Feel as if you stay in a home of good friends
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Secrets of Tuscany

Discover the best of Tuscany. This is a small group tour to Tuscany that will make you feel as if you were staying in a home of good friends. The all inclusive week includes visit food artisans like the world renowned cured meat butcher, cheese farm, Tuscan wineries, Exploring picturesque Tuscan towns and cooking Tuscan recipes. Join us for an unforgettable experience of REAL Tuscany.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Group transfer, Dinner
There will be a group transfer from Florence airport and train station at 3pm. We will drive to the villa in Chianti. You’ll have time to unpack. Later, we’ll gather for a short tour led by a family member that will share the story of the house and the family followed by our first Tuscan Dinner and wine.

Day 2: Breakfast, Chianti, Cheese farm, wine, Light dinner
After breakfast we will depart on evocative journey in the hills of Chianti driving through charming little villages and enjoying spectacular view until we reach an organic goat cheese farm. The farm was founded by two men who turned a dream into reality and changed their lives forever. We will learn about the process of making cheese and then taste the farm’s Artisan cheeses, honey, olive oil, and wine. Next, You will discover a tiny but most charming village. After walking in the picturesque streets we will visit a family owned winery where you will have lunch and wine tasting in a spectacular setting.

After lunch we’ll continue to Greve, the unnamed capital of Chianti where you’ll have free time to explore before going back to the villa.

Light dinner at the villa.

Day 3: Breakfast, Volterra, San Gimignano, Cooking class

After breakfast we’ll drive to Volterra, a medieval walled town, which used to be a key trading center and on of the most important Etruscan cities. Recently Volterra has attracted international for its connection to the twilight series of books and movies. Next, we’ll visit San Gimignano known for its striking towers from medieval times. You will have free time for lunch and for exploring the cobblestone streets and craft shops. In the afternoon we will drive back to the villa for a cooking class.

Day 4: Day Trip to Cinque Terre, dinner at the villa
Today we will spend the day exploring the Coast of Tuscany visiting the enchanting “Cinque Terre”. This is a group of five picturesque villages perched high atop the rocky Mediterranean coastline. The only way to access these villages is by train and by a boat but that’s what make it so scenic and special.

Dinner at the villa.

Day 5: Breakfast, Siena, Monteriggioni, Cooking class
This morning we’ll make our way to siena, a medieval city that has not changed much in 800 years. We will have a guided walking tour, which after you’ll have free time for lunch, shopping or exploring. In the afternoon we will visit Monteriggioni, a charming walled village before going back to the villa.

In the evening we will have a cooking class at the villa. You will get a chance to see a real Italian home, learn how to make fresh pasta and cook Tuscan dishes for dinner.

Day 6: Florence, dinner

On our last day in Tuscany we will visit Florence, the capital of Tuscany, a city that you’d always want to come back to and one that has best Renaissance art in Europe. Enjoy the street markets, the fashion and the beautiful sites.

Tonight we will have a farewell dinner in the grand dining room and celebrate our week in Tuscany.

Day 7: Departure

Transfer from the villa to Florence train station or airport is around 09:00 am or contact us for info.

Or continue with us to discover magical  Umbria.

Arrival Details

  • Airport city:

    Florence

  • Pick-up Location:

    Florence S.M.N/Airport

  • Pick-up time:

    3:00 pm.

Departure details

  • Airport city:

    Florence

  • Drop off location:

    Florence S.M.N/Airport

  • Drop off time:

    10:00 am.

The program includes:

  • 6 nights accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • All Dinners including wine
  • 2 lunches including wine
  • 2 Hands-on cooking classes
  • Winery visit and tasting
  • Cheese farm visit and tasting
  • Transportation on day trips
  • Group Transfer to/from Florence airport or train station
  • Tour book

The program does not include

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

CANCELLATION

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

**** We have adjusted our policies due to covid-19. In the event of a travel ban or such extraordinary event where travel is not possible – You will receive a credit voucher that you can use for booking any Food N’ Wine Vacations trip till 12/31/2022.

Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Your home for the week is a villa that Is owned and operated by the same family for 9 generations.
The historical manor house is located in the heart of Chianti surrounded by olive grove and vineyards and  produces its own olive oil and wine.

The Manor house has a typical Italian garden with roses, Lavender, lemon trees and herbs. The pool overlooks the peaceful Tuscan hills. Inside, the original frescoes walls tell the history of the villa and the story of the family.

The original kitchen is still being used to serve breakfast, the 15th century dining room with its grand chandelier is used for special dinners, the private chapel and so many historical pieces. each of the guests’ bedrooms has a different decor and includes en-suite shower or bath.

DATES & PRICES

2021

  • May 1 – May 7
  • $3200.00
  • Available
  • June 20 – June 26
  • $3200.00
  • Available
  • Sept 19 – Sept 25
  • $3200.00
  • 6 spots left
  • Sept 26 – Oct 2
  • $3200.00
  • 6 spots left

Single supplement: $400.00

Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round

VIDEO

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Many travel products are non-refundable.

You can get a quote here

Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Travel protection provides coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Medical and Dental, Emergency Assistance and Transportation, Baggage, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay and much more. Plus, we offer our exclusive One Call 24-hour Traveler Assistance Service to help you with emergency situations that arise during your trip.

You may also consider ‘Cancel for no reason’. It may seem costly, but if you are deeply concerned about things like Hurricanes, strikes, Coronavirus outbreak, terror attack and such, you should look into that.

For pre existing condition, it’s important to purchase a policy within 10 days of your deposit.

FAQ about Travel Insurance

The best would be flying to Florence, however, if you plan on visiting other parts of Italy you might fly to one city and return from a different one. We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans. Don’t hesitate to ask us.

You may want to compare flights to Rome. From Rome airport you can take a train to Florence.

Option A: Stay in Florence before or after the tour. You  can stay for one full day. The historic center is walkable, which makes it easy. If you have more time and/or have a special interest, you may want to spend 2 days. There are few world renown museums in Florence.

Option B: Visit Rome. You need about 3 days. (Train ride between Rome and  Florence is 1.5 hours)

Option C: Visit Venice. (Train ride from/to Florence is 2 hours)

Option D: Visit all the above cities or some.

We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans. Don’t hesitate to ask us about logistics and ideas.

walking pace is like walking around town.

You will be walking in cobblestone streets and some uneven roads.

we try to start the days after 09:00 am – 09:15 am. On the day trip to Cinque Terre we try to leave the villa between 08:30 am- 08:45 am.

The itinerary is balanced between activities, sightseeing and leisure time.

What should I wear?

Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.

You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.

In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants

Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.

If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.

How many bags can I bring?

We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.

Please check our packing advice.

Packing

We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.

You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.

On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.

We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.

Do I need a passport?

Yes!

Copy of passport

We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.

Should I bring my cell phone?

It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.

Do I need converters or transformers?

European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.

Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.

Money

We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.

It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date

Communications

It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.

You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.

WhatsApp is a free service that lets users message one another seamlessly between mobile and desktop devices.

WhatsApp is known for its enhanced privacy features, like end-to-end encryption, and its free, web-based international calling. Read on to find out how you can leverage the Facebook-owned messaging giant to make free international calls.

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