Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Option: Customized Itineraries)
Tuscany, Italy - 8 nights
Available March to November

 

Where better to learn the art of preparing Tuscan cuisine than Tuscany? This tour will provide you with the skills and knowledge to prepare authentic Tuscan menus using the jewels of the Italian kitchen. Take cooking classes with two different chefs, stay in two luxury accommodations and experience all that is Tuscan in this very special "foodie" tour designed exclusively for Active Gourmet Holidays' clients. Visit a saffron farm, enjoy wine and olive oil tastings, explore Siena, San Gimignano, Montalcino, Montefollonico, Montepulciano and Pienza. Benvenuto a Italia!

 

 


ITINERARY

 

DAY ONE

 

ARRIVAL

 

Pick up from the Florence or Pisa airport or train station and transfer to your accommodation, a beautiful wine resort in the Chianti area. The resort is located a few miles from Gaiole in Chianti in the heart of Tuscany and was once a small medieval village and now has been expertly restored for those who want to discover the true essence of Chianti. 

 

The wine resort, surrounded by the Chianti Classico vineyards and producing organic Chianti wine, also features ancient wine cellars, a great restaurant and a spa.

 

Dinner on your own. 

 

DAY TWO

 

 

COOKING LESSON & WINE TASTING

 

In the morning you will have your first cooking lesson. You will choose the ingredients and prepare the dishes under the guidance and direction of the chef of the wine resort. The duration of the course is about 3 hours, and at the end you will enjoy lunch to taste all of the dishes you helped create.

 

In the late afternoon you will visit the wine cellar and a wine tasting will follow.

 

Dinner on your own.

 

DAY THREE

 

 

CHIANTI VILLAGES & ORGANIC FARM VISIT

 

Pick up in the morning for a full day excursion through the Chianti area and Fiesole. You will first reach Fiesole on the hills around Florence to visit a local farm (fattoria) which origins date back to the 15th century, covering an area of nearly 300 hectares mainly used for growing olives (20.000 olive trees on 110 hectares) and it’s a completely organic agricultural estate. Frantoio and Moraiolo olives, are picked entirely by hand in the months of November and December, then pressed in the estate mill. The premium product is Laudemio, an excellent extra virgin oil with a high nutritional value. You will visit the estate, have an olive oil tasting and lunch at the Fattoria. 

 

Then you will drive back to the Chianti area. You will visit small untouched villages such as Montefioralle and Panzano in Chianti. Transfer back to the wine resort.

 

Dinner on your own.

 

DAY FOUR

 

 

COOKING LESSON

 

Today you will have your second cooking lesson at the wine resort followed by lunch.

 

Afternoon at leisure. 

 

Dinner on your own.  

 

DAY FIVE

 

ORCIA VALLEY

 

Pick up in the morning and onto a 4 star relais for the next four nights. The relais is walking distance to the small, untouched village of Montefollonico. It’s surrounded by a wonderful landscape and features a gourmet restaurant.

 

Originally an olive mill, the relais' superiors rooms have been sympathetically designed and enjoy a beautiful view from the garden of Montepulciano, Monte Amiata and the stunning countryside. All are tastefully furnished with traditional country antiques. Some are also enriched with whirlpool bath and fire places. A marble grinding quern and the old stone walls are still visible which, together with a great serenity and timeless atmosphere, make this hotel the right place to combine taste and relaxation.

 

Dinner on your own. 

 

DAY SIX

 

SIENA, VISIT OF A SAFFRON ORGANIC FARM & SAN GIMIGNANO

 

Pick up from your accommodation and transfer to Siena where you will meet our expert guide. You will visit the Cathedral and the Baptistery, the Campo Square, the Corso (the main street that crosses the historic center) and the Torre del Mangia. Our guide will be happy to introduce you to the Palio and you could visit the “Contrada” seats and the Palio Museum. 

 

Then we will drive to an organic farm. The farm cultivates the special purple crocus flower that saffron comes from, as well as extra virgin olive oil, vegetables, and an abundance of Tuscan herbs such as rosemary, thyme, lavender, mint and sage. You willl learn about the farm’s sustainable production of the tiny red threads known as saffron. After a short tour, you will enjoy a delicious lunch served on an open terrace with a splendid view across the hills to San Gimignano and its towers. Your lunch will include a saffron dish and will be prepared by the farm's owner who uses fresh vegetables and herbs from the farm's garden. So you will enjoy a true meal directly farm-to-table, tasting truly genuine dishes. After lunch transfer to San Gimignano and time at leisure.

 

San Gimignano is an amazingly well preserved medieval town, known as the “city of the fair towers” with its fourteen soaring towers (of the seventy-six original) that dominate the skyline. 

 

Transfer back to the relais and dinner on your own.  

 

DAY SEVEN

 

COOKING LESSON & MONTALCINO

 

In the morning you will have a private hands on cooking class with the chef of the hotel restaurant and lunch will follow.

 

In the afternoon, pick up from the hotel and transfer by car and English speaking driver to Montalcino with time at leisure for a visit. Then you will reach a flagship winery, producing excellent Brunello di Montalcino wine, for a visit and wine tasting. 

 

Transfer back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. 

 

DAY EIGHT

 

PIENZA & MONTEPULICIANO

 

Pick up in the morning and travel by car and English speaking driver. Your first stop will be Pienza, a wonderful Renaissance jewel where you have time to visit on your own. Then you will reach Montepulciano the medieval village famous also for the great red wine Rosso di Montepulciano (there is an Enoteca inside the Castle where you can taste wines).

 

In the afternoon pick up and transfer to a flagship winery for a visit and wine tasting. 

 

Transfer back to your hotel. Dinner on your own.

 

DAY NINE 

 

DEPARTURE

 

Pick up in the morning from your accommodation and transfer to Florence or Pisa airport or rain station. 

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your  party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports and Train Stations:

 

Pisa Airport or Train Station: From Pisa to first accommodation:  2 hours/151 km and from last accommodation to Pisa:  2 hours and 20 minutes/190 km

Florence Airport or Train Station: From Florence to first accommodation: 1 hour 20 minutes/90 km and from last accommodation to Florence 1 hour 30 minutes/120 km   

 

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2020 Fees Per Person

 

Double Room/US$4325
Single Supplement/US$1075

 

*Please inquire about lower pricing based on 4 or more persons

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation

 

Deposit

After availability is confirmed, a 30% non-refundable deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date. 

 

2020 Dates

Available end of March to November, upon request, depending on availability. Please inquire about other dates.

 

Included

 

*Four (4) nights' accommodation at a 4 star wine resort in the Chianti area, breakfast included
*Four (4) nights' accommodation at a 4 star relais in Montefollonico, breakfast included
*All transfers and excursions by private car and English speaking driver as per program
*Guided visit in Siena
*Three (3) cooking lessons followed by lunch
*Visit at thefarmhouse in Fiesole, with lunch and olive oil tasting 
*Visit, tasting and saffron-based lunch at an organic farm
*Visit and wine tasting in a winery in Montalcino 
*Visit and wine tasting in a winery in Montepulciano

 

Airfare, personal expenses and city taxes to be paid to the hotels (about 3€ per person per night - prices may vary) are not included.

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY


Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

Furnished upon request.

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MAP*

This exciting region is depicted below. You can also access Google MapsTM by clicking HERE

 

 

 

*In some cases mapping may give clients a general sense of location due to changes in venue. Please inquire about specific location.

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