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Florence & Tuscany - 5 Days

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Florence - Transfers to the hotel

Arrive at Florence airport and transfer to your hotel for the first night. Grand Hotel Villa Cora is a 19th-century building surrounded by a park with outdoor swimming pool. The rooms at Villa Cora are decorated in classical style with antique furniture. It is conveniently located, just 2 km from the center of Florence.

Take the hotel's complementary shuttle service into the city (5mins drive) and explore the famous historic and shopping quarters.

Overnight Hotel: 5* Grand Hotel Villa Cora Room type: Classic Room

Day 2 - Chianti Country

In the morning you will be met at the Villa by your Ultimate Drives Drive Concierge, who will provide you with a full briefing and walkthrough of your itinerary, the car hand over will take place and you will be on your way.

Your first tour will take you south from Florence and into the rolling hills and vineyards of the Chianti region. Your will make a tour of the most beautiful hilltop towns in the region, including Greve, Castellina and Radda in Chianti, with optional stops by at the Viticcio winery estate  and the Casa del Chianti Classico for a tastings.  After, head to the beautiful Monestary / Oilve oil facility at Badia Coltbuono, for lunch and oil tasting.  After lunch, continue your loop around the region, heading further south, where you can stop up and explore the grounds of Castel di Brolio, and also stop by the wine shop of Vineyard Felsina for a final stock up...before looping back north to your hotel for the evening, in the heart of Chianti country.  Wine tastings can be arranged at the hotel that evening. 

Overnight Hotel: 4* Superior Borgo Scorpeto Room type: Superior room

Day 3 - The Crete to Val d'Orcia

For your second tour, you will head south to the beautiful Val D'orcia / La Crete region, famous for it's rolling hills, unique vistas and cyprus tree lined roads, for some people this really is the iconic Tuscan landscape.  This is also the region of Tuscany with some of the best thermal waters and spas.  The tour will of course take in the beautiful hill-top village of Montepulciano, making wines by the same name, before stopping by at the spa town of Bagno Vignoni for lunch.  After lunch, explore the wineyards of the Brunelo region, there are several great vineyards highlighted on the drive, including Poggio di Sotto.  Loop back north, through Val d'Oricia, making an optional stop at Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggior, before continuing back to Chianti country for a second evening. 

Overnight Hotel: 4* Superior Borgo Scorpeto Room type: Superior room

Day 4 - Tour the borderlands of Florence / Route Mille Miglia

Today you will tour through the rolling Tuscan hills west of Florence, visiting some of the most beautiful and well preserved towns in the region, including the hilltop towns of Castelfiorentino, Cetaldo and San Gimigiano. This tour is very much about a combination of sightseeing and the drives. After heading through the beautiful hilltop village of Certaldo, you then drive to the gem of the region, San Gimigiano. It’s also the only city in the region that has managed to conserve fourteen towers of varying height which have become its international symbol. After lunch, spend some time exploring by foot, shop for the best local produce and wines from the region. The final drive back takes you along the SP 222 (Strada Chiantigiana) arguably the most scenic route in central Tuscany, as it cuts its way north through Chianti Country. A final stop of the day is made in the village of Greve in Chianti, for an afternoon coffee and cakes, before completing the drive back to the villa.

Overnight Hotel: 5* Grand Hotel Villa Cora Room type: Classic room

Day 5 - Visit Florence, then later return to Florence Airport

On your final day, spend some more time in the city of Florence, or relax in the hotels grounds.