Day 1 - UK/Pisa
Fly to Pisa. Meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner this evening.
Day 2 - Pisa
Pisa is home to one of Italy’s most recognisable sights, the famous Leaning Tower. Residing in the Field of Miracles, this 180ft campanile took 176 years to build and began to lean shortly after construction. Thankfully the structure has recently been secured yet it still retains its famous lean. We include a visit to the Field of Miracles this morning. Discover more of Pisa this afternoon in the company of your fellow travellers - your Tour Manager will always be on hand to suggest interesting places to visit.
Day 3 - San Gimignano & Siena
San Gimignano is one of the prettiest hilltop towns in Tuscany, with beautiful palaces and churches, ornate frescoes and a fine baptistery within its ancient walls. It’s also known as the ‘town of beautiful towers’ because of the impressive towers built here as status symbols by feuding families in medieval times.
Siena is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its enchanting narrow streets lined with palaces and mansions lead to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, which is the setting each year for the colourful and intense Palio horse race. We include an excursion to both towns today.
Day 4 - Marina di Cecina
Marina di Cecina, your base, is a lovely town. Perhaps spend time on the beach, which is just a short stroll from your hotel. Or maybe head into the delightful town centre where there are plenty of laid-back cafés in which to relax and watch the world go by.
Day 5 - Elba
Elba is a beautiful island just off the coast of Tuscany. Vantage points offer splendid views over the Bay of Biodola, while on the shoreline the harbour of Marciana and Marina di Campo are lovely spots to while away the time. The island is dotted with picturesque fishing villages and scenic walking routes where a fantastic variety of wildflowers grow in abundance. Explore the island on an optional excursion today. Alternatively, take the time to relax in your resort.
Day 6 - Florence
Florence is known as Italy’s ‘Art City’. It is home to works by great masters including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci.
Built beside the River Arno, explore the city’s compact historic centre on your included excursion. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, climb the steps of the magnificent Duomo and admire glorious architecture among the Renaissance streets and piazzas.
Il Porcellino, the statue of a boar located in Mercato Nuovo, is surrounded by superstition – if you throw a coin into the grating at its feet and rub its shiny nose, legend has it that you will return to the city.
Day 7 - Lucca
Lucca is a traditional historic town surrounded by impressive walls. Explore the town on an optional excursion today. Take a walk along the ancient ramparts and admire the beautiful botanical gardens, the Basilica of San Frediano and fascinating architecture including a tree-topped tower.
Alternatively, take time to explore your resort - Marina di Cecina - enjoy the bustling town, relax on the beach or enjoythe local café culture.
Join the group for a farewell get-together and enjoy some live music this evening.
Day 8 - Pisa/UK
Return flight to the UK.
Please note - To maximise your enjoyment of this holiday a certain amount of walking is essential.