An exclusive wine & food journey with

VINE-SOCIETY

WINES OF TUSCANY

June 16 - 23, 2024

12 - 16

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

15

Meals

We invite you to join us on a captivating journey through the heart of Tuscany, where ancient vineyards and time-honored winemaking traditions have produced wines that are famous around the world. During this exclusive trip, discover the vinicultural gems of Montalcino, Cortona, Montepulciano, and the renowned Chianti Classico region, savor local culinary traditions passed down through generations, and stroll historic cobblestone streets of medieval villages scattered throughout the postcard-worthy rolling green hills. 

Explore

acclaimed wineries that have made history, like Antinori and Barone Ricasoli

Taste

Brunello di Montalcino, Super Tuscan, Chianti, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Discover

the picturesque Tuscan villages of San Quirico d’Orcia, Montalcino, and Pienza

Day 1

ARRIVE FLORENCE

Welcome to Italy! An Experi driver will greet you at the Florence airport and transport you south 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 aperitivo followed by a Welcome Dinner at the property.

Dinner

Overnight at Borgo Scopeto

Day 2

CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG

This morning, we’ll begin our exploration of Tuscan wines with a visit to one of the oldest estates in Italy where we’ll learn about the history of Chianti Classico wines and visit the modern wine-making facilities. Sit down for lunch expertly prepared using local seasonal ingredients. This afternoon, visit another acclaimed wine estate growing the traditional varieties of the Chianti area. Learn about their production methods and taste their high quality wines. Return to the property in the late afternoon for an open evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Borgo Scopeto

Day 3

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG & SAN QUIRICO

Today we head toward the hills near Montalcino to visit a winery producing renowned Brunello di Montalcino wines from their selection of Sangiovese grapes. Enjoy a tour, cellar visit, and guided tasting with light bites. In the afternoon, a short scenic drive through the heart of the Val d’Orcia countryside takes us to the picturesque hilltop village of San Quirico— an important stop on the pilgrimage routes during ancient times. Check in to our accommodations set just inside the town walls and have free time to stroll, pop into a wine bar for a tasting, and find a spot for dinner in this quintessential Tuscan town. Our Travel Director can provide recommendations.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Relais Palazzo del Capitano

Day 4

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO DOCG & MONTALCINO

We’ll delve further into the wines of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG today, starting with a pioneer winery in the production of Brunello that continues to produce top quality wines. Learn about their history and winemaking traditions and taste their wines before continuing up the road to the hilltop town of Montalcino for some free time. This afternoon, stop briefly at the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a masterpiece of medieval architecture, before continuing to another winery that was one of the early leaders in biodynamic wine production. Return to San Quirico this evening where we’ll gather for dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Relais Palazzo del Capitano

Day 5

PIENZA & VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO DOCG

This morning, start with a visit to the 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. Next we’ll head to Montepulciano where we’ll indulge in one of the most sought-after Tuscan wines: Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG. Our first stop will be a small family-run winery where we’ll learn about the production process and the characteristics of the local wines followed by a tasting and light lunch. Continue to a second estate straddling the border of Montepulciano DOCG and Cortona DOC and experience the unique profile of their wines in a modern elegant setting. Return to the property afterward for an open evening.

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Relais Palazzo del Capitano

Day 6

CORTONA DOC & CHIANTI RUFINA DOCG

Today’s adventures bring us to wineries in Cortona and the Chianti Rufina subzone. We’ll begin at another small family-run winery that specializes in growing the Syrah and Merlot grapes of the Cortona DOC. Tour the winery, and enjoy a light Tuscan lunch paired with their wines. Next we’ll travel north to our new accommodations at a wine estate outside Florence. Check in and have some time to relax before we venture back out to the mountain slopes of the Chianti Rufina area. Here we’ll visit a prestigious family estate with a long winemaking history and a reputation for sustainable cultivation of the land and fine wines that represent the diversity of Tuscany. Enjoy a tour, tasting, and wine paired dinner before returning to the property.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight at Torre a Cona

Day 7

CHIANTI CLASSICO

For our last full day in Tuscany, we recognize the commitment of the Antinori family to quality Italian winemaking with a visit to their state-of-the-art facility in Bargino. We’ll learn about the family’s history, experience the winemaking process, view their prized art collection, and taste their wines. Return to the property for some free time. This afternoon, take part in the ancient tradition of a truffle hunt at the estate. In the evening, we’ll gather to toast our journey during a gala farewell dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight at Torre a Cona Wine Estate

Day 8

DEPARTURE

After breakfast, transfer to the Florence airport. Not ready to leave Italy behind? Continue your journey with an optional four-day extension.

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 days in Portovenere & Cinque Terre

Day 8

PORTOVENERE

Depart this morning and head west to the charming seaside village of Portovenere, nestled between the famous Cinque Terre and Gulf of Poets on the beautiful Ligurian coast. Enjoy lunch at a quaint restaurant in town. Afterward, meet a local guide for a walking tour of the highlights of the town. Later, have some time to unwind and settle into your accommodations, located in the heart of Portovenere’s historic center with the evening open for your exploration.

Dinner

Overnight at Grand Hotel Portovenere

Day 9

CINQUE TERRE

Join a local guide this morning and board the ferry that runs to the Cinque Terre— a UNESCO World Heritage group of remote villages perched dramatically on the cliffs. Stop first in the small fishing village of Vernazza for a cappuccino or a piece of focaccia. Continue on to the lovely town of Monterosso to visit a winery nestled among the vineyards and lemon groves. Savor the local cuisine during a wine-paired lunch. Afterward, return to Portovenere for an open evening. 

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Grand Hotel Portovenere

Day 10

PORTOVENERE

On your last day in the region, enjoy free time to explore at your own pace. Take a stroll along the harbor and the narrow pedestrian shopping street, Via Capellini, or check out one of the beautiful swimming spots near the hotel. If you feel like venturing further afield, you could return by boat or ferry to one of the Cinque Terre villages or travel by boat or kayak to nearby Palmaria Island where hiking trails, caves, and secluded beaches are waiting to be discovered

Breakfast, Lunch

Overnight at Grand Hotel Portovenere 

Day 11

DEPARTURE

Say farewell to this spectacular corner of the Italian coast. A driver will transport you to Florence Airport for flights home. 
Arrivederci!

Breakfast

Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Program: June 16 - 23, 2024
Extension: June 23 - 26, 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: $8,395
Suite: $9,495

Single Occupancy: $10,395

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,995
Jr. Suite: $4,595

Single Occupancy: $3,995

*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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