- Meals as indicated
- Visits to Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri, Greve
- Scenic visit to Chianti Valley
- Local Guides for city sightseeing in Vinci, Montecatini, Lucca; professional Tour Director while touring
- Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
- Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- 8th July 2018
- 12th August 2018
- 23rd September 2018
Day One: Arrive in Montecatini, Italy (D)
Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow Travellers.
Day Two: Montecatini - Excursion to Vinci (B, L)
This morning, head out into the lush, rolling landscape of the Montalbano hills, where you will see many Italian cuisine ingredients growing in their native environment. Pass terraced grape vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees on your way to the quaint village of Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Here, you will learn all about the Renaissance master at the museum dedicated to his life and many areas of interest, which included everything from painting, sculpting, and inventing to anatomy, music, and cartography! Later, visit a bakery in the Chianti Montalbano area to learn the secrets of Italian bread making, followed by a light lunch of fresh bread, local cheese, cold cuts, and a
glass of the local wine.
Day Three: Montecatini - Excursion to the Chianti Valley (B, L)
Cradled between the provinces of Florence and Siena, the Chianti Valley is the heart of Old Tuscany and has been hailed for its exceptional wines since the 13th century. Your journey today takes you to Greve to visit a Macelleria, a traditional Italian butcher shop, where you'll learn about Bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine Steak) and tasty Finocchiona (fennel salami). Then, enjoy lunch at a charming wine shop, and visit a historic Tuscan estate known for its Chianti and Supertuscan wine production.
Day Four: Montecatini (B, D)
Your day begins at a local market in Montecatini, where an expert guide will help you select fresh ingredients for an Italian cooking lesson at a rustic farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside. Once you arrive at the farm, enjoy a welcome drink, explore the orchard, learn about Italy's most famous delicacies, and then roll up your sleeves for a fun, hands-on cooking experience. This evening, relax with your travelling companions and savour the delectable dinner you prepared-maybe your team will win the master chef prize.
Day Five: Montecatini - Excursion to Lucca (B, L)
Today features a visit to Lucca, a stunning showcase of medieval architecture and layer upon layer of rich history and culture. Marvel at the beautiful art and tapestry collections at the baroque Palazzo Mansi National Museum, then take a guided walking tour around the Old Town with its fine, intact Renaissance-era wall, cobblestone streets, and cafe-lined piazzas. A lively cafe-crawl snack brunch is included followed by the main course at a local restaurant. Then, your Local Guide introduces you to the stunning ornamental gardens and grand arched ceilings of Palazzo Pfanner.
Day Six: Montecatini - Excursion to Bolgheri (B, L)
Travel through the vineyard-dotted countryside and along cypress-lined Viale dei Cipressi for your fascinating entrance into enchanting Bolgheri. With its red-brick castle and atmospheric Old Town, it's not hard to believe Bolgheri jumped right off the pages of a storybook. There's time here to visit one of the wine cellars that produce Bolgheri's celebrated reds. First created in the 1980s, many wine experts believe these now rival French Bordeaux. Later, stop at nearby Castagneto Carducci, known for its splendid panoramic views of the Etruscan Coast. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the chance to sample the local liquor.
Day Seven: Montecatini (B, D)
Your final morning in Montecatini is yours to do as you please. You could choose to explore more of the city on your own, to relax and shop for souvenirs, or to join the exciting optional excursion to the well-preserved medieval city of Pistoia, renowned for its quaint Old Town, beautiful sculpture garden, and outstanding artisan-crafted chocolate! This afternoon is dedicated to a cooking class at your hotel, focusing on the creation of cakes and desserts.
Day Eight: Montecatini (B)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Valid from Jun 6, 2018
Expires Jul 31, 2018
Bookings essential and must be made five days from purchase. Subject to availability. International flights included not included. Tour departs 8th July, 12th August & 23rd September 2018. Must be used in 1 visit. Deal valid for one person on a twin share basis i.e. two vouchers must be purchased at this price. Single traveller option must be purchased if travelling alone. Includes: Accommodation with private bath or shower,, Visits to Castagneto Carducci, Bolgheri, Greve, Scenic visit to Chianti Valley, Local Guides for city sightseeing in Vinci, Montecatini, Lucca; professional, Tour Director while touring, Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges & meals as indicated etc. Excludes Flights, Visas, Travel insurance, Personal expenses & anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Travel insurance recommended. Value of deal is based on current rates, which are subject to change. Refund available from GrabOne within 48 hours of purchase if specific dates are not available. No cashback. Not to be used with other offers.
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