Golf, Cooking & Wine in Tuscany & Florence


7 Nights | 3 Rounds
Self Drive Party of 4

Day 1

This evening depart the United States.

Day 2

Your epicurean golf tour begins in Florence. On arrival at Florence or Pisa Airport you will be met by EGT Golf personnel who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to your transportation.


Sightseeing Suggestion: Spend the afternoon in Florence, the capital city of the region of Tuscany and briefly (1865 – 1871) the capital of the kingdom of Italy. The city lies on the Arno River and as centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is sometimes considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Florence is famous for its wealth of fine art and architecture and was long ruled by the Medici family. Monuments and art sites not to be missed are: the Uffizii Gallery, the Academy Gallery, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo, the Giotto belltower, the St. John’s Baptistery, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce. Just to mention few, but the list can grow longer because each part of Florence, each street contains an art treasure.

Your welcome dinner this evening will be in a very typical restaurant in downtown Florence where you will experience “Bistecca Fiorentina”, the huge steak that comes from this region of Tuscany.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Villa Medici: Superior Double Room – including breakfast (2 Rooms, 4 passengers)

Day 3

Today play Firenze Ugolino (tbc). The course lies in the Chianti Hills to the south of Florence. It exploits the natural characteristics of the Tuscan landscape, the cypress trees and olive trees, the slopes that curve and follow the magnificent scenery and the small greens that are well protected. Although not long it will provide a stiff test for all.

 

Tour Inclusion:  Cooking Instruction.  Return to Florence late afternoon for your first cooking class accompanied by a wine tasting conducted by professional sommelier.  You will be preparing the following Renaissance menu:

Crepes Caterina De’Medici Style
Duck in Orange Sauce
Sweet & Sour Onion
Pears vooked with wine zabaione

Overnight: Grand Hotel Villa Medici: Superior Double Room – including breakfast (2 Rooms, 4 passengers)

Day 4

Tour Inclusion: Today you will experience a gastronomic tour in Florence starting with the open-air food market where you can taste some cheeses and balsamic vinegar. Continue to a pastry shop for a coffee accompanied by petits fours before the aperitif based on truffled bread and Prosecco, end the day with lunch at a local wine restaurant. During the tour participants will be accompanied by two gourmets.

The remainder of the afternoon will be free for you to explore Florence at your leisure.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Villa Medici: Superior Double Room – including breakfast (2 Rooms, 4 passengers)

Day 5

 

Today play Le Pavoniere (tbc). The Arnold Palmer designed course features hazards that are cleverly brought into play. The fairways are slightly rolling, and the course is surrounded by holm-oak woods, cluster pines and cypresses. The land has been given some gentle relief but water and shape the majority of holes.

Tour Inclusion: Cooking & Wine Instruction: On the return to Florence, we will stop for at a local vineyard for a visit to the cellars, enjoy the wines and and your second cooking class.  Dependant on the season for travel chosen, a sample menu would be as follows.

Porcini Mushrooms and Veal Liver with butter and rosemary
Sformato of Polenta with Gorgonzola and Truffle
Chicken “Alla Cacciotora” – Hunter Style
Upside Down Apple Cake.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Villa Medici: Superior Double Room – including breakfast (2 Rooms, 4 passengers)

Day 6

 

Tour InclusionMontalcino Tour and Tasting.  Enjoy a dedicated visit to the land of wine par excellence: Montalcino. Here you will visit one of the most important wine producers who also have vineyards in the States. You will visit the cellars, have a welcome aperitif followed by a tasting lunch in the Taverna of the estate, comprising five courses paired with five wines.

 

On the return to Florence take the opportunity to visit Siena and San Gimignano. Located south of Florence, this two medieval towns are located in one of the Chianti areas. Siena is famous in the world for its beautiful square where every August the famous medieval horse race, called the Palio, is run, still respecting the rules of centuries ago. The nearby San Gimignano is famous for probably being the first town in the world having adopted the skyscrapers since the Middle Ages. In fact, at that time, more than 100 were the high towers that filled the sky of this wall-town. Some of these towers are still there.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Villa Medici: Superior Double Room – including breakfast (2 Rooms, 4 passengers)

Day 7

 

Today play Poggio dei Medici (tbc). Set among the splendid hills of Mugello, the Poggio Dei Medici Golf Club is a spectacular and entertaining course. You will find all of golf hazards to contend with lakes, bunkers, streams and clumps of trees created to form a visual horizon that is unique in its harmony and charm.

Tour Inclusion: Chianti Tour, Tasting & Dinner. The afternoon visit a farmhouse in the Chianti region where both wine and olive oil are produced.  Dinner this evening will be in a private house tasting a traditional Tuscan dinner.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Villa Medici: Superior Double Room – including breakfast (2 Rooms, 4 passengers)

Day 8

Tour Inclusion: San Lorenzo market.  Enjoy a dedicated visit to the San Lorenzo market, the fresh food market of Florence, followed by a tour of the food outlets. During the day you will be accompanied by a gourmet as your guide. The Central San Lorenzo Market is housed inside a huge iron and glass building that was built in 1874. On the ground floor there are several delicatessens, selling Florentine and Tuscan delicacies, where it is possible to stop for a bite to eat. On the first floor there are flower stalls and fruit and vegetable stalls where all the local seasonal produce is displayed.

For your farewell dinner, we suggest the 3 Michelin star restaurant of Enoteca Pinchiorri (not included in tour costs).  An inclusion in the Top 50 Best Restaurants in the World.

Overnight: Grand Hotel Villa Medici: Superior Double Room – including breakfast (2 Rooms, 4 passengers)

Day 9

Depart Italy from the Florence or Pisa Airport.

 

Pricing per golfer: $2300

Pricing per Non Golfer: $2000

Tour Includes;
Accommodation in hotels listed with room category and dining basis as detailed in the schedule.
Green fees forThree (3)  rounds of golf as listed in schedule
Ground transportation throughout as detailed below.
Assistance of EGT Golf’s local office at your destination.
Travel pack with useful information on areas visited in your tour.
Local taxes.

Conditions Of Quote
It is priced in United States Dollars (US$).
It is good for a period of 30 days from the date as quoted on the schedule. Rates do increase, and we recommend that you save a copy of this quotation for your own records.
It neither implies nor provides any assurance of availability for the above inclusions
To guarantee these rates we require a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the agreed land cost per person, subject to a minimum $500 deposit, their name and golfer’s handicap and home club at the time the reservations are requested.
To make a reservation please contact a Golf Travel Specialist on 1- +1 (914) 979-2247 orinfo@executiveglobaltours.com
GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Your travel throughout is as follows:

Europcar: Mercedes Vito Minivan with automatic transmission or similar, with unlimited mileage, Third Party Cover, Collision & Theft Waiver, VAT. (Excess of €1300.00 is applicable on Damage Waiver and €2600.00 on the Theft Waiver).

 

 

HOTEL INFORMATION

EGT Golf enjoys fine relationships with many hotels. We are however particularly proud of our relationship with the Preferred Hotel Partners. In these properties EGT Golf clients can expect an especially warm welcome, and we commend them to you. Where a Preferred Hotel Partner appears on your schedule, we provide a hyperlink to that hotel’s site to offer you more in depth information.

GRAND HOTEL VILLA MEDICI
A historical residence located in the center of Florence at walking distance from all major art sites and shopping locations. The Grand Hotel Villa Medici offers a welcoming environment where the high-quality service meets the elegance of the interior furnishings. Lovely, elegantly furnished halls overlook a luxurious garden with pool. The bar and restaurant services are able to satisfy a wide range of client expectations and preferences. Each accommodation presents original antique furnishings and tapestries. The wide windows framing the hill of Florence and the typical Tuscany landscape add a special touch to the 88 accommodations, of which 15 of contemporary style, and the 15 suites of the Grand Hotel Villa Medici.
AIRLINE & TRAVEL PROTECTION INFORMATION

PERRYGOLF AIRLINE DEPARTMENT PerryGolf offers a full service air department to assist in the planning and coordination of airline travel. We encourage you to consider traveling on one of our Preferred Airlines; British Airways or Delta Air Lines which collectively provide an extensive route network to all of our destination cities. For further details on our air travel services and competitive rates please call 1 800 344 5257 ext 230 or email Info@executiveglobaltours.com

EGT Golf offers significantly discounted Business Class fares. Please ensure that you inquire about these. Airline reservations can also be booked for Frequent Flyer Upgrades.

TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN – EGT Golf recommends that you have luggage, accident and trip cancellation insurance. It is important for your own self-interest and protection that you make certain you have adequate coverage. Check with your insurance company or travel agent. . The Travel Protection Plan will provide coverage if your cancellation is caused by a covered reason (e.g. sickness or injury) and you will receive a benefit, such as full reimbursement of all lost monies, under the terms and conditions of the Travel Protection Plan. If purchased within seven days of the initial deposit, this Protection Plan also includes a “Cancellation for Any Reason” waiver.

The Travel Protection Plan is only available to Citizens or Permanent Residents of the USA or Canada.

NOTE: The “Cancel for Any Reason” waiver is only available for travel to the British Isles (Scotland, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales). It is NOT available or offered to other EGT Golf destinations.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Changes: After deposits have been received and confirmation has been issued, any changes requested by the client are subject to an administrative fee of $50.00 per change per person in addition to any charges which may be made by suppliers for cancellations. In most cases, changes cannot be made less than 60 days before travel.

Handicap Certificate: Most courses require visitors to be a member of a recognized golf club and to hold official handicaps, with some courses imposing a maximum handicap restriction. EGT Golf endorses this viewpoint and recommends that players travel with a valid handicap certificate from their golf club which they may be required to produce.

Driving In Italy: Americans visiting Italy as tourists and intending to drive should obtain an International Driving Permit before leaving the U.S. We recommend you visit a website such as www.international-license.com who will assist with your application.