Food and Wine: The EuroChocolate Festival of Italy

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Sip regional Brunello di Montalcino in the Tuscan hills. Walk among the life-sized chocolate sculptures lining Perugia’s EuroChocolate Festival. Learn the craft of Italian cooking in the birthplace of the Renaissance. Gastronomy takes on a new meaning in a country where eating and art have always been revered as one and the same (and trust us, there are many,...
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Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
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Trip pace
Balanced schedule


    • You’ll taste regional vintages on rolling vineyards
    • A Tuscan chef reveals the secrets of Italian cooking
    • The Renaissance still thrives in Florence
    • Chocolate becomes art at the Eurochocolate Festival
    • Rural, tucked-away hill towns are a breath of fresh air
    • Italians insist on leisure—so bring on the riposo

What's this trip about?

    Sip regional Brunello di Montalcino in the Tuscan hills. Walk among the life-sized chocolate sculptures lining Perugia’s EuroChocolate Festival. Learn the craft of Italian cooking in the birthplace of the Renaissance. Gastronomy takes on a new meaning in a country where eating and art have always been revered as one and the same (and trust us, there are many, many masterpieces to be discovered).

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Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeGroup - max of 28 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityFlorence
End CityRome

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Cultural
  • Festivals & Special Events


  • Europe
  • Italy


  • Florence
  • Perugia
  • Rome


  • Cooking
  • Educational/ learning
  • Festivals & Special Events
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Wine Tasting

Trip includes

    • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
    • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 3 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson
    • Multilingual Tour Director
    • Private deluxe motor coach
    • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees.

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Travel Map

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

Day 2: Arrival in Florence


Welcome to Italy! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Florence

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance with a local guide.

• Visit the Duomo, Florence’s legendary cathedral

• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

• Step inside ...

Day 4: Free day in Florence

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Florence or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside $119*pp

Optional Excursion - Fiesole Villa Dinner $95*pp

Day 5: Siena via San Gimignano

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

En route to the enchanting city of Siena, stop in San Gimignano, “the city of beautiful towers.”

• Explore the small medieval town of San Gimignano on your own

• Sample some of the region’s fine wines and olive oils at a winery

• Arrive in Siena for this evening’s included dinner

Day 6: Montalcino & Siena

Meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Today, you’ll visit a winery and explore the vibrant cities of Montalcino and Siena

• Spend free time wandering the streets of Montalcino

• Taste three acclaimed Brunello grape ...

Day 7: Perugia via Cortona & Lake Trasimeno

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your travelers across the Tuscan landscape and into Umbria as you head toward Perugia.

• Explore the hillside town of Cortona on your own before visiting the Museum of the Etruscan Academy, home to an impressive collectio...

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Perugia & EuroChocolate Festival

Meals: Breakfast

Set out on a guided tour of Perugia, the medieval town known for its Etruscan Arch before indulging in the famous (and delicious) festivities.

• See the Palazzo dei Priori, a medieval palace dating back to 1298, and the Cathedral of San ...

Day 9: Rome via Orvieto

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey across Umbrian valleys en route to Rome.  Stop along the way in the Etruscan town of Orvieto for a wine tasting and lunch. Later, arrive in Rome in time for a farewell drink with your fellow travelers.

Day 10: Departure

Meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore the city of Rome.

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For travelers with the travel protection policy (, Go Ahead Tours will reimburse the participant in the form of a credit voucher in the event the participant wants to interrupt their tour due to reasons not covered by their travel protection policy. The voucher is valid for one year from the day of the interruption of the tour and represents the value of the missed time on tour including any unused air, land or sea arrangements already paid for by the participant up to a maximum of $1,000 as determined by Go Ahead Tours. The voucher is personal and non-transferable and may be applied towards a future Go Ahead tour and is not exchangeable for cash. The participant is responsible for any additional costs incurred by interrupting the tour including but not limited to the return flight and other transportation costs due to the interruption. Reservation fees, rebooking fees, change fees, late and returned check fees, revision fees, supplemental fees for international deliveries and special arrangement fees are considered Used Fees once incurred and will not be refundable.

Cancellation of European land tours

  • If Days Prior to Departure is 71 days or more, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $300
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 70–46 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $450
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 45–8 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $1,000 or 100%
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 7–0 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 100%*

*Percentages listed above are of the total tour cost, including reservation fee. Listed cancellation fee is applicable per traveler.

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Meals Included

9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners

Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Optional Activities

Extension to Rome $359 pp

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a café in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and vibrant street life, no other city comes close.

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