There’s no better time to visit a wine region than at the height of the harvest, and Tuscany is no different – experience all the fine wine, gastronomic excellence and beautiful landscapes that the region has to offer, with the added bonus of doing so at the most exciting time of the year.
Highlights of this Wine Tour3 days from £643pp
- Visit a winery in the midst of the harvest – the best time to visit!
- Wine and dine on traditional, locally-sourced Tuscan cuisine; some of the very finest in the world
- Explore the timeless sights and wonders of the city of Florence
A Sample Itinerary
- After settling into your hotel in Florence you’re whisked off to an authentic local Enoteca for your first taste of Tuscan wines alongside local canapés. The perfect pre-dinner Tuscan wine tasting.
- After breakfast, take a tour around a local winery and vineyard where you’ll get the chance to experience the harvest in full swing, learn the secrets of Tuscan wine-making and, of course, taste the wines themselves.
- The day is yours to explore the Renaissance-era sights and delights of Florence before heading home.
Need to know: The harvest experience is subject to availability until the 31st October each year. The package is based on 3* accommodation however should you wish to upgrade we have some lovely 4* and 5* options available. All our suggested packages are completely flexible and designed to give you some ideas and inspiration of what we can offer. Please note that this tour is semi-private which means that there may be up to seven other wine enthusiasts with you – still allowing for an informed and intimate experience with the winemakers themselves.
Getting Here: International flights into Tuscany are served by Pisa International Airport or Florence Airport. Florence can be reached via British Airways and CityJet, which both fly from London City Airport, whilst Vueling operates from London Gatwick. Flights to Pisa International are available from Heathrow and Gatwick with British Airways and from London Stansted with Ryanair. Pisa also takes seasonal flights from Bristol, Manchester and Luton (with EasyJet), Belfast, East Midlands, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle-upon-Tyne (with Jet2) and Edinburgh and Liverpool (with Ryanair). Alternatively, frequent flights regularly come in to Milan or Rome, which can both be reached directly from a large number of airports in the UK and many more worldwide. From there, you can either make the drive to Tuscany by car, or take a train to any of Tuscany’s rail stations.
The Italian rail system is connected with the rest of Europe, so traveling in from cities around the continent is relatively easy. Pisa and Grosseto are two of the major rail hubs in the region, and Florence itself has two stations – Santa Maria Novella in the city centre and Campo di Marte in the north-east of the city.
If you’re coming from London by rail, the easiest route is via Paris on the Eurostar and then via Turin on the TGV followed by a high-speed train to Florence. This route will take approximately 14 hours, though the Thello night train also travels from Paris to Italy, and might be an easier option.
From Florence, it’s only a short drive to most of the towns in Tuscany. Pisa takes around an hour, whilst Grosseto takes just under two. The furthest reaches of the region, to the south, will take no more than 2½ hours, so nowhere in Tuscany should take any longer than that to get to from Florence.
Nearby Wine Regions: If you like red wines you might also like the rich Barolos of the Piedmont wine region which are only a 4.5 hour drive north west of Tuscany. Or perhaps the bubbles of the world-famous Prosecco wine region are tempting? Just 4.5 hours drive north east is Venice and home to this world famous fizz. Why not extend your holiday and tick another wine region off your list? Are regional experts would be happy to make the arrangements for you.
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