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Culinary Journey Through Tuscany, Italy

Culinary Journey Through Tuscany, Italy

Unpack for seven nights and enjoy this boutique style hotel located in the Medieval Village of Radda in the famous wine region of Chianti, Tuscany. Set atop a hill, the hotel offers spectacular views of the surrounding rolling hills.

TOUR Highlight

7 Night Stay at One Hotel in Chianti

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

 

Inclusions

Roundtrip Airfare From

7 Nights First Class Hotel

17 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches & 7 Dinners

Professional Tour Director

Motorcoach Transportation

Admissions per Itinerary

Comprehensive Sightseeing

Baggage Handling at The Hotel & Hotel Transfers

 

Accommodations

7 Nights - CDH Hotel Radda, Chianti

Day One

Board your overnight flight to Europe.

Day Two

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.

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Day Three

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.

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Day Four

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.

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Day Five

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.

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Day Six

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.

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Day Seven

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.

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Day Eight

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.

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Day Nine

Chianti - Florence - Home Today transfer to Florence for your flight home with wonderful memories of your Culinary Journey Through Tuscany.

FB=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

CDH Hotel Radda

Unpack for seven nights and enjoy this boutique style hotel located in the Medieval Village of Radda in the famous wine region of Chianti, Tuscany. Set atop a hill, the hotel offers spectacular views of the surrounding rolling hills. The hotel features 59 beautifully appointed modern rooms with red terracotta floors and contemporary furniture. The property also has a spa/wellness center and outdoor swimming pool. The De Gustibus Restaurant is typical of the Tuscan region with a unique chef’s touch who prepares Tuscan and Italian dishes, served in a dining room with views of the Chianti countryside. The wine list features both local and regional wines. Guests will kick start each day with the extensive breakfast buffet serves, fresh home-made products, such as breads, pastries, jams, eggs, cold cuts, cheeses and fruits. The hotel is the perfect place to unpack once, and be your home base “staycation” as you explore all that Tuscany offers.

 

Suggested Packing

-Comfortable walking shoes

-Hat and Sunscreen

-Cash and Credit Cards (Only those needed)

-Medicine and spare prescriptions

-Extra glasses and/or contacts

-Book, Word Search and/or Crossword Puzzle

-Binoculars

-Seat Cushions and/or Blanket (If attending a parade or show)

-Ear plugs and sleep mask

-Mini-Sewing Kit

-Toiletries and Tissues

-Chargers for devices (Cell phones, Tablets, etc.)

-Extra Memory Cards (Digital Cameras) or Extra Film

 

Average Temperature

Italy

December

56 / 44°F

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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