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Tuscany Wine Tour Details
September 9-16, 2017
Day One Saturday September 9th~
Arrive at the Villa, check in is at 4pm
welcome aperitvo (drink/light snack)
Around 5pm we'll be heading to Sansepolcro for a medieval festival
where we'll attend a special flag thrower show and exclusive after party with the Sbandieri (flag throwers). Light dinner and drinks will be served.
Day two Sunday September 10th~
Day of olive oil and wine tasting in the beautiful hilltown of Cortona made famous by Frances Mayes book "Under the Tuscan Sun" with farm lunch at a winery
Around 5-8pm: Cooking class with our chef at the villa, dinner we've prepared together to follow
Day three Monday September 11th~
San Gimignano and Siena
9am: Arrive San Gimignano by 10:30 free time to explore town and lunch on your own. Be sure to try the world famous gelato in the main square. Great town for souvenir shopping!
2pm: Depart for Siena. Wine class from 4-6, become an expert on Italian wines and the regions of Tuscany. You'll receive a diploma after class.
6-8pm: Explore the town, dinner on your own or shared as a group
9-9:30pm: Return to the villa
Day six Thursday September 14th~
Pienza/Montepulciano /Val d'orcia
You'll start your day with a cheese tasting and stroll through the quaint town of Pienza before wine tasting with light lunch at a lovely small batch winery in a neighboring town. Later you'll enjoy a drive along the most scenic route in Tuscany to admire the stunning countryside of the Val d'Orcia as we head to the ancient town Montepulciano, known as the "Jewel of the Renaissance" to taste the famous Vino Nobile wine.
Day seven Friday September 15th~
Relax at the villa or explore on your own (a car can be arranged). Feel free take advantage of our spa wellness center at the villa and enjoy the hot tub, sauna and salt room
Around 7pm we will have a Farewell Pizza Party at the villa with our chef
*Option to join me this day for a trip to Saturnia Hot Springs in Maremma. Its a 3 hour drive to one of those bucket list destinations. We will lunch on our own in a quaint town before heading back to the villa. Departure is around 6:30am.
Saturday September 16th~ Buon Viaggio!
Our week has come to an end... what a week!
We'll have a very light continental breakfast available before you go. Depart villa by 10am
*Transfer to train station or airport can be arranged. Please inquire
Day four Tuesday September 12th~
*Free day to relax at the villa, or explore on your own (a car can be arranged). Be sure to take advantage of our spa wellness center at the villa and enjoy the hot tub, sauna and salt room
At the villa around 7pm, we will enjoy a lovely meal prepared for us by our chef. A full wine-pairing menu with after dinner drinks will be served
Day five Wednesday September 13th~
Around 10am we'll head to the beautiful town of Montalcino where we'll taste the Brunello and Rosso wines this town is known for.
We have a wonderful wine tour with lunch to follow in the gardens of a winery owned by one of the oldest families in Montalcino. You'll have free time to explore the town of Montalcino until we meet up around 4pm to visit another very special winery where you will get a private tour and tasting with the Vintners.
Possibility of stopping at the Abbazia di Sant'Antimo (a benedictine Abbey) before we head to dinner. Dinner tonight is at Locanda Demetra, a beautiful farm with a stunning view of Montalcino. Cost for dinner is 35 Euro
A non-refundable deposit of $695 is due at the time of registration to secure your space.
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Prices are per person double occupancy
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Ann Marie at
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Reservation/Refund and Cancellation Policy:
A $695 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. Your space is not reserved until we receive your deposit. The balance is due by June 15th, 2017. If you need to cancel anytime between 30 days to 60 days prior to the first day of the trip 50% of the payment, less the deposit, will be refunded. We are not able to provide refunds for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the first day of the trip. Please note that injury or illness does not disqualify you from the cancellation policy, see Travel insurance recommendations below. We reserve the right to cancel the trip and will not be responsible for travel or other costs incurred by you as a result of any cancellation. In the unlikely event that a trip is cancelled, we will promptly refund any money you have sent us. We reserve the right to change or amend this policy at anytime.
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