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Sat­isfy your culi­nary cu­riosi­ties on Cos­mos’ Gourmet Tus­cany tour. An eight­day ex­pe­ri­ence ded­i­cated to find­ing and tast­ing the most mouth­wa­ter­ing food and wine Italy has to of­fer, priced from $1887 a per­son, twin share.

What you get

Gourmet Tus­cany is de­signed to dis­cover hid­den gems. High­lights in­clude time in the Chi­anti Val­ley. Learn the se­crets of Ital­ian bread­mak­ing and en­joy mem­o­rable Ital­ian lunches of lo­cal cheese, cold cut meats and wine.

What to do

Af­ter a morn­ing ex­cur­sion through the lush Mon­tal­bano hills, guests will visit Vinci, the birth place of Leonardo da Vinci, to learn about the Re­nais­sance master. De­part Mon­te­ca­tini for an un­for­get­table trip through the Chi­anti Val­ley in the heart of old Tus­cany. Ex­pe­ri­enced guides will bring the rest of Tus­cany to life, tak­ing you to Lucca for a stun­ning show­case of me­dieval ar­chi­tec­ture and to the en­chant­ing Bol­gheri.

When to go

De­part Mon­te­ca­tini on se­lected dates between May and Septem­ber 2018.

cos­mos­tours.co.nz, 0800 000 883 or see your travel agent.

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