Sara Schaefer

Rose Travel

The Cooking Mom's Italy 2023 Trip to Tuscany

Sep 9, 2023 to Sep 17, 2023
Tuscany

The Cooking Mom's Culinary Vacation to Tuscany - September 2023

 

Announcing The Cooking Mom's Culinary Vacation to Italy in September 2023!

Hi friends! I’m so excited to announce the next Cooking Mom Vacation! I know you have been waiting. Thanks for your patience!

I wanted to make sure my next trip to Italy was just perfect! I’ve been working hard to plan every last detail.  I decided to add one extra day in Tuscany next year! So instead of 7 days, my next trip will be 8 days to give us all a little more time to see and do even more! The trip is going to be AMAZING! I mean it's OVER THE TOP!

We’re staying 8 nights in Tuscany in the most beautiful old Tuscan Villa resort!  We just stayed there and and my entire group absolutely loved it!  It’s lovely! We’ll wake up to gourmet breakfasts and wonderful coffee every morning.   Our resort has two pools, a spa, a winery, and even a cooking school! We’ll put on aprons and learn how to make Italian classics like the best ever lasagna, homemade focaccia,  biscotti and more! This is just one of 3 different cooking classes I’ve planned for this trip! All of them are wonderful but one will be extra special! We’ll visit my friend Mama Teresa’s beautiful farm.  We’ll pick all the vegetables for our Tuscan meal.  We’ll learn how to make the freshest tomato bruschetta,  homemade pasta and so much more! This will be a magical day you’ll never forget! 

We’ll get explore several towns in Tuscany, like Cortona, where the movie Under the Tuscan Sun was filmed! We’ll get to taste the best gelato in the world in the quaint hilltop town of San Gimignano. 

We’ll shop and eat our way around the beautiful big city of Florence! The central market and food scene there is incredible!  We’ll also visit Sienna, one of my favorite Italian towns. It’s got so much charm! Great shopping too! 

For wine lovers you are in for a real treat! We’ll go to some of the best wineries in Italy. We’ll taste so many amazing Italian wines on this trip!  We’ll even get to enjoy a Tuscan Steak dinner one night in a gorgeous vineyard! 

Speaking of wine, on this trip we’ll visit Montepulciano.  I’ve always wanted to go to this area! They produce some of my favorite wines.  We’ll spend the day exploring vineyards and tasting wines from 3 different wineries! I can’t wait! 

Have you always dreamed of visiting Cinque Terre?  I’m sure you’ve seen pictures! It’s a string of colorful seaside villages on the rugged Italian coastline.  It’s spectacular! 

One of the highlights of my last trip was truffle hunting! It was was so fun I just knew we had to do that again too! Then, we’ll enjoy a truffle pasta lunch at the most beautiful hilltop restaurant!   

After our 8 day trip to Tuscany, you’ll have the opportunity to extend the trip and travel with me around Italy for a few more days! We’re in Italy already, so why not see and eat a bit more!  We’ll have more information on where we’ll be going for a few more days real soon! Stay tuned for our our “add on” itinerary.   But, for now I hope you’ll join me for a magical trip to Tuscany! 

If you're interested don't wait!  We have a big list of people who want to go.  This trip ALWAYS sells out and will book up super quick!  We have a limited amount of rooms and I don’t want any of you to miss out on the fun! 

I hope you’ll all join me for this trip of a lifetime! Cheers to traveling and eating our way around the world together!   

 

-Amy Hanten/The Cooking Mom 

 

 

What's included in this trip:

  • Land tour
  • Group Transfers
  • Breakfast every day
  • All meals and drinks included in itinerary
  • Hotel Accommodations
 
View Itinerary - HERE

What's not included:

  1. Flights
    1. Flights can be quoted individually, or you are able to schedule your own flights. SEE BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION.
  2. Private Transfers
    1. Private transfers are an upgrade, and we can book those for you if needed. These will be needed if you are not going to be arriving around 2:30 pm on September 9th at the Florence airport. You are welcome to wait if you arrive a little early, but we are able to add a private transfer if you're not arriving at this time. Private transfers from Florence will be around $186 for a car for 1-3 people. 
  3. OPTIONAL tour to Cinque Terre
  4. City taxes to be paid upon check out (€ 100 per night per person in Figline);
  5. Porterage (not requested);
  6. Tips; meals and drinks not mentioned;
  7. Entrance fees not mentioned in itinerary and anything else not mentioned in the inclusions
 

Itinerary:

  • Click HERE to view full itinerary
 
Flight Information:
  • Flights will be on your own, but I am always here to help if you need it! 
  • For reference, The Cooking Mom will be flying out of Milwaukee on September 8 at 5:45 pm on Delta Flight 474. She will be arriving into Florence at 2:30 pm on September 9. This would be a great flight to get if you are flying out of Milwaukee.
  • If flying out of Minneapolis, check out Delta - there is a flight that leaves at 7:40 pm and gets to Florence at 2:30 pm, which is the time Amy is arriving. You can hop on the group transfer at be at the villa shortly after!
  • If you would like me to price out anything individual, please let me know. I am happy to assist. Call me at 720-884-7913 or email at sara@rosetravelgroup.com.
  • DON'T FORGET - if you are adding the Rome extension, make sure you have your flight leaving on that day from Rome! 
 

Cancellation policy:

Cancellation of travel must be made in writing and is effective from the date we receive the written notification. Any trip deposit or payment is non-refundable.  Rose Travel and The Cooking Mom's Culinary Vacations incur costs with the suppliers of your trip well in advance of your departure date. At the effective date of cancelation, any additional payments will not be required.  We highly recommend trip insurance, and a quote is available by request at booking.

Call Sara with Rose Travel with any questions! You can reach her at 720-884-7913 or email sara@rosetravelgroup.com.


Available Packages

Double Occupancy (either one king or two doubles)
Available until May 31, 2023

$3,650.00
Deposit: $1,000.00

Choose your preference of room type when filling out form. **Note: room availability is based on current space. 

Single Occupancy
Available until May 31, 2023

$4,250.00
Deposit: $1,600.00

Extra Options

Travel Insurance - Double Occupancy
Available until August 31, 2023

$265.00
Deposit: $265.00

Benefits include trip cancellation protection, emergency medical and dental benefits, baggage delay protection, 24-hour travel assistance, and more. This plan also includes SmartBenefitsSM that can simplify the claims process with no receipts required. Under certain conditions, covered reasons for some benefits of this plan include epidemic or pandemic-related illness, individually-ordered quarantine, and denied boarding.
 
Plan and Pricing Details HERE
 
***Insurance will cover cost of land portion only. If you'd like a quote for land and air, let me know!

Travel Insurance - Single Occupancy
Available until August 31, 2023

$295.00
Deposit: $295.00

Benefits include trip cancellation protection, emergency medical and dental benefits, baggage delay protection, 24-hour travel assistance, and more. This plan also includes SmartBenefitsSM that can simplify the claims process with no receipts required. Under certain conditions, covered reasons for some benefits of this plan include epidemic or pandemic-related illness, individually-ordered quarantine, and denied boarding.
 
Plan and Pricing Details HERE
 
***Insurance will cover cost of land portion only. If you'd like a quote for land and air, let me know!