Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Tasting
Wine, Local Food
Activity
Hiking, Biking, Food Tour
Included
Hotel, Pick up, Tour guide
Languages
English
Theme
Adventure, Outdoor, Countryside
Minimum Drinking Age
21
$
4,413
66
/ Person
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Activity Overview
We welcome you to a tour where you will get a chance to cycle to mystical monasteries and hilltop villages brimming with beauty and picture-postcard sceneries. You will receive a warm welcome from the residents of renowned medieval hill towns. Tuscany offers you a chance to share in the best of Italian life with its original cuisine. The beauty of the countryside resembles a painting with a thousand colors; the yellow of the sunflowers, the red of the poppies against the green of the wheat, the white and pale pink of the tiny little medieval villages perched on the hillsides, the silver-green of the olive groves, to name but a few. This excursion will take you to olive oil regions and wine territories, Roman and medieval villages, allowing you to experience Tuscany at its best.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Arezzo.
You will be met by your guide once you arrive in Arezzo, who will welcome you to Tuscany. You will start with a detailed trip briefing and bike fitting, which will be followed by a guided stroll of the town, once a picturesque backdrop for the Oscar-winning film “Life is Beautiful” (La Vita e Bella). Upon entering the city, you experience the sensation of one of stepping back in time. You will be amazed by the churches, ruins, monuments, parks, and squares that carry with them secrets of generations of Tuscans who have built and preserved this amazing city. In the afternoon you will have an opportunity to test out your bike as you engage in a warm-up ride.

Day 2 - Arezzo and Chocolate Villages.
You will enjoy a morning loop ride starting in Badia di Pomaio. In the afternoon, you will have a chance to meet with a passionate chocolatier outside Arezzo where you will learn about the ins and outs of Tuscan artisan chocolate production. After the visit and tasting, you will stop by the various food shops in town where you will sample other local culinary delights.

Day 3 - Hiking Hannibal's Route to Lake Trasimeno.
In the morning, we will embark on a lovely hike from Tuoro Sul Trasimeno, located a few miles east of Cortona. You will explore the site of one of antiquity’s renowned battles. In 217 BC, some 16,000 Romans were executed after a cunningly planned ambush carried out by Hannibal and his army under the consul Flaminius. This crucial historical battle is described on the numerous attractive panels and signposts that you will encounter along the way. This route is famously called the "Hannibal's Route."

Day 4 - Cooking and Biking in Cortona.
After breakfast, you will start your ride from Cortona to the natural Fierli farm. Here, you will learn all about Chianina cows, the Cinta Senese pigs, and how this family is consciously curing and processing meats. Your destination is at a special villa, the Villa Rosa dei Venti, where you will spend the next two nights. This villa is run by Barbara and her mom, Lucia, and it was once a former summer getaway villa for counts. The villa serves as a marvelous base for sampling, cooking, sipping, swimming, and relaxing. You will enjoy the night at an informal cooking demo and Tuscan wine tasting and overview with Bernardo, a regional Florentine sommelier. Afterward, you will be treated to a delicious dinner in a local tavern.

Day 5 - Cortona Extensively.
You will ride from the villa the next morning, where you will follow a Roman road through vineyards and olive groves on your way up the hill to Cortona. You will enjoy a guided visit of the town and afterward have free time to browse the tremendous boutiques and art galleries. You will take a stroll through Cortona’s vast weekly market, as you stop to sample local products while you meet with local farmers. In the afternoon, you will have the option for a dip in the hotel swimming pool or a loop ride. You will dine at the villa for the two evenings during your stay. The Micheli family produce their own olive oil and wine. Before dinner you will engage in a comprehensive tasting comparison of Tuscan olive oil along with a variety of oils from other regions.

Day 6 – Pienza and Montepulciano.
You will enjoy a ride across the valley on your way to a winery below Montepulciano, renowned for its fine wine. Vino Nobile though not as celebrated as Montalcino’s Brunello, produced one of the initial four wines to have received the high acclaim of the appellation DOCG by a branch of the Italian government, guaranteed from controlled origins. After the visit and tasting, you will proceed to the city of Montepulciano where you will encounter diverse boutiques, food shops (botteghe), and stone-covered lanes. In the late afternoon, you will transfer by van to the picture-perfect Val d’Orcia on your way to San Quirico d’Orcia, your final destination.

Day 7 - Wine and Pecorino.
The day's ride follows the route from San Quirico d’Orcia to one of the great architectural and urban gems in all of Tuscany, Renaissance Pienza. You will have a chance to participate in a cooking lesson as you enjoy lunch with local cook Angela and her family just outside the village. You will roam through her natural vegetable garden and get a chance to cook together in her wonderfully original Tuscan kitchen. You will also participate in Pecorino cheese lesson and tasting. You will return to San Quirico by bike or van transfer. At night, you will be treated to an ultimate celebration dinner in San Quirico.

Day 8 - Departure.
You will enjoy a last delicious breakfast as you bid Tuscany farewell. Arrivederci!
 
Practical information
Distance: 25km/day - Level 3 - Consistently hilly countryside with mostly hilltop finishes; challenging terrain can be moderated or made more challenging by daily mileage.

Lodging
Accommodations: 3 nights at Badia di Pomaio in a standard room http://www.hotelbadiadipomaio.it
2 nights at Agristurismo Rosa del Vento in a standard room http://www.rosadeiventi.net/en/villas-cortonatuscany
2 nights at Palazzo del Capitano in a standard room https://www.palazzodelcapitano.com/
 
Included
  • An outstanding adventure travel experience
  • Peace of mind that you are with the most professional cycling company in Tuscany
  • 6 nights at 4-star properties
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners (wine extra)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Best bikes in Tuscany
  • Thorough daily briefings and bike fitting and instruction
  • Exceptionally detailed maps and route notes
  • Local city or village maps and restaurant suggestions for evenings on own
  • Walking tours of Arezzo. Cortona, Montepulciano
  • A visit with tastings at a large local weekly market
  • Hands on cooking lessons near Arezzo and Pienza
  • Visits tours and tastings at two local wineries
  • Pecorino cheese & Tuscan honey tasting
  • Group arrival and transfer from Florence (individual transfers available with a supplementary fee)
Not Included
  • Airfare
  • Anything not listed above
Rates
Per
Price
Pricing Info
Person
$
4,413
66
Price per person, Double Occupancy
Add-on
Per
Price
Pricing info
Person
$
978
97
Single occupancy fee
Timing
Dates
Start Time
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More information about the timing
On Jun 16, 201812:00 PMPublic tour
On Sep 8, 201812:00 PMPublic tour
On Oct 13, 201812:00 PMPublic tour
Daily12:00 PMPrivate tour - Please contact us for availability
Duration
8 Days, 7 Nights
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Cancellation Policy
Non-Refundable
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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Overall Experience
(5.0 of 5)
I wanted to write and let you know how marvelous out trip to Tuscany was and thank you for arranging such a wonderful biking tour. Giuliana and Marco were terrific and made sure we had everything we needed. The route maps were easy to follow, our hotels were terrific and the bikes satisfactory for our Tuscany adventure!!
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Cortona, Tuscany, Italy
Duration:
2 H
Get to know Tuscany through the pructs of the land. Best local wines and amazing dishes in combination will be introduced to your party and you, while you will be comfortably pampered ... moreby your tour escort in a beautiful restaurant in town.
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/ Person
Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Duration:
8 Days, 7 Nights
 (1)
This marvelous culinary vacation grants you a rare opportunity to experience one of the most attractive and historical corners of Arezzo UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN. You will enjoy the delights ... moreof the traditional Italian lifestyle, as you attend the amazing cooking classes while exploring the UNESCO world heritage sites sightseen. You will participate in cooking, dining, and be drinking, as you relax and then explore the treasure of Tuscany. You will have fun while staying at a farmhouse villa, renowned for producing IGP Extra virgin olive oil and excellent IGT chianti wine. You will be accommodated in an exclusive apartment, complete with panoramic pool facing the famous city of Arezzo with its rolling hills.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival
We will meet you at the Arezzo train station at your scheduled time for a free transfer to the villa. At the Villa, you will enjoy a welcome aperitif snack buffet paired with Prosecco wine tasting, set for you. You will be introduced to chef Fabrizio, who also serves as the host of the Marina. You will get a chance to get acquainted and chat about the itinerary. A tasty dinner for the night will be served at the Villa restaurant court.
Included
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 2: Free Day with Culinary Lesson 1
You will enjoy your breakfast before then take part in your first cooking lesson. You will enjoy the lunch you had prepared during your lesson. You will enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. A 3-course dinner will be prepared by the Chef you later in the evening.
Included
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 3: City break Tour
You will enjoy breakfast, then proceed with your guide to explore the most scenic locations in Arezzo. Your guide will brief you about the background history to every site and offer you enough time to take photos. You will have lunch in a famous Tuscan trattoria. A light dinner will be served in the villa restaurant point, specially served for you.
Included
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
• Drinks

Day 4: wine tour and relax
You will enjoy a free morning breakfast to relax by the pool or stroll in the spectacular scenery around the villa, through olive groves, vineyards and woodland. You will enjoy a light lunch served for you at the gazebo by the pool. Later in the afternoon, you will enjoy a wine trip in a prestigious winery. This winery is renowned for its Chianti superior and chardonnay white wine. Afterward, you will return to the villa where the chef will prepare a lovely crispy calzone pizza menu just for you!
Included
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 5: historical trip and Culinary Lesson 2
After breakfast, we will proceed towards La Valtiberina Valley, for our second trip, In one of the most stunning villages in Italy and a world heritage site famous for its paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and place of birth to celebrated artists like; Andrea Della Robbia, Michelangelo B, Piera Della Francesca. Lunch will be served at a local Restaurant. In the early afternoon, towards the evening, dinner will be set for your Third cooking lesson.
Included
• Breakfast
• Lunch + 1 Drink
• Dinner

Day 6: Street food market tour and culinary lesson 3
O will enjoy your breakfast then take a trip one of the most popular Tuscan markets, renowned for its organic products. You will have lunch will take place during the trip to the market, where you will taste typical products that make part of Tuscan street food, paired with a fine glass of wine. Later in the afternoon, you will set a classic dinner in your Fourth culinary lesson with the assistance of executive chef Fabrizio, where you will learn new skills. Enjoy your exceptional dinner!
Included
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner

Day 7: historical Tour and Cooking lesson 4
After breakfast, you will participate in your final cooking lesson. Now that you are more acquainted and almost an expert, you will prepare a classic Sunday lunch, with more advanced cooking skills. In the afternoon, you will take a guided excursion and pay a short tour to the Etruscan hamlet, a world heritage site. You will enjoy dinner in the evening at a classic regional restaurant.
Included
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner + 1 Drink

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast and having some time to relax, we will chauffeur you back to the Arezzo central train station.
Included
• Breakfast

All our holiday packages can be customized to conform to the customer’s requirement and experience. We welcome Food intolerance and vegetarian options. The Itinerary may change slightly based on the availability of the cellars and seasons.
$
1,379
61
/ Person
Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Duration:
6 Days, 5 Nights
 (1)
MangiarDivino welcomes you to a unique and rare opportunity to experience and live the real life in Tuscany as you discover the history of Italian cuisine. You will get a chance to ... morelearn how to prepare all the crucial ingredients of an Italian meal, with a passion for revitalizing Tuscany popular recipes, as you give them a modern twist, with the help of local fresh ingredients. You will immerse yourself in the local cooking traditions skill as you discover places where history and nature have fused perfectly.