Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
Couples, Friends & Solos
6 days 5 nights
Activity Level: 1-3
Casual Plus Hotels
From: $4,299 - $4,499 pp dbl occ
($900 for sgl occ)
Discover the joys of the Tuscan table as you learn its secrets on our active Tuscany cooking tour. Celebrate fresh seasonal ingredients prepared with passion, yet minimal manipulation. Slow down and let food be the focal point of the day. And savor this Tuscany culinary walking vacation that nurtures both body and spirit.
Start Arezzo / End Florence
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Walk through vineyards, woodland and Renaissance hill towns | Get a taste of the region’s undulating terrain as you trek from Castellina to Vèscine | Homer once called olive oil “liquid gold”—discover why during our exclusive tasting | Explore Panzano, home to numerous fine Chianti wineries | High ridges and peaceful forests lead the way to our lunch spot in the home of a local friend—a one-of-a-kind experience! | Sip Chianti Classico wines and learn the secret to traditional recipes in a cooking class led by an engaging Italian chef | Relax at our beautiful hotel in the heart of the Chianti Valley.
A 13th-century hamlet handsomely restored as a welcoming hotel with unsurpassed views of the Tuscan countryside. (pool)
From the town of Gaiole, hike from one unbelievable vista to the next, stopping for an alfresco picnic among the grapevines | Cook a home-style Italian meal alongside locals in the cucina of their cooking school | Lounge with a glass of the region's finest vino by the fireplace at our elegant retreat.
Located in the heart of the Chianti region, this boutique 14th-century manor house features spacious guest rooms with original frescoes. (pool, spa)
Follow the strade bianche (white roads) of southern Tuscany's Val d'Orcia | Savor local delicacies as we indulge in a sampling of the region’s traditional cuisine | Wander in Renaissance-style Pienza, Pope Pius II's utopian village | Lunch takes place at a working farm complete with a pasta-making demonstration | Say arrivederci to Tuscany with a leisurely hike in the countryside surrounding Bagno Vignoni.
This elegant boutique hotel features a beautiful garden, a fantastic bar and pools fed by underground thermal springs. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.
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Our Private Trips are best for groups of 6 or more. We suggest joining a scheduled trip.
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Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
The terrain on this trip includes a mix of rolling gravel country roads for the most part, and some sections of single-track forest paths with stone steps.