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Treasures of Tuscany

Amidst idyllic Tuscan scenery nestles the peaceful spa town of Chianciano Terme, the ideal spot to retreat among serene landscapes fortified by the town’s mineral water which hails from the hills. Florence, Montepulciano, Pisa, Lucca and Siena are all close by, if you can tear yourself away.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Gatwick with British Airways or similar scheduled carrier
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 7 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis including dinner and wine in a Tuscan farmhouse on 1 evening
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guides
  • Complimentary wi-fi on board your coach
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Discover Montalcino, a hilltop town offering picture-postcard views, and Sant’ Antimo, with its beautiful Romanesque abbey (three-quarter day)
  • Enjoy tastings of local wine and olive oil at your hotel
  • Admire beautiful Tuscan landscapes with a visit to the prestigious Castello Banfi Vineyards and enjoy a tasting of the award-winning Brunello wines
  • Stay in the pretty spa town of Chianciano Terme
  • Dinner will be served one evening at a Tuscan farmhouse, including wine

Optional excursions

  • The dramatic Tuscan hilltop villages of Montepulciano, Pienza and Bagno Vignoni (full day)
  • Explore Florence, home to some of the world’s greatest art treasures (full day)
  • Visit Pisa, famed for its leaning Tower, and the walled town of Lucca (full day)
  • The enchanting medieval hilltop towns of San Gimignano and Siena (full day)
Today you’ll depart on your flight to Pisa. On arrival you’ll transfer to the spa town of Chianciano Terme, a popular resort boasting spa parks, lovely public gardens and mineral water said to be enriched with healing properties. We have arranged a half-board stay for you at the Hotel Villa Ricci, with dinner one evening served in a local restaurant so you can try some of the area’s specialities. You’ll also be invited to a tasting of local wines and olive oil by your friendly hosts during your time here.
During your holiday you are free to relax in your resort or join your Tour Manager on our superb range of excursions.

If you want to see a classic Tuscan hilltop town offering picture-postcard views at every turn then today’s included three-quarter-day excursion is for you, as Montalcino is exactly that. During your visit you will see the fascinating Abbey at Sant’ Antimo which dates back to the 9th century – you may also hear the chanting of the monks who still live here.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa took 176 years to complete and began to lean shortly after construction. View this famous structure on today’s optional full-day excursion. You’ll also see the Duomo, the Baptistry and the Monumental Cemetery, which sit alongside it in the Field of Miracles.

Your tour continues to the perfectly-preserved walled town of Lucca. Boasting walkable Renaissance-era ramparts and plenty of fascinating architecture, including a tree-topped tower, this is a beautiful place to visit and its compact centre is easily explored on foot.
You may choose to join today’s full-day optional excursion to Florence - Italy’s ‘Art City’, which is home to works of art by such masters as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. In the company of a knowledgeable Local Guide you will explore Florence on foot, taking a stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, which is lined with jewellery shops, before admiring the magnificent Duomo and the beautiful gothic Santa Croce church. As well as often being referred to as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a great place to indulge in a spot of shopping, so see if you can pick up a bargain among the side streets and markets.

To ensure your return to this delightful city, rub the nose of ‘Il Porcellino’, the bronze boar in Mercato Nuovo and throw a few coins into the grating at his feet.
Today you’ll get a chance to admire beautiful Tuscan landscapes with an included visit to the prestigious Castello Banfi Vineyards. Your tour begins at the village of La Pieve di Montalcino, from where you’ll stroll through the scenic award-winning Brunello vineyards to the 12th century Castello. You’ll get to sample three local wines before heading back to Chianciano Terme for an afternoon at leisure.
For further exploration of the area join our optional full-day visit to the charming medieval hilltop towns of San Gimignano and Siena, which have barely changed since the Middle Ages.

San Gimignano, one of the loveliest towns in Tuscany, is also known as the ‘town of beautiful towers’ due to the vast numbers that were built here by feuding families as status symbols in medieval times.

Siena’s medieval town centre is one of the most perfectly preserved in Europe. You’re sure to be enchanted by the spectacular fan-shaped Piazza del Campo, which is the setting for the exciting and colourful Palio horse race, which is held twice a year.
Today we offer a full-day optional tour of Montepulciano, Pienza and Bagno Vignoni.

Built along a narrow limestone ridge 2,000 feet above sea level, Montepulciano is encircled by walls and fortifications from the 16th century and the streets inside are crammed with Renaissance-style palaces and churches. However, the town is chiefly known for the locally produced vino nobile, an excellent red wine made primarily from the Sangiovese grape variety and then aged in oak barrels for at least two years. It would be a shame not to sample some while you are here!

Your tour continues on to Pienza, which is surrounded by a patchwork of vineyards, orchards and fields which are dotted with villas, castles and small villages. It’s also known for its pecorino cheese, probably the best produced in Italy. You’ll finish your tour in lovely Bagno Vignoni, a tiny village clustered around a Renaissance spa.
Today you’ll transfer to Pisa where you will take your flight back to the UK.

Please note: To maximise your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential. On certain departure dates the running order of your itinerary may change.

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Tuscan Hilltop Villages

Tuscan Hilltop Villages

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Enjoy a full day of discovery beginning in the town of Montepulciano, which is built along a narrow limestone ridge and encircled by 16th century walls and fortifications. Take a stroll amid Renaissance-style palaces and ancient churches, and be sure to try a glass of vino nobile, an excellent locally produced red wine. Enjoy more tastings in Pienza – this time tangy pecorino cheese is on the menu – before rounding off your day in the tiny hilltop hamlet of Bagni Vignoni, renowned for the healing properties of its thermal waters.

Full day - Moderate Walking - Scenic Tour

Florence

Florence

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Spend a full day exploring Italy’s ‘Art City’ Florence, whose museums, palaces and churches house some of the world’s greatest artistic treasures. A Local Guide will introduce you to many of its highlights such as the vast Gothic cathedral. Stroll through beautiful piazzas and across the Ponte Vecchio, or climb the hill to the Church of San Miniato al Monte for wonderful city views.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Best Seller

Pisa and Lucca

Pisa and Lucca

from £57

Head to Pisa to see its famous Leaning Tower. This bell tower resides in the Field of Miracles beside an amazing collection of religious buildings. Head inside the cathedral to see the marble pulpit created by the great sculptor Giovanni Pisano and nearby you’ll see a bronze lamp that according to a popular story Galileo was watching sway gently when the law of the pendulum occurred to him. Whether this tale is true or not, Galileo grew up here, so surely he was inspired by his surroundings. Continue to the perfectly preserved walled town of Lucca where you’ll find fine examples of medieval and Renaissance architecture, charming piazzas and even a tree-topped tower on a stroll through its historic centre.

Please note: Entrance fees are payable locally at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the cathedral.

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Must See

Siena and San Gimignano

Siena and San Gimignano

from £62

Step back in time as you visit these two hilltop towns that have changed very little since the Middle Ages. San Gimignano is also known as the ‘town of the beautiful towers’. You’ll see why from a distance as the vast numbers of towers built as status symbols by feuding families come into view. More treats are in store in the shape of elegant palaces, ancient frescoed churches and small shops selling local produce and hand-crafted souvenirs. In Siena a Local Guide will lead you through streets lined with palaces and mansions to the Piazza del Campo – the setting for the Palio horse race – and the cathedral which boasts an exquisitely decorated façade.

Full day - Moderate Walking - Highly recommended

Prebookable Package - Scenic Hill Top Villages / Florence / Pisa and Lucca

Prebookable Package - Scenic Hill Top Villages / Florence / Pisa and Lucca

from £172

You can save money and enhance your holiday with this pre bookable excursion package...

Scenic Hill Top Villages / Florence / Pisa and Lucca
The 3-star Hotel Villa Ricci is ideally located in Chianciano Terme.

Hotel facilities include a restuarant, bar and a swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, complimentary wi-fi and a safe.

Villa Ricci Hotel - Chianciano

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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