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Taste of Tuscany with Yoga ~

Live like a local in Tuscany and start the day with optional Yoga classes – the picture above was taken at the Villa !

Experience this breathtaking region with our small-group custom trip, a Taste of Tuscany and enjoy Italy without the crowds.  This incredible tour is priced at $1695 per person based on double occupancy.  Unpack for 6 nights in a beautiful Agriturismo villa, tucked in a quaint village in the Tuscan countryside. Enjoy home-made organic food, optional Yoga classes and explore the nearby villages and local wineries. Travel with Niche Travel Group host Monique and Yoga instructor Sheila Lane to and discover what makes this region one of the ‘must-do’s’ of Italy.

 

This tour will be hosted by the Niche Travel Group Northern Europe Specialist Monique Van der Linden and local Yoga instructor Sheila Lane.

To book please contact Monique at 902 499 4298 or monique@nichetravelgroup.ca or your existing Niche Travel Group agent.

Tour dates : June 08 – 14 2020

Tour begins in Rome in Termini station -Ends in Chianciano Terme, Tuscany

Tour Includes: Lovely 3.5 star villa accommodation in southern Tuscany

First Class train ticket to Tuscany and private transfer to the Villa

6 full breakfasts with organic local choices

6 gourmet 4-course organic local dinners

2 days of guided travel through Tuscany’s stunning Val D’Orcia Valley and incredible city of Siena

Wine, olive oil and Pecorino cheese tasting at Bradi Tuscani in the picturesque village

1 full day in Montepulciano with private transfer

2 winery visits and wine tastings

Olive Oil instruction and Cooking Class

Visit to the famous Thermal Spa in Chianciano

Insider visits to local hidden gems in small-town rural Tuscany

Private transfer to train station Chiusi-Chianciano Terme at the end of tour. You can then return to Rome or venture on to Florence/Venice/Milan or the Amalfi Coast with our assistance and advice.

Non-Refundable Deposit of $500 per person required to confirm space

Final Balance due 90 days before travel

Meet Sheila Lane – Our Co-Host and Yoga Instructor.

Maximum Group size is 16 Guests

Taste of Tuscany with optional Yoga instruction

 June 08-14 2020

Itinerary

June 08 : Day 1 Depart for Tuscany

Board your afternoon train at Rome’s Termini station and relax in the first class car. The train will arrive in Chiusi-Chianciano Terme station in about 90 minutes where a private shuttle will whisk you to our home Agriturismo La Pietriccia. Meet the owner, Stefano, whose family has owned this land for decades, and enjoy a Welcome Drink on the panoramic terrace while he tells us about his organic farm and the slow-food movement.

Four course dinner with homemade organic products at 8PM

June 09: Day 2 Val D’Orcia

Start your day with an optional morning Yoga Class at 7:30am

Breakfast with homemade organic products starts at 8:30 AM

Depart the Villa at 10:00am for a lovely day of private touring with our local Italian guide.

The Val d’Orcia, or Valdorcia, is a region of Tuscany which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. In 2004 the entire valley was included on the list of UNESCO’s World Cultural Landscapes.

First, we visit Pienza, 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. Snap a cute photo on the ‘love’ and ‘kissing’ lanes for a great momento.

Next we will head to Montalcino, a hill town and commune famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine. The town is located a short drive to the West of Pienza. Enjoy a leisurely lunch ($$), then gather to hear the history of this town with our guide. Afterwards, stroll the beautiful shops or find a terrace and sip some Brunello wine while overlooking the valley.

Finally, return to Chianciano Terme and visit a small local winery for a delicious wine tasting and tour.

Four course dinner with local homemade products at 8 PM

June 10 : Day 03 Local Living

Start your day with an optional morning Yoga Class at 7:30am

Breakfast with homemade organic product 8:30am- 9:30am

10 am – Optional 90 minute walk around Stefano’s fruit farm, and visit to an organic pig farm to meet the “cinta senese”.

12:00 – We will head into our charming town –Chianciano Terme, for a wine, olive oil and pecorino cheese tasting at the local Bradi Tuscani. The short walk up the steep hill is well worth it.

This afternoon, spend some time wandering the town. You may wish to visit the Etruscan museum, stroll the streets of the old town while enjoying a Gelatto or visit the tiny shops while taking in the beautiful views.

Take a dip in the villa’s pool and enjoy your local wine on the terrace before dinner.

Optional afternoon train trip to Orvieto- $$

Visit the ancient beautiful hill town of Orvieto this afternoon.   Visit it’s stunning Gothic cathedral, visit the famous Well of St Patrick, or tour the amazing underground cave system that lies beneath the city.

** estimated price for return transfer and train $75 CAD pp **

Four course dinner with homemade organic products at 8 PM

June 11 : Day 4 Siena

Breakfast with homemade organic product 8:30am- 9:30am

Private Tour of Siena with our local guide 9:30am -5:00pm

The historic centre of Siena has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. It is one of the nation’s most visited tourist attractions. 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.

The Stunning Cathedral of Siena is not to be missed – with art by Donatello, Bernini, Michelangelo, and Pisano (to name just a few!) It will take your breath away, inside and out.

There will be plenty of free time for strolling through the winding streets, a leisurely lunch, shopping and gelato in the Piazza del Campo. Siena is about a 75 minute drive, great time to write some post cards, and catch a nap on the way home.

Four course dinner with homemade organic products at 8 PM

June 12: Day 5 Spa and Cooking Class

Breakfast with homemade organic product 8:30am- 9:30am

Join our owner and host Stefano for a late morning cooking class with local organic produce.

Relax this afterno0n in the outdoor Thermal Spa famous since Roman times for its geothermal therapeutic waters.

Optional late afternoon Yoga Class at 4 PM

Dinner with homemade organic products at 8 PM

June 13: Day 6 Montepulciano

Start your day with an optional morning Yoga Class at 7:30am

Breakfast with homemade organic product 8:30am- 9:30am

10:00am – 5:00pm : Private transfer to Montepulciano – It is a quick 20 minute drive away. This medieval and Renaissance hill town is a gem. Wander through the winding, narrow streets on your own or hop on the mini-trolley for a ride and tour. Meet at 1pm at the famous Consorzio di Vino Nobile di Montepulciano for a wine pairing and lunch.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure trying out various Gelatto or shopping at the fabulous shoe stores in town. Meet at the famous Cantina De Ricci winery at 3:30 PM. Here, we will descend into the stone cavern where they have been making vino nobile for over 800 years. The vaulted-stone ceilings with the large stacked wood barrels and dim lights create a cathedral of wine! Enjoy a brief tour of the cave and hear about what makes the wine so special, then sit and enjoy a tasting if you feel so inclined

Return 5 pm to the Agritourismo by private transfer

Dinner with homemade organic products at 8:00pm

June 14: Day 7 –

Start your day with an optional morning Yoga Class at 7:30am

Breakfast with homemade organic product 8:30am- 9:30am

Say goodbye to our hosts, and the beautiful villa, depart at 10:00 am by private transfer to train station Chiusi – Chianciano Terme. Trains to Rome or Florence or your next Italian adventure at 11 AM.

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