7 Days

Flavours of Tuscany

From $3,495 Per Person, Twin Share

7 Days

Flavours of Tuscany

A memorable week visiting iconic sights and immersing yourself in the Tuscan cuisine and gourmet cooking classes. This is a balance between the ultimate culinary experience and the best of our Taste of Tuscany tour.

Our Flavours of Tuscany tour includes gourmet cooking classes as well as daily touring. These classes will vary from pasta/gnocchi making through to traditional meat and game dishes and desserts and cakes. Many of the recipes are family traditions which date back many years and you will be privileged to share in the traditions. There will be the opportunity to be hands on during all aspects of the classes or standing back and observing the masters at work, whilst of course enjoying a glass of local wine.

Highlights

  • Tuscan Villa Accommodation (one location)
  • Daily culinary ‘affair’
  • Indulge in Tuscan cuisine & local wines
  • Hands on Tuscan cooking
  • Share in Traditional Family Recipes & get to know the chefs
  • Day tours to iconic locations
  • Meet and connect with local artisans

2019 Tour Dates

  • Available for commencement every Saturday from 30th March through to 26th October.

Chat to us more if you are looking for a tour outside these dates.

7 Days Flavours of Tuscany Tour

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1 Saturday – Arrival
    • We transfer you from our local train station to your accommodation and allow you to settle in and familiarise yourself with your new surroundings which will be ‘home’ for the next 7 days. Dinner in Cortona
  • Day 2 Sunday – Cortona
    • This morning we drive past ‘Bramasole’ from ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita. We then make our way to the historical centre for a caffé and brioche after which you have free time to enjoy the many boutiques, art galleries and all Cortona offers. We will regroup and enjoy lunch at a typical trattoria. Later in the afternoon there will be the option to return to the villa for some relaxation prior to stepping out to dinner. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 3 Monday – Siena & Cooking Experience
    • We spend the morning in Siena; a visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horserace is held. Visit Il Duomo and The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambience and the various delights Siena offers, from the little food stores which offer lots of tempting treats to the beautiful stores offering hand painted ceramics and leatherware.
    • After a light lunch, we return to the villa for a short rest prior to travelling to a nearby property dating back to the 1500’s for a hands-on cooking experience with a local chef, Donatella, who has over 20 years’ experience researching and rediscovering ancient recipes and Tuscan cooking traditions. Savour the dishes you have prepared with the chef including local wine.
  • Day 4 Tuesday –  A Day in the Val D’Orcia – Cooking Experience & Montepulciano
    • This morning we travel to a special property in the Val d’Orcia where you will enjoy a cooking experience on an organic farm. You will savour the meal you have prepared with local wine in lovely surroundings. Early afternoon we visit nearby Montepulciano, also located in the Val d’Orcia. This township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful trattorias, cantinas and sulumerie for wine and cheese tastings. Return to villa late afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 5 Wednesday – Cooking Experience
    • Spend the morning with Chef Donatella for a hands-on cooking experience with new and exciting recipes. Savour the meals you have prepared with the Chef, including local wine. Return to villa mid-afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 6 Thursday – Chianti
    • A leisurely day of taking in the most amazing views, whilst driving through this most famous wine growing area of Tuscany. During the morning, we will visit the village of Castellina; we will enjoy a caffe together after which you will enjoy free time to explore this village which offers a wonderful selection of varied stores. We will then visit a vineyard a short distance away, interact with the winemakers and savour lunch and a wine tasting whilst enjoying spectacular views of the vineyards and olive groves. Return to villa late afternoon. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 7 Friday – Tour Free Day
    • You may choose to ‘stay in’ enjoy the pool and relax, visit Cortona or another local township, alternatively, you may choose from one of our additional activities that we have on offer, these vary from and are not limited to; Vespa tours, cycling tours, cooking classes, gelato making classes, painting classes, hot air ballooning. Dinner in Cortona
  • Day 8 Saturday – Departure
    • After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.

7 Days Flavours of Tuscany Tour

What's Included

Accommodation

  • Accommodation for 7 nights’ in a Tuscan villa (one accommodation for the duration of the tour) with all modern facilities and a fantastic swimming pool with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
  • The apartments within the villa are fully self-contained and will be entirely for your use, either one, two or three bedrooms, spacious living area and fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities.

Experiences

  • Day tours to itinerary locations
  • Bi-Lingual Hosts for the duration of the tour
  • Cooking experiences
  • Complimentary bottle of wine and beer
  • Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments

Meals

  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • All dinners (a-la-carte) at a local trattoria or restaurant. Wine included

Travel

  • All travel to and from tour locations as detailed on itinerary
  • Train tickets and maps for independent travel to Florence
  • Transfers to local train station or Cortona on tour free days
  • Transfers to and from the local train station on your arrival and departure days.

Exclusions

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places wherever entry fees apply
  • All lunches and meals not specifically listed above.
  • All personal expenditure.

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

$3,495

Per Person, Twin ShareSingle Supplement: $300 AUD/USDAUS Clients: $3,950 AUDCanadian Clients: $4,100 CAD

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Tour Free Day Activities

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$200AUD

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Horse Riding

A ride between Umbrian and Tuscan hills, enjoying the beautiful landscapes, rich in history and charm.

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$470AUD

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Hot Air Ballooning

Experience an uncommon perspective on Tuscany, standing in a basket thousands of feet up in the air, looking down at forests, vineyards and historic towns.

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$260AUD

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Boat Tour

Private boat trip on Trasimeno Lake visiting two of the islands, where you will be served an Aperitivo with local finger foods, drinks, wine & sparkling. English speaking guide & Captain.

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