Tim Talks Wine
Tuscany Spring Edition

Montalcino, Siena, Montepulciano, Chianti
April 13 - 20, 2024
7 Nights
Starting at $6,871 /person
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1 Home base
4 Destinations
Light
Activity level
Home
Service level
Group size : 10
1 Home base
4 Destinations
Group size : 10

Tuscany is like a great bottle of wine; lovingly created and carefully aged. The longer you spend contemplating its rich hues, the better it gets. It is fitting that this region’s undulating hills house some of Italy’s best known appellations, including Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, as well as Vernaccia di san Gimignano and Carmignano. Join Orlando's top Wine specialist Tim Varan as he hosts our wine-centric journey. Far from being a five-minute tasting at a roadside wine bar, it is an immersive experience into the region’s fabric and history, discovering some of Tim's favorite wine estates, small and larger. Food, naturally, is a big part of the wine tasting culture here, so expect a true feast of the senses along the way!

What is Included

Nights
7 nights at a luxury Tuscan property
Meals
7 traditional breakfasts

5 lunches (4 at wineries and 1 with our cooking class)

6 dinners (4 at the villa and 2 off-site) with wines

Activities
10+ Exclusive and Private wine tastings

1 Truffle hunting experience

1 cooking class (with lunch)

2-hour private walking tour of Siena

1 60-minute massage

And More
Services of two journey hosts 24/7

Luxury air-conditioned transportation throughout

Private airport transfers (from/to Rome)

All taxes

Highlights

Traditional and home-style culinary experiences

One recurring theme on our villa-centric journeys is the authenticity of our experiences and the warmth of the friendships it contributes to creating. Be it at a local trattoria or at home with our chef and his local counterparts. Take part in the making of pasta, tiramisu or just enjoy watching our chef do his magic, prosecco on hand.

And the wines, oh the wines!

Let's admit it, this has to be one of the main reasons for journey-ing to Tuscany and tour incredible wine regions, not the least being Chianti, Montepulciano and Brunello. We will certainly make sure to introduce you to some of these fine producers by picking small and less known estates which we have established great relations with, all offering true Italian hospitality (and incredible wines) along the way

Culture and history without excess

Discovering Italy also means understanding the local culture and the country's history. Both are quite essential components of the food and wine traditions as well when you think about it. Yet, we also know that too much of it can be..well, too much of it. So we have created a balanced itinerary, inviting you to discover, without excess, Tuscany's traditions, culture and history through the eyes of our local historian-guides.

So much is included

As for many of our journeys, we have taken some of the worries related to planning and budgeting out, so you may fully enjoy your experience. To that effect, all our tours and experiences as listed on the itinerary are included, as well as most meals, while leaving room for a romantic outing or two. All you have to do now is just show up and let yourself be pampered without worrying about breaking the bank once there.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
Welcome to Tuscany

Day 1- Welcome to Tuscany

Day 1 : Welcome to Tuscany

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Upon landing in Rome, our team will swiftly transfer you to our charming villa in Montalcino. As you leave the city behind, enjoy a scenic drive through the enchanting landscapes of Tuscany. Your villa, nestled in the heart of the Montalcino wine region, offers tranquility and stunning views. Get ready to immerse yourself in the rich history and vineyard-dotted beauty of this Tuscan gem. Tonight, we hold our welcoming dinner at the villa, paired with wines carefully selected by Tim. Benvenuti!

Wines of Montalcino

Day 2- Wines of Montalcino

Day 2 : Wines of Montalcino

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Today marks the beginning of your wine adventure, and we have a special treat in store. You'll be spending the day exploring this enchanting region in the company of Tim. He will personally guide you through some of his favorite wineries, sharing not only the art of winemaking but also the stories of the estate. Prepare for a day filled with unparalleled insights, delightful tastings, and the scenic beauty of Montalcino. Tim's connections promises to elevate your experience, making it an immersive journey into the heart and soul of this renowned wine country. Back at the villa, dinner is served and paired with some of today's gems.

Wines of Montepulciano

Day 3- Wines of Montepulciano

Day 3 : Wines of Montepulciano

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After yet another fantastic breakfast, we head out to explore Siena's charms during a fun 2-hour walking tour of the city, discovering its medieval wonders and cobblestone streets. After some time to walk around on your own, we head out to a nearby winery where we are expected for a delightful lunch. There, tuscan dishes are expertly paired with wines. After what will be a full exciting day, we head back to the villa, where the rest of the day and the evening are at leisure. This is your chance to escape our small group and allow our concierges to book you at one of the local eateries for a night out.

Truffle Hunting & Cooking Class

Day 4- Truffle Hunting & Cooking Class

Day 4 : Truffle Hunting & Cooking Class

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Today promises to deliver yet another series of exciting and authentic experiences. We begin with a morning truffle hunt, followed by a hands-on cooking class where we learn how to best use this famous and expensive fungi. It is followed by lunch paired with wines from one of the regions small producers. Back at the villa mid-afternoon, after the hard work comes the reward: a relaxing massage. We end the day with a dinner at the villa… if you still have space!

Off to Chianti

Day 5- Off to Chianti

Day 5 : Off to Chianti

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Today we dive into Chianti's charm with private visits to some of Tim’s favorite wineries, while relishing delicious local cuisine. Chianti is closer to Florence and thus we will depart early to make sure we enjoy, without rushing, what Tim has in store for us. We have planned for two very different wine tasting experiences, to include lunch. We stick around a little later than usual with dinner out, featuring one of our favorite trattorias of the Chianti region.

Cheating on Tuscany

Day 6- Cheating on Tuscany

Day 6 : Cheating on Tuscany

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Being so close to Tuscany's lesser known (yet not any less impressive) region of Umbria, why not check out what it has to offer? There, Tim invites you to discover some of the region's celebrated wines. Along the way, enjoy the local cuisine, a perfect complement to the fine wines you'll be tasting. The day unfolds as you explore the picturesque landscapes that characterize Umbria, the green heart of Italy. Back at the villa, we enjoy another lovely dinner paired with some of the finds of the day!

Ending with a bang

Day 7- Ending with a bang

Day 7 : Ending with a bang

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This morning, we have set aside some time for you. Enjoy a late morning, or have our hosts arrange for activities in and around the villa (biking, hiking, horse riding, or a casual visit to local hilltop villages). Later in the day, embark on an exploration of another one of Tim’s favorite wineries around Montalcino. The day crescendos with a culinary masterpiece as we indulge in dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Anticipate a feast for the senses, with each dish meticulously crafted to perfection.

Take the opportunity to extend you stay

Day 8- Take the opportunity to extend you stay

Day 8 : Take the opportunity to extend you stay

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This morning, you are transferred to the airport to catch your flight home, or to the nearest train station should you decide to extend beyond Tuscany. Our experts are at your disposal to assist in connecting post-journey plans for a stress and hassle free experience.

Accommodations

Mastrojanni – Montalcino

Italy

Relais Mastrojanni stands at the south-eastern end of the Montalcino area: the enchanting majesty of the Amiata valley offers visitors a unique panorama. Here, nature and the work of man merge in the harmony of vineyards alternating with holm-oak and oak woods, offering a unique view.

The Mastrojanni winery was established in 1975 in the Poderi Loreto and San Pio: ancient lookouts on an important communication route, from the top of...

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Relais Mastrojanni stands at the south-eastern end of the Montalcino area: the enchanting majesty of the Amiata valley offers visitors a unique panorama. Here, nature and the work of man merge in the harmony of vineyards alternating with holm-oak and oak woods, offering a unique view.

The Mastrojanni winery was established in 1975 in the Poderi Loreto and San Pio: ancient lookouts on an important communication route, from the top of the hills they have seen the flow of history from the Etruscans to the Romans; in the Middle Ages Podere San Pio increased its importance, becoming a fortified settlement to protect the important communication routes of the time, the Via Francigena and the famous "Via dei Papi". In 2011, the renovation of Podere San Pio began, a transformation that brought new life to the ancient hamlet in just a few years. After careful restoration of the structure, Relais Mastrojanni offers rooms and suites to its guests, complemented by our restaurant and the charming infinity pool overlooking the Amiata valley.

Here the simple and austere elegance of the ancient walls blend with the modern and linear design inside the rooms; bright rooms, clean lines and soft colours characterise the style of the Relais.

Your Host

Tim Varan
Tim Varan
Wine Educator & guest host

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What is Included

Nights
7 nights at a luxury Tuscan property
Meals
7 traditional breakfasts

5 lunches (4 at wineries and 1 with our cooking class)

6 dinners (4 at the villa and 2 off-site) with wines

Activities
10+ Exclusive and Private wine tastings

1 Truffle hunting experience

1 cooking class (with lunch)

2-hour private walking tour of Siena

1 60-minute massage

And More
Services of two journey hosts 24/7

Luxury air-conditioned transportation throughout

Private airport transfers (from/to Rome)

All taxes

What guests have said

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Richard & Barbara Proctor

The team at Art In Voyage planed and executed another wonderful trip, my wife and I had a wonderful time in Italy and look forward to booking our next trip with Mikael.

September 2019
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Gary Wohlust

Wonderful trip with Art In Voyage. Billed as a food and wine tour through Tuscany but it was much more then that. The villa was fantastic and the view was out of a movie scene. Mikael and Kevin could not have more helpful and they and our group soon became like family. Beautiful country and a great trip.

September 2019
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Important Information

Good to know
All listed experiences are included yet optional in attendance

Our property selection is always subject to change as these are privately owned. In such rare instances, it will be substituted for one of equal or great value offering similar features and amenities.

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

International flight to and from Italy may be arranged through us.

Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ)

Price is based on a double occupancy. We regret single supplements are not available on this journey.

Space is limited to 10 with a maximum capacity of 12 guests
Smallprint

Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges. In such rare instances, Art In Voyage guarantees delivery of the content of the itinerary yet, in a different order.

All listed retreats (hotels, villas, and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. In such rare instances, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

Travel insurance, once purchased, goes into effect upon payment of the premium. You have 15 days from that date to cancel it. Beyond 15 days, it becomes non-refundable/non-cheangeable/non-transferrable.

In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $500 per person administrative fee.

In case of a cancelation within the penalty period: Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $500 per person administrative fee.

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