Tuscany


Holiday Details

Stay in one of Italy’s top holiday destinations, the charming spa-town of Montecatini Terme. From here we’ll journey to the picturesque towns and cities to discover the treasures of this wonderful region ‘Tuscany’. Join us on a memorable holiday exploring many of the classical sights and cities that abound in the heart of Tuscany. You may marvel at the treasures of Florence, the gems of Lucca and mystical Pisa. Tuscany is a land of rolling hills covered in olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees scattered between ancient hill-top towns. Our holiday base is the spa resort of Montecatini Terme famous for its mineral water that, many insist, offers healing properties. The resort is surrounded by wooded hills and has numerous parks and gardens offering a relaxing environment to leave you at peace with the world. We have a programme of excursions, with a day at leisure in Montecatini Terme itself, giving plenty of time to take in the sophistication of this elegant resort with its colourful gardens, mineral spas, pavement cafes and enticing shops and boutiques. Things to do: Wander along Viale Verdi, the main street through town leads from Piazza Popolo to the spas. Viale Verde is lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and there are two theatres, and the historic Gran Cafe Gambrinus, a lively meeting place. Visit Terme Tettuccio, a historic spa famous for its thermal waters. It's a lavish Liberty-style building with a park and nice places to sit outside. Most days there is an orchestra in the mornings and a piano player in the afternoons. Interesting facts: A historic funicular railway, more than 100 years old, runs from Montecatini Terme up the hill to the picturesque hill town of Montecatini. Alto where there's a small castle, three churches, a large square with restaurants and outdoor cafes, tourist shops, and great views over the countryside.

Accomodation

A few steps far away from the centre of town, the Hotel Miro has 67 en-suite bedrooms with air-conditioning, mini-bar, satellite television and telephone. The hotel, which is close to the Redi Spa, has an American bar and restaurant with Tuscan and international cooking specialties. The garden has an outdoor swimming pool and the sun terrace is the perfect space for relaxation. For your extra comfort during your outbound and return journeys, we have included overnight hotels with breakfast in your holiday price. Your hotels will be named on your final travel documents. Hotel Options: Board Basis: Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner) Overnights - Breakfast Free Drinks: soft drinks during the day, local beer, spirits & wine during the evening.

Excursions

  • Excursion to Florence by Train – ‘City of Art & Cradle of the Renaissance’: Your tour driver will escort by train to Florence. The historical centre of Florence is quite small, so it is easy to visit on foot. Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River and cross over the instantly recognisable Ponte Vecchio.
  • Excursion to Pisa & Lucca: Made famous by its leaning tower, the medieval bell tower is one of Italy’s most familiar images. Set in Campo dei Miracoli, the older part of the city, the tower’s famous lean has now been halted and it is possible to go up for a better view. The neighbouring cathedral is one of the most spectacular in Tuscany and will undoubtedly take your breath away with its grandeur and detail. We then visit the lovely city of Lucca, with its imposing Renaissance walls, cobbled streets and stunning piazza as well as the breathtaking Cathedral it is the perfect destination to explore.
  • Excursion to San Gimignano & Siena: The medieval walled city of San Gimignano still retains much of its charm and character, to say nothing of the splendid views to be had of the surrounding countryside. The towers are infamous and its hilltop position casts little doubt as to the town’s supremacy in its past. The climb to the centre is worth it if only for the views. Self contained and still rural in parts, Siena’s great attraction is its own landscape. Today, this majestic city with its distinctive architecture and Gothic features is a pleasure to wander around.

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Join coach and journey to Dover for our crossing to France. Continuing our journey east we arrive at our overnight hotel.
  • Day 2: Breakfast and travel south, admiring the scenery en-route. Entering Italy, we continue to the coast and our resort of Montecatini. Check-in at our hotel, with time to settle-in before dinner and an evening at leisure.
  • Days 3 - 6: At leisure in resort with 3 included excursions. Breakfasts and dinners.
  • Day 7: Breakfast. We bid farewell to our hosts and commence our homebound journey. Overnight stop in France.
  • Day 8: Breakfast and head to Calais for a mid-afternoon crossing to the UK. Arrive home later today.

Includes

Return coach travel; hotel accommodation; entertainment as described; meals and drinks as selected; excursions and inclusions as selected.

Important Notes

General: Travel insurance required for this holiday. Ask our travel experts for more information on Leisuretime Insurance. Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing; Single room supplements apply: £120 for 8 days. For the latest prices and offers visit us in store, online or call our travel experts. Admissions are not included unless stated. ‘Board’ and ‘Board Basis’ refers to mainstay hotel.

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