Tuscany & Umbria: Exclusive Small Group Tour Including Florence Back

Departs from : Florence

Duration : 7 days

Type : Semi-Private

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Price Per Person : EUR 1,823.00

Meals Included

Breakfasts : 6

Dinners : 3

Lunches : 2

Wine Tastings : 1

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This deluxe small group tour through Tuscany and Umbria offers our guests the possibility to experience two of Italy's most beautiful wine regions as well as Florence.  There are many highlights on this tour including a private cooking class with a local Tuscan Chef as well as dinner at a farm in the heart of Chianti wine territory. 

 

This journey through Tuscany and Umbria begins and ends in Rome.  Gourmet meals including select wines are included in the package price.  

The properties where we stay in each location are some of the finest hotels each destination has to offer.  

 


Day 1 : Siena & San Gimignano

Where we visit : Siena, San Gimignano

Description :

This morning you will meet your tour escort and group at the Piazza Barberini in Rome where will begin our journey north through the Umbria region into Tuscany The drive itself is a magnificent path along the roads of Tuscany, where it is possible to enjoy the view of hills covered by vineyards, olives tree, small villages and original bell towers. The first stop is Siena, probably Italy's loveliest medieval city, for a walking tour with a local guide. Siena's heart is Il Campo or Campo's square, where the famous horse race Il Palio takes place two times each summer. The town offer magnificent masterpieces and incredible views. Enjoy a wine tasting with cheese and salami. Continue to Florence and en route stop in San Gimignano. The town is listed as a World Heritage site and fascinates for its medieval look. Its high towers create a unique skyline. Enjoy the village on your own. Arrival in Florence late afternoon.Free time for dinner. Overnight in Florence.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 2 : Florence

Where we visit : Florence

Description :

In the morning, enjoy a walking tour of the city with guide with Accademia. Lorenzo de Medici transformed Florence into the cradle of the Renaissance by attracting the best artists, architects and writers of the time such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Botticelli to whom he commissioned various works. Visit Piazza dellaSignoria, Palazzo Vecchio, the Dome with Giotto's bell tower, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring Florence on your own, visiting the Uffizi or taking the opportunity to visit Chianti or Lucca. Overnight in Florence.

Meals : Breakfast

Day 3 : Dinner in Chianti

Where we visit : Chianti

Description :

The day is free at leisure. There are many optional tours available: Pisa with its leaning tower, Montepucliano and Montalcino, Cortona, Assisi and Perigia and many other. In the late afternoon, transfer to Chianti area for a unique experience. Enjoy the view of the beautiful hills covered by vineyards and have a fantastic dinner in a farm house, accompanied with Chianti wine. Return late evening at hotel. Overnight in Florence.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 : Pisa

Where we visit : Pisa

Description :

After breakfast, meet your expert driver guide and continue to Pisa. Here, meet you local guide and visit the city. Pisa is most famous for its Leaning Tower, but the old Maritime Republic offers incredible sights like Miracles’ square, the beautiful Battistero and many other masterpieces. At the end of the excursion, proceed to Cortona, where you will spend the next 2 nights. Dinner will be served in a typical restaurant. Overnight in Cortona.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 : Cortona

Where we visit : Cortona

Description :

After breakfast, start your unforgettable cooking experience in Cortona with your local expert. Cortona is a small charming town in the Valdichiana, in southern Tuscany. 
The city, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill about 600 meters above sea level. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno. IN the morning, you will have the possibility to visit the fresh market to learn about the local ingredients, then you will have an exciting cooking class to learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine. Then, you will eat what you have prepared with your own hands. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cortona.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 : Assisi & Perugia

Where we visit : Assisi

Description :

Breakfast In the morning meet your driver guide and proceed to Assisi, where you will have free time to discover the town. Continue to Perugia. Your lunch will be served in a nice farm house in the countryside. Upon arrival in Perugia, meet your guide for a visit. At the end, continue to Rome. Your dinner will be served at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Time to Say Arrivaderci!

Where we visit : Rome

Description :

In Rome, we conclude our services. A complimentary transfer to airport or railway station in Rome is included in this package. Should you like to have additional options in Italy post-tour, we would be delighted to provide you with some unique suggestions and assist you in anyway that we can.

Meals : Breakfast

Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. Bus As Per Itinerary Tour Escort / tour host Welcome Cocktail
  2. 3 Nights In Florence
  3. 2 nights in Cortona
  4. 1 night in Rome
  5. 2Dinners, Wine included
  6. 1 Dinner in Chianti with wine tasting Cooking class in Cortona + 1 lunch, wine included
  7. 1 wine tasting with cheese and salumi in Siena
  8. Walking Tour Of Florence With Accademia, entrance fee included
  9. Visit of Siena And free time in San Gimignano
  10. Visit of Pisa Visit of Perugia and free time in Assisi
  11. Departure transfer from Rome hotel to FCO or railway station
  12. Luggage Handling At Hotel

What's Not Included

  1. Optional excursions during your tour
  2. Travel Insurance
  3. Arrival transfer
  4. Porterage at airport on arrival
  5. City Tax( 4€ per person per night, to be paid locally. The amount may change according to local policy ) Tips
  6. Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program

Chianti


 

If you have ever believed in fairy-tales and landscapes where Kings and Queens ruled beautiful country-sides adorned with vineyards and picturesque gardens at every corner, the Chianti region is for you!  
 
Many people ask what is the "Chianti"?  There are no borders here, it is an un-spoken territory, in the Tuscan countryside between Siena and Florence, that has no precise name.  No name is necessary, because when you enter the borders here, you will know very clearly that you in Chianti when the names on signs like Radda - Greve - Panzano - Castellina - and many others you will see, all end with the word Chianti!  
 
The Chianti region comprises numerous towns, all once Medieval settlements, with castles, villas, old mills, fortifications and farmsteads. Among the popular events, the Palio horse race of Siena is perhaps the best known, although the numerous smaller scale wine Festivals, markets, and concerts organized in the castles should not be missed.
 
Chianti is an unspoilt land with a patchwork of meadows and fields where the famous blue-violet Iris grow wild, (the flower which was chosen as symbol of Florence and used for centuries in perfumes). Articles in Terracotta are still produced by local craftsmen.
 
Its natural environment is its fortune: Chianti is a splendid countryside which stretches from Florence to Siena, over great expanses of vineyards resting on the hillside from where the famous red wine is exported throughout the world.
 
The region's game dishes of wild boar, quail and pigeon accompanied by wild mushrooms are as famous as the area's cold meats, Chianina beef and Cinta Senese pork. The countryside is also characterized by its olive groves which produce a highly acclaimed oil.
 
 

Umbria


 

Umbria is one of the most remarkably natural beautiful regions in Italy.  Located in the very centre of  Italy, it is approximately 1 hour north of Rome and 1 hour south of Florence.  It borders the regions of Lazio, Tuscany and Le Marche, making it an ideal region to base oneself for a holiday and enjoy day trips.  This region is also becoming a favorite holiday spot for visitors to Italy because it is remarkably less expensive than Tuscany and offers considerable more value for money, since Umbria is less of a touristic destination than Tuscany and in this sense we believe in some ways Umbria offers more value for money since the prices in Umbria are still very reasonable compared to Tuscany, its more frequently visited neighbor to the north.  

Assisi is perhaps the town most famous in Umbria, for it is where St. Francis of Assisi lived and one of the regions most important cathedrals and the Duomo of San Francesco is located there.  

The town, like many in the Umbria region is located overlooking a sea of green countryside dotted with vineyards, olive groves and farms. 

This patchwork quilt of green countryside, the lush valleys between high hills make for naturally beautiful geography, some of the most pristine and dramatic in Italy.  

Perugia, is the capital of the region and is home to one of Italy's largest Universities for foreign students called 'Universita' per Stranieri' and is located about 30 minutes north of Assisi.

Great places for making a holiday in Umbria include:

  • Orvieto 
  • Assisi
  • Trevi
  • Montefalco
  • Spoleto
  • Lago Trasimeno
  • Bevagna

For great holiday ideas in Umbria, get in touch with the experts! 1-866-779-2565 

 

 

 

Florence


 

Once the hub of the Renaissance, Florence is still a city marked by outstanding cultural and artistic splendor. In the modern day this translates into some of the best shopping anywhere for fine products from leather to gold. A perennial favorite of tourists and home to such historical figures as Machiavelli and the Medici clan, all of the finest aspects of Renaissance culture, from literature and art to theater and music still flourish here.
 

Besides tourism, food and wine production are also prominent industries in this city, which is the main city of the Tuscany wine-producing region. The Uffizi Gallery and Accademia Museum house two of the world’s great art collections and seeing the David by Michealangelo, at the Accademia is a moment never to be forgotten.


The Duomo in Florence is as breathtaking as it is massive. This amazing structure can be seen from many vantage points near the city center and it looms in its majesty above the city’s interesting architecture and unique streets. Major attractions: Uffizi museum, Accademia museum with the David, Piazza della Signoria, Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella churches and squares. Other museums of notice are Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti with the Silver museum, the Boboli Gardens and the Palatine Gallery, the Brancacci Chapel, the Museum San Marco. Major theaters and events: Teatro Comunale, Teatro della Pergola, Toscana Opera Festival, Teatro Verdi.

Assisi


 

Assisi is known throughout the world as the city of St Francis, the monk who spoke to the animals and with God, whose cult has spread across the globe. Linked to the Saint are theBasilica of St Francis, as well as the Eremo of the Prisons and the convent of St. Damian, the place where God spoke to the Monk.

 
As well as these places associated with the saint, there are many other sites which earn Assisi great historical relevance, the Palazzo dei Priori in the Piazza del Comune, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the temple of Minerva. Descending towards the plains below the city, one finds the large Basilica of St. Maria of the Angels, erected to protect the Porziuncola Chapel.
 
The geographical position of Assisi completes the beauty of the place, dominated by Mount Subasio, a natural oasis rich of holm oaks and oak trees. The visitor is struck by themedieval structure, characterized by the long city wall which protects the heart of the ancient Assisi.
 
A Florentine jewel the Hotel Berchielli has been welcoming visitors since 1890. Timeless elegance and sophisticated surroundings enriched with stained glass windows, chrome and wrought iron works by local craftsman, fine marbles and stone along with breathtaking views over the river Arno, Ponte Vecchio and SS Apostoli all combined with modern comforts make the Berchielli an ideal place to stay.
 
Hotel San Michele is located inside of one of the oldest buildings of Cortona, the ancient Baldelli Palace, strategically located right in the heart of town.

The Baldelli Palace is a 15th-century mansion restored according to its original features and considered by various guides a true example of Cortona's architectural splendour.

The Italian Ministry of Art, declared the building hosting Hotel San Michele part of the National Heritage. Just 100 metres away you will find the Sant'Agostino Conference Centre.

The hotel offers 43 unique rooms, each one featuring ancient furniture and equipped with modern services and comforts. The rooms have wooden beams and the windows offer views of the rooftops and the views over the valley.

A buffet-style breakfast is available daily.

San Michele is the only hotel in the centre of Cortona to have a private car park. If travelling by car enter the city gate in Via Guelfa, transit is allowed for hotel customers 24 hours a day.
 
This impressive 18th-century residence is now a luxury hotel, which offers you spectacular views of the mountains, hills, and nearby Lake Trasimeno. You are guaranteed an outstanding service.

Hotel Villa Marsili features original frescoes from the 14th-century church, which once stood on this site. It is set within the town walls of Cortona and boasts beautiful views across the picturesque town and surrounding countryside. The professional team of staff are always on hand to make your stay extra special.

At Villa Marsili your day starts with a buffet breakfast, which is served from 7:30am until 10:30am.

The outdoor gardens and sitting rooms with fireplace are ideal for an afternoon tea. They can also be used as an elegant location for a celebration or business event.

Enjoy the view from your room, which is elegant and comfortable. Choose a Deluxe Room or Suite and in addition you will have a hydromassage bathtub.
 
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Price Per Person : EUR 1,823.00

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