8 days (Bike: 5 days)
This tour captures the essence of the Italian experience including visits to Siena, Montalcino, Pienza, Montepulciano and Bagno Vignoni.
We have selected absolutely stunning accommodations and include superb meals, wine tastings, and a personalized walking tour of Siena. You will be led by talented, engaging, and very experienced bilingual Italian guides, whose intimate knowledge of love of all things, places, and people Italian will assure that your vacation is a visual, culinary, and cultural delight.We have taken great care to develop a tour that offers you the full pleasures of the enchanting Tuscan countryside as well as visits to a delightful collection of small villages and towns. We travel through vineyards, past olive groves, and along narrow ancient roads lined with cypress. We wander the narrow alleyways of tiny medieval villages like Murlo, Montisi, and Castlemuzio; listen as the monks chant at Sant'Antimo; relive movie scenes from 'The English Patient' as we stroll the grounds of Santa Anna in Caprena; delight in a visit to the elegant Castello Banfi Estate and vineyards; and spoil ourselves on our last night at the 5-star spa hotel, Fonteverde.We are also the fortunate beneficiaries of the Italian obsession with all things culinary. Abundant regional produce, wild game, local mushrooms, olive oil, pecorino cheese, local truffles, and homemade pastas, all complemented with the finest local wines (and a superb wine tasting event!) assures that we will be treated to the finest regional cuisine imaginable.The hotels are quite exquisite. Each was carefully selected by us not only for its superior quality but also to ensure that you are always staying within the city walls so you can stroll the narrow streets, visit the shops, see the sights at your leisure, and immerse yourself in all the day-to-day Italian experiences that make this a true adventure.
Guided US$ 3495
Guided walking tour of Florence, guided walking tour of Siena, Brunello wine tasting in Montalcino, entry fees, transfers during the tour, 7 nights lodging, 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners (you are on your own for dinner one night in Montalcino and one night in Pienza), all gratuities for accommodations and meals, detailed maps and itineraries, experienced Italian guides, full van support, bicycle and helmet, coach transfer from Florence to Siena, facilitation of transfers to Rome or Florence at end of tour.