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Florence to Venice

Back in Time - The Medici & Doges

7 NIGHTS & 8 DAYS

Tour Dates and Prices - Maximum 12 Guests

This 7 night 8 day accompanied Food & Wine Tour takes you on a magnificent journey from renaissance Florence into Chianti and on to magical Venice.

Highlights:

  • Seven nights lodging in historical hotels in Florence & Venice in addition to a winery resort in Chianti

  • 2 Chianti winery tours along with tastings

  • Cooking class in Chianti

  • Market visits in Florence

  • A foodie and wine tour in Venice

  • Truffle hunting (when in season)

  • Olive oil tasting at wineries

  • 3 Guided city tours in by licensed guides in Florence, San Gimignano and Venice

  • Excurions to San Gimignano and to the Venetian islands of Murano & Torcello

  • Museum entrance tickets and guided visits to the Uffizi Gallery, Accademia, Palazzo Davanzati and St Mark's Basilica

  • All land transporation with private coach while in Tuscany and 1st class train transfer from Florence to Venice

  • Daily breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners (1 of which is a cooking class)

  • Free time to shop & explore

  • Bi-lingual escort throughout the entire tour

TOUR DESCRIPTION

This magnificent 8 day - 7 night art, food and wine tour to two of the Europe's most richest cities in terms of art and culture takes you to experience places where time virtually has not moved in over 500 years.   The tour begins in Renaissance Florence where you will spend 3 days with private guides visiting the iconic landmarks of the city including museum visits, wonderful meals and naturally shopping.  The tour transfers to a spectacular winery/castle for 2 nights which will be the base camp where you will enjoy a delightful meal at the castle's restaurant in addition you will visit the hill-top town of San Gimignano followed by wine tasting at a near-by winery.  The final 3 days take place in magical Venice!  You will transfer by train to the island city and be guided on a very special foodie tour, a cultural artistic tour and take a memorable excursion to the Islands of Murano & Torcello.

ACCOMMODATIONS

7 nights total in double occupancy of which 3 nights in an historical 4 star residence in the center of Florence, 2 nights in a 4 star deluxe winery in Chianti and 2 nights in a charming 4 star hotel in Venice. Single room supplement (solo traveler) is US$800 for 2021/2 tours.

MEALS 

All breakfasts and either lunch or dinner are included daily (additional meals as per tour itinerary).  As are all our tours, food is a very important aspect. We carefully hand-pick all restaurants & trattorias based on uniqueness, quality, service and atmosphere! 

TRANSFERS

The tour begins on day 1 at the hotel in Florence and ends in Venice.  Taxi service is readily available upon your arrival at the Florence airport and train station, however should you desire we are happy to arrange a private transport using our wonderful driver Alessandro to get you to our Florence hotel (not included in tour fees). Kindly let us know when booking should you want this additional transfer from the Florence airport.

 

All transport for excursions included as per itinerary in addition to first class rail from Florence to Venice. Vaporetto (water taxi) in Venice for day excursion to Murano & Torcello included.  This tour ends in Venice. We can assist you in transfer to the Venice airport should you desire.

WINERY TOURS

There will be 2 winery tastings in the Chianti area that include 3-4 variations of local wines and cellar tour.

cooking class

You'll enjoy a wonderful hands-on cooking class in the heart of Chianti. 

guided city tours 

There are 3 guided city tours in Florence, San Gimignano and Venice and includes museum entry tickets for the Uffizi Gallery & the Accademia Gallery in Florence and Saint Marks in Venice in addition to excursion to the Islands of Murano & Burano.  In addition to the city tour of Venice, there is also a very special food & wine tour.

tour group size

Maximum of 12 guests, not too many... just enough.

extend your stay

Let us know if you want to arrive early or stay on after your tour, we'll give you some great ideas and of course if you simply want to stay on and relax at one of our partner hotels or country resorts that's always a great plan!

Days 1-3

Sample Itinerary

Your journey begins in Florence where guests will be immersed in the Renaissance culture with monuments and art in every corner of this spectacular city.  You will be taken on a private city tour uncovering the Medici's & Michelangelo's influence on the culture and power of the "Florentine Republic".  You will be visiting the Uffizi Gallery as your guide takes you through more than 600 years of history. You will be guided through the history of the Medici family as you are taken to visit the Palazzo Davanzati, the most perfectly preserved merchant home in Italy.  We could not allow you to visit Florence without a stop at the Accademia Gallery.  You will walk the narrow winding streets of the city center and visit the Oltrano or the "other side of the river" where you will see artisans in the shops, family owned restaurants and elegant clothing stores.  Florence is actually an outdoor museum as you will see as your guide takes you through the main square of the city with architecture that blends pre-Renaissance and that of the 1800's in a way that appears natural.

Days 4-5

Sample Itinerary

Upon a good dose of Florentine art & culture, you will transfer to a 4 star deluxe winery located in northern Chianti for 2 nights to experience the majestic setting of the Tuscan countryside.  There you will have a wonderful cooking class, a cellar tour and tasting as well as a wonderful dinner.  A day excursion from the winery to the city of towers or otherwise known as San Gimignano where you will be taken to explore this charming hill-top city (and shop). We will cross the valley and visit a family run organic winery "Il Poggio Alloro" where we will have wonderful Tuscan lunch and taste some of their wines on their panoramic veranda which overlooks the majestic country-side and San Gimignano.​

Days 6-8 

Sample Itinerary


The final 3 days of the tour takes place in the magical city of Venice, home of the Doges, canals and amazing food (1st class train transfer).  After settling in at your hotel you will be taken to visit St. Mark's Square, the Basilica or the Church of Venice in addition to the Doges Palace.  You will experience a Foodie & Wine City Tour locally known as "cicchettis & vin". A stay in Venice wouldn't be complete without a ride with the Venetians blue & white stripped gonodalier and of course  a visit to the islands of Murano & Burano where the art of glass blowing has existed for centuries. You will have time to explore on your own in this romantic setting.​ 

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