- View Siena through the eyes of a local.
- Enjoy an informal wine tasting lesson and a Tuscan lunch at a Chianti vineyard.
- Visit the enchanting hilltop town of San Gimignano.
- Drive through classic Tuscan countryside to Pisa with its iconic Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery.
- Return to Florence after seeing the best of Tuscany.
Type: Tours around Florence
Departs From: Florence
Meeting Point: Outside Santa Maria Novella train station
Duration: 12 hours
Available: Monday Wednesday Friday Saturday at 08:30 or daily at 08:30
Product Code: 3398
From Florence, head for the hills on a scenic countryside drive to Siena, while your knowledgeable and friendly guide fills you in on the day's program and hands out maps of the towns you will visit.
The beautiful medieval town of Siena is your first stop for the day. View Siena through the eyes of a local as you join a guided walking tour through the gothic streets
tracing the history of this stunning city, from the world's oldest bank to Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's greatest medieval squares where they hold the famous 600 year old horserace, the Palio, to the Cathedral. Richly decorated inside and out, it is a treasury of 13th and 14th century Gothic art with an unexpected masterpiece, the marble floor. After the tour enjoy free time wandering Siena at your own pace, perhaps with a drink in an open air cafe or a bit of window shopping.
Next, enjoy the journey to an organic farm and wine estate where you'll be taken on a visit through vineyards, olive groves and even to see the wine cellar and farm animals before indulging in a traditional Tuscan lunch amongst the hills where Chianti wine is produced. Surrounded by gorgeous views, you'll have the opportunity to meet fellow travelers while feasting on fresh organic farm food including homemade pasta, charcuterie (cured meats), local cheeses and a garden salad. A generous wine-tasting will be held during lunch. Traditional Tuscan biscotti and vin santo (dessert wine) finishes off the meal.
After lunch you will visit the picturesque village of San Gimignano where you can roam the maze of cobblestone streets and small squares, try an award-winning gelato and walk among the town's famous medieval towers. After a beautiful drive through the countryside, the final stop is Pisa, where you can take an up-close inspection of the legendary Leaning Tower, visit the Cathedral and the Baptistery before heading back to Florence where your full-day tour concludes. We arrive at 8:30 pm after a day of unforgettable memories - The Best of Tuscany!
- Tour leader for the day
- Detailed maps of each town visited and information
- All transport on modern, air conditioned coaches
- Hearty lunch with wine at an organic farm/winery
- Free time to explore each town on your own
- Guided tour of Siena
- Entrance fees to the cathedral of Siena
- Farm & winery visit with a wine tasting of four local wines
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
- Tour is only in English
- The wine estate we visit for lunch is always happy to serve an alternative meal for vegetarians, gluten free diets and to allow for allergies.
- During the morning, the tour leader will describe the set lunch and then give each person the chance to say if they would prefer an alternative. The tour leader will tell the cleints what alternatives are available and then telephone ahead to the wine estate to order their lunch.
- Children under 9 are free of charge.
- Guests are requested to arrive 15 minutes before departure.
- In winter (November to March) the tour returns to Florence one hour earlier at 19:30
- Due to uneven and steep surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
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Price per adult $115.36
Price per child $108.95
Departs Monday Wednesday Friday Saturday at 08:30
- Prices are per person
- Child prices are valid for children ages 26 and below.
Tracy R., Australia
Our tour guide Antoinette was great, took an interest in us all and was very informative. The local guide at Sienna was great as well and Sienna was amazing (learning about the horse race was very interesting) as was the rest of the tour and we all enjoyed lunch, especially the wine samples and dipping biscotti into the dessert wine! Finishing the tour off with Pisa was good, really amazing to see something that you had seen in books for year! An extra bonus was the little train that also took us around Pisa for an extra look to find out more about the town. A lovely day, have already recommended this tour to some of my family.
Katie B., USA
This tour was a highlight in a vacation full of highlights. I love Siena (be sure to go to San Domenico on your free time and see the head of St. Catherine inside the church!) but found the vineyard/farm to be an incredible charming and relaxing experience. Of course the wine was good (we brought 3 bottles back home - along with local honey) but the food was plentiful and the staff was very attentive. Pisa is a must see once in you life and San Gimignano was a worthy stop. We crammed a lot of excitement into a single day and did more then I would have ever been able to do with my family if I tried to do it on my own.