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The day trips to 3 Tuscan cities plus a wine tasting visit of a wine producer, visiting his cellar and tasting 4 of his wines, was just great. Do remember this is not food tasting tour, so no lunches are provided, just bread and olive oil and cheese for the wine tasting. Each visit of the 2 old towns Pienza and Montalcino is about 1 hour each and the visit to Montepulciano old town is 1 and half hours to give time to those who opted to go on an optional half hour ride on the tourist train (additional charges to be incurred). Ana our tour guide was great and knowledgeable. She provided all the info you need before we arrive at any of the old towns. Then you have a free and easy self guided walk around town. It was just what I was looking for, as I don't like to be rushed and herded like sheep into towns from one location to another. I prefer to take my own time to explore the towns myself. Our gp was small about 15 of us, & contrary to other previous reviews, our bus was on time.
I highly recommend this tour. We had a fantastic time and learned so much more than we expected about all of Tuscany ! Our only disappointment was not enough time in Montepulciano . There was much time in other areas and zero time for photos or possible wine purchase in Montepulciano which was the most beautiful and well known part of the tour. I would have hoped for a little more time there . If I were to have the opportunity to do it again I would look for a half day tour to the Montepulciano winery on its own . Absolutely stunning and deserves more attention and appreciation.
Good for wine tasting and sight seeing, but not really a food tour aside from what’s provided during wine tasting and what you buy for lunch. Bus ride was very comfortable. Great driver. Sight seeing/ shopping was a bit short in Montepulciano. Pick up for those originating in Siena was not well explained prior to the trip. Sites were excellent. Wine was particularly good for one of the two wineries. Two guides kept English/ Spanish audience well informed.
Overall it was a great experience! Although not much of a food tour as it was more of a wine tasting and exploration of beautiful antient towns in the hills of Tuscany. Great tour guide as we learned about the difference between wine regions and got to purchase some beautiful wine to drink on our trip. If you don't like big groups then I would shy away because we felt like a hurd of cattle. Still a full day of beauty and adventure and would recommend.
My friend and I, despite the rainy weather, had a wonderful experience in Tuscany. Beautiful rolling hills, lush trees, and enchanting sites, including the towns and church we visited. The tour feels a bit rushed, understandably because there is so much to do in the amount of time that we have. We loved our tour guide, Andy. Very informative and entertaining. Tasting the flavors and smelling the aromas of Tuscany was magnificent!