The perfect tour for couple, celebrating a special anniversary or simply looking for the best of the best in Tuscany. Hot Spring Waters for your soul, wine tasting and cooking classes for your senses and the magic of Tuscany’s old villages for your inner traveler.
FULLY ESCORTED LUXURY TOUR
FULLY ESCORTED LUXURY TOUR
Saturday: Pick up at Montepulciano Station
Pick up —> accommodation 5 star luxury Tuscany Relais click here to see your accommodation
On day one of the tour, your local guide will collect you from the main entrance of the Montepulciano stazione train station before whisking you away to your new Tuscan home, a stunning luxury private villa apartment in a local Tuscan Relais in Val D’orcia which is an ideal place to live in close contact with nature in complete relaxation and wellbeing, among the scents of lavender and rosemary of the surrounding garden. At the Relais you can get a chance to experience private cooking class, massages and wine tasting upon request. On your arrival at destination you are going to be part of a Tuscany dinner. What a perfect reason to get familiar with the place and the local people…
Sunday: Relax with the most beautiful natural hot springs and the beauty of tuffs old villages
Pitigliano, Sovana, Saturnia hot spring
Today we will start the tour visiting two or three of the Etruscan villages in south of Tuscany. The most important centre for the Etruscan era is Sovana, where the necropolis are their monumental rupestrian tombs are a typical feature; the Ildebrando, the tombs of Tifone and Sirena and many others.The quaint old town of Pitigliano is known as the little Jerusalem,for the historical presence of a Jewish community that has always been well integrated into the social context and that have their own Synagogue.
After a visit of those Etruscan villages, it is the time to relax and experience one of the most beautiful natural spring of Tuscany. Saturnia is a small town in the municipality of Manciano in Maremma, that stands on top of a hill overlooking the famous thermal springs. What turns Saturnia into an attractive destination are its famous thermal springs. Saturnia’s thermal baths are made of several springs stretching from Mount Amiata to the hills of Albenga and Fiora and reaching Roselle and Talamone. The warm sulphurous waters of Saturnia were well-known by the Etruscans and Romans. The thermal waters have a temperature of 37.5 °c and therapeutic and relaxing properties.
You can then decide to come back to the accommodation for a lovely dinner or in a different Tuscany trattoria nearby the accommodation recommended from the tour manager.
Monday: Montefollonico, Pienza , Montepulciano
Wine, cheese and stunning Tuscany landscapes
The beautiful and untouched landscape is the absolute protagonist in Val d’Orcia.
This area of Tuscany boasts of endless rolling hills covered with grain or sunflowers, a rich green valley which encompasses the Orcia river, from which the zone derives its name, and don’t forget the vineyards for the renowned wines of Nobile of Montepulciano and the newcomer on the market, the Val d’Orcia DOC. It is no wonder that this territory, which stretches along the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Today, our tour manager/driver will take you over some of the most famous villages of Tuscany. We will start from Monefollonico for a coffe break and then we will move to Montepulciano where we will stop for lunch and some wine tasting of Nobile of Montepulciano. You will have a chance to visit some spectacular historical Etruscan cellars and walking though the main road “Corso” full of artisan shops.
Before coming back to the accommodation, we will stop to Pienza. The Perfect Mix of Architecture, Food & Tradition built to represent the “Utopian City“. Pienza enjoys a strategic position standing high atop a hill, dominating all the Orcia Valley with extraordinary views. This charming village is widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”, the creation of the great humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini who later became Pope Pius II. Pienza is also the city of cacio, which means cheese! The Pecorino of Pienza is a tasty cheese made from sheep’s milk, renowned worldwide and delicious, which can go from a delicate flavor to a decisive one based on how aged it is. The town streets are full of small charming shops selling a large quantity of various types of pecorino, from fresh to aged pecorico, that you can taste together with a number of other typical local products, such as fine wines, spices, pici (handmade pasta) and so on.
Tuesday: Cooking Class or Siena
Cooking class —-> Firenze —>
On the third day of our tour, you can choose between enjoying a cooking class with our local chef with whom you will prepare your dinner and enjoying the morning relaxing at the pool, or we will take you to the train station of Montepulciano to Siena by train. From June to September we will be joining the local villagers as they enjoy their vibrant summer festivals.
Wednesday: Monteriggioni & San Gimignano
Monteriggioni represents one of the most important walled castles in the territory. It has incredibly preserved an intact structure as if time had never passed on the hill from which it elegantly dominates the surrounding landscape. The castle was built by the Sienese between 1213 and 1219 for defensive purposes: its strategic location atop a hill overlooking the Cassia Road allowed the castle to control the cities of the Val d’Elsa and Staggia and be on the lookout for any armies approaching Siena. The reputation and prestige of this particular castle has a very consolidated notoriety because Monteriggioni was cited by the “Supreme Poet” Dante Alighieri in his most famous work, The Divine Comedy.
Our day will start driving to Monteriggioni for a visit of the castle. Then will stop in one of the run family business farmhouse for a wine tasting and lunch in san Gimignano, before the visit of the village. At this farm you will have a chance to try the most famous Tuscany white wine La Vernaccia.
San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the other buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley.
At the height of its glory, San Gimignano’s patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance.
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, San Gimignano offers visitors the chance to step back in time while enjoying its local products including saffron and its white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
You can then decide to come back to the accommodation for a lovely dinner or in a different Tuscany trattoria nearby the accommodation recommended from the tour manager
Thursday: Brunello di Montalcino & Natural hot spring
—> Montalcino —-> Montichiello—> San Filippo
Today, we will visit Montichiello which is a tiny fortified medieval village known as the “terrazza della Val’ Orcia” – the terrace of Val d’Orcia. It is a small centre in the heart of the Orcia valley whose beauty derives from its geographical position and the harmonious integration of its medieval architecture, and wide, well-proportioned spaces, which give the impression of moving around a large house.
Later we will go to San Filippo natural hot spring: that most foreign visitors still don’t know about (and that locals are trying to keep a secret from us): the outdoor hot springs at San Filippo! The springs at San Filippo are gorgeous! You can see that from the pictures, of course ;-). The calciferous formations, waterfalls and small pools of hot water surrounded by the woods just outside the small town of Bagni San Filippo in the Val d’Orcia will seem to take you to another world. The good thing is that there is an easy path that runs along the river and provides easy access. The waterfall is called the White Whale for its similarity to the mouth of a whale. The calcium formation is the most impressive formation at the hot springs of San Filippo, and while you can walk on them, take special care of where you put your feet. The springs surge out of the ground nearby, coming out at 48°C, so the water at the White Whale is warm – very warm which permits bathing in fall and winter.
After spending some hours relaxing at the natural spring, it is the time to move to the last village of Montalcino before coming back to the accommodation. Montalcino is renowned for Brunello di Montalcino, a red wine that is widely regarded as one of the top three red wines in the world. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about this wine with a visit to one of the region’s most prestigious winery and cellars.
Friday: Bagno VignoneLuxury Day Spa in Bagno Vignone
As last day in Tuscany, you will have a great pleasure and to experience the most beautiful Spa of Italy called Bagno Vignoni. The ancient village of Bagno Vignoni is located in the heart of Tuscany, in the Val d’OrciaNatural Park. Thanks to the Via Francigena (which was the main route followed by pilgrims in antiquity who went to Rome), these thermal waters were found and have been used since Roman times. At the heart of the village is the “Square of sources”, namely a rectangular tank, of sixteenth-century origin, which contains the original source of water that comes from the subterranean aquifer of volcanic origins. Since the Etruscans and Romans – as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds.
You can chose for many different package options at the Spa. Here, below, one ideal package for you for a full immersion relaxation that you might considerate which is not included on the price.
-Welcome drink at the bar
-Brunello ritual: A romantic experience for a couple comprising a relaxing bath with Brunello and enjoyable massage with grape-seed oil followed by a vine tasting session in a relaxed atmosphere.100 minutes.
-Salt Grotto exclusive: Magic moments and romantic experience for two. Weightless floating in warm thermal water enriched with Dead Sea salt brings deep cleansing and harmony to the skin. Around 20 minutes
-lunch for two (water , coffe and a glas of wine included) Afternoon tea with some dried fruits and cakes.
-Bath robe, towels for swimming pool and Sauna, spa shoes, a free bag, a private locker
-free access to all the thermal pools, saunas and area relax, access to the bars inside the center.
This is one of the treatment packaged we selected as the best one. However, we can arrange different one upon specific requests.
In afternoon our tour manager will drive you back to the accommodation to get ready for the last dinner together.
Saturday: Drop off at Montepulciano Stazione
Breakfast —> Drop off
We’ll end our tour with a hearty breakfast before bidding our farewells at Montepulciano Stazione