ITALY: Boutique Foodie Tour - 10 days
10th - 19th September 2020
Destinations: ITALY: Rome, Tuscany - Corona & Siena
Tour Grading Moderate - Fun
Tour Commences In: Rome
Number of Days: 10 days / 9 nights
Accommodation: 5, 4 star and Boutique hotels
Leaders: Australian chef and experienced local guides
Tour Concludes In: Siena
Tour Style: Luxury / Deluxe
Meals: Breakfasts: 9, Lunches: 7, Dinners: 6
Transportation: Luxury / Deluxe minivans
Join our Boutique Foodie Tours
- Be ready for our first fabulous walking foodie tour of Testaccio
- Enjoy a private hands on cooking class in Rome
- Participate in a leisurely walking tour of Campo de Flori Market
- Love a stroll of Plazza Novona and the historical Pantheon areas
- Walking foodie tour Trastavere
- Lunch in Orivieto
- A Tuscany walking tour of Cortona
- Visit the medival town of Montepulciano
- Visit hilltop maintain village of Montalcino
- An awe- inspiring walking tour of Siena
- Attend one of the best hands on cooking class in Siena/Tuscany
- & yes we make time for Happy Hour & Shopping
- A specially curated itinerary
- A specially curated itinerary especially for Boutique Foodie Tours
- Private international & domestic airport arrival and departure transfers for all guests
- 5 & 4 star modern & boutique accommodation
- Luxury private Chauffeur driven luxury air- conditioned vehicles & local trains for all transfers & sightseeing
- Fully escorted by our experienced Australian professional chef & food educater, Austrealn manager and local tour guides
- Meals as indicated in Itinerary; B = Breakfast: L=Lunch: D=Dinner:
- Admission fees to all monuments, activities, excursions as per the itinerary
- Cooking classes as per the itinerary
- Walking tours as per the itinerary
- Local market tour as per itinerary
- Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)
- Bottled water included whilst touring in vehicle
- An exclusive information travel package
Day 1: Thursday 10th September 2020: Arrive Rome:
Day 2: Friday 11th September 2020: Rome:
Day 3: Saturday 12th September 2020: Rome:
Day 4: Sunday 13th September 2020: Rome – Orvieto – Cortona:
Day 5: Monday 14th September 2020: Cortona:
Day 6: Tuesday 15th September 2020: Cortona – Pienza – Cortona:
Day 7: Wednesday 16th September 2020: Cortona – Montepulciano – Montalcino – Cortona:
Day 8: Thursday 17th September 2020: Cortona – Siena:
Day 9: Friday 18th September 2020: Siena:
Day 10: Saturday 19th September 2020:
All our hotels are excellent four- and five-star boutique hotels. We highly recommend our hotels as they have excellent services and facilities. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms with double or twin beds.
Climate & Clothing:
In summer the weather in Italy is mild to warm, the temperature average between June and July is about 78°F - 26°C. Summers are relatively dry, but rain does occur all year round. The general rule is to bring comfortable clothing including lightweight cottons. Comfortable walking shoes are essential as is a light waterproof jacket. We provide a detailed packing list to all our guests prior to departure.
Currency & Money Matters:
The official currency in France is EURO (€). On January 1, 2002, the Euro became the official currency for 300 million Europeans, in use in 12 countries of the European Union. Traveller’s Cheques can be exchanged at some banks and currency exchange offices but are not as welcome as cash or credit cards. ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas.
The electrical current in France is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. The European two-pin plug is standard.
You must obtain Comprehensive Travel Insurance as a condition of travelling with Boutique Tours & Travel. We recommend that you purchase insurance at the time of Booking. Insurance is available from BT&T. http://www.boutiquetours.com.au/insurance-quote-form
Italian is the official language, but English is widely understood in the main tourist areas.
Our hotels offer a wonderful selection of dishes at their buffet breakfasts and our tour offers a with a wide variety of both menu and venue for lunches and evening meals.
Medical Services & Facilities:
Our hotels have access to a doctor if required. They can also assist guests with purchasing of medicine. The international hospitals in France are very good and have western trained medical and surgical specialists. Dental care is also available.
Passports & Visas:
To enter Italy you require a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry and with at least two blank pages. No visa is required for tourists.
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation:
Boutique Tours & Travel suggests that you may like to arrive a day before the start of your tour to allow time to relax and refresh. You are also very welcome to linger longer after the tour is completed.
Boutique Tours & Travel has negotiated special overnight rates at this hotel for both pre and post tour accommodation. Please ask for details at time of booking. Local tour guides are also available on request.
We welcome single travellers and we are able to arrange single accommodation. We negotiate strongly to keep single supplements at a reasonable cost. If you wish to share a room, we will endeavour to match you with another single guest and adjust the costs accordingly and refund any costs after you return home. We accept no responsibility for the suitability of a room partner.
Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs or any other arrangement should be advised at time of booking. Please note that every effort will be made to secure your special request; however, they cannot always be guaranteed.
Italy Standard time is GMT+ 1 (GMT + 2 during Summer Daylight Saving Time)
Our small group tours provide you with a good balance of group activity and personal discovery.
We generally use modern deluxe minibuses for tours. We also walk where and when it’s suitable.
Water & Beverages:
Our hotels offer bottled water and bottled water is provided whilst touring in minibus. Some alcoholic beverages are included in the cost of this tour.
Day 1: Thursday 10th September 2020: Arrive Rome: (D)
Ciao e Benvenuto, hello and welcome to Roma. You will be met by your tour director and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have free time to explore Rome at your leisure. Later this evening we meet in the hotel lobby for and introduction and tour briefing before departing for our ‘Welcome Dinner’.
Day 2: Friday 11th September 2020: Rome: (B
This morning we have a fabulous Foodie tour of Testaccio. Following the tour there is free time but if you wish to see more of Rome we offer you these optional extra tours (please inform us at time of booking if you wish to book one) Tour of Borghese gardens and gallery, Tour of Knights of Malta keyhole or Tour of the Colosseum. Free afternoon – return to hotel. This evening we off to enjoy a wonderful cooking class where we cook two of Rome’s classic pasta dishes that will be served with salads and paired with wine. It really is delicious cuisine.
Day 3: Saturday 12th September 2020: Rome: (B
Today we explore the colourful Campo de Fiori market, checking out all the fabulous fresh produce. Its then a short walk to sample Rome’s best coffee. We continue our walk to Piazza Navona then onto the Pantheon. Lunch today is at one another of my favourite restaurants close by the Pantheon This afternoon is at your leisure. Foodie tour of Trastevere. It is a funky, bohemian area that clings to its centuries-old, working-class roots. It's known for traditional and innovative trattorias, craft beer pubs and artisan shops, as well as simple B&Bs and budget hotels. From the pre-dinner passeggiata (promenade) until late, a young crowd buzzes around Piazza di San Calisto and Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, the site of a gilded, mosaic-filled church.
Day 4: Sunday 13th September 2020: Rome – Orvieto – Cortona: (B
This morning we depart Rome and head to the beautiful city of Cortona in Tuscany. We stop for lunch in Orvieto town. We then continue onto Cortona. Free evening.
Day 5: Monday 14th September 2020: Cortona: (B
Wake up in picturesque Tuscany, you may have been dreaming to do this all your life. After breakfast enjoy a walking tour to discover Cortona. Meet the locals and shop. This a free afternoon free for you or you may wish to join your host and walk to Bramasole (under the Tuscan Sun author’s home) Later it’s time for Aperativo in Piazza della republica followed by dinner at a wonderful restaurant.
Day 6: Tuesday 15th September 2020: Cortona – Pienza – Cortona: (B
We depart Cortona this morning for a very special cooking class. We will enjoy lunch as part of it. This afternoon we return to Cortona. Free evening at your leisure.
Day 7: Wednesday 16th September 2020: Cortona – Montepulciano – Montalcino – Cortona: (B
Today we embark for day trip to the Tuscan medieval hill town of Montepulciano visit artisan copper making workshop. We then drive onto Montalcino and Lunch and wine tastings.
Day 8: Thursday 17th September 2020: Cortona – Siena: (B
We check out of our hotel this morning and drive to city of Siena. It is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings, the fan-shaped central square that is Piazza del Campo and the site of the Palazzo Pubblico, the Gothic town hall. One of the other main highlights is the Duomo of Siena. There are so many artistic highlights in the cathedral to list here, but they include numerous frescos, paintings and sculptures by excellent artists from both Gothic and Renaissance periods, such as Donatello, Ghiberti, Pinturicchio, but the most famous masterpiece of Duomo is the inlaid floor realized with coloured marble mosaics covering the whole floor of the church. It is beautiful. Our walking tour around Siena we’ll have the opportunity to purchase local Panforte. Enjoy a free afternoon before we all meet again for an Aperetivo. Free evening or attend the theatre in Siena.
Day 9: Friday 18th September 2020: Siena: (B
It’s an early start as we head out for another fabulous cooking class that will also provide us with lunch. This afternoon is at your leisure and we will rendezvous later for our farewell dinner.
Day 10: Saturday 19th September 2020: (B
Sadly, its time to say farewell to everyone and thank you for sharing the passion in our journey on our Foodie tour of Italy.
Some guests may wish to stay in Siena or continue their journey in Italy. BT&T is able to assist with any further travel arrangements.