Essential Siena

Tuscan Wine Tour in Siena

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At a glance

Region: Tuscany
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3 Days
Guide Price: from £336 to £1117 per person
Number of Meals: 2 breakfast + 1 winery lunch (3 days)
3 breakfasts + 1 winery lunch + 1 dinner (4 days)
Number of Winery Visits: 2 wineries + 1 tasting session (3 days)
4 wineries + 1 tasting session (4 days)
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 9 (3 days)
Approximately 16 (4 days)
Tour Transport: Full day transported tour ( 3 days)
1 Full and 1 half day transported tours (4 days)
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year, except from 30th June to 2nd July and from 14th to 16th August.

Trip Summary

For those looking for a mid-week or weekend wine tour with a good introduction to the various tastes and styles of Tuscan wines available, this may be the answer. Based in the gorgeous city of Siena, you will have the chance to stay in a UNESCO World Heritage location, and experience a true taste of the Italian “dolce vita”. Your trip will start on the first afternoon with a tutored tasting session of three different Tuscan wines in a quaint cantina, located within walking distance of your hotel. The tasting will be accompanied by a selection of local cheeses.

On day two, you will be met in the morning by a private chauffeured vehicle, which will accompany you throughout your day of discovery of the renowned Chianti vineyards. Your first stop will be in the medieval walled town of San Gimignano; set on a hill overlooking the Val d’Elsa Valley, this UNESCO World Heritage site is well worth a visit. You’ll have around an hours’ free time to explore the town independently, taking in the Medieval architecture around the Piazza della Cisterna, and perhaps stopping for a morning coffee break in one of the many squares, as you watch the world go by!

After some sightseeing, you will certainly be ready for some wine, and we will take you to visit a Chianti producer, where you will be welcomed as the guests of the estate for a full tour of the winery, discovering the wine-making process from press to bottle. Following the tour, you will delight in a traditional lunch, accompanied by a selection of the estate’s wines; a true highlight of your day! Here, you will taste examples of dishes that have made Tuscany such a well-loved gastronomic capital. After such an enjoyable morning, you will then be taken to a second Chianti estate, where the passionate and knowledgeable staff will offer a tour of the winery, and of course this will be followed with a comprehensive wine tasting of the estate’s wines. You will be taken back to Siena at the end of the day.

If you opt for the four day break, then on day three your driver will return to accompany you on a second full day tour, this time focusing on Montepulciano, where Rosso and Nobile di Montepulciano are produced. During the course of the morning you will be taken to visit two estates in the area, and at each you will enjoy a full tour learning about the specifics of Montepulciano wine production, tasting a selection of wines at each estate, before being taken back to Siena. The afternoon will then be free to explore Siena independently; the Cathedral is absolutely astonishing and the Palazzo Pubblico as well as the Torre del Mangia on the main square, Piazza del Campo, are must-sees.

In the evening, a three course dinner paired with wines will be served in an authentic Tuscan restaurant of the city centre.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in Siena, check into your preferred room grade at the Hotel Athena, ideally located in the centre of the city.
  • Enjoy an early evening tutored tasting session of three local wines with cheeses.
  • In your travel pack there will be a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants. We would be pleased to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, you will be met at your hotel by a private chauffeured vehicle for a full day Chianti tour. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Free time to explore the UNESCO classified medieval hillside town of San Gimignano.
  • Tours and tastings at two Chianti wineries, with a traditional Tuscan lunch served at one of the estates.
  • You will be taken back to Siena at the end of the tour.

Day Three (Optional)

  • After breakfast, your driver will return for a second half day transported tour. Your morning tour will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at two Montepulciano wineries.
  • Your afternoon will be free to explore the lovely city of Siena and its historic centre classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • In the evening, a three course dinner will be served in a premium city centre restaurant, accompanied by local wines.

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

 

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.

Accommodation

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Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

  • All prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • A £35 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
  • Please note that the Italian hotels charge a city tax which is payable locally at check-out (2.5€ per person per night).
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Hotel Athena - Siena Economy 4* 3 Days £626 Book Now
Hotel Athena - Siena Economy 4* 4 Days £976 Book Now
Hotel Athena - Siena Standard Room 4* 3 Days £638 Book Now
Hotel Athena - Siena Standard Room 4* 4 Days £994 Book Now
Hotel Athena - Siena Superior Room 4* 3 Days £661 Book Now
Hotel Athena - Siena Superior Room 4* 4 Days £1029 Book Now
Hotel Athena - Siena Deluxe Room 4* 3 Days £684 Book Now
Hotel Athena - Siena Deluxe Room 4* 4 Days £1064 Book Now
Hotel Athena - Siena Executive Room 4* 3 Days £720 Book Now
Hotel Athena - Siena Executive Room 4* 4 Days £1117 Book Now

Special Offers

Bring friends and spend less!

A discount of £165 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on the three day break. A larger discount of £245 per person applies for the four day break.

Low season discounts:

If you are travelling between the below dates, the following discounts apply across all room grades at the Hotel Athena:

12th Nov – 28th Dec (excluding 8th/9th)/ 7th Jan – 29th Mar (excluding 2nd/3rd Mar): £90 per person on the 3 day break, or £135 per person on the 4 day break

1st – 11th Nov/ 8th & 9th Dec: £80 per person on the 3 day break, or £115 per person on the 4 day break

1st – 6th Jan/ 2nd & 3rd March/ 2nd – 20th April: £60 per person on the 3 day break, or £90 per person on the 4 day break

3rd July – 13th Aug/ 17th Aug – 7th Sept/ 14th – 31st Oct: £45 per person on the 3 day break, or £65 per person on the 4 day break

29th & 31st Dec/ 21st April – 29th June: £10 per person on the 3 day break, or £15 per person on the 4 day break

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Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of Italy! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! An extra night’s bed and breakfast costs £80 per person in an Economy room, £86 per person in a Standard room, £96 per person in Superior room, £107 per person in a Deluxe room and £123 per person in an Executive room.
  • Spend a night in Florence. It takes just over an hour to get to Florence from Siena by train and many of our guests like to spend a night or two experiencing the delights of this beautiful town. Why not book one of our Essential breaks in the city?
  • Cinque Terre Tour £65 per person: In this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, earth and sea blend to create a unique landscape. The area consists of eighteen kilometres of rocky coasts with caves, beaches, paths and breathtaking views. This transported day tour will take you through the Cinque Terre National Park by train and you will also visit Manarola, a tiny urban jewel characterized by Genoese style ‘case­torri’; Vernazza, overlooked by the remains of a Medieval castle with a cylindrical tower; Riomaggiore dating back to the 13th Century, famous for its wine and its traditional narrow streets and Monterosso, known as the ‘pearl of Cinque Terre’, an ancient fishing village with lovely beaches and lush vegetation. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to taste the local ‘Limoncino ligure’ in a quaint wine shop and there will be free time for a swim or a walk around the village.
  • Stay at a Chianti winery (prices from) £75 per person per night: Castello di Fonterutoli has been the heart and soul of the Marchesi Mazzei history and wine-production for nearly 600 years. Owned by the family since 1435, the estate still retains its original form, that of a tranquil country hamlet, surrounded by 650 hectares of wood, vineyards and olive groves. A cluster of houses, the church of San Miniato and the villa, built at the end of the 1500s, tell the story of a family deeply rooted in Tuscan tradition. This is a unique place, where past and present unite and where guests discover the real Tuscany amidst an untouched and breathtaking landscape.
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Further Information

Travel to your wine tour in Siena

Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please contact us for further information.

About Essential Breaks

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Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

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