Mastering wines: Tuscany
Tuscany is like a great bottle of wine; lovingly created and carefully aged. The longer you spend contemplating its rich hues, the better it gets.
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From USD 4,884 per person
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Hosted by Mark Hoerrner, The Wine Bar at Tim’s Wine Market Avalon Park
It is fitting that this region’s undulating hills house some of Italy’s best known appellations, including Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, as well as Vernaccia di san Gimignano and Carmignano.
Our wine-centric journey is not a five-minute tasting at a roadside wine bar. It is an immersive experience into the region’s fabric and history, from the ruins of medieval churches to landscapes that inspired Leonardo da Vinci. Food, naturally, is a big part of the wine tasting culture here, so expect to do some first-hand research on Tuscan wine and food pairings.
Land dates, room options and rates
- Deluxe Ensuite bedroom $4884Only 1 room left!
- Master Bedroom $5184Sold out :(
- 360 Tower Suite (Living room + Bedroom with 2 double beds) $5574Sold out :(
Rates displayed are per person per journey, based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $799.
Traditional and home-style culinary experiences
One recurring theme on our villa-centric journeys is the authenticity of our experiences and the warmth of the friendships it contributes to creating. Be it at a local trattoria or at home with our chef and his local counterparts. Take part in the making of pasta, tiramisu or just enjoy watching our chef do his magic, prosecco on hand.
And the wines, oh the wines!
Let's admit it, this has to be one of the main reasons for journey-ing to Tuscany and tour incredible wine regions, not the least being Chianti, Montepulciano and Brunello. We will certainly make sure to introduce you to some of these fine producers by picking small and less known estates which we have established great relations with, all offering true Italian hospitality (and incredible wines) along the way
Culture and history without excess
Discovering Italy also means understanding the local culture and the country's history. Both are quite essential components of the food and wine traditions as well when you think about it. Yet, we also know that too much of it can be..well, too much of it. So we have created a balanced itinerary, inviting you to discover, without excess, Tuscany's traditions, culture and history through the eyes of our local historian-guides.
So much is included
As for many of our journeys, we have taken some of the worries related to planning and budgeting out, so you may fully enjoy your experience. To that effect, all our tours and excursions as listed on the itinerary are included, as well as most meals, while leaving room for a romantic outing or two. All you have to do now is just show up and let yourself be pampered without worrying about breaking the bank once there.
All activities are optional in attendance
Day 1: Welcome to Tuscany
Day 2: Siena & Montepulciano
Day 3: Montalcino & Michelin Star experience
Day 4: Picnic & Harvesting
Day 5: Truffle hunting & more wines
Day 6: Florence & Chianti
Day 7: Last chance to indulge
Day 8: Take the opportunity to extend you stay
OUR HOME BASE
The aristocratic Castle and Estate of Castelnuovo Tancredi encompasses over 600 hectares of the surrounding hillside of Montalcino in the region of Siena, dominating over the Orcia Valley, a UNESCO recognized historical landmark site. Many illustrious Italian families had previously owned this property such as the Guglieschi, the Borghese, and the Tancredi families, from whom the property was named after, prior to the acquisition of the estate by the current owners, the Venturini Del Greco family. Priority has always been to uphold the flavor and tradition of the estate itself while making modern improvements where necessary.
The Castle offers 9 beautifully appointed ensuite bedrooms. A magnificent suite at the top of the tower boasts a 360° view of the surrounding valley. A country-style kitchen with all modern comforts, a dining room, 2 large living-rooms with original painted beams, 2 smaller rooms with frescoed ceilings, and a selection of intimate seating areas in the garden complete the wonderful residence. In the park there are a large inground pool, a tennis court, a Wellness Spa with sauna, and a gym for the exclusive use of those residing in the Castle.
THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES
7 nights at our castle, a wine estate
7 traditional breakfasts 3 lunches with wine, at local estates 5 dinners, including two off-site - paired with wine
Private guided walking tour of Siena Private guided walking tour of Florence Wine exclusive experiences throughout (visits, tastings and lunches) Truffle hunting experience Cooking class (1) Self-guided visits of several local hilltop towns and villages
As well as...
Services of two journey hosts 24/7 Luxury air-conditioned transportation throughout Private airport transfers (from Rome or Florence - service to/from other airports available) Open bar at the property Courtesy car on site
GOOD TO KNOW
No visa required for US and Canada residents International flights are not included. Art In Voyage may assist in booking those. We recommend arriving a day or two earlier to discover Rome, Florence or Venice, while getting acclimated to the time difference. All tours and activities on our itinerary are optional in attendance, yet included. Although rare, our itinerary may be subject to slight modification based on weather events or unexpected logistical challenges. Gratuity is always appreciated and not included.
HOW ABOUT EXTENDING?
Arrive earlier, leave a bit later or simply extend beyond Italy to discover some of the best Europe has to offer. Our team of professional curators will be happy to design THE perfect extension for you.
WHY TRAVEL WITH US?
Expertise Flexibility Friends /Family Spirit /Small Groups Luxury Conditions Exclusive Experiences
All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit* of $750 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $500 per person administrative fee.
Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $799.
Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $500 per person administrative fee.