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Treasures of Tuscany & Florence

From £1,249.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2024 - Oct 2024
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From £1,249.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2024 - Oct 2024
Tour Overview
Unearth unique traditions and admire incredible landscapes on this wonderful, relaxing tour. You'll be based in the tranquil spa town of Montecatini Terme and will enjoy numerous memorable trips to the region's best monuments, from the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa to the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Wine lovers will get to savour crisp Chianti wines, while those wanting to relax can amble around Montecatini Terme at their leisure. Keen to see even more of idyllic Tuscany Take advantage of our optional excursions, which include a trip to medieval Siena.
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Your Holiday Includes

 
  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 light lunch, 5 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Visits to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Leonardo Da Vinci Museum 
  • Tour of medieval Lucca 
  • Local food and wine-tasting at Castello di Vicchiomaggio in Chianti
  • Trip to the 'art city' of Florence 
  • Night at the Montecatini Opera Festival (subject to timetable and weather)

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Pisa

Make your own way to the airport for your flight to Pisa, from where you will be transferred straight to your hotel in the peaceful spa town of Montecatini Terme.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Pisa - Vinci

Begin your Tuscan adventure in earnest with an exciting morning excursion to the city of Pisa. Awe at the aptly named Leaning Tower of Pisa that sits within the Field of Miracles, right next door to the city's impressive marble cathedral and 700-year-old Pisa Baptistery.
After lunch, we'll head to the town of Vinci, famous for being the birthplace of legendary Italian artist and sculptor Leonardo Da Vinci. Known for his hugely influential works like 'The Last Supper' and the 'Mona Lisa', a Local Guide will teach us all about the artist's life during the Renaissance era. We'll also stop off at the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci to see some of his early inventions.

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Chianti

Wine aficionados will particularly look forward to today's trip to Chianti, one of the country's most prestigious wine regions. We travel to Greve, where you'll find the idyllic Castello di Vicchiomaggio one of the most beautiful and well-preserved castles in Tuscany, immersed in a park of more than 130 hectares. The castle in the heart of the Chianti Classico region has a long history of wine-making, dating right back to the 10th century. It's made an awful lot of wine! Take a tour of its 16th century underground wine cellars to see where the wine is traditionally aged in huge oak barrels and learn how the grapes are still harvested by hand. It'll then be time for a tasting and a light lunch of complementary local speciality dishes on the castle's atmospheric terrace which overlooks miles of lush Tuscan vineyards.
Later, you'll get to enjoy an open-air performance at the renowned Montecatini Opera Festival.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Florence

Today we discover irresistible Florence. The capital of Tuscany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's also known as Italy's 'art city' thanks to dozens of stunning structures and galleries packed with masterpieces from the Renaissance period. Tick off its top sights, from the medieval Ponte Vecchio lined with jewellery shops to the magnificent Duomo with its terracotta tiled dome, on a tour hosted by a Local Guide.
Florence is also a great city to indulge in a spot of shopping, whether that's designer stores or local markets. Head to Mercato Nuovo for unique souvenirs and to see the bronze statue of Il Porcellino (the Boar) that's said to give you good luck if you rub its snout and place a coin in its mouth.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Montecatini - at Leisure

You'll have the flexibility of indulging in another relaxing spa day in Montecatini Terme or exploring its tempting range of local restaurants and boutique shops. Alternatively, why not pack in even more Tuscan treasures with our full-day optional tour Beginning in hilltop San Gimignano, we'll spend the morning admiring gorgeous views and exploring the town's 14 medieval towers. Next up is a brief stop at the charming hamlet of Abbadia a Isola and its peaceful 10th century abbey, before we head to Monteriggioni for a guided history tour of its beautifully intact medieval walls and buildings. Try on replica armour and get to grips with historic weaponry at the Museum of Medieval Armour and Weapons before tucking into a traditional meal at a local restaurant.

Meals included: B

Day 6 Montecatini - at Leisure

Spend the day soaking up the delights of Montecatini Terme, whether that's with a visit to one of the town's thermal spas for a pampering treatment or a funicular railway ride up to the medieval village of Montecatini Alto to admire fabulous panoramic views.
You'll also have a chance to join an optional excursion that begins with a trip to the beautiful hilltop town of Montalcino. It's famed for producing Brunello di Montalcino, a wine made primarily from subtly spicy Sangiovese grapes. After meandering around the town's cobbled lanes, we'll move on to Siena to discover various medieval allures, including its perfectly preserved city centre that's home to the spectacular fan-shaped Piazza del Campo. We're definitely fans!

Meals included: B

Day 7 Lucca

Today, you'll spend time in one of Tuscany's most beautiful towns - Lucca. It lies just west of Montecatini Terme and is bursting with some of the finest examples of Italian medieval and Renaissance architecture. As well as being the birthplace of composer Puccini, Lucca is also home to the Volto Santo relic – a sacred wooden sculpture of Christ thought to date back to 742 AD, which is kept in the city's stunning Romanesque St Martin Cathedral.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Pisa - UK

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: B

Additional Information

What to expect from food and drink in Italian Hotels

Traditionally evening meals are served as a three-course dinner, with a choice of the second-course dish either decided in advance or on the evening, although some hotels will serve a buffet or accompanying salad buffet. As a group you will enjoy a set meal together.

The first course ‘Primi’ will be a local dish of pasta, risotto or occasionally pizza or soup, ‘Secondi’ is the second course which will be a protein-based dish with a local meat or fish served simply with one vegetable or potato on the side. ‘Dolci’ the dessert part of the dinner is a simple traditional dessert of fruit, cake or gelato.

Enjoying a coffee is a typical social activity in Italian culture. An electric kettle is not a common domestic appliance in Italy and therefore it is quite common for hotels to not offer coffee and tea facilities within the rooms, but instead serve in the main restaurant / bar.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe

Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe is in the heart of the spa town of Montecatini Terme, close to parks, thermal spas and shops. Distinguished by elegant furnishing the family-run hotel has a big hall with different seating arrangements, a garden terrace with a swimming pool, a bar and a restaurant serving a mix of Italian and international cuisine. The hotel has a Wellness Centre (payable locally), including the Myricae SPA with sauna, Turkish bath, emotional showers with chromo-therapy, a hot tub with mini-pool, a relaxation area and Tearoom.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional experiences to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour

Italy - San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Abbadia a Isola including traditional meal

Italy - San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Abbadia a Isola including traditional meal

Step back to medieval times on an excursion that begins in the charming hilltop town of San Gimignano. Known as the 'town of beautiful towers,' in years gone by, noble families here built fortified towers as symbols of their wealth and power. Today, only 14 survive, but the town retains its feudal appearance and is a fascinating place to explore. You will have free time to wander around the historic centre and stop for lunch if you wish.
In the afternoon, you'll visit the Abbey of Badia a Isola and then head to Monteriggione, a medieval town surrounded by a 570-metre-long wall. You'll explore in the company of a Local Guide dressed in traditional medieval costume and visit the Museum of Medieval Armours and Weapons. There will also be an opportunity to walk along the walls and the day ends at a restaurant, where a traditional meal will be served.

Full Day – Moderate Walking – Authentic Experience
Step back to medieval times on an excursion that begins in the charming hilltop town of San Gimignano. Known as the 'town of beautiful towers,' in years gone by, noble families her...

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Italy - Medieval Montalcino and Siena

Italy - Medieval Montalcino and Siena

Enjoy a full day of discovery beginning in Montalcino, a hilltop town surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Val d'Orcia Natural Park. Dominated by a mighty medieval castle and enclosed within fortified walls, Montalcino is renowned for the production of Brunello red wine.
You'll then step back in time and explore the stunning city of Siena with a Local Guide. You'll wander through streets lined with palaces and mansions to the fabulous Piazza del Campo - the setting of the dramatic Palio horse race - and admire the beautiful façade of the city's cathedral.

Enjoy a full day of discovery beginning in Montalcino, a hilltop town surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Val d'Orcia Natural Park. Dominated by a mighty medieval castle a...

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