Discover the heart of Maremma Toscana region as local in a 5 star service.
Departures-Guarantee with a minimum of 2 guests
Starts/Ends in Rome
Depart from Rome to enjoy a luxury 3-day tour of Tuscany, immersing yourself in the culture and countryside of one of Italy’s most ancient and beautiful regions. You will visit the wild and unique Maremma, famed for its geographic diversity: the contrast of blue sea against black rock, golden beaches and deep green forests, stretches of marshland and soaring hills, saltwater and the natural springs which give the region its famed thermal baths. History is everywhere: we will follow the path of the Romans, who lived here two millennia ago, and then go even further back in time, to the Etruscans who preceded them. And when you’ve had your fill of culture, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to eat and drink: taste the Montecucco wines from which the Brunello di Montalcino originate, and savour characteristic Marammese dishes. You’ll be spoilt for choice at the 5-star Relais which will be your home from home in the Tuscan countryside.
Day 1: Pick up & Explore Maremma with the local
You will be on the fast train from Rome to Grosseto by nine in the morning. (Don’t worry: we’ll make sure you have your tickets and all the information you need to make the most of your trip). On your arrival in Maremma’s biggest town, you’ll be met by our local experts who will drive you to a trattoria to fortify yourselves for the afternoon on tortelli Maremmani pasta - homemade, of course. After lunch, you’re invited to taste the Montecucco DOCG wines of a local family-run vineyard, and then you’ll head towards the luxury Relais we’ve booked for your rest and relaxation. You’ll wind your way through the green hills of the Val d’Orcia, famous for the untouched beauty of its scenery and lush from the nutrient-rich waters of the River Orcia which burbles along the valley floor. The stretch which links the towns of Siena and Grosseto is the loveliest of all, and is studded by vineyards where you will take a break to sample more wines, such as Nobile of Montepulciano and Val d’Orcia DOC, direct from the hands of the growers.
Day 2: Montepulciano Pienza Montalcino
Today, you’ll visit some of the best-known villages in beautiful Tuscany. After you’ve enjoyed your Relais breakfast, you’re off to the medieval hill town of Montepulciano, with breathtaking views over the Tuscan plains and - it’s becoming a motif of the tour - more wine tasting, this time of the local speciality: the classic red vino nobile di Montepulciano. Fortified by your tasting, you’ll venture into some of the town’s underground cellars where wine connoisseurs since Etruscan times have cared for the precious liquid, Then, stroll along the Corso and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the town and browse the shops for crafts, food - and yes, more wine - typical of the region.
Our next stop is Pienza, another hill town, this one designed in the 15th century by a local nobleman, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who later became Pope Pius II. Designed as a summer retreat for hardworking popes, Pienza is the renaissance town par excellence, conceived of by its founder as the ‘ideal city’ whose residents can think beautiful thoughts in beautiful surroundings, enjoying a perfect harmony of form and function. And from the renaissance to …cheese, the famous sheep’s milk Pecorino di Pienza to be exact, sold by many Pientini shops alongside equally delicious spices, drinks, homemade pasta and other regional treats. Before heading for home, we’ll call in on our third hill town and the last of today’s vineyard hosts, producers of the delicious Brunello di Montalcino.
Day 3: Pitigliano Sorano Sovana
this morning is dedicated to the Etruscan heritage of the area, with visits to towns which have been lived in since as far back as 900 B.C., Sorano, Sovana, and Pitigliano. All three carry mesmerising reminders of the ancientness of life in the Maremma: carved from the rock by unknown hands three millennia ago, dominating the lush valleys and rushing rivers beneath them. Wander these ancient dwelling places and marvel at the channels Pitigliano’s first inhabitants dug into the red tufa, no one quite knows why, before visiting the Jewish Museum of Culture to learn why this fascinating town is also known as Italy’s Piccola Gerusalemme (Little Jerusalem). Then we’ll leave the Etruscans behind and head for a warm (37.5°C), sulphurous bathe in the springs of Saturnia, gazing out at the landscape which unfolds all around us, from Mount Amiata to the Albenga and Fiora hills.
Day 4: Luxury Spa in Bagno Vignoni & Drop Off
Finally, we’ll visit Bagno Vignoni, renowned among Italians as one of their country’s best spas (and the Italians know a thing or two about spas). Again, we’re dipping our toes in history - these waters were visited by Roman travellers striking out along the Via Francigena which connected Rome to far-off France. We will also have a look at the large tank built in the 16th century to hold the waters which bubbled up from beneath the town. Several spa packages are available at the Terme di Saturnia for an extra price. We recommend the packages described below, but further information is available from our guides about all the possibilities.
A welcome drink at the bar
The Brunello Ritual: a luxurious 100-minute experience designed especially for wine loving couples: after relaxation in a Brunello bath, you will be massaged with grapeseed oil and then invited to taste some of the area’s famous wines.
The Salt Grotto exclusive: an invigorating experience for couples. Dead Sea salt enriches the warm waters of the Saturnia baths for you to float, weightless, for twenty minutes, simultaneously cleansing body and soul!
The following refreshments are included: lunch (with water, coffee, and a glass of wine); and afternoon tea, where you can taste delicious local cakes and nibble on nutritious dried fruits.
You will also be given a bathrobe, a free bag, spa shoes, all the towels you need and use of a private locker for your belongings.
Complimentary access to thermal pools, bars, and saunas is included.
Rested and refreshed by your dip in the timeless waters of Saturnia, you will be driven back to Grosseto to catch the train south to Rome.
PRICES, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS:
Price for this tour is AUD 4470 per person in a suite room in HB service.
In order to book this tour, we require a 25% deposit of the overall tour cost. No booking will be reserved until the prescribed deposit is received.
Balance of the payment will be due 30 days before the starting of the tour.
Deposits and balance of payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card via Paypal with a 4% surcharge.
A payment of a deposit indicates an acceptance of all the conditions.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
Departures-Guarantee with a minimum of 2 guests
Starts/Ends in Florence
Max 6 people
The tour starts from Rome – Click here for more information www.trenitalia.com :
• Check IN:: 3.00 pm
• Check OUT: 10.00 am
Contact us if you need advice to reach the pickup point
Our tour groups have been designed for a group of no more than 6 people per week to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority.
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST:
- Private Suite in a 5 star Luxury Relais in HF ( Half Board)
- All continental breakfasts. All dinners.
- Transfer from the local station of Grosseto to the accommodation and back.
- Daily transfer with a luxury vehicle from the accommodation to the different locations of the tour and back. (9 hours day tour service)
- Bi-Lingual Hosts for the duration of your tour
- 4 day touring to itinerary locations.
- Train tickets from Rome to Grosseto and back
- On arrival at each location: remain as a group with tour leaders, alternatively explore independently and re-group at a pre-arranged time and location
- Wineries visiting with wine tasting each location with a visit of the callers at selected vineyards/ establishments.
- Tax, Gst.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
All items not detailed in inclusions
All transfers other than to the local train station
- Airport taxes
- Travel insurance.
- Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places wherever entry fees apply
- All lunches and meals not specifically listed above.
- All personal expenditure.
- Refer to specific tour.
PRICE, DEPOSIT, AND PAYMENTS
The prices shown are per person, double occupancy.
The deposit is 25% of the overall tour price or as listed on the tour booking form. This deposit is required to confirm any bookings by us. No booking will be reserved until the prescribed deposit is received.
Balance of the payment will due 30 days prior to the date of the first day of the tour you have booked. If booking within 30 days of the start of the tour the full payment must be made at the time of booking. Deposit and balance payments are accepted by bank electronic transfer, Pay pal system, credit cards (fees apply for credit cards and Pay pal). After your deposit has been accredited, we will send you an invoice with the due date for the balance pf payment. Should your final payment fail to reach us by the date specified on your invoice, we reserve the right to cancel your booking without refund.
The tour price quoted is based at the time of advertising (including foreign exchange rates) and are accordingly subject to change without notice. Tuscany Untouched tours reserves the right written notice to you to vary the cost of the tour if there is any significant change in currency exchange rates according up to 20 days prior to the first day of tour.
Unless otherwise stated, all tours are based on a minimum number of 2 travellers plus tour leader and maximum of 8. Where minimum have not been achieved on a given departure, the tour may be cancelled by Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd.
Accommodation is on a Private cosy villa/apartment in a traditional Tuscany farmhouse. Single supplement may be available at an addition cost.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUND
To cancel your tour booking, you must notify us in writing by email. If you cancel your tour booking for any reason at any stage, your 25% deposit is non-refundable. If you cancel 90 days before tour starting date: 75% of your total tour cost is refundable. If you cancel between 90 days and 60 days before tour starting date: 50% of your total tour cost is refundable for physician documented emergency medical reasons or for police documented cases of accident, flood, fire, or crime. Cancellations less than 60 days from the tour start date:100% non-refundable.
In the unlikely event that we must cancel your tour, you are entitle to a 100% refund within 2 weeks after the tour’s cancellation.
Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd has the right to decline any booking. Similarly, Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd, may require any travellers to withdraw from the tour if in its option the actions of that traveller are or no less than 3 hours after our arrival time (2 hours for Italian Domestic Flights and Europe-bound flights).
Personal travel insurance is not offered by Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. Travellers are requires to purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance to cover cancellation coverage, airline tickets, trip delay, lost luggage or any potential medical expenses. Before travelling, we require evidence of travel insurance and an emergency contact number for each traveller.
You are allowed one suitcase and one small carry-on bag. If you exceed this limit there may not be space in the vehicle to transport your excess luggage and it will be at your own expense to have it transported throughout the tour. We suggest that you bring a day pack for carrying water, guide books, jacket, rain gear, etc.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, HEALTH AND FITNESS
You are responsible for holding all valid travel documents at the time and satisfy any health, visa or other requirements that apply to places you intend to visit.
To comfortably complete our tours, you should be able to do some moderate walks over hills and be able to climb a number of stairs. We will also be doing a lot of walking in the town we visit. If you a planning a tour with us, we suggest starting moderate walking program at least 1 month before the tour.
Anyone suffering from illness or disability or undergoing treatment for any physical or medical condition, must declare the true nature of such condition at the time of booking and make arrangements for the provision pf any medication or other treatment which may be required during the tour. Failure to make such disclosure will constitute a breach of these booking condition and result in such person being excluded from the tour in which case all monies paid will be forfeit.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AND MOTION SIKNESS
Please advise us of any special requirements such as dietary requirements, medical requirements etc, at the time of booking. If you get motion sickness, it is advisable to bring with you motion sickness pills, as we will be travelling along mountains roads at times.
Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd will make effort to adhere to the advertised itinerary. However, in the event of unforeseen circumstances, Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary, including previously stated accommodations, modes of transport and all other activities.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expenses, accident, injury or damage to any person or property due to the actions or omissions of any person, or any cause, including but not limited to acts of God, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, defects in machinery, breakdown of equipment, whether quarantine, negligence, loss of baggage, or other causes beyond our control, such losses being the responsibility of the guest.
Except as required or implied by legislation Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd gives no express warranty in relation to the tour and you acknowledge that you have not relied on any representation or warranty made by or on behalf of Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. To the extent that such terms and conditions may lawfully be excluded all warranties are expressly excluded. Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd does not accept any liability for any act, omission, default or neglect by ourselves, our servents or agents or by the servants of agents of airlines or accommodation services for injury, damage or loss to persons or goods whatsoever and howsoever the same may be caused.
PERMISSION FOR PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF TRAVELLERS
You agree that our Tour Directors or representative may take photographs and film of you while you are on tour and that these may be used in our brochure, social media and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or videos.
All information provided by Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd regarding our tours is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes in group composition, accommodations, visits, and itineraries at any time should it become necessary or desirable. Delays, or itinerary changes caused by strikes, bad weather, traffic, or other unforeseen circumstances are beyond our control and we are not obligated to pay Travellers compensation.
RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY
I understand and acknowledge that the recreational activities available on the Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd may be dangerous. I understand and acknowledge that serious injury or death may result from participants in recreational activities. I agree that I PARTECIPATE at my OWN RISK.
BY SIGNING THIS WAIVER, I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT:
- participation in recreational activities is a hazardous activity and may result in injury, loss, damage or death to me;
- participation in recreational activities may require certain skills. I declare that I have sufficient skills to be able to safety and properly participate in the recreational activities;
- Where recreational activities are held outdoors, there are risk to me as a result of the weather condition, including either extreme hot or cold weather, rain or wind;
- I am responsible for ensuring that I have and will wear equipment suitable for safety and properly participating in the recreational activities.
- I agree not to take drugs prohibited by law before or during participation in recreational activities.
- I agree that I am in good health and free from any adverse medical conditions.
- I agree to follow the directions of any instructor or any signage and that any misconduct or refusal by me to follow any direction will result in my immediate removal from the tour.
- Any child under the age of 16 must be supervised at all time by a responsible adult parent and this waiver will bind both the responsible adult parent and supervised child.
- I use all facilities entirely at my own risk, as I find them and with the prior acceptance of the risk of possible danger to me.
- If I suffer harm while participating in any recreational activity, I will not hold Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd, their employees or agents legally responsible for any injuries I suffer. I will not sue the supplier (Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd), their employees or agents for any claims, costs, damages, or liability. I agree to release the Supplier and their employees from legal responsibility for the service I have been provided.
- I acknowledge and agree that my participation in any recreational activities are a danger and may have inherent risks as a result of which personal injury (and sometime death) may occur and I accept and assume all such risks of personal injury or death in anyway whatsoever arising from these activities and hereby waive my individual right to sue the Supplier for all claims I or my representatives may have for such personal injury or death against the Supplier in any way whatsoever arising from or in connection with these activities.
Our tours are not pet friendly