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Grape Escape to the Top Classic Regions

Itinerary


Day 1: SAN GIMIGNANO We start from the Grape Tours office downtown Florence at 9 am, get settled in the van and head straight for San Gimignano. You will have time to stretch your legs on a little walk around town, a medieval world heritage site that offers an insight into life in Tuscany in the middle ages, along with great views over the surrounding countryside. It will then be time to visit our first winery of the trip where we will enjoy the full story of the Vernaccia grape that was well-known in Tuscany since Dante Alighieri visited in 1300 and gave it a mention in the Divine Comedy. We will enjoy lunch at the winery together with the wine tasting and after lunch we'll head towards Siena where we will settle into our countryside B&B. In the evening we'll head in to Siena for a stroll and a nice dinner. Day 2: MONTALCINO After breakfast and check-out we drive towards Montalcino via the panoramic route through the Crete Senesi with its amazing views. We'll stop in San Giovanni d'Asso, famous for truffles, and the up to the hilltop town of Montalcino. Our first winery is on the south side where we will get an introduction to the wines of Montalcino along with a great homecooked lunch. We will visit the Abbey of Sant'Antimo before proceeding to the second winery, a small organic establishment where we will meet the owner and get an intimate tour of the winery. We will check in to our B&B and take a predinner stroll in Montalcino. Dinner will be at a farmhouse with lots of great food and wine. Day 3: MONTEPULCIANO After breakfast and check-out we head towards Montepulciano through the gorgeous Val d'Orcia. The road offers several photo ops so we'll take it nice and slow as we arrive in Pienza. We'll stop in a modern winery for a nice tour and tasting and then have lunch in a cheese farm overlooking the most spectacular landscape in Tuscany. In the afternoon we'll visit a lovely winery in Montepulciano to learn all about the wines of this region. We check in to our countryside B&B and head into Montepulciano for a pre-dinner stroll and dinner will be at a local restaurant. Day 4: CHIANTI CLASSICO We head back north and drive by the majestic Castello di Brolio and visit a small family owned winery in the region of Gaiole in Chianti. The owners will cook lunch for us and we'll enjoy the wines of the winery. We head over Radda in Chianti, Panzano and in Greve in Chianti we'll visit another winery with a lot of history and charm. We end back in Florence at the Grape Tours office at 6 pm.




Highlights


● Visit the 4 classic wine regions of Tuscany: San Gimignano, Montalcino, Montepulciano & Chianti Classico ● 2 wineries each day with tours and tastings ● 4 Lunches in wineries and farms ● 3 Dinners (set menu) ● 3 Nights in a charming B&Bs and enjoy the peace of the countryside (breakfast included) ● Experience the countryside with the commentary of your personal Grape Tours guide who will escort you throughout the two days.




Price & tour info


Private for 1 couple: 2400 euro per person (based upon double room) As a small group option: 3-5 people: 2200 euro per person 6-8 people: 2000 euro per person INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE: Bilingual Grape Tours manager for the whole tour. 3 nights accommodation in a countryside B&B 3 Italian breakfast in the farmhouse. Collection and drop-off at the Grape Tours’ office in Florence. Roundtrip in a comfortable minivan. 4 day tours (8 hours service per day) 4 lunches 3 dinners (set menu) Winery visits and tastings NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE Anything not in the list above. Personal spending. Any required transfers, apart from those to and from the Grape Tours office in Florence. THE ACCOMMODATION: We work with several B&Bs and winery farmhouses that we will choose from according to availability. We guarantee you a good standard, clean rooms with private bathrooms and heating/air-conditioning. Please ask if your group wishes to upgrade any services.





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