Prove seu caminho pela Toscana com este passeio de 9 horas pelo vinho de Montalcino, Pienza e Montepulciano de Siena. Visite a encantadora cidade de Pienza e faça uma degustação de vinhos em Montepulciano e Montalcino.
We had a great day in Val d'Orcia. Our trip started from Siena, a car driven by a kind man brought us to a meeting point along the road to Montepulciano, where we got onto a van from Florence, with the guide and other tourists. The three places are wonderful, we saw stunning landscapes and tested different kinds of excellent wines inside two ancient canteens, They also offered us cheese, salame, bread.The only negative aspect was the weather, foggy and rainy, but it was not their fault!!
A tour from hell. Meet near Siena wall. Going to get guide and start from there. Yeah, right...us and too many other people are then walked about 1/2 mile to a bus that we boarded. Only to be taken many miles outside city to travel plaza where we were grouped with another group who had came from Florence onto a double decker bus--ugh. They were off using bathrooms as we were told to board and find any available seats. problem? there were single seats here and there and we were a traveling party of 4. we had to wait for two passengers and started to the villages way later... the group is way too large --wineries couldn't handle us and we were broken into two groups and still crowded way thru wineries. the area is beautiful , great little towns but descriptions don't tell the honest truth about the cattle call that this tour truly is. don't do this tour!
What was an OK trip could have been a great trip if there hadn't been so much wasted time. The 3 towns we visited were worth seeing and the Montalcino wine tasting was fun, with Mario the passionate winery owner proudly showing off his wines. Pienza was small and I could have missed that in exchange for more time in one of the other two towns. Our issue was with all the wasted time. We were asked to arrive at 9am for a 9:15am tour start, but at 9:15am, there was no tour guide there. A gentleman showed up to meet us and walk us to the bus. We boarded the bus well after 9:30 and drove to a mini-mart/gas station on the highway, where were we told we were waiting for the tour guide who would arrive in 5-10 minutes. When the tour guide and another bus of people arrived 45 minutes later, that group was allowed to get off the bus to use the restrooms. By the time both groups were ready and our group had boarded the second bus, it was close to 11am. So the 9am start was now 11am and the 6-7pm conclusion of the tour turned out to be almost 8:30pm.
All in all, nice towns but a lot of wasted time and miscommunication. We had a similar experience with a Viator tour in Greece, so I think we are done with Viator.
The sites were exactly what we wanted. The wine tasting was absolutely wonderful. The tour guides are not guides. They give you information on the bus then abandon you. We expected a guided tour of the most interesting sites then some free time instead of all free time when off the bus. All in all it was good but not great.