Siena and San Gimignano and Chianti wine Small-Group Tour from Lucca

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Siena and San Gimignano Small Group Tour by Minivan from Lucca

From $409.78

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 10 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover two Tuscany’s most famous and well-preserved medieval villages on this small-group tour from Lucca. See why the UNESCO-listed town of San Gimignano earned the nickname of ‘Medieval Manhattan’ with its many imposing stone towers, and visit the home of Italy’s famous Palio horse race in Siena. Finish your day in the country with a tasting of the region’s renowned wines at a historic winery tucked into the Tuscan hills.
  • Full-day medieval villages and wine-tasting tour from Lucca
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed hilltop gem of San Gimignano
  • Admire Siena's famous cathedral and piazza where the Palio horse race is held
  • Taste top-notch Tuscan wine at a historic estate
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

What's Included

  • Wine tasting (2 glasses of wine, Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Porta San Pietro
    Sortita Porta S. Pietro, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy

    Just outside the walls (Piazzale Umberto I).

Start time

07:45 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Piazza del Campo

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Duomo di Siena

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Battistero di San Giovanni

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

San Gimignano

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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18 reviews
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Fabulous Guide!
Margaret_D, Oct 2023
This was a very good tour but the most excellence goes to our guide Massimo. He was informative, knowledgeable and fun. The long drive seemed shorter because of all the information he provided along the way. He even had exceptional information about the wines we tasted and how to best enjoy them. He made this experience much more than 5 stars for my husband and me.
Well worth the money. Unforgettable
Rita_A, Jul 2023
Our guide Simona was very knowledgeable, warm and interactive and was able to answer any questions asked. We were given ample time to visit each site.
susan_o, May 2023
The whole trip was amazing but the best was our tour guide!!!! She made the whole experience easy and fun!
Disappointed in Italy
Nancy_P, Oct 2022
I must say that my parents and I, as well as the rest of the people on the tour today were very disappointed that we only experienced one winery. The description says wine tasting in both Siena and San Gimignano and we only had the one tasting in San Gimignano. The time spent in Siena was wasting 2 1/2 to 3 hours before returning to San Gimignano for a short tasting with mediocre wine compared to what we have been experiencing. The olive oil tasting consisted of five bottles of olive oil and some balsamic being dropped at the table with little packets of bread. This was a birthday gift for my father and we all walked away very disappointed. Stephen was wonderful and we tipped him accordingly. We all felt very misled as to what our expectations were from the description of the tour compared to what we actually received. I would like to hear back as to what you would consider to be the fulfillment of your duties as the tour operator. Thank you and I’ll look forward to hearing back from you. Nancy Pope
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hello Nancy, thank you for your feedback. We are really sorry you didn't appreciate what was in the tour. After reading your words we can understand the tour followed the regular itinerary as well in the description. We are happy you have had enough time to visit both the cities, Siena and San Gimignano. This tour is a 11 hours long tour and unfortunately don't allow to visit 2 wineries becasue would be to much long. This is a tour founded on the visit to Siena and San Gimignano. The wine tasting is just at the end of the tour as a relax time in the middle of Tuscany heart. The wines and the experience in the wine usually is nice as the other reviews said it. We can understand the tasting of the wine is personal so there can be different feedback. This is not a wine tour , and this is also the reason why you didnt visit the cella, but a wine tasting in a local winery. We checked in all descriptions but we didn't find any word about 2 wine tasting. As we already wrote, this is a tour to Siena and San Gimignano with wine tasting at the end of tour. If you prefer a wine tour more complete which includes the visit at the cellar, we have other 2 different products which are: 1. Bella Toscana: San Gimignano and 2 wineries with light lunch 2. Chianti and SuperTuscan Tour with 2 wineries We hope to have you again in one of those tours so you can compare them.
Tuscany tour.
liz, Sep 2022
This tour was great if you only have a little time and want to see a few parts of Tuscany. The morning in Siena was not crowded at all. Spent a lot of time in the Duomo. San Gimignano was beautiful. Massimo our guide was very helpful. Generous pours at vineyard.
History, Food & Wine: A Winning Trio
Peter K, Jun 2019
This full day tour was perfectly managed by our driver, Stefano and his partner in the other vehicle. We arrived at our destinations as promised, and were free to explore San Gimignano on our own. A little bit more time (and perhaps , a guide), would have been appreciated. Our time in Siena was excellent, and our guide Kieria, was full of informative and wonderful stories about the city, and her life there. The final stop at a nearby winery was terrific. We sampled excellent wine, and enjoyed a perfect light lunch overlooking the Tuscan country side.
Our Guide was Michele who was very...
Lisa S, Dec 2017
Our Guide was Michele who was very insightful and entertaining . San Gimignano and Sienna was very picturesque and the history of both is so fascinating. The last stop of the tour was a quaint Organic Winery in the Tuscan Hills, what a lovely way to end the day. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour.
Another fabulous trip! San Gimignano...
Allison K, Jul 2017
Another fabulous trip! San Gimignano was by far my favorite town! Don't miss this! And the wine tasting at the vineyard is an amazing experience- very true to a Tuscan style! Loved everything about this trip and our guide, Luca, was also wonderful! He was so enjoyable, answered lots of questions, kept smiling all day long!
Luca is a very energetic and...
lmholbrook, May 2017
Luca is a very energetic and enthusiastic tour guide. His Engliah is excellent and easy to understand. His knowledge, interest and lore of Tuscany makes the destinations all the more interesting. He met us in the town center of Lucca, where we were staying. It was not automobile accessible, so he came to our Bed and Breakfast and escorted us to the air-conditioned Mercedes van that was located about three blocks away. He was right on time. He was both the tour guide and driver. He then picked up the other riders in Lucca and Pisa and drove us on toe San Gimignano. He gave us the correct pronunciation so we could practice it a few times before our arrival. Meanwhile, we would point out sites along the way. We saw the Tower of Pisa from a distance, the olive orchards, vineyards, marble quarries, the Apennines, ruins from the middle ages and explaining some of the histories in the locations that we were driving through. Luca explained the importance of the different types of marble and how green marble was often used in the churches. Today the green looks almost black. The supply of green marble is so rare now, that it is hard to find to mine nowadays. He provided us with maps of San Gimignano and walked us through the town, pointed out several points of interest, explaining their significance and allowed us about 45 minutes of free time to explore on our own. With the town being relatively small but with a lot of interesting shops and architecture, it proved about the right amount of time. After a 15-minute wait, one of our guests never showed up. Lucca walked back into town and found her. We waited perhaps another 15 minutes. He was very good about handling the situation and not embarrassing the lady nor making much mention as to what occurred. Our next stop was Siena. What a magnificent town. We opted for the personal tour. A local guide, Michela, who grew up in Siena, gave us a detailed account of the town. He started by taking us into St. Catherines Cathedral. There, he was able to explain to us the significance of the large paintings, the viewing of her head and finger. He did thoroughly explain her history. We then walked around the town where he pointed out the architecture, its significance, the place where St. Catherine grew up, the neighborhood boundary markers that are still used today, whereby there are about 16 major groups that make up the annual horse racing that each neighborhood sponsors horse and rider. Micheles descriptions made the place come alive at times. We also saw photos of the horse racing in Sienas main plaza. Michele then gave us free time, about 45 minutes to get back to our van and to grab a bite a lunch. This proved to be exactly the time we needed. We all got back into the van and toured the Tuscan countryside as we headed back toward San Gimignano. We went to a reconverted farm house that now houses an organic winery just across the valley, where you could easily see many of San Gimignanos towers. The wine and olive oil samplings were served on outdoor tables under needed umbrellas as the sun was out and no clouds visible. It was very relaxing, peaceful. We had plenty of time to stretch our legs, purchase any wine/olive oil that we may have wanted. Then we had another beautiful drive back to Pisa and Lucca to drop off us passengers. Luca was very attentive, fun to be with, and drove quite well. We had zero white knuckle moments! The tour, the Mercedes van and Luca made this tour an exceptional value for the money spent. Trying to find places to park and negotiate driving in these towns would be difficult for a person unfamiliar with the region. The tour in small groups may cost a little more, but you get so much more out of it. You are able to ask more questions, hear everything that is going on, have a tour that may be slightly tailored to the groups interest. Thank you, Luca!
We had a wonderful day! Alessandra and...
Ann Marie, Apr 2017
We had a wonderful day! Alessandra and Piero were so knowledgeable and friendly. We 2 travelers were picked up in Lucca at our hotel on time and greeted with a welcoming smile. Two additional couple were picked up along the way and Alessandra kept the conversations going. Once in San Gimignano and Siena, Alessandra walked us to the main areas explaining the sights and then we were allowed time to explore the areas ourselves. We were allowed ample time to explore. Then we went to a winery with a beautiful view of San Gimignano. We sampled wine and were given cheese, Bread, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Bellisimo! Would highly recommend this tour!
A great day with Alex and Luca. They...
Deborah C, Apr 2017
A great day with Alex and Luca. They were really informative and showed us around a bit and then let us explore on our own. We traveled with our 6 year old and she really enjoyed the ride, the walk through the towns and of course the food. We paid for a private guide in Siena and we walked with Chiara. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was extremely knowledgeable about Siena, since she was born there and still lives in town. We highly recommend this tour with the add on of the private tour!
Our driver/ tour guide, Luca, was a...
J Richard W, Oct 2016
Our driver/ tour guide, Luca, was a charming and informative travel companion. He was very helpful during he entire tour. In Siena Chiara showed us around town, and was very helpful in explaining the history of Siena. The wine-tasting on the way back was delightful
the driver that picked us up was...
Yvonne M, Oct 2016
the driver that picked us up was excellent and very knowledgeable and funny. He made the tour very pleasant despite the rain storms. San Gimignano was wondrous. then we went to siena, we also booked a guide for Siena that I would not recommend. she was not at all interested in really spending time with the group and would not wait for those who were physically impaired and could not keep up. She could not wait to get to her next group that were waiting at the end of her whistlestop very brief guide. I would not recommend this part of viewing Siena, that was very disappointing. The wine tasting was fabulous, the staff were tremendous and the owner went out of his way to provide us with additional entertainment, wine and food that we were not expecting. I would recommend the tour but don't bother with a tour guide in Siena
Really enjoyed this tour especially...
Angela_W, Jun 2016
Really enjoyed this tour especially San Giamatti and the view of it from the wonderful vineyard Thank you to our guide lucca
Though it was an early start and a...
Rosemary G, Jun 2016
Though it was an early start and a long day, this was a great trip. Our guide/driver Emilia was lovely - so friendly, bubbly, and a fountain of knowledge. We opted to have a specialist guide in Siena and she too was terrific. San Gimignano and Siena are both beautiful and just wish we could have had more time in each. Perhaps a separate tour to San Gimignano might be possible in future? We also enjoyed the wine tasting at the end of the day so wouldn't wish to miss out on that. A very worthwhile and excellent value tour.
Excellent Tour Guide. Great value for...
Terry_M, Nov 2015
Excellent Tour Guide. Great value for the money. Very informative and a fun day.

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