Fully Guided All-Inclusive Small Group Tour for Women

Description:
Our small-group week long tour is fully escorted and all inclusive.

Fully Guided All-Inclusive Small Group Tour for Women

Date: from Saturday, September 16th until Saturday, September 23, 2017

Price: $3400 USD* per person
*Please note that this price is based on double occupancy
**Minimum of 4 guests, maximum 10 guests

Includes:
fully escorted and all-inclusive tour.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
7-night accommodation in Tuscany country home
All transportation and tours
All cooking classes and tastings
A comprehensive travel binder with information on pre-travel, packing, Italian culture and regional details
Complete travel planning assistance, including help with airfare booking

Not included: Airfare to and from Florence International Airport (Peretola) is not included.

Highlights:
• 8 days/7 nights - Fully inclusive (all accommodations, meals, transfers, excursions and activities)
• Accommodation in a beautiful country home in the Chianti region

• Spend an unforgettable day hunting and eating delicious fresh truffles

• Watch local artisans as they share their passion for their craft
• Indulge yourself in delicious olive oil and in the best Tuscan recipes with the legendary Janet and Stefano, olive oil experts and amazing chefs

• Hands-on culinary experience of the ancient tradition of pizza making

• Enjoy a professional cooking class with the Slow Food Chef Veronica, learning how to create authentic Tuscan specialties

• Taste the unique Vernaccia di San Gimignano, the only DOCG white wine in Tuscany

• Discover how artisanal pasta is made

• Take inspiring walks in the nature, smelling fresh air and enjoying unforgettable vistas with a good glass of wine in your hand
• Experience unique dinner events like group pizza, polenta and Florentine Steak parties under the Tuscan stars

• Explore vineyards and out of the way places in the beautiful Tuscan countryside
• Get lost in the beautiful San Gimignano

• Discover the authentic side of Florence
 often overlooked by tourists
• Explore the stunning Chianti Medieval villages Montefioralle and San Donato

• Slow down and enjoy Italy's “Dolce Vita” in the green Chianti hills

• Small group sizes of only up to 10 guests

Day 1: The Experience begins! Arrival in Chianti, Relax & Pizza

We will pick you up directly from the airport and will head together to the beautiful Chianti region. Here, you will meet your hosts and you will get familiar to your new home for the week, with time for relaxation and to enjoy the magic beauty of our land. Welcome dinner at the villa, with delicious homemade pizza and bread specialties.

Day 2: 4-Course Professional Cooking Class with Chef Veronica + Discover Montefioralle

Our day will begin in a very delicious way! We will experience a unique cooking course with Chef Veronica, an experienced, talented and passionate Tuscan chef who offers unique culinary experiences in her charming culinary studio. During the cooking course, you will be guided through the preparation of the entire meal, from antipasto to dolce, in a magical atmosphere where every detail is carefully studied and thought. At the end of the culinary course, guests will receive a beautiful bread warmer in terracotta, the traditional pottery from this unique village. After lunch, we will enjoy a relaxing walk in the charming village of Montefioralle, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Afternoon: time for relaxation at home, light dinner in a small restaurant featuring local and organic cuisine.

Day 3: Olive Oil Culinary Experience with Janet & Stefano + Discover the Terracotta from Impruneta

Morning: our day will begin with a visit to a fascinating terracotta workshop in Impruneta, seeing how artisans shape beautiful jars and pots. Terracotta (Terra = clay, Cotta = baked, burnt) from Impruneta is now famous worldwide, and it is an ancient tradition that belongs to this village from the Middle Ages. Afterwards, we will visit a unique olive farm run by Janet & Stefano, a wonderful couple who has been always committed at producing and sharing the culture about excellent extra virgin olive oil. You will first receive an interesting explanation about olive oil production, learning many curiosities about this fundamental element in Tuscan and Italian cuisine. You will then move into their kitchen, experiencing an unforgettable lunch focused on the culture of the olive oil p And on the importance of gathering and cooking together. Being at Janet and Stefano’s table is like entering another world: they will let you live a unique culinary experience, sharing their deep knowledge and passion for ancient Tuscan traditions, recipes, legends and curiosities. Afternoon: time for relaxation at the agriturismo and dinner at home with a polenta party.

Day 4: Discover San Gimignano + Vernaccia di San Gimignano + Silversmith Workshop

We will begin our day visiting a boutique wine producer of organic Vernaccia di San Gimignano (the most famous Tuscan white wine with DOCG certification). Here, we will enjoy a guided tour of the farm and homemade light lunch in a characteristic Tuscan peasant museum of art and traditions. On our way to the winery, we will briefly stop for a morning walk and a coffee in the lovely village of San Donato in Poggio, a hidden gem of incredible beauty. After lunch, you will enjoy a relaxing walk in the medieval village of San Gimignano which is famous for its multiple medieval towers. After we arrive, you can drift off with plenty of free time to enjoy the traditional shops and taste the “best ice-cream in the world”. We will also visit an interesting silver workshop there, where Matteo, a young and talented silversmith, will show us how he can transform shapeless silver in marvelous objects. Evening: time for relaxation and dinner at home.

Day 5: Wood-turning workshop + Chianti Classico Winery + Hike in the vineyards with sunset aperitivo

Our day will begin with a visit to a fascinating wood-turning workshop. Here, you will meet a ‘modern day Geppetto’ named Giorgio, a local artisan who set up a beautiful shop in the Chianti to custom make his unique creations using local olive wood as his medium. Bowls, boards, small objects and everything and anything that Giorgio can imagine will be brought to life through his skillful demonstration. He will show us his mastery of various machines and materials as he dreams up and brings to life his creations. Afterwards, we will amble onto one of the most historic wineries in the Chianti Classico area. A private tour of this stunning estate and wine tasting will be followed by a delightful and delicious lunch on the property. Early afternoon: time for relaxation at home, enjoy the “Dolce Vita” lifestyle. From the late afternoon, we will experience a gentle, playful and picturesque hike amongst the vineyards and olive groves with our guides Beppe and Roberto. On the way, we will enjoy refreshing a sunset “aperitivo” picnic in the vineyard, enjoying local “panini” and snacks in the fields as we toast the beautiful vista with a good glass of wine. During this small hike, we will able to discover our Tuscan land from another perspective, slowing down and learning interesting stories along the way.

Day 6: Visit to an Artisanal Pasta Producer + Discover Florence “off the beaten path”

Our day will begin with a visit to an artisanal pasta producer near Florence, discovering all the secrets about this cornerstone of Italian cuisine. In the workshop we will learn why this pasta is so different from the industrial produced conterpart. A delightful light lunch based on artisanal pasta will follow. Early afternoon: we will discover the San Frediano district, considered the most authentic part of Florence, where you still can breathe the local life of Florentine people. Here, we will enjoy a relaxing walk to discover the beautiful streets, botteghe, cafés and “piazze”, arriving until the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. Evening: time for relaxation at home, dinner at home.

Day 7: Truffle Experience + Florentine Steak night

Our last journey will begin with a unique truffle hunting in the forest with trained dogs and with an experienced local truffle hunter, who will tell you interesting legends and curiosities about this precious gift of the nature. The experience will start in the fields and will end up in their kitchen, understanding all the secrets and best culinary recipes with fresh white truffles, from antipasto to dolce. At the end of the truffle experience, you will even receive a certificate as real “Truffle Ambassador”. Afternoon: time for relaxation at home with free time to enjoy the peaceful and charming beauty of the surrounding landscape. We will have our last celebratory culinary feast with strictly Tuscan dinner experience, trying the real and famous Florentine Steak, a must-try of the Tuscan cuisine and lots of other Tuscan specialties.

Day 8: Transport to the Airport

For those continuing their Italian adventure we offer full travel planning assistance, inclusive in the tour price.