Tuscan Culinary Experience-Groupon
On Sale Now! from $1999 per person
Travel November 1, 2013 to Feb 28, 2014
Travel Oct 1 to Oct 31, 2013 and Mar 1 to Mar 31, 2014 for additional $200 per person
Stay an extra night in Tuscany and extended car rental for only $100 more per person.
Call 800-495-4903 to redeem your voucher
Tuscany is an ideal place for a food-centric vacation: from the famous wines produced here to the regional cheeses and organic olive oils that are central to traditional dishes as they have been from generation to generation.
After arriving in Florence, you'll pick up your rental car and make your way to the Villa Casagrande, where you'll enjoy 6 nights in this picture-perfect Tuscan villa. From this beautiful property, you can easily visit Florence for "must see" sites as the Duomo, the Pitti Palace as well as the Uffizi Gallery. You'll also be centrally placed to take day trips all around Tuscany, including Pisa, Sienna, and many other hidden villages.
We've also customized your vacation to include a wide variety of culinary experiences including a Chianti wine tasting in Castello di Meleto - and another wine tasting and tour right at the Villa Casagrande; a pizza making class; and two afternoon classes in traditional Tuscan cuisine also taught at the Villa Casagrande with Chef Paola Boncini. Afterwards, you'll eat and enjoy the fruits of your labor - typical Tuscan and Italian dishes, topped off by sweets and Tuscan cakes. Add an additional night so you can really explore the gastronomic soul of Tuscany.
- Roundtrip economy class airfare from New York (JFK) to Florence
- Manual shift economy car rental for duration
- 6 nights at the Villa Casagrande (breakfast included)
- 2—Cooking Classes
- 1—Pizza Making Class
- 1—Villa Casagrande Wine tasting and tour
- 1—Castello di Meleto Wine tasting and tour
- All local taxes, hotel service charges, carrier and government taxes/fees/facility charges on airfare. Gratuities, some local city taxes and meals other than noted are NOT included.
Stay an extra night in Tuscany at the Villa Casagrande with breakfast and extended rental car for only $100 more per person.
Advertised package prices are based on select departures as noted on the booking calendar and were available via the Great Value Vacations website and may not represent current prices.
Packages include roundtrip economy class airfare on valid transatlantic services as noted in specific package inclusions and as indicated on booking engine calendar which may also include code share flight agreements between carriers as indicated during the booking process; carriers may vary based on city of origin.
Other departure dates and origins are available at slightly higher rates. Prices are per person based on two people traveling together (unless specified otherwise) based on 7 day advance purchase and include roundtrip economy class airfare including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees including the September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect some taxes or fees.
Packages are subject to availability and are capacity controlled and may not be available on every date or on all flights and may be restricted to certain hotel room and car categories. Fares apply to North American originating passengers only. Full payment is made at the time of reservation. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights. Higher fares may also be available throughout travel period. Cannot be combined with any other discount/promotion. Not eligible for accrual of frequent flyer points/mileage. Child/infant discounts not available. Stopovers are not permitted. Valid for new bookings only. Offers may be changed or withdrawn at any time without notice.
Please note: Many cities in Italy charge a local tourist tax to hotel guests. These taxes must be paid directly to the hotel by hotel guests; these taxes cannot be pre-paid or covered by a tour operator. All taxes are subject to change, as determined by local governments in Italy.
In Rome, there is a 3 euro per person per night local tax; in Florence and Venice, there is a 3 - 5 euro per person per night local tax. Other examples of cities where a tourist tax applies include: Alberobello; Ancona; Bergamo; Capri; Catania; Giardini Naxos; Montecatini; Padua; Tuscany region; Sorrento Coast. Similar local taxes apply in other cities in Italy. A 2 euro per person per night local tax also applies at Fattoria Usignoli.
Cancellations /Changes: Fares are non-refundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancellation/change and depend upon the package type.
Travel Trip Protection (including Pre-departure Trip Cancellation Waiver) will be offered during the booking process and if purchased you will be allowed to cancel/change your trip once for any reason up to 72 hours prior to departure and receive a refund of your payments made, less Travel Trip Protection costs and fees. Additional coverage for trip delay; missed connection; baggage and medical protections; and 24 hour worldwide assistance services are also included. If you have not purchased Travel Trip Protection, all bookings are non-refundable.
Villa Casagrande is located in the historical centre of Figline Valdarno, a small town strategically situated between the cities of Florence, Arezzo and Siena.
This elegant hotel represents pure Tuscan style, true to its artistic heritage, and set in the context of absolute tranquility. Recently renovated, Villa Casagrande is furnished with warm elegance and equipped with every comfort. Located at the bottom of the castle walls, the hotel's wellness centre includes an indoor pool, outdoor pool (seasonal), sauna, hydro-massage tub, hammam, sensory showers and relaxation areas. The restaurant, located in the antique halls of arms during the winter, and in the courtyard during the summer months, specializes in the delicate flavors of Tuscany, woven into a cuisine that is both light and international.
- Gift shops or newsstand
- Pool table
- Restaurant(s) in hotel
- Smoke-free property
- Swimming pool - indoor
- Swimming pool - outdoor seasonal
- Air-conditioned public areas
- Free self-parking (limited spaces)
- Internet point
- Luggage storage
- Number of meeting/conference rooms - 2
- Pool sun loungers (chaise longues)
- Wired (high-speed) Internet access - surcharge
- Wireless Internet access - surcharge
- Blackout drapes/curtains
- Complimentary toiletries
- Cribs/infant beds available
- In-room safe
- Iron/ironing board (on request)
- Sofa bed
- Window opens
- Access via exterior corridors
- City view
- Climate control
- Courtyard view
- Daily housekeeping
- Digital television service
- Flat-panel television
- Free Wi-Fi
- Hair dryer
- Handheld showerhead
- Private bathroom
- Separate sitting area
- Sewing kit
- Shower only
- Wake-up calls
Plan a visit to see the world-famous art at the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.
Visit the Church of San Lorenzo to see the Medici Chapel and the mausoleum designed by Michelangelo.
Visit the oldest pharmacy in the world in the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella and shop for the same products favored by Catherine de’Medici, Princess Caroline of Monaco and Catharine Zeta-Jones to name a few.
Walk the streets to see if you can spot locations that hosted the filming of movies such as Light in the Piazza, Hannibal, and A Room with a View.
Travel south of the city to Chianti and sample the famous wine where the Sangiovese grapes used to make it are grown and the wine is made.
Visit the outdoor market and rub the snout of Il Porcellino for luck (and get in some great shopping with a heavy dose of haggling!)