Escorted 7-Day Small Group Trip through Tuscany

Cultural & Theme Tours, 1. Villa Ardene 20172. Florence Airport, PeretolaTraveler pickup is offered to Returns to original departure point

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La dolce far niente" is an Italian phrase meaning "the sweetness of doing nothing." On this week-long Tuscany tour, you'll get to taste this sweetness for yourself. Relax at a private villa, enjoy Brunello wine tastings, indulge in local Pecorino cheese, and explore the most picturesque hill towns in the region. The Euro Travel Coach team will eliminate all the hassles of travel to ensure that you can sit back and soak in la dolce far niente.You'll be joined by 8-10 other travelers. Chelsea, Greg, and Betsy from the Euro Travel Coach team will serve as your hosts and will be available 24/7 to assist you during the trip
ItineraryDay 1: Arrive and DineStop At: MontepulcianoA member of our team will reach out to you in advance of the trip to arrange transportation from the Florence Airport to the villa (additional fees apply). Upon arrival at the villa, you can explore the area or relax by the pool. During dinner at the villa you can sip on a selection of local wines and get to know your fellow travelers.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • Dinner: Our Italian nonna will prepare a traditional, 3-course Tuscan meal to welcome you to Italy, accompanied by local wines.Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool. Day 2: Relax in Bagno Vignoni & Cook with a LocalStop At: Terme Bagno Vignoni, Bagno Vignoni, TuscanyFollowing breakfast at the villa, we will take you on a driving tour through the heart of Tuscany to the ancient town to Bagno Vignoni. From here, you have the option to take a hike through the Tuscan hills around the village or spend the morning soaking in hot spring fed pools and relaxing in a Roman Sauna at the Albergo Le Terme Spa. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore Bagno Vignoni and grab lunch at an osteria or wine bar. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Dinner: When we return to the villa, you can participate in a cooking class led by a local chef & enjoy the results for dinner! Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool. Day 3: Explore Assisi & Dine at La PortaStop At: AssisiFollowing breakfast at the villa, we will drive you to the picturesque hill town of Assisi. An experienced local tour guide will take you on a walking tour of the city and lead you through the magnificent Basilica of Saint Francis. You’ll have the afternoon free to wander the ancient streets on your own. In the evening, we'll head to the quaint town of Monticchiello for a dinner at the celebrated restaurant, Osteria de La Porta.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Dinner: In the evening, we'll head to the quaint town of Monticchiello for dinner at the celebrated Ristorante Daria.Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool. Day 4: Taste the Wines of TuscanyStop At: Fortezza di Montalcino, Montalcino, TuscanyHave you always wanted to do a wine tasting in Italy? Well, you’re in luck as no trip to Tuscany would be complete without a visit to a winery! You’ll start the day with a tour and wine tasting at the renowned Tenute Silvio Nardi. After sampling the estate’s excellent Rosso and Brunello, enjoy lunch at the winery. Then we’ll head to the quaint town of Montalcino where you can shop and walk off all that fabulous vino or duck into a tasting room and to keep the buzz going. The evening will conclude with dinner in the Enoteca la Fortezza, which is located within a medieval castle. The expert sommeliers will lead us through another Tuscan wine tasting as we enjoy our meal. You'll have the opportunity to climb to the top of the fortress to enjoy a fabulous view of the sun setting over town.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Dinner: Dinner with beautifully paired wines will be enjoyed at Enoteca la Fortezza, inside a medieval castle in Montalcino. • Lunch: Enjoy an al fresco lunch with wine looking out over the gorgeous Sangiovese vines at Silvio Nardi.Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool. Day 5: Experience OrvietoStop At: Duomo di Orvieto, Orvieto, Province of Terni, UmbriaAfter breakfast, we’ll drive you to the charming hill town of Orvieto where a local guide will show you the best sights of the Medieval town including the stunning cathedral, St. Patrick’s well, and more. Following the tour, you’ll have some time to shop and explore the town on your own. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Dinner: Enjoy a selection of local cheese and charcuterie and a home cooked meal upon returning to the villa.Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool. Day 6: Visit a Sheep Farm to taste Pecorino Cheese & then Hike (or ride) to PienzaStop At: Historic Centre of the City of Pienza, TuscanyGet a taste (literally and figuratively) of the vast world of Italian cheese! You’ll visit a working farm that produces a range of luscious Pecorino (sheep milk cheese) as well as extra virgin olive oil. Afterwards, take a hike through the surrounding hills (optional), ending in the lovely town of Pienza. The day will conclude with dinner on your own in Montepulciano. The Euro travel coach team can assist with reservations.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch: Following a tour of the farm, you’ll sample 8 different raw milk cheeses and enjoy a three course lunch, with wine. Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool. Day 7: Discover SienaStop At: Duomo di Siena, Siena, TuscanyAfter breakfast, we’ll drive you to the medieval city of Siena. A local guide will help you get oriented to the city, point out the Gothic architecture, and show you the many spiritual and secular monuments which sit in harmony in the historic center of Siena. Afterwards, you’ll be free to shop and see the sights on your own. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Dinner: In the evening, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner back at the villa, accompanied by beautiful local wines.Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool. Day 8: Return HomeStop At: MontepulcianoIf you’re anything like the Euro Travel Coach team, you will be sad to leave the sun kissed hills of Tuscany. We’ll make it as easy on you as possible by preparing a farewell brunch (depending on your flight time) and assisting you with arranging a transfer to the Florence airport (additional fees apply). Once you’re at the airport, you can start planning your next trip to Italy!!!Duration: 12 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 6x Dinner
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • Villa accommodations for 7 nights
  • Homemade breakfasts daily
  • Transportation to all excursions
  • Admission to baths in Bagno Vignoni
  • Cooking class
  • Sheep farm tour & Pecorino tasting
  • Winery cellar tour and tasting
  • Three city tours with local guides
  • 24/7 support from the Euro Travel Coach team
  • Entry/Admission - Montepulciano
  • Entry/Admission - Terme Bagno Vignoni
  • Entry/Admission - Assisi
  • Entry/Admission - Fortezza di Montalcino
  • Entry/Admission - Duomo di Orvieto
  • Entry/Admission - Historic Centre of the City of Pienza
  • Entry/Admission - Duomo di Siena
  • Entry/Admission - Montepulciano

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Meals and personal expenses not included above
  • Travel Insurance

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive and Dine Stop At: Montepulciano A member of our team will reach out to you in advance of the trip to arrange transportation from the Florence Airport to the villa (additional fees apply). Upon arrival at the villa, you can explore the area or relax by the pool. During dinner at the villa you can sip on a selection of local wines and get to know your fellow travelers. Duration: 12 hours Meals included: • Dinner: Our Italian nonna will prepare a traditional, 3-course Tuscan meal to welcome you to Italy, accompanied by local wines. Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool.
Day 2: Relax in Bagno Vignoni & Cook with a Local Stop At: Terme Bagno Vignoni, Bagno Vignoni, Tuscany Following breakfast at the villa, we will take you on a driving tour through the heart of Tuscany to the ancient town to Bagno Vignoni. From here, you have the option to take a hike through the Tuscan hills around the village or spend the morning soaking in hot spring fed pools and relaxing in a Roman Sauna at the Albergo Le Terme Spa. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore Bagno Vignoni and grab lunch at an osteria or wine bar. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Dinner: When we return to the villa, you can participate in a cooking class led by a local chef & enjoy the results for dinner! Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool.
Day 3: Explore Assisi & Dine at La Porta Stop At: Assisi Following breakfast at the villa, we will drive you to the picturesque hill town of Assisi. An experienced local tour guide will take you on a walking tour of the city and lead you through the magnificent Basilica of Saint Francis. You’ll have the afternoon free to wander the ancient streets on your own. In the evening, we'll head to the quaint town of Monticchiello for a dinner at the celebrated restaurant, Osteria de La Porta. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Dinner: In the evening, we'll head to the quaint town of Monticchiello for dinner at the celebrated Ristorante Daria. Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool.
Day 4: Taste the Wines of Tuscany Stop At: Fortezza di Montalcino, Montalcino, Tuscany Have you always wanted to do a wine tasting in Italy? Well, you’re in luck as no trip to Tuscany would be complete without a visit to a winery! You’ll start the day with a tour and wine tasting at the renowned Tenute Silvio Nardi. After sampling the estate’s excellent Rosso and Brunello, enjoy lunch at the winery. Then we’ll head to the quaint town of Montalcino where you can shop and walk off all that fabulous vino or duck into a tasting room and to keep the buzz going. The evening will conclude with dinner in the Enoteca la Fortezza, which is located within a medieval castle. The expert sommeliers will lead us through another Tuscan wine tasting as we enjoy our meal. You'll have the opportunity to climb to the top of the fortress to enjoy a fabulous view of the sun setting over town. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Dinner: Dinner with beautifully paired wines will be enjoyed at Enoteca la Fortezza, inside a medieval castle in Montalcino. • Lunch: Enjoy an al fresco lunch with wine looking out over the gorgeous Sangiovese vines at Silvio Nardi. Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool.
Day 5: Experience Orvieto Stop At: Duomo di Orvieto, Orvieto, Province of Terni, Umbria After breakfast, we’ll drive you to the charming hill town of Orvieto where a local guide will show you the best sights of the Medieval town including the stunning cathedral, St. Patrick’s well, and more. Following the tour, you’ll have some time to shop and explore the town on your own. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Dinner: Enjoy a selection of local cheese and charcuterie and a home cooked meal upon returning to the villa. Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool.
Day 6: Visit a Sheep Farm to taste Pecorino Cheese & then Hike (or ride) to Pienza Stop At: Historic Centre of the City of Pienza, Tuscany Get a taste (literally and figuratively) of the vast world of Italian cheese! You’ll visit a working farm that produces a range of luscious Pecorino (sheep milk cheese) as well as extra virgin olive oil. Afterwards, take a hike through the surrounding hills (optional), ending in the lovely town of Pienza. The day will conclude with dinner on your own in Montepulciano. The Euro travel coach team can assist with reservations. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Lunch: Following a tour of the farm, you’ll sample 8 different raw milk cheeses and enjoy a three course lunch, with wine. Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool.
Day 7: Discover Siena Stop At: Duomo di Siena, Siena, Tuscany After breakfast, we’ll drive you to the medieval city of Siena. A local guide will help you get oriented to the city, point out the Gothic architecture, and show you the many spiritual and secular monuments which sit in harmony in the historic center of Siena. Afterwards, you’ll be free to shop and see the sights on your own. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Dinner: In the evening, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner back at the villa, accompanied by beautiful local wines. Accommodation included: A beautiful private villa outside of Montepulciano. Rooms are en-suite and the villa is equipped with a lovely pool.
Day 8: Return Home Stop At: Montepulciano If you’re anything like the Euro Travel Coach team, you will be sad to leave the sun kissed hills of Tuscany. We’ll make it as easy on you as possible by preparing a farewell brunch (depending on your flight time) and assisting you with arranging a transfer to the Florence airport (additional fees apply). Once you’re at the airport, you can start planning your next trip to Italy!!! Duration: 12 hours No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
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