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Prices based on 2 adults sharing a room departing 11th October 2018 from London Luton. Please note, days for excursions/tours can vary depending on the chosen start date of the holiday.
Trip Highlights
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What's included
  • Accommodation at 4* hotels
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Multilingual guides for all tours and excursions
  • Transfers to/from the meeting point for excursions outside of Florence
  • Lunch and tasting of typical products during the tour of San Gimignano/Siena and Chianti
  • Pizza and Gelato lesson with a famous local Chef including all ingredients for pizza and gelato making
  • Return flights from the UK
What's not included
  • Transfers to/from the "meeting point" for tours of Florence city
  • Local/tourist taxes if applicable
  • Overseas airport to hotel return transfers – Available on request
Day 1
Depart UK – Florence

Arrival at your hotel in Florence with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2
Florence (walking tour)

After breakfast at the hotel meet your guide at the meeting point to start your walking tour. Your guide will explain about the events and secrets of Florence, with more than 2000 years of history, from its Roman origins to the 15th century, Ponte Vecchio (the Old Bridge), the Uffizi Gallery courtyard, the incredible architecture of Brunelleschi’s dome and the Baptistery. Discover the important role that Florence had in the history of architecture and art and at the end of the walk you can enjoy a typical Italian aperitif near the Cathedral.

Day 3
Florence/San Gimignano/Siena/Chianti/Florence

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the meeting point where you will meet your guide and depart by coach for a tour of the beautiful region of Tuscany, with San Gimignano, in the Chianti region, and the medieval town of Siena. San Gimignano, a magnificent example of a Medieval town, included in the UNESCO a World Heritage Site list and famous all around the world for its picturesque towers, will be the first stop of this tour. You will have free time to visit every corner of the town, with its lovely squares, buildings and churches. Next visit the beautiful area of Classic Chianti. Next we stop at a winery to taste local wines along with a delicious Tuscan lunch with pasta, cold cuts, bruschetta, cheeses and typical sweets (vegetarian menu on request). In the afternoon the tour will continue in Siena. Here your guides will take you through the city to learn more about the architectural styles of the Cathedral and the Municipal Building of Piazza del Campo where the famous Palio race takes place. Tour of the magnificent fortress of Monteriggioni. Then back to the hotel in Florence.

Day 4

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the meeting point where you will meet your guide. Today you visit Pisa, a historical university city famous in the world for its architectural beauties. An authorised guide of the city will take you to see the Leaning Tower and Camposanto Monumentale (from the outside) and to visit the Duomo (inside). At the end of the tour you will have free time before returning to the meeting point in Florence.

Day 5
Florence (Pizza and gelato making)

Today you learn how to make two of the most delicious Italian dishes: pizza and ‘gelato’. Meet our chef, learn the techniques and bring home the recipes to impress your family and friends. The class takes place in a 15th Century building, in the heart of Florence. The palace is located in Via Tornabuoni, a fancy street, busy with fashion shops: you will love the location! The chef will start the class by introducing the history of these Italian wonderful creations.

After that you will learn how to make the original Italian pizza step by step: you will be taught the tricks for a tender flexible yeast dough as well as for a tasteful, yet light, tomato sauce. Our chef will show you the right way to stretch the dough and you will have the chance to do it yourself. You will make your very own pizza: you will stretch it, sauce it and finally bake it. The result will surely be the best pizza you have ever tasted! After you have become familiar with pizza you will be taught the secrets to make Italian ‘gelato’: you will get to know the basic raw ingredients and how to select the best products. You will learn about the development and application of natural colours, the heating and freezing techniques and how they have different effects on ingredients. You will soon realize how easily you can make these delicious dishes on your own! At the end of the class you will also get a Graduation Certificate!

Day 6
Florence – Arrive UK

After breakfast, depart the hotel at your leisure for your return flight to the UK.

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