Experience life the local way and you’ll experience a Tuscany that most tourists miss. This trip offers plenty of opportunity to get your hands dirty during a cooking class, as you’ll learn to prepare and enjoy this picturesque region’s culinary and viticultural delights. Peruse the local markets and delis in search of the finest organic fare, sample wines in the very vineyards that produced them, and work off all that deliciousness with walks through some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. Just start forwarding your mail here now.
Learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Tuscan cuisine, tour the agriturismo's organic orchards and wine cellar and learn more about the Slow Food movement, visit medieval Montalcino and sample delicious local wines, explore the Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns.
Days : 7
Price : From AED 5,546*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 2 - Light
We highly recommend arriving a day early to experience all that this iconic city has to offer. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
After settling into the agriturismo, our host, Stefano, will welcome us with the first of our many wonderful meals comprised of local and often organic produce. He is a very keen producer of everything local and organic and loves showing visitors around the region of his ancestors. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Visit Chianciano Terme, with free time in the afternoon to enjoy lunch followed by a local wine tasting. Included Activities: Chianciano Terme Orientation Walk Local Wine Tasting
Visit the medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano. Enjoy an included half-day cooking class in the afternoon. Included Activities: Montepulciano Visit Cooking Class Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s)) Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
We are in for a treat as our host, Stefano, takes us through his orchards, fields, and cellar showing us local produce from the ground up. Included Activities: Agriturismo Tour
Visit the quintessential Tuscan hill town of Montalcino and stop along the way for Gregorian chanting at the famous Abbey of Sant'Antimo. Included Activities: Montalcino & San Quirico visit Transport: Minibus (2.00 hour(s))
Morning transfer to Rome. Depart from the Rome train station in the afternoon. Additional Notes: Please be sure to allow for enough time to travel to the airport if you are flying out on this day. There are frequent trains to the Termini airport that take approximately 30 minutes to arrive to the train stop at the airport. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 18km) Train
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, as well as on and off transportation.
Our accommodation is a rural Tuscan agritourismo in a country setting with beautiful valley views. An agritourismo is the Italian term for a family run property which is based around agricultural and produce production. The land has been in our host's family for nine generations, but today's building is modern, as the original property was destroyed during WWII. It has seven rooms, most with ensuite bathroom facilities. The property has a small pool and many outdoor areas where you can relax, including a terrace. A real highlight of this trip is our host Stefano. A very keen producer of everything local and organic, he loves showing visitors around the region of his ancestors.
In Italy, shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and cathedrals. Ask your CEO for more specific advice.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets. This particular tour has a strong focus on food and the majority of meals provided are homemade with locally sourced ingredients. Special meal requirements can be catered to with some advance notice, so please provide details of any special meals during the booking process. Coffee and tea are provided with breakfast, and all other beverages during your stay are at your own cost including soft drinks, locally produced wine and espresso.
Intercity transport on this trip will mostly be by train and occasionally by local bus. The bus and train systems in Italy are generally good, with seat reservations and toilet/snack facilities on longer journeys. Keeping to schedules is notoriously not one of the Italian transport system's specialties, so pack in your MP3 player, a good book and some Italian phrases, and kick-back and enjoy the views with the locals. Please note that you MUST be comfortable carrying your own luggage as there will be a lot of up and down stairs on this trip due to the nature of station layouts in Italy (very few are equipped with escalators or elevators). Between public transport and hotels you may be required to carry your luggage short distances (up to 20 mins walk), in larger cities you may travel by metro or city bus, and occasionally the group will take taxis to and from hotels.
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights