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Essential Tuscany


A tour that really shows the amazing essence of Tuscany

9 days From £1,199 per person

2021 Tour code: 21TYS

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.


What’s included


Day 1 - London to Turin

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

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2 - Montecatini

After breakfast on Day 2, continue onwards by rail to Montecatini Terme, your idyllic base for the next 6 nights in the undulating Tuscan hills. One of Tuscany's most picturesque towns, Montecatini Terme still retains aspects of its wonderful history within its myriad of beautiful buildings and labyrinthine streets. Montecatini Terme became known as a spa town during the 18th century, significantly reviving its fortunes. The medieval Old Town is perched atop a hill and boasts some incredible views over the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

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.

  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast
Day 4 - Florence

Head to the gorgeous Renaissance city of Florence on Day 4, Tuscany's most populous city and the once-capital of Italy. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this beautiful and historic place, where art and culture come to life. Wander through the narrow, twisting streets and admire buildings that have inspired generations of artists. While here, you visit the vast Duomo, whose characteristic orange dome is an icon of the Florentine skyline. The jewel in the crown of Florence, the distinctive cathedral has a history that dates back to 393 AD. You also see the unique 14th-century Ponte Vecchio, or 'Old Bridge', which is now filled with a number of delightful jewellery and goldsmith shops. You then have free time to explore further. Why not climb the 414 steps of Giotto's Campanile, and enjoy an incredible view across the rooftops of Florence? Alternatively, you may like to enjoy a coffee whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the bustling streets. There is also a plethora of fascinating art galleries and museums, such as the world-famous Uffizi.

Day 5 - Pisa & Lucca

Continue your explorations of beautiful Tuscany, taking the train to Lucca, one of the region's most beautiful hidden gems. A walled city that encloses fabulous examples of Roman and medieval buildings, Lucca is still fairly cut off from the tourist crowd and is an utter delight to explore. Afterwards, continue to Pisa, home to the famous Leaning Tower, a Romanesque, free-standing bell tower built in the 12th century. The tower confounded people for centuries due to its lean, and is a true icon of Italy. There is time here to discover the typically Tuscan Old Town, filled with terracotta-roofed houses that line the winding streets, and the Field of Miracles.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Breakfast
Day 6 - Free time in Montecatini

Day 6 is free for you to explore Montecatini at your own pace, perhaps visiting the thermal baths for which the town is famous.

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. The piazza is the perfect place to stop for a drink, with its many pavement cafés. 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Nice

Bid farewell to Tuscany as you take a coach to Viareggio for the rail journey to the glamorous French city of Nice, where you stay overnight. Take an evening walk along the Promenade des Anglais.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast
Day 9 - London

After breakfast on Day 9, board the train to Paris, where you connect with the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

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.


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Essential Tuscany

A tour that really shows the amazing essence of Tuscany


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