Tour Starting Dates
Sept 7, 2017
||Custom Dates on Request||
We welcome you take part in our Tuscany Food & Wine Tour
Our Tuscany Food & Wine Tour offers the ideal setting to experience the best in Italy’s gastronomical assets. Each day provides an opportunity to try the best wines and food served by the wineries and restaurants in the region. You will meet the local chefs and wine producers; see your menus prepared, take part in a hands-on cooking class, in addition to excursions and tours to visit local food markets and tour the surrounding countryside to see first hand the many sources of the ingredients so important for great Italian food and wine.
Our Tuscany Food & Wine tour is for those who wish to enjoy the culinary and wine opportunities offered by the region of Tuscany (Chianti). The tour is 7 days, 6 nights. See the dates, prices and what’s included in the sections below.
Tour Includes the Chianti Wine Expo (Greve in Chianti)
- Select Accommodations for 6 nights in Tuscany (Chianti)
- Winery Tours – Tastings
- Special Dinners and Lunches with custom menus
- Visits to local food markets
- Cooking Class with local chef
- Guided Excursions
- Siena city tour
- Daily Breakfast
- Transportation and Transfers
Additional Option: Florence 2 night Hotel Package
Tour Does Not Include:
Meals not specifically mentioned
Entrance fees to museums (to be paid locally)
Gratuities and extras of any personal nature
The tour features the Wine Expo in Greve in Chianti. Below we have outlined the program over the 7 day / 6 night itinerary.
Day 1: Arrive to Chianti Villa
Transfer from Florence (either airport, train station or city center hotel); your private transfer will take you to the hotel style villa in the heart of Chianti. Later in the afternoon, after all participants have arrived, we will hold a “meet and greet” to give overview of the program while having our first introduction to the local wines. The evening also offers the first opportunity to sample the local menus with a welcome dinner. (W, D)
Day 2: Chianti Center for Wine / Siena Cooking Class
Morning breakfast and then your day offers a guided tour of an important historical winery, vineyard production and wine cellar; then afterwards on to Siena (free time for lunch); then a walking tour to take in the medieval jewel that is Siena. In the late afternoon, begin your cooking class with one of the regions best instructors, followed by dinner of your prepared menu. (B, W, D)
Day 3: Greve-in-Chianti Wine Expo Festival
Morning breakfast and then start your day with the Chianti Classico Wine Festival in Greve. Food markets, wine tastings all in the cities unique village square. Then on to one of the best wineries for a very special lunch. After this full day, return to the villa and evening at your leisure. (B, L, W)
Day 4: Chianti – Tuscany
Morning breakfast and depart to venture south, through Chianti and on to the heart of the region. Stops along the way in the historic Chianti villages, before reaching your new hotel/villa accommodations. The balance of the afternoon to relax, then a welcome custom dinner prepared by the villa chef. (B, D, W)
Day 5: Tuscan Winery
Morning breakfast and depart for another local, family owned winery; visit the production facility, enjoy their wines in an excluive tasting, then a family member will present their talents with a lunch prepared just for you. After this relaxing day, return to the villa and evening at your leisure. (B, L, W)
Day 6: Villages of Tuscany Excursion
Breakfast, then a day in the beautiful val d’Orcia, the most recognizable part of Tuscany. A stop in Montepulciano for a visit to a unique wine enoteca in the city center and time for a light lunch. Afterwards you’ll go on to Pienza, the “ideal town of Renaissance architecture” where you’ll have time to stroll the beautiful town center before visiting a cheese shop to taste the typical “pecorino” cheese produced for centuries in the this area of Tuscany. In the evening, a final dinner at one of our favorite local restaurants. (B, D, W)
Day 7: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and check out; your transfer will take you to Florence. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, W=Wine Tasting, O=Olive Oil Tasting
Base price includes accommodations for 6 nights, arrival/departure transfers from/to Florence; transportation as needed for excursion activities, plus meals and cultural activities as indicated.
Our select hotels are known for their stylish accommodations and high level of personal services. You will enjoy a daily buffet breakfast and the convenience of their respective locations. The hotels below represent those we will use on a particular set of tour dates, in part based on availability and or the number of group participants on a respective tour.
Villa Campomaggio **** An aristocratic 18th century villa, the property stands amid vineyards and surrounded by the Chiantishire. The hotel has 20 Classic or Superior rooms. They are all very spacious and offer the following amenities: air conditioning and heating; Free Wi-Fi; SAT TV with 42″ LCD screen; Minibar; and King size beds.
Castello delle Serre **** this unique property sits at the top of Serre di Rapolano, an unspoiled Tuscan village with the easiest access to all of the major points of interest in the region. All rooms provide Wi-Fi and air-conditioning and King Size beds.
Terms & Conditions
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General Conditions: Confirmation and payment of any reservation constitutes acceptance of the financial agreements between the Company and the Customer and the provisions of this agreement are in effect. The Company is acting as a tour operator responsible for arranging reservations for the services as outlined in the website paliotours.com. All suppliers providing transportation, guided tours, and lodging for the Company are not associated with, nor are they employees of the Company. The Company assumes no responsibility or liability for any claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss, whether to person or property, arising from, but not limited to, injury, accident, death, delay, alteration or inconvenience, by whatever cause, including airline scheduling, default, strike, terrorism, war, hostility, civil disturbance, quarantine, or resulting directly or indirectly from any other acts of nature. Under no circumstances is the Company to be construed as a Common Carrier under contract for safe carriage of the passenger or his/her baggage and personal belongings.
Prices: Tour prices are generally quoted per person, double occupancy, ‘land only’. Single supplements may apply. Airfare is not included. Prior to Final Payment, Prices are subject to change. Notification will be given if necessary. Prices are guaranteed once final payment is made.
Reservations and Payments: For any Group Tour (i.e. Opera Tour, Food & Wine Tour), Special Event Ticket Package (i.e. Palio or Carnival) or Property Rental (“Rental”) reservation, the initial deposit is due from the confirmation of its availability or on receipt of invoice. Day Tours and Transportation services are to be paid in full at the time of the request. Payment of any remaining balance due, unless otherwise stated, must be paid no later than 60 days prior to designated Starting or Travel Date. For Deposit Reservations, the Balance Payment will automatically be charged to the credit card provided, unless the reservation is otherwise cancelled or notice is given to use an alternate form of payment. For Group Tours no changes are allowed less than 60 days prior to departure. Before final payment, prices are subject to changes in currency exchange rates and prices can be adjusted if necessary before any final payment. Changes to the original reservation or Cancellations will result in a $100 Change Fee per reservation. Payments can be made by credit card or by Euro bank transfer. Credit card payments are completed in USD currency at current exchange rates. Payments can also be made through the online payment service provider, PAYPAL.
Credit Cards: American Express, VISA, MasterCard and DiscoverCard are accepted for reservations and payments. Credit card payments are handled in USD currency and processed using a financial exchange rate, which is defined as current market exchange rate plus 4.0% (plus an additional $5.00 for AMEX).
Waiting List: If a Group Tour is fully booked at the time you submit a Reservation Request, you will be offered a ‘Waiting List Option’. If you chose this option, it will require a deposit. Upon any cancellation you will be automatically added to the primary tour group or confirmation of your special package. If you cancel while on the waiting list, or we reach the 60-day final payment period before you can be confirmed, then your deposit will be returned in full, net of any credit card services charges.
Refunds and Cancellations: The Company reserves the right to cancel any Group Tour, Day Tour, Property Rental or Cooking Class at any time if sufficient reservations are not received or for other unforeseen reasons that impair the success or enjoyment of the tour, event, activity, or use of rental property, as the case may be. In these cases all deposits and or payments will be returned in full.
For any reason IF YOU DECIDE TO CANCEL A RESERVATION, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE COMPANY IN WRITING OF YOUR INTENT TO CANCEL. If you cancel a reservation and the written cancellation is received within 30 days from the date you made the reservation, then all fees paid will be refunded, with exception to the provisions for Tickets stated below and otherwise net of credit card service charges. After the first 30 days of your reservation period, deposits and payments will follow the refund schedule below. If you cancel after the first 30-day period and someone takes your place, then administrative cancellation fees may apply, in addition to Ticket costs, which will be deducted from your deposit or payments.
After the 30 day initial reservation period, but
Prior to 90 days before Start Date: Refund, less 25% of total cost, net of Tickets;
Prior to 60 days before Start Date: Refund, less 50% of total cost, net of Tickets;
Prior to 45 days before Start Date: Refund, less 75% of total cost, net of Tickets;
45 days or less before Start Date: No refunds.
No refunds are made for unused portions of any reservation, including but not limited to missed meals, missed guided tours, Tickets (includes airline tickets), or non-use of hotel room or property rental.
Hotels: Room charges, unless you are otherwise informed, will be incurred by the Company and then passed on as invoiced to your credit card either prior to or on your arrival. Any hotel room cancellation and subsequent refund is subject the refund schedule provided herein. This schedule may override any that exists or that is generally provided by the hotel. Hotel room VAT taxes are included in the prices we provide to you (unless stated otherwise). City Taxes (a/k/a “bed taxes”), now required in most major Italian cities, are separate and paid by you directly to the hotel. Details of these taxes will be included in your reservation confirmation invoice.
Transportation: Group Tours – the Company will provide ground transfers from/to airports or central city train stations as needed to accommodate the travel group. Transportation will also be provided on daily excursions as noted in the respective tour itinerary. All vehicle fees and fuel costs are included in the cost of the tour. The cost of these service may be adjusted or the service eliminated if the group size is not sufficient.
Hotels & Meals: Group Tours – Hotels are selected based on quality and our own personal experience. Our minimum requires that the hotel has been listed for 3 stars as rated by the Italian Government. Air conditioning is standard for all rooms and they are equipped with shower, telephone, and TV and in most cases a mini bar. Breakfast will be served each day, the content variable based on each hotel. Customer is responsible for expenses associated with personal items incurred while staying at the hotel (i.e. mini-bar items, telephone calls). Other than breakfast, additional meals will be provided as noted on each itinerary by “group lunch” or “group dinner”. The combination of dinners and lunches may depend on your tour itinerary and group size.
Itinerary: Group Tours – The Company reserves the right to alter the itinerary or substitute hotel accommodations or transportation services as it may become necessary to provide for a tour that meets with our requirements.
Tour Guides: The Company has arranged for expert tour guides to accompany your group on the various city tour segments of the itinerary. Each maintains their official status, Guida Turistica Autorizzata, with the tourist boards and local authorities. They also speak several languages (Italian, German, English, French) should you need help with translation.
Travel Suggestions: So that we can accommodate the transfer of all parties and their luggage, please limit yourself to one piece of luggage, in addition to one carry-on type bag. Reasonable baggage sizes should apply. If this cannot be accomplished, please notify us at the time of your reservation. A nominal surcharge may apply in order to transport your luggage.
Group Tour Members: The tours require each participant to provide their cooperation to unexpected situations that may occur during the tour. Also each member should be prepared for walking during the guided city tours and be mentally alert during such group activities. If you have any physical or other health concerns, we suggest that you speak to your doctor and for him/her to access you ability to partake in the itinerary. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate requests for wheel-chairs or individuals that require special assistance. The Company reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a member of a tour, or require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time should such person becomes a risk to the health or safety of himself or other tour members.
Travel Insurance Protection: To cover costs associated with your reservation, the Company encourages you to consider purchasing a travel insurance policy. The Company does not supply or support any one company in this regard but can make suggestions as to the companies that provide this service.
Passports & Visas: All customers must posses a valid passport and/or any visas or special travel documents that can be used a proof of citizenship. The Company accepts no liability for clients improperly documented. For holders of U.S. passport: the passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure. ie. if you leave the U.S. on February 10, 2017 then the expiration date would need to be August 10, 2017 (or after).
General Conditions & Disclaimers: Confirmation and payment of any reservation constitutes acceptance of the financial agreements between the Company and the Customer and the provisions of this agreement are in effect. The Company is acting as a tour operator responsible for arranging reservations for the services as outlined in the website paliotours.com. All suppliers providing transportation, guided tours, and lodging for the Company are not associated with, nor are they employees of the Company. The Company assumes no responsibility or liability for any claims, damages, expenses or other financial loss, whether to person or property, arising from, but not limited to, injury, accident, death, delay, alteration or inconvenience, by whatever cause, including airline scheduling, default, strike, terrorism, war, hostility, civil disturbance, quarantine, or resulting directly or indirectly from any other acts of nature. Under no circumstances is the Company to be construed as a Common Carrier under contract for safe carriage of the passenger or his/her baggage and personal belongings.
Atlantic Ventures USA,Inc. is registered as a Seller of Travel in the states of Florida, Registration No. ST-33263 and California Registration No.2087502-50, doing business as Palio Tours (paliotours.com) and Ave Italia (aveitalia.com). The Company is not liable in respect to personal injury, loss or damage of personal property or loss of life, while engaged in the tours or other services provided herein. The Company is not responsible for third party cancellations for any reason due to unforeseen circumstances and or those beyond its control.
It is recommended that clients arrange travel insurances for medical, personal, property, or cancellation.
Travel Insurance Options
We advise customers to consider insurance needs in relation to travel, accident, medical and personal coverage. You may wish to consider travel insurance, especially a policy with CANCELLATION PROTECTION.
Travel Insurance Review, a new website can help travelers understand the types of travel insurance and find the best policy for their travel needs. The site features reviews, definitions, articles, and other useful guides. Here is a link: http://www.travelinsurancereview.net
Most premiums cost very little, but if needed the policy can be very useful for travel to a foreign country or even before departure in case you need to cancel a trip. We do not supply insurance coverage, however, we can suggest companies for your own review.
Embassies and Consulates issue passports for emergencies requiring immediate travel. Emergency passports are limited in validity, and cannot be extended. Passport holders are required to exchange their limited validity passports for a full-validity photo-digitized passport upon completion of their emergency travel, either through passport facilities in the U.S. or at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad.
If your passport was lost or stolen, you are advised to report the loss/theft to the local Italian police in the area in which it occurred. Although filing a police report is advised, it is not a requirement to apply for an emergency passport. In order to replace the passport, you must apply in person at the appropriate Consular office for the district you are in and submit:
• proof of citizenship (a certified, sealed birth certificate, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Certificate of Naturalization or expired passport) if possible, or
• one valid form of photo identification (e.g. foreign passport, driver’s license, military ID, etc.) if possible, and
• two passport photographs
No appointment is required.
U.S. Passport Requirements:
Now your U.S. passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your planned date of departure. ie. if you leave the U.S. on August 10, then the expiration date would need to be February 10, 2017 (or after).
Details on this change found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/italy.html
Applications for Renewals: http://www.uspassportnow.com/passportapplicationservices
Mobile App for Renewals: itseasy.com
Change in U.S. Passports for Children:
As of February 1, 2008, the two-parent consent requirement for all passport services was extended to include all children under age 16. Either both parents must be present to provide signatures at the time of passport application, or in the event one parent cannot attend, s/he must send a notarized statement of consent and valid identification. Alternately, the applying parent may present a death certificate or sole custody order for the child.
Passports – What to do before you go
Identification – make 2 copies of your passport and driver’s license, medical insurance, bank credit cards (that you will take with you on the trip) and proof of travel insurance (if purchased). Leave one set with a friend or family member, so they can access this information if needed. Take the second set of copies with you, but keep them separated from the original identification.
Emergency contacts include:
For a 911 Call in Italy – dial 118 on any telephone
Local Hospitals – by major city listed below
Embassy of the United States in Rome – Italy
via Vittorio Veneto, 119/A
00187 Roma, Italy
Tel. (+39) 06.4674.1 (switchboard)
Fax (+39) 06.4674.2356
Consulate General of the United States – Milan
Via Principe Amedeo 2/10
20121 Milan, Italy
Tel. (+39) 02-290351
Fax (+39) 02-29001165
Consulate General of the United States – Florence
Lungarno Vespucci, 38
50123 Firenze, Italy
Tel. (+39) 055.266.951
Fax (+39) 055.284.088
Consulate General of the United States – Naples
Piazza della Repubblica
80122 Napoli, Italy
Tel. (+39) 081.5838.111
Fax (+39) 081.7611.869
CONSULAR AGENCY PALERMO
via Vaccarini, 1 – 90143 PALERMO
Tel: (+39) 091.305.857
Fax: (+39) 091.625.6026
CONSULAR AGENCY VENICE
Venice Marco Polo Airport General Aviation Terminal
viale Galileo Galilei, 30 – 30030 TESSERA (VE)
Tel: (+39) 041.541.5944
Fax: (+39) 041.541.6654
GENERAL HOSPITALS (with emergency room)
OSPEDALE “NIGUARDA”, Piazza Ospedale Maggiore3, tel. 0264441, emergency room: tel. 0264442496. Anti-poisoning center: tel. 0266101029, www.ospedaleniguarda.it.
OSPEDALE MAGGIORE (“POLICLINICO”), Via F. Sforza 35, tel. 0255031, emergency room: tel. 0255033255. Website: www.policlinico.mi.it. The Hospital includes the MANGIAGALLI INSTITUTE, a specialized maternity hospital, on Via Commenda 12, which also has a center for rape victims – SOCCORSO VIOLENZA SESSUALE – tel. 0255032489, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OSPEDALE “FATEBENEFRATELLI”, Corso Porta Nuova 23, tel. 0263631. Emergency room: medicine/surgery 0263632442. Website: www.fbf.milano.it.
OSPEDALE “SAN CARLO”, Via Pio Secondo 3, tel. 0240221. Emergency room: 0240222900, 0240222938. Website: www.sancarlo.mi.it.
OSPEDALE “SAN GIUSEPPE”, Via San Vittore 12, tel. 0285991. Emergency room: 0285994532. Website: www.fatebenefratelli.it/s.giuseppe.
OSPEDALE “SAN RAFFAELE”, Via Olgettina 60, tel.0226431. Emergency room: 0226432741. Website: www.sanraffaele.org.
OSPEDALE “SAN PAOLO”, Via di Rudini’ 8, tel.0281841. Emergency room: 0281844250. Website: www.ao-sanpaolo.it.
OSPEDALE “LUIGI SACCO”, Via G. B. Grassi 74, tel. 0239041, emergency room: 0239043051. Website: www.hsacco.it.
Centro Traumatologico Ortopedico, Largo Palagi 1, Florence; Tel: 055/427-7111
Istituto Ortopedico Toscano “P. Palagi”, Viale Michelangelo 41, Florence; Tel: 055/65-881
Ospedale di Careggi, Viale Morgagni, Florence; Tel. 055/794-7111
Ospedale “I Fraticini”, Via Massoni 21, Florence; Tel: 055/400-041
Ospedale Oftalmico Fiorentino, Via Masaccio 213 Florence; Tel: 055/578-444
Ospedale di Camerata, Via della Piazzola 68, Florence; Tel: 055/577464-587999
Ospedale di S. Maria Nuova, Piazza S. Maria Nuova 1, Florence; Tel: 055/275-81
Ospedale di S. Maria Annunziata, Via dell’Antella 58, Antella, Florence; Tel: 055/279-41
Nuovo Ospedale di San Giovanni di Dio, Via Torre Galli 3, Florence; Tel: 055/719-21
Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Policlinico Gemelli , Via Pineta Sacchetti 644
Policlinico University Hospital Umberto I (Pronto Soccorso)
Ph: 06-4997-9514 or 9515
Viale del Policlinico, Switchboard Ph: 06-49971, Rianimazione (ICU) Ph: 06-446-3101
Fax Number (Direzione Sanitaria) Ph: 06-4997426
Bambino Gesu’ Pediatric Hospital
Piazza S. Onofrio 4 , Ph: 06-68591
Villa San Pietro-Fatebenefratelli
Ph: 06-33581, Via Cassia 600
- Spirito Hospital
Ph: 06-68351, Lungotevere in Sassia (near St. Peter’s)
- Eugenio Hospital
Ph: 06-51001, Piazzale San Nemesio 21
- Giovanni Hospital (Cranial Trauma)
Ph: 06-77051, Via Amba Aradam (Prof. Interligi)