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CULINARY and WINE DELIGHTS Of Siena, Florence and Chianti

Departure on September 24, 2011

Discover Tuscany By savoring local flavors, tastes and sounds of this wondrous Place. The Tour Includes Gourmet Cooking Lessons, visits to Wineries, Chocolate Tasting, Olive Oil Tasting as well as Sightseeing.

Day 1 Florence ~ Siena:
Arrive in Florence where you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel in Siena. You will have a welcome Dinner in the Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's greatest medieval squares. (D)

Day 2 Siena:
After breakfast you will have a guided tour of Siena which will include entrance to the Cathedral. After the city tour there will be a tasting in Siena of pecorino cheese with honey, bruschetta with olive oil, typical Tuscan salami and Chianti Colli Senesi. In the afternoon you will have a cooking lesson and dinner at a cooking school in Siena.  Participants will receive a diploma. (BB D)

Day 3 Chianti District:
Today there will be a full day’s excursion, starting in the morning with visit of Chianti region with wine tasting in a winery and lunch in a typical restaurant. After lunch,  you will visit Colle Val d’Elsa for a chocolate tasting in an enoteca.  (BB L)

Day 4 Cooking Class:
After breakfast you will be transferred to a farmhouse in the Chianti region for a cooking class based on regional specialities. Afterwards you can enjoy the lunch you have created.  (BB L)

Day 5 Winery & Olive Oil Tasting:
Today there will be a full day’s excursion in the Val d’Orcia region: in the morning visit Sant’Antimo Abbey, then enjoy wine and olive oil tasting in a winery. You will have a light lunch at the Enoteca of Montalcino and after lunch visit Montalcino itself. At the end of the day you will be transferred back to Siena. Farewell Dinner in a delightful restaurant in Siena. (BB L D)

Day 6 Siena ~ Florence:
After breakfast in Siena you will check-out of your hotel. You will then be transferred to Florence, stopping in Greve in Chianti for a light lunch and wine tasting. Arrival in Florence and check-in at your hotel.  (BB L)

Day 7 Florence:
In the morning there will be a private city tour of Florence. After the tour you will be driven along the romantic Viale dei Colli up to Piazzale Michelangelo to admire the wonderful panorama. The tour will proceed by coach through the old city centre. There will be a walking guided tour of the Duomo complex: Giotto’s bell tower, the Baptistery and the Cathedral with the magnificent Cupola del Brunelleschi. Then visit of Galleria dell’ Accademia where you can admire the famous David by Michelangelo. (BB)

Day 8 Florence:
Transfer from hotel to the Florence airport. (BB)

MEAL CODES: BB = BUFFET BREAKFAST L = LUNCH D = DINNER

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • 5 Overnight Stays In Siena
  • 2 Overnight Stays In Florence
  • Buffet Breakfast Daily
  • Private Transfer From the Florence Airport To The Hotel In Siena
  • Welcome Dinner In A Restaurant In The Square Il Campo
  • English Speaking Guide For The Visit Of Siena (Max 3 Hours)
  • Entrance To The Cathedral In Siena
  • Tasting In Siena Of Pecorino Cheese With Honey, Bruschetta With Olive Oil, Typical Tuscan Salami And Chianti Colli Senesi
  • 1 Cooking Lesson With Dinner And Diploma In Siena
  • Minibus At Disposal For A Full Day Excursion In Chianti Region And Colle Val d’Elsa (Max 8 Hours)
  • Visit Of A Winery In Chianti Region With Wine Tasting
  • Typical Lunch In A Restaurant In The Chianti Region
  • Chocolate Tasting In Colle Val d’Elsa
  • Transfer From The Hotel To Chianti Region And Back After Lunch
  • 1 Cooking Lesson And Lunch In A Farmhouse In The Chianti Region
  • Minibus At Disposal For A Full Day Excursion In Val d’Orcia Region (Max 8 Hours)
  • Visit Of A Winery In Montalcino With Wine And Olive Oil Tasting
  • Light Lunch At The Enoteca In Montalcino
  • Farewell Dinner In Siena
  • Collective Transfer From The Hotel In Siena To A Castle In Greve In Chianti And To The Hotel In Florence
  • Visit Of A Castle In Florentine Chianti With Light Lunch/Wine Tasting
  • Minibus At Disposal For 1 Hour Tour Of Florence
  • An English Speaking Guide For The Visit Of Florence (Max 3 Hours)
  • Entrance To The Cathedral In Florence
  • Entrance To Accademia Gallery
  • Private Transfer From The Hotel In Florence To Florence Airport
  • Tour Director During Day 1 (Welcome At The Hotel), Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 And Day 5 local guide on Day 7
  • Wine During The Meals

PRICE:
$2699 Land Price in Double Occupancy
$600 Single Supplement

NOT INCLUDED:
Transportation  to and from Italy, Gratuities to Tour Director, Driver, Local Guides or Assistant, Porterage at airport, Beverages and meals not mentioned in the program, Travel Insurance;
All That Is Not Specifically mentioned above.

ACCOMMODATIONS:
SIENA: HOTEL PALAZZO RAVIZZA
FLORENCE: SANTA MARIA NOVELLA

 

 

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