Harvest Italia 2014

Dates: Tuesday, October 28 through Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Tour Outline

• Small tour group, limited to 6 – This intimate group size will allow us to move more freely and experience the Tuscan region in a more authentic way. Most tour groups are much larger and restrict accessibility.
• Seven nights accommodation at an agriturismo – featuring private, beautifully appointed one, two and three bedroom apartments furnished in updated Tuscan country-style furnishings, complete with dining room, kitchen, private bathroom and terrace. (Taxes and service charges are included.)
• Gourmet Italian buffet breakfast served each morning in the central dining room of the main house at the agriturismo.
• Light lunch provided on day of arrival at the agriturissmo.
• Lovely welcome dinner at agriturissmo featuring typical Tuscan cuisine and local wines, plus two other dinners served onsite during the week. (see Itinerary for additional details)
• Olive picking at Casa Falcioni (full day and ½) – The centerpiece of Harvest Italia includes collecting olives by hand in the heart of Tuscany on the breathtaking 10-acre Casa Falcioni olive farm in Cavriglia, a close distance from the agriturismo.
• Two lunches during both olive picking days at Casa Falcioni featuring typical Tuscan fare such as pasta, bread, affetatti (i.e. cold cuts, cheese, sausages, etc.), and local wine.
• Guided tour of local olive oil pressing facility to see self-picked olives turned into olive oil
• One hands-on cooking class including dinner ­­ Guests will learn to cook a traditional Tuscan-style dish with an Italian chef in an informal and friendly environment that will emphasize seasonal ingredients and olive oil, culminating in an authentic style harvest dinner shared by guests; cantucci (traditional Tuscan style biscotti) desert to be made by each guest.
• Transport to sightseeing in major provinces (regions) within Tuscany – Valdarno, Chianti, Firezne, Casentino and Arezzo, and the surrounding towns including: Cavriglia, Montevarchi, Arezzo, Cortona, LaVerna, Sansepolcro, Radda in Chianti, Subbiano, Firenze, and others.
• All meals listed in the itinerary.
• Transport to local restaurants for lunches and dinners in the afore-mentioned regions, including reservations, for meals not included in itinerary. (meal prices not included)
• Roundtrip transport to the historic center (centro storico) of Florence (one full day) - We will provide a suggested itinerary so that you can explore the city on your own. Mainly closed to commercial traffic, this is a compact city easily explored by foot. Restaurant suggestions from local Florentines will also be provided to insure an authentic dining experience.
• A guided cellar tour and wine tasting at Poggio del Chianti winery in Cavriglia, in the heart of Tuscany, will allow guests to savor the Chianti wine which this region of Tuscany is noted for worldwide. (Visits to other local wineries may also be added to the itinerary.)
• Guided excursions to local markets and antique fairs listed in the itinerary.
• Full time services of English-speaking friendly tour specialist who, along with the local Italian travel professionals, will help guests cultivate an authentic experience of Tuscany during the harvest/autumnal season.
• All ground transport – Group transportation will be provided in a comfortable minibus with a local and experienced transportation guide to the locales listed in the Itinerary.
• Information packet with local restaurant, sightseeing information and helpful travel tips.

Please contact Spirit of Italy Tours for current pricing information

NOTE: Pricing does not include:
• Airfare
• Airport departure taxes, if applicable
• Personal expenses, meals and sightseeing not included in the itinerary
• Gratuities for driver (suggested, not mandatory)

NOTE: This tour outline is tentative. There may be some changes made to the itinerary based on weather (for example, it is not possible to pick olives in the rain), and to take advantage of local recommendations and events we hear about closer to the dates of travel that would make the tour even more spectacular!