Tour Description

June 16-23 , 2019 - 8 days/ 7 nights

GEMS OF UMBRIA & TUSCANY ON THE ANCIENT ETRUSCAN  

 

Leisurely paced, explore the sun-kissed hill towns of central Italy. Be seduced by the landscapes that have inspired the geniuses Raphael, Michelangelo, and many others.

On this journey discover the love and passion the people of this land have had giving to artists, poets, and philosophers for over 2000 years.

In Umbria, visit Assisi at dusk when the large crowds have left. Ancient medieval towns like Gubbio, Etruscan Perugia, Orvieto, as well as the “ideal city" of Pienza in Tuscany are just a few of the stops of this tour.

Delight in firsthand exclusive experiences like a vineyard picnic, a pecorino cheese making class, a chef-hosted farm to table cooking class, chocolate tasting, ceramic making, truffle hunting and expertly led guided tours, and a wine tasting Montefalco Sagrantino

As we are in June, we visit the Gaite Market of Bevagna, a historic reenactment of the 13th century way of life with craft workshops.

In Tuscany, visit the magnificent Duomo in Siena and enjoy exclusive cellar tours and tastings in boutique wineries producing Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino, and Montefalco Sagrantino.  

Join me on a one of a kind authentic experience honoring the culture of Umbria & Tuscany while staying under a Tuscan sun in Cortona.

You may also be interested in extending your stay and visit the Cinque Terre, and the Portofino area of Liguria on the coast.  READ MORE

 


TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights in charming accommodation  in Cortona - no hotel change
  • Learn the art of truffle hunting
  • Farm to Table experience and hands-on cooking lesson.
  • Explore ASSISI at dusk under the amber lights - visit St. Clare and St. Francis Basilicas when the crowds have left
  • Experience the Gaite Market in BEVAGNA
  • Lunch in the vineyards of MONTEFALCO 
  • Guided walks in PERUGIA and indulge in the world of chocolates 
  • Private guided tour SIENA, the gothic city of the famous Palio and be suprised by breathtaking  Piccolomini Library 
  • Visit the vineyards and cellars of boutique wineries in Montepulciano and Montepulciano
  • Unique Pecorino Cheese making lesson in the ideal city of PIENZA 
  • Visit the tufa perched town of ORVIETO
  • Discover the heart of Tuscany - the hills of Val d'Orcia
  • Authentic gourmet meals paired with local wines



Cinque Terre

Extension June 23-27, 2019 - 5 Days/ 4 Nights

  

njoy discovering the famous 5 villages and the surrounding areas from the stunning Gulf of Poets to Portofino in the Gulf of Tigullio.

On the way from the Umbria & Tuscany tour stop in the Maremma region of Tuscany, the wild west for a delightful SuperTuscan lunch! Also a stop in Pisa to see the highlights.

Tour highlights

  • Stay in Santa Margherita Ligure
  • Boat tour of the Cinque Terre (by train depending on weather)
  • Pesto Cooking Class
  • Visit a boutique winery and see the amazing wine making experience
  • SuperTuscan Lunch
  • Boat tour of the secluded Abbey of San Fruttuoso 
  • Leisure time in Portofino
  • Transfer from Umbria & Tuscany tour 

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