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15 days charming Florence and Tuscany
  • Florence and Accademia Gallery
  • foodies tour
  • Leather school
  • Wine tasting in Chianti
  • Cooking class in Tuscany
  • Siena
  • Cortona
  • Brunello di Montalcino wine tasting
  • Pisa&am

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights at the Relais Santa Croce 5***** L in Florence or similar (de luxe + junior suite connecting rooms)
  • 4 nights at Relais Il Falconiere in Cortona 4**** (winery suite with 2 bedrooms)
  • 4 nights at Castiglion del Bosco  (2 special rooms close to each other)
  • Breakfast every day at the hotel
  • Arrival and departure transfers with private luxury car equipped with A/C and English speaking driver
  • Private luxury car equipped with A/C,  and English speaking driver for the full day in Chianti , Pisa Lucca, Volterra, and half day in Siena and half day in San Gimignano
  • Professional, personal, English speaking guide in Florence , Siena , San Gimignano, Pisa , Lucca according to the program 
  • Exclusive tour of the School of Leather
  • Full-day guided tour  of  2 Chianti classico wineries including wine cellar visits and wine tasting
  • Lunch in a traditional restaurant in Chianti area
  • Full day guided tour in Pisa and Lucca with lunch in Pisa
  • Cooking class in Cortona
  • Full day Montalcino and Brunello tour with 2 wine tastings, lunch  and visit to San Antimo Abbey
  • No waiting lines entrance tickets for:
    • Accademia Gallery
    • Uffizi Gallery
    • School of leather
    • Siena Dome

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Maison de Perfume optional tour
  • Vasarian corridor (too early to get a proper quote)
  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES“

Upon arrival of your flight at Florence airport meet your personal English speaking driver (after passport control customs and luggage claim) who will escort you to your charming luxury  Relais Santa Croce 5*****

Day 1 -  Florence / Arrival


Upon arrival of your flight at Florence airport meet your personal English speaking driver (after passport control customs and luggage claim) who will escort you to your charming luxury  Relais Santa Croce 5*****
Located in the historic center of Florence, an eighteenth century residence hosts the  exclusive, refined Relais Santa Croce, a luxury hotel in Florence. Surrounded by its sumptuous furnishings and frescoed ceilings, you will be delighted by the evocative nature of this truly extraordinary location in which luxury and refinement are the  predominant features. The ideal destination for those seeking the intimacy of a private residence in Florence.
Check in at the hotel and rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 2  – AM Walking Tour including  Accademia Gallery and foodies tour


Your guide will  bring you leisurely on a full day walking tour of the city for a full  immersion of  the main  highlights Your morning tour will proceed to the discovery of the Dome that was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style with the design of Arnoldo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The exterior of the basilica  is faced with polychrome marble  panels  in various shades of green and pink bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic revival façade . The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo includes the Baptistery and Giotto’ s Campanile . These three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites covering the historic center of Florence and are a major attraction to tourists visiting Tuscany. The basilica is one of Italy's largest churches, and until development of new structural materials in the modern era, the dome was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed. The cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archidiocese of Florence. Following you will experience a great surprise for lunch !
Want to get a taste of some of the finest local products that the city has to offer? Then the Foodies tour is the one for you. We start at the San Lorenzo Market where you’ll have a taste of Tuscany’s “green gold”, it’s renowned olive oil, as well as a variety of cheese, salami and prosciutto, truffle sauces and oil and balsamic vinegar. After we’ll have a wine tasting where you will enjoy some of the region’s finest wines. Not full yet?  Our next stop will be at a local “fiaschetteria” where you will have a tasting of some of  the city’s traditional recipes. We’ll finish our tour in grand style with one of the finest gelato parlors of the city where you can pick your flavor made with genuine and fresh products.

Day 3 -   Florence half day


3 hours guided tour in Florence  - Uffizi Gallery and Vasarian corridor (depending on availability)
Meet your personal guide in hotel  who will take you leisurely on an unforgettable visit : the 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.
Leaving  the Uffizi you will proceed your visit to the Vasarian Corridor. In 1564, Francesco I de’Medici and Giovanna of Austria were set to be married. To mark the occasion, one of the things that his father, Cosimo I de’Medici, the Grand Duke commissioned, was the construction of a covered passageway, over a half mile in length, which would connect his residence (the Pitti Palace) with his place of work (the Uffizi Gallery). Construction of the Vasari Corridor was completed in a mere five months under the design direction of Giorgio Vasari. The corridor itself houses over 1,000 paintings, all of them dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Some of the most impressive of all these works are the self-portraits of some of the great Italian Renaissance artists. When you visit the Vasari Corridor, you will be able to see portraiture of Rubens, Delacroix, Corot, and Giorgio Vasari himself, to name only a few.

Day 4   - Wine tasting in the Chianti area including light lunch


There is a place in Tuscany that is synonymous with wines of excellence; this place is Chianti. Along with its "nectar of the Gods,” the Chianti region hills provide a spectacular view of pristine nature. You will meet your personal English speaking driver and your English-speaking guide in the lobby of your hotel. Your first stop will be Greve in Chianti, where you will enjoy the visit of the market square, then you will proceed to the first Winery and wine tasting. Lunch will be served at a typical restaurant in Badia a Passignano.
After lunch, you will have a pleasant walking along the Antinori vineyards at Badia a Passignano or around the small castle of Montefioralle. Then, you will discover the cellars of a second winery and taste their wine. As tour comes to the end your driver will take you back in Florence to your hotel where you will spend time at leisure .
Overnight in Florence.

Day 5 – Florence: Pisa and Lucca


After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your personal English speaking driver for a direct
transfer to Pisa where your personal English speaking guide will help you
to discover one of the most and wonderful Italian cities: Pisa. The tour starts from the central
Piazza Dei Miracoli, famous for its Leaning Tower and for the many beautiful architectural
structures that distinguish this city. From here you will have time to explore this small city
together with your guide, you will discover the many aspects of this fascinating town,
named after a Greek city, from which it is believed originated the first inhabitants.
A town, who thanks to its Tower, has become a symbol in Italy and in the world.
It has also fascinated many film directors who have chosen it as a set location for their films.
It is so evocative and characteristic, that it has been proposed as one of the seven modern
wonders of the world. End of the tour and time to enjoy a nice meal in the centrally located restaurants scattered throughout this evocative and characteristic city.
Your day tour will head you to Lucca after lunch, where together with your personal English speaking guide you will explore and learn of the beauty of this small but very important town made famous by its (still intact) Renaissance Wall. You will be amazed by the architectural beauty and artistic ambiance of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, and marvel at the historic sights that you have witnessed in both these cities. After your tour, certainly pleased with this experience, you will come back to Florence. Overnight in Florence.

Day 6 – Florence : AM  School of leather


Scuola del Cuoio follows the centuries-old Florentine tradition of placing the master craftsman and the apprentice side-by-side during everyday activities. Students and the master craftsmen work in the workshops located in the brick-vaulted rooms of the historic Novitiate’s Courtyard and use hand-made tools that also date back from a half century ago. Visit includes demonstration of the gilding of the leather with 22 kt gold and an outlook on the historical and cultural background of the leather craftsmanship in Florence, as well as an explanation on the various techniques and materials that we use in our production and the hides in our collections. Duration of visit : 1 hour. You may also attend short courses of 3 or 6 hours each during which you get a short lecture about the materials used in creating leather products. During this guided tour  you may also visit the Monastry of Santa Croce and buy tickets on spot.
Spend the morning  at leisure.
PM - Ferragamo Museum
You will enjoy a private guided tour at the Ferragamo Museum. It is located inside the  Palazzo Spini Feroni, a Medieval palace originally built in 1289 by Geri Spini, a wealthy merchant and banker to Pope Boniface VIII. It has known several owners over the centuries, Salvatore Ferragamo purchased the palace in 1938, making it the headquarters of his company and the location of his workshop. The building’s restoration was completed in 2000 and its rooms now proudly showcase masterpieces of seventeenth and eighteenth century Florentine art, including frescoes by Bernardino Poccetti in the chapel of the palace. The underground floor, where the museum is situated, reveals the building’s Medieval roots. Over the centuries it has been used for many different purposes and in the early twentieth century it housed one of the city’s most famous antiques galleries. At the end of your guided tour, you will have free time at your leisure in order to focus on your shopping! Duration of the guided tour : 1 hour
Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure . Overnight in Florence.

Day 7 -   Tuscany/ Guided visit in Siena and private transfer to Cortona


Check out from your  Hotel in Florence , meet your English speaking  private driver and head to Siena where you will meet your personal English speaking guide 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. Overnight at Relais Chateaux “il Falconiere”4****L.
The Relais Il Falconiere and Spa is a charming house kept in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, where the hills give way to the enchanting Etruscan hill-town of Cortona.
Today, 25 years after its inauguration, Il Falconiere, along with a Michelin star restaurant, a wine resort and exclusive SPA is a small world of charm suspended in time, that has preserved the simplicity of two youths in love with a dream, from which a wonderful story has been created.
This hotel is appreciated for its tranquility and unique panoramic position, the distinctive quality of its buildings and the refinement of its furnishings. It comprises 14 luxury rooms and 5 spacious apartments. The swimming pool  and 7 hectares of private parkland complete the beautiful setting of this location . Free time to enjoy the property and enjoy a glass of good wine or relax in the beautiful Spa.
Dinner at the restaurant of the Relais.  Overnight

Day 8 – Cortona: Cooking class


After breakfast, we will reserve for you a unique experience: a cooking class that will increase your natural love for food and provide you with the skills you need to translate this love into beautiful and imaginative cuisine. This experience will add a pinch of Tuscan life style to your vacation working with the chef! You will discover the secrets of the true Tuscan cuisine: you will prepare homemade pasta, desserts and many other dishes, before sitting down to enjoy the result of your funny work.
Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Cortona.

Day 9  – Cortona:  San Gimignano


After breakfast, you will reach San Gimignano by private car and English speaking driver . Here, you will meet  your private guide and begin your walking tour of this charming city. The Medieval village of San Gimignano  has been declared a World Heritage Site. Even with its 19th and 20th century renovations, its 13th and 14th century appearance has remained intact and is one of the finest examples of town organization in all of Europe. The main attraction of San Gimignano is the 16 Medieval Towers that still stand today. The oldest is the Torre Rognosa, 51 meters high, while the tallest is the Torre del Podestà, also known as the Torre Grossa (Big Tower), standing 54 meters. In AD 1255 a law was approved prohibiting the construction of any tower reaching the height of the Torre Rognosa (which was the tallest at that time), while the two most important families - Ardinghelli and Salvucci - in order to demonstrate their power, had two towers built just 50 cm under the 54 meter limit. At the end of the tour, you driver will accompany you back to your hotel in Cortona. Rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 9  - Cortona


Breakfast at the Relais. Free time at leisure. Enjoy the SPA
Overnight in Cortona

Day 10  – Cortona / Castiglion del Bosco


Breakfast and check out from your Relais and meet your English speaking guide at the lobby of your hotel for departure to Castiglion del Bosco.
Check into your beautiful resort . Overnight

Day 11  – Full day Montalcino and Brunello tour


After breakfast, you will meet your private English speaking driver-guide and depart to the small and charming village of Montalcino. Everything seems like a dream in the Brunello kingdom, the castle and village of Montalcino at the top of the highest hill, the roads through the Sangiovese grosso vineyards, the taste from the huge barrels resting in the deep cellars. In the morning you will discover the beauty of the village and visit one of the oldest wineries of the area. Lunch will be reserved for you in a traditional restaurant where you will enjoy the typical Tuscan products. In the afternoon, your English speaking driver-guide will escort you to the unique San Antimo Abbey. It is one of the most significant architectural monuments of Romanesque, which is inspired by Lombard and transalpine models. It is a remarkable example of monastic building built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries, whose magnificence is enhanced by the surrounding landscape, the pleasant valley of Starcia stream, in which the presence of the olive constitutes the key element.
After the visit, you will enjoy a wine tasting in a nearby winery and then your driver will leisurely escort back to  your lovely hotel in Castiglion del Bosco.

Day 12  – Castiglion del Bosco


Breakfast at the hotel and free day to enjoy the splendid surroundings and the Rosewood SPA offering several therapies and treatments.
Overnight in Castiglion del Bosco.

Day 13  – Castiglion del Bosco /Volterra


Breakfast at the hotel . Meet your English speaking driver at the lobby of the hotel for a pleasant journey to Volterra a Bronze Age settlement  and an important Etruscan center. A Tuscany gem surrounded by the countryside. Discover this city made of stones ; visit the Romanesque Cathedral. Enjoy a pleasant walk through the narrow medieval streets of the historic centre . This place  is also called the city of alabaster and  you will discover this  very old tradition :the art of carving alabaster, which is extracted in this area. Here  you can find still several alabaster handicraft shops.
Make a stop at lunch time at typical local osteria (suggested by us , at your care) offering Tuscan dishes made with the freshest ingredients.
Head back to your hotel in Castiglion del Bosco in the afternoon to relax at your location.
Overnight.

Day 14 – Castiglion del Bosco / Florence airport


Breakfast and check out at your hotel and departure to Florence airport for flight back home!

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8 days Luxury Retreat in Florence and Tuscany
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  • Florence
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Perfume Workshop
  • Typical dinner
  • Dragonfly tours Spa Amenities

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights at Relais Santa Croce 5***** in Florence – 1 double deluxe room
  • 3 nights at Fonteverde Resort and SPA 5***** in San Casciano dei Bagni – 1 double privilege room (half board treatment)
  • Breakfast at the hotels
  • 3 dinners at Fonteverde Resort and SPA
  • Private transfers with luxury car and English speaking driver for all mentioned transfers
  • Private English speaking guide in Florence for a full day tour including Uffizi Gallery
  • 2 skip the line entrance tickets to Uffizi Gallery
  • Workshop on how to create a personal perfume
  • 100ml bottle of eau de perfume created by you
  • 1 dinner in Florence (4 courses with wine pairing) 
  • FONTEVERDE RESORT & SPA - Daily half board rate includes: 
  • • Daily buffet breakfast 
    • Dinner at our 'Ferdinando I' Restaurant with Traditional Tuscan menu (tastings menu and beverages not included) 
    • Access to Etruscan Circuit with sauna, hot plate and steam bath 
    • Access to the fitness center 
    • Access to thermal pool with waterfall and hydromassages 
    • Morning hike with trainer daily (excluding sundays) 
    • Access to the Bioaquam circuit with Light Therapy in thermal water per person per day 
    • Kneipp circuit 
    • Medical consultation 
    • Exclusive use of Fonteverde Spa Kit (bathrobe, towel and slippers) 
    • Internet point , Wi-Fi and cable 
    • Taxes and Services

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Municipality tax at hotels: they have to be paid directly at hotels
  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES"

At your arrival at Florence airport, you will be greeted by your private driver who will accompany you to your luxury hotel: Relais Santa Croce 5*****

Day 1 – Florence arrival

At your arrival at Florence airport, you will be greeted by your private driver who will accompany you to your luxury hotel: Relais Santa Croce 5*****.
In the heart of Florence, an 18th-century palazzo is home to the exclusive and elegant hotel Relais Santa Croce. You will be enchanted by this truly extraordinary setting with sumptuous furnishings and frescoed ceilings while being assisted by the highly professional staff. The 24 rooms are all thoughtfully furnished: period furniture combined with design elements, elegant upholstery and luxury finishings like the wood-paneled walls. The bigger suites, with a view of the namesake cathedral, are on the main floor of the Ciofi-Jacometti Palace. The “Guelfi e Ghibellini” restaurant stands out for its Mediterranean character and strong inclination for Tuscan specialties, a perfect combination of traditional flavors and the rebirth of the local cuisine. Drinks and snacks are served at the bar and in the impressive Music Room.
Check in and rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Florence.

Day 2 – Florence, walking tour including Uffizi Gallery

After breakfast you will meet your personal guide at your hotel, who will bring you leisurely on a walking tour of the city including the visit at the Uffizi Gallery. The Gallery 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. After the tour, you will have free time at your leisure. Overnight in Florence.

Day 3 - Florence

Today you will be free to discover Florence at your leisure.
Overnight in Florence

Day 4 – Private lessons on how to create a personal perfume

After breakfast, meet your private driver at your hotel, who will escort you to a wonderful
Maison de Perfume, where you will be greeted by your private master perfumer and will
be ready to learn the secrets and the techniques of artistic perfumery. The participants
will have the opportunity to spend a half-day with the Perfumer, in an intimate and
exclusive setting, and interactively explore the techniques to create an Eau de Parfum.
Each participant will receive a 100ml bottle of their personalized perfume made during the
lesson with its unique formula, notes on the lesson details, and perfumery references for
further exploration. You will have an introduction to the history of traditional Florentine
perfumery, from the alchemists to the traditional pharmacists; demonstration of source
materials, their origins, and the specific techniques of production. The master perfumer
will guide the participants through each step of creating their perfume, from selecting the
essences, to the analysis of the olfactory pyramid, to the dilution of the concentrate in
alcohol, all the way to the final process of bottling. At the end of the tour, you will be
free to enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
In the evening reach on your own a wonderful restaurant in a walking distance
from your hotel. We will reserve for you a table in a really nice restaurant near
Piazza della Signoria, here you will be able to try a really tasty menu carefully
selected for you by the chef, with wine pairing.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 5 – Florence /

Siena guided tour wine tasting and lunch / San Casciano dei Bagni
After breakfast meet your personal English speaking driver at the lobby of the hotel and reach Siena where you will meet your private English speaking guide and begin to discover the city on a pleasant and interesting  walking tour, Siena is a city that dates back to the Etruscan period. Later became a Roman colony at the time of Emporer Augustus and during this period went by the name Saena Iulia. While walking along the streets you will reach the Duomo (or Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta), a classic example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, the Battistero di San Giovanni, and the historic Piazza del Campo with its unusual seashell form: it is here that the famous Palio di Siena takes place, every year from 2 July to 16 August. After the tour you will meet agai your driver for a direct transfer to one of the most important winery of the area.
First step of the visit will be the vineyard and the particular spiral vineyard garden that is
capable of combining production with the aesthetics and tradition, has become an
attraction for the "maniacs of the discovery". It is a harmonious succession of rows of
vines arranged in a spiral circle, in an intermittent motion from an island in the central
stone, as a vantage point to enjoy this spectacle of nature. After that you will have a visit
to the cellar, where you will be able to admire and smell the typically wood barrels in
which are preserved the tasty wines. At the end of this interesting tour you will have a
wonderful lunch including the tasting of 10 wines and some products from this amazing
farm. After lunch your driver will accompany you to your countryside resort Fonteverde
Resort & SPA 5*****.
Fonteverde is truly one of the most outstanding destinations in Italy. Originally built as a renaissance palace for the Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici, the resort overlooks the majestic rolling hills of Val d’Orcia, and is set atop the natural hot springs to fully utilise the healing power of the thermal waters. With its collection of panoramic pools, hot tubs and treatment facilities, Fonteverde is destination where mind, body and soul meet in harmony, and restore the natural balance of life. Discover a resort and spa in Tuscany where Italian hospitality meets absolute wellness.
Check in and rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in San Casciano dei Bagni.

Day 6 and 7 – San Casciano dei Bagni


Today you will be free to enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Val d’Orcia, tuscan
cuisine and San Casciano dei Bagni hot thermal water. All inclusive stay in one of
the most exclusive thermal tuscan resort.
Services already included in the package:
• Access to Etruscan Circuit with sauna, hot plate and steam bath 
• Access to the fitness center 
• Access to thermal pool with waterfall and hydromassages 
• Morning hike with trainer daily (excluding sundays) 
• Access to the Bioaquam circuit with Light Therapy in thermal water per
    person per day 
• Kneipp circuit 
• Medical consultation 
Dinner at the hotel and overnight in San Casciano dei Bagni.

Day 8 – Florence departure

After breakfast and check out, according to your departure flight, meet your
English speaking driver at the lobby of your hotel, for a direct transfer to Florence
International Airport to get your flight back home

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10 Days: Luxury Charming Sicily
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  • Food Market 
  • Cooking class
  • The Valley of the Temples
  • Wine tasting
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Ortygia
  • Aci Castello
  • Exclusive 500 Tour “Etna Wine Roads and Taormina”

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights at the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4**** in Palermo
  • 1 Night at the Hotel Villa Athena 5*****L in Agrigento
  • 2 Nights at the hotel Hotel Algià 4****Sup in Syracusa
  • 3 nights at the Hotel des Etrangers 5****L in Taormina
  • Arrival and departure transfers with private luxury minivan/car, equipped with A/C and English speaking driver in all the other cities, as mentioned in the program
  • Professional, personal English speaking guide for the all tours and experiences in : Monreale, Segesta and Erice, Valley of The Temples, Modica, Siracusa and Ortigia (sicily)
  • 500 Vitage car Wine tour on the Mt. Etna & Alcantara Gorges
  • Lunch in Palermo after the cooking class
  • Lunch in Modica in a Farm
  • Lunch in Agrigento with wine tasting and visit of the estate and winery
  • Lunch in Siracusa special lunch tasting of typical Sicilian products (salumi, cheese and caponata) served in a historic delicatessen.
  • Cooking class in Palermo with a Duchess in a 18th centuries building overlooking the sea
  • All Private dinner transfers with private car
  • No waiting lines entrance tickets in: Palermo, Siracusa, Agrigento

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

 

  • Municipality taxes at hotels that have to be paid on arrival directly at each hotel
  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES“

Day 1 - Palermo

Arrival at Palermo airport. Pick up by private English speaking driver and transfer to Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4**** for 3 nights. Accommodation in Deluxe room. Overnight at the hotel Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa 4****.

Day 1 – Bologna arrival and Michelin starred dinner


After your arrival at Bologna airport you will meet your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally located Luxury hotel: Grand Hotel Majestic 5*****L.
This superb five star deluxe hotel is situated in a Palazzo designed by architect Alfonso Torregiani during the first half of the 18th century and built by order of Cardinal Prospero Lambertini, who later became Pope. The palazzo is in fact, built on top of an ancient Roman road, part of which can be seen within the hotel. The 109 rooms have a mix of antiques fornitures with modern amenities, a perfect blend of classic italian style, elegance and hospitality.
Check in and rest of the day at your leisure.
In the evening, meet at your hotel your private English speaking driver at your
disposal for around 3 hours.
He will drive you to Fourghetti, the wonderful Michelin starred restaurant by
the famous Chef Bruno Barbieri.
Fourghetti is the place to spend time together where you can «forget it» and let
all that is outside fade away, because the moment has arrived where you enter
an environment where the only thing that counts is you, and those seated at the
table together with you. 
At the end of this amazing dinner your driver will accompany you back to the
hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2 – Bologna, Food and Art tour

 
You will spend an unforgettable 3 hours with an expert guide walking around the medieval market district and visiting a variety of historical food shops, pastry shops and pasta laboratories for small tastings of Bologna’s most typical
local produce. Tastings of chocolate & coffee,  ham&cheese and local delicacies such as tortellini. Visits to monuments excluded, however on request, to be paid to the guide on site we can organize additional visits to local museums, churches or other cultural centers in the city. After the tour you will have free afternoon at your  leisure.
Overnight in Bologna.

Day 3 – Bologna / Parma with stop for Culatello DOP in the Lowands of Parma


After breakfast and check out your private driver will transfer you to Parma by luxury car and stop at Polesine Parmense to visit a farm-to-table oriented farm which includes ageing cellars of Culatello di Zibello DOP (one of the most artisanal and expensive cured meats in the world) in the foundations of a medieval castle which has belonged to one of the most influential aristocratic families of northern Italy, the Marquises Pallavicino. The castle also houses a Relais and a Michelin star restaurant managed by the owner, chef Massimo Spigaroli. Unique location in the charming lowlands running along the Po River.
 Seated lunch in the castle with tastings of different ageings of Culatello, focaccia, tortellini in meat broth, dessert, coffee.
After lunch your driver will accompany you to your hotel In Parma: Park Hotel Pacchiosi 5*****

Immersed in a beautiful park of 10,000 sqm in the oldest district of Parma, the Park Hotel Pacchiosi is the ideal place to live the city, in total privacy and relaxation.
The historic building that houses the hotel dates back to early 20th century. It was in fact the "Reale Clinica Chirurgica", designed by Eng. Enrico Bovio. The entrance, elegant and marked by a monumental scale, is spacious and bright, with ceilings up to 15 meters. The Park Hotel Pacchiosi is the most luxurious hotel in Parma, and has 59 rooms furnished in neo-Renaissance style, with Carrara marble floors and handcrafted furniture made specifically for the hotel.
Check in and free time at leisure. Overnight in Parma.

Day 4 – The Food Valley Gourmet Tour in the hills of Parma


After breakfast meet at your hotel your private English driver and guide and transfer to the green hills of Parma by luxury car, for a real gourmet experience : educational visits to the producers of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, Prosciutto di Parma, Vini dei Colli di Parma DOC, Balsamic Vinegar Tradizionale DOP.
Here you will also have tastings of all products on site and a delicious lunch at the wine maker’s place, with a breathtaking view of the unique Castle of Torrechiara.
Traditional lunch with the most typical cured meats, tortelli di Parma, 3 wines, dessert, coffee.
After lunch your driver will escort you back to Parma city center, where you will have a walking tour with focus on both food, arts&crafts and lifestyle in general, as well as an unforgettable experience inside the Cathedral of Parma, the Baptistery and the wooden Teatro Farnese.
At the end of the tour you will be free to enjoy the rest of the day at your disposal.
Overnight in Parma.

Day 5 – Parma / Modena cooking class: the Chef Experience


After breakfast, meet your private English speaking driver at your hotel, for a direct transfer to Modena for a unique cooking class at a cooking school connected to a very famous Michelin Restaurant.
The chef owner himself will be working with you in the preparation of a 5 course traditional menu.
After cooking you will be able to taste the wonderful dishes cooked by you, accompanied by well-known wines.
At the end of activity you will return to Parma by car.

In the evening dinner will be served at a top-notch restaurant
downtown (walking distance from your hotel).
A traditional menu revived in modern concept: starters, 2 courses,
2 typical wines, dessert, coffee.
Overnight in Parma.

Day 6 – The truffle hunting experience in the mountains of Parma


After breakfast meet your private English speaking driver at your hotel and start your truffle day!
As soon as you arrive in the estate, you will be greeted by the truffle-hunting expert, called trifulé, who will introduce you the world of truffles.
After a quick lesson you will experience a two hour simulated hunt on an exclusive reserve accompanied by an experienced truffle hunter and his, with the lovely aid of the trained dogs.
After the hunting you will enjoy a visit of an interesting truffle farm producing many items based on truffles and a wonderful lunch of course based on truffle dishes.
At the end of the tour meet again your private driver for a transfer back to your hotel

 

Day 7 – Parma / Bologna departure


After breakfast and check out, meet at your hotel your private
English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Bologna International
airport to get your flight back home.

Day 8 – The truffle hunting experience in the mountains of Parma

8:00am: check-out and head on to the  scenic Parma Apennines for a guided truffle hunting experience structured as a team building activity using dogs, all managed and supported by the owner himself, who will offer you a rich tasting truffle-based lunch at his agriturismo. 

2 :30pm:
John + 3 pax will be transferred to Bologna train station for a direct train to Rome
Mr+Mrs. Lee will be transferred to Florence starting the second part of their tour

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7 Days Luxury Gourmet escape In Emilia Romagna
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  • 1 dinner at Michelin starred restaurant
  • Bologna Food & Art tour
  • Visit to the Farm house of Culatello
  • Cooking class in Modena at Michelin starred restaurant
  • Truffle hunting in the mountains of Parma<

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights at Grand Hotel Majestic 5*****L in Bologna – 1 double classic room
  • 4 nights at Park Hotel Pacchiosi 5***** in Parma – 1 double classic room
  • Breakfast at the hotels
  • Private transfers with luxury car and English speaking driver for all mentioned transfers
  • 1 dinner at Fourghetti Michelin starred restaurant in Bologna (4 courses wine excluded)
  • Private English speaking guide in Bologna Food & Art tour (3 hours)
  • Tastings during Food & Art tour:
    - Chocolate and coffee
    - Ham and cheese
    - Tortellini
  • Visit to the Farm house of Culatello
  • 1 lunch at Michelin starred restaurant in Parma (Tasting of Culatello, pizza, tortellini and dessert)
  • Gourmet Tour in the Hills of Parma
    - Visit to Cheese farm
    - Visit to Prosciutto farm
    - Visit to a winery
  • 1 lunch in Parma (cured meats, Tortelli di Parma, 2-3 wines, desser, coffee)
  • Cooking class in Modena at Michelin starred restaurant in Modena
  • 1 dinner in Parma (4 courses beverages not included)
  • Truffle hunting in the mountains of Parma
  • 1 Truffle lunch
  • Departure transfer from the hotel in Parma to Bologna airport

THE TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Municipality tax at hotels: they have to be paid directly at hotels
  • All meals not mentioned in the program
  • All transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Tips
  • All that is not expressly listed in "THE TOUR INCLUDES"

Bologna arrival and Michelin starred dinner

Day 1 – Bologna arrival and Michelin starred dinner


After your arrival at Bologna airport you will meet your private driver who will transfer you directly to your centrally located Luxury hotel: Grand Hotel Majestic 5*****L.
This superb five star deluxe hotel is situated in a Palazzo designed by architect Alfonso Torregiani during the first half of the 18th century and built by order of Cardinal Prospero Lambertini, who later became Pope. The palazzo is in fact, built on top of an ancient Roman road, part of which can be seen within the hotel. The 109 rooms have a mix of antiques fornitures with modern amenities, a perfect blend of classic italian style, elegance and hospitality.
Check in and rest of the day at your leisure.
In the evening, meet at your hotel your private English speaking driver at your
disposal for around 3 hours.
He will drive you to Fourghetti, the wonderful Michelin starred restaurant by
the famous Chef Bruno Barbieri.
Fourghetti is the place to spend time together where you can «forget it» and let
all that is outside fade away, because the moment has arrived where you enter
an environment where the only thing that counts is you, and those seated at the
table together with you. 
At the end of this amazing dinner your driver will accompany you back to the
hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2 – Bologna, Food and Art tour

 
You will spend an unforgettable 3 hours with an expert guide walking around the medieval market district and visiting a variety of historical food shops, pastry shops and pasta laboratories for small tastings of Bologna’s most typical
local produce. Tastings of chocolate & coffee,  ham&cheese and local delicacies such as tortellini. Visits to monuments excluded, however on request, to be paid to the guide on site we can organize additional visits to local museums, churches or other cultural centers in the city. After the tour you will have free afternoon at your  leisure.
Overnight in Bologna.

Day 3 – Bologna / Parma with stop for Culatello DOP in the Lowands of Parma


After breakfast and check out your private driver will transfer you to Parma by luxury car and stop at Polesine Parmense to visit a farm-to-table oriented farm which includes ageing cellars of Culatello di Zibello DOP (one of the most artisanal and expensive cured meats in the world) in the foundations of a medieval castle which has belonged to one of the most influential aristocratic families of northern Italy, the Marquises Pallavicino. The castle also houses a Relais and a Michelin star restaurant managed by the owner, chef Massimo Spigaroli. Unique location in the charming lowlands running along the Po River.
 Seated lunch in the castle with tastings of different ageings of Culatello, focaccia, tortellini in meat broth, dessert, coffee.
After lunch your driver will accompany you to your hotel In Parma: Park Hotel Pacchiosi 5*****

Immersed in a beautiful park of 10,000 sqm in the oldest district of Parma, the Park Hotel Pacchiosi is the ideal place to live the city, in total privacy and relaxation.
The historic building that houses the hotel dates back to early 20th century. It was in fact the "Reale Clinica Chirurgica", designed by Eng. Enrico Bovio. The entrance, elegant and marked by a monumental scale, is spacious and bright, with ceilings up to 15 meters. The Park Hotel Pacchiosi is the most luxurious hotel in Parma, and has 59 rooms furnished in neo-Renaissance style, with Carrara marble floors and handcrafted furniture made specifically for the hotel.
Check in and free time at leisure. Overnight in Parma.

Day 4 – The Food Valley Gourmet Tour in the hills of Parma


After breakfast meet at your hotel your private English driver and guide and transfer to the green hills of Parma by luxury car, for a real gourmet experience : educational visits to the producers of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, Prosciutto di Parma, Vini dei Colli di Parma DOC, Balsamic Vinegar Tradizionale DOP.
Here you will also have tastings of all products on site and a delicious lunch at the wine maker’s place, with a breathtaking view of the unique Castle of Torrechiara.
Traditional lunch with the most typical cured meats, tortelli di Parma, 3 wines, dessert, coffee.
After lunch your driver will escort you back to Parma city center, where you will have a walking tour with focus on both food, arts&crafts and lifestyle in general, as well as an unforgettable experience inside the Cathedral of Parma, the Baptistery and the wooden Teatro Farnese.
At the end of the tour you will be free to enjoy the rest of the day at your disposal.
Overnight in Parma.

Day 5 – Parma / Modena cooking class: the Chef Experience


After breakfast, meet your private English speaking driver at your hotel, for a direct transfer to Modena for a unique cooking class at a cooking school connected to a very famous Michelin Restaurant.
The chef owner himself will be working with you in the preparation of a 5 course traditional menu.
After cooking you will be able to taste the wonderful dishes cooked by you, accompanied by well-known wines.
At the end of activity you will return to Parma by car.

In the evening dinner will be served at a top-notch restaurant
downtown (walking distance from your hotel).
A traditional menu revived in modern concept: starters, 2 courses,
2 typical wines, dessert, coffee.
Overnight in Parma.

Day 6 – The truffle hunting experience in the mountains of Parma


After breakfast meet your private English speaking driver at your hotel and start your truffle day!
As soon as you arrive in the estate, you will be greeted by the truffle-hunting expert, called trifulé, who will introduce you the world of truffles.
After a quick lesson you will experience a two hour simulated hunt on an exclusive reserve accompanied by an experienced truffle hunter and his, with the lovely aid of the trained dogs.
After the hunting you will enjoy a visit of an interesting truffle farm producing many items based on truffles and a wonderful lunch of course based on truffle dishes.
At the end of the tour meet again your private driver for a transfer back to your hotel

 

Day 7 – Parma / Bologna departure


After breakfast and check out, meet at your hotel your private
English speaking driver for a direct transfer to Bologna International
airport to get your flight back home.

Day 8 – The truffle hunting experience in the mountains of Parma

8:00am: check-out and head on to the  scenic Parma Apennines for a guided truffle hunting experience structured as a team building activity using dogs, all managed and supported by the owner himself, who will offer you a rich tasting truffle-based lunch at his agriturismo. 

2 :30pm:
John + 3 pax will be transferred to Bologna train station for a direct train to Rome
Mr+Mrs. Lee will be transferred to Florence starting the second part of their tour

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Rome

In the morning at approx 12 am your personal driver will be waiting outside of the hotel to take you to the ‘Urbe Airport’ in Rome, where you will meet the pilot that will welcome you and invite you to board the private helicopter.

Rome

In the morning at approx 12 am your personal driver will be waiting outside of the hotel to take you to the ‘Urbe Airport’ in Rome, where you will meet the pilot that will welcome you and invite you to board the private helicopter. The helicopter is a AS365 Dauphin with 8 internal leather Vip seats, air conditioned and equipped with audio-system. At the end of this flight of about 20 minutes you will arrive up to the seaside of the capital where we selected for you a restaurant, La Posta Vecchia, whose chef Michelino Gioia, boasts one prestigious award: a Michelin star. In a unique surrounding frame just in front of the sea, you can taste and enjoy his best culinary deliciousness, just before to come back with your helicopter towards Rome.

After Lunch, at about 4am, your helicopter will be waiting for you, outside the restaurant, to continue the exclusive tour above the Roman countryside .

During the flight you can look at the Eternal city from a new and unique perspective: the majesty of the Roman villas, the beauty of Tivoli and Villa d’Este, the uniqueness of the Castelli Romani area where is the Pope's summer residence and the whole city from a panoramic point of view without equal. After this exclusive tour you will land back to “Urbe Airport” where your private driver is waiting for you to came back at your Hotel in Rome

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