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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.Reviewed by: Mary G, October 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!Reviewed by: Julie C, September 2013
I woke and was not sure what time my tour was starting because of a cycling tour, I got there on time.
I driver was very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I had such great company and conversation. The drive was beautiful, we drank great wine all the way, had a super lunch a little expensive but delicious.
The tour at each wine estate was interesting and we had a great time at both. A must do for anyone going to Tuscany and a day to spareReviewed by: Nwabisa D, October 2013
We had a wonderful day seeing the castle, palaces with wineries and our sop in the village. My only complaint was how lunch was handled. There was some misunderstanding whether lunch was included in the price and this misunderstanding was further supported when the guide suggested that we have lunch at one of the wineries. We did enjoy a lovely lunch and were quickly brought back to reality when, after dessert, we were told that lunch was an additional 25 euros (some thought it was included in the excursion cost).
This could have been handled differently. At the start of the excursion, the guide should have reviewed what was included and not included in the day and given the group an option of stopping along the way for lunch at a restaurant or going to the winery for lunch for a set cost and letting us know the cost in advance. He could easily have then called the winery on his cell phone with our group decision and adjusted the day's itinerary accordingly.
That was the only negative for the day and unfortunately it left many feeling duped.
It was really nice to get a almost private tour of Chianti... about 8 people were in our group... so very nice! However, I have some issues....we were given 40 minutes of free time in Chianti town center... very boring. You can do the square in about 15 mins and the locals weren't nice to tourists. I would much rather have the tour company work it so we can make a trip to Siena instead. That can EASILY be done. Basically the day starts with you meeting in city center in Florence.. about a 30 min drive to a terracotta builder (which honestly, I could have done without too... this is labeled as a WINE trip!)... the terracotta tour took about 45 mins. Then we head to Chianti, for a 40 min walk around the city (again, this could be left out!). Afterwards you are taken to the first winery of the tour ...finally!! After a tour, we are offered lunch with wine tasting.. NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE... very disappointing, if you ask me. While the lunch was beautiful and very tasty and filling, for the amount of money you spent on the tour per person... it needs to be included. Expect to spend 25 Euro per person. Then we go to the second winery of the trip, Casa Emma... the wine is amazing with wonderful views of Tuscany. My only concern here is our tour guide gave us too much time with lunch.. he let us spend almost 2 hours eating, so this rushed our last wine tasting. If you ask me this is the point of a tour guide.. to keep us on a schedule!! It would have been nice to spend more time at the last winery. He also said since "we"--- really?--- spent so much time on lunch, we can't explore another village he had planned. Not cool. Anyway.. if we start the day by just heading straight to Siena, have 1 hour there, then head to our first winery-- timed lunch-- then go to the last winery. Would have be MUCH better. BUT, after all this, I would still recommend this tour because it is a intimate tour of the Chianti wineries.Reviewed by: Delilah, September 2013