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Absolute Tuscany

4 Nights Florence, 2 Night Montepulciano

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Explore the city of Florence where you will learn about the rich legacy of the Medici family, who left the city a wealth of cultural and artistic treasures. You will visit famous spots such a Piazza dellaSignoria, the Cathedral with Giotto’s bell tower and the Baptistry before crossing the Ponte Vecchiobridge and entering the Oltramo neighborhood, known for its artisanal workshops and quaint atmosphere. During the tour, you will also visit the Accademia Gallery, home to one of the most exquisite art collection in town, which includes Michelangelo’s giant statue of David, a symbol of Florence and one of the greatest works of art of all time. Next, reach San Gimignano, the stunning medieval town with an impressive skyline crowned by 14 towers that have survived through the centuries, earning it the nickname “Medieval Manhattan”. You will embark on a scenic drive through the heart of Tuscany. Stops include Montalcino, a walled medieval town famous for the production of the renowned Brunello wine, Montepulciano, the Renaissance jewel home to one of Italy’s most ancient wines, the Vino Nobile, and finally to the lovely town of Pienza. 

 

Itinerary

Absolute Tuscany starts in Florence on select Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • DAY 1

    FLORENCE

    Arrival in Florence. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Florence.
  • DAY 2

    FLORENCE

    Join an expert local guide for a fun, information walk through the city’s past and learn about the rich legacy of the Medici family, who left the city a wealth of cultural and artistic treasures. You will visit famous spots such a Piazza dellaSignoria, the Cathedral with Giotto’s bell tower and the Baptistry before crossing the Ponte Vecchiobridge and entering the Oltramo neighborhood, known for its artisanal workshops and quaint atmosphere. During the tour, you will also visit the Accademia Gallery, home to one of the most exquisite art collection in town, which includes Michelangelo’s giant statue of David, a symbol of Florence and one of the greatest works of art of all time.
    Breakfast included
  • DAY 3

    FLORENCE / TUSCANY

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station for a high-speed train ride to Florence. After you check in to your hotel, enjoy a drive to Siena, the first stop on your tour. Enjoy a guided tour of its UNESCO-listed historic center. Next, reach San Gimignano, the stunning medieval town with an impressive skyline crowned by 14 towers that have survived through the centuries, earning it the nickname “Medieval Manhattan”. Have some time to explore its cobble stoned streets before proceeding to the hills of Chianti to admire the beautiful colors of Tuscany at sunset. Dinner will take place at a charming wine estate, where you’ll visit the cellars and dine on traditional Tuscan dishes paired with fine wines.
    Breakfast and Dinner included
  • DAY 4

    FLORENCE

    Today, learn about the art of Tuscan cooking. Meet a local chef who will guide you in this experience and head to the city’s lively central food market, where you will pick the ingredients to prepare your meal. Armed with bags of fresh produce, take a quick stroll to the kitchen in the heart of Florence and sample some local delicacies before you start cooking. Next, put your apron on and learn how to cook bruschetta, homemade pasta with a tasty sauce, and a traditional Tuscan dessert under the watchful eye of the chef, who will share stories about Tuscan food and culture along the way. Then, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your culinary efforts accompanied by some great Chianti wine. At the end of the experience, you’ll receive a certificate and a recipe booklet to replicate the dishes at home. Overnight in Florence.
    Breakfast and Lunch included
  • DAY 5

    FLORENCE / MONTEPULCIANO

    Today you will embark on a scenic drive through the heart of Tuscany. Stops include Montalcino, a walled medieval town famous for the production of the renowned Brunello wine, Montepulciano, the Renaissance jewel home to one of Italy’s most ancient wines, the Vino Nobile, and finally to the lovely town of Pienza. Visit a local winery tosample some of the region’s best wines and be treated to a delicious lunch to taste Tuscan specialties. Overnight in Montepulciano.
    Breakfast and Lunch Included
  • DAY 6

    MONTEPULCIANO

    After some active days in Tuscany, your Estate is the perfect spot to relax.You can read your favorite book in the gorgeous garden, walk along the shady roads around your villa, enjoy horse riding or visit the town of Cortona, just 10 minutes away. Opt tojoin a cooking class with the resident chef where you can learn all the secrets of the region’s traditional recipes or choose from some of many activities available. Overnight in Montepulciano.
    Breakfast included
  • DAY 7

    MONTEPULCIANO

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
    Breakfast included

Package Includes

 

  • 4-night hotel accommodation in Florence
  • 2-night hotel accommodation in Montepulciano
  • Half day Small Group walking sightseeing tour of Florence
  • HD Small Group Tour of Siena and San Gimignano with dinner in a winery
  • HD Small Group Florence cooking class with market visit
  • Private driver-guided tour of Val D’Orcia Valley with pick up in Florence and drop off in Montepulciano, including Wine tasting and Lunch     
  • Orientation meeting by a Homeric Representative
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • 24/7 support from a Homeric Representative
  • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program   

 

Dates & Prices

FlorenceExecutive / Cellai
MontepulcianoVilla Cicolina / Villa Nottola
Mar 15 - 29, 2023$2,005
Apr 3 - 26, 2023$2,215
May 1 - 29, 2023$2,215
Jun 2 - 30, 2023$2,445
Jul 3 - 31, 2023$2,215
Aug 1 - 30, 2023$2,025
Sep 1 - 29, 2023$2,235
Oct 2 - 28, 2023$2,235
FlorenceExecutive / Cellai
MontepulcianoVilla Cicolina / Villa Nottola
Mar 15 - 29. 2023$3,718
Apr 3 - 26, 2023$3,928
May 1 - 29, 2023$3,717
Jun 2 - 30, 2023$4,386
Jul 3 - 31, 2023$3,928
Aug 1 - 30, 2023$3,966
Sep 1 - 29, 2023$3,964
Oct 2 - 28, 2023$3,964

HOTELS

Florence

Executive Hotel★ ★ ★ ★
The Executive Hotel in Florence is a luxury 4 star hotel in the historical centre of Florence, just 300 m from Florence's Opera House, Teatro Comunale Florence. Both Santa Maria Novella Railway Station and Ponte Vecchio are 10 minutes' walk away, The Hotel enjoys a superb location next to the River Arno. The building was originally constructed in the 18th century by the architect Poggi. The edifice which holds the hotel is made up of two buildings from different periods in the XIX century. The neoclassical loggia was once the Terrazzino Reale sul Prato; a royal stand made of wood assembled for the grand duke of Lorena. Buffet Breakfast is Included. All rooms have private air-conditioning, mini-bar, electronic safety box, hairdryer, Digital TV. Some of the rooms have a private terrace. Bar Lounge and Room Service are available.
  • Hotel Address:Via Curtatone, 5 Florence 50123 Italyl
    Phone:+39 055 217451, Fax:+39 055 268346,

Florence, Italy

Cellai Hotel★ ★ ★ ★
A 6-minute walk from Galleria dell'Accademia, this elegant hotel in a classic stone building is 11 minutes' walk from Florence Cathedral and 17 minutes' walk from Ponte Vecchio bridge. Featuring Wi-Fi, the warm, individually designed rooms with vintage Florentine decor offer flat-screen TVs, minifridges and desks. Some have canopy beds, sofabeds, and/or tea and coffeemakers. A breakfast buffet is served in a relaxed dining room or in-room. There's also a lounge with a wood-beamed ceiling.
  • Hotel Address:Via Ventisette Aprile, 52/R, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
    Phone:+39 055 4892091,

Montepulciano

Villa Cicolina★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This refined inn, in a 16th-century country home, is 2.4 km from Montepulciano and 3.7 km from the Renaissance church of San Biagio. The elegant, antique-rich rooms feature flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi, plus minibars. Room service is available. Suites add living rooms, with some offering balconies, private gardens or fireplaces. There’s also a 2-bedroom cottage with a garden. The inn provides breakfast and features an elevated Tuscan restaurant and a medieval wine cellar, along with cooking classes and wine tastings. There’s also a seasonal infinity pool and hot tub set amid gardens with sweeping countryside views.
  • Hotel Address:Via Provinciale, 11, 53045 Montepulciano SI, Italy
    Phone:+39 0578 758620,

Montepulciano

Villa Nottola★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Villa Nottola offers a community pool, an outdoor pool area and a bar as well as bicycle for rent. Live performances, a sun deck and a business centre are available on-site, where a seasonal outdoor swimming pool can also be enjoyed. The venue is located within 5 km of the city centre. This villa with elegant rooms offers cable channels, TV and iron/ironing board. The rooms have tile flooring and a private bathroom with toiletries, a dryer and towels. Guests can also make use of a bidet and a shower in the bathrooms. This farm stay includes coffee & tea making machines and an electric kettle for self-catering. The nearest Sant'Egidio airport is 75 km from the accommodation. This property features a terrace with a swimming pool. There is a selection of comforts such as a special menu, board games and children's menu for children.
  • Hotel Address: Villa Nottola - Loc. Bivio di Nottola, 9A 53049, Montepulciano
    Phone: +39 0578 708549,

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