Gourmet Tuscany

  • 8 Days

  • Italy

  • Active pace

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 06th September 2017

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners

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.

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

Day 1

UK - Pisa - Montecatini

Flying into Pisa, you’ll board the transfer to your hotel in Montecatini, where a special welcome dinner will be served.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Montecatini - Vinci - Montecatini

You'll make your way to Vinci to visit the museum dedicated to the works of the town's famous son, Leonardo Da Vinci. After visiting a local bakery, lunch like a local, on wine, cheese and cold cuts, with an included olive oil tasting experience in the Chianti Montalbano area. Still have room for dessert? Luckily a visit to a chocolate factory follows, where you'll have a chance to taste the delicious wares.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Montecatini - Chianti Valley - Montecatini

Find out more about Italy's rich food heritage, with a visit to a traditional Italian butcher's shop in Greve. A lunch of cold cuts is served in the local wine shop. Visit one of the old Tuscan farmhouses known for it's Chianti production, before returning to Montecatini and your hotel for the evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Montecatini

During a visit to the Renaissance walled town of Lucca, you'll explore the Palazzo Mansi National Museum. Take a guided walking tour of the cobbled streets and café-lined piazzas, with a café-crawl brunch. A guided tour then leads you around the lush gardens and grand arched ceilings of Palazzo Pfanner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Montecatini - Pistoia - Montecatini

Uncover the hidden gem of Pistoia, taking a tour of the pretty town centre with a local guide. Wander from café to restaurant to trattoria tasting local specialities for lunch. The focus remains firmly fixed on food when you get back to the hotel in Montecatini, where you'll enjoy a cooking class showcasing cakes and desserts.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Montecatini

In preparation for your authentic Italian cooking lesson in a rustic, rural farmhouse, you'll start the day sourcing fresh ingredients on a guided visit to a local Montecatini market. Explore the farm and orchard after settling in with a welcome drink. You'll stay at the farm for dinner this evening, with a prize going to the best team of master chefs from the cooking.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Montecatini

This morning why not take the opportunity to visit Pistoia with an optional excursion? Alternatively, relax or explore Montecatini at your own pace. This afternoon enjoy a cooking class at your hotel focusing on making delicious cakes and desserts.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Montecatini - Pisa - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade

Notes

Tour hotel will be as stated or similar

Latest customer reviews

24/07/2017

Should have allowed for free days

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