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Tuscany Wine Tours - Chianti - Montalcino - Maremma Coast

6 Days - 5 Nights

6 days
Rates from € 3430,00

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Description

Tuscany Wine Tours, Tuscany Vacation Packages to visit the Tuscany countryside and winery visits and tastings of:
The top rated Chianti Classico wines;
The Super Tuscans wines produced along the beautiful Tuscany coastal area of Maremma;
The Brunello di Montalcino wines well known as the King of Wines.
Concierge service assistance, private transportations and accommodation in luxury hotels.



PACKAGE ITINERARY    6 days / 5 nights

DAY 01    Arrival

The program starts with your arrival in Chianti area where we selected your deluxe accommodation and it is foreseen a private transfer from Florence airport or Florence train station.
Overnight in Chianti area


DAY 02   Chianti – Greve in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti
In the heart of the Chianti Classico is Greve in Chianti, the “Wine Town”, with its vineyards, olive-trees, its castles, its parishes and its medieval hilltop villages.
Every season is ideal for a stay or for a visit, to admire an extraordinary landscape and to discover the richness of the wines and the flavors the Chianti land has to offer.
Greve is a small charming town and spreads around a nice square ‘Piazza Mercatale’ the market square – where still today on Saturday morning a colorful outdoor market takes place.

Along with Greve in Chianti, the tiny village of Castellina in Chianti with its vineyards, olive-trees, and its central castle La Rocca, a magnificent and very well preserved small fortress which today houses the Archaeological Museum.
Tour of the area of Greve in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti with cellar visits and tastings of the excellent Chianti wines in two of the top wineries of this area.
Overnight in Chianti area
(B)


DAY 03   Chianti – Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti
The countryside around Gaiole in Chianti is dotted with many castles due to the strong influence of Noble families and later, by the Florentine Republic’s need for defensive positions. In some cases, the ancient castles have been converted into villas.
It is located on the valley floor along the road leading from the Chianti area to the upper Arno Valley. Gaiole is developed outward from its central piazza. It shaped like an elongated triangle and the local shops open on the square.

Formerly the headquarters of the Chianti League, Radda in Chianti retains its medieval street plan and an imposing Town Hall.  Classical Medici villas with 16th century windows and wells compete with romantic villas, constructed magpie fashion from castles or Etruscan ruins.  One 17th century masterpiece is Vistarenni, a white beacon of sophistication unimaginable in the countryside south of Siena. Outside of Radda is Volpaia, one of the most picturesque villages in Chianti. A tortuous road climbs to medieval towers, castle ruins and Brunelleschi-style church.

Tour of the area of Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti  with cellar visits and tastings of the excellent Chianti wines in two of the top wineries of this area.
Overnight in Chianti area
(B)


DAY 04   Montalcino
 

On a hill, in a spectacular countryside, rich in woods and wonderful vineyards at 41km south of Siena there is the medieval town of  Montalcino.
Montalcino is a pretty village, where prevails the Roman – Gothic architecture, dominated by the 14th century Medicean Fortress which has an Enoteca (wine shop) offering on sale almost all the best representative Brunello of the area.
Vineyards are planted mainly with Sangiovese Grosso clone of Sangiovese, locally named as Brunello. The history of Brunello counts about 150 years. The beginning of it was put by Ferruccio Biondi–Santi, he understood the potential aging of Sangiovese Grosso to obtain a full structured and bodied wine.
The Family Biondi-Santi together with other pioneers such as the families Cinelli-Colombini, Costanti and Mariani, have continued the production and have been joined during the 70s and 80s by many other vintners. Nowadays the “golden hill” thanks to its terroir, good weather conditions and enormous amount of capital invested, represents the most successful reality in the Italian wine making industry.
Brunello – the crème de la crème of Italian wine-making - truly shows its potential: marvellous elegance together with excellent power and concentration of taste and aroma, with spicy hints Brunello never intends to be “a light drink”.
Six miles south of Montalcino stands the 12th century abbey of Sant’Antimo, a Romanesque gem of pale stone well worth a visit especially when the Monk community sings Gregorian chants.
Tour of the area of the Montalcino  with visit and tasting of the excellent Brunello wines in two of the top wineries of this area. Today we will move to a deluxe accommodation in Maremma coast.
Overnight in Maremma Coast
(B)


DAY 05   Maremma  coast
 
Tuscany’s coast after the ancient maritime republic of Pisa and past Livorno the Medici port city, keeps jealousy hidden the territory of Maremma. A former stronghold of the Etruscans, a swamp during the Middle Age and a fertile dried out land during the 19th century, Maremma is now the wine Mecca of Tuscany. This territory is Tuscany’s deep south, a little– visited province with interesting hill towns and herds of snow-white cattle controlled by “Butteri” the Italian cowboys.
The upper part of Maremma, in the territory of Bolgheri off Livorno, thanks to the passionate work of few pioneers, among all the legendary Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, created in the latest 60s a new wine district. The challenge was high, as Maremma has always been a difficult, hard, and sandy territory with very hot summers and influenced by the strong sea breezes. Bolgheri in spite of its lack of wine heritage, is now often compared to Bordeaux, because of its particular terroir that allows cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon to develop successfully.
Tour of the Maremma coast area with visit of two top wineries of this area and tastings of their excellent Super Tuscans wines.
Overnight in maremma Coast
(B)


DAY 06   Departure

Private transfer to Florence airport or Florence train station.
(B)

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

-Three nights luxury hotels accommodation in Chianti area
-Two nights luxury hotels accommodation in Maremma area
-Buffet breakfast daily
-Private transfer from Florence airport or train station to Hotel in Chianti
-Private transfer from Hotel in Maremma to Florence airport or train station
-Full day excursion in Chianti  Greve in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti
-Full day excursion in Chianti  Gaiole in Chianti and Radda in Chianti
-Full day excursion in Montalcino and transfer to Hotel in Maremma
-Full day excursion in Maremma
-Concierge assistance at disposal during your 4 days excursion
-Visit of four top wineries in Chianti with cellar visit and wine tastings
-Visit of two top wineries in Montalcino with cellar visit and wine tastings
-Visit of two top wineries in Maremma with cellar visit and wine tastings
3-course lunch in two Chianti wineries
3-course lunch in one Montalcino winery
3-course lunch in one Maremma winery

PACKAGE PRICE  2015
Based on 2 people
Starting from Euro 4950 per person

Based on 4 people
Starting from Euro 3890 per person  

Based on 6 people
Starting from Euro 3430 per person

Rates are inclusive of:
- All what is mentioned in “Package Inclusions”
- Taxes.

Rates are not inclusive of:
- All what is not mentioned in “Package Inclusions”
- Gratuities (optional)
- Admission fees to church and museums
- Meals and beverage
- Items of personal nature

The prices are person based on two adults sharing.
Prices may vary with different seasons, weekend & holiday surcharges and other custom preferences.
The above rates are based on travelling in May 2015.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
On request it is possible to customize this package tour.