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Tuscany: Go as YOU please – May 22 – 28 2023

Ready to travel through quaint towns, sip and savour the best of Italy and go as you please.  If you have been dreaming about a trip to Tuscany, but don’t consider yourself a “Guided Tour” person, this is the trip for you.   Six nights in a quaint Agriturismo Villa,  private group transfers, all breakfasts and 4 course dinners and lots of optional tours allow you to choose your own adventure without the stress of driving, daily packing or navigating Italy.

 

 

Experience this breathtaking region with our small-group custom trip, 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, and explore the nearby villages and local wineries. Travel with Niche Travel Group host Bethany Dickey and find out what makes this region one of the ‘must-do’s’ of Italy.

 

Tour begins in Rome at Termini train 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

6  days of private group transfers to the towns in the Val D’Orcia Valley,  Siena and Southern 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.

Double rates is $1695

Solo rate is $2195

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

Final Balance due 90 days before travel

Maximum Group size is 22 Guests

Additional Expenses
• Optional Excursions
• Travel Insurance
• International flight
• Suggested Gratuities of $100 CAD per person

Tuscany – Go as YOU please

 May 22 – 28 2023

Itinerary

May 22 : 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 for the next 6 nights.  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

 

May 23: Day 2 The Val D’Orcia Region 

Breakfast with homemade organic products starts at 8:30 AM

10:00 – 5:00 : Private return transfers to Pienza and Montalcino

Depart the Villa at 10:00am for a lovely day of touring  the The Val d’Orcia region.   This region of Tuscany extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata and 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, stroll the beautiful shops or find a terrace and sip some Brunello wine while overlooking the valley.

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

Four course dinner with local homemade products at 8 PM

 

May 24 : Day 03 Cortona and Castiglione Del Lago

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

10:00 – 5:00 : Private return transfer to Cortona and Castiglione Del LagoCortona, Tuscany, Italy - See the highlights of hilltop town ...

Cortona is a small charming town, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times  The city is small but offers many interesting places to visit, among these the Diocesan Museum and the MAEC (The Etruscan Academy Museum of the City of Cortona), where it is possible to see many artifacts found in the Eruscan archeological sites in the area.

Various small shops on the main streets of Cortona offer local handmade items and gastronomical products. Great red wines are made in the area  and all of the wine bars offer a wide selection.
There are many restaurants in the city, most offering traditional local and Tuscan cuisine

Castiglione Del Lago  

Castiglione del Lago is an incomparably delightful village located on a chalky promontory overlooking Lake Trasimeno with all the impressiveness of its castle, Rocca del Leone.

Provided with well-equipped beaches and very good restaurants you can also find there an extremely efficient ferries service to the isles, a sailing club working all over the year, and a nice cycle track.

 

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

Four course dinner with homemade organic products at 8 PM

 

May 25 : Day 4 : Siena

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

10:00 – 5:00 : Private return transfer to Siena

ITALY, SIENA, HISTORIC CITY CENTER CATHEDRAL

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. Bethany will tell you 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 edit your photos or catch a nap on the way home.

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

Four course dinner with homemade organic products at 8 PM

 

May 26 Day 5 : Montepulciano and Chianchino

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

10:00 – 5:00 : Private return transfer to Montepulciano

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.   Spend the day at your leisure trying out various Gelato or shopping at the fabulous shoe stores in town.  Don’t miss the optional tour of the famous Cantina De Ricci winery,  Here, you 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 to the Agritourismo by private transfer at 3pm and head into our charming town –Chianciano Terme.

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Dinner with homemade organic products at 8:00pm

 

 

 

May 27 –  Day 6 – Orvieto

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

10:00 – 5:00 : Private return transfer to Orvieto

Visit the ancient beautiful hill town of Orvieto this afternoon.   Orvieto is one of the most striking, memorable, and enjoyable hill towns in central Italy.   This delightful little town is perfectly preserved, and virtually traffic-free.   The colorful cathedral is a great visit after a relaxing lunch with some of Italy’s best wine.

Go as you please and tour it’s stunning Gothic cathedral, experience the famous Well of St Patrick and the amazing underground cave system that lies beneath the city.

Dinner with homemade organic products at 8:00pm

 

May 28: Day 7 – Return to Rome or venture onward to Florence, Venice or the Amalfi Coast.

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

Say goodbye to our hosts and depart at 10:00 am by private transfer to train station Chiusi – Chianciano Terme. Train are available to Rome, Florence, Venice or your next Italian adventure.

 

This tour will be hosted by the Niche Travel Group’s Europe and Adventure Specialist Bethany Dickey.

Bethany has travelled to 60 countries to date, but Italy holds a special place in her heart.

To book please contact Bethany at (902) 293-7229 or bethany@nichetravelgroup.ca or your existing Niche Travel Group agent.

Tour dates : May 22 – 28 2023

 

Just a taste of the many Optional Excursions : 

$ – Wine, Olive Oil and Pecorino cheese tasting at Bradi Tuscani in the picturesque village of Chianciano

$ – 1 full day in Montepulciano with private transfer

$ – Winery visit and  tastings

$ – Olive Oil instruction and tasting

$ –  Cooking Class

$ – Visit to the famous Thermal Spa in Chianciano

$ – Recommended insider visits to local hidden gems in small-town rural Tuscany

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