- Become acquainted with your home away from home; a stunning private apartment in a traditional Tuscan farmhouse.
- Embark on a journey of new discoveries, new flavors, new textures and new food flavours
- Get to the heart of Tuscany’s soul with an unforgettable visit to Maremma.
- Learn the secrets of the Tuscan Cuisine, using wines and matching the best ingredients
- Indulge yourself with the best wine tasting you can experience when it comes to Chianti and Chianina Steak
- Follow the path of the immortal Carducci, one of the greatest Italian Poet in Bolgheri
FULLY ESCORTED BOUTIQUE TOUR
Saturday: Pick up at Figline Valdarno Station
Pick up ---> accommodation
On day one, your local guide will come and pick you up from the Central Station of Figline Valdarno’s main entrance before dropping your off to your new Tuscan home. This new home that you will be staying in is a private apartment in a local Tuscan farmhouse. Once you arrive in your apartment, you will be participating at your first Tuscany dinner. This is our way of letting yourselves be familiar with some delicious local food and bond with the locals. As farmhouse, it is surrendered of a lots of green. It has a farm as well with many animals and of course a big swimming pool, a restaurant for dinners and breakfast, a laundry and wi.fi. The farmhouse has 12 individual apartments. it used to be a tiny village. All guests will stay on the same farmhouse property but they will be in the own private accommodation with their own facilities.
Sunday: Vernaccia Wine and San Gimignano
San Gimignano- Vernaccia wineries
For our Sunday agenda, we will have white wine which will be dedicated to the La Vernaccia Tuscan wine.
Our morning will be spent driving around the countryside of Castelvecchio National Park and San Gimignano. Upon driving, we will get a chance to taste some of the stunning wines and delicious foods that these 2 wineries provide.
Vernaccia di San Gimignano is named as one of the top wines in Tuscany. The Vernaccia-based wine from San Gimignano comes with a long history, and during the Renaissance period, local Vernaccia is famous for being Italy’s noblest wine. There’s no doubt that its fame has a connection to the region where it all started, San Gimignano. San Gimignano is an ancient town in Tuscany that is famous for its medieval towers, and there’s no doubt that it is also popular because of its wine. In Dante’s Divine Comedy and San Gimignano’s records, it was shown that the Vernaccia wine grape was mentioned in as early as 1276. The name was originally thought to have originated from the word vernaculum meaning “of the place” and is the etymological root for the word “vernacular.”
For the afternoon, we will be heading to the gorgeous village of San Gimignano wherein you can have some time to explore the entire town. San Gimignano is well-known for its well preserved medieval architectures and lofty towers where visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the valley that surrounds it. During its glory days, the patrician families of San Gimignano had built an estimate of 72 tower houses to symbolize its wealth and power. Even though that only 14 are left, San Gimignano still retains its magical appearance and feudal atmosphere.
Finally, we will conclude the day by making a visit at a local Tuscan trattoria where we will be having dinner before heading back to the apartment.
Monday: Morellino and Montecucco wines
Morellino di Scansano and Montecucco Wine
Today is red wine day! We will taste some of the best red Italian wines from Maremma in Tuscany. It's not a surprise that Tuscan red wine is considered one of the best in the world. The winemakers of the region have centuries of experience just to master it. Wine is made here ever since the Etruscan times wherein it was sold all over Europe.
Once breakfast is done, we will start heading to the Maremma Tuscana passing through the countryside between Montecucco and Montiano. Then, we will keep going to the top 2 best local wineries while tasting some samples of fine wines as we go along our way. These wineries are being run by a local family who has years of experience in producing some of the most sensational Montecucco and Morelino di Scansano wines. We will be having a scrumptious lunch on one of the three local wineries and indulge ourselves with sample traditional foods that came from Maremma.
The tour will end with a visit in Talamone to the coast which is a village that is famous for having some great foods, vibrant nightlife, beautiful landscape, and a tasty gelato. After that, we will stop on the way for a dinner and we will go back to the apartment to rest for the day.
One of the most famous Tuscan wines is Morellino, and the delicious undertones combine the hills from which it hails the fragrances of the sea. The wine is being made around the valleys of Scansano wherein the Sangiovese grapes that are being grown there got the name Morellino which means brown one or little dark. The reason for its name is either because of the color of the grape, or perhaps it boasts a resemblance to the local breed of horses, the Maremmano. According to the chair of the Decanter World Wine Awards, Mr Richard Baudains, wine lovers who want to indulge themselves in the real flavors of Tuscany should find out about these little-known wines of Montecucco. The historic Tuscan DOCs were made in the year 1960 and the very first DOCGs in the year 1980. It was only in 1998 when Montecucco came to be. During that time, the producers’ register contained only about 10 names or so and the area nearly had 100 hectares of vineyard. Each of the producers has their story to tell, but the group they formed is cohesive and shares a lot of philosophies. One of their key examples for this one is that they are committed to growing their crops organically and a majority of the top producers in Montecucco practice biodynamic or organic viticulture.
Tuesday: Cooking Class and Siena
Cooking class —-> Siena —>
You will be given 2 difference choices on how you want to spend the day during your Tuesday tour. If you love cooking, then you should choose the cooking class where you will work with our local chef Pasquale, with whom you be preparing the lunch together and finally enjoy the evening at one of the local village parties. As an alternative, we will drop you off the train station so that you can make your way to Siena by train. From June to September, we will be tagging along with the local villagers as they have the most fun during the vibrant summer festivals.
Wednesday: Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci
Bolgheri & Carducci
Once you get a view of this place, you can say that it is one of the most stunning areas in Tuscany. Our day will start with a drive to the village of Bolgheri wherein we will take a side trip to the Bolgheri Castle. After that, we will proceed to the valley through the famous “avenue of cypress trees” to get to the first local winery before continuing along the main road that is connecting Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci to make a visit to 2 additional wineries. In these 2 wineries, you will have a free sample of their fine wines as well as a visit to their wine cellars.
After having a traditional Tuscan lunch on one of their wineries, we will continue to Castagneto Carducci to visit the village before heading back to the apartment.
In Bolgheri, you will see one of the most prestigious vineyard areas in all of Italy. The winemaking zone of the area consists of a sloping coastal vineyard at the bottom of the hills between the town of Bolgheri and the southern part of Castagemeto. It has a proximity location to the Tyrrhenian Sea and is being described as “the golden oasis of the Maremma.” In the year 1960s, the wine industry in Tuscan needs a bit of a shake-up, and Bolgheri was one of the avant-garde areas that brought the region back to life. The locals employed a tactic to start a new trend of non-DOC wines, and by 1968, a new style of wine was born which was dubbed as the Super Tuscan. The Super Tuscan’s flagship wine is named Sassicaia.
The famous avenue of cypress trees is located in the municipality of Castagneto Carducci and is a 5km stretch of road that links the oratory of San Guido to the village of Bolgheri. The long road is linear and is flanked by 2 rows of 2,540 century-old cypress trees. The road was built in the 18th century wherein it was when officials decided to create perpendicular roads along the Via Regio which will connect the smaller towns in the countryside to Bolgheri. This road has the memorable verse from the poem of Giosuè Carducci entitled Davanti San Guido to thank for its fame. The poet has been a resident here for several years as well. There is a small obelisk at the start of the road which was placed by Giuseppe della Gherardesca in 1908 to commemorate the famous poet.
Thursday: Brunello di Montalcino Vs Nobile di Montepulciano
Today, we will visit Montalcino, which 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 wineries and cellars. Later, we will visit Montepulciano, a famous medieval village that is replete with Tuscan history and an area of the region that is renowned for its cultural summer festival and fairs.
Our tour will continue with a visit to the city walls, where you’ll have an opportunity to watch skilled tradesmen and women at work using traditional manufacturing techniques to shape copper in their old artisan shops. We’ll also stop by some of the characteristic enoteche (wine shops). The day will end at one of the local Trattoria or at the accommodation.
Friday: The Chianti Region
Chianti region —> Greve in Chianti
For all wine enthusiasts, this is certainly the day for you! For today, we will be visiting Chianti in Tuscany wherein it has the most notable vineyards and castle. You’ll learn some of the deepest secrets of these renowned wines in Chianti. We will also have a side visit to the extra virgin olive producer where you will learn more about the olive groves and artisan oils of the region. After sampling some of Chianti’s famous fare, we will go next to the Greve to visit the region’s renowned deli and butchery. Once you have stocked up on the area’s high-quality produce, we will drop by on a local family owned trattoria, where you will enjoy a delicious Tuscan meal. We will conclude the day with a dinner of the famous T-bone steak.
Saturday: Drop off at Figline Val D’arno Station
Breakfast —> Drop off
The tour will end with a hearty breakfast before we make our goodbyes to you at the Figline Valdamo station.
PRICES 2019, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS:
April – May – July – August – October AUD 3580,00 per person
June – September AUD 3670,00 per person
Departures-Guarantee with a minimum of 2 guests
From the 27 Aril - 19 Oct 2019: Saturdays
Starts/Ends in Figline Valdarno train station (near of Florence)
Max 8 people
A surcharge of 400 AUD per person will be apply if you request a "private tour".
Private Apartment in cosy farmhouse. Single supplement: AUD 200,00
Once we have checked the regular documentation included your travel insurance, 25% deposit of the overall tour cost, is required. 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 Pay pal. (4% surcharge with credit cards)
A payment of a deposit indicates an acceptance of all the conditions.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
This tours is based on a Saturday to Saturday stay with us tour.
Pick up at Figline Valdarno Station – Click here for more information
• 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 8 people per week to ensure that client needs and enjoyment is always our top priority..
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
- Private Apartment farmhouse accommodation.
- All continental breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners in local traditional restaurants with set menu composed with at least 3 courses with water and wine included.
- Transfer from the local station to the accommodation and back.
- Daily transfer with a luxury vehicle from the accommodation to the different locations of the tour and back
- Bi-Lingual Hosts for the duration of your tour
- 5 day touring to itinerary locations. Tuesday free day
- Train tickets for independent travel to Siena
- 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
- 12 Wine tasting with a visit of the callers at selected vineyards/ establishments
- Maps for all itinerary location
- One cooking class at the farmhouse
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.
Once booked the tour we will send you a form with more details of the tour and extra activities.
Activities beyond the specified tours listed on this website are subject to additional costs
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.
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PERMISSION FOR PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF TRAVELLERS
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- 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;
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- 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.
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Our tours are not pet friendly
2019 Tour Dates
Departures-Guarantee with a minimum of 2 guests
From the 27 Aril - 19 Oct 2019: Saturdays
Starts/Ends in Figline Valdarno train station (near of Florence)
Max 8 people
As the availability could change, it is advisable to send your enquire anyway.