7 Days

Flavours of Tuscany

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7 Days

Flavours of Tuscany

Flavours of Tuscany

While well-known for being one of Italy’s most iconic locations, many individuals find that there’s much more to Tuscany than what’s synonymous with its name.

Rich in tradition and culture, it’s not hard to see why so many choose to pay this area a visit, but on our Flavors of Tuscany Tour, you’ll experience all of this through food. It’s often hailed as the perfect trip for those who enjoy Italian dishes, fine dining, and unique tastes.

You will have the opportunity to visit Cortona and other nearby historic towns on your tour, taking in the amazing scenery and sampling some of the traditional meals that this part of Italy has to offer. You’ll be able to relax in a luxurious renovated farmhouse villa after a day of exploring all that Tuscany has to offer, too.

However, there’s so much more to your visit than simply eating food. With the option to immerse yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle (from learning authentic recipes from Italian chefs, to finding out more about some of the local artisans), there will be a range of exciting trips to fill your days. You will be able enjoy excursions to local vineyards, guided walks, and even partake in olive oil tasting.

Most choose to dine and drink during their stay, taking their mouth on an exciting journey with the many amazing flavors that Tuscany has to offer. On the other hand, you’ll also get the chance to see stunning sights and visit breathtaking locations, which is one of the reasons why this tour can be perfect for anyone who wants a trip that they’ll remember for years to come.

This particular tour is one of the most popular with our guests.

2020 Dates

Tour Departure Dates
Flavours of Tuscany 02-May-20
13-Jun-20
11-Jul-20
09-Aug-20
03-Oct-20

7 Days Flavours of Tuscany Tour

Tour Itinerary

  • Saturday – Arrival
    • “First of all, we’ll be taking you to your accommodation for your week’s stay here in Tuscany
    • Before anything else, we’ll give you time to settle in, unpack, and take in the scenery before dinner (at 7pm)
    • We’ll take you into the stunning nearby town of Cortona to treat you to a traditional Italian meal – with a number of tasty options on the menu.”
  • Sunday – Cortona
    • “At the official beginning of your stay here with us, we’ll be visiting Cortona again to give you a chance to see the ancient beauty of the town. Some of the landmarks here even date back to the 13th Century. Next, you’ll be taken on a guided walk through the town, and you’ll be given an Italian coffee to drink as you take in all the history, culture, and beauty. A local trattoria is next on the agenda, where you’ll be able to sit down and eat lunch, while experiencing the Tuscan lifestyle.
    • If you want to do a bit more exploring here in Cortona, you may want to do so, as you’ll have some leisure time
    • At 4pm, you can choose to either go back to your apartment or stay in Cortona until dinner in one of the town’s local restaurants – and if you’re peckish, you may want to pick up a quick snack. At this point we’ll bring those who returned to the villa back, and when we arrive, meet up with those that stayed in town. For the evening meal in Cortona, you’ll get to enjoy an Aperitivo, and following that, dinner at the majestic Piazza.”
  • Monday – Truffle Hunt, Cheese & Cooking Class
    • The second day of your stay in Tuscany is likely to be quite an exciting one, starting off with traveling to Podere il Casale – with plenty of stunning sights on the way there. Next up, you’ll be able to enjoy a fun truffle hunt before taking a cooking class with a local chef who’ll teach you not only how to make cheese, but how to prepare a meal with an Italian touch, too. After the busy morning, you’ll have some free time to explore in the Pienza and take in the beauty of the area. Then, at 5 pm, we’ll travel back to your accommodation – but before this, you may want to grab a few ingredients to try out everything you learned earlier!
    • Pienza
  • Tuesday – Olive Oil & Wine
    • Each day is an adventure on its own – and today will be no different, we’ll start off by visiting Montepulciano. When we arrive at the hilltop town, you’ll be given a coffee and some information about this stunning location. At half 12, we’ll be going underground to visit an authentic wine cellar, where you’ll be able to enjoy some wine tasting as well as lunch.This town is well-known for its olive oil, which is why we’ll make sure to give you a chance to taste some of the amazing oil produced here. When it comes to 5pm, we’ll make our way back to your accommodation to allow you to relax and spend your leisure time however you please. For dinner, we’ll take you to a local pizzeria to not only provide you with a traditional meal, but also a chance to immerse yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle.
    • in Montepulciano
  • Wednesday – Siena
    • “We’ll travel to the next stop on your tour of Tuscany, the town of Siena, nice and early to show you the breathtaking scenery along the way. When we arrive, you’ll be taken on a walking tour through this historic and cultural area.
    • After this, you’ll have around two hours to do whatever you like; whether that’s shopping, or finding a nice place for some lunch. There are plenty of things to see and do here, so we’ll make sure to give you some time to take it all in. At around half 3, we’ll head back to give you some time to relax – and if you’ve bought a camera with you, you might want to take some snaps of the sights on the ride home. If you want to submerse yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle and culture even more, you’ll be glad to hear that we’ll be taking you into Cortona for dinner with locally produced wine at 7pm.”
  • Thursday – Chianti
    • “Today we’ll be heading to the traditional town of Chianti early on in the morning, which may be the perfect opportunity to get one of the amazing wines that this location is so well known for. To give you a chance to think about the day ahead and get an energy boost, we’ll stop off at Castellina for a coffee and a wander. When it comes to lunch time, you’ll be having a meal at a traditional eatery that specializes in a number of Italian dishes, the Antica Macelleria Cecchini, in Panzano
    • Lastly, you’ll get the chance to do a little wine tasting here – and you can even have a chat with the makers, too. After this, you’ll be able to buy your own dinner locally… if you’re still hungry!”
  • Friday – Tour Free Day
    • “For the final day of your stay, we’ll give you some time of your own to relax or do anything that you haven’t yet been able to do on the tour. If you want, we can even take you back into Cortona to spend some more time there.
    • We’ll also provide you with a traditional Aperitivo, and following this, a dinner and wine to bid you farewell and thank you for your stay.”
  • Saturday – Departure
    • At the end, we’ll take you back to the station you arrived from with the hopes that you’ll remember your time here for years to come.

7 Days Flavours of Tuscany Tour

What's Included

INCLUSIONS

  • Enjoy your own apartment in our renovated Tuscan farmhouse villa for 7 nights
  • Our bilingual hosts & tour leaders will be on hand throughout the tour to assist you
  • We’ve scheduled an exciting itinerary to ensure that your trip is fantastic
  • You’ll find provisions in your apartment and we’ll provide breakfasts, too
  • This trip includes no less than 4 tantalising lunches – ideal for fans of food
  • For lovers of wine and Italian cuisine, you’ll be pleased to hear that 5 dinners are a part of this package
  • Enjoy a Truffle Hunt, followed by a cooking experience where you’ll learn to make cheese, pasta and traditional Italian desserts
  • Our guided walking tours in Cortona and Siena are some of our most popular features
  • We’ll stop off for wine and olive oil tasting in the Montepulciano region
  • You’ll also receive a complementary bottle of wine and beer from us
  • Take part in wine tasting activities at local vineyards and establishments
  • We’ll cater for all of your itinerary travel, saving you the need to rent a vehicle
  • On your free days we’d be happy to transport you to the local stations
  • We’ll pick you up to start your trip and drop you back off safely for your departure
  • If you’d like to travel back into Cortona on your tour-free day, we can help with this, too

EXCLUSIONS

  • As a traveller, you’ll need to ensure that your airfares are covered
  • Travel insurance isn’t provided by us and you may choose to take a policy out with a provider
  • Entry fees to museums, galleries and certain landmarks may be applicable
  • Any meals that you choose to eat outside of those provided by us will be your responsibility to pay for
  • Gifts, personal expenses and other related purchases will be your obligation to cover

7 Days Flavours of Tuscany Tour

Accommodation

Il Mandorlo, Fratticciola

Il Mandorlo is a rural house dating back to the 17th Century which has been restored in keeping with its original shape and materials. It is located in the valley ‘Val di Chiana’ nearby the historical centre of Cortona.

The house is divided into five apartments with all modern facilities including air conditioning and WI-FI. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the infinity swimming pool provides a panoramic view of the historical centre of Cortona and surrounding valley.

Set in a quiet location but close enough to the main roads which connect to all the well-known historical cities and villages.

It is an image of rolling hills, vineyards, age-old trees, golden wheat in Spring, Sunflowers in Summer and the constantly changing shades of the earth.

Accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking.

Rosa Dei Venti, Creti

Rosa dei Venti dates back to the 18th Century and is located in the hamlet of Creti in the valley ‘Val di Chiana’ nearby the historical centre of Cortona.

The 25 hectare estate comprises a vineyard, olive groves and two farm houses which are beautifully maintained and include a swimming pool offering spectacular views of the valley.

The various buildings on these grounds have been restored in keeping with old traditions and the six apartments comprise all modern facilities including air conditioning and WI-FI.

Set in a quiet location but close enough to the main roads which connect to all the well-known historical cities and villages this property is a gem of the Tuscan landscape.

Accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking.

Fattoria Giare, Fratticciola

Set in the Tuscan hills Fattoria Le Giare is located in the hamlet of Fratticciola in the valley ‘Val di Chiana’ nearby the historical centre of Cortona and offers eight beautifully restored apartments all with modern facilities including air conditioning and WI-FI.

The grounds are beautifully maintained with a swimming pool offering panoramic views of the valley and Cortona. A peaceful and enchanting oasis to retreat to after a touring day.

Set in a quiet location but close enough to the main roads which connect to all the well-known historical cities and villages this property is a perfect ‘home away from home’ in the Tuscan countryside.

Accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking.

7 Days Flavours of Tuscany Tour

Getting there

The tour begins near the historical centre of Cortona. Upon arrival we will meet you at our local train station Camucia-Cortona and will transfer you, via vehicle to the villa, which is a short drive into the countryside.

Cortona is located 2.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Rome (Roma Termini) and 1.5 hours by regional train from the main train station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella).

Train Travel to the Villa

If you are already in Italy connection to either Roma Termini or Firenze Santa Maria Novella train stations is easily accessible via other train stations.

Either of these two major cities are a good option for your arrival into Italy and then travel to our location. We will meet you at our local train station Camucia-Cortona and will transfer you, via vehicle to the villa, which is a short drive into the countryside.

Arrival from Rome Airport:

  1. Take the Leonardo Express Train from Rome Airport to Roma Termini Train Station (This is a 30min journey and will cost approximately 15 Euro)
  2. From there take a regional train to Camucia-Cortona (This is a 2.5hr journey and will cost approximately 15 Euro)

Arrival from Florence Airport:

  1. Take the bus that goes to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train Station (This takes approximately 30mins and will cost approximately 15 Euro)
  2. From there take a regional train to Camucia-Cortona (This is a 1.5hr journey and will cost approximately 13 Euro)
7 Days Flavours of Tuscany Tour

$4,100 CAD

Per Person, Twin Share Single Supplement: $300 AUD/USD U.S. Clients: $3,495 USD Australian Clients: $3,950 AUD

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