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We've designed this tour as a sampler that provides a taste of the many pleasures that Florence and Tuscany have to offer. You'll have a chance to go wine tasting in Chianti, visit medieval castles, see art treasures of the Renaissance, explore Tuscany's picturesque towns and villages, and enjoy exquisite local cuisine.
We'll be staying at charming, comfortable 4 Star hotels in Tuscany. We'll spend the first portion of our week in Florence at a gracious hotel situated in a 15th century palazzo in the historic core of the city, only steps away from many of the world's greatest collections of artistic masterpieces.
For the next portion of our adventure in Tuscany we'll based in a tiny village in the Chianti region at an elegant boutique hotel that was an 18th century noble residence. From here we'll visit the fascinating medieval city of Siena with its world-famous Gothic cathedral. And we'll make several short excursions to explore wine, food, and art in the marvelous hilltowns and villages that make this one of the most beautiful areas of Tuscany.
Lastly, we transfer to the ancient Etruscan town of Cortona which has recently been made famous by the book and movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. We'll be staying in a luxurious palazzo in the old town at the top of the mountain with commanding views of the Valdichiana plains down below.
You will have the opportunity to experience both the excitement and stimulus of the cities of Florence and Siena and the beauty and tranquility of rural Tuscan life. The small size of our group allows us to move about without following a red umbrella and to eat in restaurants and trattorias that are popular with the locals. In addition to breakfast, we share one full-course meal every day as a group, either lunch or dinner. Be prepared for a week of feasting at some of the finest restaurants in Tuscany!
The Best of Tuscany Tour combines daily planned activities along with unstructured time that you may spend as you like. If you have special activities that you'd like to pursue during the unscheduled portions of our tour in Tuscany, we're happy to help you arrange it. And if you'd like to visit other special places in Italy either before or after the tour, we'll be glad to assist with bookings, transfers, guides and all the rest.
During the course of the tour we offer presentations and slideshows to help you better appreciate the art and the places we visit. The rest of the time, we attend to all the details to make your travel adventure as smooth as possible. You get to relax and experience The Best of Tuscany!
To request a detailed itinerary for this tour of Tuscany, click here and the itinerary will be emailed to you immediately.
Cost: The land cost of the tour is $3,690, per person, based on double occupancy. Cash discount cost is $3,600 per person for payment by check or wire transfer.
You may make your registration deposit using PayPal and/or your credit card and still be eligible for the cash discount cost if your final balance is paid by check or wire transfer. Single rooms are available for a supplementary charge of $695. Airfare is not included.
Accommodations: 8 nights lodging in elegant, historic 4 star hotels; (3 nights in Florence, 2 nights in Radda-in-Chianti, and 3 nights in Cortona).
Please note: Many cities in Italy and France have recently implemented tourism taxes on hotel stays in order to "to ensure the quality of tourist, cultural and environmental services in addition to the efficiency of public transports." We are unable to include these taxes in the tour price as the majority of hotels require the tax to be paid in cash upon check- out. The tax is usually 1 euro per hotel star per person per night. (A four star hotel will usually be four euro per person per night).
Meals: All breakfasts, one full-course meal daily, additional meals as scheduled. All meals-after breakfast!-include regional wines. We carefully choose the restaurants based on ambiance and quality of cuisine.
Transfers: All ground transportation during the tour.
Wine tastings of various Tuscan varieties (including small local producers and larger well-known wineries).
Workshops and Presentations: We include slideshows and presentations that provide essential background information to enhance your visits.
Admissions: Entrance fee for all planned visits to monuments, galleries and museums are included.
Small, Intimate Group: We will be limiting the number of participants to a maximum of 16.
Early Arrival/ Late Stay Options: Depending on hotel availability you may be able to arrive early or stay after the end of the tour. We'll be happy to help you make these arrangements. For trip extensions of 2 nights or less, we provide planning assistance on a complimentary basis. For extensions of 3 nights or more, there is a nominal fee of $100 to assist with trip planning including booking hotels, guides, drivers, etc.
Arrival and Departure: The tour begins at our hotel in Florence. A taxi from the Florence airport to the hotel costs approx. €25 euro and takes about 20 minutes. Or, we can arrange for you to be met by a private driver at additional cost. On the final morning of the tour, we arrange a group shuttle from Cortona (a 90-minute ride) for everyone to either Florence Airport or Florence train station at a cost of €40 per person. Pick-ups or drop-offs at other locations or times can be arranged for an additional fee.
Tour Exclusions: Airfare; transfers upon arrival and departure; hotel city tax (usually €2-5 per person, per night; payable onsite).
Experienced Tour Leaders: Unless otherwise stated, the tour escorts will be Pam Mercer and Sam Hilt of Tuscany Tours who have been leading small-group tours in Europe since 1997. We reserve the right to change tour escorts due to the demands of life and our judgement of what is best for each particular tour.
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Please feel free to contact us via email or call us at (800) 634-3460 with any questions you may have about the tour or about traveling to Tuscany.
Note: This itinerary is subject to change based on availability and opening hours of restaurants, hotels and venues.