countryside in the world”. It is famous for the wine, but we go there mainly to enjoy the beauty of its walled medieval towns, castles, stone farmhouses and breathtaking landscapes. We will visit Passignano, Montefioralle, Greve, with lunch in Volpaia or Rignano. We will have a very special country style lunch based on the specialties of the area. We will also visit an old winery for a wine tasting and briefing on the wines and history of the winery. Due to its rich historical background, and the beauty and emotions that only this area can give, the day will not only be wonderful but a truly memorable experience. We return to the villa about 5:30pm.
Dinner at one of the local restaurants (if you are still hungry)

Day 8:

Free time - suggestion: relax and unwind on your first day in Tuscany, take advantage of the pool, garden, and orchards, and/or get to know the neighboring village. Evening: Dinners can be in the villa or out at the local restaurant.

Day 9:

Early check out of villa and return to airport. Extended tours to other regions of Italy like Verona/Lago di Garda, Piemonte at our B&B Casa di Maio and Venice are available upon request.

And add to your experience by taking advantage of more of Tuscany!

 

Prices:

Staring from $2599.

Single Supplement $550

 

What’s included:

Transfers to and from Villa to Airport in Florence

Accommodations for 1 week in Villa in Tuscany

Welcome dinner 1st night/wine included

Cooking class with Lunch, Olive Oil and Wine tastings

Chianti Countryside tour with lunch and wine

Guided tours and transfers to areas mentioned above

 

What’s not included:

Airfares to Italy

Meals unless specified in itinerary

Trip and flight cancellation and Medical Insurance Coverage

 

Our Hotels:

Villa LeTorri

Agriturismo Montalbino

 

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