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Tours for STUDENTS, BACKPACKERS and TRAVELLERS ON A BUDGET in Tuscany.

Tuscany on a Budget is part of the Italy on a Budget tours family , a travel company based in Florence,  and it is specialized in affordable and budget tours in Tuscany for all travellers willing to learn, taste and see what the territory has to offer in a fun environment together with a passionate, lively and knowledgeable team.

  • Small groups guaranteed
  • Local guides
  • Tours in English only

Our team is composed of local guides and we all speak fluent English. We love sharing the passion for our home land, all the secrets, the traditions and the culture of Florence and Tuscany with our fellow travellers with  interesting stories, fun facts and lots of laugh .

 

OUR POPULAR TOURS:

THE TUSCANY EXPERIENCE - Siena, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni & Chianti all in 1 day!

If you are short of time and you are only in Florence for a few days, then this is the perfect tour that allows you to see the best of Tuscany in ONLY 1 DAY!  Visit 3 of the most famous M...
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COOKING CLASS AT A FARMHOUSE IN TUSCANY

Work on your Italian baby food belly with this fun cooking course set in a Tuscany farmhouse Spend a RELAXING DAY in the heart of the Tuscan countryside learning everything this land has to offer and get a baby food from the amount of delicious plates you are going to prepare. The cooking course will take place at a RURAL VILLA not too far from San Gimignano, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Tuscany surrounded by olive trees and vines in the Chianti region. This is where the cooking course will take place and where you will learn and prepare yourself how to create AUTHENTIC TUSCAN DISHES from a funny and knowledgeable local chef: Antipasti, HOMEMADE PASTA with two different sauces, second courses, dessert and lots more. During the meal you will also taste 3 different types of WINE TO TASTE produced in the region by a local winery that you will be able to buy at a very low cost before returning back to Florence. At the end, our chef will give you a recipe book for you to remember a A TRULY HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE IN TUSCANY.   What's included: Your local & informative IOAB tour leader Round trip transportation  Small group cooking class at the Tuscan farmhouse Hands on experience Lunch with wine tasting Recipes of the food prepared on the day   DETAILS: WHEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY MEETING TIME 9:40am MEETING POINT In front of the IOAB office on Via Nazionale 149r DURATION 7h. Back to Florence by 5:00 pm PRICE: € 100 LOW COST Do you have your own car? Book just the cooking class and reach the spot independetly. MIN/MAX min 1 - max 8  AGE LIMIT  no children under 15 DIETARY NEEDS  Vegetarian and vegan options available on request. Please inform our team at the moment of the booking for any special dietary requirements.   TIPS: WHY NOT VISITING SAN GIMIGNANO? If you wish to stay in San Gimignano for a visit or for the night, ask your guide to be dropped off in the town after the cooking class.  Feel free to bring your bags with you on the tour and store them on the bus.

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HORSEBACK RIDING IN TUSCANY

A half day tour for a unique way to experience Tuscany... on horseback!  Explore Tuscany’s Chianti region on horseback on this small-group tour for beginner riders departing from Florence. Rolling hills, dense forests, peacefull Tuscan countryside and the peace of the nature which is an outdoor adventure-lover’s dream destination to relax.   What's included: Your local & informative IOAB tour leader Round trip transportation on a 8 seat minivan Info on the road about the area and the local products 1h30 horseback ride Riding helmets are provided free of charge A Tuscan light lunch with wine DETAILS WHEN TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY ( available other days on request with a min of 2 people, get in touch with us ) MEETING TIME 8:45am MEETING POINT in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite hotel Galileo PRICE € 110.00 pp -  € 90.00 student price DURATION 5h. Back to Florence at 1:30pm  MIN/MAX min 2 people - max 8 NOTE - Wear closed shoes; no flip flops or sandals. Wear long trousers. You can get changed at the ranch. - Max weight accepted is 110kg - no people younger than 18 - We use english saddles - Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meal available upon request   COMBINE THIS TOUR TO SAVE MONEY AND TIME: Combine the horseback ride with our TASTE OF TUSCANY departing on the same day in the afternoon to visit Siena, more of the Chianti region with wine tasting in a local cellar.     

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Siena, Cortona, Montepulciano & Val D'Orcia

Explore the most beautiful Tuscan towns made famous through films & enjoy the light lunch overlooking the rolling hills of Montepulciano while tasting famous wine.   Wander the winding streets of Cortona walked by Diane Lane in "Under the Tuscan sun",  watch out for the vampires of the Twilight saga " New Moon" in Montapulciano and taste the famous Noble of Montepulciano wine. Explore the locations made famous by Michelle Pfieffer in "A Midsummer night's dream" and Ralph Fienes in " The English patient". Spot the iconic rolling hills of Tuscany from " Letters to Juliet" and enjoy a taste of the local lifestyle by sampling fine local wine, cheese and other products from the region.   WHAT'S INCLUDED: Round trip transportation Your informative IOAB tour leader Orientation walk of Montepulciano and free time 1h free time to explore Cortona Orientation walk of Siena and free time Wine and cheese tasting in a 13th century cellar Light lunch in a local winery including 2 wine tasting including the famous " vino nobile di Montepulciano" DETAILS WHEN Every TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SUNDAY MEETING TIME 08:00am MEETING POINT Italy on a Budget's office on via nazionale 149R - Firenze TOWNS VISITED Cortona, Montepulciano, Siena and Val'D'orcia RETURNS 08:00pm approx MIN- MAX min 4 people to run - max 8    

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THE GRAPE ESCAPE WINERY TOUR

A day trip to Tuscany with 2 wineries, 7 different types of wine to taste, 3 extra virgin olive oil, balsamic, Tuscan snacks, amazing scenery and the visit to San Gimignano all in 1 day! Join our FUN day trip to the Chianti countryside to meet other travellers of the same age and to discover why the area is famous for its scenery as well as its wine. First stop will be at a WINERY AND TUSCANY WINE TASTING SCHOOL located an hour outside of Florence where you will taste 4 different type of wines including the famous Chianti Classico, Brunello of Montalcino, Super Tuscan wines,  a 30 year-old balsamic vinegar and the delicious truffle extra virgin olive oil. Here you will learn how to recognize the different flavours and develop your taste buds with a passionate wine producer. Don't worry this is not a real school where you have to take notes and be tested at the end so only fun is guaranteed. The second stop will be at a second LOCAL WINERY located in a stunning area well known for the production of the D.O.C.G. Vernaccia white wine facing the famous towers of San Gimignano. The  wine makers will guide you through the vineyards and the cellars and they will share the secrets of the wine and oil production as well as the best wine and food combinations. At the winery you will enjoy 3 wines; the famous Vernaccia white wine, a rosè wine and a Chianti colli senesi D.O.C.G. You will also have the opportunity to buy the local products and wine at a great price to bring back home or ship to friends and family.   In the afternoon you will be free to visit and spend time wandering through the narrow streets shopping in the local stores of the most beautiful medieval town of Tuscany, SAN GIMIGNANO and check out the tower filled skyline while eating the ice cream from a world-champion gelateria. Maps will be provided from your tour leader and tips about the best places to visit in the town. We will arrive back to Florence at approx 5:00pm** ** all departure/ arrival time are all estimated and are subject to change due to road conditions and traffic. DETAILS: WHEN MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY MEETING TIME 9:40am MEETING POINT in front of our office on Via Nazionale 149R opposite Hotel Galileo PRICE € 60 per person INCLUDED IN THE PRICE Our English-speaking Italy on a Budget tour guide, 2 wineries, 2 wine tasting, snacks during the tasting, 1h30 visit of San Gimignano. DURATION 7h. We return back to Florence at 5pm MIN/MAX Departure guaranteed with a Min. 4 people - Max: 60 people ( not a small group tour in high season ).  AGE RESTRICTION People younger than 18 are not allowed on this tour.  We suggest to look at more suitable tours such as our Taste of Tuscany tour or the Tuscany Experience where there is not so much wine involved. IMPORTANT Make sure you have a big breakfast before coming on the tour. Lots of wine is involved so an empty stomach is not recommended. Checking out on the same day?The office is near the train station so if you are checking out the same day of the tour, feel free to bring your bags and luggage with you. We will store them underneath the bus/van so that you will be ready to leave to your next destination when returning to Florence.   Spending the night in Siena? Ask your guide to be dropped off in San Gimignano so you don’t have to come all the way back to Florence. From San Gimignano you can take a local bus to Siena.   

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THE TASTE OF TUSCANY PLUS with dinner at a Tuscan farm

A tour departing at 2pm to Siena and the Chianti region with dinner in a Tuscan farm and wine tasting included! If you only have 1 day in Florence, this is a perfect tour for you! Spend the whole morning sightseeing Florence, its museums, momuments and markets then come away from the crowds on an afternoon trip to some of the most beautiful local towns in Tuscany. ITINERARY: Start mingle with the other young travelers while driving towards the historic city of SIENA, the most beautiful Medieval towns in Tuscany. During the ride you will learn from your IOBT leader many interisting information about the culture, the territory, tasty Tuscan products and lots of tips that only local know. On the way to Siena you will fall in love with the scenery and the many little local villages including MONTERIGGIONI also renowned for being the setting of the " Gladiator".   Once in Siena follow your tour leader for a city orientation walk passing by famous sites and the historical centre and finally stop in a local shop to taste some traditional Senese food & sweets. The orientation walk will continue till the main square Piazza del Campo where from there you will have free time to wander and discover the hidden beauties of this magical town at your own leisure.   Continue the trip  through the  ROLLING HILLS OF TUSCANY to admire the many vineyards, olive trees, cypresses and everything that makes this land a dream pleace. We will finally stop in a LOCAL WINERY where you will be visiting the cellars accompanied by useful explanations from an expert to discover the traditions of the wine making art followed by a wine and olive oil tasting at the end. In the winery you will be able to TASTE UP TO 4 kind of wine and buy the local products at a great price either to bring back to Florence or to ship to your home.   Finally we will reach an authentic Tuscan farm in the heart of the famous Chianti Classico region for dinner. Here begins the serious task of tasting locally produced Tuscan products, including pecorino cheese accompanied by various tasty jams, pasta, bruschetta, mixed salad, seasoned vegetables and fresh extra-virgin olive oil on bread before returning back to Florence. DETAILS: WHEN TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY* from April to the end of October. From Nov to March check out our Grape Escape or Tuscany Experience day trips MEETING TIME 1:40pm MEETING POINT in front of our office on via nazionale 149R opposite Hotel Galileo PRICE € 75 INCLUDED IN THE PRICE All included in the price! Transport, English speaking local guide, wine tasting in a winery, 1h30 visit of Siena, light dinner. DURATION 8h. We return back to Florence at 10:30pm MIN/MAX Tour guaranteed with a min.4 participants - Max. capacities 16   IS THIS TOUR FULLY BOOKED OR NOT AVAILABLE IN THE DAYS YOU ARE FREE? JOIN OUR GRAPE ESCAPE WINERY TOUR or our TUSCANY EXPERIENCE

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WINE NOT !!! Half day wine tour

No more queues, just vines and views - 2 wineries and lots of fun! Enjoy this half day tour to fall in love with the Tuscan countryside and the famous Chianti Classico wine with our team in a small group. If you can handle wine and terrific views, this is the perfect tour for you!   WHAT'S INCLUDED: Roundtrip transportation by 8 seat minivan Your local & informative IOAB tour leader 2 wineries Up to 7 wine tastings Extra virgin olive oil tasting Information on board about Tuscany and the products Snacks during the tasting Small group tour   DETAILS WHEN Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday MEETING TIME 08:45am from April till October - 2:00pm from Novembre till March ( except for Saturday ) MEETING POINT Italy on a Budget tours office on via nazionale 149R, Firenze DURATION 4h30 NOTE - People younger than 18 are not allowed. No kids - Wear comfortable clothes - This tour is not stricted to 18 - 39 years old travellers only. In fact we are a bit more flexible with the age limit as long as you have no walking disabilities, are young in heart and happy to party, you are welcome to join. COMBO TOURS Combine the wine tour with the following trips: - Taste of Tuscany afternoon trip: Explore in the morning the Chianti Classico wine region and travel in the afternoon to Siena for a full Tuscany Experience.  - Horseback Riding: When returning to Florence, join our afternoon trip to experience a horseback riding in Tuscany . Back to Florence at 6:00pm.  Both combinations are possible on the same day. Remember to book them together to receive a 5% discount for multitrip bookings. MIN - MAX Tour guaranteed with a min of 4 people - Max 8  

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