Small Group Tour of Tuscany
Brunello, Hill Towns, and Dolce Far Niente
"La dolce far niente" is an Italian phrase meaning "the sweetness of doing nothing." On this week-long Tuscany tour, you'll get to taste this sweetness for yourself. Relax at a private villa, enjoy Brunello wine tastings, indulge in local Pecorino cheese, and explore the most picturesque hill towns in the region. The Euro Travel Coach team will eliminate all the hassles of travel to ensure that you can sit back and soak in la dolce far niente.
You'll be joined by 8-10 other travelers. Chelsea, Greg, and Betsy from the Euro Travel Coach team will serve as your hosts and will be available 24/7 to assist you during the trip
Price and Dates
Upcoming Tour Dates:
March 10-17, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
May 11-18, 2019
$3,495 per person* + airfare ($500 non-refundable deposit required to book)
*Additional fees apply for single room occupancy. Please inquire.
The price includes:
Villa accommodations for 7 nights
Six dinners (including wine for the table)
Transportation to all excursions
Admission to baths in Bagno Vignoni
Sheep farm tour & Pecorino tasting
One winery tour and tasting
Three city tours with local guides
24/7 support from the Euro Travel Coach team
All seven nights of your trip will be spent in a beautiful private villa located just outside of the charming village of Montepulciano. This will allow you to unpack, settle in, and truly feel like a local. Each room has it's own en-suite bathroom for your comfort. The villa is equipped with a lovely pool. In the mornings, we will provide a light breakfast featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, and baked goods.
Arrive & Dine
A member of our team will reach out to you in advance of the trip to arrange transportation from the Florence Airport to the villa (additional fees apply). Upon arrival at the villa, you can explore the area or relax by the pool. A local chef will prepare a traditional, three-course Tuscan meal to welcome you to Italy. During dinner you can sip on a selection of local wines and get to know your fellow travelers.
Relax in Bagno Vignoni & Cook with a Local
Following breakfast at the villa, we will take you on a driving tour through the heart of Tuscany to the ancient town to Bagno Vignoni. From here, you have the option to take a hike through the Tuscan hills around the village or spend the morning soaking in hot spring fed pools and relaxing in a Roman Sauna at the Albergo Le Terme Spa. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore Bagno Vignoni and grab lunch at an osteria or wine bar. When we return to the villa, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a cooking class led by a local chef.
Explore Assisi & Dine at La Porta
Following breakfast at the villa, we will drive you to the picturesque hill town of Assisi. An experienced local tour guide will take you on a walking tour of the city and lead you through the magnificent Basilica of Saint Francis. You’ll have the afternoon free to wander the ancient streets on your own. In the evening, we'll head to the quaint town of Monticchiello for a dinner at the celebrated restaurant, Osteria de La Porta.
Taste the Wines of Tuscany
Have you always wanted to do a wine tasting in Italy? Well, you’re in luck as no trip to Tuscany would be complete without a visit to a winery! You’ll start the day with a tour and wine tasting at the renowned Tenute Silvio Nardi. After sampling the estate’s excellent Rosso and Brunello, enjoy an al fresco lunch looking out over the gorgeous Sangiovese vines. Then we’ll head to the quaint town of Montalcino where you can shop and walk off all that fabulous vino or duck into a tasting room and to keep the buzz going. The evening will conclude with dinner in the Enoteca la Fortezza, which is located within a medieval castle. The expert sommeliers will lead us through another Tuscan wine tasting as we enjoy our meal. You'll have the opportunity to climb to the top of the fortress to enjoy a fabulous view of the sun setting over town.
After breakfast, we’ll drive you to the charming hill town of Orvieto where a local guide will show you the best sights of the Medieval town including the stunning cathedral, St. Patrick’s well, and more. Following the tour, you’ll have some time to shop and explore the town on your own. Enjoy a selection of local cheese and charcuterie and a home cooked meal upon returning to the villa.
Visit a Sheep Farm & Hike to Pienza
Get a taste (literally and figuratively) of the vast world of Italian cheese! You’ll visit a working farm that produces a range of luscious Pecorino (sheep milk cheese) as well as extra virgin olive oil. Following a tour of the property, you’ll sample 8 different raw milk cheeses and enjoy a three course lunch. Afterwards, take a hike through the surrounding hills (optional), ending in the lovely town of Pienza. The day will conclude with dinner on your own in Montepulciano. The Euro travel coach team can assist with reservations.
After breakfast, we’ll drive you to the medieval city of Siena. A local guide will help you get oriented to the city, point out the Gothic architecture, and show you the many spiritual and secular monuments which sit in harmony in the historic center of Siena. Afterwards, you’ll be free to shop and see the sights on your own. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner back at the villa.
If you’re anything like the Euro Travel Coach team, you will be sad to leave the sun kissed hills of Tuscany. We’ll make it as easy on you as possible by preparing a farewell brunch (depending on your flight time) and assisting you with arranging a transfer to the Florence airport (additional fees apply). Once you’re at the airport, you can start planning your next trip to Italy!!!
Note: This is a sample itinerary that is subject to change