Holiday Itinerary - Gourmet Tuscany

Day 1: Arrive in Montecatini, Italy.

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers and enjoy a special welcome dinner. Included meals: Dinner

Day 2: Montecatini. Excursion to Vinci.

This morning, head out into the lush, 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. Here, learn all about the Renaissance master at the museum dedicated to his life and many areas of interest from painting, sculpting, and inventing, to anatomy, music, and cartography! Round up the morning with the visit of a local bakery. Learn how bread is made and enjoy a light lunch with an opportunity to sample local products such as focaccia bread, sandwiches, wine, cheese, cold cuts, and olive oil. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Montecatini. Excursion to the Chianti Valley.

Cradled between the provinces of Florence and Siena, the Chianti Valley is the heart of Tuscany, and has been hailed for its exceptional wines since the 13th century. Your journey today takes you to Greve, with time to visit the village and to enjoy lunch at a charming wine shop. Complete the day with the visit of a historic Tuscan estate known for its Chianti wine production. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 4: Montecatini.

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Montecatini. Maybe go for a walk in the Parco delle Terme with its tall shady trees. Most of the afternoon is dedicated to the Italian cooking lesson at a rustic farmhouse in the Tuscan countryside. Once you arrive at the farm, enjoy a welcome drink, explore the orchard to pick some fresh ingredients, learn about Italy’s most famous delicacies, and then roll up your sleeves for a fun, hands-on cooking experience. This evening, relax with your traveling companions and savor the delectable dinner you prepared—maybe your team will win the master chef prize! Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Montecatini. Excursion to Lucca.

Visit Lucca, a stunning showcase of medieval architecture and layer upon layer of rich history and culture. Marvel at the beautiful art and tapestry collections at the baroque Palazzo Mansi National Museum, then take a guided walking tour around the Old Town with its fine, intact Renaissance-era wall, cobblestone streets, and café-lined piazzas. A lively café-crawl snack brunch is included, followed by a main course at a local restaurant. Then, your Local Guide will introduce you to the stunning ornamental gardens and grand arched ceilings of Palazzo Pfanner. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 6: Montecatini. Excursion to Bolgheri.

Travel through the vineyard-dotted countryside and along cypress tree-lined Viale dei Cipressi for your grand entrance into enchanting Bolgheri. With its red-brick castle and atmospheric Old Town, it’s not hard to imagine that Bolgheri jumped right off the pages of a storybook. There’s time here to visit one of the wine cellars and taste Bolgheri’s celebrated Super Tuscan reds. First created in the 1980s, many wine experts believe these now rival French Bordeaux. Later, stop at nearby Castagneto Carducci, known for its splendid panoramic views of the Etruscan Coast. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and the chance to sample the local liqueur. Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 7: Montecatini.

This morning is yours to do as you please. You could choose to explore more of the city on your own, to relax and shop for souvenirs, or to join an exciting optional excursion. This afternoon is dedicated to a baking class at your hotel, focusing on the creation of cakes and desserts. Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Montecatini.

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Departure dates & prices 2022 Gourmet Tuscany - 7% discount on all dates

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers, call Cosmos to add flights

Cosmos brochure price in black from £1289

Travel 55 discount price in red from £1199

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Tour 6240 starts and ends in Montecatini - Departure dates and prices from.

Dates 2022

Prices

Dates 2022

Prices

April 17, 24 (small group)

£1289
£1199

July 3, 17, 31 (small group)

£1289
£1199

May 8, 15, 22, 29 (small group)

£1349
£1255

August 28 (small group)

£1329
£1236

June 5, 12 (small group)

£1349
£1255

September 4, 11, 18 (small group)

£1349
£1255

June 19 (small group)

£1329
£1236

Prices above do not include international air travel. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Extra nights before and after your tour may be available, call Cosmos. Please see Cosmos Terms & Conditions  for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website.

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7% discount - 8 Days escorted tours

2020 discount prices start from only £1199

A culinary adventure that takes includes a cooking class and competition followed by dinner, a visit to Greve where you can enjoy enjoy lunch at a historic Chianti wine estate, learn about traditional breadmaking at a local bakery.

Also a visit to Bolgheri village and a wine cellar and Castagneto Carducci for wine tasting and lunch in a local restaurant.

To book this Gourmet Tuscany tour and receive a 7% discount saving, call Cosmos direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote the code TRAVEL55 you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos price. 

At a glance - Tour Highlights

  • TUSCAN FARMHOUSE Cooking class and competition, followed by dinner
  • VINCI Visit the Leonardo da Vinci museum and a local butchery at a nearby village
  • CHIANTI VALLEY Visit Greve and a historic Chianti wine estate
  • LUCCA Guided sightseeing with café-crawl brunch, visit Palazzo Mansi and Palazzo Pfanner
  • BOLGHERI Visit the village and a wine cellar
  • CASTAGNETO CARDUCCI Visit, wine tasting and lunch in a local restaurant
  • MONTECATINI Cake- and dessert-baking class

PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR

TRANSPORTATION: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

HOTEL

  • MONTECATINI Settentrionale Esplanade. In the heart of Montecatini Terme offering hospitality and courtesy. The centrally located hotel has always been managed by the owners and is one of the cornerstones of the traditional hotels of Montecatini Terme.Restaurant, outdoors pool.

MEALS: Buffet breakfasts 7. Lunches 4. Dinners 3.

Small Group Discovery

Cosmos offers Small-Group Discoveries on select North America dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

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