Holiday Itinerary Treasures of Florence & Tuscany

Day 1 - UK/Pisa

You'll depart on your scheduled flight to Pisa today. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel in the peaceful spa town of Montecatini Terme. (D)

Day 2 - Pisa and 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 (you've guessed it) 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. (B, D)

Day 3 - 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! (B, 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​. (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 Local 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 medieval feast at a local restaurant. (B, D)

Day 6 - 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 Verrazzano that was the former family home of Giovanni da Verrazzano, the Italian explorer who discovered Hudson Bay in New York in 1524.

​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. (B, L, D)

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.

Later, for your final evening in Tuscany, you'll get to enjoy an open-air performance at the renowned Montecatini Opera Festival. ​(B, D)

Day 8 - Pisa/UK

Today you’ll transfer to Pisa where you will take your flight back to the UK. ​(B)

Meals included B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner

Departure dates and prices 2020 - Treasures of Florence & Tuscany (Regional Flights Available)

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Dates Prices from Dates Prices from
April 4 London (Gatwick) £949 August 1 London (Heathrow) £1140
April 4 London (Heathrow) £1078 September 5 London (Heathrow) £1045
May 9 London (Heathrow) £1059 September 19 London (Gatwick) £1045
June 6 London (Gatwick) £1059 September 19 London (Heathrow) £1144
June 20 London (Gatwick)
£1045 October 3 London (Gatwick) £1100
July 4 London (Heathrow) £1194 October 3 London (Heathrow) £1199

The holiday price may be subject to change and will be confirmed at the time of booking.  Airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.  Alternative dates may be available but not yet guaranteed, call for details. Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. 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, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents. All holidays subject to Travelsphere Terms & Conditions

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Treasures of Florence & Tuscany

2020 Holidays by Air 8 Days from £949

Unearth unique traditions, savour sensational cuisine 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. 

Treasures of Florence & Tuscany

What's Included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways 
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide

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 Verrazzano Castle in Chianti 
  • Trip to the 'art city' of Florence​ ​​
  • Night at the Montecatini Opera Festival (subject to timetable and weather)

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 - Medieval Montalcino and Siena from £59

Enjoy a full day of discovery beginning in the hill town of Montalcino, set within a full circle of fortified walls and watched over by a mighty castle of medieval perfection. Montalcino is a beautiful village immersed in the breathtaking Val d'Orcia Natural Park, renowned all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine.
We'll then move on to Siena where you will step back in time as you visit the hilltop town that has changed very little since the Middle Ages. 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.

Italy - San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Abbadia a Isola including dinner from £88

We’re going back to medieval times today. The day starts with a visit to the charming town of San Gimignano which is known as the town of beautiful towers where you will have time to wander and have free time for lunch. In the afternoon we visit the Abbey of Badia a Isola and then head to medieval Monteriggione to soak up the atmosphere as you explore in the company of a local guides dressed in traditional medieval costume and visit the Museum of Medieval Armours and Weapons. Take a walk along the castle walls and then you will finish your day in a restaurant where a medieval feast will be served.

Full Day – Moderate Walking – Authentic Experience

Italy - Prebookable Package - San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Abbadia a Isola including dinner / Medieval Montalcino and Siena from £140

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Tettuccio Day 1 - 7

Located in downtown Montecini Terme just a short distance from the spa centre. Hotels facilities include restaurant, dining room, music room and tea room. Bedrooms have private facilities.

Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Flight options

Flights may be available from other airports, check online. Flight supplements may apply.


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