There’s no doubt that we Tuscans love wines, but apart from that, we even love to share our glass of a good Chianti with someone who also shares the same passion with us.
FULLY ESCORTED BOUTIQUE TOUR
- 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
TOUR GROUPS: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. Tours and tariffs are subject to change.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS:All tours, travel arrangements and accommodations are secure from the time of confirmation of booking. Consequently a cancellation fee will apply on all cancellations. If you cancel your tour reservation for any reason, your first deposit of 15% is non-refundable. If you cancel 90 days before tour starting date: 85% 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, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the tour cost will apply. We do not provide refunds for: non-medical personal problems; air carrier delays or cancellations; inability to obtain passports; business problems or emergencies; etc. In the unlikely event or if the tour fails to fill with the necessary minimum number of participants required (2 people), you would be entitled to a 100% refund in full.
COST/EXCHANGE RATES:Prices and tariffs quoted for the tours are subject to change without notice in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, such as significant currency fluctuations.
INSURANCE:You are required to purchase your own travel insurance to cover cancellation coverage, airline tickets, trip delay, lost luggage or any potential medical expenses, personal accident and sickness, emergency repatriation and personal liability. It is advisable to take specific cover for ambulance through the respective State ambulance providers or through their own private health insurance. Please note that travellers on Tuscany Untouched tours must have comprehensive travel insurance. We will require evidence including policy number, insurers name and emergency contact number before we finalise your booking.
LUGGAGE:You are allowed one suitcase and one 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. We suggest that you bring a day pack for carrying water, guide books, jacket, rain gear, etc.
STRENUOUS WALKINGMost medieval towns were built as hilltop fortifications, so you will find some challenging climbs. There is a lot of walking on our tours and you will spend a lot of time on your feet while sightseeing. Age is not important as long as you are physically fit and a strong walker. Our tours are not suited for anyone who has problems with knees, back, heart or obesity.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS:Single travellers are provided a private apartment. The additional single supplement cost will apply.
PRICES:Our recommended tours and dates, as listed on our web site, are guaranteed once a booking is confirmed. Your additional expenses will be for non-included meals, moderate tipping where appropriate, and personal sightseeing or shopping.
LIMIT OF LIABILITY:No responsibility is accepted for any loss, expense, 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, weather, quarantine, negligence, loss of baggage, or other causes beyond our control, such losses being the responsibility of the guest.
MEMBERSHIP ON TOUR:Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd reserves the right to accept, reject, or not retain any person as a tour participant whose condition or general deportment impedes the operation of the tour or, in the opinion of the tour manager, affects the rights and enjoyment of other guests. A guest not retained on tour shall have no cause for complaint or refund, and shall bear any and all extra expenses that ensue.
TOUR CHANGES:All information on this website is, to the best of our knowledge, correct. However, we reserve the right to make changes in 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 obliged to pay guests compensation.
STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIESJust a reminder that travel on Tuscany Untouched trip requires a degree of flexibility, and you should understand that the trip’s route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should Tuscany Untouched PTY LTD deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or re-routing any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to you if the reason for any alteration is outside Tuscany Untouched’ control. While travelling with Tuscany Untouched you agree to accept the authority of the leader at all times. You are aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. You understand that Tuscany Untouched reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time. To the best of Tuscany Untouched’s knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Tuscany Untouched will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behaviour of these third parties. Tuscany Untouched will not accept responsibility or liability for any traveller who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited. No employee, servant or agent of Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd has authority to vary these conditions.
CONFIRMATION BOOKING FORMAll Tuscany Untouched travellers on group trips must sign a Booking Form. Please note that signing the form is a pre-requisite of travelling with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd. The wording of this form follows. “I understand that touring with Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd may involve risks (and rewards) above and beyond those encountered on a more conventional holiday, and that I am undertaking a physical trip with inherent dangers. I understand that I am travelling to geographical areas where, amongst other things, the standard of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, cleanliness, medical facilities, telecommunications and infrastructure development may not be of the standard I am used to at home or would find on a conventional holiday. I have read and understood the Tuscany Untouched tour notes for the trip I am undertaking and have provided details of any pre-existing medical conditions I have to Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd representatives. I accept these risks and obligations and I fully assume the risks of travel. I release Tuscany Untouched Pty Ltd from any liabilities connected to these risks to the maximum extent permitted by law.”
ANIMALS: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.