Gourmet Tuscany


  • 8 days

  • Italy

  • Steady pace

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£1,115 pp

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£1,601 pp

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On this affordable Italian tour package, the town of Montecatini serves as your home base from which to venture out daily to explore the surrounding landscapes of breathtaking Tuscany. You’ll indulge in picturesque scenery, world-class local wines, traditional cuisine, and cultural discoveries via eight days of regional excursions.

From the rolling hills of Montalbano to Vinci and beyond, you’ll make daily excursions through bountiful vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees. You’ll even visit the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci to experience the Renaissance master’s life and art. 

Travelling through some of the most stunning and lush natural landscapes in Italy, you’ll embark each day to visit idyllic spots, including the gorgeous Chianti Valley and the Etruscan Coast. As you visit quaint wine shops, cafes, historic estates, and museums, you’ll feel immersed in the history and traditions of each daily destination.

In addition to sampling the local gourmet Tuscan fare, you’ll also be treated to an Italian cooking lesson. You’ll prepare an authentic Italian dish inside a rustic Tuscan farmhouse where you and your travel companions will enjoy your culinary creations – complete with master-chef prizes. You’ll also learn the art of Italian dessert-making at your hotel.

You’ll revel in the beauty of becoming familiar with a single destination of Montecatini while making priceless daily discoveries of locales that are off the beaten path – perfect for the smart, creative, and budget-minded traveller.

Highlights

Montecatini Cake and dessert baking class

Tuscan Farmhouse Cooking class and competition, followed by dinner

Vinci Visit the Leonardo da Vinci museum; learn about traditional bread making at a local bakery

Chianti Valley Visit Greve; enjoy lunch at a historic Chianti wine estate

Lucca Guided sightseeing with café-crawl brunch, visit Palazzo Mansi and Palazzo Pfanner

Bolgheri Visit the village and a wine cellar

Castagneto Carducci Visit, wine tasting and lunch in a local restaurant

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Montecatini, Italy

Day
1

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers and enjoy a special welcome dinner.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Montecatini - Excursion to Vinci

Day
2

This morning, head out into the lush, rolling landscape of the Montalbano hills, where you will see many Italian cuisine ingredients growing in their native environment. Pass terraced grape vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees on your way to the quaint village of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Here, you will learn all about the Renaissance master at the MUSEUM dedicated to his life and many areas of interest, from painting, sculpting, and inventing to anatomy, music, and cartography! Later, visit a bakery in a local village to learn the secrets of ITALIAN BREAD MAKING, followed by a generous tasting of fresh bread, local cheese, cold cuts and a glass of local wine”.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Montecatini - Excursion to the Chianti Valley

Day
3

Cradled between the provinces of Florence and Siena, the Chianti Valley is the heart of Old Tuscany, and has been hailed for its exceptional wines since the 13th century. Your journey today takes you to Greve, where you’ll spend some time visiting the village and you’ll enjoy lunch at a charming wine shop, and visit a HISTORIC TUSCAN ESTATE known for its Chianti and Supertuscan wine production.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Montecatini

Day
4

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Montecatini, maybe go for a walk in the Parco delle Terme with its huge shady trees. Most of the afternoon will be dedicated to the Italian cooking lesson at a rustic farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside. Once you arrive at the farm, enjoy a welcome drink, explore the orchard to pick some fresh ingredients, learn about Italy’s most famous delicacies, and then roll up your sleeves for a fun, hands-on COOKING EXPERIENCE. This evening, relax with your travelling companions and savour the delectable dinner you prepared—maybe your team will win the master chef prize!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Excursion to Lucca

Day
5

Visit Lucca, a stunning showcase of medieval architecture and layer upon layer of rich history and culture. Marvel at the beautiful art and tapestry collections at the baroque PALAZZO MANSI NATIONAL MUSEUM, then take a guided walking tour around the Old Town with its fine, intact Renaissance-era wall, cobblestone streets, and café-lined piazzas. A lively CAFÉ-CRAWL snack brunch is included, followed by a main course at a local restaurant. Then, your Local Guide introduces you to the stunning ornamental gardens and grand arched ceilings of PALAZZO PFANNER.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Montecatini - Excursion to Bolgheri

Day
6

Travel through the vineyard-dotted countryside and along cypress-lined Viale dei Cipressi for your fascinating entrance into enchanting Bolgheri. With its red-brick castle and atmospheric Old Town, it’s not hard to imagine that Bolgheri jumped right off the pages of a storybook. There’s time here to visit one of the WINE CELLARS that produce Bolgheri’s celebrated reds. First created in the 1980s, many wine experts believe these now rival French Bordeaux. Later, stop at nearby Castagneto Carducci, known for its splendid panoramic views of the Etruscan Coast. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the chance to sample the local LIQUOR.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Montecatini

Day
7

This morning is yours to do as you please. You could choose to explore more of the city on your own, to relax and shop for souvenirs, or to join the exciting optional excursion to the well-preserved medieval city of Pistoia, renowned for its quaint Old Town, beautiful sculpture garden, and outstanding artisan-crafted chocolate! This afternoon is dedicated to a COOKING CLASS at your hotel, focusing on the creation of cakes and desserts.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Montecatini

Day
8

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

Tour only

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£1,115 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

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£1,601 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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