Day 1 - Fly to Italy
On arrival at Pisa airport you will be met by our representative and transfer to our hotel in Montecatini Terme, where we stay for 7 nights. Five dinners in the hotel and 1 dinner and 1 lunch in local restaurants are included.
Days 2 to 7
During our stay we have arranged an included programme of excursions and visits, all taken at a leisurely pace.
A Taste of Tuscany:
This is a truly delightful day exploring the romantic Chianti countryside of rolling hills, broad green valleys, medieval hilltop villages, seemingly endless olive groves and mile upon mile of vineyards. Our journey takes us right into the heart of Tuscany, where we’ll visit traditional wine villages which are seemingly untouched by time. We will also visit the famous Vicchio Maggio estate where we will taste three of their superb wines before enjoying an included Tuscan style lunch with wine in the Estate’s own restaurant.
Pisa and Lucca:
Pisa is world famous for its instantly recognisable landmark, the Leaning Tower, which stands at a seemingly impossible angle in the Square of Miracles. No matter how many pictures you have seen of the tower, the reality will take you by suprise and will leave you wondering why it hasn’t toppled over! Next to the leaning tower is the Cathedral and the Baptistry, which is built out of the white Carrara marble. Lucca, birthplace of Puccini, is a perfectly preserved medieval town, hidden behind its splendid Renaissance ramparts. It is a small, graceful town which makes it ideal for exploring on foot and a walk along the ramparts will reward you with lovely views of the narrow streets, elegant Palaces and Romanesque churches. The town is also noted for its medieval squares, particularly the unusual oval shaped main Piazza, which was originally a Roman amphitheatre.
Siena and San Gimignano:
Our excursion today takes us to two of Tuscany’s most enchanting towns. Siena’s medieval town centre is one of the most perfectly preserved in Italy. After seeing the sights relax with a refreshing drink in the stunning fan-shaped Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy’s finest squares, famous all over the world for the exciting and colourful Palio horserace which is held in the square San Gimignano is regarded as Tuscany’s most beautiful hill-top town with its skyline of 13th century towers. With its picturesque houses which line the narrow cobbled streets, you’ll see why its a UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ve also arranged a tasting of the locally produced olive oil and the rich, red Chianti wines and refreshing white wines at a vineyard, and a tasting of some local pecorino cheese and bruschetta.
The cradle of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is recognised as the art capital of the world. Built along the banks of the River Arno and surrounded by the Tuscan hills, it is here where you will find some of the finest sculptures, works of art and architecture including the magnificent Cathedral and Baptistry with its ‘Gates of Paradise’, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Ponte Vecchio. We have arranged a sightseeing tour of the city as soon as we arrive, conducted by a local guide, to enable you to get the most from your visit. The afternoon is then at leisure. Florence has an excellent shopping centre with a large range of Italian fashion, leather goods and shoes in the shops and boutiques.
Day 8 - Fly to UK
Today, at the appropriate time, we transfer to Pisa airport to take the return flight to the UK.
You can extend your stay for seven nights on the Tuscan Riviera from as little as £469 per person half board. Call for details.
Transfers: Transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.
Mistral Holidays brochure prices from £949
Travel 55 discount prices from £8837*
Tel Mistral Holidays reservations on 01352 756 864 and quote Travel 55 code T55
*Price based on flights from Bristol - Travel 55 discount of 7% will apply on all holidays, whichever airport and date