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Siena & San Gimignano Tour

Your English speaking driver and E Class Mercedes Benz will greet you in front of your hotel in Florence at 9:00am to begin this 100% private tour.

The first stop is Siena home of the famous horse race called “Palio” as seen in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”.  Here you’ll enjoy 2 hours of free time on your own to visit the Church of Saint Dominick to see Saint Catherine’s relics, the Duomo with the Piccolomini Library as well as the main square Piazza del Campo.  For an additional cost you may have a 90 min tour of the city with a private tour guide (see below).

At noon proceed to a local Tuscan winery for lunch inclusive of all wines.  After lunch you’ll enjoy free time on your own in the most complete medieval town in Tuscany, San Gimignano.

Drop off at your Florence hotel is expected at 6:00pm.

  • Tour length: 9 hours
  • Meeting point: in front of your Florence abode
  • Meeting time: 9:00am
  • Lunch is INCLUDED in this tour
  • You’ll have an opportunity to purchase wines to take with you or ship home
  • Tipping your driver & tour guide is up to your discretion

Cost

  • Euro 650 for 2 people including lunch & wines during lunch
  • Add Euro 70 for each additional person in your party up to a maximum of 8 people
  • Euro 230 for a 90 minute tour of Siena (regardless how many people are in your party) + Euro 20 per person to enter the Duomo
  • Euro 70 surcharge for each additional driving hour past 6:00pm
  • Fuel, parking, tolls and taxes are INCLUDED in the cost

Chianti & (Siena or San Gimignano) Tour

Your English speaking driver and E Class Mercedes Benz will greet you in front of your hotel in Florence at 9:00am to begin this 100% private tour.

You decide if you’d like to have 2 hours to enjoy Siena or San Gimignano in the morning. After lunch at a local Chianti Tuscan winery you’ll have free time on your own in Castellina in Chianti.

Drop off at your Florence hotel is expected at 6:00pm.

Description of Siena & San Gimignano…….

Siena is home of the famous horse race called “Palio” as seen in the 2008 James Bond film “Quantum of Solace”.  Here you’ll enjoy 2 hours of free time on your own to visit the Church of Saint Dominick to see Saint Catherine’s relics, the Duomo with the Piccolomini Library as well as the main square Piazza del Campo.  For an additional cost you may have a 90 min tour of the city with a private tour guide (see cost below).

San Gimignano is the best preserved medieval town in Tuscany famous for it’s towers and their Vernaccia white wine.

  • Tour length: 9 hours
  • Meeting point: in front of your Florence abode
  • Meeting time: 9:00am
  • Lunch is INCLUDED in this tour
  • You’ll have an opportunity to purchase wines to take with you or ship home
  • Tipping your driver & tour guide is up to your discretion

Cost

  • Euro 650 for 2 people including lunch & wines during lunch
  • Add Euro 70 for each additional person in your party up to a maximum of 8 people
  • Euro 230 for a 90 minute tour of Siena (regardless how many people are in your party) + Euro 20 per person to enter the Duomo
  • Euro 70 surcharge for each additional driving hour past 6:00pm
  • Fuel, parking, tolls and taxes are INCLUDED in the cost

Montalcino, Pienza & Montepulciano Tour

Your English speaking driver and E Class Mercedes Benz will greet you in front of your hotel in Florence at 8:30am to begin this 100% private tour.

This tour will satiate your dreams in regards to seeing the famous Tuscan rolling hills.  The production of Brunello wines are exclusive to this geographical area and wine tastings are encouraged. Lunch is INCLUDED in the cost of this tour at a world famous Brunello winery.  Your driver will help you decide which additional wineries to visit and enjoy more wine tastings (this cost is additional).

I always recommend visiting the underground at Ercolani in Via di Gracciano nel Corso #82 during your free time in Montepulciano.  It once had Etruscan tombs, storage room for wine, oil, vinsanto & water.  From the IV Century B.C. to the Renaissance it was used as a prison and torture chamber.  It’s free of charge and concludes with a cheese and wine tasting.

Drop off at your Florence hotel is expected at 6:30pm.

  • Tour length: 10 hours
  • Meeting point: in front of your Florence abode
  • Meeting time: 8:30am
  • Lunch is INCLUDED in the cost of this tour
  • You’ll have an opportunity to purchase cheese & wines to take with you or ship home
  • Tipping your driver is up to your discretion

Cost

  • Euro 700 for 2 people
  • Add Euro 100 for each additional person in your party up to a maximum of 8 people
  • Euro 70 surcharge for each additional driving hour past 6:30pm
  • Fuel, parking, tolls and taxes are INCLUDED in the cost

Carrara Marble Tour

Everyone who takes this tour is blown away by it!  Though one of the least sold tours, it is a magical and surreal adventure for those who do.  Experience where Michelangelo sourced his marble for his famous Pietá & where 007 James Bond had an unbelievable car chase in the film, “Quantum of Solace.”

The tour begins at 8:00am in front of your abode in Florence with one of our English speaking drivers and private Mercedes Benz.  Upon your arrival in Carrara (about a 2 hour drive) you’ll meet your private tour guide and new driver.  You’ll board your private Land Rover Defender for the next 3 hours.

The first stop is “the calm before the storm” at a great location called “La Piana” in the first of 3 valleys you’ll visit throughout the day.  This is the original quarry that the Romans excavated over 2000 years ago to build much of their infrastructure and monuments across their Empire.

The Defender now becomes your only means of transportation as your expert driver navigates the treacherous, steep, non paved roads to reach the active quarries, some with elevations over 5000 feet.  While driving from the first to the second valley called “Miseglia”, you’ll be on the road which was built (and still is in use by the quarry workers) for the initial car chase in the 2008 James Bond “Quantum of Solace” film.

You’ll have special privileged access to private open-pit quarries to see marble excavation in progress (Sundays excluded).   You’ll learn and see the techniques & machines in use, learn about the weight & size of each block excavated as well as all the strict laws that this multi-billion Euro industry must abide by.

During your climb to the third and final valley called “Torano”, you’ll stop to see Michelangelo’s quarry (no longer being excavated).  Before returning to valley and your original driver & Mercedes Benz, you’ll stop for a taste of what many chefs around the world use in their culinary dishes, “Lard from Colonnata”.  This mouth watering cured meat is left to cure in Carrara marble cases for about a year.  The perfect temperature & humidity allow the spices & herbs to penetrate the lard and leave one of the most prestigious and amazing tastes in the world.

Lunch is on your own in the small Tuscan town of Pietrasanta,  where you will fall in love with the charm of old medieval streets and array of restaurants.  After lunch, you’re off to Pisa for a quick photo stop.  Your tour is complete with a final drop off in Florence around 6:00pm.

  • Tour length: 10 hours
  • Meeting point: in front of your Florence abode
  • Meeting time: 8:00am
  • Lunch is NOT INCLUDED in this tour
  • Tipping your driver & tour guide is up to your discretion

Cost

  • Euro 1,100 for 2 people
  • Add Euro 100 for each additional person in your party up to a maximum of 8 people
  • Euro 70 surcharge for each additional driving hour past 6:00pm
  • Fuel, parking, tolls and taxes are INCLUDED in the cost

Details

  • Tour runs rain or shine
  • Dress code: a sweater is recommended even in the summer months.  Comfortable sneakers or boots.  They will get dirty when getting off the Defender to take pictures and visit the open-pit quarries

Pisa & San Gimignano Tour

Your English speaking driver and E Class Mercedes Benz will greet you in front of your hotel in Florence at 9:00am to begin this 100% private tour.

The first stop is Pisa to visit the most famous tower in the world in Miracle Square!  While in Pisa for 90 minutes, you’ll have free time on your own to explore the Duomo, Baptistry and Leaning Tower.  For an additional cost you may have a 1 hour tour of Miracle Square with a private tour guide (see cost below).

At 11:30 proceed to a local Tuscan winery near San Gimignano for lunch inclusive of all wines.  After lunch you’ll enjoy free time on your own in the most complete medieval town in Tuscany, San Gimignano.

Drop off at your Florence hotel is expected at 6:00pm.

  • Tour length: 9 hours
  • Meeting point: in front of your Florence abode
  • Meeting time: 9:00am
  • Lunch is INCLUDED in this tour
  • You’ll have an opportunity to purchase wines to take with you or ship home
  • Tipping your driver & tour guide is up to your discretion

Cost

  • Euro 700 for 2 people including lunch & wines during lunch
  • Add Euro 70 for each additional person in your party up to a maximum of 8 people
  • Euro 200 for a 1 hour tour of Miracle Square in Pisa (regardless how many people are in your party) + Euro 20 per person to enter the Duomo & Baptistry
  • Euro 70 surcharge for each additional driving hour past 6:00pm
  • Fuel, parking, tolls and taxes are INCLUDED in the cost

Pisa & Lucca Tour

Your English speaking driver and E Class Mercedes Benz will greet you in front of your hotel in Florence at 9:00am to begin this 100% private tour.

The first stop is Lucca where you’ll have 2 hours of free time on your own to wander the beautiful town where composer Giacomo Puccini was born.  It’s unique Piazza Anfiteatro is the exact location where the Romans built their amphitheater over 2000 years ago! For an additional cost you may have a 90 minute tour of Lucca with a private tour guide (see cost below).

At noon proceed to a local Tuscan winery for lunch inclusive of all wines.  After lunch you’ll enjoy free time on your own in Pisa to visit the most famous tower in the world in Miracle Square!  While in Pisa for 90 minutes, you’ll explore the Duomo, Baptistry and Leaning Tower.  For an additional cost you may have a 1 hour tour of Miracle Square with a private tour guide (see cost below).

For an additional cost, tickets can be purchased to climb the Leaning Tower (see cost below).  tuscany, tuscany, tuscany.   tuscany

Drop off at your Florence hotel is expected at 6:00pm.

  • Tour length: 9 hours
  • Meeting point: in front of your Florence abode
  • Meeting time: 9:00am
  • Lunch is INCLUDED in this tour
  • You’ll have an opportunity to purchase wines to take with you or ship home
  • Tipping your driver & tour guide is up to your discretion

Cost

  • Euro 650 for 2 people including lunch & wines during lunch
  • Add Euro 70 for each additional person in your party up to a maximum of 8 people
  • Euro 200 for a 1 hour tour of Miracle Square in Pisa (regardless how many people are in your party) + Euro 20 per person to enter the Duomo & Baptistry
  • Euro 60 per person for tickets to climb the Leaning Tower
  • Euro 200 for a 90 minute tour of Lucca
  • Euro 70 surcharge for each additional driving hour past 6:00pm
  • Fuel, parking, tolls and taxes are INCLUDED in the cost

Cinque Terre Tour

Your English speaking driver and E Class Mercedes Benz will greet you in front of your hotel in Florence at 8:00am to begin this wonderful 100% private tour.

There are 2 ways of enjoying this tour: with or without a personal tour guide.  Either way you decide to visit the Cinque Terre you’ll (at most) visit 3 of the 5 towns. Lunch is NOT INCLUDED in this tour. You’ll have free time in Monterosso to enjoy lunch on your own.

If you should decide to visit the towns on your own, the driver will drop you off in Portovenere and show you the ticket box office where to purchase tickets for the ferry.  At the end of the day you’ll meet your driver in La Spezia for your return trip to Florence.

If you decide to hire a guide for 4 hours, you’ll meet him/her and begin your tour in Manarola. Your guide will purchase all necessary ferry or train tickets. You’ll say goodbye to him/her in Monterosso.  You’ll take the train to La Spezia to meet your driver and return to Florence.

Either way you decide to visit the Cinque Terre, we encourage you to move from town-to-town via ferry if weather permits otherwise via train.

Drop off at your Florence hotel is expected at 7:00pm. tuscany, tuscany, tuscany.   tuscany

  • Tour length: 11 hours
  • Meeting point: in front of your Florence abode
  • Meeting time: 8:00am
  • Lunch is NOT INCLUDED in this tour
  • Tipping your driver & tour guide is up to your discretion

Cost

  • Euro 700 for 2 people
  • Add Euro 70 for each additional person in your party up to a maximum of 8 people
  • Euro 350 for a 4 hour private tour of the Cinque Terre
  • Euro 70 surcharge for each additional driving hour past 7:00pm
  • Fuel, parking, tolls and taxes are INCLUDED in the cost