Taxis in Las Vegas

Taxis in Las Vegas

Sample fares,  How to not get ripped off,  how much to tip,  and more


Taxis in general

First, don’t expect to pay by credit card.  Some accept cards, but some don’t, because the Taxicab Authority won’t let them.  Go figure.  If you want to pay by card, ask before getting in the cab whether that’s okay.

Know that you can’t hail taxis from the street!  This isn’t New York.  That’s why they’re passing you by.  Taxis aren’t allowed to stop on the street and they don’t want to risk the ticket for doing so.  Besides, there’s good reason for not stopping on the street — there’s no extra space on the sides of the Strip and stopping there would clog up traffic (and run the risk of the taxi getting rear-ended…possibly right when you’re trying to get in it).  To get a taxi on the Strip, go to the nearest hotel and get in the taxi waiting line.  If there’s a long line and a lot of traffic, walking or taking the bus could be faster.  If you’re not on the Strip, you can hail a taxi on the street as long as there’s a parking lot or driveway they can turn into to pick you up.

Common problems are the cabbie “long-hauling you” (taking a longer route in order to jack up the fare), or steering you to some club you didn’t want to go to, because the cabbie gets a kickback from the club by taking you there.  We’ll cover these in more detail later on.

If a cabbie is talking on a phone, I’ll ask them to stop while they’re responsible for my safety, and I recommend you do the same.  Studies have shown that cellphone use is just as dangerous or worse as drunk driving – even if they’re headset phones.

You’re required to wear a seatbelt in a Vegas taxi, though in reality few do.  You can’t drink alcohol in the cab.  (You used to be able to, but the law changed.)

Always jot down the cab number & company name when you get in.  If you want to make a complaint to the company or the taxicab authority, it’s useless without a cab number.  Also, if you leave something in the cab (like your phone or camera), having the cab # could help you get it back (though it’s not guaranteed — your item might be stolen by a subsequent passenger or even by a rogue cabbie).

All cabs are equipped with cameras by law, but the images are downloaded only in the case of crimes.  Incidentally, I read one case where a cab company refused to let the customer see the video so they could find out who took the phone the customer accidentally left in a cab.  (The company said it wasn’t their problem.)


Taxis from the airport

Taxis to most strip hotels from the airport cost about $16.  It’s cheaper to take the bus, which I cover on the Transportation page.  And during peak times taxis aren’t any faster, if you have to wait over an hour to get one.  Anyway, here are the sample fares.

  • ~$14 to Alexis Park, Excalibur, Hard Rock, Monte Carlo, NY NY, Planet Hollywood, Platinum, Signature, Terrible’s, Tropicana, Westin
  • ~$16 to Aria, Bally’s, Bellagio, Encore, Four Seasons, Harrah’s, Hilton, Hooters, Imperial Palace, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Mandarin, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Vdara, Wynn
  • ~$18 to Caesar’s Palace, Circus Circus, Flamingo, Gold Coast, Palazzo, Rio, Riveria, Sahara, Treasure Island
  • ~$20 to Palace Station, Palms, Silverton, Stratosphere
  • ~$23 to Binion’s Horseshoe, Boulder Station, El Cortez, Fitzgerald’s, Four Queens, Fremont, Golden Gate, Golden Nugget, Main Street Station, Sam’s Town, South Point, Union Plaza, Vegas Club
  • >$23:  Cannery ($47), Fiesta Henderson ($35), Fiesta Rancho ($31), Green Valley Ranch ($27), Lake Las Vegas ($52), Red Rock Station ($43), Sun Coast ($42), Sunset Station ($27), Texas Station ($30)

Here’s the alphabetical list from the NV Taxicab Authority.

From the airport, many cabbies will try to take the tunnel because it’s longer and increases the fare.  (They might say there’s a “big accident” or “construction” on the regular route.)  Make sure to tell your cabbie not to take the tunnel.


Avoid getting long-hauled

Vegas cabbies are notorious for taking you the long way to jack up the fare.  Of course they’re required to take the most direct route, but they’ll use a couple of tricks to get you to give them permission to take the longer way.  The most common is to ask you, “Do you want to take the fastest way?”, because who wouldn’t want to get there faster?  But the fastest route could be more expensive because it’s longer, and it might not even be faster, anyway.  Another trick is to ask you something like, “Do you want to take the boulevard or Paradise Road?”  Since a tourist probably doesn’t know the city well, they’ll likely answer, “Whatever you think is best.”  That gives the cabbie the right to take you whatever route they want.  And sometimes, cabbies will take you the long way anyway without getting your permission.

But long-hauling isn’t as terrible as it sounds.  First, going the long way might actually get you to your destination faster, because the traffic on the Strip is often gridlocked.  Second, the longer route could actually be cheaper, because when the Strip is gridlocked you would have been hit with waiting time charges.  Finally, if you do get long-hauled, it’s unlikely to cost you more than $5 extra.  So don’t obsess about long-hauling too much.  There are worse things in life.

Before the economy tanked, it was easy to get mad at cabbies for long-hauling, but these days it’s not so simple.  Some cab companies actually pressure their drivers to scam their passengers, or risk getting fired.  (Here’s one cabbie’s complaint about that.)  In a city with 14% unemployment, many otherwise honest folks are desperate to hold onto their jobs and may cave to the pressure.  Many cabbies are honest people and are really stressed out that they have to choose between cheating their customers and putting food on the table.  And even if the cabbies don’t get heat from their bosses, the temptation to cheat is still there, because these days cabbies aren’t making squat unless they docheat.  It’s easy for a cabbie to go an hour or two with only one fare.  So while I certainly don’t condone long-hauling customers, it’s not at the top of my list of complaints, given the unique nature of the economy.  (Topping my list is driving dangerously.)  Because of the pressure to long-haul in a bad economy, I abandoned my plan to take a bunch of trips from the airport, pretending to be a first-time tourist, and seeing what companies long-hauled me the most.  Maybe I’ll revisit that idea once the economy improves.

So let’s talk about long-hauling from the airport to your hotel.  If they take the tunnel, you got long-hauled.  If you’re going to any Strip casino, make sure your cabbie takes Swenson or Paradise and then heads straight west to your hotel.  (Swenson isn’t on our map, but it’s parallel to Paradise, just east of Paradise.)  If you’re going downtown,  taking the tunnel will increase the fare (because the route is longer), but because you’re taking the highway you’ll get there a lot faster.  Your call.  Wherever you’re going, check the sample fares above to see about how much your ride should cost.  (Fares assume you don’t take the tunnel.)

Once you’re at your hotel and you want to go somewhere else, avoiding longhauling is tricky.  First, if there’s tons of traffic on the strip, remember that going the long way could actually be cheaper because you probably won’t get hit with waiting time charges.  And even if you don’t save any money by going the long way, you might save some time.  The problem is that the cabbie may ask you whether you want to take the “faster” way every time, even when it’s not faster.  It’s hard for you to know whether the long way is really faster or not.  But here’s a rule of thumb:  If your trip is more than two miles long (see our map) and it’s between 5pm-11pm weekdays or 1pm-midnight on the weekend, then the longer way could be faster.  If you’re having a hard time making up your mind, ask, “How much time will it save and what will the total fare be?”  You might not get the most accurate answer, but it’ll give you something to go on, and if the price seems like a decent rate then you should be happy with it even if it’s a couple of bucks more than the direct route.  And of course, if the fare turns out to be higher than the cabbie suggested, you can tip (less) accordingly.

By the way, without too much traffic, you’ll pay about $9 to travel half the Strip, and $15 to go from one end to the other, or to go from mid-Strip to downtown.

Finally, don’t let the cabbie know it’s your first time in Vegas.  Be suspicious if it’s the first thing they ask you.  If they do ask, lie.  If you’re riding in the front, and this wouldn’t embarrass you, you can also make sure the cabbie sees you writing down the cab number.  That helps keep rogue cabbies honest.


Getting sold like cattle

Cabbies get kickbacks from clubs and restaurants by taking you there.  So that’s why your cabbie might be insistent that he take you there.  When I asked one cabbie to go to a certain restaurant, he actually said, “Oh, that place isn’t so good.  We’ll go to this better restaurant I know instead.”  He didn’t give me a choice, he just told me he was taking me there and started going that way.  I had to insist on my original destination, and at the end I didn’t tip, and I let him know why.  When you ask to go to a certain place, be aware that your cabbie might actually (falsely) tell you that it burned down or that it went out of business.  If that happens, then look at the bright side:  You’ll still get to your destination (because you’ll insist that you go there anyway), and when you see that it’s still in business, you’ll save money because you don’t have to tip.

The problem of steering customers to certain places is much more likely with topless bars, since those places can afford bigger kickbacks than restaurants can — often around $100.  In fact, the strip clubs pay cabbies so much that sometimes cabbies even bribe their passengers, by offering them a free cab ride and a few bucks if they’ll go to some certain strip club.  (Of course, if you want to go to a strip club and aren’t particular about which one you go to, you can milk this to your advantage. More on this from the Las Vegas Sun.)  And because cabbies have more potential for the $100 kickback with male passengers than female passengers, cabbies often pass up women in favor of men, making it hard for women to get a cab.  (An attorney did an experiment with hired actors and confirmed the problem.  More from 8 News Now.)

Hotel doormen are in on this action, too.  (These are the guys who provide the useless service of holding the door open for you as you get into the cab.)  Before the taxi pulls up they’ll ask where you’re going, and if it’s a place that offers kickbacks they might pull you out of the taxi line and put you in a free limo, with the limo driver giving a kickback to the doorman, and the limo driver getting a bigger kickback from the club.

Here are some articles on the topic from the Las Vegas Sun, the LV Review-Journal, and the Portland Tribune.


Taxi fares

Las Vegas taxi rates are the same for up to five people (though most taxis seat a maximum of four).  So if you’ve got four people in your party, it will probably be cheaper than the bus or a shuttle.

Below are the current rates, as of October 2010.  (And here’s a link to rates at the Taxicab Authority website in case my page gets outdated.)

  • $3.30 to get in the cab
  • $1.80 surcharge for airport dropoff or pickup
  • $2.40 per mile (charged as $0.20 per 1/12th mile)
  • $0.20 – waiting time fee, charged every 24 seconds when the cab is moving less than 8-12mph

See above for sample fares to and from the airport.  Going along the Strip, you’ll pay about $9 to travel half the Strip, and $15 to go from one end to the other, or to go from mid-Strip to downtown.  You’ll pay more when there’s lots of traffic because then you’ll get hit with the waiting fee.


How much to tip

I suggest at least 15%, rounded up to the next dollar.  Note that you’re not tipping because of the great service you got, you tip because cabbies don’t make squat otherwise.  Now, if your cabbie ran red lights or was otherwise reckless, or if your cabbie long-hauled you or tried to steer you, feel free to not tip and tell them why you’re not tipping.  But as long as my driver wasn’t dangerous and took a direct route, I always tip even if the service was nothing special.

In Vegas, all cabbies make a percentage of the meter (often ~40%)  This differs from most other places where the driver effectively rents the cab from the cab company, and is in the red at the start of every shift.  In Vegas there’s no renting, the cabbies just get a cut of the meter.  And that’s it — they don’t get any kind of hourly wage in addition.  Cabbies also pay for some or all of the gas.  So it’s tough for them when it’s slow and they manage only one trip every hour or two.

Incidentally, cabbies do pay taxes on their tips.  In fact, the IRS assumes cabbies get a certain amount of tips, so cabbies pay taxes on those tips whether they actually receive them or not.  One cabbie claims the IRS assumes cabbies get an average of 23% of the meter in tips (source), but I’m skeptical they’re taxed that highly.

Here’s one cabbie’s take on appropriate tipping.


Cab companies

Cab #’s
Western Cab 702-736-8000 —– 1-499
Nellis 702-248-1111 —– 500-999
A-Cab 702-365-1900 —– 1000-1499
Star Cab 702-873-2000 —– 2000-2499
Lucky Cab 702-477-7555 —– 2500-2999
Yellow Cab 702-873-2000 —– 3000-3499
Checker Cab 702-873-8012 —– 3500-3999
Desert Cab 702-836-9102 —– 4000-4499
A-North Las Vegas (ANLV) 702-643-1041 —– 4500-4999
Whittlesea 702-384-6111 —– 5000-5599
Henderson 702-384-2322 —– 5600-5999
Vegas Western 702-736-6121 —– 6000-6499
Virgin Valley 702-737-1378 —– 7000-7499
Union Cab 702-736-8444 —– 7500-7999
Deluxe Cab 702-568-7700 —– 8000-8499

Here’s the current list from the Nevada Taxicab Authority.


Nevada Taxicab Authority

This government agency sets rates and regulates the taxi industry.  Here’s their website.  You can make complaints about cabbies there.

Note that your email address isn’t safe with them.  I used a unique address for the complaint I made to them (I didn’t use that address for any other purpose), and after I sent my complaint about a reckless Vegas cabbie, the spam started coming in.  It could have been a rogue employee selling addresses, but it also could be that their systems aren’t secure and spammers just stole the address.  For whatever reason, I’m glad I used a disposable address when I wrote to them — and you should too.


Cabbies online

Many Vegas cabbies have websites or blogs.  Here’s a sample.

  • Cabbie Chronicles. Andrew Funk’s blog.  Of interest is his case about being convicted of picking up passengers on the street (which isn’t allowed in Vegas).  He made a valiant and eloquent attempt to show that he didn’t violate the letter of the law, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
  • Vegas Taxi Driver.  Phil Staudt stopped driving in 2009, but he kept the site up, sharing info and stories about taxis and Vegas.
  • Taxi Cab Confessions.  This blog is nearly illiterate but it’s certainly the most entertaining, telling stories of prostitutes and celebrities and whatnot.  Unfortunately it hasn’t been updated since 2006.
  • Las Vegas Taxi Driver.  An anonymous cabbie talks about the taxi industry and the city.

Blackjack, Craps Or Baccarat: Which Game Has The Best Odds?

Blackjack, Craps Or Baccarat: Which Game Has The Best Odds?

You’ve got one night on the Vegas strip and $100 in your pocket. So which game should you play? Which game will give you get the best run for your money? Answer is, it depends…



If you’re looking for an hour of mindless gambling fun, head to the craps table. Ignore the shouting and the insider lingo and the complex side-bets. Just wait for a new roller to take the dice and then put $10 down on the “PASS LINE.” That’s all you have to remember: “PASS LINE.”

If the roller gets a 7 or 11, you win. If she rolls a 2, 3, or 12, you lose. If she rolls a different number, the game goes on. Let’s say she shoots a 9. She now has to roll another 9 before she gets a 7. If she does, you win. If the 7 comes first, you lose.

That’s pretty much it. And the odds are solid: The house edge is just 1.4%—meaning, for every dollar you bet, you’ll only lose about a penny on average. And if luck’s in your favor, and if you press your bet up as you win, you can make a fortune in no time.

Ah, and if you want even better odds, then bet the “DON’T PASS” line. It’s pretty much the opposite of the PASS LINE and the casino odds are a measly 1.36% (That’s .04% better.). But remember… everybody else at the table is probably going to be playing the PASS line, so if you’re playing the DON’T PASS line and you win….everybody else loses. Plan to celebrate quietly. Well, unless you’re the type of person who wears Ohio State jerseys to University of Michigan home games…



If you’re willing to put in a little work, blackjack offers the best odds. I’m talking about a .5% casino edge, depending on which table you’re sitting at. (Meaning for every dollar you gamble, you’ll lose only half a penny on average.) But to get these ultra-good odds, you have to know what you’re doing. Do you hit 12 against a dealer showing a 2? (Yes.) When do you split 4s? (Only when the dealer’s showing a 5 or a 6). When do you split 8s? (Always.) You’ll need to memorize tiny decisions like these to get top odds.

Or you can print out a cheat sheet and bring it to the table with you. 100% legal. The casinos won’t give you any slack for it. Now, some of the other players might poke fun at you…but you’ll get the last laugh once you’ve got five towering stacks of “quarters” ($25 chips) sitting in front of you. If you Google “Blackjack Basic Strategy,” you’ll find all sorts of websites with printable cheat sheets.



Don’t avoid this game just because you don’t know how to pronounce it! It’s super-popular in Macau…and growing more and more popular here in Vegas. Why? It’s dramatic, the odds are solid, and the rules are simple. You bet on the Player or Banker. Both sides draw cards. Whichever side winds up closer to 9 wins. On a regular Baccarat table, house odds range from 1.01%-1.24% on the BANKER and PLAYER bets.

Many Baccarat tables have higher limits than the other table games do. But don’t get scared away by a $25 of $50 minimum bet. Think about it like this: It’s better to play a high stakes game with a good chance of winning than a low stakes game with no chance of winning at all!

So, to sum up, blackjack’s best if you’ve got the time to learn the game. If you want to drink and socialize and win all at the same time, play craps. And if you’ve got the bankroll and want a more refined gambling experience (still with great odds), Baccarat’s the game for you.

See ya at the tables!


How to Beat a Photo-Enforced Speeding Ticket (or Red Light Ticket)

How to Beat a Photo-Enforced Speeding Ticket (or Red Light Ticket)    by Nate Cox

Last year I received a letter in the mail from the Washington D.C DMV claiming I was speeding. As you can see it was one of those Photo-Enforced Speeding Tickets and they had multiple pictures of my CAR. I knew better to just submit and pay a fine like the majority of people do in this country, unfortunately. I am in the habit of not taking “plea deals”, and I am always in the habit of fighting my tickets and NOT pre-paying them so I don’t have to go to court – like many folks do. I just about always record my interactions with the police, whether it’s a traffic stop or not, that way it keeps the entire situation objective, transparent and I can hold the public servant accountable if he/ she violates my rights.

I can’t recall why I got the next letter, but I think it was because I didn’t respond promptly enough.


How to Beat a Photo-Enforced Speeding Ticket (or Red Light Ticket)


As you can see these criminals issuing these tickets are hoping that the people will just get scared and pay, or not want to waste their time with it. However the government has to provide evidence that it was actually ME driving, it’s their burden of proof. Just because they got pictures of my car doesn’t mean I was driving. So, in response to the first letter, I mailed them back the following letter (copied and pasted):

To Whom it May Concern,

I received a letter claiming I committed a violation of a speeding law in the District of Columbia on 04/21/2012. As per the instructions, I am writing to plead ‘not guilty’ to this charge. Although this option is said to result in this matter going to court; it is my suggestion that the charges simply be dropped. This suggestion comes out of respect for tax payers, and my request that their hard earned money not be wasted in such proceedings. As there is no evidence of my involvement with this alleged ‘crime’, as well as the fact that I am not granted my 6th amendment right to face my ‘accuser’ (a camera); I see no way the government could prove my guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I also see find no legal requirement for me to implicate someone else in this process, as it is the government’s responsibility to prove a person’s guilt. It is also my 5th amendment right to remain silent on the matter.

If it is the government’s decision to move forward in this matter, I would request copies of any evidence the prosecution may have of my involvement in the “offense”; as well as, all maintenance records for the camera(s) involved.


Nathan Cox
United States Army Veteran

HUGE thanks to super activist Meg McLain. I was slammed with work and was about to miss the deadline to mail the rebuttal letter in. She was my roommate at the time, I told her about how I needed it to read and she came up with a fantastic piece. I HIGHLY recommend Meg for any of your Graphic Design or Video Animation needs – She’s stellar!

After sending that letter I received this post card:

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MANY months later (much more than six months), just the other day I get this post card showing that the ticket is DISMISSED.

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So PLEASE, NEVER EVER opt to pay these Photo Enforced Speeding AND Red Light tickets! You do NOT have to incriminate yourself OR implicate anyone else. It’s the government’s responsibility to provide evidence that YOU were the person driving, don’t help them in their “investigation”. ALWAYS go to court and fight your tickets, if there is NO VICTIM.. there is NO CRIME!

This write-up was first posted to by Nate Cox on May 10, 2013.



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Four star luxury hotel with spa
A Luxury Horse Trekking wine vacation riding through the Chianti:
Treat yourself to a luxury riding experience in beautiful Tuscany. The horse riding in this area is second to none, with spectacular panoramic views around Florence. Horses that are fit, healthy and well cared for will show you a side of Tuscany that cannot be seen from the window of a tour bus or otherwise. Enjoy not only top class horse riding, but also wine tasting and a hands-on cooking class in a Tuscan restaurant.
This holiday is a fantastic way to mix luxury with adventure and food. Enjoy a visit to one of Italy’s finest wine cellars followed by lunch in a pretty enoteca overlooking the vineyards. Learn how to make pasta from a local pro, and enjoy spending a weekend in the Tuscany that inspired painters such as Giotto and Di Vinci.
THE PRICE INCLUDES Transfer to from airport (a shuttle will be arranged based on arrival times in Florence airport) Travel to Siena in a luxury vehicle for a city tour with a local qualified tour guide.
Transfers daily to the horse riding stables.
6 nights at 4 star hotel and spa double occupancy rooms. 6 breakfasts Horse riding full for three full days and two half days
Lunch and wine tasting at local cellar
Lunch at fortressed castle
Three lunches gourmet picnic style
Parking fees, highway fees and driver’s expenses Informative material 20% Vat tax THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE Flights Personal expenses Travel insurance EXTRAS Any other good or service not listed above CONTACT US TERMS AND CONDITIONS


 Day One – Arrival at Catania airport, chauffeured transfer to Taormina

Day Two – Sicily’s Volcanic Wine Tour

Day Three – Chocolate tour in Modica and visit to Syracuse

Day Four – Visits and Tour of Val di Noto

Day Five – Ragusa and Cos Wine Tour

Day Six – Day Tour in Palermo

Day Seven – Departure from Palermo


Day Two: Sicily’s Volcanic Wines


Discover Mt Etna with your own wine expert personal guide

Learn about Sicilian wines and ancient wine growing techniques

Admire stunning landscapes

Taste extraordinary rich elegant wines

Enjoy lunch in a good local restaurant


Day Three: Syracuse and The chocolate of the Gods in Modica


Taste Modica’s specialties in a local restaurant Indulge in delicious chocolate delicatessen
Explore a wonderful baroque town in southeast Sicily

Discover a heritage that can be traced back to the Aztecs in Mexico

Admire Ortigia’s astonishing sandstone Palaces Visit architectural and artistic masterpieces

Day Four: Visits and Tour of Val di Noto 
Day Five: Ragusa, Cos and Ciccio Sultano’s Haute Cusine


Taste Sicilian Nero D’Avola and Frappato in an organic farm

Taste regional foods whilst lunching on a scenic terrace

Enjoy a meal at one of the best restaurants in Sicily

Day six: Day Tour in Palermo 


Visit Palermo with your own friendly expert guide

Admire Important and beautiful works of art

Explore the street markets in the mediaeval part of town

Stop at a historical café

Day Seven - Departure, chauffeured transfer to Palermo airport

Airport transfers to/from hotel Visits to the cities of Siracusa, Ragusa and Palermo with a friendly and knowledgeable art history guide (approximately three hours)

Paolo as your friendly driver-guide each day (approximately 8 hours per day)

Visits to three top rated Sicilian wineries

Tasting of current release wines.

Visit to a chocolate producer in Modica Tasting of fine Modica chocolates

Booking for lunch and dinner each day (meal not included)

One informal buffet lunch at one of the wineries

Informative material

21% Vat tax



Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Any other good or service not listed above






Italian Culinary Wine Vacations

Carmignano Wine and Meat Tour

Carmignano Wine and Meat Tour Highlights

Taste the delicious Mortadella from Prato (a Slow Food Presidio) and other local salt cured meats
Learn how local meats are made
Enjoy wine tasting at a beautiful winery in Carmignano
Stop for lunch in a great local restaurant

Carmignano Wine and Meat Tour Program

Your tour begins when your English speaking driver with full optional vehicle collects you at your hotel in Florence or nearby city. Just a half hours drive outside of Florence you will arrive in Carmignano a beautiful wine region with lots of delicious typical products. You will discover not only the Carmignano wine region, but also the fascinating world of Italian salt cured meats.

Your first stop in the morning will be a historic butcher who can’t wait to share his love of salt cured meats with you. The most famous salumi charcuterie product is the Slow Food presidio Mortadella di Prato. Delicious! You will find out how these salt cured meats are made, see some of the salumi making process and then the best part of all, a delicious taste of the stores specialties. Other products made onsite include prosciutto, spalla, sausages, salame and lard.

Next up is a walk around a small local village or town with time to visit the towns shops before your booking for lunch in a typical Tuscan restaurant where you will have time to dine on the town’s specialties. After lunch, you will head into the countryside to visit one of the regions historic vineyards for a fantastic wine tasting experience.

The Carmignano wine region has been producing wine since the time of the Etruscans over 3000 years of wine history. You will visit a historic winery with beautifully restored villa and cantina with a winery guide or owner in English. Visit the nobile villa with incredible gardens, rolling hills of vineyards and silvery sheen of olive trees and then a chance to taste their wonderful historic wines. Your visit includes a taste of several red wines and one white as well as their extra virgin olive oil drizzled on a piece of crunchy local Tuscan bread.

About the wine: Carmignano DOCG

Carmignano DOC and DOCG were recognized in the 1980sand both white and red grapes are planted in the gently rolling vineyards. Native reds such as Canaiolo and Sangiovese find themselves alongside international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet and Syrah in this historic wine region. A much smaller productions of whites such as Trebbiano is also present. Olive oil production is also an important part of the landscape and region cusine.

Whats Included in your Carmignano Wine and Meat Tour

Travel by Mercedes or equivalent level car or minibus with an English-speaking driver (7 hours total).
Tour of salt cured meat producer/store
Tasting of salt cured meats such as mortadella and prosciutto
Visit to one Carmignano winery
Guided tasting of wines and olive oil.
A visit to one small town and their wine and food shops.
Booking for lunch in a nice, typical Tuscan restaurant (meal not included).
Our pampering care!

Price per person (including taxes and fees), based on a booking of:
1 pax Eur 490 - 2 pax Eur 255 - 3 pax Eur 198 - 4 pax Eur 175 - 5 paxEur 145 - 6 pax Eur 135 - 7 pax Eur 125 - 8 pax Eur 115 - 9 pax Eur 115 -10 pax Eur 105 - 11 pax Eur 100 - 12 pax Eur 100 -