Experience the highlights of the Tuscan countryside in a fabulous one-day tour of Tuscany. This is the original Best of Tuscany tour with a small group, including shimmering olive groves, glorious vineyards, three quintessential medieval hilltop towns (Tuscany's most famous) and iconic Tuscan views. We bring the past to life with incredible stories while walking the same paths of famous artists from ages past and seeing classic Tuscan landscapes. If you have limited time and want to see Tuscany's most famous and beautiful hilltop towns, experience a historic wine estate and cellar in a magnificent setting, taste great wines and savor a delicious gourmet Tuscan lunch at an authentic ancient Tuscan wine estate then this is the tour for you! Bring your camera!
Indepth Description of the Best of Tuscany Tour-Small Group:
The Best of Tuscany tour is a 9-hour excursion to San Gimignano, Siena and Monteriggioni, three remarkable medieval towns in the Chianti region. To facilitate your enjoyment, our guide explains the history and highlights of each fascinating hill town in private air-conditioned transport on the way while you enjoy the very beautiful and aptly famous Tuscan landscape. The guide also stops for photo opportunities at particularly scenic locations.
Upon arrival at each town, you have free time to explore. You may choose to visit churches and museums, do some people-watching in the piazzas, or perhaps shop for great foods and wine or even amazing Italian fashion. Your guide will be able to suggest the best places to see artisan's studios, local producers of typical Tuscan products, nice places to 'people watch' while enjoying a cold drink, and where to explore the town's highlights. You are given free time in San Gimignano, Siena and Monteriggioni where you can choose to just soak up the atmosphere or try one of the other activities outlined above.
Also included is a gourmet light Tuscan lunch of quality products produced in Tuscany, including extra-virgin olive oil. You also visit a classic Tuscan estate with an introduction to Tuscan wine and a wine tasting.
This tour is designed to give maximum enjoyment for a day's outing to Tuscany's most famous hilltop towns.
The Best of Tuscany Tour Shopping Suggestions - what to buy in Siena, San Gimignano and Monteriggioni: These towns are great for quality small gifts to take home. Beautiful, locally-produced traditional design ceramics are available in all towns. San Gimignano is an 'art town' with a large variety of artistan studios to browse. Salami, cheeses, traditional cakes and biscuits like Siena's famous Panforte are also great to buy (and eat!). Ask your guide to point out great shops with high-quality produce. The estate you visit has a great selection of wines and olive oils as well.
The Best of Tuscany Tour takes you to three hilltop towns, including lunch and wine tasting!
Highlights of the Best of Tuscany small group tour include:
The finer details of the small-group Best of Tuscany tour:
Meeting time and dates: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8.15 am throughout March-November.
Length: 9 hours
Vehicles are not able to enter into the walled cities of the ancient hilltop towns so there is some walking involved. Children are welcome on this tour however we are not always able to provide car seats and by law children cannot ride on a parent's lap. Please contact us ahead of time if you are travelling with small children.
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