|Type of Tour:||Essential|
|Guide Price:||From £414 to £1108 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfast + 1 winery lunch (3 days)
3 breakfasts + 1 winery lunch + 1 dinner (4 days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 wineries + 1 tasting session (3 days)
4 wineries + 1 tasting session (4 days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 9 (3 days)
Approximately 16 (4 days)
|Tour Transport:||Full day transported tour ( 3 days)
1 Full and 1 half day transported tours (4 days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year, except 30th June to 2nd July and 14th to 16th August.
For those looking for a mid-week or weekend wine tour with a good introduction to the various tastes and styles of Tuscan wines available, this may be the answer. Based in the gorgeous city of Siena, you will have the chance to stay in a UNESCO World Heritage location, and experience a true taste of the Italian “dolce vita”. Your trip will start on the first afternoon with a tutored tasting session of three different Tuscan wines in a quaint cantina, located within walking distance of your hotel. The tasting will be accompanied by a selection of local cheeses.
On day two, you will be met in the morning by a private chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you throughout your day of discovery of the renowned Chianti vineyards. Your first stop will be in the medieval walled town of San Gimignano; set on a hill overlooking the Val d’Elsa Valley, this UNESCO World Heritage site is well worth a visit. You’ll have around an hours’ free time to explore the town independently, taking in the Medieval architecture around the Piazza della Cisterna, and perhaps stopping for a morning coffee break in one of the many squares, as you watch the world go by!
After some sightseeing, you will certainly be ready for some wine, and we will take you to visit a Chianti producer, where you will be welcomed as the guests of the estate for a full tour of the winery, discovering the wine-making process from press to bottle. Following the tour, you will delight in a traditional lunch, accompanied by a selection of the estate’s wines; a true highlight of your day! Here, you will taste examples of dishes that have made Tuscany such a well-loved gastronomic capital. After such an enjoyable morning, you will then be taken to a second Chianti estate, where the passionate and knowledgeable staff will offer a tour of the winery, and of course this will be followed with a comprehensive wine tasting of the estate’s wines. You will be taken back to Siena at the end of the day.
If you opt for the four day break, then on day three your driver will return to accompany you on a second full day tour, this time focusing on Montepulciano, where Rosso and Nobile di Montepulciano are produced. During the course of the morning you will be taken to visit two estates in the area, and at each you will enjoy a full tour learning about the specifics of Montepulciano wine production, tasting a selection of wines at each estate, before being taken back to Siena. The afternoon will then be free to explore Siena independently; the Cathedral is absolutely astonishing and the Palazzo Pubblico as well as the Torre del Mangia on the main square, Piazza del Campo, are must-sees.
In the evening, a three course dinner paired with wines will be served in an authentic Tuscan restaurant of the city centre.
Day Three (Optional)
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
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Bring friends and spend less!
A discount of £165 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on the three day break. A larger discount of £250 per person applies for the four day break.
Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of Italy! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for further information.
For more information on our Essential tours please see our Essential tours page.
To secure your booking, a 20% deposit is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
Just wanted to thank you all for organising our trip. We had a marvellous time and all the organising was sublime - taxis appearing when they should and the sun was shining. We will definitely recommend you to all our friends.
Karen- Buckinghamshire, UK