OCTOBER 2019 TOUR (21-25)
Monday Oct. 21
10:30 am Depart from Santa Maria Novella Station meeting spot within Florence. We will board our private luxury air-conditioned coach and begin our tour. The journey will take us to San Gimignano. Famous for its towers, San Gimignano is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Tuscany. When seen from a distance it actually has a skyline to admire. The wealth that saffron cultivation brought to this area in the medieval ages contributed to the urban development of over 70 towers, only 16 of which still stand today. You may decide to climb up one to admire the view or indulge in some shopping in one of the many fine ceramic shops or art galleries the village is filled with.
After departing from San Gimignao, we will have a tour, lunch and wine tasting at Fattoria San Donato.
We will then continue to the luxurious Castello delle Serre, our home for the next five nights. After arriving, your "Welcome dinner" will be prepared by the Castello family.
Tuesday Oct. 22
The Best of Siena: Siena has not changed much since its heyday during the medieval ages. In complete contrast with its arch-rival Florence, Siena is a maze of brickwork and narrow, romantic alleyways. Lunch at a one of our favourite local restaurants and meet with an authorized local guide to tour the Duomo, Piazza del Campo, San Domenico and much more.
Tonight's dinner will be at the local Osteria in the village
Wednesday Oct. 23
Chianti: Visit the charming village(s) and pass through a land enchanted by castles and monasteries. We will then proceed to a very special winery, and learn about one man’s quest to make internationally renowned wines in the Chianti Classico. Lunch and tasting with a tour of the estate and cellars.
Special dinner at a friend’s restaurant.
Thurday Oct 24
In the morning, we will depart for Assisi and enjoy a guided tour of the Basilica of Saint Francis with its beautiful frescos by Cimabue, Giotto and Lorenzini. Lunch will follow. In the afternoon, we will visit Cortona, a town of Etruscan origin, which clings to a hill just beyond Lago Trasimeno. This is the setting for Frances Mayes’ novel (later made into a movie) “Under the Tuscan Sun”. The road leading up to the town is spotted with olive groves, monumental churches, monasteries, convents, while the town itself is filled with steep alleyways, artsy shops, and open-air cafés. Today’s tour will be led by a special guest tour director and local guides.
Dinner at Castello
Friday Oct 25
In the morning, we will depart for Pienza, Italy’s finest example of Renaissance architecture and now known mostly for the best Pecorino on earth. Pecorino is a pungent sheep’s cheese that is Pienza’s specialty. After walking through the village, a Unesco World Heritage site, we will then proceed to Montalcino, home of the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine in time for lunch. Brunello winery visit in the afternoon.
Dinner will be at Agriturismo Ischieto for a farewell dinner.
Saturday Oct 26
10:30 am Departure from Castello: Return transportation to Florence SMN Station. ETA at Firenze SMN is 12:00 NOON. All departures at the same time.
***We reserve the right to make changes to this program for better opportunities. Tour participants must be in good physical condition and capable of walking many stairs and hilly terrain. Daily outings could last up to 8 hours at a time. Meals or personal assistant are not included for those that separate themselves from the group. Luggage allowance is limited to one checked bag and one carry-on. ***
Included in this package:
*Accommodations at Castello delle Serre 5 night stay. If wishing to extend your stay beyond the tour a discounted room rate will be provided.
*Bus transportation to/from Florence (with the group as a whole) and including the entire itinerary including all toll roads, entry permits, and parking fees
*5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
*Wine included in all the meals provided
*Tour escort with the group.
*Admission fees for Siena sight seeing, thermal spa, winery tours, wine tastings and cheese tasting.
*Subject to minimum of 12 participants, maximum 18
To reserve your place on our tour, please send an email to: http://[email protected]