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We are going with Villa San Lucchese to save time. It is perfectly placed and we do think the pricing level is right. These prices are comparable to Castello Vicchiomaggio, but these dates do not work for Castello Vicchiomaggio. As per George's request Lucca is an optional half-day tour, Siena is IN as it should be as we are in the province of Siena. Logistics are in our favour too for Montalcino / Pienza and beyond. So on to the tour, we are not changing the pace of the tour. We make Florence at the front and all the new requirements are met.

We will make transfers in and out with our guide. As before squeezing in too much each day and as we have discussed (as this is all designed for you) there will always be flexibility. If you tell us you want to finish a little earlier or skip something ... we will try to make it up another day. Katharine will be your guide and chaperon through the tour. There is much flexibility with Katharine ... we just have to respect the few appointments we have in the itinerary (mainly in the case of winery visits). There will be time to divert and stop for coffee and of course photos.

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Testimonial – Tuscany – Wine & Food Experience with Superb Sightseeing – 8 Nights


Hi Tim
Fantastic Trip to Tuscany – Robertson Wine Tours worked with us to design a custom trip to to Florence and the Tuscan countryside for two couples last Fall. It was absolutely a wonderful top-class experience all the way around. We appreciated the attention to detail that went into the planning, allowing us to work collaboratively to design a tour that met our budget and our varied interests — including private sightseeing and museums with wonderful and knowledgeable guides, wine tastings and tours, cooking classes and fabulous dining experiences. Would use Robertson Wine Tours again in a heartbeat!

George & Sandy Apter – Honolulu, Hawaii April 15

Hotel: Rosso 23, Florence. Tuscany

This is a superb little hotel placed ideally on our favorite square in Florence: Santa Maria Novella. We can reserve rooms high up with a view over the Piazza. The design is very modern with lots of red, white and grey. Wi-Fi is perfect throughout the hotel and is included in the rate. We know the management of the Why The Best Hotels well and we trust them with our clients. Breakfast is held downstairs in the lobby area, which has a lovely atrium. The real pluses of this hotel are the rooms are of a more than adequate size (not always the case in Florence) and location is just stone’s throw away from all the action and the touristically interesting sights, but has also the advantage of being in a massive square so noise is rarely an issue.

Hotel Rosso23 Website

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: Villa San Lucchese. Siena Countryside. Tuscany

Villa San Lucchese has a typical setting and the stunning views of Tuscany. Near San Gimignano & Siena located in a special position in top of a picturesque hill in the region of Chianti, it is an elegant 4-Star Hotel at 1 km from the centre of Poggibonsi. With  truly stunning  gardens  and pool area. The 37 rooms are furnished in classic and very elegant style. One of the most important estates in this zone (Castello di Monsanto) is just minutes away.  We like to think of this as a perfectly placed retreat between Florence and Siena (closer) and an ideal base for visiting the wine valleys of Montalcino, Montepulciano. Prices are really reasonable for the zone and the food and Beverages again reflect well priced mid range budget. The Clientele of the Villa are mainly northern European with a smattering of the Americas there. We like the Cooking experiences and  the location speaks for itself. All in all very recommendable for clients who want the Tuscan dream view without the 5 star prices.

Villa San Lucchese Website

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Tour Day by Day – Tuscany – 8 Nights


BREAKFAST / LUNCHES & DINNERS


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

(B) Breakfast
(L) Lunch        
(D) Dinner


 TOUR DAY BY DAY


DAY 01 –  Arrival IN / Florence / Rosso 23 Hotel


Arriving at Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence

From Centrale Train Station in Milan

Reception at Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence with Katharin

Private Transfer to Santa Maria Novella District / Rosso 23 Hotel TO FOLLOW

Arrival & Check IN at Rosso 23 Hotel

03:00 PM Departure from Rosso 23 Hotel with Cristina

 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Florence TO FOLLOW
Please Note: INCLUDING the Main External Attractions of Florence & the Duomo

06:00 PM Arrival at Rosso 23 Hotel

07:00 PM Departure from Rosso 23 Hotel with Katharine 

Welcome Tasting of 3 Wines & Tour Orientation at La Volpe & l‘Uva TO FOLLOW

08:30 PM Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina
Please Note: Chef Marzia Sassetti / At Walking Distance From Your Hotel

Sleep at Rosso 23 Hotel / Room Category: Superior with View


DAY 02 – Florence


09:30 AM 3-Hour Guided Visit of Uffizi & Accademia Gallery with Cristina
Please Note: Meeting Point at Piazza della Signoria IN FRONT of the Statue of David

12:30 PM Reserved Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Caffè Cibreo
Please Note: Chef Fabio Picchi / At Walking Distance From Your Hotel

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Florence

08:30 PM Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante Trattoria Osteria LAntico Noè
Please Note: Chef … / At Walking Distance From Your Hotel

Sleep at Rosso 23 Hotel / Room Category: Superior with View


(B) 


DAY 03 – Florence & Lucca


09:30 AM Departure from Rosso 23 Hotel with Katharine

3-Hour Guided Cultural & Culinary Walking Tour of Florence TO FOLLOW

12:30 PM Reserved Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Gilda BristrotPlease Note: Chef Antonio Panunzio / At Walking Distance From Your Hotel

03:30 PM Departure from Rosso 23 Hotel with Katharine

Private Transfer to Lucca TO FOLLOW

04:30 PM Walking Visit of Lucca

08:30 PM Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Paris Boheme Bistrot
Please Note: Chef Luis Fargione / Only CASH

10:30 PM Private Transfer to Florence

11:30 PM Arrival at Rosso 23 Hotel

Sleep at Rosso 23 Hotel / Room Category: Superior with View


(B)


DAY 04 – Florence / Wineries of Chianti / Villa San Lucchese


Check OUT & Departure from Rosso 23 Hotel with Katharine

Private Transfer to Località Fonterutoli / Castellina in Chianti TO FOLLOW

09:30 AM Tasting of 5 Wines at Castello di Fonterutoli Winery

Þ   Poggio Badiola IGT
Þ   Fonterutoli Chianti Classico DOCG
Þ   Castello Fonterutoli Chianti Calssico Gran Selezione DOCG
Þ   Mix 36 IGT Toscana
Þ   Siepi IGT Toscana

10:30 AM Private Transfer to Località Ama / Gaiole in Chianti

11:00 AM Visit & Wine Tasting at Castello di Ama Winery

Þ   Al Poggio IGT Toscana
Þ   Il Chiuso IGT Toscana
Þ   Haiku IGT Toscana
Þ   Castello di Ama Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG

01:30 PM 3-Course Lunch Included with 3 Wines at Castello di Ama Winery

Þ   Rosato IGT Toscana
Þ   Ama Chianti Classico DOCG
Þ   L’Apparita IGT Toscana

03:30 PM Private Transfer to Panzano in Chianti TO FOLLOW

04:00 PM Visit & Tasting of 4 Wines at Felsina Winery 

Þ   I Sistri IGT Toscana
Þ   Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG
Þ   Chianti Classico Berardenga DOCG
Þ   Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG

06:00 PM Private Transfer to Località San Lucchese / Poggibonsi

06:30 PM Arrival & Check IN at Villa San Lucchese

08:30 PM Welcome 4-Course Dinner included with 4 Wines at Villa San Lucchese

Sleep at Villa San Lucchese / Room Category: Superior


(B) (L) (D)


DAY 05 – San Gimignano & Volterra


09:30 AM Departure from Villa San Lucchese with Katharine

Private Transfer to San Gimignano TO FOLLOW

10:00 AM Walking Visit of San Gimignano

12:45 PM Private Transfer to Località Sovestro / San Gimignano

01:00 PM Reserved Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Ristorante Da Pode
Please Note: Chef …

03:00 PM Private Transfer to Volterra

03:30 PM Walking Visit of Volterra

05:30 PM Private Transfer to Località San Lucchese / Poggibonsi

06:00 PM Arrival at Villa San Lucchese

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Villa San Lucchese

Sleep at Villa San Lucchese / Room Category: Superior


(B) (L)


DAY 06 – Cooking Experience at Poggio Etrusco Farmhouse & Pienza


08:15 AM Departure from Villa San Lucchese with Katharine

Private Transfer to Località Fontecornino / Montepulciano TO FOLLOW

09:30 AM Cooking Experience at Poggio Etrusco Farmhouse with Pamela Sheldon Johns
Please Note: INCLUDING Olive Oil Tasting

01:00 PM Lunch Included with Wines Based On Your Creations at Poggio Etrusco Farmhouse

03:00 PM Private Transfer to Pienza

03:30 PM Walking Visit of Pienza

05:00 PM Private Transfer to Località San Lucchese / Poggibonsi

06:00 PM Arrival at Villa San Lucchese

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Villa San Lucchese

Sleep at Villa San Lucchese / Room Category: Superior


(B) (L)


DAY 07 – Siena & Wineries of Montalcino


09:00 AM Departure from Villa San Lucchese with Katharine

Private Transfer to Siena TO FOLLOW

09:30 AM 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Siena with Cristina

12:30 PM Private Transfer to Montalcino

01:30 PM 3-Course Lunch Included with 3 Wines at Enoteca Osticcio Restaurant

03:00 PM Walking Visit of Montalcino

03:45 PM Private Transfer to Località Altesino / Montalcino

04:00 PM Visit & Tasting of 5 Wines at Altesino Winery 

Þ   Bianco IGT
Þ   Rosso di Montalcino DOC
Þ   Brunello di Montalcino DOCG
Þ   Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Cru Montosoli
Þ   Super Tuscan IGT

05:30 PM Private Transfer to Località San Lucchese / Poggibonsi

06:30 PM Arrival at Villa San Lucchese

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Villa San Lucchese

Sleep at Villa San Lucchese / Room Category: Superior


(B) (L)


DAY 08 – Free Time Enjoying Villa San Lucchese


Morning Free Enjoying Villa San Lucchese

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Villa San Lucchese

Afternoon Free Enjoying Villa San Lucchese

08:30 PM Departure from Villa San Lucchese with Katharine

Private Transfer to Località Rignana / Greve in Chianti TO FOLLOW

09:00 PM Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at La Cantinetta di Rignana
Please Note: Chef Massimo Abbarchini

11:00 PM Private Transfer to Località San Lucchese / Poggibonsi

11:30 PM Arrival at Villa San Lucchese

Sleep at Villa San Lucchese / Room Category: Superior


(B)


DAY 09 – Villa San Lucchese / Florence / Departure OUT


Check OUT & Departure from Villa San Lucchese with Katharine

Private Transfer to Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence TO FOLLOW

Arrival at Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence

Departing from Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence

To Centrale Train Station in Milan


(B)

Inclusions and Exclusions – Tuscany – 8 Nights


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport Transfers
8 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels Included in the Itinerary
Overnight Tourist Tax of Florence & Poggibonsi
Private Transport with Air Conditioning
Expert Bilingual Driver Guide
Daily Breakfast / 4 Lunches & 1 Dinner with Wines
Entrance Fees & Wine Tastings at 4 Wineries
1 Cooking Experience
Guided Tour of Florence (9 Hours) & Siena (3 Hours)
Other Activities Included in the Itinerary


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


International & Domestic Flights
Lunches & Dinners Not Included in the Itinerary
Gratuities for Restaurants / Drivers & Guides
Entrance Fees to Museums & Galleries
Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary
Activities Not Included in the Itinerary that MIGHT ATTRACT COST

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