Siena med Palio's Contrada, San Gimignano og Chianti, dagstur fra Firenze med vin- og matsmaking
Your first visit is the Basilica of San Domenico, a treasure chest of Renaissance dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena. Head inside the Basilica with your guide and admire its highlights. After marveling at the artwork, continue with your guide on a walking tour of the old town until you reach the Cathedral (exterior visit) and then stroll to one of the city's contrada museums.
The museum is dedicated to information about Siena’s famous contrades, and as you browse the exhibits, your guide will talk to you about their origins. Loosely translated as districts, the contrades have individual legacies of traditions and each one boasts their own flag and anthems. Learn of the contrades’ role during Siena’s legendary Palio horse race, and browse the historical documents on display.
After a break in Piazza del Campo for lunch (own expense), you will reach San Gimignano, a small and world famous walled town located on a hilltop, which remained intact through the centuries, renowned for its tall towers, wonderful frescoes and many other valuable works of art: here we will be led until the heart of the historical center, where to have free time at disposal for its fascinating discovery.
In the evening, crossing the gently Chianti rolling hills, you will arrive to a small and typical Winery where, after a short walk in the ancient vineyards, we will visit the suggestive barrique room and taste 4 fantastic wines, sampling also locally produced zero food miles. Finally, we will stop in the picturesque village of Greve in Chianti, to admire its famous main square flanked by arcades and browse through the local artisan shops, to end a memorable experience in the heart of Tuscany.
*Please note that the order of the visits may change.
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Live commentary on board
- Tour escort
- Professional guide in Siena
- Guided visit in Contrada's Museum and Oratorio
- Stop at a typical Winery with tasting of excellent Chianti wines
- Visit of a picturesque Chianti medieval village, famous for its colors and charm
- Interior Visit of Siena Cathedral and the Libreria Piccolomini with skip the line ticket (if option selected)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Entrance fee to Siena Duomo
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- From April 2018 the stop in Monteriggioni will replace the stop in Greve in Chianti. Please take note that the order of the visits may change
- A moderate amount of walking is involved.
- A dress code is required to enter places of worships and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will risk refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements.
- No shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed.
- Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will risk refused entry if you fail to comply with requirements.
Our group was not disappointed with this tour. The guides were outstanding and the pace of the day was quite reasonable.
We took this trip recently while staying in Florence. We enjoyed our trip although we did have a couple of issues which future customers need to note. We have to say our guide Donnatella was helpful on the coach speaking in more than one language and informing us of places en route. Our coach was also comfortable although my husbands seat was broken as was our guides seat. We enjoyed seeing San Gimignano which is very pretty with alovely church we visited there. There are many gifts shops here but it still remains charming. We did have promlems with Sienna though as we had booked an optional visit to the cathedral there which our tour guide seemed to have no knowledge of. She quickly got on her phone and seemed to have a heated conversation with someone when it was pointed out. This didnt give us much confidence in the trip we had pre booked before coming to Italy! When we arrived at Sienna we felt we had to rush to keep up with our guide and if we had not been intent on following her we didnt feel she would have noticed our absence, the whole trip was very rushed with under an hour to get lunch in a busy square, we bought a baguette from a baker knowing we wouldnt have time to order food after the slow experiences we had had before with ordering and paying, all too stressful! The whole experience of Sienna felt very rushed. Donatella was sharpe with us when we asked about our cathedral visit and seemed stressed most of the time. It was now lunchtime and we still had no info about our cathedral visit. The information about the Palio contrada was far too much in depth and other people looked bored with the time spent on it. We were given another guide for this...we asked her about our cathedral visit....she replied...this is a group tour and not a private tour, when we realised we had just 30 mins left to meet Donatella and little time to see the wonderful cathedral. We ended up with about 20 minutes in the cathedral with the guide and wished we had not taken this extra visit, which was really rushed. We then had a whisle stop walking tour back to our coach literally running after Donatella back to the coach, which other guests commented on! The wine tasting was very good and relaxed with a fun host, although beware, the goods are expensive to purchase. All in all too much was squeezed into the trip, communication in this company clearly lacking... we had a nice day which was highlighted by stress, our advice, dont book the cathedral...which was beautiful .
We enjoyed the tour, however, we signed up for the English tour, but they also did French and Spanish which was pretty annoying. I would have given it 5 stars if not for that.
We enjoyed the tour knowing in advance that it’s fast paced (group moves quickly/short visits) no frills (no bottle water, no bathroom on bus, no lunch) and multi language (many languages, much translation time). But you get some great stops in beautiful places with a tour guide that provides some helpful commentary. You get fantastic Tuscan scenery that makes the short drives between stops very interesting and enjoyable. A full day (almost 11 hours) you want to go prepared for!
Made a choice to drop pisa from the itinerary and go for this tour instead. Did not regret it. Wine tasting session was very informative and generous. Opt for the tour of Siena. you do not want to miss out on learning about the town's rich culture and history.
We went on this tour in January and had such a lovely day! The meeting point was very easy to find as it is the main bus stop of the town, and when we got there our tour company was easily signposted. The group was small which made it easy to organise everyone and minimised waiting times. All of the stops were perfect length and allowed us to enjoy free time. The driver even stopped off at the Michelangelo's Square on the way at 8.30 in the morning, allowing us to see some beautiful views as the sun was coming up! The wine tasting ended the day perfectly, trying 3 different wines as well as delicious olive oil, balsamic vinegar and cheese. The only thing I would mention is that we paid for the Siena Cathedral tickets and weren't given these until 10 minutes before the bus was due to leave, giving us very limited time to explore the Cathedral despite asking the driver about this numerous times when we first arrived. The tour guide was great - very enthusiastic and informative.Overall an amazing day! Would definitely recommend and I look forward to going on another tour with them in the future :)
The day in Tuscany at the different towns was beautiful and interesting. We met some great people on board and the guides, especially our local guide in Siena, was terrific. We would highly recommend this tour....great value and different experiences made for a full day.
Overall, it was a good trip. I wish we could have eliminated the castle tour and spent that time in San Gimignano. Otherwise, good tour.
Great trip from Florence to see some nearby cities and great sites! Siena and wine tasting were the highlight!
AMAZING!!! great tour guides especially in Siena! one of the highlights in our italy trip!
Tour was in three languages therefore not in depth. Only surface level history/attraction explanations. The highlight of the trip was the wine tasting. Our time in San Gimignano felt rushed. The city was beautiful, we would have liked to spend more time there. The tour of Siena was all based around it’s horse race.
We got to the first small hilltop town. The bus drops you off but you have lots of stairs and some steeper sidewalks to climb. We only had half an hour to wander and shop which was not nearly enough time. The scenery out over the hills was stunning! Then off to Sienna. 3 hours there which was 2 hours too many. The local guide was terrible!!! She is why I didn't rate it higher. Then off to another tiny hilltop town. Again only half an hour. It was so charming I wanted to spend a couple hours there taking photos and shopping. Very disappointed in the short time there. Then a winery which was very nice. I would not do it again.