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TASTE OF TUSCANY - Siena & Chianti wine

AN AFTERNOON TOUR DEPARTING AT 2:00PM TO THE CHIANTI REGION TO GET A REAL TASTE OF TUSCANY; GOOD WINE & OIL, GREAT SCENERY & THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF SIENA.   If you only have 1 day in Florence, this is a perfect tour for you! Spend the whole morning sightseeing Florence, its museums, momuments and markets then come away from the crowds on an afternoon trip to visit Tuscany and the beautiful town of Siena.   WHAT'S INCLUDED: Transport on a 8 seat minivan Your IOAB English speaking tour guide 2h visit of Siena Orientation walk of Siena with our tour leader Aperitivo in Siena ( drink + snacks ) Tasting of local products in Siena Wine and olive oil tasting in a winery DETAILS: WHEN: TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY MEETING TIME: 1:40pm MEETING POINT: in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite Hotel Galileo DURATION: 6h. We return back to Florence at 8:00pm just before dinner time MIN/MAX: Min.4 - Max 16   ADDITIONAL INFO COMBO TOURS Save money and time for a full Tuscany experience. COMBINE the Taste of Tuscany with :  - Horseback riding tour - Morning in Pisa tour:  Go climb the leaning tower of Pisa in the morning with our team and join the afternoon tour to Tuscany.   These tours can be done on the same day of the Taste of Tuscany. PLEASE NOTE In Siena we don't include a guided walking tour. All information about Siena will be provided during the journey to reach the town. Once in Siena your tour leader will take you for an orientation walk passing by the main sites. OUR TEAM RECOMMENDS If you are interested in a wine tour we recommend the Grape Escape winery tour or the Wine Not tour.   

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COOKING CLASS IN TUSCANY

Work on your Italian baby food belly with this fun cooking course set in a Tuscany farmhouse Spend a RELAXING DAY in the heart of the Tuscan countryside learning everything this land has to offer and get a baby food from the amount of delicious plates you are going to prepare. The cooking course will take place at a RURAL VILLA not too far from San Gimignano, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Tuscany surrounded by olive trees and vines in the Chianti region. This is where the cooking course will take place and where you will learn and prepare yourself how to create AUTHENTIC TUSCAN DISHES from a funny and knowledgeable locals: Antipasti, HOMEMADE PASTA with two different sauces, second courses, dessert and lots more. During the meal you will also taste 3 different types of WINE TO TASTE produced in the region by a local winery that you will be able to buy at a very low cost before returning back to Florence. At the end, our chef will give you a recipe book for you to remember a A TRULY HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN TUSCANY.   DETAILS: WHEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY.  MEETING TIME 9:40am MEETING POINT In front of our office on Via Nazionale 149r DURATION 7h. Back to Florence by 5:00 pm INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Our local and informative guide, transport, private cooking class at the Tuscan villa, lunch with wine tasting and a recipe book. PRICE: € 100 LOW COST Do you have your own car? Book the cooking clas only for € 70pp MIN/MAX min1 - max 8  AGE LIMIT  no children under 15 TIPS: WHY NOT VISITING SAN GIMIGNANO? Ask your guide to be dropped off in San Gimignano instead of going back to Florence and make your own way back by public bus. In this way you can visit this beautiful town as well. 

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LET'S GO HORSEBACK RIDING IN TUSCANY

A half day tour for a unique way to experience Tuscany... on horseback!    What's included: Your local & informative IOAB tour leader Round trip transportation on a 8 seat minivan 1h30 horseback ride Riding helmets are provided free of charge Info on the road about the area and the local products A Tuscan light lunch with wine DETAILS WHEN TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY ( available other days on request, get in touch with us ) MEETING TIME 8:45am MEETING POINT in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite hotel Galileo PRICE € 110.00 pp -  € 90.00 student price DURATION 5h. Back to Florence at 1:30pm  MIN/MAX min 2 people - max 8 NOTE - Wear closed shoes; no flip flops or sandals. Wear long trousers. You can get changed at the ranch. - Max weight accepted is 110kg - no people younger than 18 - We use english saddles - Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meal available upon request   COMBINE THIS TOUR TO SAVE MONEY AND TIME: Combine the horseback ride with our TASTE OF TUSCANY departing on the same day in the afternoon to visit Siena, more of the Chianti region with wine tasting in a local cellar.     

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PISA & CINQUE TERRE day trip

A full day tour from Florence to visit Pisa and the Cinque Terre with a local expert An early wake up for an exciting day at the Cinque Terre, the most characteristic villages of Italy famous for their natural beauty, scenic trails, spectacular coast line and sunny beaches, including a 1h30 stop at the famous leaning tower of Pisa. This tour is a perfect opportunity for people aged 18-39's to make new friends and visit the best of the Cinque Terre especially if you have a tight schedule and can't spend a few days there. Thanks to our expert local tour leaders a full day to Cinque Terre from Florence will be possible and they will make sure you experience the most of it in only a day. DETAILS:  WHEN TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SUNDAY all year round. Extra departures: SATURDAYS on June, July, August and September MEETING TIME 7am MEETING POINT in front of the main entrance of the pharmacy located inside Santa Maria Novella Train station opposite platform 16 DURATION 13h PLEASE NOTE - The tour is run by train. The Cinque Terre are located 2h30m outside of Florence in the Liguria region. The villages can only be visited by train or boat so in high season due to the popularity of the villages, the trains could be very crowed. Be prepared. - This tour is not suitable for people with walking disabilties. - In the event of bigger groups, the tour will depart from Florence to La Spezia by private coach  - We recommend you not to make any travel arrangements when we return to Florence in the event of any train delays. - Don't bring any valuable items on the tour. Theves are frequent on the Cinque Terre MIN - MAX Min 6 people - Max 45 INCLUDED  - Local English speaking tour leader - Stop in Pisa to allow you to visit the leaning tower - The best of Cinque Terre: Riomaggiore, Manarola and Vernazza - ALL Train tickets - Maps and info - Time to swim ( not recommended in the winter months ) NOT INCLUDED Food and Drinks.  WINTER RECCOMMANDATIONS: Certainly winter is not the best time to visit the Cinque Terre, which are summer villages and mainly come alive from April until the end of October, however winter is the best time to appreciate the nature, the landscape and the quietness of this magic lands away from the summer crowds. A stop to Pisa before heading to Cinque Terre is a must.  FOOD & DRINKS From November until March the majority of the shops and local restaurants will close for their annual leave. We recommend to bring a packed lunch FORECAST In case of rain we recommend you to bring a rain coat due to the wind on the villages and wear warm clothes LANDSCAPE The paths on the national park due to the often land slides are closed by the local authorities every time is considered to be dangerous for the people. DEPARTURES: From/to Florence Price: Adults from € 85.00 / Students from € 69.00 Meet the group in front of the pharmacy inside Santa Maria Novella Train starion opposite platform 16 at 7am. Remember don't be late, we travel by train ! In the unlucky event you are late and you miss the group, just take the first train to Pisa and you can meet the group there at 10.40am from Piazza Manin. Don't forget to send a quick email to inform us so that the guide can meet you in Pisa. From/to Pisa Price: Adults from € 69.00  If you stay in Pisa and you would like to visit the Cinque Terre, meet our group continuing to Cinque Terre at 10:40am in Piazza Daniele Manin in front of the McDonald's right outside the Square of Miracles. Please keep in mind that the visit of Pisa won't be included with this option. Eurorail Pass Holders Price: from € 35.00 Save money on the tour cost!  Remember to bring your pass in the morning or you will pay a fine :-( CANCELLATION POLICY:  We travel by train so we are subject to the direct organisation and schedule of the local trains. Please read our terms and conditions in the event of a last minute train strike that will unfortunately stop us from running the tour.

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THE TASTE OF TUSCANY PLUS with dinner at a Tuscan farm

A tour departing at 2pm to Siena, Monteriggioni and the Chianti region with dinner in a Tuscan farm and wine tasting included! If you only have 1 day in Florence, this is a perfect tour for you! Spend the whole morning sightseeing Florence, its museums, momuments and markets then come away from the crowds on an afternoon trip to some of the most beautiful local towns in Tuscany.   ITINERARY: First stop will be in Monteriggioni, a 13th century medieval town which was the stage for the famous movie “The Gladiator”. Here you will be able to admire the wonderful views of the area and the Tuscan countryside from the ancient walls or explore the small shops selling the local handicrafts. The second stop will be at the historic city of Siena where you will be enchanted by the architectural styles of the Cathedral, the Mangia Bell Tower and the Palazzo Pubblico in Piazza del Campo, the venue of the famous Palio horse race held twice a year in July and August. In Siena you will have free time to wander around and discover the hidden beauties of this magical town. The third stop will be in a local winery. You will be visiting the cellars accompanied by useful explanations from an expert and you will discover the traditions of the wine making art followed by a wine tasting at the end. In the winery you will be able to buy the local products at a great price either to bring back home or to the local farm later in the day to drink while enjoying the dinner with your new friends. Finally we will reach an authentic Tuscan farm in the heart of the famous Chianti Classico region for dinner. Here begins the serious task of tasting locally produced Tuscan products, including pecorino cheese accompanied by various tasty jams, pasta, bruschetta, mixed salad, seasoned vegetables and fresh extra-virgin olive oil on bread before returning back to Florence. DETAILS: WHEN TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY* from April to the end of October. From Nov to March check out our Grape Escape or Tuscany Experience day trips MEETING TIME 1:40pm MEETING POINT in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite Hotel Galileo PRICE € 75 INCLUDED IN THE PRICE All included in the price! Transport, English speaking local guide, wine tasting in a winery, 1h30 visit of Siena, short visit of Monteriggioni, dinner. DURATION 8h. We return back to Florence at 10:30pm MIN/MAX Min.4 - Max.16   IS THIS TOUR FULLY BOOKED OR NOT AVAILABLE IN THE DAYS YOU ARE FREE? JOIN OUR GRAPE ESCAPE WINERY TOUR or our TUSCANY EXPERIENCE

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TUSCANY HIGHLIGHTS - PISA, SIENA & TUSCANY WINE REGION

A full day from Florence to discover Pisa, Siena and the Tuscany wine region. A tour of all for all!  What's included: Your local IOB tour leader with plenty of stories and info for you Return train ticket to Pisa  2h free time to explore the famous " Piazza dei Miracoli" Private 8 seat van for the second part of the day The best of Tuscany in one day Orientation walk of Siena led by our IOAB team  2h free time to explore Siena  Tuscany wine region with stop in a local winery Taste 4 wines & extra Virgin olive oil  Tour the cellars and learn about the local wine production DETAILS WHEN TUESDAY, THURSDAY & SATURDAY MEETING TIME 7:00am MEETING POINT in front of the pharmacy located inside the SMN train station opposite platform 16  DURATION From 7:00 am to 8:00pm just before dinner time not included - Tickets to climb the leaning tower of Pisa. This can be booked separately for € 25.00 - Lunch  

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PISA & LUCCA, the pearls of Tuscany, day trip

Pisa, home of the famous leaning tower and Lucca well known for its intact Renaissance-era city walls and monuments, are the pearls of Tuscany, 2 places not to be missed. You will leave in the morning with your local English speaking tour guide from Florence Santa Maria Novella train station. During the trip to Pisa we will provide useful information and maps about the town and its monuments. Once in Pisa you will have 2h free time to explore the famous piazza dei Miracles ( Square of Miracles), clim the bell tower of the Cathedral, known as "the leaning Tower of Pisa", visit the Duomo (the Cathedral), the Baptistry and the Campo Santo (the monumental cemetery) all this at your own time. We will head to Lucca in the afternoon the birthplace of composers Giacomo Puccini (La Bohème and Madama Butterfly),  where the walls around the old town are still intact and are the perfect place to admire the city all around. In Lucca you will have free time to check out the many churches that make this town special, the famous square piazza Anfiteatro, Guinigi Tower, St. Martin’s Cathedral and the narrow streets with shops selling the local products and antiques.   DETAILS: WHEN Monday, Wednesday and Saturday MEETING TIME 8:00am MEETING POINT                     in front of the pharmacy located inside santa maria novella train station opposite platform 16 PRICE € 48 EURORAIL PASS € 30 Remember to bring your Eurorail pass in the morning LEANING TOWER Add € 20 to climb the leaning tower of Pisa INCLUDED IN THE PRICE                               Return train tickets to Pisa& Lucca, Local English Speaking guide, Return Bus tickets to the Square of Miracles, Maps and useful info during the entire trip. RETURN 6:00pm  

TOTALLY TUSCANY - Siena, Cortona & Montepulciano

SIENA, CORTONA, MOTEPULCIANO,  WINE TASTING AND LIGHT LUNCH Join Italy on a Budget's day tour to explore the most beautiful Tuscan towns made famous through films. Wander the winding streets of Cortona walked by Diane Lane in UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN, watch out for the vampires of Twilight saga NEW MOON in Montapulciano. Explore the locations made famous by Michelle Pfieffer in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and Ralph Fienes in THE ENGLISH PATIENT. Spot the iconic rolling hills of Tuscany from LETTERS TO JULIET and enjoy a TASTE of the local lifestyle by sampling fine local wine, cheese and other products from the region.   TOUR DESCRIPTION: Meet your local tour leader at the Italy on a Budget tour office in central Florence, just 10 minutes walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station, and the rest of your group of like-minded young travellers. From Florence you will travel for an hour and a half by private 8 seat mini-van through the beautiful Tuscan countryside enjoyed by generations on the movie screen. Learn about the Italian way of life, the local customs, cuisines and quirks from your guide before reaching the first stop of the day. SIENA is the medieval town that set the backdrop of the famous movie Letters to Julliet and Stealing beauty. Be ready to be amaized by Siena a town full of charm, narrow streets with local artisans and medieval squares made in red brigs. A stop of the gotic Cathedral of Siena will be a must before we continue our trips towards our next destination. From here, you head to the famous MONTEPULCIANO, where vampires converge in the Twilight Saga's New Moon. The beautiful walled town is also the home of the Montepulciano DOCG WINE, making it the perfect opportunity for a tasting of vino and other local products at an ancient underground cellar from the 14th century. You will have the chance to purchase products for the perfect gift or to ship home. Your guide will provide you with a local insight, information about the specific scenes and other films set in each place, as well as free time to explore the other attractions that the the towns have to offer at your leisure. Just a 10 mins drive from Montepulciano we will find our local restaurant located in a stunning position overlooking the Tuscan hills and also producers of the famous Montepulciano DOCG wine. Here we will enjoy our LIGHT LUNCH  with local Tuscan products including  WINE TASTING. After lunch you will head to CORTONA, the luscious hilltop town known for its olive groves and made famous by Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun. You will be given free time in Cortona to explore the narrow streets, artisan stores and other landmarks seen in the cinematic adapation of Frances Mayes' novel. Who knows, maybe your own Italian love story will unfold!  We will head back to Florence for approximately 8:00pm   DETAILS WHEN Every TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SUNDAY MEETING TIME 08:00am MEETING POINT Italy on a Budget's office on via nazionale 149R opposite HOTEL GALILEO TOWNS VISITED Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena and Val'D'orcia INCLUDED IN PRICE Travel by minivan, Italy on a Budget's tour leader, 1h30 in Montepulciano,1h visit to Cortona, 2h Visit to Siena, wine and cheese tasting in a 13th century cellar, light lunch in a local winery including 2 wine tasting RETURNS 08:00pm approx MIN- MAX min 4 people to run - max 8

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