Trip Type : Small Group Tour
A Week In... Tuscany & Umbria 2019 tour

A Week In... Tuscany & Umbria 2019

Tauck Premier
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • All Small Groups averaging 24 guests - TAUCK EXCLUSIVE al fresco wine pairing lunch at a renowned Torgiano vineyard; exploration of the ancient Etruscan city of Arezzo; a Tuscan cooking class with the former head chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant; a tasting tour and rooftop lunch at the new Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico winery in Bargino; lunch on a truffle farm and a truffle-hunting experience; guided tour of Narni Underground

Short Description

Smaller groups averaging 24 Tauck guests, enjoy an in-depth look at Tuscany and Umbria The sun-soaked hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria in the heart of Italy seduce the senses with a kaleidoscope of daily life which Tauck guests experience firsthand: wine tastings in bountiful vineyards, a chef-hosted cooking class, ceramic making, truffle hunting, hand weaving, medieval crafts, age-old basilicas adorned with frescoes and more...

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Florence
End City Rome, Italy

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Italy

Cities & Attractions

Florence Perugia Rome

Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS - Drive to the heart of Chianti country, where landscapes of verdant valleys, ancient vineyards and olive groves lead to hilltop Tuscan and Umbrian villages centuries old
  • ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 24 Tauck guests! A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at chic smaller hotels in fabulous locations
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - An al fresco wine pairing lunch in the middle of a renowned Torgiano vineyard
  • Exploration of the ancient city of Arezzo, with historic architecture spanning more than a thousand years
  • A Tuscan cooking class with the former head chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant
  • A tasting tour and rooftop lunch at the new state-of-the-art Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico winery
  • Lunch on a truffle farm and a truffle-hunting experience with a guide and his trained dogs
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners), service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Florence & Tuscany

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Villa La Massa. A transfer is included from Florence's Peretola Airport to Villa La Massa in Candeli on the outskirts of Florence, set at the gateway of the Chianti wine region in Tuscany. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception and dinner tonight at your boutique luxury hotel - once a 16th-century Medici estate on the Arno River, tucked into 22 acres of gardens, olive groves and lemon trees.

MEALS : D

LODGING : Villa La Massa

PORTOFCALL : Florence, Italy

Day 2 Tuscan Wine Tasting & A Cooking Class

Chianti, one of the oldest wines in the world, has been produced in Tuscany ever since the ancient Etruscans tended their vineyards here around 2,500 years ago. Imagine its long-lived history as you drive through the Chianti countryside this morning to a farmhouse cooking school in the ancient Tuscan village of Montefiridolfi. This morning's hands-on cooking class with the former head chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant introduces you to the tastes and traditions of its regional food through anecdotal stories that add more flavor to this immersive culinary experience. Wine tasting is on the menu during a rooftop lunch in Bargino at the hillside winery of Marchesi Antinori Chianti Classico, whose historic wine-making heritage dates back to the 12th century. A guided visit to the museum and unique cellars reveals the family's wine-making philosophy from the vineyard to the bottle, with a step-by-step look at the production process, including insights on fermentation, aging and environmental responsibility. After time spent at leisure back at your hotel, join us for dinner tonight at a typical Tuscan restaurant.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Villa La Massa

PORTOFCALL : Florence, Italy

Day 3 Arezzo in Tuscany & on to Gubbio in Umbria

Travel this morning to the ancient hilltop Tuscan city of Arezzo, whose long history predates the Roman Empire, going all the way back to the days of the Etruscans in the 4th and 5th centuries BC. Today a city of just under 100,000 people, Arezza possesses a wealth of historic architecture spanning the 11th to the 19th centuries - some of which you'll see on a walking tour - including many piazzas, palaces, churches and basilicas, as well as a 16th-century Medici fortress (the Fortezza Medicea). After more time to explore and have lunch on your own in Arezzo, continue your journey to Lake Trasimeno and on into the province of Umbria. Arrive early evening at your hotel in Gubbio, set in a 17th-century stone monastery overlooking wooded hills, and enjoy dinner there at your leisure tonight.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Park Hotel ai Cappuccini

PORTOFCALL : Gubbio, Italy

Day 4 Truffles, ceramics & more in Gubbio

Explore medieval Gubbio on a walking tour this morning with a local guide. View the town's well-preserved Roman amphitheatre still in use today, its 13th-century church of Sant'Agostino, adorned with spectacular frescoes, and the turreted tower of Palazzo dei Consoli, built between 1332-1349. Spend some time discovering more of Gubbio on your own, including its many craft boutiques known for their pottery and ceramics. The "black diamonds" of Umbria, truffles, known as tartufi in Italian, are mushrooms so rare and unique-tasting that they can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per pound. Enjoy a precious taste of these subterranean delicacies during lunch in a charming renovated castle on a truffle farm... then sniff them out on a private truffle-hunting experience in the Umbrian woods with an experienced guide and his trained dog who lead you to the prize! The evening is free to enjoy as you wish in Gubbio.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Park Hotel ai Cappuccini

PORTOFCALL : Gubbio, Italy

Day 5 Assisi & on to Perugia, Umbria's capital

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Assisi reigns over Umbrian landscapes atop a hilltop perch that has welcomed travelers for centuries, especially pilgrims in search of heaven-sent miracles from St. Francis, who was born here. A guided walking tour of this medieval gem includes visits to the Basilica of San Francesco, eternal resting place for its patron saint, adorned with 13th-century frescoes by Giotto depicting the life of St. Francis and other works from the medieval and Renaissance periods. A Tauck-Exclusive al fresco lunch in the vineyards of Lungarotti Winery ensures an unforgettable taste of the bounty of land and vine in Torgiano. Continue on this afternoon to Umbria's capital city, Perugia, once one of the key cities of the Etruscan civilization. Your hotel for the next two nights is located in the historic heart of Perugia, where your evening is free.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Hotel Brufani Palace

PORTOFCALL : Perugia, Italy

Day 6 Medieval arts & crafts in Perugia & Bevagna

Your day begins with a guided visit of Perugia; from your hotel walk down Corso Vanucci to the main fountain; tour the square and inside visit of the Collegio del Cambio, home to remarkable frescoes. Enjoy some free time to explore as you wish, or join us for a short drive to the nearby workshop of Giuditta Brozzetti, housed in the former Church of San Francesco. Inspired by the women's tradition of producing the necessary materials for the household, Brozzetti sought out Umbrian traditional designs and in 1921 founded this workshop / school. One of the few remaining ateliers of hand-weaving on antique "Jacquard" frames in Italy, it is known for its unique characteristics typical of medieval Perugia. Early afternoon, travel to Bevagna, a treasure trove of Roman-era ruins and medieval charm - and home to four ancient workshops specializing in medieval crafts made out of paper, wax, silk and coins. A guided tour includes visits to the churches of St Michele and St Silvestro, Romanesque churches that face one another from different sides of the medieval main square; Piazza Silvestri, located in the main square; a private visit to select craft workshops; and a visit to the sea-themed mosaic floor of a 2nd-century Roman bath complex. Back in Perugia this evening, join us for dinner at a local restaurant for an authentic taste of daily life.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Hotel Brufani Palace

PORTOFCALL : Perugia, Italy

Day 7 Spoleto, Underground Narni & on to Rome

You may be familiar with the saying that "all roads lead to Rome." Today they do just that with a few stops along the way. From Perugia drive to Spoleto for a guided tour of the city. Famous for the Ponte Delle Torri (Bridge of Towers) erected in the 14th century on the foundations of a Roman aqueduct, the bridge is 262 feet high and 755 feet across and built with an impressive set of 10 arches. See the bridge, visit the 12th-century Duomo of Spoleto and spend some free time in town before traveling to Narni for a fascinating afternoon of exploration. Visit Narni Sotterranea (Narni Underground), the ancient Roman ruins which lay hidden underground for centuries until six young speleologists on a caving expedition rediscovered them in a vegetable garden in 1979. Hear all about the infamous tales that led to this hidden archaeological find as you discover a 12th-century chapel covered in frescoes, secret tunnels leading under the monastery complex of San Domenico, a Papal inquisition torture chamber and a prison cell covered in cryptic graffiti. Then drive on to Rome, arriving late afternoon for an overnight stay; join us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Hotel Splendide Royal Roma

PORTOFCALL : Rome, Italy

Day 8 Journey Home

Tour ends: Rome. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Hotel Splendide Royal to Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino or Rome Termini Train Station. Allow three hours for flight check-in at the airport.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Rome, Italy

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20 Tauck Travel Reviews & Ratings

95%
4.7 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 16
Great 3
Average 0
Disappointing 1
Terrible 0
Value
4.7
Guide
4.9
Activities
4.8
Lodging
4.9
Transportation
4.9
Meals
4.7

A Week In... Tuscany & Umbria 2019

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Good Introduction to China

4.0
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Meals4.0
The tour director was well-organized and managed the local guides really well. My only disappointment was that only 1.5 hours was allocated for the Great Wall of China, even though I could have spent all day hiking it. The dinners provided thorough samples of Chinese cuisine but were sometimes very long and tiring, exceeding 2 hours.

Most Memorable Moment:
The Hutong ride in Beijing and the balmy sunny weather during the transfer to my international flight home made me contemplate the charms of possibly living in Asia.
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Loved Japan

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Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
Totally enjoyed our tour. Had an amazing guide and co-guide which makes all the difference in a good experience. Definitely will be back.

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The Tauck Director's suggestion of the "sushi" conveyor belt restaurant in Kyoto... and of course the cherry blossoms.
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We did so many memorable things

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What a fantastic trip! Tauck definitely knows how to treat a traveler. From the tour director to the food, hotels, chartered flights, boat harbor cruises, jet boat and helicopter rides, private parties and movie viewings---I could go on and on. Both countries are beautiful, but New Zealand is breath taking!

Most Memorable Moment:
This is a tough question. We did so many memorable things, but my number 1 was the balloon ride followed closely by the jet boat and helicopter rides. I met so many wonderful people and hope to meet up with a few of them in the future! Our tour director made this entire trip one of a kind!
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Spotlight on India

5.0
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Activities5.0
Lodging5.0
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Meals5.0
This was an excellent tour which my wife and I truly enjoyed. This is a great country to visit on a Tauck tour because we were able to see so much but on a comfortable, safe journey due to the excellent organization, experienced and knowledgable guides and director, and choice of the best hotels. Good balance of tour and free time.

Most Memorable Moment:
Varanasi with the evening boat ride and the early morning walk through the streets for another viewing of the River Ganges by boat. The Amber fort and the Taj Mahal were spectacular to see along with everything else on the tour. The Tuck tuck rides and walks through the streets and food markets were excellent as well.
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This trip offered a fabulous learning experience

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This trip offered a fabulous learning experience. This is a complex country with a complex culture emanating from a complex and diverse history - from the Mughals to the English to their ultimate independence. If you are a tourist, their focus is to to make you feel like you are the most important person anywhere. They did that. India is a must see

Most Memorable Moment:
Varanasi ceremonies.
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Absolutely LOVED this trip!

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Meals5.0
Absolutely LOVED this trip!! Tauck really outdid themselves on the hotels!! The most amazing accommodations possible. The tour guide did an wonderful job and took great care of all of us. India is like nowhere else and the Taj Mahal was INCREDIBLE!! Even with all the poverty, everyone was very friendly and wanted pictures taken with us!

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The palatial hotel accommodations and of course seeing the BEAUTIFUL Taj Mahal was worth the trip!
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