The Wine Counselor © Invites You

 

to Tuscany  & The Piedmont

May 18 - 28, 2020

Only $4,650/person

Michael Schafer, The Wine Counselor©, will be leading a journey dedicated to the discovery of great wines and cuisine in Tuscany and the Piedmont regions of Italy - two of the great wine and culinary areas of the world.   The Wine Counselor© has an unmatched breadth of knowledge and passion for wine, and a unique style of “edutaining” his guests about the incredible wines they will experience.     
 
What’s Included:
·       Round trip airfare from Detroit to Italy*
·       Italian tour leader (fluent English) throughout our journey
·       Tastings of the great wines of Italy including Chianti, Guidalberto, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Sciacchetrà, Barolo, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Spumante, and others.
·       9 nights in beautiful 4* hotels
·       Daily breakfast
·       7 dinners including a Welcome Dinner in Florence
·       7 lunches at spectacular wineries in Tuscany and The Piedmont
·       Walking tours of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano
·       Truffle hunting in Alba
·       Luxury motor coach with WiFi
*Land only options available
Our Select Hotels:
Florence 5/19/20 – 5/20/20 Grand Hotel Baglioni **** (www.hotelbaglioni.it)
Montaione 5/20/20 – 5/24/20 UNAHOTELS Palazzo Mannaioni **** (www.gruppouna.it/en/unahotels/unahotels-palazzo-mannaioni-toscana)
Genoa 5/24/20 – 5/25/20 Hotel Bristol Palace **** (www.hotelbristolpalace.com)
Pollenzo-Bra 5/25/20 – 5/27/20 at Hotel Albergo Dell'Agenzia **** (www.albergoagenzia.it)
Induno Olona 5/27/20 – 5/28/20 at Hotel Villa Porro Pirelli **** (www.villaporropirelli.com/)
DAYS 1 & 2, May 18 & 19: United States & Florence

Depart USA on overnight flight to Florence.  Meals served onboard. Upone arrival at Florence airport we'll be met by our tour leader and transferred to Florence.  We'll enjoy a half day guided tour of the “Renaissance City.” Welcome dinner in Florence featuring the famous “Bistecca alla Fiorentina.”  Overnight in the Florence. (D)

DAY 3, May 20: Tuscany - Montalcino & Peinza 

Private transfer to Castello Banfi, Montalcino. Guided visit of the estate and 4 course lunch matched with 4 wines. Transfer to lovely Pienza, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for the production of delicious “Pecorino cheese,” with its breathtaking view over the splendid Tuscan countryside and its many-colored food shops. Dinner and overnight at the Palazzo Mannaioni in beautiful Montaione.  (B|L|D)

DAY 4, May 21: Tuscany - Siena 

Private transfer to Guicciardini Strozzi estate in San Gimignano area. Tasting of four wines and three course lunch. Depart to Siena, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a two hour guided walking tour of this lovely medieval town. Dinner on your own in Siena, and overnight stay at Palazzo Mannaioni. (B|L)

DAY 5, May 22: Tuscany

Private transfer to Castello di Vicchiomaggio for a guided visit of the estate, a tasting of three wines and lunch. After lunch proceed to Castello di Querceto for a guided visit of the estate, wine tasting of three wines and snack. Dinner in a local restaurant and overnight at Palazzo Mannaioni. (B|L|D)

DAY 6, May 23: Tuscany - Bolgheri & San Gimignano

Private transfer to Bolgheri region of Tuscany where we will enjoy a three-course lunch at Osteria Enoteca San Guido.  Lunch will include the world renowned Guidalberto, Ornellaia, Le Volte and Sassicaia wines.  Before heading home, we will visit the “Town of Fine Towers,” San Gimignano.   San Gimignano, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers.   Dinner and overnight at Palazzo Mannaioni. (B|L|D)

DAY 7, May 24:  Cinque Terre & Genoa

Today we leave Tuscany and travel to Genoa. En route, we stop for the famous Cinque Terre focaccia lunch with a tasting of three wines.  Here we will learn about the peculiar Ligurian terracing cultivation and we will taste, among others, “Sciacchetrà”, a typical delicious dessert wine (vino passito). We will then take a nice stroll down to the enchanting town of Manarola before continuing to Genoa. Dinner on your own and overnight at the magnificent Hotel Bristol Palace. (B|L)

DAY 8, May 25:  The Piedmont - Alba 

Depart for Alba in the Piedmont. Alba is the capital of the UNESCO heritage area of Langhe and is famous for its white truffles.  We will have a walking tour of this historic town and time for lunch on our own.  We then depart for the Paolo Manzone winery and a tasting of eight wines (including the famous Barolo). Dinner and overnight at the extraordinary Albergo Dell’Agenzia Hotel. (B|D)

DAY 9, May 26: The Piedmont - Alba & Barbaresco 

Today we visit Tartuflanghe to hunt truffles and enjoy a three-course lunch based on truffle specialties. It’s off to the Montaribaldi vineyard in the lovely little town of Barbaresco to try the same name wine and other typical wines of the area (Barolo, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto). Dinner and overnight at the Albergo Dell’Agenzia. (B|L|D)

DAY 10, May 27: The Piedmont - Asti & Induno Olona 

Depart to Induno Olona with a stop at the Castello di Razzano on the way. We will have a guided tour of the “Wine Museum” and cellars, and lunch with a tasting of eight wines including the famous Spumante. Dinner and overnight at the Pirelli Villa Poro. (B|L|D)

DAY 11, May 28: Departure Day 

Today it’s "Arrivederci!" to Italy. We depart after an unforgettable wine and culinary tour of Tuscany and the Piedmont. Grazie, Consigliere del Vino! (B)

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