Tuscan Treats 2024

Tuscan Treats 2024

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Tuscan Treats 2024

8 Days Starting and ending in Florence

Visiting: Florence, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, Pienza, Chiati Luxury Apartments

Tour operator:

Back-Roads Touring

Tour code:

BTTFF4

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-90

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Sightseeing

Private Available:

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Tour Overview

A wonderful blend of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food, Tuscany makes for an unforgettable holiday destination. On this leisurely tour we’ll seek out world-renowned treasures, explore hidden gems and become culinary connoisseurs as we fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

Highlights

  • Explore the mysterious medieval town of Volterra

  • Unlock the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with a cooking class set amongst the romantic Chianti region

  • Indulge in a delectable cheese and wine tasting at a local farm in Pienza

Itinerary

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Day 1: Florence (Italy)

Location: Florence

Accommodation: Hotel Roma (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to the birthplace of the Renaissance and the romantic capital of Tuscany. After meeting the group at our hotel, we’ll get to know each other over a delicious welcome meal.

Day 2: Florence – Lucca

Location: Florence, Lucca

Accommodation: Hotel, La Luna (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our journey will begin with an in-depth walking tour of Florence. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll by the likes of the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica and the Ponte Vecchio. After lunch, we’ll set a course for lovely Lucca – where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. This evening we’ll be free to explore Lucca at our leisure.

Day 3: Lucca – Cinque Terre – Lucca

Location: Lucca, Cinque Terre, Lucca

Accommodation: Hotel, La Luna (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

A rocky coastline dotted with candy-coloured villages – today, we’ll turn our attention to the awe-inspiring Italian Riviera! After winding our way along this sublime stretch of shoreline, we’ll find ourselves in Cinque Terre: a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Having spent some time getting to know the area with our expert Tour Leader, we’ll return to Lucca for an evening spent at our leisure.

Day 4: Lucca – Pisa – Volterra

Location: Lucca, Pisa, Volterra

Accommodation: Hotel, San Lino (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for a staggering first port of call today. There will be plenty of time for photographing this iconic landmark as we explore the Campo dei Miracoli at our own pace. After a leisurely lunch, our attention will turn to the magnificent medieval ramparts of Volterra. We’ll spend some time exploring this mysterious town before discussing the day’s events over an evening meal together.

Day 5: Volterra – San Gimignano And Siena – Pienza

Location: Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena, Pienza

Accommodation: Hotel, Corsignano (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we’ll make tracks to San Gimignano: home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. While we’re here, we’ll sample some exquisite creations of a local gelato maker – before we’re treated to an indulgent Tuscan wine tasting. Before the day concludes, we’ll pay a visit to medieval Siena – an open-air museum of Gothic architecture and home to the magnificent Duomo. After taking in the town’s historic sights on an orientation tour, we’ll journey onwards to Pienza – our home for the night.

Day 6: Pienza

Location: Pienza

Accommodation: Hotel Corsignano (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Pienza’s timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop makes for a serene spot to spend this morning exploring at our leisure. Later, we’ll sample some handcrafted cheese and world-class wines at a delightful local farm with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. This evening is ours to spend as we wish.

Day 7: Pienza – Rural Tuscany

Location: Pienza, Chiati Luxury Apartments

Accommodation: Fattoria degli Usignoli (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, it’s all aboard the mini-coach as we wind our way through the delightful Chianti countryside on our way to a regional cookery class. After learning some local recipes from our host, we’ll have the chance to tuck into our creations for lunch. Buon appetito! The afternoon will be ours to enjoy at our leisure before we reconvene for a final dinner together.

Day 8: Rural Tuscany – Florence

Location: Chiati Luxury Apartments, Florence

Meals Included: Breakfast

Before returning to enchanting Florence, we’ll stop off at a local oil mill for a guided tour and olive oil tasting. All in all, it’s a fitting end to a tour celebrating the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • International Travel

  • Drinks with Meals

Check out our Q&As

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Guests from all over the world could be joining you

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's

  • What is the tipping policy?

    At the discretion of the guest

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    From the Age of 13

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes the Coach is air-conditioned

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Euro

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18 is the maximum on any tour

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    This will be provided on final documentation

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No they are not.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    All Entrance fees listed are included

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Ample free time due to low drive days

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes, All guides are English speaking

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please request at time of booking

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Hand Picked and Boutique

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We have solo capacity, however no single share.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Upon final payments, we will distribute E-Documentation to all of our guests. Dont forget we also have our App to download as an added feature.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like-minded travellers awaiting the opportunity to explore the less explored regions. Interests in food, wine, history, art as well as wartimes there will be a great mix of people to connect with on tour.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    We have our COVID Assurance Policy, Book now and relax knowing you are covered under our new COVID-19 Assurance Policy. At no additional cost to you, new bookings are now 100% refundable in the unfortunate event you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or unable to travel due to government-enforced lock downs prior to your scheduled departure date.

  • What level of mobility do I need?

    You need to be fit enough to get on and off the vehicle on a regular basis, and to walk both to attractions and around towns and villages. You also need to be able to walk up and down stairs in the hotels and use a shower over the bath. We frequently use traditional style hotels and the majority will not have lifts or ground floor rooms.

  • Who goes on Back-Roads tours?

    The majority of our guests come from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. All tour commentaries are in English. Our tours appeal to those looking for a more relaxing style of travel, and who enjoy culture, good food, meeting like-minded people and exploring destinations in depth.

  • What is the minimum age for any Back-Roads Touring trip?

    The minimum age on all of our trips is 18 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All Hotels in line with protocols following the World Health Organisation meet and exceed requirements for all Touring with us.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Back-Roads Touring has been operating from the UK for over 30 years.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Inline with our booking flexibility policy, you are able to make as many changes as required up to 60 days from departue - with 1 last included up until 30 days out.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Generally no, but in extraordinary circumstances it can be looked at.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Michelle C  

Tuscan Treats 2024

20-Jul-2019

This tour was incredible. We don’t have a favourite place as it was all brilliant. We loved the smaller towns & our guide quickly sensed this. We can’t recommend Backroads enough.

Dave Ed  

Tuscan Treats 2024

20-Dec-2019

Excellent Tour very professional friendly guides

Marianne S  

Tuscan Treats 2024

20-Jul-2019

Amazing experience. Delivered on what was promised and more. Good group size, good transport and very good accommodation, wonderful experiences, safe driver and excellent guide.

Anonymous  

Tuscan Treats 2024

28-Aug-2019

Fantastic trip, with beautiful scenery

Coralyn B  

Tuscan Treats 2024

20-Jul-2019

Anonymous  

Tuscan Treats 2024

25-Jul-2019

The beds at most hotels were below our expectation.

Anonymous  

Tuscan Treats 2024

27-Aug-2019

A great way to visit Tuscany for the first time. However beds at the accommodation choices need to be reviewed as they were below expected level.

Anonymous  

Tuscan Treats 2024

07-Jun-2019

See above for my views of this tour

Anonymous  

Tuscan Treats 2024

04-Aug-2019

The 6 nights spent only gives you a taste of the area and several towns we would have liked to spend more time in. We could have added another 4 nights and been very happy exploring the area.

Peter L  

Tuscan Treats 2024

25-Jul-2019

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  • Free Date Changes

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    Back-Roads Touring allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform back-roads touring, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Back-Roads Touring requires a minimum deposit of 150 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of back-roads touring charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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