TYPICAL COSMOS ITINERARY OF UNDISCOVERED ITALY Gourmet Tuscany 8 Day Tour from Montecatini to Montecatini
Settentrionale Esplanade Hotel as shown or similar First-Class> In the heart of Montecatini. The centrally located hotel has always been managed by the owners and is one of the cornerstones of the traditional hotels.
Vacation Overview On this affordable Italian tour package, the town of Montecatini serves as your home base to venture out to explore the surrounding landscapes Tuscany. You’ll indulge in picturesque scenery, world-class local wines, traditional cuisine, and cultural discoveries via eight days of regional excursions. You’ll make daily excursions through vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees. Visit the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci to experience the Renaissance master’s life and art. You’ll embark each day to visit idyllic spots, including the gorgeous Chianti Valley and the Etruscan Coast. You visit quaint wine shops, cafes, historic estates, and museums. You’ll be treated to an Italian cooking lesson. Prepare an authentic Italian dish inside a rustic Tuscan farmhouse. Learn the art of Italian dessert-making. Revel in the beauty of Montecatini making daily discoveries of locales that are off the beaten path – perfect for the smart, creative, and budget-minded traveler.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN MONTECATINI, ITALY Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers and enjoy a special welcome dinner. Dinner Day 2 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO VINCI This morning, travel through the rolling landscape of the Montalbano hills. Pass terraced grape vineyards, olive groves, and chestnut trees on your way to the quaint village of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Learn all about the Renaissance master at the MUSEUM dedicated to his life. Visit a bakery to learn the secrets of ITALIAN BREAD MAKING, followed by a generous tasting of fresh bread, local cheese, cold cuts and a glass of local wine. Breakfast Lunch Day 3 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO THE CHIANTI VALLEY Travel through Chianti Valley, the heart of Old Tuscany, hailed for its exceptional wines since the 13th century. Your journey today takes you to Greve, you’ll spend some time visiting the village and you’ll enjoy lunch at a charming wine shop, and visit a HISTORIC TUSCAN ESTATE known for its Chianti and Supertuscan wine. Breakfast Lunch Day 4 MONTECATINI Enjoy a leisurely morning in Montecatini. Most of the afternoon will be dedicated to an Italian cooking lesson at a rustic farmhouse. Enjoy a welcome drink, explore the orchard to pick some fresh ingredients, roll up your sleeves for a fun, hands-on COOKING EXPERIENCE. Relax and savor the delectable dinner you prepared. Breakfast Dinner Day 5 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO LUCCA Visit Lucca, a stunning showcase of medieval architecture full of of rich history and culture. Marvel at the art and tapestry collections at the baroque PALAZZO MANSI NATIONAL MUSEUM, then take a guided walking tour around the Old Town with it's intact Renaissance-era wall, cobblestone streets, and café-lined piazzas. A CAFÉ-CRAWL snack brunch is included, followed by a main course at a local restaurant. Your Local Guide introduces you to stunning ornamental gardens & grand arched ceilings of PALAZZO PFANNER. Breakfast Lunch Day 6 MONTECATINI. EXCURSION TO BOLGHERI Travel through the vineyard-dotted countryside and along cypress-lined Viale dei Cipressi for your entrance into enchanting Bolgheri. It’s not hard to imagine that Bolgheri jumped right off the pages of a storybook. Visit one of the WINE CELLARS that produce Bolgheri’s celebrated reds. Stop at Castagneto Carducci, known for its panoramic views of the Etruscan Coast. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant sample the local LIQUOR. Breakfast Lunch Day 7 MONTECATINI This morning is yours to do as you please. Explore more of the city, relax and shop, or join an exciting optional excursion. This afternoon is dedicated to a COOKING CLASS at your hotel, focusing on cakes and desserts. Breakfast Dinner Day 8 MONTECATINI Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Breakfast