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PricesFrom: R 40,490.00
FlightsNo Flights Included
Valid From10th of February 2018 (Saturday)
Valid To31st of October 2018 (Wednesday)
Need Visa'sSouth Africa: YesBritish: NoEuropean Union: NoAmerican: No
Quick Holiday Overview
Be stunned by the art & culture of Florence, the Renaissance city famous all over the world, & be delighted by the flavors of Italian typical dishes & wine! You will also learn how to prepare a fragrant pizza & how Pecorino cheese is made…an unforgettable unique experience!
About the Holiday
Day 1 - Arrival at Florence airport.
Transfer by private car from Florence airport to hotel.
Overnight in Florence. Hotel San Giorgio & Olimpic or similar.
Day 2 - Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day dedicated to the visit of Florence: Seigniory Square, the exquisite Loggia dei Lanzi and its sculptures. The magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, whose façade is decorated with marble, the bell tower, the Baptistery, with its famous Paradise gate. This is followed by Ponte Vecchio, the covered bridge. Then discover Oltrarno district, a neighbourhood packed with artisans workshops that give rise to unmatchable creativity, colour, quality and uniqueness. One of the most charming, passionate and multifaceted quarters of Florence: a place that fully exudes the city’s history, where every morning artisans create fine craftsmanship made according to ancient techniques. The Oltrarno is ‘an open-air museum’, represented by its myriad shops, streets, alleys and workshops. You will delight in discovering famous shops featuring silver chiselled works, made entirely by hand. You’ll also find places where artisans practice the ancient technique of engraving metal or continue to use fifteenth century gilding techniques to produce furniture and frames. This noteworthy journey will also lead you to workshops that create tailor-made shoes and leather, ceramics, inlaid wood and decorations.
Overnight in Florence.
Day 3 - Breakfast at the hotel.
Enjoy a cooking class in Florence: bread, focaccia and pizza cooking class, followed by lunch.
The cooking class will take place in a warm and elegant cooking school in Florence city centre. The professional chef will teach the group how to prepare different baked recipes with fresh and seasonal products. The cooking class will last about 3 hours, and the lunch with dishes prepared during the course about an hour.
Overnight in Florence.
Day 4 - Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure for a full day excursion with private tour guide to Siena and San Gimignano.
First stop in Siena, mysterious city situated on the summit of three hills. Its narrow, winding streets are part of its charm. The Cathedral (outside), with its splendid façade in multi-coloured marble; Piazza del Campo, heart of the city, with a unique shell-like shape, the Gaia Fountain, the Public Palace (outside), a masterpiece of gothic civil architecture, with the remarkable Mangia Tower. Lunch with typical dishes in Siena, Restaurant La Compagnia dei Vinattieri or similar.
Then move to San Gimignano, exceptional testimony of medieval urban construction. The nobles had typical "tower houses" built here, which were symbols of the wealth of the merchant class; at the time of its greatest splendour, the town had 72 towers marking its skyline. Here you will have the possibility to taste the wines produced in the surroundings in a typical farmhouse. Fattoria San Donato or similar.
Return to Florence and overnight.
Day 5 - Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure to San Miniato area for a truffle hunting and tasting.
This tour will allow you to understand the true quality of truffle and the differences from the "false" chemical one which are usually on the market.
After the walking in the woods, lunch at restaurant with fresh truffle dishes.
Overnight in Florence.
Day 6 - Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day excursion to Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino.
Thanks to this tour you will admire three small typical villages in Tuscany countryside: Montepulciano is known as "the pearl of the 16th Century", the centre of Tuscan Renaissance.
Every part of Montepulciano, is worth visiting. You can get glimpses of breathtaking views from many corners and little piazzas. Perhaps the most beautiful view is from Piazza San Francesco.
Pienza is a rare example of a Renaissance town, which still represents the search of realizing a perfect model of life, enjoying beautiful panoramas over looking the Orcia valley from the walking terrace. Pienza is world famous also for its "Pecorino" Cheese. You will have the possibility to learn how the cheese is produces and to taste it. Fattoria Pian Porcino or similar.
Then, move to Montalcino, a beautiful village immersed in the Val d'Orcia Natural Park, renowned all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine. Montalcino is not just wine, it is also very rich in artistic treasures. The historical center is dominated by the mighty and imposing Rocca or fortress built in 1361 to mark the passage of Montalcino under the domination of Siena. Another landmark is the tall and slender clock tower, while below lies the main square known as Piazza del Popolo with its characteristic Gothic loggia. Enjoy a wine tasting in Montalcino.
Overnight in Florence.
Day 7 - Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer by private car to Florence airport.
End of our services.
Includes & Excludes
- Return airport/hotel transfers in Florence
- 6 nights hotel accommodation in Florence
- A full day guided tour of Florence
- A cooking course in Florence
- Use of a car for a full day tour to Siena & San Gimignano
- A full day tour in Siena & San Gimignano including lunch & drinks
- Wine Tasting In San Gimignano
- Use of a car for a full day tour to San Miniato
- Truffle Hunting +Tasting
- Use of a car for a full day tour to Montepulciano, Pienza & Montalcino
- A full day tour in Montepulciano, Pienza & Montalcino
- A cheese tasting
- A wine tasting in Montalcino
- International flights to Florence
- Health and Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not itemised
FlorenceFlorence is the capital city of the region of Tuscany, Italy. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. Florence lies on the Arno River.
Florence began as a settlement established by Julius Caesar in 59 BC for his veteran soldiers. It was named Florentia (Flourishing) and built in the style of an army camp with the main streets, intersecting at the present Piazza della Repubblica. Situated at the Via Cassia, the main route between Rome and the North, and within the fertile valley of the Arno, the settlement quickly became an important commercial center. Emperor Diocletian made Florentia capital of the province of Tuscia in the 3rd century AD.
Although usually perceived to have a Mediterranean climate. Florence is also sometimes classified as having a humid subtropical climate. It experiences hot, humid summers with little rainfall and cool, damp winters. Due to the geographical position of the city (surrounded by hills in a valley), Florence can be hot and humid from June to August. Summer temperatures are higher than those along coastlines, due to the lack of a prevailing wind.
Florentine food grows out of a tradition of peasant eating rather than rarefied high cooking. The vast majority of dishes are based on meat. The whole animal was traditionally eaten; various kinds of tripe, were once regularly on the menu and still are sold at the remaining food carts stationed throughout the city. Antipasti include crostini toscani; sliced bread rounds topped with a chicken liver-based pâté, and sliced meats (mainly prosciutto and salami, often served with melon when in season).