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12 Days: Venice Florence And Tuscany Gourmet

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  • Cooking class
  • Chianti tour with wine tasting
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Cortona
  • Bike tour

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 3 Nights at the Hotel Aqua Palace 4**** in Venice or similar (junior suite with canal view queen size bed)
  • 4 Nights at the Hotel Plaza Lucchesi 4****L in Florence or similar (junior duplex Arno view accommodation)
  • 4 Nights at the Relais Chateaux Il Falconiere 4****L in Cortona or similar (double bed accommodation)
  • Breakfast everyday at the hotel
  • All Transfers with private luxury car, and English speaking driver where mentioned in the program
  • Arrival/Departure transfer from Venice Airport to Venice Hotel, from Hotel to railway station with private water taxi.
  • Departure transfer from the Hotel in Cortona to Florence airport with private luxury car and English speaking driver
  • Professional, personal, English speaking driver for tours in Pisa , Siena with Private luxury car equipped with A/C
  • Professional, personal, English speaking guide for the tour in Florence
  • Professional, personal, English speaking guide for the tour in Pisa
  • Professional, personal, English speaking guide for the tour in Venice
  • Professional, personal, English speaking guide for the tour in Siena
  • 3 Wine tours in Tuscany with light lunch
  • 2 Cooking classes ( Venice and Florence) including lunch
  • Half day bike tour from Cortona with lunch and guide included.
  • Entrance tickets at monuments at Doge’s Palace in Venice, at Uffizi Gallery
  • and Boboli Gardens in Florence, (Leaning Tower Optional on request)
  • Dinner in Venice, dinner in Florence and lunch in Siena
  • 1st class train tickets from Venice to Florence.

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • Municipality taxes
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES"

Day 1 - Venice

At your arrival at Venice airport your private water taxi driver and boat will be waiting for you for a direct transfer to your hotel: Aqua Palace hotel 5***** junior suite accommodation canal view and queen size bed Check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel

Day 2 - Venice AM Walking tour

Breakfast at the hotel where you will meet your private English speaking guide for your walking tour in Venice. The heart of Venice is a square: Saint Mark's Square. Entering in San Marco square by the two monumental columns in front of the lagoon (the so-called “water square”), near the Bridge of Sighs, suddenly we can admire the history of the Republic of Venice displayed: we can visit the Doge’s Palace, seat of government and center of political and administrative life of the city, the Basilica, with its golden mosaics and precious marbles, the Clock Tower and the Bell Tower. Afternoon at your disposal and dinner tonight will be served for you in a local restaurant . Overnight in Venice at Aqua Palace in Venice

Day 3 – Venice – Cooking class

This is going to be a very special day for those who loves cooking!!!! After breakfast at your hotel you will be taken by private water taxi to join a beautiful property where to experience an unforgettable cooking class and consequent lunch. The courses are addressed to all those who wish to widen their knowledge of Italy and of its traditions through the experience of delicious dinners, lessons, meetings with experts, all made even more pleasurable by the elegance and comfort of the Villa . Only fresh and seasonal ingredients will be used and because of this the menus prepared will be in accordance with seasonal and market availability. In Marika’s warm, functional kitchen equipped with the most modern technology, with splendid views over surrounding villas and gardens, you will have the pleasure of preparing both typical Venetian dishes and others using the fresh herbs grown in the garden along with the best local products. Several menu are available that can be further agreed at the time of eventual booking. Lunch will be served immediately after the end of the cooking lesson for the joy of your palate!!! Back to the hotel in the early afternoon by private water taxi and rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 4 - Venice/Florence - Half day Chianti tour with wine tasting

Check out from your hotel and transfer by private water taxi to the rail station for departure to Florence by train with 1st class seats. At your arrival direct private transfer with English speaking driver at your hotel in Florence Plaza Lucchesi 4**** Hotel very centrally located Junior duplex accommodation will be provided. This will be a very exciting day! Departure early afternoon from your hotel in Florence together with you English speaking guide and private driver with car . Badia a Passignano and the Greve town center are the keys to open the World of Gallo Nero. The tour foresees two wineries visits including wine tastings and visit at Greve in Chianti a small charming village. Back to your hotel in Florence in the late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5 – Florence – Cooking class

The day will start with the choice of the fresh and simple ingredients at the marketplace. You will meet Barbara at the reception in your hotel and you will begin your guided tour among the stalls of this ancient food market, shopping the ingredients for your Tuscan menu. Ten minutes walking and the teacher will show how to prepare a complete meal at our chef’s home. After the cooking class, lunch will be served, accompanied with local wines. Here below some choices: A TUSCAN DINNER FOR FRIENDS Pappa al pomodoro or Panzanella (depending on the season) Tagliata di pollo all’aceto balsamico (chicken with balsamic vinegar) Seasonable vegetable side dish Panna cotta with sauce Red wine Chianti Buondonno, Castellina in Chianti HAND-MADE PASTA Pasta fatta in casa: preparation of different kinds of pasta with and without eggs, cutting by hand and machine (spaghetti, taglierini, fettuccine, tagliatelle, etc.)

Three typical Tuscan sauces: carrettiera, mushroom sauce *, and pesto Mousse al ciccolato Red or Rosè wine Chianti Buondonno, Castellina in Chianti AMORE COMPLEX MENU Mezzelune con ricotta e spinaci Pollo alla cacciatora (chicken hunter's style) Cantuccini di Prato (traditional tuscan cookies with almonds or chocolate) Red wine Chianti Buondonno, Castellina in ChiantiBack to the hotel in the early afternoon by private water taxi and rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 6 - Half day tour guided visit of Pisa from Florence

Your private English speaking driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Florence and drive you to Pisa. In the central Piazza dei Miracoli, famous for its Leaning Tower and the myriad of beautiful architectural structures that distinguish this city, you will meet your private English speaking Guide. Named after a Greek city (from where it’s believed the first inhabitants originated) Pisa will be yours to explore alongside your personal guide. Thanks to its Tower, Pisa has become a symbol in Italy and around the world where it is often cited as one of the seven wonders of the medieval world; one that has fascinated film directors and location researchers alike. Climbing the Leaning Tower will be also possible by buying the tickets ahead of time if desired. Return back to the hotel and rest of the day at your leisure before joining, at night, a very good restaurant in town considered as one of the best. It is 20 minutes walking distance from your Hotel. You can either decide to go walking or just take a cab on your own. It really worth a dinner!! Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 - Florence

Half day walking tour including Uffizi Gallery including walking city tour After breakfast begins your morning walking guided visit of the city , together with the famous Uffizi Gallery which houses a superb collection of priceless art, originating in great part from the Medici family collection, enriched over the centuries by endowments, exchanges and donations, among which an important group of religious works stands out, resulting from the suppression of the monasteries and convents between the XVIII and XIX centuries. Here, you will find the richest collection in the world of works of the Tuscan school, Florentine in particular, among which: Cimabue, Michelangelo, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello. Without parallel is the collection of works by Sandro Botticelli. At the end of the visit your guide will handle your tickets to Boboli Gardens for a visit on your own. Rest of the day at your disposal and overnight in Florence at the Hotel .

Day 8 - Tuscany/ Guided visit in Siena and private transfer to Cortona

Check out from your Hotel in Florence , meet your English speaking private driver and depart for Siena where you will meet your personal English speaking driver who will lead you on a journey of discovery. The history of this small and unique city will be expertly illustrated, allowing you to open your hearts as if you were a true inhabitant of Siena. You will discover the Magnificent Piazza del Campo where twice a year (2 July and 16 August) an event , that every citizen of Siena looks forward to , takes place : the Palio di Siena.

You will learn about the history of the Contrade (ancient Sienese name for neighborhood) and visit the famous Duomo but also other monuments of the city, at the end of the visit you will have lunch in a nice and typical restaurant in the city centre with a stunning view over the city. Here you will be able to taste some delicious Tuscan dishes: from the flavors of wild boar ravioli to the classic "ribollita" (Tuscan soup) and their exquisite Florentine steak, all accompanied with the best local wines. After lunch your personal drivel will take you then to your splendid Relais, in the Sienese hills, where you will be free to relax and admire the splendid Tuscan valleys that surround your resort. Enjoy a glass of good wine or relax in the beautiful Spa. Overnight at Relais Chateaux “il Falconiere”4****L.

Day 9 Cortona : Wine tasting with lunch

After breakfast meet your guide that will escort from the hotel to the winery, where you will meet the owner, Riccardo. Riccardo, with his son Benedetto strongly desired to continue the family tradition of grape growing and wine -making , which began in 1860, adding now a modern and high quality character to their wine. Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet and Trebbiano: these are the grapes which liven up their wines. A tribute to the land of Cortona and to the pleasure of the good wine. An invitation to taste the evolution of an ancient family tradition. A wine tasting of 3 wines and a delicious light lunch will follow the tour. At the end of the visit transfer back to the hotel and free time to relax or explore the beauty of Cortona. Free dinner (or we can organize a dinner in one of the most important and traditional restaurant of the area) Overnight at Relais Chateaux “il Falconiere”4****L

Day 10 Cortona – Bike tour

A fascinating journey through the cycle paths from the ancient town center up to the first hills near Cortona. Ancient Villas and wineries, vineyards and Roman abbeys welcome you along the road. This program offers you bicycles, helmets and maps plus a guide who is familiar with the area so as to spend a few hours pedaling along some of the most beautiful bike itineraries in Tuscany. Overnight at Relais Chateaux “il Falconiere”4****

Day 11 - Full day wine tour -The King of Tuscan wines

Everything seems like a dream in the Brunello kingdom-the castle and village of Montalcino at the top the highest hill, the roads through the Sangiovese grosso vineyards, the taste from the huge barrels resting in the deep cellars. We offer full-day guided tours to Montalcino wineries by private car with driver. The tour includes an English speaking guide, wine cellar visits, wine tasting and lunch. 9:00 Departure from your hotel in Cortona 10.30 Visit the Altesino winery and tasting 12:00 Visit of Montalcino historical center 13:00 Lunch at Restaurant or Enoteca 15:00 Visit the San Antimo Abbey 16:00 Visit the Poggio Antico winery and wine tasting 18:30 You are back to your location Overnight at the hotel Il Falconiere.

Day 12 - Transfer from Cortona to Florence Airport and Arrivederci Italia

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Meet your personal English speaking driver with a private luxury car , for a direct transfer to Florence airport for departure back home.

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