The Best of Tuscany Tour Specifics
2021 TOUR DATES: August 28-September 5
2022 TOUR DATES: May 17-25 | May 29-June 6 | September 7-15
Cost: The land cost of the tour is $4,395 USD per person, based on double occupancy. Cash discount cost is $4,295 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). All rooms have ensuite baths.
**Due to the ancient architecture of hotels renovated from restored palazzos, each hotel room is unique and room sizes may vary.
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 subsequent to your arrival at the hotel in Florence. For the departure day, there will be a group shuttle departing Cortona at 9 AM and going to the Florence airport. If you need to depart at a different time, we can help you book a transfer at an additional cost.
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 limit the number of participants to a maximum of 16. We need a minimum of 12 for a tour to run.
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 $150 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. €30 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 will arrange a group shuttle from Cortona to the Florence Airport (a 90-minute ride) 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: Tuscany Tours has been leading small-group tours in Europe since 1997. Possible Tour Leaders for this tour are Pam Mercer, Sam Hilt, Freya Middleton, Federica "Fede" Fiscaletti, Ben Pantani, Lior Aviv, or Ludovica Noviello. Check out our Meet the Team page online to learn more about each of these amazing guides!