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A tour that really shows the amazing essence of Tuscany

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20222023
9 days From £1,199 per person

2022 Tour code: 22TYS

About the tour

From Florence to Pisa to Siena, this is a holiday that captures the amazing essence of Tuscany. Discover a wonderful selection of cities and take in the iconic sights.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London & Turin

Meet at our London St Pancras Departure Office for your journey on the Eurostar to Paris. From here, continue to the city of Turin by rail, where you spend the night.

Please Note: For departure 22TYS02 you will now overnight in Lyon.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Montecatini

After breakfast, continue to Montecatini Terme, your stunning base for the next six nights. Nestled in the undulating Tuscan hills, Montecatini Terme became known as a spa town during the 18th century. The modern town is linked by funicular railway to Montecatini Alto, its medieval Old Town. Perched on a hill and boasting incredible views over the surrounding Tuscan countryside, here you'll find wonderful history within its myriad of beautiful buildings and labyrinthine streets.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Montecatini

You are free to relax at your hotel, or explore Montecatini further. Perhaps enjoy a trip on the Funicolare di Montecatini Terme. This mountainside cable car has been running since 1897, and journeys up to the Old Town of Montecatini Alto. Surrounded by ancient municipal buildings as well as a number of enticing restaurants and cafes, Montecatini Alto's beautiful central piazza is the perfect spot in which to rest awhile and drink in the atmospheric surroundings of this unique Tuscan town.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Florence

Head to the Renaissance city of Florence where you enjoy a guided tour, wandering through narrow, twisting streets and admiring buildings that have inspired generations of artists. You visit the vast Duomo, whose characteristic orange dome is an icon of the Florentine skyline. The jewel in the crown of Florence, the cathedral has a history that dates back to 393 AD. You also see the unique 14th-century Ponte Vecchio, or 'Old Bridge', which is filled with jewellery and goldsmith shops. You then have free time. You could climb the 414 steps of Giotto's Campanile, and enjoy an incredible view across the rooftops of Florence. Alternatively, enjoy a coffee while soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling streets. There's also a plethora of art galleries and museums, including the world-famous Uffizi.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 5 - Pisa & Lucca

Take the train to Lucca, one of the region's most beloved cities. A walled city that encloses fabulous Roman and medieval buildings, Lucca is an utter delight to explore. Discover quaint cobbled streets and handsome tree-lined avenues, as well as the almost perfectly-preserved walls, from which there's incredible views of the city. Afterwards, continue to Pisa, home to the famous Leaning Tower, a Romanesque, free-standing bell tower built in the 12th century - a true icon of Italy. There is time to discover the typically Tuscan Old Town, filled with terracotta-roofed houses that line the winding streets, and the Field of Miracles.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Montecatini

Enjoy another free day to explore Montecatini at your own pace. Perhaps visit the thermal baths for which the town is famous. The town has grown in popularity since the fifteenth-century for the medicinal properties of its natural springs, and nowadays the picturesque town is Italy's largest spa resort and one of the most important spa towns in Europe.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Day 7 - Siena

Today's excursion is to Siena, where you take a guided tour. The centre of Siena has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and for good reason. Known throughout the continent as one of Europe's most amazing medieval squares, the magnificent Piazza del Campo is surrounded by ancient buildings and crowned by the Torre del Mangia. With its many pavement cafés, the piazza is the perfect place to pause for a glass of Chianti or a cup of gelato. Siena's stunning cathedral is also a sight to behold; a magnificent structure built in white and black marble stripes that inside, is home to artworks by Donatello amongst others.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Nice

Bid farewell to Tuscany as you take a coach to Viareggio for the rail journey to the French city of Nice, where you stay overnight. Perhaps take an evening walk along the glamorous Promenade des Anglais - a palm-tree-lined Mediterranean version of the Champs-Elysee. This superb seaside promenade separates the glamorous shops and hotels from the beach and owes its name to the earliest visitors to the resort as it began to be regarded as a tourist destination.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - London

After breakfast, board the train to Paris, where you connect with the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Hotel Puccini

Hotel Puccini, Montecatini

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 6 reviews

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S Callow

4 stars

Submitted 12/Jun

The journey there was challenging to say the least but once at Montecatini it was very nice. The tour guide was very good and the excursions very enjoyable.

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Jean Stringfellow

3 stars

Submitted 12/Jun

Time in Tuscany, excellent. Travelling there and back, exhausting, hence 3 stars.

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MRS SMITH

5 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

Very good tour with excellent tour manager, Jacqui. There were some transport problems on journey from Paris to hotel in Montecatini but these were unfortunate and did not detract from the enjoyment of the trip.

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P Reilly

4 stars

Submitted 8/Jun

Had a great time, shame about 26 of us being thrown off the train in France and causing 4 hour delay. The rail company should apologise at least. Tour Rep was excellent under extreme pressure

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June

4 stars

Submitted 7/Jun

This holiday in Tuscany was an adventure, but very rewarding. Our base at The Pucinni hotel in Montacattini Terme was very nice and also central to the town. We were disappointed with the Eurostar in Paris, staff were rude and toilet facilities on our departure back to London were disgusting. Arriving home the train broke down just short of St Pancras station, no information was realy given other than the driver was trhing to fix the problem and also it was announced there was not a suitable platform for the train. We were kept on the Eurostar for an hour and eventually it trundled into St Pancras. We missed our connection to Wolverhampton from Euston and conciquently had to wait for the later train three hours later than planned.

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S Hayes

5 stars

Submitted 7/Jun

Rail discoveries are an efficient company whose customer service is second to none

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