Tour Description

This 9 Nights/10 Days Tour lets you explore Tuscany and see all the wonders it has to offer. Tuscany is a vibrant region of Italy that is best regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and the Renaissance in general. Many of the most famous artists and musicians from the Renaissance era lived in Tuscany at least for a time. Due to this illustrious history with art and music, the region still has very famous museums, including the Accademia.

During the era of the Renaissance, Tuscany was more of a cultural and linguistic concept rather than an actual geographic and political division. All of Italy was very fractured at this time. In the fifteenth century, the Medici family took over most of Italy and ruled over the country during the burgeoning Renaissance.

However, the history of Tuscany begins much earlier than that. Travel through the natural and manmade history that traces back to the second millennium BC. In the Iron Age, the area was inhabited by a pre-Etruscan civilization known as the Apennines. After this, other cultures began to move into Tuscany and surrounding areas. Among these cultures was the Etruscans.

With the Etruscans came the first and most organized settlement of Tuscany. They thrived for a very long time in central Italy until the Roman Patricians adopted the upper-class Etruscans into their civilization. Under Roman occupation, the city of Florence was established. Romans also brought new technology and innovation such as sewers, aqueducts, roads, and new building construction techniques. Some of these structures are still standing.

It all begins in Florence as the focal point and the place where that offers most of the museums, churches, and art places, continuing to Pisa and Lucca where you will visit the famous Leaning Tower, the amazing San Martino Cathedral and a lot of other places.

San Gimignano, Siena, Arezzo, Cortona, and Pienza are the next stops on this tour. These charming cities will help you live and breathe through the medieval culture and lots of tradition, enjoying private tours in some of the loveliest squares in Italy. The fine dining on the best panorama sites is also a part of the experience, along with the Food and Wine Tastings in Montalcino and Montepulciano.

Detailed Itinerary

Tuscany Classic Tour | 9 Nights/10 Days

Day 01: Florence Arrival | Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Florence airport, please collect your luggage inside the customs area. Just outside this area meet your driver who will transfer you to your Hotel in central Florence. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Florence.

Day 02: Florence Private Guided Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your guide at the hotel lobby. This morning you will enjoy a 3 Hours Florence Private Walking Guided Tour. As you walk through the streets and piazzas of Florence, you'll discuss the ideas of the Renaissance. In between the famous landmarks, you'll take enchanting backstreets and alleys.  After enjoying a walk through the historical center follow your guide along the windy pathways to a stop in Piazza del Duomo. Continue to the Accademia Gallery, home to Florence's most treasured work of art - "Michelangelo's David". You will explore Piazza Della Signoria and the famous Ponte Vecchio. In the late morning, return to your hotel. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Florence.

Day 03: Pisa and Lucca Private Tour | This morning after breakfast meet your Driver and Personal Guide at the Hotel lobby. Once in Pisa, the tour starts in the incredible Piazza Dei Miracoli: here you can admire the baptistery and the famous Leaning Tower, together with a guided visit to the majestic Cathedral. Lunch/Food and Wine Tour in a Characteristic Local Wine Estate before departing for Lucca. In Lucca, famous for its still intact walls, your Tour Guide will lead you to the enchanting old town center walking along a section of the walls and enjoying a breathtaking view over the rooftops. Visit or pass by Anfiteatro Square, Guinigi Tower, San Martino Cathedral, and stroll along the picturesque streets of antique shops. Late afternoon return to Florence. Overnight in Florence.

Day 04: Florence → San Gimignano and Siena Private Guided Tour → Chianti | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver and guide in the hotel lobby. On route to your Hotel in Chianti enjoy a Private Tour of the Tuscany countryside. You will visit San Gimignano, a fantastic example of medieval architecture declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, famous for its medieval skyscrapers. These tower houses were built by local families at the height of the Guelph-Ghibelline conflict. Stop in a Wine Estate where you will enjoy a Lunch/Food a Wine Tasting. Then continue on to Siena, Italy's loveliest medieval city. Enjoy a private guided visit of the old city center; walk along the narrow medieval streets, you will admire the splendid Cathedral, the Libreria Piccolomini, and Piazza del Campo, where the famous Palio horse race is held twice a year, overlooked by the Palazzo del Comune. Late afternoon, continue to your hotel in the Tuscan Countryside. Overnight in Chianti.

Day 05: Arezzo and Cortona Private Guided Tour | After breakfast at the hotel, meet your driver and guide in the lobby. This morning travel to Arezzo where you will meet your guide. Arezzo is an extraordinary and ancient city, that is actually as old as Alexandria of Egypt. It is a small treasure with an ancient soul, where history, culture, and art blend together with the classic Tuscan "live-well" philosophy. Explore the historic center to take in the details - the courtyards, the old buildings, the balustrades in wrought iron, the lamp fixtures...an overall charming atmosphere! The heart of the city is the Piazza Grande, a delightful square outlined with imposing public buildings and loggias. The small Piazza San Francesco is more intimate and charming with its outdoor cafes and lived-in feel. After lunch in a characteristic local restaurant, travel to Cortona. The city started as an Etruscan settlement, and its importance can be seen at the Etruscan Academy Museum housed in the lovely Palazzo Casali. Piazza Della Repubblica is still the seat of civic politics, as it has been since the Roman era. Admire Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo Dei Capitani and along with many other treasures. Late afternoon return to your hotel. Overnight in Chianti.

Day 06: Chianti at Leisure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today spend the day at leisure in Chianti. Overnight in Chianti.

Day 07: Chianti → Pienza Private Guided Tour → Montalcino | Breakfast at the hotel. Late morning meet your driver in the lobby. Enjoy a private transfer to your hotel in Montalcino. On Route stop in Pienza for Lunch in a characteristic local restaurant. After lunch, meet your guide for a Pienza Private Guided Tour. The town sits at the heart of the Orcia Valley, a spectacular area that stretches from Montepulciano to San Quirico. You will be treated to a beautiful landscape dotted with cypress trees and other vegetation. You will tour Tuscany’s jewel, Pienza, is as complete a Renaissance creation as any in Italy. Pope Pius II conceived Pienza, his birthplace, as a Utopian “new town.” You will have free time to wander through the lovely streets of Pienza. Late afternoon, continue to your hotel. Overnight in Montalcino.

Day 08: Montalcino and Montepulciano Food and Wine Tour | Breakfast at the Hotel. Meet your driver at the hotel lobby. Today, you will taste some of the most famous Italian wines: Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. You will first visit Montepulciano on your own, a small village of Etruscan origin and one of the most beautiful hill towns in Tuscany. The main street of Montepulciano stretches from Porta al Prato to Piazza Grande at the top of the hill.  It is time for a fabulous lunch at Avignonesi Wine Estate to be followed by a visit and Wine Tasting of Vino Nobile wines. Continue to Montalcino. an ancient village scarcely changed in appearance since the 16th century. Once you get up to the town, a magnificent spectacle unfolds for your eyes: rolling sunny hills dotted with yellow and red flowers, ancient oak trees, picturesque olive groves, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards. Continue a visit to a Brunello producer such as the prestigious Podere Le Ripi: Visit the innovative vineyard with a Bonsai vine training system, the densest in the world. Taste a selection of wines, including the precious Rosso di Montalcino DOC Bonsai. Late afternoon return to your hotel. Overnight in Montalcino.

Day 08: Montalcino at Leisure | Breakfast at the Hotel. Today spend the day at leisure in Chianti. Overnight in Montalcino.

Day 10: Montepulciano  →  Florence Airport |Breakfast at the Hotel. In the very early morning enjoy a Private Transfer to Florence Airport. Arrivederci! Ciao! Buon Viaggio!

Tour Inclusions
  • 3 Nights Florence:
  • 3 Nights Chianti:
  • 3 Nights in Montalcino/Montepulciano:
  • Assistance and Porterage at Airports, Train Stations and Hotels
  • Private Transportation by Mercedes E or V Class with English Speaking Driver
  • Private Guided Tours with Professional Local Guides | Door to Door Service
  • Entrances to Museums, Galleries, Archeological Parks and other Venues
  • Breakfast at Hotels, All Food & Wine Tours/Enogastronomic and Most Lunches.
  • 24/7 Assistance and Support from our Ground Operational Office in Italy
Price

Private Package Tours Rates

Low Season (Nov. 16 to April 15):

  • Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 400 Euro per person/per day.
  • Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
  • Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 800 per person/per day.

Shoulder Season (April 16 to May 15) and (Oct. 16 to Nov. 15):

  • Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 500 Euro per person/per day.
  • Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 700 Euro per person/per day.
  • Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 900 + Euro per person/per day.

High Season (May 16 to Oct. 15):

  • Gold: in 4* Boutique Hotels: Starting at 600 Euro per person/per day.
  • Platinum: in 5* Standard Hotels: Starting at 800 Euro per person/per day.
  • Diamond: in 5* Luxury Hotels: Starting at 1,000 + Euro per person/per day.

Private Small Groups of 4, 6 and 8 + price per person will be lower

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  • Thank you for coordinating such a wonderful trip in Italy. Terence and I learned many things about Italy. The weather was great and we had so much fun. All hotels, staff and guides were superb! We especially appreciated our driver who served us from Venice through our time in Florence, I believe his name was Lorenzo. Again, thank “you” for doing such a great job in planning our vacation.
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