A Culinary Journey Through Tuscany

Featuring 7 Nights stay at one hotel in the Chianti Region

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View on hamlet Fonterutoli on sunset. It is old bastion of Castellina in Chianti in province of Siena. Tuscany. Italy.
Package includes:
  • Round Trip Air from IAD
  • 7 Nights at CDH Hotel Radda, Chianti
  • Hotel Transfers & Baggage Handling
  • Motorcoach Transportation
  • 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 7 Dinners
  • Sightseeing per Itinerary

 

HIghlights to Include:
  • Truffle Hunt Experience & Tasting at a Tuscan Estate
  • Walking tour of Florence & The Statue of David
  • Organic Cooking Class with a Pasta Master at Castello di Vicciomaggio
  • Volpaia’s Castle & Winery with Vin Santo tasting & Cantucci tasting.
  • Pecorino cheese tasting in Pienza
  • Music & Wine Experience with a local Sommelier at a Farmhouse in Montalcino
  • Guided walking Tour of Sienna
  • Tuscan Farmhouse & Winery Visit with Dinner & Wine.
  • Visits and free time in towns of San Gimignano & Volterra
  • Gelato Tasting by a World Famous Gelato Master
  • Lunch at a local Farmhouse Specializing in Saffron Production
  • Boat excursion on Lake Trasimeno & Visit to the Village of Touro
  • Lunch including Wine on the Island Maggiore
  • Full Day at Leisure to Relax or Explore on Your Own
Itinerary:

DAY 1: DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Europe.

DAY 2: ARRIVAL FLORENCE - CHIANTI
Arrive in Florence, meet your Tour Director and transfer to your Tuscan Hotel in Chianti for a seven night stay. The Chianti Region is filled with wonderful vineyards and charming hill top towns. This evening enjoy a Welcome Dinner of Tuscan favorites and locally produced wine with your fellow travelers.                                   (D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 3: TRUFFLE HUNT EXPERIENCE & FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast travel through the surrounding hilly landscape, dotted with olive groves, cypresses, vineyards and palaces. Arrive at a lovely Tuscan Estate, where you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Next enjoy a
truffle hunt with access to a protected area on the property. Following this Truffle Hunt, enjoy delicious tastings of oil and truffle butter bruschetta, salami, pecorino and wines from the estate. Later this afternoon, we travel to Florence where a local expert guide awaits you for a walking tour of Florence. Visit to the Accadamia Gallery & Museum to see Michelangelo’s magnificent Statue of David, an awesome sight. See the Cathedral to see Giotto’s Belltower and Baptistry with its impressive ‘Gates of Paradise’. These buildings
demonstrate the traditions of Florentine art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Also see the open-air museum of Piazza Della Signoria & Santa Croce, which houses the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo. The insightful walking tour includes a stroll across the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge. Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant in Florence. Return to your hotel in Chianti. (B,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 4: GREVE - ORGANIC COOKING CLASS - WINERY TOUR & TASTING
Today enjoy an Organic Cooking & Pasta Making Class and lunch at Castello di Vicchiomaggi, located at the top of a hill overlooking the valley of Greve in Chianti. You will be greeted with a welcome drink to enjoy while the chef discusses the class and food to be made and his recipes. The restaurant staff will assist you with putting on your aprons and chef hats and let the cooking fun begin! At the end of the cooking class you will get to eat and enjoy what you have prepared for lunch. Later this afternoon continue to Volpaia Castle for a Wine Tour & Tasting. The winery is organically farmed for producing extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and Chianti Classico Wine. Enjoy tastings of Vin Santo (holy wine) and Cantucci (Biscotti).
Dinner is included this evening. (B,L,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 5: VAL D’ORCIA - PIENZA MONTALCINO & SIENA
Travel to the incredibly picturesque Val d’Orcia Region filled with ancient villages, gorgeous farmhouses, isolated homesteads, roads lined with cypress trees, fabulous vineyards and olive groves. Stop in Pienza, a lovely medieval town overlooking the Tuscan hills to visit a local cheese producer for a delicious typical Pecorino Cheese tasting. Continue to a traditional farmhouse in Montalcino, where you will enjoy a multi sensory experience of music and wine! Four wines will be matched with music tracks selected by a local Sommelier. You will have time for lunch on your own in Montalcino before continuing onto beautiful Siena, where a local guide awaits you for a walking tour in the Old Town. The highlight is the Piazza del Campo, the seashell-shaped square on which the famous horse-race, the Palio, takes place each year. Later, just outside Siena, we will visit a local Tuscan farmhouse with an opportunity to meet the owner and enjoy dinner featuring typical Tuscany dishes paired with their local wines. (B,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 6: SA N GIMIGNANO & VOLTERRA
Today we travel to San Gimignano, the epitome of a Tuscan hill town, where nobles built more splendid towers to outdo one another and indulge in their need for status. The medieval structures of this city have largely remained intact and San Gimignano, with its large number of art treasures, is truly considered an open-air museum. Next enjoy a delicious gelato ice cream in one of the oldest gelateria in Italy that produces unique flavors of gelato which are famous world-wide. Taste the saffron & pine nuts flavored gelato, a registered trademark. Continue to Volterra, another ancient and beautiful hilltop Italian city. Enjoy free time in Volterra and lunch at a family-run farmhouse that specializes in saffron production. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. (B,L,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 7: DAY AT LEISURE IN CHIANTI OR OPTIONAL EXCURSION
Today is at your leisure to relax at the hotel, enjoy the spa or explore on your own. An optional tour will be available today. Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D) Overnight: Chianti

Day 8: LAKE TRASIMENO BOAT EXCURSION & LUNCH ON ISLAND MAGGIORE
Begin your morning with a hearty breakfast and journey to Lake Trasimeno located in the Umbria Region of Tuscany. The heart shaped Lake Trasimeno is surrounded by rolling hills, olive groves, woods of oak and
cypress trees, vineyards and sunflower fields that frame castle-topped medieval towns and villages. Free time to explore and walk around the medieval town of Tuoro, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Next enjoy a boat cruise to the Island Maggiore, where we will have lunch at a traditional restaurant located on the lake. Tonight a special Farewell Dinner is planned. (B,L,D) Overnight: Chianti

DAY 9: Chianti - Florence - Home
Today transfer to Florence for your flight home with wonderful memories of your Culinary Journey Through Tuscany. (B)

TRIP #2265

Dates: Oct 18 - 26, 2022

Cost: $4199*

Deposit: $300

Balance due:7/21/22

Discount offered: *$200pp if balance is made by check. Deposit can be card or check.

Optional Insurance: +$355*

*Must be paid with deposit.

Single Supplement: +$650

Trip Director: Kim Grizzel

Tour Operator Activity Level: 3        1 = Easy     5 = Active

Unsold space release date: 4/15/22