Tuscan Wine & Culinary Experience

 

ROBERTSON WINE TOURS

Saturday, 19th May 2018 - Monday, 28th May 2018  

TESTIMONIAL


Yes, As always up to your usual standards, We loved all the Hotels and felt the standout was Castiglion del Bosco, the Suite was incredible and the staff beyond helpful, that said we thought the staff at Continental in Siena went over and above in all ways, you obviously have a great relationship with them and the same said for the wineries we visited with you. We cannot really fault the tour apart from the usual problem of your spoilt us and now its back to reality. We very much look forward to our trip with you next year in Spain.

Al Frank and Barbara Lippe. Los Angeles USA. June 2018.

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Hotels:

Hotel: Grand Hotel Continental, Siena, Tuscany

To say there is only one hotel in Siena tells you everything you need to know about the Grand Hotel Continental. The lobby alone is a mouth dropping experience and this continues throughout the palace. There are 51 ​rooms​ spanning six different categories, finishing up with the Panoramic Suite. The hotel is part of the Starhotels Collection, this is perhaps their most palatial property. ​The Continental is packed full of historical pieces and all rooms are decorated in the manner befitting this incredible renaissance palace. Expect marble filled bathrooms silks on the walls, original frescoes on the ceilings and porcelains that all add to the experience of living in a sumptuous 17th-century styled palazzo. We also like with its small size you always have the feel of intimacy.  As they say, location is everything and being right in the centre of Siena, the Grand Hotel Continental is perfectly placed for restaurants and sightseeing. Apart from the bar area, there is also an in-house restaurant, SaporDivino, restaurant with a serious wine list overseen by Chef Luca Ciaffarafà. Luca does reinvent the best of local cooking for his guests. In the cellar of the hotel, a delightful enoteca is an ideal spot for a glass before dinner, if we have not over-wined you. Expensive, but highly recommended.

Website Grand Hotel Continental

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Hotel: Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Tuscany

The estate of Castiglion del Bosco, recently becoming a Rosewood managed hotel (belonging to Massimo Ferragamo since 2003), is a meticulously converted medieval borgo, which has been transformed into an exclusive international resort. With 800 years of history and 4,000 incredible acres, this is the largest private property in Italy. The luxurious suites bear the trademark of Ferragamo, with outstanding high leather touches throughout. Room decorations tend towards traditional local shades such as ochre, burgundy and green. The estate has two restaurants, one more formal (Campo del Drago) and one more casual (La Canonica). Castiglion del Bosco has the de rigueur SPA and infinity pools with the views over heaven on earth. This place is a dream and guests tend to be from all over the world, well travelled and as Castiglion del Bosco is home to one of Italy’s most important golf courses, keen golfers are also in evidence.

Website Castiglion del Bosco

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Hotel: Hilton Rome Airport, Fiumicino, Lazio

Hilton Rome Airport is an enormous highly successful hotel with over 500 rooms and offers the best option for our guests who have early morning flights or when it is just not worth returning to the centre of Rome for one last night and having to deal with the stress of returning to the airport the next morning. The hotel works perfectly for convenience and really is at walking distance through covered bridges to all the main airport terminals taking all stress out of the equation. Wi-Fi is complimentary and have had no issues with it over the years. The other thing we like is the rooms are well soundproofed, meaning you are guaranteed a good night sleep. Being Italy, food here is not second class at the onsite restaurant, so there is no need to have to look for alternatives. It may not hit the heights of the sumptuous meals you have been enjoying with us, but you will not go hungry and staff is very attentive. The classic rooms are 28 sqm and if that is not enough, there are suites up to 52 sqm.

Website Hilton Rome Airport

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Tour Outline – Tuscany for Al & Barbara


TOUR OUTLINE


DAY 01: Arrival IN / Rome / Siena / Grand Hotel Continental

DAY 02: Sightseeing Siena: Cultural & Culinary Experience

DAY 03: Sightseeing Chianti: Wine & Culinary Experience

DAY 04: Sightseeing Chianti: Wine & Culinary Experience

DAY 05: Siena / Sightseeing Chianti: Wine & Culinary Experience / Montalcino / Castiglion del Bosco

DAY 06: Sightseeing Montalcino: Wine & Culinary Experience

DAY 07: Sightseeing Montalcino OR Bolgheri: Wine & Culinary Experience

DAY 08: Sightseeing Montalcino: Wine & Culinary Experience

DAY 09: Montalcino / Sightseeing Pienza & Montepulciano: Wine & Culinary Experience / Rome / Hilton Rome Airport

DAY 10: Rome / Departure OUT


GUIDING & EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS


Tim Robertson


Your tour leader will be Tim Robertson. Tim was born in UK and is of Scottish descent. Tim was introduced to fine wines in 1988 when he worked for Sakagura Wine & Liquor, part of Intercontinental Group in Hong Kong. He was responsible for selling their collection of Bordeaux wines and other top quality new world wines, probably the best collection in Asia at that time. He never quite recovered from tasting the very best at the age of 18. However, he went on to complete his studies in Economics and Business. He was unable to find a suitably well-paid job in wine in London and so embarked on a career in finance. He decided to leave finance in 1998 to refocus on finding a project involving his love: the wine. He inaugurated Robertson Wine Tours in 2003. Client base of Robertson Wine Tours has always been rightly demanding of the best, extremely well-travelled and generally with knowledge of wine. The business has grown organically over the years and despite efforts to get involved in exporting, he has fortunately stuck to the tried and tested formula of offering clients the best the wine countries have to offer. This is Robertson Wine Tours.


Emergency Phone Contact TIM ROBERTSON: 0039 327 4651880


BREAKFAST, LUNCHES & DINNERS


In this itinerary, we make it clear where meals are included:

(B) Breakfast

(L) Lunch

(D) Dinner

Tour Day by Day – Tuscany for Al & Barbara


TOUR DAY BY DAY


DAY 01 – Saturday, 19th May 2018
Arrival IN / Rome / Siena / Grand Hotel Continental


Flight Alitalia AZ 621
Arriving at Rome Airport (FCO) at 01:10 PM
From Los Angeles Airport (LAX)

Reception & Departure from Rome Airport with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Siena

Arrival & Check IN at Grand Hotel Continental

Welcome Wine Tasting & Tour Orientation at Grand Hotel Continental with Tim Robertson

Dinner with Wines at Tre Cristi Wine Bar & Restaurant
Please Note: Walking Distance.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Continental / Room Category: Executive Junior Suite


(D)


DAY 02 – Sunday, 20th May 2018
Sightseeing Siena: Cultural & Culinary Experience


City Tour of Siena with Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Lunch with Wines at La Compagnia dei Vinattieri Restaurant

Visit of Siena On Your Own

Restaurant Suggestion for Dinner at La Taverna di San Giuseppe Restaurant in Siena
Please Note: Walking Distance.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Continental / Room Category: Executive Junior Suite


(B) (L)



DAY 03 – Monday, 21st May 2018
Sightseeing Chianti: Wine & Culinary Experience


Departure from Grand Hotel Continental with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Greve in Chianti

Visit & Wine Tasting at Querciabella Winery

Private Transfer to Badia a Passignano

Lunch with Wines at Osteria di Passignano Restaurant
Please Note: 1-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Private Transfer to Greve in Chianti

Visit & Wine Tasting at Castello dei Rampolla Winery

Private Transfer to Barberino Val d’Elsa

Wine Tasting at Castello di Monsanto Winery

Private Transfer to Siena

Arrival at Grand Hotel Continental

Restaurant Suggestion for Dinner at Osteria Le Logge OR PorriOne Restaurant in Siena
Please Note: Walking Distance.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Continental / Room Category: Executive Junior Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 04 – Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
Sightseeing Chianti: Wine & Culinary Experience


Departure from Grand Hotel Continental with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Gaiole in Chianti

Visit at Castello di Ama Winery

Please Note: Including Site-Specific Art Installations.

Lunch with Wines at Castello di Ama Winery Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Badia a Coltibuono Winery

Private Transfer to Castellina in Chianti

Wine Tasting at Castello di Fonterutoli Winery

Private Transfer to Siena

Arrival at Grand Hotel Continental

Restaurant Suggestion for Dinner at Grand Hotel Continental Restaurant

Sleep at Grand Hotel Continental / Room Category: Executive Junior Suite


(B) (L)



DAY 05 – Wednesday, 23rd May 2018
Siena / Sightseeing Chianti: Wine & Culinary Experience / Montalcino / Castiglion del Bosco


Check OUT from Grand Hotel Continental

Departure from Grand Hotel Continental with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Castelnuovo Berardenga

Visit & Wine Tasting at San Felice Winery

Private Transfer to Gaiole in Chianti

Lunch with Wines at Barone di Ricasoli Winery Restaurant

Visit of Barone di Ricasoli Winery / Castle of Brolio

Private Transfer to Castelnuovo Berardenga

Visit & Wine Tasting at Felsina Winery

Private Transfer to Montalcino

Arrival & Check IN at Castiglion del Bosco

Suggestion Restaurant for Dinner at Castiglion del Bosco Restaurant

Sleep at Castiglion del Bosco / Room Category Terrace Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 06 – Thursday, 24th May 2018
Sightseeing Montalcino: Wine & Culinary Experience 


Departure from Castiglion del Bosco with Tim Robertson

Visit & Wine Tasting at Casato Prime Donne Winery

Lunch with Wines at Re di Macchia Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at La Serena Winery

Wine Tasting at Castello Tricerchi Winery

Arrival & Check IN at Castiglion del Bosco

Suggestion Restaurant for Dinner at Castiglion del Bosco Restaurant

Sleep at Castiglion del Bosco / Room Category Terrace Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 07 – Friday, 25th May 2018
Sightseeing Montalcino OR Bolgheri: Wine & Culinary Experience


Departure from Castiglion del Bosco with Tim Robertson

Visit & Wine Tasting at Casanova di Neri Winery

Lunch with Wines at Boccon DiVino Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Tenuta di Collosorbo Winery

Wine Tasting at Ventolaio Winery

Arrival & Check IN at Castiglion del Bosco

OR

Departure from Castiglion del Bosco with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Bolgheri

Visit & Wine Tasting at Le Macchiole Winery

Lunch with Wines at Enoteca Tognoni Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Ornellaia Winery

Wine Tasting at Tenuta Argentiera Winery

Private Transfer to Montalcino

Arrival & Check IN at Castiglion del Bosco

Suggestion Restaurant for Dinner at Castiglion del Bosco Restaurant

Sleep at Castiglion del Bosco / Room Category Terrace Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 08 – Saturday, 26th May 2018
Sightseeing Montalcino: Wine & Culinary Experience


Departure from Castiglion del Bosco with Tim Robertson

Visit & Wine Tasting at Capanna Winery

Lunch with Wines at Castello Banfi Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Il Marroneto Winery

Arrival & Check IN at Castiglion del Bosco

Suggestion Restaurant for Dinner at Castiglion del Bosco Restaurant

Sleep at Castiglion del Bosco / Room Category Terrace Suite


(B) (L)



DAY 09 – Sunday, 27th May 2018
Montalcino / Sightseeing Pienza & Montepulciano: Wine & Culinary Experience / Rome / Hilton Rome Airport


Check OUT from Castiglion del Bosco

Departure from Castiglion del Bosco with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Pienza

Visit of Pienza

Private Transfer to Montepulciano

Visit & Wine Tasting at Palazzo Vecchio Winery

Lunch with Wines at Avignonesi Winery Restaurant

Private Transfer to Rome

Arrival & Check IN at Hilton Rome Airport

Restaurant Suggestion for Dinner at Hilton Rome Airport Restaurant

Sleep at Hilton Rome Airport / Room Category: Executive King


(B) (L)


DAY 10 – Monday, 28th May 2018
Rome / Departure OUT


Check OUT from Hilton Rome Airport

Walk to Fiumicino Airport

Arrival at Fiumicino Airport

Flight Alitalia AZ 620
Departing from Rome Airport (FCO) at 10:10 AM
To Los Angeles Airport (LAX)


(B)


END of SERVICES



FINAL PRICES


Final Price Per Person: 10,280 EUR

Final Price Hotels Per Person: 3,880 EUR
Final Price Services Per Person: 6.400 EUR

Suplement Per Person for Bolgheri Wine Experience: 250 EUR


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport Transfers

9 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels Included in the Itinerary

Private Transport with Air Conditioning

Expert Bilingual Guiding

Daily Breakfast

8 Lunches & 1 Dinner with Wines

Entrance Fee & Wine Tastings at 18 Wineries

Other Activities Included in the Itinerary


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


International & Domestic Flights

Overnight Tourist Taxes

Lunches & Dinners Not Included in the Itinerary

Gratuities for Restaurants

Gratuities for Drivers & Guides

Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary

Entrance Fee to Other Museums & Sites

Activities Not Included in the Itinerary


Tim Robertson
Owner & Director of ROBERTSON WINE TOURS
Friday, 01
st September 2017

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