Gourmet Tuscany

Price per person
from £1,264

Price based on
London Luton
20th May 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 6 days

  • Italy

  • Active pace

  • Single-centre tour

A culinary adventure that takes you into local butchers and bakers, through the Chianti vineyards and into the Tuscan countryside where you’ll learn how to prepare Italian food in a traditional farmhouse environment.

At a glance


  • Montecatini Discover the secrets of great bread making from a local baker
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Browse a variety of exhibits dedicated to the interests of Leonardo
  • Greve Visit a traditional butcher’s shop to learn more about the Florentine steak and Finocchiona salami and enjoy cold cuts at a wine estate. 
  • Cooking Lessons Prepare Italian delicacies for yourself with locally sourced ingredients
  • Bolgheri Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards before visiting a famous wine cellar
  • Chianti Valley Stop at a Tuscan wine estate known for its Chianti production
Gourmet Tuscany

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • Service charges
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
  • All airport and port taxes
  • Single share option
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

Should have allowed for free days...

24th July 2017
Mrs Julie True

Should have allowed for free days

Overview

A culinary adventure that takes you into local butchers and bakers, through the Chianti vineyards and into the Tuscan countryside where you’ll learn how to prepare Italian food in a traditional farmhouse environment.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

UK - Pisa - Montecatini

Day
1

Flying into Pisa, you’ll board the transfer to your hotel in Montecatini.

Enjoy a special welcome dinner at your hotel tonight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Vinci - Montecatini

Day
2

Excursion to Vinci. 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, which included everything from painting, sculpting, and inventing to anatomy, music, and cartography! Later, visit a bakery in the Chianti Montalbano area to learn the secrets of Italian bread making, followed by a light lunch of fresh bread, local cheese, cold cuts, and a glass of the local wine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Chianti Valley - Montecatini

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 to visit a Macelleria, a traditional Italian butcher shop, where you’ll learn about Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine steak) and tasty Finocchiona (fennel salami). Then, 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
  • Dinner

Montecatini

Day
4

Your day begins at a local market in Montecatini, where an expert guide will help you select fresh ingredients for an Italian cooking lesson at a rustic farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside. Once you arrive at the farm, enjoy a welcome drink, explore the orchard, learn about Italy’s most famous delicacies, and then roll up your sleeves for a fun, hands-on cooking expereience. This evening, relax with your traveling companions and savour the delectable dinner you prepared—maybe your team will win the master chef prize!

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Lucca - Montecatini

Day
5

Today features a visit to 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
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Bolgheri - Montecatini

Day
6

Excursion to Bolgheri. 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 believe 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
  • Dinner

Montecatini

Day
7

Your final morning in Montecatini 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Montecatini - Pisa - UK

Day
8

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport in Pisa for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Tour hotel will be as stated or similar

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade

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