Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Wine Region Small Group Day Trip from Florence - Reviews

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rschantz United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

I had an excellent experience with this tour, and would recommend it without reservation. We were a small group with our guide/driver Giuliano and our guide in Siena, Adele. We rode in a clean mini-van and were not crowded at all. Giuliano spoke excellent English and was an expert with wines - from grape growing, wine making, aging, bottling, distribution and even to grappa. He was able to answer all the questions in a very clear, very pleasant and helpful way. Our guide in Siena, Adele, is Sienese, and we learned a lot about the various churches and saints as well as the various contrade in Siena that compete in the famous Palio. We stopped at a family-run farm just outside of San Gimignano, where we had the various wines from the family's properties in San Gimignano and in Siena. The wines were excellent. All of the family were helping - we had Pietro, one of the sons, to help us. He explained everything in great detail, very clearly, and very thoughtfully. It was a pleasure to meet him and to taste his family's wines. We were served lunch, as part of the wine tasting. Because we were a small group, we were able to also see Monteriggioni just outside of Siena, the walled village built by the Sienese as a outpost against the Florentines in the 1200's. We also drove through Chianti on our way back and saw the Abbey of Badia a Passignano, as well as the little medieval town of Montefioralle. A very memorable trip!

imundh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This was one of the best days we had in Italy. An absolute MUST. The guide/driver was so friendly and knowledgeable. The vineyard was remarkable.

Cheryl Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

This trip was amazing. It was great having a small group. You didn't feel lost in the crowd. Our driver/main guide was very charming and fun. Siena and San Gimignano were so beautiful and interesting. Our guide in Siena was lovely and very knowledgeable. She is from Siena and that made it even more fun. The vineyard we visited was beautiful and the tour was very informative. More importantly, the wine was wonderful and the lunch served was excellent. Be prepared to walk a lot and keep in mind that you will be doing a lot of climbing. The cities are built on hills so you have a great deal of climbing and steep inclines but the pace was slow so not too difficult. Wear good walking shoes. Also, you will be visiting a lovely church, so no shorts and no bare shoulders ladies. Carry a light shawl or scarf with you to put over your shoulders.

Jerrilynn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Our driver/guide was knowledgeable, interesting and friendly. Our local guide in Siena showed us a personal side of the city, walking through neighborhood and learning the history of this beautiful city. Our lunch and wine tour in Chianti was beautiful and delicious! Great tour!

Chuck United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

A great tour. Our tour guide, Jakamo, knew the areas very well and was a really valuable part of the tour. Each town was unique and really gave us a good sense of Italy that we couldn't have gotten in Florence or as part of a large group, and the winery visit was a nice addition. Definitely a fun and interesting day.

Amily H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

Great history lesson, and vineyard experience. If your looking for more tasting, I'd recommend the all day wine tour by viator.

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Great experince

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

Our tour guide driver Jonathan ,was a wealth of information ,pleasant, and very accommodating, a great day with him. Elizabeth ,the tour guide in sienna was also a wealth of information and showed us the nooks and crannies of Siena, what a pleasure .

Richard S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

This trip was absolutely fantastic! We enjoyed each of the 4 stops but especially liked the stop in Siena with a walking tour and tour guide. Giacomo did a great job driving us around and I would certainly recommend this trip. We stopped at one winery with a short tour, several tastings and a lunch of cheese, meats and bread.

Joseph S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Beautiful, breathtaking, countryside!! The growers of the two vineyards we visited were very hospitable. Our guide Giacomo was quite knowledgeable, a gem.

Edward K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Great tour, wonderful friendly guide. Highly recommended day trip from Florence

Anne N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Good bus, Jacamo an excellent driver we saw the countryside and had frequent stops. Not suitable because of timings to take photos but most enjoyable wine tastings. No lunch available at a trattoria but purchased at the first vineyard meat and cheese platter for 15 e each. Very informative tasting at our second stop but unfortunately due to other visitors there was no room for us to sit outside for our tastings which would have been nice. Overall very nice to get out of the city and see the countryside.

darrenmuise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Fantastic tour. The scenery was amazing and the wineries and towns we visited were just perfect. The van was very comfortable for the drive and the length of the tour was just right. Our guide Fabrizio (forgive me if I've spelled his name wrong) was the best. He went out of his way to pick up other people on the tour who were late, took us to a few spots that weren't necessarily part of the tour (like stopping on the hill above Florence for pics, etc). One of the people on the tour left her phone behind at a previous stop, and Fabrizio called back, arranged to have someone he knew look for it and then got it back later in the day and was going to deliver it to the hotel of the person who lost it. Top notch service for sure.

Sharon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Our guide was so knowledgeable and helpful. We had a wonderful day learning about the Chianti region. What a great experience.

Brian N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great guide with a passion and lots of energy. Winery was reasonable and nice selection of wine. Couple of stops for pictures. Well worth the money.

Joanne T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Excellent. Loved the terra cotta factory. Nice variety. Excellent tour guide(Lorenzo)

Helen D R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Our Small Group Chiati Wine Region Day Trip was outstanding! It was definitely one of the best tours I have ever taken. We had a terrific driver and guide-Tiberio. He was very informative and told us many interesting facts about Tuscany. I especially liked that this tour included a visit to a pottery factory, medieval castle and market town as well as two wineries. The only negative for me was I was expecting lunch to be on our own. Instead it was at the first winery and was a sampling of cheese,salami and prosciutto shared by two persons.
I did not.know that was our lunch and we paid 15euros each for it. Still having said that, it was a fantastic trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Joseph D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Fantastic Tour!! the guide was exceptional and friendly. He didn't rush us, even when we would take some extra time to explore different places that we visited. We felt the stops that we took we are great and very worthwhile. Highly Recommended!!

Julie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Our small group tour of 8 was wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed! Our tour guide, Tiberio Fabbri, had a wealth of knowledge about the Italian countryside, history and people, it truly enhanced our experience! We experienced so much more than the 2 wineries; but the highlight was our lunch with wine paring at one of the wineries! A perfect day overall and one of our favorites in the 2 weeks abroad!

Mary G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

Alexander was our tour guide for this Chianti Wine tour. We visited Medieval towns in Tuscany. Later we had lunch at a winery where we sample wines long with our meal that was outstanding. Very enjoyable with a total of six people. While we ate, Alexander played classical music on the piano for us. After this wonderful lunch we headed to another winery where we again sample wine but also had the pleasure of sampling the best balsamic vinegar that I have ever tasted. Between the beautiful scenery, the great tasting wines, and the company, this is a tour that is worth taking.

Ken I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

What a great day in traveling through the countryside of Tuscany and the Chianti wine region! This was a very small group tour. Our Guide and driver Mauro was absolutely the best! Lunch at Monterinaldi Winery along with the tour of the grounds and their facility was a highlight. The wine as very good. Lunch- Completely gourmet and homemade. Again, I can't give enough accolades to the Tour company and our Host/Driver for the day Mauro! They are excellent.

Dianna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

We had such a great time on our tour. Our guide Luca was very knowledgeable about the region, the wines and the olive trees. The 2 wineries we stopped at were great. I would highly recommend this trip.

Teresa T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2013

Very good trip. Would highly recommend .

Neil R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

HIghly Highly recommended. Don't miss this wonderful tour. The driver/guide was so knowledgeable in the area of wines, olive oils, local areas and customs. Worth every penny. The trip lasted all day but there was so much wonderful countryside to see.

kelly s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2012

certainly one of he best days i Florence. Johnathan took great care of us and offerred terrific info throughout. We really enjoyed the fine family style lunch and wine tasting offered at one of the wine estates. A truely excellent meal with exellent value. Fun and well paced day out of the city to see this beautiful countryside

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