Tuscan Villages

Welcome to Tuscan Villages, a journey boasting Tuscany’s most amazing towns, villages, iconic landscapes and traditions that have profoundly influenced world culture, art, gastronomy and history through a lifestyle that blends passion with simplicity. Across 11 sensational days, explore the length and breadth of Tuscany and marvel at its beautiful winding roads and fortified hilltop towns; meander the cobbled streets of secluded villages; visit castles; and discover unforgettable tastings in Italy’s most renowned wine region.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Florence

Welcome to Florence, the heart of Tuscany and the perfect starting point for your Tuscan experience. Transfer to your hotel and relax in readiness for tomorrow’s departure. If not partaking in our pre-tour Florence city break, we suggest a visit to Florence Cathedral, Accademia or Uffizi Galleries or simply stroll the streets and take advantage of Florence’s famous leather markets.

Hotel: Baglioni Grand Hotel or similar

Day 2: Florence – Pisa – Barga – Lucca

Depart for enchanting Pisa to view the Leaning Tower and the Piazza del Duomo, before enjoying lunch at an olive oil producing estate, paired with a tasting and workshop visit. In the afternoon, venture into Tuscany’s Garfagnana region, characterised by is mountainous and densely wooded terrain adjacent to the Northern Apennines. Visit the picturesque town of Barga, awarded an ‘orange flag’ as one the Best Villages of Italy. Afterward, check into your wonderful hotel within the protected walls of Lucca.

Hotel: Hotel Alla Corte degli Angeli or similar, 2 nights

Day 3: Lucca

Enjoy a morning guided tour of Lucca, famous for its historic centre, medieval towers and best preserved ramparts in Italy. In the afternoon, embrace the opportunity to get lost in the town’s maze of streets, people watch in its famous Piazzas such as Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, Verdi, Napoleone and San Michele or wander along its ancient walls that now serve as a popular pedestrian promenade.

Day: 4 Lucca – Volterra – Monteriggioni – Chianti retreat

Visit the ancient Tuscan village of Volterra and enjoy a guided tour.
An important Etruscan city, Volterra features beautiful winding cobbled streets and artisan craftsmanship, particularly alabaster carvings. The walled mountaintop town’s history dates to before the 7th century BC and contains structures from the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval periods. Afterward, have time to stroll around and enjoy an independent lunch before continuing to the unique medieval walled town of Monteriggioni. Afterward, venture into Chianti to your amazing rural retreat.

Hotel: Castel Monastero Resort & Spa or similar, 3 nights

Day 5: Chianti retreat – Greve in Chianti – Castello di Brolio – Chianti retreat

Commence your Chianti experience with a visit to Greve in Chianti that was settled well before the Etruscans. The town is one of the main towns in Chianti and is known for its triangular shaped main piazza and Franciscan monastery. Continue for a scrumptious lunch and tasting on a picturesque Chianti winery before returning to your hotel via a short visit to the gardens of Castello di Brolio.

Day 6: Chianti retreat – Radda in Chianti – Gaiole in Chianti – Castellina in Chianti – Chianti retreat

Enjoy the pleasure of a late morning start before visiting the delightful medieval town of Radda in Chianti. Located up on a hill and blessed with panoramic views, enjoy time to wander around and have an independent lunch before continuing to nearby Castello di Meleto for a castle tour and wine tasting on grounds surrounded by vines. Afterward, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant in the endearing Castellina in Chianti.

Day 7: Siena – San Gimignano – Monteriggioni – Siena

Visit the multi-towered town of San Gimignano; a 12th century Romanesque church with famous frescoes; and the Piazza del Duomo that houses the Museo Civico and Palazzo del Popolo. Enjoy time to explore the town at your leisure including perhaps, climbing the stairs of one of the towers for a fantastic view. In the early afternoon, depart for Siena, with its maze of narrow streets and alleys converging onto one of Europe’s most famous squares, the Piazza del Campo.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Continental or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Siena

This morning, enjoy a privately guided walking tour of Siena’s historic centre, declared a World Heritage Site for its preserved gothic appearance dating from the 12th to 15th century. The tour includes an explanation of Siena’s Contrade or family districts that have existed since the Middle Ages, as well as visits to Siena Cathedral and Piazza del Campo, that hosts the twice yearly Palio horse race. The afternoon is at leisure to wander the cobbled streets of this amazing town.

Day 9: Siena – Pienza – Montalcino

Travel into the inspiring and amazing Val d’Orcia, a region of Tuscany characterised by gentle cultivated hills, gullies and picturesque villages that have inspired painters through the ages and which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural landscape. Visit Pienza, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, continue to the world’s most enchanting wine region for lunch and wine tasting at a renowned vineyard. Finish with a brief visit to the town of Montalcino and nearby Abbey of Sant’Antimo before checking into your wonderful retreat.

Hotel: Castel Porrona Relais or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Montalcino – Pitigliano – Sorano – Montalcino

Visit two of Italy’s most picturesque villages Pitigliano and Sorano, in the south of Tuscany close to the border with Lazio. Both towns are built into ‘tuff’ bedrock that formed into steep hills from volcanic ash. Enjoy time to stroll both towns before returning to your hotel.

Day 11: Tuscan retreat – Florence

IIf not continuing with us in Florence, Cinque Terre or to the Amalfi Coast, return to Florence airport, train station for your ongoing journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 29$6,990.00$10,390.00
July: 09, 31$6,990.00$10,390.00
August: 28$6,990.00$10,390.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport: Airport Transfers & Deluxe VIP transport
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Tuscan Treats

A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On our Tuscan Treats Tour you’ll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Florence – Lucca

Our introduction to Italy will begin with an in-depth guided tour of Florence before we set a course for leafy Lucca – where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. We’ll discover what lies beyond the city walls before coming together for a delicious welcome dinner at a local osteria.

Hotel: Albergo San Martino or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lucca

A rocky coastline, romantic candy-coloured villages… We must be in the Italian Riviera! After winding our way along this sublime stretch of shoreline we’ll find ourselves in Cinque Terre: a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and one of the highlights of our tour). After spending some time getting to know the area, we’ll return to Lucca for the evening.

Day 3: Lucca – Pisa – Volterra

Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for a staggering first port of call today. After snapping some photographic evidence of our visit, we’ll travel on to Volterra – where you’ll have the chance to look around at your own leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town will be our home for the night.

Hotel: Hotel La Locanda or similar

Day 4: Volterra – San Gimignano – Pienza

Today we’ll make tracks to San Gimignano: home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. While we’re here, we’ll sample the creations of a master gelato maker at Gelateria Dondoli – before carrying on to Fattoria San Donato for an indulgent wine tasting, complete with bruschetta and local meats. After taking in the town’s head-turning historic centre, we’ll journey onwards to Pienza – with a whistlestop tour of Siena along the way.

Hotel: Relais Il Chiostro di Pienza or similar, 2 nights

Day 5: Pienza

Pienza’s timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make it a serene spot to spend this morning. After a walking tour, we’ll sample some handcrafted pecorino cheese and world-class wines at a delightful organic restaurant with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside.

Day 6: Pienza Chianti

Onwards to the delightful Chianti region! Today we’ll make our way through heavenly countryside on our way to a traditional Tuscan country house, where a regional cookery class awaits us. After learning some local recipes from our host, we’ll have the chance to tuck into our creations for lunch. Buon appetito!.

Hotel: Hotel to be advised

Day 7: Chianti– Florence

On the way back to romantic Florence, we’ll stop off at an oil mill for a guided tour, olive oil tasting and light lunch. All in all, it’s a fitting end to a tour celebrating the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
June: 10, 21, 24
$3,149.00$4,099.00
July: 05, 22$3,059.00$3,829.00
August: 05, 23$3,059.00$3,829.00
September: 02, 04, 06, 11, 18, 20, 23$3,149.00$4,099.00
September: 25$3,059.00$3,829.00
October: 09, 18, 25$3,059.00$3,829.00
November: 04, 15$2,899.00$3,479.00
December: 09$2,899.00$3,479.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: Premium Mini-coach transportation
Accommodation: 6 nights boutique accommodation
Guide: Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader & Local guide in Florence
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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