Starting at $2,329CAD Per Person - Culinary Vacation with Cosmos
Price: $2,329CAD Per Person
(Featured price is per person, land only, based on double occupancy, on the departure dates indicated, and includes all taxes and fees.)
Departure Dates: April 17, 24; July 3, 17, and 31, 2022
Photo: Tuscany Vineyard
- Buffet breakfasts daily
- 3-dinners, including dinner at a local farm in Montecatini
Photo: Map of Gourmet Tuscany Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Montecatini, Tuscany
Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a special welcome 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! Later, visit a butchery in a local village, followed by a generous tasting of cold cuts.
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.
Photo: Storefront in Tuscany
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!
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.
Photo: Lucca, Italy
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 that produce 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.
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.
Day 8: Montecatini
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.