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Best part of our trip was a tour of 2 wineries and a visit to a couple of towns on the way. We hired a private driver who picked us up in a Mercedes SUV at 9AM in front of our hotel and brought us to the Chianti Region and dropped us off at 5PM. It cost us 450 Euros but was worth it.
We had a nice lunch and tasted several wines and cheeses, pasta with fresh truffles and purchased 3 cases of wine that they shipped back to the US.
You can take a group tour which my daughter and neice did a few later and that cost was 85 Euros. They also had a great time which is what this 1/2 day tour is that I am recommending.
I would highly recommend doing this
This was an absolutely wonderful trip! My three friends and I really enjoyed our tour and tour guide, Eduardo. My only complaint is that we were a little rushed at the second stop! We had time to taste the wines and walk around for 10 minutes before having to leave. However, that doesn't really detract from the overall experience. The wines were amazing and the tastes of salami, cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and truffle sauce were to die for. Highly recommended tour!
loved every minute. The Morelli wine tasting was excellent.
This is not just a tour outside Florence, it is way out in the Chainti region. It is a significant but ride through the region giving you a good glimpse of the beauty of this area. The guide on the bus also narrated interesting things as we traveled in multiple languages but the tours were only in English. I was looking for a smaller more intimate tour but this was a very pleasant experience with 50 people total. The two wineries we visited were well prepared and had plenty of space for all and it was a fun sized group. Both wineries were very different and both had samples of their wines. We learned a lot about the Chianti region and it's wines.The first winery also had samples of their olive oil and balsamic vinegar. There was plenty of food to sample. The 2nd one in addition to their wines, talked more their different balsamic vinegar and it was amazing. This winery is in an old castle tht the family now ownes along with the little community complete with a small chapel. Both hosts were energetic, passionate about their wines and had great humor. Both were from the family that owned the wineries. Both had areas where you could purchase many things and we had plenty of time for shopping. There is walking involved to get to the wineries from the bus and some stairs. Very nicely done tours. We had plenty of wine samples!
The tour meet up was easy to find, unlike some other tours we took. The drive through wine country was pretty. The first winery was very nice. The winery guide was awesome -- very charming and engaging. The wine and snacks were EXCELLENT -- there was quite a bit of cheese, salami, and bread for tasting various truffle oils and balsamic vinegars. Even a shot of grappa at the end. Most people bought stuff afterwards. The surroundings were great for photos. The second tour was also nice -- with an informative tour of the cellars. Less food, and the wine was not as good, but still a pleasant experience.
Some notes... We did not have a minivan, but rather a large tour bus, which was fine. But I just wish they started up the AC a few minutes before we boarded each time so we didn't board a hot bus. The castle was a nice bonus, but don't expect a long enough stay to do very much. We just had time to look around a bit. As everyone else stated, plan for more than 4 hours. We arrived back in Florence around 8pm. I loved that it was long, but they should probably change the description to be more accurate for planning.
We loved this tour! The guide was informative, but not overly so, and she was very friendly. The guide also spoke many languages, so she was able to accommodate those on our tour that didn't speak Italian or English. The wineries were wonderful. The stop at the fortress was a nice touch. We were able to easily find the guide at the train station upon arrival. The drive took about an hour out and back. I have to note that we did not arrive back at the train station until 8:30 that evening, so the tour took 6 hours instead of the posted 4. I'm wondering if they didn't include the commute in the total time...not a big deal unless you are trying to plan something afterwards. I think this tour was a great value for the money, and the perfect amount of time. Overall, this was exactly what we expected. Thank you!
This was an awesome experience. The wineries were beautiful and the wine delicious! The winery hostesses at each were excellent spokespersons for their wineries. They explained very well their wine making processes and were knowledgeable and well spoken when guiding us through the tastings. A great and fun way to experience the beautiful Tuscan countryside.
The guide's understanding of english could have been better. The tour is listed on Viator's site as four hours, which implies finishing at 6:30. We have a train six hours after the tour was scheduled to end. Once we got on the tour, we discovered that the tour was actually scheduled to end 5 hours and 15 minutes after the start, according to the tour guide and the brochure on the tour from the tour operator that people had. The tour ran long. Having two busses on two different tours stop at the first winery at the same time, was a problem. The people who wanted to make a purchase overwhelmed the gift shop causing the tour to leave the first winery late. When we actually got to Monteriggioni, the guide told us to get back to the bus 20 minutes after we arrived. Since it took 10 minutes to walk from the bus to the actual site, this left no time to actual site the site. We actually left Monteriggioni about 15 minutes later than she said, arriving back at the bus station 5 hours and 45 minutes after the tour started. This left us 15 minutes to get our luggage from the locker and get to the train Luckily the train was 10 minutes late, and we just made it. Based on the 4 hour tour as listed on Viator's website we thought we had 2 hours, not 15 minutes. Other than this the tour was great.
It was wonderful. The first winery we went to www absolutely amazing. We learned so much and the wine was really great.
Monteriggioni was the second place we went. The winery there was very hot. It was a very quick tasting. Not as great in my opinion. We also weren and #39;t given much time to explore.
Our guide francesca was fabulous and places we visited were great
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