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Tuscan Treats

Back-Roads Touring

Tuscan Treats

8 days / 7 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1421

A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On this Tuscany tour you’ll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

To book this wonderful 9 day Tuscan Treats tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

Tuscan Treats
Your Tour Itinerary

Your Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Florence 

Arrive into Florence and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 2 Florence - Lucca 

Leafy Lucca, with its atmospheric cobbled streets and red-roofed buildings, is one of Tuscany’s tucked away treasures. And it acts as a beautiful introduction to our tour of this region. But first, have your camera handy on the way here as we stop to soak up views of Florence. Then, when we reach Lucca, unwrap layer upon layer of fascinating history and fine architecture as we go beyond its 16th century walls. The afternoon is yours, to take in the town at your own pace. Share what you discover this evening, as we come together for the first of our delicious dinners at a local osteria. (D)

Day 3 Lucca – Cinque Terre - Lucca

Rocky coastline. Romantic, sugared almond-coloured villages. It’s time to take the road less travelled along the more remote parts of the Italian Riviera’s sublime shoreline. Our route brings us to the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tour highlight. We explore three of the five villages dotted along this secluded stretch and marvel at the breathtaking scenery surrounding us. After time spent discovering this beautiful area, we return to Lucca in time for dinner. Friendly local eatery or fine dining restaurant – the choice is yours tonight. (B)

Day 4 Lucca - Pisa– Volterra

Infamous and impossible to miss, Pisa’s Leaning Tower is a staggering sight – and our first point of call today. More than simply a photo opportunity, this is an extraordinary structure that has managed to withstand the force of gravity for centuries. But there’s more than just one impressive sight to see here. Delving deeper, we lead you to the impressive Baptistery of St John – a huge marble masterpiece with a distinctive domed roof. Afterwards, we travel on to Volterra. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town is our home for the night – but before bed beckons, there’s plenty of time for you to discover its charismatic character. (B)

Day 5 Volterra – Siena – Monteriggioni - Voleterra

A magnificent piazza. Meandering stepped streets. Throw in beautifully preserved architecture and a sensational hilltop location, and you have Siena. After taking in the city’s head-turning historic centre, from the cathedral to the winding lanes lined with medieval buildings, we continue to the enchanting walled village of Monteriggioni. Here the choice is yours, you could sip cappuccinos on Piazza di Roma, pay a visit to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or simply marvel at the fortified castle that captured the imagination of Dante Alighieri, and features in The Divine Comedy. (B)

Day 6 Voletrra - San Gimignano - Chianti

Its timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make San Gimignano a serene spot to spend this morning. Stroll through its medieval streets. Sample its culinary specialities. And see just why this has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we escape to the country and learn about centuries-old winemaking before reaching for a glass and enjoying a tasting session – which includes one of the region’s very few white wines. Driving onwards through the Chianti countryside, another gem awaits – a Tuscan country house that we’ll call home for the next two nights. (B, D)

Day 7 Chianti

Sipping wine on the terrace or swimming the day away. However you choose to spend your time at the villa, you’ll soon be in full relaxation mode. But before then, we’re invited to the kitchen where we roll up our sleeves and don aprons. The villa’s chef treats us to an exclusive lesson in making Tuscan delicacies, sharing all his secrets, and then we sit down to savour the fruits of our labours for lunch. After an afternoon of ‘me time’, we come together once more for a final group dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Chianti – Florence

While we have to say goodbye to our villa this morning and we reach the final day of our trip, there’s one more treat in store: a stop-off at the Castle of Verrazzano. There’s no need to hurry, so we enjoy a relaxing start to the day before packing up and heading for the hills. We find Verrazzano high up in the renowned Chianti Classico area, wrapped in vineyards. A tour of the castle ends in a chance to sample a selection of wines that have been produced here for centuries, as well as smooth olive oils and tangy balsamic vinegars – with a delicious lunch to go with them. If we’re lucky, we may even spot wild boar that roam the surrounding woodland. All in all, it’s a fitting end to our tour that has celebrated the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany, and that ends back in romantic Florence. Your private transfer to the airport is included. (B, L)

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 Tuscan Treats - Tour code TT

Departure Dates & Prices 2017 Tuscan Treats - Tour code TT

Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + Tour Code

Date

Twin Double

Single

Date

Twin Double

Single

April 20, 27

£1495
£1421

£1995
£1896

August 3, 10, 17

£1695
£1611

£2295
£2181

May 4, 9, 16

£1695
£1611
£2295
£2181

August 24, 31

£1695
£1611
£2295
£2181

May 23, 25, 30

£1695
£1611

£2295
£2181

September 5, 7, 12

£1695
£1611
£2295
£2181

June 1, 8, 15

£1695
£1611

£2295
£2181

September 14, 19, 28

£1695
£1611
£2295
£2181

June 22, 29

£1695
£1611

£2295
£2181

October 5

£1495
£1421
£1995
£1896

July 6, 13, 30

£1695
£1611

£2295
£2181

 

Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown. 

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Back-Roads Touring

Tuscan Treats

8 days / 7 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1421

A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food. On this Tuscany tour you’ll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

To book this wonderful 9 day Tuscan Treats tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount. 

You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price 

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The Back-Roads Difference

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Take in UNESCO World Heritage Sites – from the Cinque Terre to Siena
  • Live the high life with two nights at a country house in the Chianti hills
  • Unlock the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with wine tastings and an exclusive cookery class
Tour Inclusions

Tour Inclusions

  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced Back-Roads tour leader

  • Local guide in Siena

  • Luxury mini-coach transportation

  • European breakfast daily (B)

  • Three evening meals (D)

  • Two lunches (L)

  • Two wine tastings
  • A Tuscan cooking class
  • Entrance fee included to: Cinque Terre Card, Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Cathedral of Siena and Verrazzano Castle
Small groups of up to 18

Small groups of up to 18

With tour sizes of up to 18 guests,  (22 for French barge tours), our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.

Why Back-Roads Touring

Why Back-Roads Touring

Mini-Coaches  

On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.

Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.

Authentic Local Experiences

Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.

Scenic back roads not motorways

Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.

Culinary Discoveries

One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.

Boutique Hotels

Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.

Leisurely Paced Travel

Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.