November 1, 2022
Join Our State as we embark on a culinary journey through Tuscany, and enjoy one hotel stay in boutique-style lodging located in the Medieval wine region of Chianti. Trip dates are November 1-9, 2022.
November 1: DEPART USA
Board your overnight flight to Europe.
November 2: ARRIVAL FLORENCE — CHIANTI
Arrive in Florence, meet your tour director and transfer to your Tuscan Hotel in Chianti for a seven night stay. The Chianti Region is filled with wonderful vineyards and charming hilltop towns. This evening, enjoy a wine & beer reception prior to your welcome dinner of Tuscan favorites and locally produced wine with fellow Our State travelers. (D)
November 3: TRUFFLE HUNT EXPERIENCE & FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast, travel through the surrounding hilly landscape, dotted with olive groves, cypresses, vineyards, and palaces. Arrive at a lovely Tuscan estate, where you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Next, enjoy a truffle hunt with access to a protected area on the property. Following the hunt, enjoy delicious tastings of oil and truffle butter bruschetta, salami, pecorino, and wines from the estate. Later this afternoon, we travel to Florence where a local expert guide awaits you for a walking tour of Florence. Visit to the Accademia Gallery & Museum to see Michelangelo’s magnificent Statue of David, an awesome sight. Go to the Cathedral to see Giotto’s Belltower and Baptistry with its impressive ‘Gates of Paradise.’ These buildings demonstrate the traditions of Florentine art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Also, see the open-air museum of Piazza Della Signoria & Santa Croce, which houses the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo. The insightful walking tour includes a stroll across the famous Ponte Vecchio Bridge. Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant in Florence. Return to your hotel in Chianti. (B,D)
November 4: GREVE — ORGANIC COOKING CLASS — WINERY TOUR & TASTING
Today, enjoy an organic cooking & pasta making class, and lunch at Castello di Vicchiomaggio, located at the top of a hill overlooking the valley of Greve in Chianti. You will be greeted with a welcome drink to enjoy while the chef discusses the class, food to be made, and his recipes. The restaurant staff will assist you with putting on your aprons and chef hats, then let the cooking fun begin! At the end of the class you will get to eat and enjoy what you have prepared for lunch. Later this afternoon, continue to Volpaia Castle for a wine tour & tasting. The winery is organically farmed for producing extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, and Chianti Classico Wine. Enjoy tastings of Vin Santo (holy wine) and Cantucci (Biscotti). Dinner is included this evening. (B,L,D)
November 5: VAL D’ORCIA — PIENZA, MONTALCINO & SIENA
Travel to the incredibly picturesque Val d’Orcia Region filled with ancient villages, gorgeous farmhouses, isolated homesteads, roads lined with cypress trees, fabulous vineyards, and olive groves. Stop in Pienza, a lovely medieval town overlooking the Tuscan hills to visit a local cheese producer for a delicious typical Pecorino cheese tasting. Continue to a traditional farmhouse in Montalcino, where you will enjoy a multi-sensory experience of music and wine! Four wines will be matched with music tracks selected by a local sommelier. You will have time for lunch on your own in Montalcino before continuing onto beautiful Siena, where a local guide awaits you for a walking tour in the Old Town. The highlight is the Piazza del Campo, the seashell-shaped square on which the famous horse-race, the Palio, takes place each year. Later, just outside Siena, we will visit a local Tuscan farmhouse with an opportunity to meet the owner and enjoy dinner featuring typical Tuscany dishes paired with their local wines. (B,D)
November 6: SAN GIMIGNANO & VOLTERRA
Today, we travel to San Gimignano, the epitome of a Tuscan hill town, where nobles built more splendid towers to outdo one another and indulge in their need for status. The medieval structures of this city have largely remained intact and San Gimignano, with its large number of art treasures, is truly considered an open-air museum. Next, enjoy a delicious gelato ice cream in one of the oldest gelateria in Italy that produces unique and famous flavors of gelato. Taste the saffron & pine nuts flavored gelato, a registered trademark. Continue to Volterra, another ancient and beautiful hilltop Italian city. Enjoy free time in Volterra and lunch at a family-run farmhouse that specializes in saffron production. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening. (B,L,D)
November 7: DAY AT LEISURE IN CHIANTI OR OPTIONAL EXCURSION
Today is at your leisure to relax at the hotel, enjoy the spa, or explore on your own. An optional tour will be available today. Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)
November 8: Lake Trasimeno Boat Excursion & Lunch on Island Maggiore
Begin your morning with a hearty breakfast and journey to Lake Trasimeno located in the Umbria Region of Tuscany. The heartshaped Lake Trasimeno is surrounded by rolling hills, olive groves, woods of oak and cypress trees, vineyards, and sunflower fields that frame castle-topped medieval towns and villages. Free time to explore and walk around the medieval town of Tuoro, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Next, enjoy a boat cruise to the Island Maggiore, where we will have lunch at a traditional restaurant located on the lake. Tonight, a special farewell dinner is planned. (B,L,D)
November 9: Chianti – Florence – Home
Transfer to Florence for your flight home with wonderful memories of your culinary journey through Tuscany. (B)
About the CDH HOTEL RADDA:
Unpack for seven nights and enjoy this boutique-style hotel located in the Medieval Village of Radda in the famous wine region of Chianti, Tuscany. Set atop a hill, the hotel offers spectacular views of the surrounding rolling hills. The hotel features 59 beautifully appointed modern rooms with red terracotta floors and contemporary furniture. The property also has a spa/wellness center and outdoor swimming pool.
The De Gustibus Restaurant is typical of the Tuscan region with a unique chef’s touch who prepares Tuscan and Italian dishes, served in a dining room with views of the Chianti countryside. The wine list features both local and regional wines. Guests will kickstart each day with the extensive breakfast buffet serving fresh, homemade products, such as breads, pastries, jams, eggs, cold cuts, cheeses, and fruits.
CDH Hotel Radda is the perfect place to unpack once, and be your home base “staycation” as you explore all that Tuscany offers.