Welcome to Tuscany

Our cultural sojourn to Tuscany begins in the charming spa town of Montecatini Terme, the perfect platform from which to explore Tuscany’s more celebrated sites and undergo your own personal renaissance. This authentically Tuscan town manages to charm any traveller in its own right with its thermal baths, flowering parks, elegant shops and lively bars and restaurants.

Venture to Florence, the artistic and cultural capital of Europe. The birthplace of the renaissance provides countless must-sees, from the spectacular cathedral, to the Uffizi and to the city’s numerous homages to fine art and sculpture. Sample Italian delicacies in Prato, the home of the biscotti biscuit before walking the 15th century walls of Lucca and marvelling at the iconic leaning tower of Pisa. To complete our Italian adventure, we will explore the majestic medieval city of Siena and nearby San Gimignano. A varied treasure-trove of Tuscan delights awaits you!

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the origins of the Renaissance in Florence
  • Immerse yourself in the gothic architecture of Siena
  • The leaning tower and beyond in Pisa
  • Relax in Montecatini and its therapeutic thermal spa
  • Sample truly authentic Biscotti biscuit in Prato
  • Dates & Prices

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    April 29 - May 6, 2017 (8 days)

    Standard Blind Price: £1249 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: £649 Contact us for availability

    The prices shown below are for non-UK travellers and do not include return flights and transfers. If you are travelling from within the UK, please .

    Standard Blind Price: 1098 1098 Contact us for availability

    Discounted Sighted Price: 549 549 Contact us for availability

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    Men and children clad in medieval orange garments are parading through tight Tuscan streets. They are carrying drums and orange flags.
  • A spectacular church facade. Three archways are topped with a circular glass window, which is surrounded by turrets and pillars. It is framed by a beautiful blue sky.

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK
    • 3-star accommodation
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Florence walking tour
    • Siena and San Gimignano excursion
    • Lucca and Pisa walking tour
    • Montecatini Thermal spa visit
    • Prato walking tour and biscotti tasting (optional)
    The leaning tower of Pisa, Its rows of marble archways and pillars back on to a brilliant blue sky.

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Saturday 29th April 

Fly to Pisa airport and transfer to our hotel in Montecatini. We’ll enjoy our first of many included dinners together this evening.

Dinner Included. Overnight in Montecatini.

Sunday 30th April

This morning will be free to explore at leisure, perhaps take the funicular railway to Montecatini Alto. Savour the ambience within this hilltop fortress with a cappuccino or gelato on the central piazza, or simply admire the breath-taking view. Descend back to Montecatini Terme this afternoon to relax like a true member of the Florentine republic’s elite with an included visit to the historic Terme Tettucio. Florentines have been enjoying the therapeutic water treatments and cleansing waters of Montecatini’s spas since 1370.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Montecatini.

Monday 1st May

Our discovery of Tuscany begins by train from Montecatini to the region’s capital. Florence is spread along the banks of the river Arno and is a city always bustling with craft, commerce, culture, art and science. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, and is synonymous with names such as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli and Galileo among others. Highlights include the Uffizi museum with its world famous paintings, the Duomo with its bright marble façade, the tiny shops of Ponte Vecchio accompanied with a plethora of gothic churches. The sites, whether they be architectural splendour, or subtle cultural references, make it arguably the most atmospheric city on earth. You can’t help but be swept away by the living celebration of a city with a decadent and rich history.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Montecatini.

Tuesday 2nd May

Today we suggest you venture to Prato. This city stands between Montecatini and Florence. As well as traditional Tuscan architecture and art, the city is also notable for being the founding place of the delicious biscotti. Known locally as Cantuccini, this twice baked almond biscuit is best served softened with a dunk in a glass of Vin Santos. Be sure to bring as much home as you can feasibly carry.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Montecatini.

Wednesday 3rd May

Our tour to Lucca and Pisa begins by locomotive. Lucca is one of the most ancient towns of Etruria and boasts a unique town centre which is completely enclosed by imposing fortifications dating back to the 15th century. Founded by the Etruscans, Lucca became a Roman colony in 180 BC and a free commune (self-governing city) during the 12th century, enjoying freedom and independence until the arrival of Napoleon in 1805. The long periods of peace it has enjoyed explain the almost perfect preservation of the city walls, which were rarely put to the test by siege or battle. Stop for lunch here, and sample some of Tuscany’s culinary delights, whether it be pizza, pasta or their delectable ice creams.

Pisa was once a maritime power to rival Genoa and Venice, and is famous for its “Leaning tower”, the result of an architectural project gone terribly wrong. The tower be found on Campo dei Miracoli, one of Italy’s most memorable squares. Yet fine architecture, sculpture and painting are pervasive of all Pisa

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Montecatini.

Thursday 4th May

After breakfast we suggest the short train journey to neighbouring Pistoia. It is a small and beautiful town that often gets overlooked by the tourist trail. It offers atypical Tuscan charm, with medieval streets, peaceful piazzas and delicious food. It also has a fascinating underground museum. Alternatively, relax and explore Montecatini at leisure, perhaps indulging in a long and lazy lunch al fresco.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Montecatini.

Friday 5th May

We’ll begin our journey to Siena through gorgeous Tuscan countryside. Surrounded by a landscape of olive groves and vineyards, Siena is one of the most beautiful cities of Italy. Set on three hills, the city is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps. The main square, (or “Il Campo”), at its heart envelopes you in gothic architecture and treats you with restaurants, delis and gelateria around every corner.

On our return we will stop in San Gimignano. This medieval walled city rises on a hill dominating the Elsa Valley with its fascinating towers. Once inside the city walls, the pretty streets feature some excellent shops, notably selling ceramics and leather, and plenty of ice cream parlours and cafes to provide well earnt refreshments after a day of cultural discovery.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Montecatini.

Saturday 6th May

The morning will be yours at leisure to wander the quintessentially Italian streets of Montecatini to finish your enchanting break in Tuscany. We will then transfer to Pisa airport for our return flight.

Breakfast included.