Travel to Florence, Italy with Dr. Clinton Lee

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Known for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture, Florence Italy has many wonders to offer, but when you go on this private tour with Dr. Lee, one of the highlights is visiting the beautiful vineyards.

Dr. Clinton Lee

Dr. Clinton Lee is a Wine & Etiquette Master and social media personality. He rose to popularity on TikTok making wine & etiquette videos that shared with the masses what it is like to be a gentleman. On top of that, not only can Dr. Lee show you a good time during dinner and the proper manners, he’s also been a wine educator for 10 years. Travelling with Dr. Lee will offer no shortage of culture, wine tastings and learning a lot of life moments.

Itinerary Overview

7 days, 6 nights in Florence, Montepulciano & Chanti Italy with Dr. Clinton Lee leading your tour

Activities Included

  • Tour of Florence
  • Tour of Lari
  • Winery tours in Pienza and Montepulciano
  • Tour of Chianti and 4 wineries
  • Tours of San Gimignano & Siena

Other Inclusions

  • Double occupancy in 4-star hotels
  • Local Guide throughout the trip 
  • All city transfers by private, air conditioned coach with drive/guide
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per itinerary
  • Arrival/Meet & Greet guide assistance

Cost

$3,995.00

Dates of Travel

May 7-13, 2023

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Food and alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers  
  • Tips for guides
  • Optional Tours

Bonus: Get 2 FREE Online Courses

Everyone who purchases a trip through APWASI will also receive 2 complimentary online courses upon payment.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Florence

This morning, the Group Leader and Tour Manager depart for the Rome Airport to meet the group. 

Upon arrival your escort will warmly greet you this morning and welcome you to Italy.

Transfer to your hotel in Florence and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

This evening, meet for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant (3 course set menu including 1 glass of wine, 1 small bottle of water and coffee/tea per person). 

Day 2

Day in Lari

After breakfast, head to Lari, a lesser-known Tuscan town located within castle walls. Its biggest draw is Europe’s smallest pasta factory, situated in its center. It is so tiny, in fact, that if you blink you might miss it. Though mini, the Famiglia Martelli has been proudly making their pasta there since 1926. The Martellis warmly welcome visitors for a tour. 

The walk-through gives insight into the art of making pasta, the original way. The process is a long one, as the semolina pasta is still made by hand and hung to dry. At the end of the tour it is possible to taste the difference in their artisanal approach to one of Italy’s staple ingredients.

Next, stop at a local restaurant and enjoy a Pasta Lunch (2-course set lunch). 

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Florence to explore on your own. 

Day 3

Day in Florence

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then meet your guide and depart for your morning walking tour of Florence and see some of the most important sites of the old town: The Duomo Complex is considered one of the best examples of architecture to be admired in the world; the Palazzo Vecchio incorporates in its facade some of the most distinctive elements of Renaissance buildings; the Ponte Vecchio and its famous jewelry shops.

Continue on to the Galleria dell’Accademia Museum for a guided tour and view the masterpiece that is the Statue of David. 
Next, visit the Uffizi Gallery, commissioned in 1580 by Cosimo de’ Medici I, which originally housed government offices. Today, the building is one of the most famous musuems in the world. With works by revered artists like Giotto, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Rubens, vistors can be swept away by the sheer beauty displayed in its three wings.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Florence to explore on your own. 

Day 4

Day in Pienza & Montepulciano

After breakfast board your coach with your guide for a tour to the nearby town of Pienza. The area is noted not only for its architecture, but for its regional specialities. With award-winning Pecorino producers, today’s tasting will be a treat. Neighbouring Montepulciano offers one of the most sought-after wines: the Vino Nobile.

Continue to Montepulciano and stop in Montalcino along the way for a rest stop. Medieval Montepulciano and its “vino nobile” is ensconced in the reveries that slowly give way to the surrounding Tuscan countryside over which it reigns supreme.

Rising above the undulating hills and the other glorious vineal varieties the region proffers, the wine made on the tuff mountain has always been regarded as a drink destined for nobles.  Just below the city’s soil lie a series of wine cellars with cathedral-like vaulted ceilings chisled into the rock over centuries.  

Descend into the cool, semidarkness while the scents of wood, earth, and fruit envelope you during your visit to the historic heart of what lends this unique place its heritage. 

Day 5

Full Day Chianti Wine Tour

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then depart for your full day wine tour. With its iconic round bottle, Chianti is more than a fabulous wine, it is in itself a marvelous region within Tuscany. 

With its iconic round bottle, Chianti is more than a fabulous wine, it is a marvelous Tuscan region. We will enjoy the winding, country roads lined with cypresses passing by the vineyards in the rolling hills, and stop for a tasting at a wine cellar to try the Vin Santo, a dessert wine paired with delicious cantucci cookies. Enjoy a light lunch with a wine tasting. 

Day 6

Day in San Gimignano & Siena

After breakfast, depart with your guide to discover the beauties of Siena and San Gimignano. The journey begins in San Gimignano, famed for its medieval skyscrapers, high walls and narrow streets that typify most people’s image of a Tuscan hill town. San Gimignano is unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses, which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls, form an unforgettable skyline. 

In Siena, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of this compact city that will let you discover also Piazza del Campo, the main central square where the famous Palio horse race takes place every year, as well as exploring quieter backstreets and learning everything about the Contrade, the 17 medieval city districts that compete against each other in the Palio. Head to a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious Farewell Dinner (3 course set menu). After, return to your hotel.

Day 7

Departure (optional transfer to the airport)