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An exclusive wine & food journey with

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Tuscany

April 11 - 18, 2023

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

14

Meals

Join Michael and Charlie Havill along with fellow Bella Grace members and raise a glass to the irresistible heart of Tuscany. With its world-class wines, cultural treasures, and rolling countryside dotted with olive groves, cypress trees, and vineyards, Tuscany captivates the senses of all who visit. During our week together, meet proud artisan creators and savor their superb wines and regional specialties, discover medieval towns and marvel at the seamless blending of past and present, and learn the fascinating history of the region known as the cradle of the Renaissance.

Learn

the traditions of Tuscan cooking during a hands-on workshop

Explore

Chianti, Siena, Pienza, and more, tasting local specialties and wines along the way

Discover

ancient cathedrals and works of art while discovering beautiful Florence

Day 1

Cortona

Land in the Florence Airport and take a private transfer to our accommodations in a renovated 17th-century monastery situated in the heart of the ancient hilltop town of Cortona.

Unwind at the property and take time to explore your new surroundings. This evening, we'll gather for a Welcome Dinner featuring local flavors.

Dinner

Overnight at Monastero di Cortona

Day 2

Tuscan Pasta Workshop

Roll up your sleeves this morning for a hands-on culinary class to learn the art of Tuscan cooking. When the food is ready, sit down and savor the prepared fare paired with a selection of Tuscan wines.

In the afternoon, visit an olive oil mill in Cortona — one of the few remaining mills to operate a traditional, cold-stone milling process. We’ll meet the family and taste fragrant, freshly pressed oils over wood-fired grilled bruschetta. After, explore the treasures of Cortona on a privately guided tour. Discover the city’s amazing Etruscan history and visit some of its most important sites and enjoy dinner on your own in Cortona this evening.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Monastero di Cortona

Day 3

Val d’Orcia

This morning, head to the beautiful medieval and Renaissance town of Montepulciano for a very special winery visit. Taste one of the most sought-after Tuscan wines: Nobile di Montepulciano. Enjoy a light lunch and take a stroll among the cobblestone streets of this charming village located between the Valdichiana and Val d’Orcia.

After a short drive with breathtaking views of the Val d’Orcia, we’ll arrive in the picturesque hillside village of Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a walking tour of this Tuscan gem, famous - among other things - for the production of pecorino. Enjoy some free time to shop around Pienza’s gourmet and petite boutiques. Return to the property and unwind. Dinner is on your own tonight. Your Travel Director is happy to provide recommendations.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Monastero di Cortona

Day 4

Siena

Discover the medieval city of Siena on a guided walking tour with a local expert. Visit the Siena Duomo and the art-filled Casa di Santa Caterina. Take time to explore at your own pace and enjoy lunch at your leisure. Back at the villa, we’ll have time to relax before heading out to a wine estate for a tasting followed by a wine-paired dinner.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Monastero di Cortona

Day 5

Castiglion Fiorentino

Drive to the small, walled city of Castiglion Fiorentino and spend the morning with our Italian cheese expert at his workshop featuring two cheese caves. Learn techniques to taste, cut, and smell different cheese varieties. After, enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch.

The afternoon is at your leisure. Spend time at the villa or perhaps head to Cortona for additional shopping and sightseeing. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Monastero di Cortona

Day 6

Chianti

After breakfast, we’ll check out of the villa and take a private transfer to Florence. En route, we’ll stop at one of the charming hilltop villages of Chianti for a stroll. Enjoy a Tuscan lunch and wine tasting at an organic wine estate in Chianti.

Upon arrival, we’ll check in to our hotel— situated in the cultural heart of Florence. The remainder of the day is open to begin exploring the cobblestone streets and historical piazzas of the city. Your Travel Director is happy to provide recommendations for dinner.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Santa Maria Novella

Day 7

Historic Florence

After a leisurely morning to explore the Renaissance beauty of Florence at your own pace, we'll join our local guide for a walking tour of Florence’s famous sites, like the Duomo di Firenze, San Lorenzo Market, Ponte Vecchio, and more. At the end of our tour, visit the Accademia di Belle Arti, an art academy founded by Cosimo I de’ Medici in 1563, that now hosts the original statue of Michelangelo’s famous David.

Enjoy your final moments in Florence this afternoon at your leisure. Our farewell dinner this evening is at a favorite restaurant serving delicious Florentine dishes.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Santa Maria Novella

Day 8

Florence

After breakfast, take a private transfer to the Florence Airport. Not ready to leave Italy behind? Continue your journey on an optional four-day extension in Rome. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Cinque Terre

Day 8

Your private driver will pick you up and drive you through the northern part of Tuscany until you reach the beautiful coastline of Liguria, and your home base for the next four days: Portovenere. Nestled between the famous Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, Portovenere is a charming sea village facing the beautiful island of Palmaria. Enjoy lunch at a quaint restaurant that will treat you to a true pasta al pesto - the iconic dish of the area. Then meet your local guide for a walking tour of the highlights of this town: St. Peter’s church, which sits atop a cliff jetting out on the sea, the Doria Castle, and the carrugi - the iconic narrow alleys of eastern Liguria.

Then, unwind in your luxury bed & breakfast located in the heart of Portovenere’s historic center. The rest of the evening is open for your own exploration.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Colonna 24

Day 9

Rise early this morning to adventure out with your local guide. You’ll boat on the ferry that runs daily to the Cinque Terre - a UNESCO world heritage group of villages perched on the cliffs. Stop in Vernazza for a cappuccino or a piece of true focaccia and then proceed on to the lovely town of Monterosso. There, enjoy visiting a local winery nested among the vineyard and lemon orchard. Savor the local cuisine paired with wine. Let your palate be surprised by the deliciousness of the Sciacchetra - one of the best passito wines of Italy that hardly ever leaves the boot.

Then boat back to Portovenere and unwind for the evening.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Colonna 24

Day 10

Today, you’ll explore more of the beauty and uniqueness of the Cinque Terre, going inland. A private driver will pick you up and take you to Volastra - a small town nested in the hills. There, you’ll visit a family-owned winery that overlooks the entire bay. If the day is clear enough, you might even see Corsica! Tour the winery and learn about the ancient farming techniques passed down from a generation to the other in order to grow vines on those steep slopes of land. Your private driver will then take you to a local ittiturismo - a family-run restaurant that serves the fish caught on that day. Take a digestive walk into Corniglia, the highest of the cinque terre towns. Enjoy some free time to wonder around its lovely boutiques of artisans. Get back to Portovenere and unwind. Stay there or adventure to the beautiful island of Palmaria for dinner on your own.

Breakfast,  lunch

Overnight at Colonna 24

Day 11

Say farewell to this gorgeous corner of the Italian Riviera. Your private driver will take you to the airport of Pisa to fly home.

Breakfast

Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Program: Date April 11 - 18, 2023
Extension: Date April 18 - 21, 2023

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we can refer you to an air ticket travel agency.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.), which can leave some areas inaccessible. If you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@experi.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/agreement.


Included

  • Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
  • Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Rates*

Classic: $5,495
Deluxe: $5,995
Jr. Suite: $6,395
Suite: $6,995

Single Occupancy: $6,695

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,195
Single: $2,995

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 non-refundable deposit is required for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

Learn more about travel insurance and how it can help you prepare for the unexpected at https://experi.com/travelinsurance/

Travel Terms & Conditions

View our complete terms and conditions here at https://experi.com/agreement.
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