Gourmet Tuscany

  • 8 Days

  • Italy

  • Active pace

A culinary adventure that takes you into local butchers and bakers, through the Chianti vineyards and into the Tuscan countryside where you’ll learn how to prepare Italian food in a traditional farmhouse environment.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Excursions
Service charges
Porterage
All airport taxes
All airport and port taxes
Single share option
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 17th June 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Overview

A culinary adventure that takes you into local butchers and bakers, through the Chianti vineyards and into the Tuscan countryside where you’ll learn how to prepare Italian food in a traditional farmhouse environment.

At a glance

  • Montecatini Discover the secrets of great bread making from a local baker
  • Leonardo Da Vinci Museum Browse a variety of exhibits dedicated to the interests of Leonardo
  • Greve Visit a traditional butcher’s shop to learn more about the Florentine steak and Finocchiona salami and enjoy cold cuts at a wine estate. 
  • Cooking Lessons Prepare Italian delicacies for yourself with locally sourced ingredients
  • Bolgheri Enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards before visiting a famous wine cellar
  • Chianti Valley Stop at a Tuscan wine estate known for its Chianti production

Day 1

UK - Pisa - Montecatini

Flying into Pisa, you’ll board the transfer to your hotel in Montecatini, where a special welcome dinner will be served.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Montecatini - Vinci - Montecatini

You'll make your way to Vinci to visit the museum dedicated to the works of the town's famous son, Leonardo Da Vinci. Find out the secrets of bread making at a local bakery in the Chianti Montalbano area, where you will enjoy a light lunch made of fresh bread accompanied by local cheese, cold cuts and a glass of wine.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Montecatini - Chianti Valley - Montecatini

Find out more about the “Florentine”steak and the “finocchiona” salami, with a visit to a traditional Italian butcher's shop in Greve. A lunch of cold cuts is served in the local wine shop. After lunch, visit one of the old Tuscan farmhouses known for its Chianti production, before returning to Montecatini for the evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Montecatini

In preparation for your authentic Italian cooking lesson in a rustic farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside, you'll start the day sourcing fresh ingredients on a guided visit to the local Montecatini market. Explore the farm and orchard after settling in with a welcome drink, then spend the afternoon learning hands-on about Italy's delicacies. You'll enjoy the dinner you have prepared this evening, with a prize going to the best team of master chefs.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Montecatini - Lucca - Montecatini

During a visit to the Renaissance walled town of Lucca and the Palazzo Mansi National Museum. Take a guided walking tour of the town center with it's cobbled streets and cafe-lined piazza's, and enjoy a cafe-crawl brunch. A guide will then uncover to you the treasures of the lush gardens and grand arched ceilings of the Palazzo Pfanner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Montecatini - Bolgheri - Montecatini

Discover the medieval hidden treasure town of Bolgheri, and enjoy a scenic drive through the vineyards, passing by some of Tuscany's top wineries. You'll visit one of the celebrated wine cellars followed by lunch in a local restaurant in Castagneto Carducci based on traditional recipes.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Montecatini

This morning why not take the opportunity to visit Pistoia with an optional excursion? Alternatively, relax or explore Montecatini at your own pace. This afternoon enjoy a cooking class at your hotel focusing on the making of cakes and desserts.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Montecatini - Pisa - UK

Transfer to the airport in Pisa for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Montecatini: Settentrionale Esplanade

Notes

Tour hotel will be as stated or similar

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