Culinary Journey Through Tuscany

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Date: Tuesday, 04 October 2022 12:00 AM - Wednesday, 12 October 2022 12:00 AM

Download 2022 Culinary Journey Through Tuscany.pdf

COST: $4,199 per person, based on Double Occupancy, or $650 for Single Supplement, and includes motorcoach transportation to Newark Airport, roundtrip airfare to Italy, 17 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners), Professional Tour Director, admissions per itinerary, motorcoach transportation through Italy, comprehensive sightseeing, 7 nights' first class hotel accommodations, luggage handling, and all hotel transfers. 

Travel Protection: $355 per person

NO RISK DEPOSIT ($500 PP) Until Final Payment Due Date!! 

BOOKING DISCOUNT OF $200 PP applied if Final Payment (by check) is made before due date (7/20/22)!!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Night Stay at ONE HOTEL in the Chianti Region (CDH Hotel Radda) 
  • Truffle Hunt Experience and Tasting at a Tuscan Estate italyculinary
  • Walking Tour of Florence and The Statue of David 
  • Organic Cooking Class with a Pasta Master at Castello di Vicciomaggio
  • Volpaia's Castle & Winery with Vin Santo Tasting & Cantucci Tasting
  • Pecorino Cheese Tasting in Pienza 
  • Music & Wine Experience with a local Sommelier at a Farmhouse in Montalcino
  • Guided Walking Tour of Sienna
  • Tuscan Farmhouse & Winery Visit with Dinner & Wine
  • Visits and free time in the towns of San Gimignano and Volterra
  • Gelato Tasting by a World Famous Gelato Master
  • Lunch at a local Farmhouse Specializing in Saffron Production
  • Boat Excursion on Lake Trasimeno & Visit to the Village of Touro
  • Lunch including Wine on the Island Maggiore 
  • Full Day at leisure to relax or Explore on your own 

 

October 4: Overnight Flight to Italy 
Benedict's Bus Motorcoach will take you from Wellsboro to NEWARK AIRPORT.  Board our OVERNIGHT FLIGHT to Europe.  
 
October 5: Arrival to Florence, Italy - Chianti Region
Arrive in Florence and meet your TOUR DIRECTOR.   We will transfer to our TUSCAN HOTEL in the CHIANTI REGION for a SEVEN NIGHT STAY.  This evening, enjoy a WELCOME DINNER of TUSCAN FAVORITES and locally-produced WINE with your fellow travelers.   (D) 
 
October 6: Truffle Hunt Experience & Florence Sightseeing
After BREAKFAST, travel through the surrounding hilly landscape, dotted with olive groves cypresses, vineyards and palaces. Arrive at a lovely TUSCAN ESTATE, where you will be greeted with a WELCOME DRINK.  Next, enjoy a TRUFFLE HUNT with access to a protected area on theflorenceitaly property.  Following this experience, a DELICIOUS TASTING is waiting.  Enjoy delicious oil and truffle butter bruschetta, salami, pecorino and wines from the estate. Later this afternoon, we travel to FLORENCE where a LOCAL EXPERT GUIDE awaits you for a WALKING TOUR OF FLORENCE featuring a visit to the ACADEMY GALLERY to see Michelangelo's original STATUE OF DAVID, a truly awesome sight.  See the Cathedral to see Giotto's Belltower and Baptistry with its impressive 'Gates of Paradise.'  These buildings demonstrate the traditions of Florentine art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.  Also see the open-air museum of PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA & SANTA CROCE, which houses the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo.  The insightful walking tour also features a STROLL ACROSS THE FAMOUS PONTE VECCHIO BRIDGE lined with shops. DINNER is included tonight at a local restaurant.  Return to your hotel later this evening.   (B, D)
 
October 7: Organic Cooking Class & Wine Tour & Tasting 
This morning, enjoy an ORGANIC COOKING & PASTA-MAKING CLASS and LUNCH atitalywine CASTELLO DI VICCHIOMAGGI, located at the top of a hill overlooking the valley of Greve in Chianti.  You will be greeted with a WELCOME DRINK, while the chef will present the program of the day and his recipes.  He will then divide the group into small groups that will alternate during the cooking course.  The restaurant staff will then assist you to put on your chef aprons and hats and let the cooking fun begin!  At the end, you will get to taste what you have prepared.  Later this afternoon, continue to VOLPAIA CASTLE for a WINE TOUR & TASTING consisting of VIN SANTO (holy wine) and CANTUCCI (local biscuit).  DINNER is included at your villa this evening.   (B, L, D) 
   
October 8: Val D'Orcia with Pienza Montalcino * Siena 
Travel to PIENZA, a lovely medieval town overlooking the Tuscan hills, Here we will stop at a LOCAL CHEESE PRODUCER for a delicious typical PECORINO CHEESE TASTING.  The tour continues to a traditional farmhouse in Montalcino, where you will enjoy a multisensory experience of MUSIC AND WINE!  Four wines will be matched with four music tracks selected by a local Sommelier.  You will have time for lunch on your own in Montalcino before continuing onto Siena, where a LOCAL GUIDE awaits you for a WALKING TOUR in the OLD TOWN.  The hightlight is the PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, the seashell-shaped square on which the famous horse-race, the Palio, takes place each year.  Just outside Siena, we will reach a FARMHOUSE for a visit and an opportunity to meet the owner.  Enjoy DINNER at the farmhouse featuring typical TUSCANNY DISHES PAIRED WITH LOCAL WINES.   (B, D) 
 
October 9: San Gimignano and Volterraitalygelato
Today, we travel to SAN GIMIGNANO, the epitome of a Tuscan Hill town, where nobles built more splendid towers to outdo one another and indulge in their need for status.  The medieval structures of this city have largely remained intact and San Gimignano, with its large number of art treasures, can truly be characterized as an open-air museum.  Enjoy a delicious GELATO ICE CREAM in one of the oldest gelateria in Italy that produces unique flavors of gelato which are famous world-wide.  Taste the saffron & pine nuts flavored gelato, a registered trademark.  Continue to VOLTERRA, the ancient, and beautiful hilltop Italian city.  Enjoy FREE TIME in Volterra and LUNCH at a family-run farmhouse that specializes in saffron production.  DINNER is included at your hotel this evening.   (B, L, D) 
 
October 10: Day at leisure in Chianti or Optional Excursion 
Today is at leisure to relax at the hotel, to enjoy the spa or explore on your own.  The optional tour will be available today.  DINNER is included at a local restaurant this evening.  (B, D) 
 
October 11: Lake Trasimeno Boat Excursion and Lunch on the Island Maggiore lakemaggiorecruise
Begin your morning with a HEARTY BREAKFAST for your journey to LAKE TRASIMENO.  The heart-shaped Lake Trasimeno is surrounded by rolling hills, olive groves, woods of oak and cypress trees, vineyards and sunflower fields that frame castle-topped medieval towns and villages.  Enjoy FREE TIME to explore and walk around the medieval town of TUORO, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.  Next, enjoy a BOAT CRUISE to the ISLAND MAGGIORE, where we will have LUNCH at a traditional restaurant located on the lake.  Tonight, a special FAREWELL DINNER is planned.  (B, L, D) 
 
October 12: Chianti - Florence - Flight Home
Today, we will transfer to Florence for our FLIGHT HOME, with wonderful memories of your Culinary Journey Through Tuscany!  (B)
 
CDH HOTEL RADDA:  Unpack for seven nights and enjoy this boutique hotel located in the Medieval Village of Radda in the famous wine region ofhotelradda Chianti, Tuscany.  Set atop a hill, the hotel offers spectacular views of the surrounding rolling hills.  The hotel features 59 beautifully-appointed modern rooms with red terracotta floors and contemporary furniture.  The property also has a spa / wellness center and outdoor swimming pool.  The De Gustibus Restaurant is typical of the Tuscan region with a unique chef's touch who prepares Tuscan and Italian dishes, served in a dining room with views of the Chianti countryside.  The wine list features both local and regional wines.  Guests will kick start each day with the extensive breakfast buffet serves, fresh home-made products, such as breads, pastries, jams, eggs, cold cuts, cheeses and fruits.  The hotel is the perfect place to unpack once, and be your home base "staycation" as you explore all that Tuscany offers.    

 

 

All Dates


  • From Tuesday, 04 October 2022 12:00 AM to Wednesday, 12 October 2022 12:00 AM