7 Days

Ladies’ Escape

From $3,500 Per Person, Twin Share

7 Days

Ladies’ Escape

You will be based in a Tuscan villa in the countryside near Cortona for the duration of your stay.

From there each day we will take you various townships throughout Tuscany with our local professional trip leaders and drivers.

You will indulge in Tuscany and all its beauty with your group of girlfriends ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. This 7 day ‘Ladies’ Escape’ tour is the perfect mix of culture, shopping and pampering.

Highlights

  • One villa accommodation
  • Dinner in underground jewellery showroom
  • Cooking experience
  • Endless culinary delights
  • Vespa Tour

Tour Dates

This tour is available upon request.

7 Days Ladies’ Escape 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 & Cooking Experience
    • Today we spend the day in the local Medieval township of Cortona, the setting for the movie and book “Under the Tuscan Sun”. This morning you will have a guided tour of the town, including a special ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ walk stopping at all the points the movie was filmed. Il Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca in the town centre is a very popular location. Visit the many boutiques, art galleries, stroll to the “high point” and visit Chiesa di Santa Margherita, where the Saint’s remains are encased high on the altar. Lunch will be at a local trattoria. Return to the villa mid to late afternoon for a little relaxation by the pool.
    • Early evening, we return nearer Cortona to a Villa dating back to the 1500’s for a hands-on cooking experience with a local chef, Donatella, who has over 20 years of experience researching and rediscovering ancient recipes and Tuscan cooking traditions. Savour the dishes you have prepared, including local wines, with the chef.
  • Day 3 Monday – San Gimignano & Siena
    • We visit San Gimignano for the morning. This is a beautiful medieval township; a step back in time. This township houses many stores which offer a very broad range of painted ceramics as well as leatherware and alabaster. Two wonderful piazzas where you can simply stroll, visit a museum or climb a tower for a breathtaking view of the Val d’Elsa or enjoy a delicious gelato. After enjoying lunch at a local trattoria, we will head back towards Siena.
    • You will have the afternoon to explore Siena; a visit to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, where the famous bareback horserace is held or Visit Il Duomo, The Mangia Tower or simply stroll the streets and enjoy the ambience and the various delights Siena offers, from the little food stores with many tempting treats to the beautiful selection of stores/boutiques.  Dinner in Cortona
  • Day 4 Tuesday – Montepulciano by Vespa & Dinner at Underground Jewelry Showroom
    • Enjoy stunning panoramic views as we ride from Cortona to Montepulciano located in the Val d’Orcia; this township is a true gem, great shopping, wonderful Trattorias, Cantinas and Sulumerias for wine and cheese tastings of which we will enjoy as a group. After a wine tasting and lunch, you will have some free time to explore Montepulciano independently.  Mid-afternoon we will ride back to the villa for some relaxation time before dinner.
    • This evening we will be dining at an underground Jewelry Showroom in Cortona where the 3rd generation jewelers will explain the art of jewelry making while you will have the opportunity to wear some of their pieces during dinner.
  • Day 5 Wednesday – Orvieto
    • This morning we drive through Umbria to Orvieto. On arrival we enjoy a caffe after which there is ample opportunity to visit Il Duomo, Saint Patrick’s Well – 1537 which is 62 metres deep with double spiral staircase or tour the underground city/caves. Orvieto has a great selection of stores, ranging from leatherware to ceramics and boutiques. Regroup for lunch at a local trattoria. Return to villa late 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 – Cortona Resort & Spa
    • A wellness package, including 30 min massage, Turkish bath, Finnish Sauna, salt room, pool area. Lunch included. There will be the option to spend a little extra time exploring Cortona for the last time before dinner. Dinner in Cortona.
  • Day 8 Saturday – Departure
    • After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer you to the local train station for your departure.

7 Days Ladies’ Escape 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
  • Complimentary bottle of wine and beer
  • Cooking Experience
  • Spa package
  • Vespa Hire
  • Wine tasting at selected vineyards/establishments

Meals

  • All breakfasts
  • All 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 Ladies’ Escape 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 Ladies’ Escape 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 Ladies’ Escape Tour

$3,500

Per Person, Twin ShareSingle Supplement: $300 AUD/USDAUS Clients: $4,100 AUDCanadian Clients: $4,150 CAD

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7 Days Ladies’ Escape Tour

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