Day 1: FLORENCE
Arrival transfer from airport to hotel. Welcome drink at your hotel. Accommodation and then welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 2: FLORENCE – GAY TOUR
Buffet breakfast and start of your LGBT friendly city tour. Discover the Gallery of the Academy of Florence with the imposing Michelangelo's sculpture, David. Continue your tour in the city center of the birthplace and cradle of Italian Renaissance and the center of the world's finest art and architecture. Admire the magnificent Santa Maria del Fiore, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and take a look to the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Afterwards continue to the open-air museum at Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, known as the "Old Bridge". Lunch on your own in the city center, don't miss the opportunity to taste the famous Pappa al Pomodoro or the worldwide known Fiorentina Steak. After lunch, continue your tour with Uffizi Gallery that provides insight into the history of the structure and its collections, where you can see the famous works of Giotto, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci (skip-the-line ticket included). Afterwards the magic of Boboli gardens (entrance fee included), situated behind the Pitti Palace and one of the most famous park in the city of Florence. Here the Medici family created the model of the "Italian garden" which was a source of inspiration for many European courts. In the late afternoon charming aperitif near Piazzale Michelangelo to appreciate the sunset above Florence. Typical dinner in the magic area of San Niccolò in Oltrarno to try local specialities, like the worldwide famous Fiorentina Steak. Free time in the evening for party. Overnight at your hotel.
* Rainbow Tips: Dance the night out in the LGBT clubs like Piccolo Café or Crisco Club.
Day 3: MONTECATINI TERME
Buffet breakfast and departure to Montecatini Terme. Welcome to the city of the famous Thermal establishment Tettuccio and an oasis of peace. Relax yourself with your formula “Thermal Oasis & Light Lunch” and take care of your body in this magic area. Other optional treatments can be booked on spot according to your need. In the late afternoon back to Florence and free time for individual visits and shopping. Dinner on your own and overnight.
Meals: B - L
Day 4: LUCCA – PISA – VOLTERRA
Buffet breakfast and departure to Lucca, a jewel of medieval architecture, with its massive 17th century walls that completely surrounds the city. Admire the Church of San Michele adorned by its beautiful piazza, occupying the site of the ancient Roman Forum. After the walking guided tour, continue to Pisa. Welcome to the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth (skip-the-line ticket included). Get stunned from Piazza del Duomo which create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Lunch on your own in the area before proceeding to Volterra, situated on a hill and a real example of an ancient Etruscan city. You can really feel a medieval atmosphere walking through the narrow streets of the centre. Dinner on your own to try local specialities like Baccalà alla fiorentina or Ribollita. Afterwards continue to your hotel in Chianti area and overnight.
Day 5: CHIANTI REGION – 50 SHADES OF WINE
Buffet breakfast and be ready to explore Chianti, Tuscany's Famous Wine Region. The name "Chianti", synonymous of excellent wine all around the world, is currently used to identify several different areas of the territory and it's the heart of Tuscany. Visit this region by using an Italian worldwide famous typical vehicle, the vintage FIAT 500 (in alternative also Vespa Tour available). You will have the opportunity to enjoy a typical Tuscan lunch and a wine tasting. This is the chance to live the Italian dream for a day and we want it to be unforgettable. After this amazing day discovering one of the many Italian natural wonders, back to your hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight.
Meals: B - L
Day 6: SAN GIMIGNANO – SIENA
Buffet breakfast and departure to San Gimignano with your English speaking Tour Guide, a small walled village famous for its medieval architecture and towers that create a unique skyline, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue to Fattoria San Donato, a charming biological farm where you can taste Tuscany products, in order to visit the Wine Cellar observing wine production and, at the end of the visit, tasting of local wines (3 types), together with a rich buffet with local specialities. The location is absolute amazing: big tables with stone walls, medieval atmosphere, a great Villa park and an ancient tower of XII century. In the afternoon continue to the enchanting medieval city of Siena that sits elegantly over three hills. Walking tour to explore the city famous for its Palio, a horserace which contains the aim of this city. Discover Piazza del Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman Forum used to be, now site of the famous Horserace of Palio, Campo Square and the Basilica of St. Dominic. Dinner on your own, then back to your hotel and overnight.
Meals: B - L
Day 7: MONTERIGGIONI – GAIOLE IN CHIANTI – BROLIO CASTLE
Buffet breakfast and departure to Monteriggioni. Explore this Charming and walled medieval town, which represents one of the most important walled castles in the territory. It has incredibly preserved an intact structure as if time had never passed on the hill from which it elegantly dominates the surrounding landscape. The particularity of this Tuscan village is the presence of well conserved ancient walls surrounding it. Lunch at a local typical Tuscan agriturismo. Continue to Gaiole in Chianti, another important city within the Chianti Classico region, where the main attractions include the delicious flavours between wine and olive oil. Walking tour of this charming town and then continue to Brolio Castle, which belongs to a powerful feudal family, the Ricasoli from Cacchiano. Discover the legend of Bettino Ricasoli, nicknamed the Iron Baron for his strong resolve and conviction of his ideals, who was one of the most important politicians in the 19th century and promoter of Italian union. His name is strongly related to Brolio and Chianti wine, actually he was the first to create the recipe for what became the wine for the region, the great red Chianti wine. Here you will join an exclusive gourmet tour, you will then be taken to the Brolio castle to visit the magnificent gardens, the family’s chapel and private museum. Afterwards the spacious cellars and finally the main highlight of this tour will be the guided food and wine pairing dinner at the Osteria del Castello (your guide will remain with you through the dinner to share with you information about the Italian food culture so you can personally experience it, including an introduction to the world of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Each course, specifically created by our chef, will be accompanied by one of our top estate wines with explanations about the wines as well as the pairing concepts). After dinner, back to your hotel and overnight.
* Rainbow Tips: Discover the legend of Brolio ghost, on nights with a full moon the ghost of Bettino Ricasoli still walks around the castle. Some say they have seen him out walking the grounds or even out riding on a white horse with a pack of hunting dogs. After his death, on several mornings the Baron’s bed sheets were found rumpled as if someone had slept on his bed.
Meals: B - L - D
Day 8: FLORENCE
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.
- Accommodation in LGBT selected Hotels
- Transportation by Deluxe AC Private Minibus as per the Itinerary
- Private Transfer IN Airport Florence – Hotel Florence
- Private Transfer OUT Hotel Chianti area – Airport Florence
- LGBT Friendly Tour Guide for Gaily Tours and Excursions (from 1 up to 5 people)
- LGBT Friendly Tour Leader or Guide throughout the itinerary for Small Groups (from 6 people)
- Welcome Drink
- 3-Course Welcome Dinner in Florence at a local restaurant (½ Water, ¼ Wine, Coffee or Tea)
- Entrance Fee – Gallery of the Accademy of Florence
- Entrance Fee Skip-The-Line – Uffizi Gallery
- Entrance Fee – Boboli Gardens
- Charming aperitif in Piazzale Michelangelo area (1 Drink + Snacks)
- 3-Course Dinner in Florence with Fiorentina steak (½ Water, ¼ Wine, Coffee or Tea)
- Full Day – Gaily Tour of Florence
- Montecatini Spa – Thermal establishment Tettuccio (Thermal Oasis & Light Lunch)
- Entrance Fee Skip-The-Line – Leaning Tower
- Full Day – Gaily Tour of Pisa, Lucca & Volterra
- Guided Fiat 500 Tour 8h
- 3-Course Lunch in Chianti region at a typical restaurant (½ Water, ¼ Wine, Coffee or Tea)
- Wine & Olive Oil Tasting
- Visit to Wine Cellar + Wine Tasting (3 Wines) in Fattoria San Donato
- 3-Course Buffet Lunch in Chianti region at a typical restaurant (½ Water, ¼ Wine, Coffee or Tea)
- Full Day – Gaily Tour of San Giminiano & Siena
- 3-Course Lunch in Chianti region at a typical Agriturismo (½ Water, ¼ Wine, Coffee or Tea)
- Gourmet Tour in Brolio Castle with Dinner
- Tips, City Taxes and everything not listed under “Included features”
Ignas Tour Hotel CollectionACCOMMODATION:
3 Nights in LGBT Friendly Hotel 4 * in Florence – Hotel Cellai (or similar)
4 Nights in LGBT Friendly Ancient Palace in Chianti area - Hotel Palazzo Leopoldo (or similar)
- Hotel Cellai 4* or similar
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52/R, 50129 Firenze
Tel. 055 489291
- Hotel Palazzo Leopoldo 4* or similar
Via Roma, 33, 53017 Radda in Chianti SI
Tel. 0577 735605
* Price per person sharing a double/twin room:
|Dates||12 guests||10 guests||8 guests|
|Low Season||€ 2200||€ 2400||€ 2700|
|Mid Season||€ 2300||€ 2500||€ 2800|
|High Season||€ 2400||€ 2600||€ 2900|
|Single supplement: € 255|
|Dates||6 guests||4 guests||2 guests|
|Low Season||€ 3100||€ 3400||€ 5600|
|Mid Season||€ 3200||€ 3500||€ 5700|
|High Season||€ 3300||€ 3600||€ 5800|
|Single supplement: € 255|
Rates are Commissionable
*The itinerary is on request and rates are subject to the availability of the hotels at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change if travel occur during trade shows, bank holidays or special events and supplements may be applied.
Low Season: Jan – Feb – Mar – Nov – Dec
Mid Season: Apr – Jul – Aug
High Season: May – Jun – Sep – Oct
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