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  • Small Group Tour to Florence, Week in Tuscan Villa
  • 11 Days | Florence, Val d'Orcia, Siena, Pienza, Arezzo and Villa Estate

The Original Small Group Tour.
We're Different from the Mainstream.

Authentic Dining at Locally Owned Venues
Customary Gratuities Included, Historic Center Located Hotels
No Up-Selling on tour, No big buses, No big groups
American Tour Director, Local Expert Guides
Take over as a Private Journey or Self-Guided Journey.


 
From $5,885

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Treasures of Tuscany 2021-2022

11 Days | Florence, Val d'Orcia, Siena, Pienza, Arezzo and Villa Estate

We loved starting in Florence... But we found our beat, that gentle rhythm that can only be found under the Tuscan Sunshine... Our Journey continued to amaze with rolling green hills, golden sunlight, vineyards for miles, farmhouses and estates, olive groves and gelatto... We discovered beautiful names of Tuscan Hill Towns like Pienza, Montepulciano and Cortona... And the grand Tuscan city of Siena.

It Was A Day Like No Other in Tuscany

We begin in Florence and then into the countryside: the idea of exploring Tuscany and Umbria from the comfort of your own authentic Tuscan farmhouse villa is popular, but not many know how to do it. Enter Journey. And discover an experience in a beautiful setting that will truly change your life's Journey for the better.

Journey's modern approach to travel means no buses, skip-the-line and exclusive access, small social groups around 10 to 16 travelers and Journey Adventure Leaders who are the consummate professional host throughout.

11 Days
 
Extend your stay with a pre-/post-tour hotel room.

Per person from$5,855
 
Solo supplement from $850
Smart Stay from $5,975
Econo Select from $4,985
Prices vary based on departure date.
 
Itinerary at a Glance

TRIP COMMENCES: FLORENCE, 2 Days/2 Nights
WELCOME BACK TO FLORENCE
The perfect beginning to your Tuscan Adventure.

TRIP FINALE: TUSCAN VILLA, 7 Days/7 Nights
TUSCANY COUNTRYSIDE IS ALIVE WITH COLOR
Enjoy a grand balance of activity and leisure time to enjoy the villa estate.

Journey Map

Included in the Preferred Journey

  • We Walk the amazing Tuscan and Umbrian villages
  • Journey Adventure Leader beginning-to-end
  • Local, expert easy-to-understand Italian Guides
  • 18 Meals: 9 Breakfast, 8 Dinners/Apericene, 1 Tasting/Lunch
  • Chef-prepared meals at the Villa
  • Farm-to-table Cuisine with Premium Italian Wine & Cocktails
  • Luggage Portage throughout your Journey, WiFi
  • Meet & Greet at Airport with Arrival Transfer
  • 9 nights' accommodation at hand-picked Hotels and Villa
  • 'Master of Your Day' with our Exclusive Premium Sightseeing
  • Tuscan Winery - Tasting paired with delicious morsels
  • Comfy Vehicles for transfers and touring
  • Admission fees, taxes, and gratutities excluding the Journey Adventure Leader

Meet the Treasures of Tuscany Journey

The quintessential Tuscan experience begins in Florence and finalés at our villa property in Tuscany. Include a nice selection of sightseeing experiences in Tuscan and Umbrian hill towns and you've got a great adventure.

Enjoy our proven approach of sightseeing balanced with ample leisure time so you can really get to know the destination. No rushing around in a traditional large tour group, no big buses, and the perfect sized group around 16 travelers.

 

Our Top Recommendations on this Journey

Expanding your journey to include a cooking class in Tuscany or our amazing Boating & Walking Excursion of the Isle of Capri and Amalfi Coast come high on the recommendation list.


Treasures of Tuscany 2021-2022

11 Days | Florence, Val d'Orcia, Siena, Pienza, Arezzo and Villa Estate

Day-by-Day Itinerary

This journey is designed for the fun-loving, Tuscan-landscape appreciating Italophile. We begin in the heart of Florence with a couple of days at leisure. Then, relax in Tuscany's sunny countryside at our Villa and explore the surrounding Tuscan villages and hill towns.

Flight and Early Arrival Options
Your flight to Florence should arrive on Day 1 of the itinerary —  this means you should depart your home airport the day prior — your round-trip travel time on this Journey is 11 Days (10 Days, 9 Nights Land). Airfare is not included. Inquire about our Business Class and Premium Economy Airfare.

Expand the Journey: Many of our travelers arrive a "full day early" to recover from their overnight flight — inquire with us about a pre-tour overnight hotel room in Florence.

 

JUMP: DAY 1-2: FLORENCE | DAY 3-4: VILLA | DAY 5: AREZZO | DAY 6: VILLA |DAY 7: PIENZE | DAY 8: SIENA | DAY 9: VILLA | DAY 10: DEPART

DAY 1: WELCOME BACK TO FLORENCE

Make your way to our hotel located in the very heart of Florence. Check-in, freshen up and enjoy time at leisure until our Discovery Walk with your Journey Adventure Leader later today. Your rooms are guaranteed ready by 2PM.

Florence is the city of arts and the birthplace of the Renaissance and the family Medici. 

Orientation Walk IconDiscovery Walk: Florence

Your Journey Adventure Leader will introduce you to Florence on our Discovery Walk throughout the cobblestoned streets of this beautiful city. 

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Florence Dinner

Tonight, join your Journey Adventure Leader as they welcome you with a variety of regional culinary tastes, beverages and ample portions of fine local wines from Tuscany.

Journey Cuisine is authentically Italian: Family-owned restaurants farm to table
Journey’s approach to dining is unique in the travel world (just like the regions of Italy). We include Premium Beverages (wine, soda and cocktails) and you choose your dinner from the menu. The Italian chefs and families are proud of their delicious dishes which hail from each of the regions in which Journey travels. Tuscan inspired dishes will move you and satisfy you. You will enjoy a variety of dishes featuring pasta, seafood combined plates, vegetable inspired contorni and of course family-inspired dishes. While in Italy we will enjoy locally grown produce where the concept of nostrale, or home-grown, is so evident.

Journey Hotels IconPreferred Property in Florence

Included in package: 4-Star Grand Hotel Cavour, 2 Nights with breakfast 

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DAY 2: FLORENCE AND THE MEDICI

Enjoy Florence at leisure or opt for our special tour of Florence focusing on the family Medici.


OPTION: Today’s Adventure
Consider joining our Local Guide on a special walking tour to explore the Florentine family, Medici. Florence boasts a variety of fine sights to see, including Santa Maria del Fiore, the Baptistery's Bronze "Gate of Paradise," Giotto's Bell Tower and more, but on this itinerary get ready for everything Medici. This interesting Florentine family affected Italy in a powerful way. Learn all about the family as you discover the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Delight and inspire while the mystery and romance of the family Medici springs to life all around you. 


A great morning tour allows you to enjoy the afternoon for shopping and sightseeing on your own.


The balance of the day is at your leisure. 


Tonight, optionally join your Journey Adventure Leader for a special sunset viewing and then an optional dinner. Or explore at your leisure. 

 

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DAY 3: MY VILLA IN TUSCANY


Today’s Adventure
We make our way to our villa estate in southern Tuscany (about 1.5 to 2 hour drive). Upon arrival, you are treated to a special welcome and tour of the estate. 
Welcome to the Villa!

Later tonight we will enjoy an included dinner on the grounds of the villa prepared by our resident chef.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to the Villa Dinner
Enjoy an included welcome dinner on the grounds of the villa by the Journey Chef. Made from scratch dinners are a hallmark of your villa experience.

Journey Hotels IconPreferred Villa in Tuscany
Our authentic Tuscan farmhouse is a producing olive farm with room for 17 guests (but we cap it at 10 guests). Our villa estate is set upon 2.5 acres and is located about 2.8 miles drive from a nearby medieval town relatively unkown to the modern tourist. Each of the bedrooms feature Italian air-conditioning units that are controlled by the guests. The restored farmhouse is well decorated with terracotta tiles, wooden beams and precious, but comfortable furniture. The grounds feature a very nice garden, and multiple areas scattered on the property for relaxation.

Dining in the farmhouse along with al fresco options highlight our stay. From April through October the estate's pool provides entertainment as well as stunning scapes of the valley.  

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DAY 4: ENJOYING THE FARMHOUSE VILLA

The first full day at the villa is designed for relaxation and enjoyment. Take in the grounds, enjoy our included but optional cooking class, go for a walk, lay by the pool, swim, go into town or just simply, be.

OPTIONAL but included: Learn the Skill of Cooking at the Villa
Enjoy learning about the skill of cooking Tuscany-style. Discover the very best of Italy's countryside right with cuisine and wine paired perfectly as you experience our authentic private cooking experience in Tuscany. Enjoy a wine tasting with a sommelier, try fresh Tuscan produce from an organic Tuscan farm and then prepare and eat your Italian meal.  

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DAY 5:  DISCOVERING AREZZO

Today’s Adventure
Today we will venture to amazing Arezzo and be entertained and guided by our Local Guide, Dr. Susanna Burrichi — she's Journey’s lead guide in Florence. We will enjoy some free time in this amazing city before we return to the villa late this afternoon. 

Journey Dinners IconTonight’s Dinner at the Villa
Each evening the Journey Chef will create something spectacular for our dinner. 

 

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DAY 6: ENJOYING THE VILLA & NEARBY VILLAGE

Enjoy a day at leisure or opt for one of our many optional experiences. 

Orientation Walk IconDiscovery Walk: Village
Join the Journey Adventure Leader for a trip into the nearby town to explore its quaint nooks and crannies. Throughout the day, the Villa Shuttle will transfer you at your leisure.  


Journey Dinners IconTonight’s Dinner at the Villa
Tonight's dining event includes a special tasting of cheeses, balsalmics, oils and of course, wine. 

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DAY 7: DISCOVERING PIENZA

Today’s Adventure
Today, venture to amazing Pienza for a walking tour with our guide, and then free time for lunch. A tiny hole-in-the-wall that boats excellent local fare and interesting vino (don't forget to try the olive oil). 


Nearby Pienza is also known as one of the filming locations for Gladiator, with the owner of this restaurant's Nonna owning the field of wheat where actor Russell Crowe walked through as Maximus.


We will return to our villa late afternoon.

Journey Dinners IconTonight’s Dinner at the Villa
Included Chef-Prepared Dining Tonight 

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DAY 8: DISCOVERY OPTIONS

Today’s Adventure
You have a choice to enjoy Siena or another village in the area today (more information on the 2nd option coming soon). For Siena, we make our way to Siena to take in a walking tour beginning in the impressive Piazza del Campo, in the heart of Siena. Enjoy a walking tour as we begin in the impressive Piazza del Campo, in the heart of Siena. The piazza is in the shape of the letter "D," and is divided into cloves to mimic the mantle of the Virgin Mary to whom the city honors. 

The tall tower, or Torre del Mangia, caps the Palazzo Pubblico, Siena's town hall. Then enjoy free time in the city before our included dinner in town. 

For those opting for the other village dinner will also be included back at the villa.


Journey Dinners IconIncluded Dinners
Enjoy a wonderful dining experience tonight in Siena and/or at the Villa. 

We return late to the villa for the balance of the night at leisure.  

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DAY 9: THE VILLA

Today, enjoy the Villa and its grounds at leisure. 

We have optional activities for today if you so desire.

Journey Dinners IconOur Special Journey Finalé
Meet your Journey Adventure Leader for our special celebration tonight. Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together.
 

Journey Dinners IconFarewell Dinner Event at the Villa
Enjoy a special dinner on the grounds of the Villa Estate tonight with the Journey Adventure Leader. As our adventure draws to a close we dream of our next chapter in the Journey!  

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DAY 10: ARRIVEDERCI!

After breakfast, your tour ends. Do you wish to extend your exploration of Italy or greater Europe? What about the Amalfi Coast or perhaps, Greece? — inquire with reservations on your options.  

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Treasures of Tuscany 2021-2022

11 Days | Florence, Val d'Orcia, Siena, Pienza, Arezzo and Villa Estate

Journey's Hand-Picked Hotels

We have included our Journey hand-picked hotels that feature uniquely-designed hotels reflecting the culture and ambiance of the very cities you're visiting. They feature full, hot American breakfast included with private bathrooms. The hotels we've selected in the Great Cities of Italy are literally centuries older than our country, so, you can expect uniquely decorated rooms featuring usual and unusual amenities, European-style and seasonal air-conditioning. Remember, we're traveling to a foreign country where things are...different, but that's one of the reasons we travel. The only times an alternate property may be used would be in the event of no availability. In this case, a property of similar quality and location will be used. Make note, it is extremely rare for this scenario to take place.

Do you prefer an upgraded hotel to one of our Luxury properties? Or perhaps the hotel is the least of your concerns and you'd rather spend your vacation dollars on experiences? Then consider our "Options to Modify" throughout the itinerary if you would like to modify one of your properties.

 

Book a pre tour hotel room

ADD A NIGHT IN FLORENCE

Pre-Tour Hotel Room

FLoReNCE, Italy

FLORENCE ITALY

Nights 1-2

Grand Hotel Cavour

FLORENCE, Italy

Nights 3-9

Villa in Tuscany

CETONA, Italy

STAY LONGER IN ITALY

Post-Tour Experience

Italy



Treasures of Tuscany 2021-2022

11 Days | Florence, Val d'Orcia, Siena, Pienza, Arezzo and Villa Estate

Journey to Tuscany during the Best Times of the Year

11 days, 10 nights land, 9 day round-trip travel time including flight times. Journey's unique approach to Tuscany features Florence and then a week in the countryside.

 

 
 
2021 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
 
DATE PACKAGE PER PERSON AVAILABILITY

Sep
16
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Oct
7,14
Deluxe $6,385 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,255 AVAILABLE

 

Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Solo Supplement is $1455 and provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.
2022 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
DATE PACKAGE PER PERSON AVAILABILITY

Mar
3,10,17,24,31
Deluxe $6,385 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,255 AVAILABLE

Apr
7,14,21,28
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

May
5,12,19,26
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Jun
2,9,16,23,30
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Jul
7,14,21,28
Deluxe $6,385 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,255 AVAILABLE

Aug
4,11,18,25
Deluxe $6,385 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,255 AVAILABLE

Sep
1,8,15,22,29
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Oct
6,13,20,27
Deluxe $6,385 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,255 AVAILABLE

 

2023 Trip Dates, Pricing & Availability
DATE PACKAGE PER PERSON AVAILABILITY

Mar
Thursday Departures
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Apr
Thursday Departures
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

May
Thursday Departures
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Jun
Thursday Departures
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Jul
Thursday Departures
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Aug
Thursday Departures
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Sep
Thursday Departures
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Oct
Thursday Departures
Deluxe $6,685 AVAILABLE
Classic $5,855 AVAILABLE

Pricing is based upon room category availability at time of booking: Prices will change as availability is reduced. Solo Supplement is $1690 and provides a double occupancy room for solo use and is with a tour that already has at least six (6) other guests booked. Published prices are based on a departure with at least six (6) Journey travelers.