From first contact, Carrie's professional, friendly, helpful, and kind demeanor made it clear that we had found the right organization to help us plan our visit to Florence and the surrounding areas. If what you are looking for is the best possible customer service, and the highest quality lodgings, Le Baccanti is the tour company for you. If what you want is access to the best vineyards in Chianti, access to and guided tours of the most relevant local and regional historical sites, and suggestions for the most amazing culinary and wine experiences in Tuscany, Le Baccanti does it all for you and they do it right!!! - Kris and Sylvain Gatineau, QC
Tuscany culinary and wine-focused week available for customization year-round
Spend unforgettable week seeing Florence, Chianti, and San Gimignano
Get in-depth tours in amazing surrounding Tuscan countryside
Three cooking classes with customized menus in MaMa Florence kitchen
Delightful 4-star hotel located in the city center and across from the Arno river
This package is absolutely amazing as we can customize this for you at any time during the year, and accommodate groups of truly and size, from 2 participants and upwards. If you are looking for a package that includes the best that Tuscany has to offer, this is most definitely the solution for you. The weeklong package guarantees a holiday spent with minimal work on your end, and includes private English-speaking guides to lead you through the Tuscan sites, personalized wine tours with luxury transportation just for your group, and pre-booked tickets to allow you to skip the lines and have immediate access to the best Florentine museums.
Your stupendous week in Florence also contains three fun, lively hands-on cooking classes with the possibility of customizing your menus. The cooking lessons will be held at the beautiful MaMa Florence cooking school, and can include participation of like-minded foodies in a sociable atmosphere!
Please note that depending on your starting date, some tours might require an update in the days indicated below. For example, most of the most important museums in Florence are closed on Mondays. You are welcome to email us with any preferences you have and we guarantee that your vacation in Tuscany will exceed all of your expectations!
Please also let us know of any food allergies or preferences at time of booking.
Pick-up upon your arrival at the airport in Florence with private luxury transportation and English-speaking driver. From here, you'll be taken to your beautiful 4-star hotel in Florence's historic city center complete with private Arno views. Check-in for 7 nights in Superior-level room(s) with breakfast included. We have also included the single supplement in all odd-number bookings so there will be no additional surcharges to include!
If your booking includes an odd-number of participants, you will receive double rooms (can be a queen-size or two twin-size beds,) and one single room for the last person. Your first day will also include a reservation for dinner in a charming local restaurant, within walking distance from your hotel (meal not included, to be paid onsite).
A fantastic hands-on cooking class in MaMa Florence's beautiful kitchen, where you'll be joined with other participants in this convivial, fun environment for your first immersion into the world of authentic Italian cooking. Your English-speaking professional chef will lead you through a full menu, possibly focusing on a special theme and assuredly using local, seasonal ingredients. Your wonderful culinary lesson will be followed by a delicious seated lunch of your prepared dishes that your chef will pair with excellent regional wines, water, and coffee. Please note that the venue has both air-conditioning and heating so the cooking school's temperature is always very comfortable for class participants.
Please note for bookings of more than 8 people, you can request private cooking classes at MaMa Florence, and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Your second day continues in the afternoon, when you'll meet with your English-speaking expert art historian guide in an easy-to-reach location for an Orientation Walking Tour of the top sites in Florence. Your personable guide will be happy to give you feedback on interesting things to see and delicious places to dine out, while introducing you to this magnificent city. Your tour will conclude with your prebooked tickets allowing you to skip the lines snaking around the Accademia and enjoy a guided viewing of the world-famous David sculpture.
Meet with your English-speaking expert guide in the morning for a tour through one of Florence's bustling outdoor or indoor food markets. Your guide will teach you about locally-grown and produced Tuscan foods like fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables, aged wine vinegars, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh, aged and ripened cheeses, meats, and much more. Your tour includes guided visits to several gourmet food shops or cafes to learn and taste more.
Your private guide will leave you at a great local restaurant for a tasty lunch. Following lunch, you can pick up your prebooked tickets for the Uffizi museum where you can enjoy the most impressive art Florence has to offer at your own pace.
The full-day Chianti Wine Tour begins with your private pick-up in the morning with a fun, friendly English-speaking driver with luxury vehicle. You'll head out into the beautiful Chianti countryside, with your first stop to a magnificent Chianti castle. Here, your English-speaking winery expert will lead you through an informative, interesting wine tour through the historic cellars. You'll learn about classic Chianti wine production, and conclude this first stop with a guided tasting of their top-rated Chianti wines.
Your next stop will be for your booking at either a Michelin-starred or more casual local restaurant (please let us know your preference) where you can enjoy a delicious lunch before taking a stroll through a charming Chianti village like Greve in Chianti or Castellina in Chianti. After your lunch and exploration in Chianti, your private tour continues with a guided visit to a second Chianti winery. Here you'll enjoy another wine-tasting experience while you contrast winemaking techniques with your morning visit. Your full-day will wind down in the late afternoon when your driver returns to your hotel in Florence.
Enjoy your second cooking lesson at MaMa Florence, to take place in the morning with a wonderful English-speaking professional chef. Your menu for this course will focus on a different theme, and could include a focus on seasonal dishes, or meat-based dishes, or seafood, or vegetarian Florentine cuisine. After preparing the day's menu, you'll enjoy another incredible seated lunch of your prepared dishes, accompanied with excellent regional wine, water, and coffee.
After a brief break, you will continue learning about Italy's amazing local wines with a 2-hour class focusing on either Super Tuscan or Brunello wines. Your instructor for the course is an amazing English-speaking wine expert known throughout the country for their expertise in teaching about wines and tasting fine wines! Your class includes tastings of 6 different wines and instructions on the basics of wine-tasting. Take your wine knowledge to the next level (please let us know your wine knowledge-level upon booking as the course can be geared to accommodate any level)!
Your full-day exploration of the San Gimigano area begins when your English-speaking private driver collects you in the morning. Your first stop will be to the stunning town of San Gimignano with its impressive medieval towers. You will have time to stroll through the charming town, visit churches and museums, and do some shopping in the city's center before meeting back up with your driver. From here, you'll drive out to the marvelous countryside surrounding San Gimignano.
You will then enjoy a wonderful lunch hosted and prepared in a nearby farmhouse specializing in the production of organic saffron, extra-virgin olive oil, and aromatic herbs. Your delicious lunch will consist of freshly-prepared appetizers, pasta dish, dessert, all paired with divine local Chianti or Vernaccia wine, water, and espresso. At least one dish will feature the famed saffron produced on the farm, and worth more than its weight in gold! Your full-day wine tour continues with a visit to an organic Vernaccia winery for a guided visit of the estate, followed by an expertly-led tasting of their top-rated Vernaccia wines produced locally. Your private driver will return you to your hotel in Florence later in the afternoon.
Your last day in Florence will begin on a lovely note, with your final cooking class at MaMa Florence, as previously described in this enogastronomic package. You will enjoy your third culinary class at MaMa Florence, with this chance to learn more of these special recipes under the expert guidance of your English-speaking professional chef. We will vary the theme and menu to include new dishes and recipes we hope you'll recreate in the comfort of your own kitchen as you relive the memories of this amazing week.
Following your preparatory time in the kitchen, you'll enjoy your farewell lunch at MaMa of your prepared dishes paired with excellent local wine, water, and coffee. Your afternoon will include free time to shop in Florence, and ample time to enjoy your last evening in this magical city.
Pick-up in the morning with your private English-speaking driver and luxury vehicle directly from your hotel. You'll be transfered to the Florence airport for your departure. Should you be continuing your travels, we would be happy to accompany you to the Florence train station instead.
Arrival transfer from Florence Airport to hotel with private luxury vehicle and English-speaking driver.
7 nights at 4-star hotel in Florence's historic city center, Superior room(s) with breakfast included all mornings. If you have an odd number at booking, we have already included the single supplement so there will be no surcharges! You will be booked into double rooms (can have queen-size or two twin-size beds, please indicate your preference at booking), with the exception of one single room for the last person.
Booking for dinner in a great local restaurant, within walking distance from your hotel (meal not included, to be paid onsite). We are happy to book dinners for your, or make recommendations for your stay.
Three hands-on cooking classes at MaMa Florence. Please note these are not private classes, but joinable with other couples or small groups (up to 15 people max). For bookings of more than 8 people, you can request private classes.
Three lunches of your prepared dishes following your lessons paired with wine, water and coffee.
Tuscan wine class at MaMa Florence with renowned English-speaking local wine expert. Please note that your class can be joinable and include up to 15 people. Class includes tastings of 6 Super Tuscan or Brunello wines, and can be customized to any wine knowledge level.
Half-day walking orientation tour through Florence led by your private English-speaking art historian guide (approx. 3 hours). Prebooked tickets to Accademia so you can skip the lines to view the David statue with your guide (entrance fees not included, 16.50 Euro to be paid onsite).
Half-day Florence Market and Gourmet Walking Tour with private English-speaking guide (approx. 3 hours, tastings not included, if necessary to be paid onsite). Booking for lunch in a great local restaurant (meal not included, to be paid onsite). Prebooked Uffizi museum tickets allowing you to skip the lines and have self-guided Uffizi visit (museum entrace fees not included, to be paid onsite 16,50 Euro per person).
Private Chianti Wine Tour with services of English-speaking private driver with luxury vehicle (approx. 8 hours). Guided visit and tasting at two top-rated Chianti wineries. Lunch booking at Michelin-starred or local restaurant (meal not included, to be paid onsite). Ample time for self-guided exploration of Greve or Castellina in Chianti.
Private San Gimignano, Saffron and Vernaccia tour with services of English-speaking private driver and luxury vehicle (approx. 8 hours). Time to enjoy the town of San Gimignano, followed by delicious farmhouse lunch of large appetizer, pasta dish, and dessert paired with local Chianti or Vernaccia wine, water, and espresso (meal included, nothing to be paid onsite). Visit and tasting at Vernaccia winery.
One free afternoon in Florence to shop and enjoy the city.
Departure transfer from your hotel to the Florence airport with English-speaking private driver and luxury vehicle.
All activities and tours are private unless otherwise indicated.
Please note that for groups of more than 9 people, we have included the San Gimignano obligatory bus entrance/parking pass.
22% VAT taxes.
Anything not listed above. All tips and gratuities. Airline flights. All meals unless specifically mentioned. Entrance fees to museums or other sites of interest.
SPECIAL NOTE: We strive to ensure private visits at the wineries. In particularly busy times of the year, or in certain wineries this may not always be possible. If you would like guaranteed private visits, please get in touch for a customized quote.