Tuscan Villa Holiday2022-06-27T15:59:14-04:00

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Tuscan Villa Holiday

13 Day Tour

Tuscan Villa Holiday

September 23 – October 5, 2022

If you’ve ever dreamed about staying in a private villa in Tuscany it’s time to turn your dream into reality.

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If you’ve ever dreamed about staying in a private villa in Tuscany it’s time to turn your dream into reality. Join us for a wonderful 12 nights in Italy with 8 nights in our own private villa surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. BEadventurous as we enjoy outings to nearby Panzano and visits to several Chianti hill towns including San Gimignano, Siena and beautiful Cortona, made popular by the filming of “Under the Tuscan Sun”. BErelaxed at the villa and enjoy the spectacular countryside and private pool during leisurely days. BEfulfilled with the culinary delights of local chefs, cooking demonstrations and wine pairing. BEspontaneous in the local markets and shops and BEeducated as you immerse yourself in the history of Ancient Rome and Renaissance Florence.

Located in the beautiful and serene countryside near Panzano in Chianti, the heart of Tuscany, our villa is exactly halfway between Florence and Siena. Immersed in a natural setting of vineyards and olive groves, this rural retreat offers lovely and comfortable apartments, large gardens, a swimming pool, barbecue as well as wonderful views of the Tuscan countryside. The farmhouse villa is divided into apartments which are tastefully decorated in a lovely combination of original antique and rustic Tuscan styles complete with stone walls and wooden beams. Each unit is uniquely furnished with all offering comfort and a peaceful place to stay.

Gather your girlfriends and choose to book a private apartment or travel solo and join like-minded women for this villa holiday through the enchanting hillside towns of Tuscany.


Please note that an average/moderate level of fitness is required to enjoy the various activities of this tour. Trip activities include walking, sometimes on uneven ground, climbing stairs and getting on and off buses etc. Comfortable accommodations in the 13th century farmhouse are located on the 1st and 2nd floors and most units have some stairs to climb. As a courtesy to fellow travellers all Broad Escape tours are considered non-smoking in that smoking will not be permitted during group activities or on board the bus. For your own safety as well as the safety of other passengers and the communities that we visit, we require that all travellers in this journey are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to departure.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Coach and Van transportation as per the itinerary
  • Airport transfers based on group arrival/departure
  • 3 nights superior 4-star accommodation Rome
  • 8 nights villa accommodation at Il Palagio Villa
  • 1 night superior 4-star accommodation Florence
  • Breakfast daily
  • 9 dinners (including a glass of wine)
  • 2 lunches (1local restaurant, 1 cooking class)
  • Welcome basket of food & wine in each apartment
  • Guided tours of Rome, Cortona, Panzano, Chianti Hills, Lucca, Pisa, Siena
  • ½ day visit to San Gimignano
  • Guided tour of Il Palagio Organic Vineyard & olive grove with wine tasting & local cheese
  • Visits and Admissions – Colosseum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica
  • Service of a Broad Escapes Tour Manager throughout
  • All applicable taxes and service charges as of this booking date
  • 24-hour Ellison Travel & Tours Ltd. Emergency Contact Number while on tour

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Insurance has not been included as part of your tour package. We strongly recommend that all travellers ensure they have adequate Travel Insurance. These products, including Cancellation and Medical coverage, can be purchased through our office at time of deposit.
  • International airfare – inquire with us about group space
  • Passport Photos, government processing fees, vaccinations, COVID tests if required at time of travel
  • Beverages & meals other than mentioned itinerary
  • Hotel Luggage handling
  • Incidentals and items of personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Additional taxes, fuel surcharges or service charges levied by the governments or our suppliers

OPTIONS

  • A designated group flight will be available from Toronto. We would be pleased to book your flights to meet this tour from Toronto or any other departure gateway.
  • Arrival and departure transfers – for those not arriving & departing on group flights.

Please Note: Proof of medical insurance coverage is mandatory to participate in this tour. Broad Escapes strongly recommends the purchase of Manulife Insurance coverage for Cancellation and Interruption Insurance, and Comprehensive Assistance, Health Coverage, Individual Accident Coverage and Baggage and Personal Effects Insurance. Contact your agent for rates and complete details.

DAY 1 | Friday, September 23 – D
ARRIVE  ROME
Welcome to Rome, Italy, the showcase of civilization! Upon arrival meet our private group transfer and check in to our centrally located hotel. In the afternoon enjoy an orientation stroll through the streets and surrounding neighbourhood. Gather in the evening for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

This is a land only tour but Broad Escapes will designate group air from Toronto. Group transfers will be included for those arriving on the designated group flight. Flights from all gateways can be arranged through Broad Escapes and personal transfers can be arranged (additional cost).

Overnight Rome – Hotel Quirinale (or similar) – 3nights

DAY 2 | Saturday, September 24 – B/D
ROME – FULL DAY
Experience this magnificent city with a half day guided excursion to the Vatican Museums. Originally a group of papal palaces, they contain a truly awe inspiring and diverse collection of artwork, highlights of which are the Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica the richest and grandest church in the world. Built on the site of St. Peter’s crucifixion and over his tomb, it is the epicenter of the Catholic Church and the burial place of many popes.

DAY 3 | Sunday, September 25 – B
ROME – FULL DAY
Today we have another full day in this fascinating city with a half day guided excursion of Ancient Rome and the Colosseum, Rome’s most recognizable building. Commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in AD 72, the Colosseum is a classic example of Roman engineering and the largest amphitheater built by the Roman Empire. After the tour, enjoy an afternoon exploring the sites of Rome with your Broad Escapes leader or simply relax in an outdoor café with a cappuccino. Your afternoon and evening at leisure for personal exploration.

DAY 4 | Monday, September 26 – B/D
ROME – CORTONA – IL PALAGIO VILLA
Say farewell to Rome and depart for our private villa in Panzano. On our way enjoy time in Cortona with a short walking tour. Beautiful on its own but made popular by movies such as ‘Life is Beautiful’ and ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, this walled town sits on a hillside and hosts stunning views of the fertile land below. Here we will discover the piazzas and the many majestic buildings of this Etruscan town. Continue to our final destination II Palagio Villa, our home for the next 8 nights. Expect a warm welcome from the villa owners and staff and a wonderful dinner, including local wines, in the comfort of our villa.

Overnight Panzano – Villa Il Palagiao – 8 nights
Villa Il Palagio is located within walking distance to the town of Panzano in Chianti, in the heart of Tuscany and is halfway between Florence and Siena. Immersed in its natural settings made of vineyards and olive groves, the villa offers five lovely and comfortable apartments, large gardens, a swimming pool, barbecue as well as a wonderful view of the Tuscan countryside. This rural retreat has been renovated but maintains the original stone walls, ceilings, and wooden beams. Its rustic Tuscan style combines functionality and comfort with authentic beauty. Each apartment is uniquely furnished, some with balconies, others with terraces or garden areas. Since it’s a farmhouse, some apartments are on the main floor and others on the second floor. Some are larger than others, but all have a nice living room, a well-equipped kitchen, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms with showers and all have the unique characteristics of a traditional Tuscan Farmhouse. The villa has a lovely community room where breakfasts and group dinners will be served.

DAY 5 | Tuesday, September 27 – B/L/D
IL PALAGIO – PANZANO – CHIANTI HILLS
After breakfast depart with our English-speaking local guide for a day of discovery in Panzano and the surrounding Chianti Hills. Visit churches with beautiful artistic treasures, the medieval castle of Panzano and spectacular villages with hidden treasures in this stunning Tuscan countryside. After a memorable day return to the villa for a relaxing dinner and evening at leisure.

DAY 6 | Wednesday, September 28 – B/L
IL PALAGIO VILLA
Enjoy the morning at leisure at the villa. Later, partake in a private cooking class with a local chef who will teach the secrets of Tuscan and Chianti cuisine. Afterwards enjoy the delightful dishes for lunch accompanied by Chianti wines, oil, and honey from the Il Palagio Estate. The afternoon and evening are at leisure at the villa or stroll into town and visit the shops in the piazza.

DAY 7 | Thursday, September 29 – B/D
DAY VISIT TO SIENA
After breakfast meet our English-speaking local guide and board our private coach for a full day guided excursion to Siena. This charming town and UNESCO world heritage site is famous for its medieval cityscape, its museums, its cuisine and “The Palio”, a horse race which is run right through the middle of town twice a year. Here you will enjoy a guided walking tour and then have the remainder of the day at leisure to meander through the shops, the outdoor market (Wednesdays only) and sites of Siena or relax in an outdoor café and watch the world go by. Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant before returning to our villa.

DAY 8 | Friday, September 30 – B/D
IL PALAGIO VILLA
Today we have a fantastic day planned for you at the villa. We begin a half day tour of the Il Palagio organic vineyard and olive grove complete with wine tasting and local cheeses. Learn the process of how they create their award-winning organic estate wines in the Chianti Classico world of wine. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Conclude the day with a group dinner, including local wines, served in the comfort of the villa.

DAY 9 | Saturday, October 1 – B/D
IL PALAGIO VILLA  – LUCCA – PISA
Meet our English-speaking local guide and board our private coach for a full day excursion to Lucca and Pisa. Our first stop is to the charming and quaint walled city of Lucca. It is here that Julius Caesar and his partners Crassus and Pompey formed the First triumvirate to rule Rome in the first century BCE, and it is also here that the great composer, Giacomo Puccini was born. Enjoy free time admiring this impressive town before continuing in the afternoon to Pisa to see the famous “Leaning Tower”. Although it was designed to be perfectly vertical, it started to lean during construction and is considered one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe. Return to the villa for dinner.

DAY 10 | Sunday, October 2  – B
IL PALAGIO VILLA
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast served at the villa. Today is a day of exploration in and around the villa. It is also market day in Panzano (08h00 – 18h00) complete with locally-grown organic food, local products, art and crafts. You’ll want to spend some of your day with the locals in this quaint hillside village. For those who are energetic, hike to Greve or rent a bike and cycle along the countryside. Or simply sit by the pool and enjoy a good book. The day is yours to explore!

DAY 11 | Monday, October 3  – B/D
SAN GIMIGNANO
Board our private coach for a half day visit to the hill town of San Gimignano, home to 14 medieval towers. Enjoy the town sites, with time for lunch (at own expense), or sip a glass of the famous light and fruity Vernaccia di San Gimignano white wine in an outdoor café. Return to the villa for leisure time to rest, relax and freshen up for dinner. Tonight, we have our final villa dinner. Enjoy the culinary delights prepared and illustrated by a local gourmet chef.

DAY 12 | Tuesday, October 4 – B/D
IL PALAGIO VILLA – TO FLORENCE
This morning we say farewell to the villa and board our private coach to depart for the renaissance city of Florence. Upon arrival at our hotel, store luggage, and the remainder of the day will be at leisure for personal exploration. Choose to visit the sites or the famous museums, Uffizi or Accademia (advance reservations recommended for both), shop for leather in San Lorenzo Market or simply sit in in one of Florence’s many outdoor cafés. (Florentine shopping hours: daily 9:30am to noon or 1:00pm and 3:00pm or 3:30pm to 7:30pm, though many shops are staying open over that mid-afternoon “riposo”). Tonight, enjoy our farewell dinner at a local restaurant and reminisce with fellow BE travellers about the fabulous memories shared in Italy!

Overnight Florence – Hotel Pierre (or similar) – 1 night

DAY 13 | Wednesday, October 5 – B
DEPART FLORENCE
It’s time to bid farewell to Italy, with a private group transfer to the Florence Airport.

Departure from hotel will connect with the designated group flight, with check-in 3 hours prior. Those flying at a similar time as the designated group flight are welcome to transfer to the airport with the group. Arrangements for those departing at a different date/time can be arranged at an additional cost.

B – Breakfast / L – Lunch / D – Dinner
denotes meals included in tour cost

Please note that an average/moderate level of fitness is required to enjoy the various activities of this tour. Trip activities include walking, sometimes on uneven ground, climbing stairs and getting on and off buses etc. Comfortable accommodations in the 13th century farmhouse are located on the 1st and 2nd floors and most units have some stairs to climb. As a courtesy to fellow travellers all Broad Escape tours are considered non-smoking in that smoking will not be permitted during group activities or on board the bus. For your own safety as well as the safety of other passengers and the communities that we visit, we require that all travellers in this journey are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to departure.

**While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the tour. Due to traffic or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations. Broad Escapes reserves the right to change the itinerary when deemed necessary.**

$5,050 CAD
twin classic occupancy

$5,350 CAD
twin deluxe occupancy

Based on a minimum
12/maximum 15 passengers
Single Supplement $1,000 CAD
Deposit $700.00 & insurance due: at time of booking
Balance due: June 23, 2022

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (as accepted in Canada) is required at least 2 weeks prior to travel. If this can not be provided, full cancellation penalties will apply. Passengers will be asked to sign our ‘Commitment to Health’ form and comply with all health & safety protocols for the safety of our passengers as well as individuals in the communities we visit.

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