An exclusive journey

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Tuscany

May 2 – 9, 2019

20-44

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

17

Meals

Col Solare Winery invites you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Tuscany. In partnership with our Antinori Family, we’ve designed this exclusive VIP tour of an Antinori private estate for our wine club members. We’ll visit classic Antinori properties and enjoy an array of exclusive experiences – from touring the modern Antinori Winery in Chianti and tasting wines at the Abbey of Passignano to savoring traditional Tuscan cooking at La Cantinetta Antinori in Florence. Along the way, we’ll also experience several cooking workshops, the charming towns of Siena and Cortona, the famous sites of Florence, and much more. Join us on this amazing journey.

Taste

amazing Antinori wines and authentic Tuscan dishes

Explore

Florence, Chianti, Siena, Pienza and Cortona with expert local guides

See

a Romanesque church tucked away in the Tuscan countryside

Day 1

Florence

Arrive at the Florence Airport, and meet your friendly Travel Director in the arrivals hall. Take a private transfer to our Relais & Châteaux property, a family-owned and operated luxury villa and one-star Michelin restaurant.

Cortona Wine Estate

Unwind at the property, and stroll through the gorgeous grounds, including an olive grove and vineyards with views of Cortona. Come together to enjoy a falconry demonstration, learning where Il Falconiere gets its name. Savor a welcome dinner at the villa’s Michelin-starred restaurant.

Dinner

Overnight at Il Falconiere

Day 2

Tuscan Pasta Workshop

Start the day with an optional hike on an ancient footpath of the Etruscans. After, learn the art of Italian cuisine in the kitchen of Chef Titi. Make dishes like pici pasta and an accompanying sauce. While lunch is cooking, tour the estate vineyard. Savor the prepared lunch with estate wines.

Cortona

Explore the treasures of Cortona on a guided tour this afternoon. Learn about the city’s history, visit a monastery where St. Francis slept, and experience the town within the ancient stone walls. See Etruscan architectural sites such as a recently uncovered staircase. Enjoy dinner on your own in Cortona.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Il Falconiere

Day 3

Pienza

Uncover the charming hillside village of Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Experience a unique cheese tasting at an admired local shop, and sample the famous Pecorino cheese of this region. Follow our guide to see Renaissance architecture and gorgeous views of the Val d’Orcia.

Montalcino

Continue on to the village of Montalcino. We’ll tour an award-winning winery and balsameria owned and operated by the Mariani family. Taste their balsamic vinegars and Brunello wines, then sit down for a four-course lunch. After, stop at the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a Romanesque church “hidden” amongst vineyards and ancient olive groves. Enjoy a three-course dinner at the villa this evening.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Il Falconiere

Day 4

Siena

Discover the medieval gem of Siena on a guided walking tour starting at Piazza del Campo. Visit the Siena Duomo and the art-filled Casa di Santa Caterina with a local guide. Enjoy lunch at your leisure at any of Siena’s charming restaurants.

Cortona

Unwind at the villa late this afternoon, perhaps enjoying the Etruscan spa services or other property amenities, such as the swimming pools or winery. Savor a delectable dinner this evening, prepared by Chef Titi.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Il Falconiere

Day 5

Castiglion Fiorentino

Drive to the small, walled city of Castiglion Fiorentino, and spend the morning with cheese expert Andrea Magi at his laboratory. Learn techniques to taste, cut, and smell different cheese varieties. Tour the two microclimate caves Andrea has built onsite for storing these cheeses. Back at the property, enjoy a light lunch.

Cortona Family Mill

Gather at the Baracchi family’s restored olive mill and roll up your sleeves for a pizza-making class. Prepare pizza using seasonal Tuscan ingredients in a wood-fired oven. Enjoy your creations and Baracchi wine for dinner.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Il Falconiere

Day 6

Tavarnelle Val di Pesa

Rise early for breakfast and check-out. Head to Abbey of Passignano, an ancient monastery with an osteria, wine cellar, and the Vallombrosan Order of monks. Stroll the Antinori-owned vineyards that surround the abbey. After, enjoy a rustic lunch at their 1-star Michelin restaurant.

Antinori Winery in Chianti

Head to Antinori’s ultra-modern winery in the Chianti Classico countryside. See the contrast between their ancient cellars and state-of-the-art winemaking facility built within the Tuscan landscape. Walk the property and visit the fermentation, aging, and reserve areas. Enjoy a full tasting of select vintages in their impressive suspended room.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Santa Maria Novella

Day 7

Florence

Take in the storied culture of Florence this morning. Join our local guide for a walking tour of Florence’s famous sites, like the Duomo di Firenze, Michelangelo’s David, San Lorenzo Market, the Ponte Vecchio, and more.

Florence

Sip on Antinori prosecco at Procacci, a gourmet shop featuring a wine bar and delicacies made with truffles. Savor a special dinner with wine this evening at La Cantinetta Antinori in Florence's historic city center. Discover the beauty of this restaurant, located in the Antinori Palace.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Santa Maria Novella

Day 8

Florence

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before taking 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 Rome

Day 8

Travel to Rome and check into your hotel. Meet your Travel Director for a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. End the in-depth tour at the Sistine Chapel and gaze upon this masterful piece of art. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight.

Breakfast

Overnight at Palazzo Naiadi

Day 9

This morning, we’ll head to the winemaking town of Frascati just outside Rome’s city center. Discover the historic center of Frascati and see the catacombs, Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, and more. After, enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at a lovely estate set upon acres of vineyards and olive groves.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Palazzo Naiadi

Day 10

Meet in the hotel lobby after breakfast to embark on a private tour of Rome. Walk along narrow alleys, and pass through impressive piazzas. Visit the famed Colosseum, and learn its storied history. Take a seat at the Spanish Steps to soak up the energy of Rome. Dinner is on your own.

Breakfast

Overnight at Palazzo Naiadi

Day 11

Savor your last breakfast in Italy, then take a private transfer to the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport for flights home.

Breakfast

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Details

Dates

Program: May 2–9, 2019
Extension: May 9–12, 2019

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Guests should feel comfortable meandering along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. All guests must be 21 years or older.


Included

  • 7 nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Experi 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 those included with major meals

Rates*

Classic: $6,295
Deluxe: $6,595 sold out
Jr. Suite: $6,995
Suite: $7,295
Winery Suite: $7,995 sold out
Single: $8,295

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,795
Single: $3,995

*Call to discuss availability and rates for triple, quad, and child accommodations. Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


Deposits

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

Travel Terms & Conditions

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