Cooking Tuscan Style Custom Tour

Independent Tour, Customized to Your Dates

Authentic Italian Cooking in a Private Home

8 Days / 7 Nights
Tour Language: English

Tour Features

Italian food is loved around the world and Ciao has been featuring authentic Italian cooking lessons for years. Ciao is offering four fabulous cooking lessons on a seven day tour. Each lesson is unique and held in a different area of Tuscany. You can relish the opportunity to cook, and dine, on the sumptuous dishes you prepare. Lessons in pairing the correct Wine and Food will compliment your learning experience.

2017 Tour Price

  • 3 Star Accommodation (Double Occupancy) & economy car:€1,705 per person

Current Exchange Rates

Ciao Tours will guarantee the exchange rate at the time of full payment or 45 days prior to departure.

Accommodations

  • 4 Nights Lodging in an Agritourism near San Gimignano
  • 3 Nights Lodging in an Agritourism near Cortona

Customize

  • Customize any option for just $50 (per person, per change)

What's Included

  • 7 Nights in Tuscany at Country Style Lodging
  • 4 Unique Italian Cooking Lessons
  • Wine Tasting, Tour & Light Lunch in Montepulciano
  • 8 Day Car Rental with Standard Transmission
  • Self Guided Tours
  • General Driving Instructions Including Maps
  • Includes All Taxes
  • Assistance from Ciao’s Italian Representatives

What's Not Included

Air flights, travel insurance, tips, and anything not specifically mentioned in “What’s Included”.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival - Florence

Arrive at “Amerigo Vespucci” Airport (Florence) and pick up car for 8-day rental (standard transmission ).  Drive to Agritourism near San Gimignano and enjoy first evening in Italy.

No Meals Included On Day 1

Day 2 - Volterra & San Gimignano
  • Explore the Historical Centers of Volterra & San Gimignano and experience the magnificent views
  • Volterra – Palazzo dei Priori, Town Hall, Piazza San Giovanni
  • San Gimignano – Palazzo del Popolo, Torre Grossa, Piazza del Duomo with the Romanesque Collegiata
  • Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 3 - Monteriggioni & Colle Val d’Elsa
  • 5-hour Authentic Cooking Lesson in the Southern Countryside near Siena
  • Monteriggioni: The Military Castle, Well preserved historical center with original walls and towers
  • Locally-made handicrafts-olivewood cutting boards
  • Colle Val d’Elsa: Porta Nuova, Piazza del Duomo

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 4 - Chianti Wine Region
  • 5-hour Authentic Italian Cooking Lesson in the Chianti region with Wine & Honey Tasting
  • Chianti Classico Region
  • Historical Italian Castles, Renaissance Villas, Romanesque Churches
  • Enjoy the small towns of Greve, Panzano, Castellina and Radda

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 5 - Siena
  • 5-hour Authentic Italian Cooking Lesson with Wine Tasting in Siena
  • Tour Siena at Leisure
  • Arrive at the Agritourism near Cortona and enjoy dinner at leisure
  • Home of the Palio famous Horse Race
  • Piazza del Campo, Piazza del Duomo and the Basilica
  • Museum of Santa Maria della Scala
  • Palazzo Comunale

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 6 - Montalcino & St. Antimus
  • Explore the historic centre of Montalcino and the abbey at St. Antimus
  • Duomo di San Salvatore
  • On a clear day you can see in the distance the Islands of Corsica and Elba on the Tyrrhenian Sea along with the Apuane Alps and closer still are the vies of the cities of Siena, Pienza and Montepulciano
  • Romanesque Abbey of St. Anitmus- a temple founded by Charlemagne in 781

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 7 - Pienza & Montepulciano
  • Wine Tasting, Tour and Product Sampling
  • 5-hour Authentic Evening Cooking Lesson at the Agritourism
  • Pienza: (Corso Rossellino, Pecorino – sheep cheese, Ancient home of Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pope Pius II)
  • Montepulciano: (Piazza Grande, Renaissance Duomo ,Vino Nobile D.O.C.G. Wine with Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes, 14th c Palazzo Comunale in Florentine style)

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast

Day 8 - Florence

Drive to “Amerigo Vespucci” Airport– Firenze (FLR) to return rental car & conclusion of tour.

Meal Included: Buffet breakfast