An exclusive wine & food journey with

Va Piano Vineyards

DISCOVER CHIANTI

 April 22 - 29, 2024

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

15

Meals

Join us for an unforgettable journey to the ancient Chianti region of Tuscany. Famous for its wine, medieval hilltowns, and rolling green countryside dotted with vineyards, olive groves, castles, and farms, Chianti offers a rich history and culture waiting to be discovered.

Explore

the striking medieval hilltowns of Siena and San Gimignano and the rich culture and history of Florence

Taste

the acclaimed wine of estates in the Chianti Classico DOCG appellation

Discover

local artisan food producers and traditional Tuscan cooking techniques

Day 1

Arrive Tuscany

Welcome to Italy! An Experi driver will greet you at the Florence Airport and transport you to your accommodations in the Tuscan hills of Chianti Classico.

Take some time to relax and get settled before gathering this evening for introductions and an aperitif followed by a Welcome Dinner at the property.

Dinner

Overnight at Relais Borgo Scopeto or similar

Day 2

Chianti Classico

After a leisurely morning, we’ll drive north to Badia a Coltibuono, an ancient monastery and farm set in the Chianti hills. We’ll learn the techniques to prepare special Tuscan dishes during a hands-on cooking class, followed by a wine-paired lunch, and a guided tour of the abbey and vineyards.

Return to the property with some free time to relax before heading back out this evening for a tour, tasting, and light dinner at a nearby wine estate.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Relais Borgo Scopeto or similar

Day 3

Panzano & San Gimignano

After a relaxing morning, our first stop today is the shop of celebrity butcher Dario Cecchini in the town of Panzano. We’ll learn about the history and traditions of Tuscany’s meat culture and enjoy a special culinary experience during lunch at his restaurant. From here, we’ll have an opportunity to step back in time with a visit to the walled hilltop village of San Gimignano known for its striking skyline of medieval towers. A guided tour of the town’s historic center will include tastings of local specialties including gelato and the local wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano.

After, we’ll have free time to wander the town at our own pace and find a place for dinner. Our Travel Director is happy to provide recommendations.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Relais Borgo Scopeto or similar

Day 4

Siena

This morning, we’ll head to the medieval city of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a local expert guide for a tour of the city center's highlights including the famous Piazza del Campo— Siena's iconic main square that hosts the Palio horse race— as well as its magnificent cathedral, and intriguing network of narrow alleys and hidden courtyards. After the tour, enjoy free time to explore the winding streets at your own pace and find a spot for lunch. In the late afternoon, we'll travel north to a family-run wine estate in the Chianti hills for a tour, tasting, and dinner of traditional Tuscan favorites.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Relais Borgo Scopeto or similar

Day 5

Albola

We’ll check out this morning after a leisurely breakfast and make our way north to the Castello d’Albola estate in the Chianti Classico DOCG appellation where grape cultivation has a legacy dating back to the time of the Etruscans. During our visit, take a private guided tour of the vineyards, the ancient Borgo, and the historic cellars followed by a classic tasting of 4 estate wines paired with typical Tuscan dishes.

After lunch, continue north to our accommodations in another idyllic corner of the Tuscan countryside where we’ll have free time to relax and get settled in our new surroundings.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Torre a Cona Wine Estate or similar

Day 6

Florence

This morning we’ll head to the Renaissance city of Florence where we'll join a local guide for a walking tour of the city’s historic highlights, including the Duomo di Firenze, San Lorenzo Market, Ponte Vecchio, and more. Our tour will be followed by free time to wander the city’s narrow streets and picturesque neighborhoods, passing old palaces, workshops, and studios. Enjoy time to shop, have lunch, and explore the artistic treasures of the city at our own pace.

Returning to the property in the afternoon, we’ll have time to relax before gathering together in the evening for a casual dinner at the property.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Torre a Cona Wine Estate or similar

Day 7

Chianti Countryside

This morning we have a special treat— weather permitting, we’ll begin the day with a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Chianti countryside, providing unforgettable views over the vineyards, olive groves, and lush rolling hills of Tuscany. Afterward, return to the hotel with time to relax before experiencing a traditional truffle hunt on the grounds of the Torre a Cona estate.

Tonight, we’ll gather one last time to toast our journey with new friends and enjoy a festive farewell dinner at the property.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Torre a Cona Wine Estate or similar

Day 8

Departure

After breakfast this morning, transfer to the Florence Airport for return flights home or continue on the extension. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Modena & Bologna

Day 8

BOLOGNA

We’ll say farewell to Tuscany this morning and make our way north to the Emilia Romagna region, known for its elegant medieval cities, luxury sports cars, and rich gastronomic and wine-making traditions. Arriving in the ancient university town of Bologna, we'll join a local guide for a tour of the historic town center, followed by free time to have lunch and explore at our own pace. 

Later this afternoon, we'll check into our accommodations on the outskirts of the city and have the remainder of the day to settle in and perhaps check out one of the restaurants on-site featuring freshly prepared local favorites.

Breakfast

Overnight at Palazzo di Varignana

Day 9

Modena

After a leisurely morning, head out this afternoon to the small ancient town of Modena, known by gourmets for regional specialties such as balsamico di Modena (balsamic vinegar) and by car enthusiasts for Ferrari, Maserati, Bugatti, and Lamborghini based nearby.

First, we’ll visit Italy’s oldest balsamic vinegar producer and learn about the ancient craftsmanship involved in maintaining this family art through the generations. Continuing into Piazza Grande in Modena’s city center, a local guide will share the stories and highlights of this city that dates back to Romans.

We’ll have an open evening in Modena to stroll the cobblestone streets and explore the city's culinary offerings before returning to the hotel. Your Travel Director is happy to provide recommendations.

Breakfast

Overnight at Palazzo di Varignana

Day 10

EMILIA ROMAGNA

This morning, we'll return to Bologna where we’ll take part in a hands-on cooking class featuring the dishes for which the city is known. Discover the culture and gastronomy of Emilia Romagna while learning how to prepare authentic Bolognese food. Following the class, we’ll sit down to enjoy our creations paired with local wines. This afternoon, we'll have some free time to relax before meeting for an evening wine tasting on the property and a festive Farewell Dinner at a nearby restaurant.

 

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Palazzo di Varignana

Day 11

Departure

Our Italian journey comes to an end today with a transfer to Bologna Airport to catch return flights home. Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Program: April 22 - 29, 2024
Extension: April 29 - May 2, 2024

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. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities.  If your mobility is limited in any way, or if you have questions, please contact our Guest Services team at guestservices@experi.com.

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 4 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
  • 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: $6,995
Superior: $7,295
Jr. Suite: $7,595 SOLD OUT
Suite: $7,995 SOLD OUT

Single Occupancy: $8,495

EXTENSION RATES*

Classic: $2,695

Single Occupancy: $3,699

*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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