Gourmet Tuscany

Gourmet Tuscany

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Gourmet Tuscany

8 Days Starting and ending in 51016 Montecatini Terme, Province of Pistoia, Italy

Visiting: Montecatini Terme, Vinci, Chianti, Lucca, Bolgheri

Tour operator:

Cosmos

Tour code:

6240-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

One Centre Based

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$1843
$1671 (USD) Operator discount: -$125 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$47
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Tour Overview

On this affordable Italy tour small group discovery package, the town of Montecatini serves as your home base from which to venture out to explore the surrounding landscapes of breathtaking Tuscany and getting to know its culinary and wine traditions. You’ll indulge in picturesque scenery, world-class local wines, traditional cuisine, and cultural discoveries. From the rolling hills of Montalbano to Vinci and beyond, we’ll take you through bountiful vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees. You’ll even visit the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci to experience the Renaissance master’s life and art. Traveling through some of the most stunning and lush natural landscapes in Italy, you’ll embark to visit idyllic spots, including the gorgeous Chianti Valley and the Etruscan Coast. As you visit quaint wine shops, cafes, historic estates, and museums, you’ll feel immersed in the history and traditions of each destination. In addition to sampling the local gourmet Tuscan fare, you’ll also be treated to an Italian cooking lesson. You’ll prepare an authentic Italian dish inside a rustic Tuscan farmhouse where you and your travel companions will enjoy your culinary creations—complete with master-chef prizes. You’ll also learn the art of Italian dessert making at your hotel and get to taste some of the celebrated Chianti and Super Tuscan wines right where they are produced. You’ll revel in the beauty of becoming familiar with a single destination of Montecatini while making priceless discoveries of locales that are off the beaten path—perfect for the smart, creative, and budget-minded travel lover.

Highlights

  • You’ll indulge in picturesque scenery, world-class local wines, traditional cuisine, and cultural discoveries

  • From the rolling hills of Montalbano to Vinci and beyond, we’ll take you through bountiful vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees

  • You’ll even visit the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci to experience the Renaissance master’s life and art

  • In addition to sampling the local gourmet Tuscan fare, you’ll also be treated to an Italian cooking lesson

  • You’ll also learn the art of Italian dessert making at your hotel and get to taste some of the celebrated Chianti and Super Tuscan wines

Places You'll See

Settentrionale Esplanade

Settentrionale Esplanade

Settentrionale Esplanade

Settentrionale Esplanade

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Montecatini,Italy
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Settentrionale Esplanade
Meals Included: Dinner

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a special welcome dinner.

Day 2 : Montecatini. Excursion To Vinci
Location: Vinci, Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Settentrionale Esplanade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning, head out into the lush, rolling landscape of the Montalbano hills. Pass terraced grape vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees on your way to the quaint village of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Here, learn all about the Renaissance master at the museum dedicated to his life and many areas of interest from painting, sculpting, and inventing, to anatomy, music, and cartography! Round up the morning with the visit of a local bakery. Learn how bread is made and enjoy a light lunch with an opportunity to sample local products such as focaccia bread, sandwiches, wine, cheese, cold cuts, and olive oil.
Today’s Distance: 25 mi/ 40 km

Day 3 : Montecatini. Excursion To The Chianti Valley
Location: Chianti, Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Settentrionale Esplanade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Cradled between the provinces of Florence and Siena, the Chianti Valley is the heart of Tuscany, and has been hailed for its exceptional wines since the 13th century. Your journey today takes you to Greve, with time to visit the village and to enjoy lunch at a charming wine shop. Complete the day with the visit of a historic Tuscan estate known for its Chianti wine production.
Today’s Distance: 96 mi/ 155 km

Day 4 : Montecatini
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Settentrionale Esplanade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Montecatini. Maybe go for a walk in the Parco delle Terme with its tall shady trees. Most of the afternoon is dedicated to the Italian cooking lesson at a rustic farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside. Once you arrive at the farm, enjoy a welcome drink, explore the orchard to pick some fresh ingredients, learn about Italy’s most famous delicacies, and then roll up your sleeves for a fun, hands-on cooking experience. This evening, relax with your traveling companions and taste the delectable dinner you prepared—maybe your team will win the master chef prize!

Day 5 : Montecatini. Excursion To Lucca
Location: Lucca, Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Settentrionale Esplanade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit Lucca, a stunning showcase of medieval architecture and layer upon layer of rich history and culture. Marvel at the beautiful art and tapestry collections at the baroque Palazzo Mansi National Museum, then take a guided walking tour around the Old Town with its fine, intact Renaissance-era wall, cobblestone streets, and café-lined piazzas. A lively café-crawl snack brunch is included, followed by a main course at a local restaurant. Then, your Local Guide will introduce you to the stunning ornamental gardens and grand arched ceilings of Palazzo Pfanner.
Today’s Distance: 39 mi/ 62 km

Day 6 : Montecatini. Excursion To Bolgheri
Location: Bolgheri, Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Settentrionale Esplanade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel through the vineyard-dotted countryside and along cypress tree-lined Viale dei Cipressi for your grand entrance into enchanting Bolgheri. With its red-brick castle and atmospheric Old Town, it’s not hard to imagine that Bolgheri jumped right off the pages of a storybook. There’s time here to visit one of the wine cellars and taste Bolgheri’s celebrated Super Tuscan reds. First created in the 1980s, many wine experts believe these now rival French Bordeaux. Later, stop at nearby Castagneto Carducci, known for its splendid panoramic views of the Etruscan Coast. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the chance to sample the local liqueur.
Today’s Distance: 155 mi/ 250 km

Day 7 : Montecatini
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Settentrionale Esplanade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning is yours to do as you please. You could choose to explore more of the city on your own, to relax and shop for souvenirs, or to join an exciting optional excursion. This afternoon is dedicated to a baking class at your hotel, focusing on the creation of cakes and desserts.

Day 8 : Montecatini
Location: Montecatini Terme
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    Breakfast-7
    Lunch-4
    Dinner-3

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

Small Group

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

UNESCO Sites

Historic Centre of San Gimignano|The great Spa Towns of Europe - Montecatini

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 lunches; 3 dinners, including dinner at a local farm in Montecatini

Notes

Nearest airports for Montecatini are Florence or Pisa

Accommodation

Settentrionale Esplanade



In the heart of Montecatini Terme offering hospitality and courtesy. The centrally located hotel has always been managed by the owners and is one of the cornerstones of the traditional hotels of Montecatini Terme.Restaurant, outdoors pool.

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What is the maximum group size?

    Usually max 43 people

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1961

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Cosmos is committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and to reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. In this endeavor, we have implemented policies to support this mission and are working carefully to enhance our products with this mission and our values combined. We are committed to complying with all relevant legislation and/or regulations.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    All guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for travel through February, 2023. Beginning March 1, 2023, while we highly recommend vaccination, we will no longer require it. We ask all guests to comply with airline and destination requirements, which still may apply. To check your destination requirements for your travel dates, view the Latest Travel & Health Restrictions for Travel.

Reviews of this Operator

Mrs Susan Hyland  

We have just returned from a Cosmos…

28-Sep-2022

We have just returned from a Cosmos tour- Gourmet Tuscany. We stayed in Montecatini Terme and traveled from there to many wonderful places, in towns and the fabulous Tuscan countryside. We visit Vineyards for wine tastings, farms for cooking lessons and lunches and dinners in authentic Italian restaurants. All assisted by a friendly, informative tour director. First class holiday

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Rick  

Excellent in every respect

08-Dec-2022

I recently did a 2-week "best of Italy" tour with this company. Our guide, Daniella, was fantastic, the itinerary was excellent and they catered for my rather difficult dietary requirements really well. Really happy and will certainly book with them again

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John Lomanno  

A wonderrful experience

09-Nov-2022

WE saw so much. The tour director Mladin was very knowledgeable and made the experience so enjoyable. The bus driver Paul was so nice and helpful. A couple of the hotels had no refrigerators to keep the water cold. We had to carry our own luggage to and from the rooms. There should have been porters to help us. Over all we had a great time.

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Bruce  

Old South &Florida tour

27-Oct-2022

Great organisation, tour guide(Kris) and driver(Tony) who went extra mile and good group of people from all over world. The hotels were excellent in New Orleans and Nashville and very good in other cities. The itinerary was well thought out with visits to Gracelands and Grande ole Oprey topping the bill. We added 3extra nights in New Orleans (giving us 6nights) which was absolutely fab and would advise anyone doing this tour that they consider some extra nights to see and do as much as you can

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Francine Ramos  

The tour director expertise and…

18-Dec-2022

The tour director expertise and personality made the trip all the more pleasant. No stress. The local guides as well added to the beauty of this trip. They were knowledgeable and personable. I also have to mention the travelers (the group of 21). The people were friendly an accommodating. This is my third trip with this tour company and I will continue to travel with this company due to excellent planning and customer service. Thank you

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May 05, 2024 - May 12, 2024
$1905 $1732 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$49 (USD)

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May 12, 2024 - May 19, 2024
$1905 $1732 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$49 (USD)

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$1905 $1732 (USD)

Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$49 (USD)

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Operator discount: -$125 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$49 (USD)

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    Cosmos requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cosmos charges.

    Up to 65 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 64 days before tour starts: Forfeit 20% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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