Tuscany and Florence

Tuscany and Florence

Tours of Italy

Tuscany and Florence

Overview

Find the heart and soul of Italy in Tuscany. Charming, neoclassical villas and beautiful cathedrals sprinkle this earthy region. Immerse yourselves in the culture of cuisine with cooking lessons with locals. Italian gastronomy will amaze you while touring the surrounding towns and vineyards. Enjoy the timeless essence of Tuscany’s rolling hills of picturesque golden wheat fields and olive groves. This lovely area of farmland is an artistic hub – a postcard for your memory.

Highlights

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Tour Description

On this Essential itinerary, we include what you need, with options for you to choose how you write your own story. You begin your tour with arrival in Florence, Italy, and use its convenient location in the heart of Tuscany to explore. In Florence, you will be near so much and can spend your time relaxing or exploring. Spend time with Mamma Anna, learning to cook Tuscan delights, or visit Pisa, or San Gimignano and Sienna. In all cases, you’ll come home having had a taste of the authentic Tuscan lifestyle.

Tour Includes:

NOT INCLUDED: Flights, Travel Insurance (Strongly Recommended), Personal Expenditures, Optional Upgrades, Anything not mentioned

Detailed Itinerary

  • A private driver will pick you up from your home and take you to the airport
  • Flight to Florence Airport, Italy (priced separately)

Included: Private Airport Transfers

  • Upon arrival, a private driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel
  • Check in, relax & enjoy the afternoon at your leisure
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, within walking distance of your hotel
  • Overnight at hotel

Included: Transportation To/from Hotel, 3-course Dinner W/ Wine, Room & Taxes

  • After breakfast, meet your guide for a 3-hour guided walking tour of Florence w/ skip-the-line admissions for Accademia Gallery
  • Afternoon at leisure in Florence
  • Overnight at hotel

Optional add-ons:

  • EXPLORE
    • Opera with a Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Join the magical world of Opera with a tour of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre to discover where shows are created and brought to life. You will see the most secret and hidden areas and enjoy a drink before your Opera experience comes to life with exquisite tickets to the live performance
  • SAVOR
    • Cooking Class in a Noble Tuscan Villa – Transfer from the hotel to a well-preserved noble villa where you will prepare typical Tuscan dishes and specialties for your dinner. An experience not to be missed

Included: Breakfast, Private Guide, Skip-the-line Accademia Tickets, Room & Taxes

  • Day at leisure with the possibility to book individual activities
  • Overnight at hotel

Optional add-ons:

  • EXPLORE
    • Sienna & San Gimignano Private tour – Our guided tour includes the elaborately carved Gothic cathedral, Town Hall, and Piazza del Campo-site of the famous Palio horse race. After lunch (not included).  In the afternoon, visit a typical Tuscan winery      
    • Pisa & Lucca Private Tour – Get ready to see ‘La Piazza Dei Miracoli,’ recognized as one of the main centers for medieval art in the world. In Lucca, explore the Latin colony dating from 180 B.C. and the architecture hidden behind the Renaissance walls
  • SAVOR
    • Pisa & Bolgheri Tour – Taste your way from Pisa to the town of Bolgheri, a place known for its vineyards. You will be guided through the highlights with a focus on world-renowned wines with requisite stops to see the leaning tower, the Cathedral, and the culture of west Tuscany

Included: Breakfast, Room & Taxes

  • Enjoy breakfast and enjoy the day at leisure, with the possibility to book activities
  • Overnight at hotel

Optional add-ons:

  • OPTIONAL: EXPLORE
    • Experience Val d’Orcia – Take the day to visit the Tuscan villages of Montalcino, Pienza, and Montepulciano. Tour a winery including a tasting, and a light lunch (included), as well as seeing UNESCO World Heritage landscapes and picturesque scenery before stopping at one of the most prestigious wineries in Italy
  • OPTIONAL: EXCITE
    • Hot Air Balloon Ride – Start the morning in flight, as you glide over the Tuscan hills, giving you an entirely new perspective. Maximum 6 passengers
    • Safari Experience – Depart from Florence to the rolling Chianti hills where you will meet an experienced off-road, English-speaking driver. Stopping at a farmhouse, off the beaten path you will enjoy wine and a three-course lunch before returning to Florence. Available April 1 – Nov. 30 only

Included: Breakfast, Room & Taxes

  • After breakfast, enjoy the day at your own pace. Use our Enhancements to make this day your own
  • This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight at hotel

Optional add-ons:

  • OPTIONAL: EXCITE
    • Horseback Riding & Wine Tasting – Arrive in the Chianti region to meet your steed. This guided tour includes a trail through the lush vineyards of the Tuscan landscape. No stop in this region is complete without a glass of wine, enjoyed at a boutique wine cellar with exceptional blends. No horseback riding experience is necessary, lunch is included with an olive tasting as well!

  • OPTIONAL: SAVOR
    • Balsamic & Parmesean Cheese Farm – Depart to the Modena area to visit a real Parmigiano Reggiano cheese dairy to learn every step of the process that leads to the king of all cheeses. Additionally, visit a Balsamic Vinegar farm for a treasure of the senses you’re sure to never forget
    • Castello di Verrazzano Wine Tasting – After breakfast, depart to the Chianti hills for a guided tour of the historical, working cellars. In addition to a world-class tasting experience, you can walk around the Renaissance gardens of the villa before a light lunch

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Room & Taxes

  • After breakfast, you will be privately transferred to Florence Airport in time for your flight
  • After your arrival, a private transfer to your home

Included: Breakfast, Private Transfers

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