Gourmet Tuscany with Florence (624E)

11 Day Tour from Montecatini to Florence

2020 Tour Details

On this affordable Italy tour 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. After your value-minded vacation in Tuscany, you’ll travel to Florence to enjoy your Monograms independent vacation package.

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 enjoy making Montecatini your home for this vacation in Tuscany, while making priceless discoveries on your excursions to the best in Tuscan experiences only the locals know. Next, travel to Florence for your Monograms vacation.

Your Monograms vacation package in Florence includes transfer from Montecatini to Florence. Visit the Duomo Museum, walk through Piazza del Duomo, see the sculptures of Piazza della Signoria, and visit Santa Croce Square with an expert local guide. You’ll be treated to superior hotel accommodations, a Local Host® on call to offer guidance and assistance during your stay, and the perfect blend of guided sightseeing and free time to enjoy all that Florence has to offer.
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 Tour Highlights

TUSCAN FARMHOUSE
Cooking class and competition, followed by dinner
VINCI
Visit the Leonardo da Vinci museum and a local butchery at a nearby village
CHIANTI VALLEY
Visit Greve and a historic Chianti wine estate
LUCCA
Guided sightseeing with café-crawl brunch, visit Palazzo Mansi and Palazzo Pfanner
BOLGHERI
Visit the village and a wine cellar
CASTAGNETO CARDUCCI
Visit, wine tasting and lunch in a local restaurant
MONTECATINI
Cake- and dessert-baking class

Notes:

Flight arrival/departure for Montecatini is Florence or Pisa

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private coach/minivan Montecatini-Florence

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN MONTECATINI, ITALY

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers and enjoy a special welcome dinner.

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Day 2 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO VINCI

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! Later, visit a BUTCHERY in a local village, followed by a generous tasting of cold cuts.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi/ 180 km

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Day 3 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO THE CHIANTI VALLEY

Cradled between the provinces of Florence and Siena, the Chianti Valley is the heart of Old 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: 124 mi/ 200 km

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Day 4 MONTECATINI

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 savor the delectable dinner you prepared—maybe your team will win the master chef prize!

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Day 5 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO LUCCA

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

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Day 6 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO BOLGHERI

Travel through the vineyard-dotted countryside and along cypress-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 that produce 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: 186 mi/ 300 km

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Day 7 MONTECATINI

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.

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Day 8 MONTECATINI–FLORENCE

Transfer to Florence. Your Local Host is on hand to help you make the most of your stay.

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Day 9 FLORENCE

Morning guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Duomo Museum and a walk through Piazza del Duomo, sculpture-studded Piazza della Signoria, and Santa Croce Square.

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Day 10 FLORENCE

Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day at leisure.

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Day 11 FLORENCE

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Montecatini
Florence

Montecatini

Tuscan Dinner

Tuscan Dinner

Enjoy a wonderful dinner in the delightful Tuscan countryside, featuring authentic traditional dishes using the finest local ingredients.

Price Range: $$

Excursion to Pisa

Excursion to Pisa

Travel through the picturesque Tuscan countryside to the city of Pisa.

Price Range: $

Florence

Florentine Dinner

Florentine Dinner

Bask in the spirit of Tuscany at this incredible dinner featuring the region's most celebrated Italian dishes and tantalizing wines.

Price Range: $

Private Guided Tour

Private Guided Tour

Explore Florence the way you want on this private guided sightseeing tour. Just decide what you want to see and do with your expert guide--the choice is yours!

Price Range: $$$$

Bike Tour

Bike Tour

Pedal your way past incredible scenery and mesmerizing sights on this invigorating guided bike tour.

Price Range: $

Florence Sunset Food Tour

Florence Sunset Food Tour

Discover the heart of Florence on this fun foodie tour. Enjoy 9 different tastings that include everything from a traditional aperitif to authentic Steak Florentine!

Price Range: $$$

Tuscan Gastronomy Experience

Tuscan Gastronomy Experience

An insight into the food and wine tradition of Tuscany, land of gourmets. Not to be missed!

Price Range: $$$

Excursion to Famous Antinori's Wine Cellars in Chianti

Excursion to Famous Antinori's Wine Cellars in Chianti

Head into the Tuscan countryside for a visit and tasting at an acclaimed wine cellar, one of the world's oldest continuously operating family businesses.

Price Range: $$$

Discover Florence: Mosaic Museum

Discover Florence: Mosaic Museum

Head behind the scenes at the Mosaic Museum to see skilled artisans at work and to learn just what makes Florentine mosaics unique throughout the world!

Price Range: $

Palatina Gallery, Royal Apartments and the Modern Art Gallery in Pitti Palace (entrance ticket only)

Palatina Gallery, Royal Apartments and the Modern Art Gallery in Pitti Palace (entrance ticket only)

Discover the city's largest museum complex at Pitti Palace. Marvel at the Royal Apartments, Gallery of Modern Art, and the Medicis' private art collection

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

Discover Florence: Boboli Gardens

Discover some of Florence's greatest natural and manmade treasures on this delightful excursion.

Price Range: $

Ferraris & Food Private Discovery Tour

Ferraris & Food Private Discovery Tour

Thrill your inner race car driver on this private excursion to the dazzling Ferrari Museum. Marvel at the collection, and enjoy a special lunch!

Price Range: $$$$

Half-Day Siena Private Discovery Tour

Half-Day Siena Private Discovery Tour

Surrounded by exquisite Tuscan scenery, this private guided tour introduces you to Siena, one of Italy's best preserved medieval towns and home to the annual Palio horse race!

Price Range: $$$$

The Vineyards of Tuscany by Horseback

The Vineyards of Tuscany by Horseback

Saddle up for an incredible horseback ride through the scenic Tuscan countryside that includes a winery tour and traditional meal with wine and olive oil tastings!

Price Range: $$$$

Medici Chapels Museum Entrance

Medici Chapels Museum Entrance

Enjoy skip-the-lines tickets into Florence's famous Medici Chapels Museum, where you can set your own pace on a self-guided tour of the New Sacristy, Chapel of the Princes, and Medici Crypt.

Price Range: $

Galileo Museum Entrance

Galileo Museum Entrance

Enjoy skip-the-lines tickets into Florence's famous Galileo Museum, where you can set your own pace on a self-guided tour of the impressive collection of scientific instruments dating back to the 13th century.

Price Range: $

Davanzati Palace Museum Entrance

Davanzati Palace Museum Entrance

Enjoy skip-the-lines tickets into Florence¿s famous Davanzati Palace Museum, where you can set your own pace on a self-guided tour of this authentic 14th-century Florentine home.

Price Range: $

Discover Florence: Bargello Museum

Discover Florence: Bargello Museum

View art by the world's greatest masters at the medieval Bargello, and judge for yourself whose bronze bas-relief deserved the honor as the Baptistry's "Gates of Paradise".

Price Range: $

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