Florence | Cortona
Exploring the City of Renaissance
Discover the cities where you can admire the facades of the awe-inspiring basilicas and cathedrals that form its unmistakable skyline, and see the lavish palaces that tell the story of the different periods of the city’s history: from the birthplace of the Renaissance to the capital of Italy.
May – September
8 Days 7 Nights
Group of Friends
The Highlights of the Journey
- Discover the famous icons of Florence city and experience sunset cruise along the Arno river
- Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at the beautiful villa estate in Siena
- Visit Arezzo, one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany
- Meet the chef in his kitchen in Tuscan countryside and learn how to make authentic pasta
**Rates are per person based on USD and 2 people traveling together
Day 1 - 4
Florence, Italy | 3 Nights
Everywhere you turn in Florence, you find extraordinary works of art and architecture, which attract almost 8 million tourists every year—from the Palazzo Vecchio to the world-famous Uffizi Gallery to the Cathedral with its magnificent dome and the tower designed by Giotto. Along the river Arno the Ponte Vecchio, with its jewellery shops is a must for all those who pass through the city, as well as the splendid Boboli gardens across the river.
Upon arrival at Florence, your private airport transfer will transfer you from Florence Airport to your Hotel and enjoy your free time for leisure.
During your time at leisure, you can explore the following sites:
- Mercato Centrale (in the morning)
- Boboli Gardens (picnic)
- Palazzo Pitti
- Piazza del republica
- Uffizi Gallery
- Children museum at Palazzo Vecchio
You can also enjoy the following activity during your stay in Florence:
Full Day Tour in Florence
Once in town, you will have time to explore Piazza dei Miracoli and visit the most famous tower in Italy, the leaning Tower with other beautiful monuments. You will also have the opportunity to admire the impressive artist work in the Cathedral and the Baptistry.
Depart for Private Sunset Arno Boat Tour
Before sunset, we take you to cruise in private and leisure by a traditional Florencian boat down the Arno River or Classic Florence Barchetto, passing by the Uffizi Gallery, admiring Ponte Vencchio from beneath and find out more about the mysterious Vasari Corridor.
Day 4 - 8
Cortona, Italy | 4 Nights
Cortona may become one of your favorite Tuscan hill-towns. Magnificently situated, with olives and vineyards creeping up to its walls, it commands enormous views over Lake Trasimeno and the plain of the Valdichiana. Its two fine galleries and scattering of churches are relatively unvisited, while its delightful medieval streets are a pleasure to wander for their own sake.
From Florence it will take around 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive to Cortona, on the way to Cortona region, you will stop at THE MALL. The brands available at this shopping outlet can be viewed here. This luxury outlet is only 45 minutes away from the center of Florence.
Afterwards, you can continue your way to your hotel in Cortona using provided private transfer.
During your stay in Cortona, enjoy the following activities:
Private Wine Trip to Siena
Siena is probably Italy’s loveliest medieval city. Its heart is the central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. With its narrow streets, a Gothic Duomo, a myriad of early Renaissance art, and the magnificent Palazzo Pubblico overlooking its unique Campo, Siena is also described as the best-preserved medieval city in Italy. After the visit of the city reach one historic wine estate near Siena, where some of Tuscany’s best wines are produced. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch at the beautiful villa estate. After the wine & food experience, your private driver will head to a traditional farmhouse. Here, join the visit of the estate, enjoy a relaxing walk through the green fields and visit the stables, where the kids can spend some time with their favourite animals.
In the afternoon, you will enjoy lunch and wine tasting before visiting Farm vineyard experience.
Full Day Tour in Cortona & Arezzo
Upon arrival in Arezzo, guided visit of the town. Arezzo is one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany, plenty of monuments, churches and museums remaining that offer visitors a chance to step back into history.
Continue to Cortona, you will do en route stop for lunch in a local Trattoria, guided visit upon arrival. Cortona is a small charming town in the Valdichiana. The city, famous location of “under the Tuscan Sun”, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno.
Pasta Cooking Class
There’s nothing like a home-cooked, Italian meal, especially when it’s been prepared with the help of a local chef. Meet the chef in his kitchen in Tuscan countryside and learn how to make pasta. If you want to make authentic Italian food at home, this is the number-one skill to learn.
End of the journey.