Now open: 2019 Small Group “Taste of Tuscany” for $1695!

 

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Home for the week:    Agriturismo La Pietriccia: picture left taken from the Villa looking at the town of Chianciano Terme.

Taste of Tuscany with the Niche Travel Group 

Experience Italy without the crowds and live like a local on this 6-night adventure.

The incredible price of $1695 all taxes per person is available on three different dates in 2019

May 13 -19 :

June 03 – 09: Ladies Only Tour

Sept 30 – Oct 06

Ask Sarah Hill for more details and all about her May 2018 trip – sarah@nichetravelgroup.ca or 902 410 0305

  • Tour Includes:
  • Lovely 3.5 Star accommodations in a picturesque small town in southern Tuscany
  • 6 full breakfasts
  • 6 gourmet 4-course dinners
  • 2 days of guided travel through Tuscany’s Val D’Orcia Valley and Siena
  • 1 full day in Montepulciano
  • 2 winery visits
  • Olive Oil instruction and insider visits to local hidden gems in small-town rural Tuscany

Maximum 16 guests

Have a peek at the 2017 Group with Faith Sproule as the escort!

Day one:  

Meet at Roma Termani Station for 3:00pm train

Arrive in train station Chiusi-Chianciano Terme at 4:30 pm

From train station to Agriturismo with private bus

Welcome drink in a panoramic terrace, and introducing some information  about the organic farm and slow-food movement.

Dinner with homemade organic products 8:00 pm

 Day Two:  

 Breakfast with homemade organic products 8:30 am

10:00 am:  90 mins optional walk in Stefano’s organic farm and olive orchard.  Walk the local hills and visit a pig farm to  see the historic “cinta senese”.

12:00 pm:  Visit the historic center of the village of Chianciano Terme ( 10-15 minutes/ 700-800m walk)  for a wine, olive oil and Pecorino cheese tasting with the owners of  Bradi Tuscani.

Relax by the pool for the late afternoon with a great bottle of wine that you purchased in the village or take a visit to the historic Thermal baths, which has made this town famous for hundreds of years.

Four-course dinner with homemade organic products 8:00 pm

 Day Three:  

Breakfast with homemade organic products, from 8:00 am

Private Tour through the Val D’Orcia 

The Val d’Orcia, or Valdorcia, is a region of Tuscany, central Italy, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata

In 1996, UNESCO declared the town a World Heritage Site, and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d’Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO’s World Cultural Landscapes.

Pienza  – A town and commune in the province of Sienna, in the Val D’ Orcia in Tuscany  is known as the “touchstone of Renaissance urbanism” It is a picturesque 35 minute drive to this quaint village. Make sure to sample the well-known pecorino cheese for which the village is famous

Montalcino – Eat lunch in Montalcino and visit the town for 2.5 to 3 hours.  Montalcino is a hill town and comune in Tuscany, Italy. It is famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine. The town is located to the west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d’Orcia. Stroll the beautiful shops or enjoy a delicious lunch with the amazing views over the valley.

Wine Tasting – Wine tasting -Return to Chianciano Terme and visit a small local winery for a delicious tasting and tour.

4-course dinner with homemade organic products 8:00 pm

Day Four:  Free day May 24

 Enjoy the pool, hike up to Chianciano Terme to visit the Etruscan museum or wander into the new town of Chianciano and visit the Thermal Spas that made this town famous.

Optional Tour $$  – Civita di Bagnoregio and Orvieto  

Visit the ancient Etruscan city of Civita di Bagnoregio, now knows as the ‘dead-city’.  Climb the pedestrian walk-way up to this amazing city on a cliff. Stroll the lanes, enter the old Etruscan cave and marvel at the views all around you. Civita is an hour drive from our Villa, and there is a steep and steady climb to reach the city, but well worth it!

Afterwards, we will take a 30 minute drive to the beautiful hill town of Orvieto where you can enjoy a lovely lunch, visit its stunning gothic cathedral, visit the famous Well of St Patrick, or tour the amazing underground cave system that lies beneath the city.

 Day Five:  Montepulciano 

 Breakfast with homemade organic products 8:30am

11:00am – 5:00pm : Private minibus or taxi to  Montepulciano –  It is a quick 20 minute drive away. (Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and commune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany.)

Wander through the town on your own, have a fabulous lunch and meet at the famous Cantina De Ricci winery at 3:00 pm for a tour and tasting.

Cantina De Ricci

http://www.cantinadericci.it/

Rick Steves video about Canina De Ricci

http://www.cantinadericci.it/voto-e-video/

Return 5 pm to the Agritourismo by Private minibus or taxi.

Dinner with homemade organic products 8:00pm

 Day Six:  

Breakfast with homemade organic products from 8:00 am

Private tour:  Siena 

10:00am -5:00pm

The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site.[2] It is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions, with over 163,000 international arrivals in 2008.[3] Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.  Our guide will explain all about the 17 contrades of the city and how they have shaped its unique culture for hundreds of years.

There will be plenty of free time for strolling through the winding streets, a leisurely lunch, visiting Piazza del Campo, and the amazing Cathedral with art by Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo (to name just a few!). Siena is about a 75 minute drive, great time to write some post cards, and catch a nap on the way home.

When you return, 7:00 pm Stefano will do talk and olive oil tasting

Dinner with homemade organic products 8:00pm

Day Seven:  

Breakfast with homemade organic products 8:30am

Depart from the Agriturismo at 10:00 am by private transfer to train station  Chiusi – Chianciano Terme.

Trains to Rome or Florence at 11:00am

The 2018 tour was hosted by Sarah Hill and she will give you all of the options and insider tips.