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Tuscan Dream & Siena Palio

Break available: 14 - 17 August 2018
4 days

The Chianti region is synonymous with good living which includes fantastic weather, wine and food. There are many wonderful towns nearby to visit including San Gimignano.

Siena is well known for the historical Palio horse race which runs twice a year on the 02 July and the 16 August. This event is incredibly popular and with good local guides who live and breathe all things Palio, you will too by the end of your visit! We have exclusive access to a wide range of viewing positions including grandstand, balcony and window.

Please note July dates for the Palio are now fully booked.

Highlights

  • Palio trials
  • Palio Contrada Open Air Dinner
  • Local Palio Guide
  • Range of viewing Palio positions for the race (Option to upgrade to balcony grandstand or window positioning)
  • 3 nights in 5 star Relais hotel in the idyllic Chianti region
  • Car hire for the duration of the break
  • Choice of fantastic optional extras to tailor-make your trip
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 

Day 1 - 14 August
Fly into Pisa airport and self drive to your hotel

Fly into Pisa airport from most UK regional airports. Collect your hire car and self drive to your hotel, 5 Star Relais La Suvera located just outside Siena in the beautiful Chianti region.

This 5 star hotel has fantastic views over the area, and is perfect for a romantic break in the idyllic Chianti region. There is fine dining, an outdoor pool, a relaxing library and even a spa centre.

Nearby you have a whole host of activities and tours to suit all interests.

Day 2 - 15 August
Palio Trials and Contrada Open Air Dinner

Morning at leisure or opt for one of our Optional Extras.

This afternoon your private driver will be waiting to drive you into Siena. Join our small group tour (maximum of 8 people) for an in depth tour of the Palio.

This includes visiting a Contrada (district) museum, along with viewing the Palio trials where the jockeys and horses race around the square for selection in the Palio race.

This evening you will be a part of a Contrada open-air dinner where you can wish the horse and jockey good luck for the race that takes place tomorrow.

Private transfer back to your hotel after.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Tuscany - Visit Brolio Castle, Wine Tasting & Lunch
  • Tuscany - Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Tuscany - Horse Riding
  • Tuscany - Ferrari Test Drive
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Tuscany - Visit Brolio Castle, Wine Tasting & Lunch

The castle has 230 hectars of vineyards which is the largest in the Chianti Classico area. Enjoy a tour with a tasting of 3 locally produced wines, before having a set menu lunch in the castle tavern.

Price: £75 per person

Brolio Castle, Tuscany
Brolio Castle, Tuscany
Brolio Castle, Tuscany

Tuscany - Hot Air Balloon Ride

You may well have visited Tuscany before, but have you done this by air? This morning take to the skies in a hot air balloon ride which is likely to fly over some Tuscan castles, Renaissance villas as well as nearby towns including Poggibonsi, Siena, San Gimignano and Val d’Elsa. Once back on the ground a traditional breakfast will be waiting for you.

Price: £240 per person includes 45mins – 1.5hrs hot air balloon ride and breakfast. Please note this activity is dependent on the weather.

Hot air balloon, Tuscany
Tuscany

Tuscany - Horse Riding

If you want to see some of the beautiful Chianti region on horseback, why not have a 90mins horse ride from a local riding school. After your ride you can enjoy a refreshing glass of Chianti.

Price: £50 per person includes activity and beverage

Horse riding, Tuscany
Horse riding, Tuscany
Grazing horse, Tuscany

Tuscany - Ferrari Test Drive

For those who love their classic cars, this is a must! Test drive 3 rounds of the track in a Ferrari car. Includes transfers and traditional Tuscan breakfast.

Price: £375 per person includes activity, transfers and breakfast.

Ferrari day, Tuscany
Ferrari driving, Tuscany

Day 3 - 16 August
Attend the Palio

This morning you can either relax around the hotel swimming pool, enjoy the spa centre, or add in one of the above Optional Extras.

This afternoon your private transfer will drive you into Siena, where you will join your guide and small group in the campo to witness the build up to this legendary event. If you are lucky, you might even get to see one of the horses being blessed in church!

Take your position before an event that has been happening since 1310 commences.

Please see video link on the photo opposite for a flavour of this world famous event.

As where you stand is crucial to being able to fully appreciate this race, we offer the following positions. Please note these are extremely sort after tickets and do book up early:

1. On the Terrace you can see 80% of the race from a bird’s eye view of the Palio Horse race.

2. The Balcony is right on the square with a superb vantage point, overlooking the Campo at the Casato bend, so you have the perfect view from which you will be able to see close up the Palio Horse race, and immerse yourself in the passionate atmosphere and unfolding spectacle of the Palio Siena Horse race.

3. The Grandstand view is of most of the square. The joy of the grandstands is that these positions are the closest to the track with all the drama that that provides. They are also the position of choice for the local Contradaioli (Sienese), and so the atmosphere is particularly electric!

4. The Window – you will be standing at the window while watching. There are plenty of seats in the very same room but you cannot see the view seated. This room has two windows so a total of 4 people will be there. You will have access to the whole apartment and to the main hall where a simple buffet and refreshments are offered. There are @30 steps to these positions.

Once the race has been completed, the winning Contrada will take to the streets for more entertainment and celebration will go well into the night.

We would recommend you visit the winning Contrada to see Italian exuberance at its best!

Your private transfer will be waiting to transfer you back to your hotel.

Photos 2, 3, 4 and 5 opposite copyrighted to Chrys Tremththanmor.

Day 4 - 17 August
Self Drive to airport for flight home

At leisure until your self drive to Pisa airport for your flight home after your Tuscany and the Palio Horse Race trip.

Price Per Person: From £1,595

What's Included?

  • Terrace viewing Palio tickets for the race
  • All Palio services as listed
  • 5 star romantic Relais accommodation
  • Car hire for your whole stay
  • Flights from the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)

Departure airports:
Gatwick
Heathrow

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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Where You'll Stay

Relais La Suvera, Tuscany
Pool at Relais La Suvera, Tuscany
Views from Relais La Suvera, Tuscany
Superior room at Relais La Suvera, Tuscany

Relais La Suvera - 5 Star

This has to be the most luxurious 5 Star Relais in Tuscany and with good reason! This aristocratic, Renaissance estate sits in a backdrop of the idyllic Chianti region, only 30km from Siena, and less than an hour from Florence.

As well as the Ristorance Oliviera and the Bar dei Limoni, there is also an outdoor pool and a spa for making sure you really relax on your romantic break.

The rooms are spread between the papal villa and the farmhouse and stables, which makes every room of the hotel very different to its neighbour.

The Papal Villa suites are perfect for those celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon. The rooms in the farmhouse and the stables buildings, many of which overlook the gardens and/or have private terraces, are perfect for a romantic getaway or a family holiday.

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Hotel Le Fontanelle

This wonderfully tranquil hotel is set just outside of Siena in the heart of the Chianti region.

It has both an indoor and outdoor pool and many of the higher level rooms even have small private gardens or terraces.

Hotel Le Fontanelle is a 5 star hotel has a superb restaurant and wellness centre. The hotel originates back to medieval times, meaning it is perfectly in keeping with its surroundings.

It has incredible views from all sides of the property, as it is located on the top of a hill.

Hotel Le Fontanelle is the perfect base for travelling to a good range of tours and activities, and is only a 20mins drive to Siena centre for the Palio race, 90 mins from Florence, 2hrs from Pisa and 1hr from San Gimignano.

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Testimonials

Jackie and I had a wonderful time. Definitely something you have to experience in the flesh to properly appreciate. Utterly unique. Brilliant hotel. The Contrada meal was excellent, as were the trials and tour of the town. Maria was an excellent guide and very helpful. Food great.

Jackie & Jonathan

The Palio, and the entire 3 days leading up to it, were fabulous and extremely well organised. We particularly enjoyed the Contrada dinner and the blessing of the horse in the church. The guide we had, Paolo, was lovely, and very organised. The hotel was v well situated, and the gardens v welcome in the heat…. Many thanks for all your help and efficiency (and telephone friendliness).

Debbie

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