Florence to Venice
Art, Food & Wine
7 NIGHTS & 8 DAYS
Tour Dates and Prices:
Charming lodging in historical hotels in Florence & Venice in addition to a winery resort in Chianti
2 Winery tours with tasting
Cooking class in Chianti
4 Guided city tours in by licensed guides in Florence, San Gimignano and Venice
Excurions to San Gimignano and to the Venetian islands of Murano & Burano
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
Free time to shop & explore
Bi-lingual escort throughout the entire tour
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 & Burano.
Accommodations: 7 nights total in double occupancy of which 3 nights in the historical 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$670.
Meals: All breakfasts and either lunch or dinner are included daily. There will be additional meals as per the tour itinerary.
Transfers: The tour begins on day 1 at the hotel in Florence. 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 & Burano 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 tours with tastings.
Cooking Class: You'll enjoy a wonderful hands-on cooking class in the winery Poggio Alloro.
Guided City Tours: There are 4 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.
Tour Group Size: Maximum of 12 guests
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Your journey begins in Florence where you will be immersed in the Renaissance culture with monuments and art in every corner of this spectacular city. You will be guided 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 in addition to Palazzo Davanzati as your guide takes you through the history of the Medici family, the most perfectly preserved merchant home in Italy. We could not allow you to visit Florence without a stop at the Accademia Gallery where Michelangelo's David is showcased. 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 their 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 "Piazza della Signoria" of the city with the architecture that blends pre-Renaissance and that of the 1800's in a way that appears natural.
After 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 tour of the castle and vineyards and naturally a tasting followed by a wonderful dinner. A day excursion is on the agenda to the city of towers, or better known as San Gimignano. Following your guided visit of this medieval hill-top city you wil be taken across the valley to the winery "Il Poggio Alloro" where you will taste their wines followed by a Tuscan lunch on their panoramic veranda overlooking the countryside and San Gimignano.
The final 3 days of the tour takes place in the magical city of Venice, home of the Doges, canals and amazing food. You will be transferred by 1st class train from Florence to Venice. After settling in at your hotel, you will be taken on a City Tour visiting the iconic spots on the island as well as some of the more special hidden gems. You will visit St. Mark's Square, the Basilica or the church of Venice as well as as special Food & Wine City Tour known as "cicchettis & vin". A stay in Venice wouldn't be complete without a ride with the Venetians blue & white stiped gondolier and of course a visit to the islands of Murano and Burano where the art of glass blowing and lace making has existed for centuries. You will have time to explore and get lost on your own in this romantic setting.