7 Days Cooking Holiday in Tuscany

  • Florence - Cortona

Classic Cooking Vacation in Tuscany

Experience firsthand how Italians cook and eat at home. We'll have tastings of wine and olive oil. Visit cheese makers and bakers. We've also arranged visits to private and hotel kitchens for tips on how to create the classics of the Tuscan menu. As with every Classic Journey, we've planned walks so you'll miss none of the historic or scenic high points. From our luxurious convent-turned-hotel, we explore the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and the rest of the city's Renaissance splendors on foot. Well also pay a morning visit to San Lorenzo, the Florentines mind-boggling main market. Out in the Mugello Valley, a walk includes a visit with a cheese-making shepherd followed by a cooking instruction and dinner in a friends farmhouse kitchen. Well also top off a stroll in Chiantis vineyards with a little cooking in a country home then visit the hilltop village of San Gimignano with its skyline of medieval towers.

Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking classes
  • Cheese and olive oil tastings
  • Local market and two farm visits
  • Wine tour followed by a wine tasting
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Italian, English
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Antica Torre Di Via Tornabuoni for 3 nights

Originally a palace of the Guelf family, this historic hotel in the heart of Florence is known for its attentive service. The rooftop terraces offer remarkable views of the entire city. Rooms are decorated in elegantly understated Florentine style.

Villa Marsili for 3 nights

Located in Cortonathe town made famous by Francis Mayes' best seller Under the Tuscan Sun, this beautiful hotel, dating back to the 8th century, was recently restored with special attention paid to its original style and architectural characteristics. Each window of the villa offers breathtaking views, and the elegant frescoed guest rooms combine modern amenities and lovely antique furniture.

Days 1-3: Florence

You will meet Classic Journeys in Florence. From the luxurious convent-turned-hotel, you will explore the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio and the rest of the city’s Renaissance splendors on foot. You will also pay a morning visit to San Lorenzo, the Florentines’ mind-boggling main market.

Out in the Mugello Valley, a walk includes a visit with a cheese-making shepherd followed by a cooking instruction and dinner in a friend’s farmhouse kitchen. You will also top off a stroll in Chianti’s vineyards with a little cooking in a country home, then visit the hilltop village of San Gimignano with its skyline of medieval towers.

Days 4-7: Cortona

Passing through fields of sunflowers, you will drive to Siena where superb sightseeing is matched with pasta-rolling tips in the noble home of another of our culinary acquaintances. Ending the day in Cortona, you will explore its Etruscan stone walls and wander the village streets depicted in Frances Mayes’ book Under the Tuscan Sun. After breakfast overlooking Lake Trasimeno, you will walk to Montepulciano’s oldest winery and taste the locally pressed olive oil. On the final full day, you will visit Catherine de Medici’s favorite Roman bath and walk the olive groves near Montalcino before a festive farewell dinner.

Daily breakfasts, two lunches, and five dinners are served on this program and four of the meals as cooking instructions.

  • 2 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • All land transportation during the trip
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Trip literature

Testimonials

  • Review by Robyn and Gordon Wilhoit

    "The exposure to places and things to do unquestionably created an incredible memory which we will treasure and share forever. BUT it was the superior level of quality and value created by our two guides Luciano and Angelica that made the trip. Tireless hours of preparation were evident and delivered with an engaging sense of passion that we have not seen on other tours. We are from a city with hundreds of guided tours and have never been treated as well as by our new friends above. No one would have ever experienced some of the experiences they prepared for us had they tried to plan their own trip and no one could have packed the value in one week that they did. They not only did their job they were there for US. We without hesitation look forward to our next trip, and after relating our experience sharing a few bottles of good Italian Brunello we are putting together a list of friends who can't wait to be included as well. "

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  • Review by Traveler
    9 out of 10

    "To a single traveler, you offered the best value in small group tours and kudos to you for encouraging those traveling “solo” by not charging a fortune for the single supplement."

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  • Review by Vivian Carroll

    "You guys have really perfected the recipe! There was just enough instruction. And I loved the time we spent out in the countryside. With CJ I had the great opportunity to explore the towns, villages and countryside that I am visiting as well as I had time in some great kitchens. I've since taken a couple of proper cooking school tours and none of them do that. Your visits really help me to understand the cuisine of the region."

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  • Review by Raymond and Marion Niedowski

    "There were several reasons, despite our reluctance to travel with groups: extraordinary care and time spent in answering our initial questions, restricting the size of the groups to a manageable number, flexibility in each days activities, the mix of walking and absorbing local culture, and giving us the feeling that client service is what the tour business is all about."

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  • Review by Tom and Patricia Dombroski

    "We were drawn by the opportunity to visit places other tour operators cannot, for example, into the little towns and private homes."

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  • Review by Yvonne England

    "One of the elements I appreciate most is the hotels! Invariably, they are more charming and better located than those I could have found myself. They also help immerse me into the feeling of the region and culture."

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Availability

This vacation is available on selected dates, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • April 23 - 29, 2017
  • May 21 - 27, 2017
  • December 27, 2017 - January 2, 2018

 

High season
  • June 04 - 10, 2017
  • October 15 - 21, 2017
Departure:
Saturday October 21, 2017
(7 days / 6 nights)

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