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Featured Hotels in Your 8-Day Tuscan Elegance: An Immersive Journey

We understand that a memorable vacation is made up of many components, and perhaps one of the most crucial is the comfort and ambiance of your accommodations. We’ve taken great care to handpick hotels that complement the essence of your trip, offering the comfort and luxury you deserve. All our accommodations are fully inspected and come with private baths and daily breakfast, assuring you of quality and peace of mind.

Florence:

– Hotel Executive or Similar: Located in the heart of the city, this elegant hotel blends modern convenience with historical charm. You’ll be minutes away from Florence’s iconic landmarks, providing you an excellent base for your explorations. 

Montepulciano:

Dimora dell’Erbe, Villa Cicolina or Similar: Experience authentic Tuscan hospitality in these exquisite properties. Each offering its unique blend of rustic elegance and modern comforts, they are sanctuaries where you can unwind after a day of sightseeing and savoring local flavors.

Choosing the right accommodation can elevate an already incredible journey into the experience of a lifetime. These hotels serve as more than just a place to rest your head; they become an integral part of your Tuscan story.

For more details, or to explore additional options, we invite you to read our FAQ page or reach out to us directly at info@italy4real.com.

Welcome to Florence

Day 1: Arrival in Florence - The Gateway to Your Tuscan Adventure

Welcome to Italy!

Today marks the beginning of your Tuscan journey. Upon landing, you have a variety of options for reaching your accommodation in Florence.

Transfer Options:

While an arrival airport transfer is not included in your package, we offer an optional private airport transfer service complete with a car and driver for a seamless experience. Should you prefer to make your own way, Florence is well-connected with public transport options like trains, or you could opt for a taxi ride to your hotel.

Accommodation:

Rest assured, your lodging has been fully inspected to meet our high-quality standards and comes equipped with a private bathroom and daily breakfast, setting the stage for a comfortable and delightful stay.

Overnight in the heart of Florence, as you prepare to delve deep into the art, culture, and beauty that this iconic Tuscan city and its surroundings have to offer.

 

Day 2: Florence and the David - A Symphony of Art, History, and Culture

Morning: Unveiling the Secrets of Florence with an Expert Guide

Embark on an enriching walking tour through Florence’s cobblestone pathways led by a local expert guide. Immerse yourself in the intriguing history of the Medici family—a name synonymous with wealth, power, and an unparalleled passion for the arts. Their legacy has bequeathed Florence with a cornucopia of artistic and cultural landmarks that stand as testaments to their influence.

Cultural Highlights:

Your journey begins in the Piazza della Signoria, a historic square bustling with life and grand statues. The tour continues towards the iconic Cathedral, highlighted by Giotto’s majestic bell tower, and the Baptistery, adorned with Lorenzo Ghiberti’s opulent gold-paneled doors. Revel in the splendor of Orsanmichele, a church bursting with masterpieces, before making your way to the fabled Ponte Vecchio bridge.

Afternoon: Oltrarno Neighborhood and Accademia Gallery

Cross the Arno River into the Oltrarno area, a charming district replete with artisanal workshops and a bohemian vibe. This is the perfect locale for enjoying an authentic Italian gelato while soaking in the city’s unique atmosphere.

Your day reaches its pinnacle with a visit to the Accademia Gallery. Home to a stunning array of art, the gallery’s pièce de résistance is none other than Michelangelo’s David. Standing as a symbol of Florence and a high watermark of Renaissance art, the statue evokes awe and admiration. The Accademia also houses other significant works by Florentine masters like Giotto and Botticelli, along with a fascinating collection of antique plaster casts and musical instruments.

Evening: Overnight in Florence

Retire to your fully inspected accommodation, complete with a private bath and a sumptuous daily breakfast, as you contemplate the beauty and history you’ve experienced, eagerly anticipating what the next day has in store.

Overnight in Florence, enveloped in the artistic and historical aura of this extraordinary city.

art in Florence

Day 3: Florence Free Day - A Canvas for Your Own Discovery

Morning to Evening: Your Day, Your Way

Today, you are at liberty to explore Florence as you wish. Unfurl the canvas of your imagination and paint your own adventures across this Renaissance masterpiece of a city. 

Complimentary City Guide:

To enhance your free day, all of our tours come complete with complimentary city guides filled with ideas for leisure activities, sights to see, and places to dine. 

Ideas for a Perfect Free Day in Florence:

  1. Visit the Boboli Gardens: These historic gardens are an open-air museum filled with sculptures, fountains, and beautifully landscaped areas. Perfect for a leisurely stroll or an afternoon picnic.
  2. Explore the Uffizi Gallery: If you’re still hungry for art, the Uffizi Gallery offers one of the world’s most important collections of Renaissance art, featuring works by masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Raphael.
  3. Discover the San Lorenzo Market: This bustling market is the perfect spot to indulge in authentic Italian cuisine. From freshly baked focaccia to artisanal cheeses, your taste buds will be in heaven.
  4. Take a Cooking Class: Immerse yourself in the flavors of Italy by taking a traditional Tuscan cooking class. Learn to make pasta from scratch or how to pair local wines with regional dishes.
  5. Climb the Campanile: For those seeking a panoramic view of the city, climbing Giotto’s Campanile offers a spectacular vista of Florence, best experienced at sunset.
  6. Stroll Along the Arno River: Enjoy a relaxing walk along the riverbanks of the Arno. Cafés and gelato shops line the way, offering plenty of opportunities to sit, relax, and watch the world go by.
  7. Shop for Souvenirs: From high-end boutiques to charming local shops, Florence offers something for every shopper. Don’t forget to check out the artisan workshops in the Oltrarno area for unique, handcrafted goods.

Evening: Overnight in Florence

As the day comes to an end, retreat to your well-appointed and fully inspected accommodations, complete with a private bath and daily breakfast. Your free day in Florence promises to leave you with a palette of memories, each uniquely your own.

Overnight in Florence, where the beauty of la dolce vita is yours to savor.

Montepulciano church

Day 4: Florence to Montepulciano - Enchanting En Route Stop in Siena

Morning: Departure from Florence

Begin your day with a seamless transfer as your private driver meets you at your accommodation. Today, we chart a course to the wine-rich town of Montepulciano, but not before an enchanting stopover in the historical city of Siena.

Midday: Independent Exploration of Siena

Upon arrival in Siena, you’ll have the freedom to explore this remarkable city at your own pace. Your first stop is likely to be the iconic Piazza del Campo, a shell-shaped square that serves as the beating heart of the city. Here, the Town Hall and the towering Torre del Mangia stand as sentinels, overseeing centuries of history and tradition.

Siena’s Cultural Milestones:

Stroll through the maze of medieval streets and come face-to-face with a series of awe-inspiring landmarks. Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with its intricate facades and ornate interiors. Don’t miss the Baptistery and the Santa Maria della Scala, one of Europe’s oldest hospitals now serving as a complex of museums and chapels.

Uncover the Spirit of the Contrade:

Siena is famous for its ‘contrade,’ or neighborhoods, each with its own unique history and identity. These are the factions that compete in the renowned Palio horse race. Feel the local pride as you wander through these distinct areas, each marked by its own emblem and colors.

Afternoon: Arrival in Montepulciano

After soaking in the timeless atmosphere of Siena, continue your journey to Montepulciano, a town celebrated for its fine wines and Renaissance architecture. 

Evening: Overnight in Montepulciano

Upon arrival, you’ll check into your fully inspected accommodation, complete with a private bathroom and daily breakfast offerings. Rest up and prepare to explore the charming nooks and crannies of Montepulciano in the coming days.

Overnight in Montepulciano, where the allure of ancient vineyards and rolling Tuscan hills awaits.

vista of MONTEPULCIANO

Day 5: The Elixir of Montepulciano - A Vino Nobile Experience

Morning: Departure to Wine Country

Your day commences with a scenic drive through the idyllic Tuscan landscape, en route to a sensory adventure unlike any other. Your destination? Two distinguished wineries renowned for producing the legendary Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

The Essence of Vino Nobile: A Guided Exploration

Meet the vintners who are the heart and soul of these wineries. Listen as they weave fascinating narratives about their journey in winemaking, detailing the meticulous methods and philosophical undertones that breathe life into every bottle. 

Vineyards and Varieties:

Wander amidst the lush rows of the Prugnolo Gentile grape, the star ingredient in Vino Nobile. This varietal is a close relative of the Sangiovese grape and is crucial to the wine’s unique flavor profile. 

Tasting the Tuscan Terroir:

Your guided tour culminates in an exclusive tasting session. Savor the robust flavors of the Vino Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, a wine that perfectly captures the essence of the region. Elevate the experience with the prestigious Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, a wine that stands as a testament to the skill and passion poured into its creation.

Evening: Overnight in Montepulciano

Retire to your fully inspected accommodation, where modern comforts meet traditional Tuscan charm. With a private bath and a delightful daily breakfast, you’ll find everything you need to relax and reflect on the day’s unforgettable experiences.

Overnight in Montepulciano, where the golden hues of the setting sun give way to a canopy of stars, and where the memory of today’s Vino Nobile adventure lingers as pleasantly as the wine’s own lingering finish.

Tuscan Vineyard

Day 6: Pici Pasta Odyssey - A Hands-on Tuscan Culinary Adventure

Morning: A Taste of Authentic Tradition

Today offers a delightful departure from the vineyards and landmarks as you step into a traditional Tuscan kitchen for a culinary journey through time. The stage is set for you to learn the art of crafting pici, the soul-warming, rustic pasta that’s a hallmark of the Siena province.

Master the Craft of “Appiciare”:

Under the attentive guidance of an expert chef, you’ll learn the ancient technique of “appiciare,” the unique hand-rolling and rubbing process that transforms simple dough into delectable strands of pici. Despite its storied history, this recipe remains pleasantly accessible to even the most novice of chefs, providing a welcoming introduction to Italian cooking.

A Taste of Culture:

Your hands-on experience concludes with the moment you’ve been waiting for: a tasting of your freshly made pici. Sample this local treasure and experience the rich flavors that are woven into the cultural fabric of this remarkable region.

Evening: Overnight in Montepulciano

As you retire to your well-appointed and fully inspected accommodation, complete with private bath and daily breakfast, take a moment to relish the accomplishment of the day. You’ve not only tasted the heritage of Tuscany; you’ve actively participated in it, and that is a memory to cherish.

Overnight in Montepulciano, where the gentle hills and ancient vineyards stand as silent witnesses to the ageless traditions that you, too, have now become a part of.

MONTEPULCIANO

Day 7: Montepulciano & Valdorcia - A Day to Roam and Revel

Morning: Your Day, Your Way

Today, the calendar is clear and the choice is yours. With no preset itinerary, you have the freedom to delve into the unexplored corners of Montepulciano and the tranquil Valdorcia region. No need to worry about a car; there are plenty of wonderful experiences that can be had on foot or via short local transportation.

Local Pleasures, No Wheels Required:

  1. Wander Through Montepulciano: Spend your day meandering through the town’s historic streets, stopping to admire landmarks like the Piazza Grande and the San Biagio Church.
  1. Take a Cooking Class: If yesterday’s pici adventure left you hungry for more, why not book another local cooking class? The skills you’ll acquire are a souvenir that will last a lifetime.
  2. Visit Local Artisan Workshops: Montepulciano is known for its exquisite craftsmanship, from leather goods to copper ware. Take the time to visit these shops, perhaps even witnessing artisans at work.
  3. Wine Tasting in Town: While the countryside is known for its vineyards, the town itself is home to historic cantinas where you can sample a wide variety of local wines.
  4. Valdorcia By Bike: Rent a bicycle and cycle through the photogenic landscapes of the Valdorcia region. This is an excellent way to see the countryside and get a bit of exercise.
  5. Attend a Local Concert: Montepulciano is known for its music festivals and regular performances. Check the local listings to see if any concerts align with your free day.
  6. Spa Day: Consider a day of rejuvenation at one of the local thermal spas. Indulge in treatments that make use of the region’s mineral-rich waters.

Evening: Overnight in Montepulciano

After your day of independent adventures, return to your fully inspected accommodation, complete with a private bath and daily breakfast, to relax and rejuvenate for the final leg of your journey.

Overnight in Montepulciano, where the charm of the ancient streets is only rivaled by the allure of the Tuscan night sky, bringing a tranquil close to your free day of exploration.

Leaving Tuscany

Day 8: Farewell to Tuscany - A Bittersweet Departure

Morning: Breakfast and Reflections

Begin your day with one last delicious breakfast, an ideal moment to reminisce about the incredible experiences, flavors, and friendships that have enriched your time in this extraordinary region.

End of Our Services:

After breakfast, it’s time to say arrivederci to Tuscany. As you prepare for your onward journey, please be advised that the departure transfer is not included in the package.

Customized Departure Solutions:

However, should you desire a seamless, worry-free transition, we are pleased to offer private transfer services to any train station or airport. This option can bring an added layer of comfort and convenience to your journey, ensuring that you depart as you arrived—in style and ease. Kindly make this request at the time of your booking.

As you leave, the landscapes, flavors, and memories of Tuscany will go with you, promising a sweet return even as you say goodbye. Until we meet again, safe travels and grazie mille for allowing us to make your Tuscan dreams come true.

Tuscan Streets

Departure Days and Blackout Dates for Your 8-Day Tuscan Elegance: An Immersive Journey

Crafting the perfect Italian sojourn requires thoughtful scheduling, and we strive to offer flexible departure days that can align with your travel aspirations.

Available Departure Days:

Our enchanting 8-Day Tuscan Elegance tour departs every week from March through October on the following days:

  – Monday

  – Tuesday

  – Wednesday

  – Thursday

  – Friday

Blackout Dates:

Please note that there are specific dates on which this tour is not available for booking due to local events or operational constraints:

– March 26, 27, 28, 29

– April 26

We recommend planning your travel itineraries in advance to secure your preferred departure dates, keeping in mind these blackout periods.

Your unforgettable Tuscan journey awaits, designed with a profound understanding of what it takes to create cherished memories. For any further clarifications or to begin the booking process, please read our FAQ page or get in touch with us directly at info@italy4real.com.

We’re thrilled you’ve chosen Italy4Real for your European travel adventure, where we’re dedicated to making your trip not just memorable but also effortless to plan.

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2024 Prices

Double (€)Single (€)Triple (€)
MAR€2696€3991€2621
APR€2707€3521€2631
MAY€2893€3871€2809
JUN€2928€3941€2842
JUL€2707€3521€2631
AUG€2591€3290€2521
SEP€2893€3871€2809
OCT€2761€3605€2682

June Special: Euro 150 off per person!

Overview

Step into the captivating world of Italy, where each moment is a blend of past and present, celebrated through art, architecture, and enduring traditions. Your journey begins in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and a living museum of artistic splendor. Wander its ancient streets as you’re enveloped in the aura of the Medici dynasty and the awe-inspiring beauty of Michelangelo’s David.

Your path leads to Montepulciano, an idyllic town that serves as a tribute to Tuscany’s storied past and celebrated wines. Here, you’ll savor the region’s culinary masterpieces, from the complex flavors of Vino Nobile to the handmade comfort of pici pasta.

Your exploration continues with visits to the historical city of Siena and the tranquil Valdorcia, each contributing their unique fabric to your rich tapestry of experiences. Our carefully crafted 8-day itinerary offers an evocative journey, featuring a parade of Tuscany’s enchanting landscapes and quaint towns, that will leave you with cherished memories to last a lifetime.

For those who wish to savor the Italian experience even longer, days can be added before or after this tour to extend your vacation. Whether you desire more time in Tuscany or wish to explore other regions, the possibilities for enriching your Italian sojourn are endless. Allow the enduring charm of Tuscany to unfold before your eyes in a series of unforgettable moments.

Visit the Italian tourism official site for more information about Italy. Likewise, don’t forget to pick up travel insurance information before choosing your policy.

What's Included

Included

What’s Included in Your 8-Day Tuscan Elegance: An Immersive Journey

Complete Local Support:

Throughout your trip, you’ll have full support for any needs or queries via phone, messenger, or WhatsApp from our dedicated local Italy office. We’re just a call or message away to ensure your experience is as smooth as possible.

Accommodations:

3 nights in Florence: Stay in our fully inspected hotels, all equipped with private baths and the amenities you expect for a comfortable stay.

4 nights in Montepulciano: Unwind in well-appointed accommodations, offering both modern conveniences and classic Tuscan charm.

Meals:

– Daily Breakfast: Start each day with a delectable breakfast, offering a range of options to suit all palates.

Guided Tours and Transfers:

– Small Group Tour – Florence Walks with Accademia: Join an expert guide for an in-depth walking tour of Florence, meeting at a designated point and concluding at the Accademia Gallery. Experience Florence’s rich history, architecture, and art, including the iconic David statue.

– Private Transfer – Florence to Montepulciano: Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer from your Florence accommodation to Montepulciano, with a delightful en-route stop in Siena for independent exploration.

– Small Group Tour – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Wine Tour: Dive into the Tuscan wine culture. This tour includes pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Montepulciano and visits to esteemed Vino Nobile wineries.

– Small Group Tour – Pici and Fresh Pasta Handmade: Engage in a hands-on cooking class focused on crafting traditional Tuscan pasta. This intimate experience includes both pickup and drop-off at your Montepulciano accommodation.

Your 8-day Tuscan journey is designed to encompass a range of enriching experiences, all coordinated with the meticulous attention to detail and high level of service that Italy4Real is known for. For any further questions or to learn about how to book this all-encompassing tour, feel free to read our FAQ page https://italy4real.com/faqs/ or reach out to us at info@italy4real.com.

Not Included

What’s Not Included in Your 8-Day Tuscan Elegance: An Immersive Journey

While our comprehensive package ensures that your Tuscan sojourn is as enchanting as the region itself, there are some aspects not covered. It’s essential to be aware of these exclusions for complete clarity and planning.

Travel Costs:

– Airfare to/from Italy: While airfare is not included, we offer a complimentary airfare research and booking service exclusively for Italy4Real customers to ensure your journey begins seamlessly.

Insurance:

– Travel Insurance: Though not included, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for all of our tours to safeguard against unforeseen circumstances.

Local Fees:

– City Tax: Local city taxes are to be paid directly at your accommodations upon check-in.

Transfers and Transportation:

– Guided Visit Transfers: Unless specifically mentioned, transfers to meet your guide for the guided tours are not included. 

– Return Transfers: Additionally, return transfers to your hotel after guided visits are not part of the package, unless differently specified.

– Departure Transfers: Additionally, departure transfers from your hotel after the tour are not part of the package, unless differently specified.

Your Dream Vacation, Tailored to You

While these elements are not included in the package, our highly experienced team is available to assist in adding these components to your trip for a fully-integrated experience. For all your travel insurance and airfare needs, we offer specialized services exclusively for Italy4Real customers.

Why We Quote Prices in Euros: A Message for Our Esteemed Clients

At Italy4Real, we hold a strong commitment to providing unmatched value along with impeccable service. All our package rates are given in Euros, and here’s the rationale behind it:

Honest and Clear Pricing

When we offer prices in Euros, we ensure a transparent and equitable fee structure for your European travels. Unlike firms that quote in U.S. Dollars, who often incorporate concealed charges to balance fluctuating currency values, we maintain a clean slate with no hidden costs.

Ongoing Currency Rate Surveillance

Our expert Travel Consultants are always monitoring Euro performance against other major currencies. They are prepared to guide you on the best moment to lock in your payment, enhancing your savings and ensuring financial tranquility.

Absolute Transparency

Your billing statement will unequivocally display the prevailing exchange rate, eliminating any ambiguity regarding your final costs. What you see is what you pay; no additional expenses or clandestine fees.

Adaptive Payment Options

The final conversion from the U.S. Dollar to the Euro is fixed only at the moment of your concluding payment. This offers you the chance to capitalize on favorable exchange rates when they arise.

By exclusively quoting in Euros, we pledge unrivaled value with zero concealed costs. Your satisfaction and value are our ultimate priorities, and we thank you for choosing Italy4Real.

Introducing Our Complimentary Currency Converter for Travelers

Embarking on a dream journey often involves juggling different currencies—a task that can sometimes add complexity to an otherwise enchanting experience. To elevate your travel planning to a new level of ease and convenience, Italy4Real is thrilled to present our Complimentary Currency Converter tool.

One-Click Convenience

Say goodbye to mental arithmetic and time-consuming online searches. With just a single click, effortlessly convert foreign currency into U.S. Dollar amounts. Whether you’re fine-tuning your budget, indulging in some overseas shopping, or settling your trip’s financials, our tool sweeps away the burden of manual calculations.

Reliable and Accurate

Consistently updated to offer the most current exchange rates, our currency converter ensures you’re equipped with the most accurate and up-to-date financial data, paving the way for more informed and enjoyable travel.

To utilize this sophisticated tool, please visit our Currency Converter page.

Thank you for entrusting Italy4Real as your guide to uncomplicated, unforgettable European adventures.

Notice to Our Valued Customers: Understanding Our Euro-Based Pricing

We are deeply committed to delivering unparalleled quality and value in all our service offerings. You might notice that all our prices are indicated in Euros—this is entirely by design and for your benefit.

Best Price & Exchange Rate

When we quote prices in Euros, you enjoy the most competitive, transparent pricing available for your European travel. Companies quoting in U.S. Dollars often hide additional costs to safeguard against exchange rate volatility. Italy4Real dispenses with such hidden fees.

Expert Currency Monitoring

Our dedicated Travel Experts monitor Euro exchange rates assiduously. They are geared towards advising you on the most advantageous time to make your final payment, thus optimizing your savings and ensuring peace of mind.

Complete Transparency

Your invoice will conspicuously display the prevailing exchange rate. Rest assured, you will know exactly what you’re paying for—no hidden charges or unexpected fees. 

Flexibility in Payment

The exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and Euro is fixed only upon your final payment, affording you the opportunity to capitalize on favorable rates as they arise.

By electing to quote in Euros, we extend to you the most value for your investment, devoid of any hidden elements. Italy4Real remains your trusted partner in weaving extraordinary European tapestries of experience.

Deciphering Room Codes: Understanding DBL, SGL, and TPL

As you peruse our meticulously curated travel packages, you’ll see references to room types, marked as DBL, SGL, and TPL. These abbreviations are crucial to customizing your ideal getaway. Let’s decode them:

DBL (Double Accommodation)

DBL rooms are best suited for pairs and are commonly furnished with either a single double bed or two individual beds. It’s the go-to choice for couples or friends open to sharing.

SGL (Solitary Accommodation)  

SGL quarters are tailored for the individual traveler, featuring a solitary bed and offering the seclusion many solo adventurers seek.

TPL (Trio Accommodation)

Marked as TPL, these chambers accommodate three guests and usually have either a single double bed plus a solitary bed or three separate beds. It provides flexibility for smaller family units or tight-knit groups of friends.

Room costs fluctuate based on the accommodation type and its intended occupancy. For further insights or inquiries, our seasoned Travel Experts stand ready to assist you. When you choose a tour with Italy4Real, you opt for a bespoke European voyage.

For more information, you’re welcome to read our FAQ page or contact us at info@italy4real.com. 

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