Treasures of Tuscany

Treasures of Tuscany

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Treasures of Tuscany

9 Days Starting and ending in Northern France

Visiting: France, Italy, Florence, Montecatini Terme, Province of Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca, Pisa

Tour operator:

Leger Holidays

Tour code:

ivc

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

0-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

From:
$1475 (USD)

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Tour Overview

On this charming coach holiday, explore the many treasures of the Tuscan countryside with its spectacular rolling scenery dotted with historic cities and quaint villages. From our base in Tuscany, we explore the spectacular walled town of Lucca, see Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower and visit medieval Siena and splendid San Gimignano. Why not travel to the coast for an optional full-day trip to the beautiful Isle of Elba blessed with pristine beaches, endless hills and might mountains or join us as we journey to the pastel-hued beauty of the Cinque Terre, a string of five coastal villages perched panoramically at the edge of the Ligurian coast. A trip to the Renaissance city of Florence is included too, with the option of enhancing your visit with a guided tour of the city’s many gems.

Highlights

  • Explore the many treasures of the Tuscan countryside with its spectacular rolling scenery dotted with historic cities and quaint villages

  • Explore the spectacular walled town of Lucca, see Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower and visit medieval Siena and splendid San Gimignano

  • Journey to the pastel-hued beauty of the Cinque Terre, a string of five coastal villages perched panoramically at the edge of the Ligurian coast

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Travel To Northern France
Location: France
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: City-style hotels
Meals Included: No Meals

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

Day 2 : Continue To Northern Italy
Location: Italy
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue into northern Italy and to our overnight hotel.

Day 3 : Florence
Location: Florence, Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 4-star Ambasciatori Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue our explorations of Italy today as we make our way to the Renaissance city of Florence on our included excursion. You will have time at leisure to explore the endless historic sights, see the shops in and around the centuries-old Ponte Vecchio, or even have your portrait painted by one of the street artists who usually gather in the square next to the medieval Duomo (cathedral). To make the most of your visit, why not join our optional sightseeing tour, where our local guide's commentary will reveal many of the stories behind the buildings and personalities that have shaped the history of this magnificent city. The sightseeing tour starts by coach taking us up the hills behind the city to Piazzale Michelangelo. Here you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside. After time for photos, the coach will take us back to the city, where our guide will lead us on a walking tour through the delightful streets of Florence, pointing out the major sights. See Santa Croce church, the burial place of Michelangelo, the famous statues in Piazza della Signoria and also the magnificent Santa Maria Duomo. (Entrances to places of interest are at extra cost). Continue to our hotel in Montecatini Terme for four nights.

Day 4 : Free Day Or Isle Of Elba
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 4-star Ambasciatori Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, you have the opportunity to visit the Isle of Elba on our full-day optional excursion. Lying just off the coast of the Versilian Riviera, the Isle of Elba is the largest island in the Tuscan archipelago at 27km long and 18km wide. It is characterised by its pristine beaches, never ending hills and its mountains, the highest of which is Monte Capanne (1019 m). Elba's most famous resident was Napoleon, who spent 9 months in exile here, after the fall of Paris. He lived in Villa dei Mulini, and then in Villa San Martino a couple of miles outside Portoferraio.


After an early start, we take a leisurely ferry from Piombino to the island’s capital, Portoferraio. During our tour we take in the island's lovely landscape and rocky coast against the backdrop of the stunning azure blue sea. An opportunity not to be missed!

Please note: Today's excursion has an early start and later arrival back to the hotel.

Day 5 : Siena & San Gimignano
Location: Province of Siena, San Gimignano
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 4-star Ambasciatori Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Join our full-day included excursion to the Tuscan towns of Siena and San Gimignano, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. San Gimignano is a medieval town that owes its famous skyline to the rival families who tried to outdo each other by building taller and taller towers. Of the original 76 towers, only 13 still survive today. You will have time at leisure before we travel to the medieval town of Siena. Set on three hills, Siena is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps, whilst the Piazza del Campo stands at its heart, and the Duomo and Santa Maria della Scala serve as additional cultural landmarks. En-route take in the beautiful views over the rolling Tuscan countryside from the comfort of your coach seat.

Day 6 : Free Day Or Cinque Terre
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 4-star Ambasciatori Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we stray off the beaten tourist track and explore the Cinque Terre on our optional excursion. Cinque Terre, meaning ‘Five Lands’, comprises of the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. All of the towns slope down to sea level, with the exception of Corniglia, which is perched on top of a tall cliff, each offering breathtaking views of the coastline. Over centuries, man has carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible ‘modern’ development with paths, trains and boats connecting the villages. We start our tour by coach to La Spezia where we meet our guide and take the train to Vernazza and then onto Monterosso. There will be further free time for you to explore the boutiques or relax in one of the beachside restaurants and cafés. From here we return to La Spezia by train.

Day 7 : Lucca & Pisa
Location: Lucca, Pisa, Italy
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: 3-star hotels
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave our hotel and head to the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, the town still follows the layout set by the former Roman colony founded in 180 BC. You will have free time in Lucca to explore at your leisure. See the Duomo of San Martino, which dates back to the 6th Century or relax in one of the cafés in Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. For a bird’s eye view of the town, climb to the top of the Guinigi Tower, one of the few towers left standing in the city (entrance at extra cost – approximately €5). The tower's most unusual feature is the enormous Holm oak that stands on top of it. After free time, we continue our excursion to the nearby town of Pisa. Here you can see the 'Field of Miracles' – the historic centre of the town – and the famous leaning tower. Perhaps spend time in the central shopping area, which is centred around the Corso Italia, between the railway station and Ponte di Mezzo (the central bridge). The area around the Leaning Tower is geared more towards tourists, so you will find lots of small souvenir kiosks selling all kinds of merchandise with the Leaning Tower motif. Pisa is also famous for its biscotti biscuits and bakeries all through the town sell different varieties. Continue to our hotel in northern Italy for an overnight stay.

Day 8 : Travel To Northern France
Location: France
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: City-style hotels
Meals Included: Breakfast

To northern France for an overnight stay.

Day 9 : Return Home
Location: France
Meals Included: Breakfast

Return home.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Additional Services

    Travel from a wide range of convenient joining points across the UK is included within your coach holiday price; some carry a supplement. Please contact us for our full list of joining points.

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    This trip includes coach travel from/to a local UK joining point

  • Fully Guided

  • International Travel

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

Accommodation

You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Ambasciatori Palace in Montecatini Terme. Overnight stays in northern Italy will be in minimum 3-star hotels and in northern France, city-style hotels.

Check out our Q&As

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

    Yes

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low

  • What type of coach will be used?

    You will travel on either our Luxuria Coach or our Silver Service Coach

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Some tours carry a supplement for solo travellers, please ask for details if the Single price is not shown

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

    On Leger Coach Holidays, your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full.

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

    No

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Fully escorted by our experienced drivers/crews. And in most towns and cities we either include or offer optional sightseeing tours with expert local guides to help you get the most from your visits.

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

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    40 years

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

    Sole use of your own room on all Single Traveller holidays: means you still get your privacy and time out from the group.

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

    Yes

  • Battlefield Tours - Will it be possible to visit a particular cemetery whilst on the tour?

    Please contact us and we will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

Reviews of this Operator

Will (Google Reviewer)  

I went on the 4...

05-Jan-2024

I went on the 4 countries trip and swiss glacier express and overall it was a great trip. The coach I was on was silver service, it was tidy had nice seats and other accessories such as charging points and headsets which was very handy. The drivers Alex and Dave were fantastic, very kind, funny and respectful throughout the whole trip and a pleasure to talk to. The excursions were very pleasant and all ran very smoothly. The hotels were decent and offered a good service. I overall very much recommend leger holidays.

Sally Matson  

Excellent customer service

10-Jan-2023

Booked our ‘Christmas in Austria & Scenic Trains of the Tyrol’ through George on the customer Helpline. Nothing was too much trouble, everything clearly & patiently explained. He even had permission to log in on his day off to finalise the sale! A charming and helpful young person and a credit to the company.

Euan Donald (Google Reviewer)  

Been on two tours now...

10-Oct-2023

Been on two tours now the “D Day beaches” and “ All Quiet on the Western Front” tour of the Somme and Ypres. Both four days in total, two travelling and two on the site of the various battles. This is outstanding value for money, picked up from Carlisle , Cumbria and literally looked after all the way through the tours. The coaches are great and the accommodation spot on . The guides are very knowledgeable ( Mark Hope brilliant guy)and the bus drivers professional . Absolutely fantastic .

Sue Sinfield (Google Reviewer)  

Due to covid it was...

21-Jul-2022

Due to covid it was 3rd time lucky for us to visit lake Garda, what a treat. One or two hiccups but no fault of Legers at all. Praise to Graham and Chris for their excellent driving and coffee service. Our visit to Verona, our guide was very informative but did walk at a pace sometimes had to hurry to keep up. A lovely holiday

Michael Stephen Shilleto   England

Four Countries New Year & the Swiss Glacier Express

07-Jan-2024

Firstly we must thank Alex and Dave our tour guide / drivers who entertained us through out . The tour was fantastic so was the hotel’s food and entertainment. The tour was through the new year holidays as expected lots of shops closed and hotels were understaffed which was lost on some travelers. We travelled back from stop 24 on a luxuria coach I would recommend paying the extra for the comfort alone

Jackie (Google Reviewer)  

This was our first experience...

28-May-2023

This was our first experience of using Leger Holidays on our D Day Landings tour and will hopefully not be our last. We had a lovely couple who were our driver and assistant (Nigel and Lis). Our guide Mark Allen was absolutely superb. His knowledge and utter passion regarding this terrible era was second to none. A definite must for those with an interest or may have had a family member involved in WW2. Kleenex definitely needed for the cemetery visits.

Tracy M (Google Reviewer)  

I’ve just returned from Legers...

29-Dec-2023

I’ve just returned from Legers Christmas in Tuscany holiday and REALLY ENJOYED it despite a group of passengers with their own agendas, unsuccessfully, attempting to ruin everyone’s Christmas holiday. A witch hunt was instigated, not only against our brilliant drivers, but other passengers and hotel staff too. I over heard one particular passenger say they should all put in negative feedback and claim compensation!! The knowledge and professionalism of our drivers ‘Steve and Helen’ drove us 1,083 miles safely and very professionally, making adequate rest stops en route, ensuring the toilet on the bus was usable throughout the journey and drinks and snacks were offered at timely intervals once our travels got underway. They went above and beyond to try and keep everyone happy, but it was to no avail with certain passengers, which was terribly sad to witness. The silver service coach is not suitable for continuous journeys of this length, an overnight hotel should be factored into the itinerary as >21hours as a passenger is not healthy and it would also remove the need for driver swaps. The majority of the passengers had travelled for 36 hours by the time they arrived at the hotel, they were exhausted and moral was low. The hotel Mizar was clean and welcoming. The bar area was comfortable but the prices were high, I went to the Rivoli bar across the road and would join the locals, absorbing the friendly Italian culture. My room 405, had a balcony with lovely views, was clean, comfortable and quiet. Cleaners came in every day, including Christmas Day. The safe in the wardrobe didn’t work, it wasn’t a problem for me as I always carry my valuables with me anyway! However, if you’re travelling with the Crown Jewels, you can secure them in the Hotels safe. Breakfast offered a good choice and selection, sadly, due to the toxicity of the witch hunt group, I opted to go to Rivoli bar for reasonably priced coffee and fresh out of the oven pastry’s and croissants, I would also pick up a salad or sandwiches and drinks for the days fantastic Florence and Sienna excursions. I gave Rome a miss and a few of us caught a taxi to Montepulciano and spent time photographing scenes used in Twilight Saga film and exploring its 60,000 years of history. Dinners really let this hotel down, no fresh vegetables were available with the main courses. Christmas Lunch consisted of turkey, chips and chestnut, raisins and sauce like gravy, very tasty but fresh veg instead of the lettuce and tomatoes would have been more appreciated.. The staff throughout the hotel were absolutely lovely and attentive. The journey home wasn’t as well organised as the outbound journey, we changed drivers at Reims which resulted in a delay causing us to miss our scheduled ferry, the new driver didn’t know which lane to get into at the ferry terminal and switched 3 lanes which pushed us further back in the queue. On arrival at Stop 24 the transfer coaches had left without us so few of us had to locate-our new coaches. Through all the chaos, I eventually found my coach. Paul the co driver was rude and when I requested clarification of my final journeys taxi he shouted and was in my opinion very aggressive in his manner (I felt it was my fault the coach was late in departing and I should feel privileged to be on there) however, the driver told Paul to phone someone for clarification just to cover his back, which he did. We were all very tired, stressed and anxious, wanting to get home asap. I didn’t blame him in the slightest, it’s not an easy job for the crew, they do work long, stressful and sometimes unappreciated hours, so it’s understandable. I arrived home 22.30pm, 2 and a half hours later than planned. I was due at work at 01.50 am, so I cancelled my shift, lost a days work, but Instead, I’m cracking on with my very smelly post holiday washing, lol! In conclusion, I would go on another Leger’s singles coach trip, but not Silver service for that distance. Will I travel with Steve and Helen again? Absolutely YES, YES, YES!

Andy (Google Reviewer)  

Booked a surprise Birthday treat...

12-Jan-2024

Booked a surprise Birthday treat for my wife 40th to visit The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, All done via work,put all information in the B/card,so excited, one week before trip Cancelled!!! Due to not enough interest?? No Alternative! Never touch them again

Victoria Smith (Google Reviewer)  

I'd like to go lowerthan...

26-Dec-2023

I'd like to go lowerthan one star .my trip over to Italy nearly 36 hours in total.the driver and his wife gave thier mother a seat that was paid for and reserved at a price by another lady who was finally allowed to sit at the front with the drivers mother .( that was good of them considering the lady had paid for 2 holidays and one couldn't make it . I had the cheek to ask for coffee only the women driver to have conversation loud enough for my earshot to her husband then put over the tannoy that coffee will be when they are ready. ( i had bought 24 tickets for drinks on steves advice )but i quietly corrected them saying that they really shouldn't do that so I could hear.Then a barrage of abuse came from her for then her husband to face me off at my seat and a threats to get my case off and find my own way home his face red with rage pointing in my face with comments saying they don't have to take that from me.as they are fed up with people and they have to work 21 hours etc etc .they people were shouting STOP STOP STOP .he continued his rant and saying I would be dropped at the next service station. ( FRANCE) it was raining and I had no idea where I was going or had been.He the gave me a can of diet coke and said i could have it free but no oppology! 15 hours later in italy I wanted to leave and get a plane home .legers were no help but another coach arrived same sort of holiday shearings with nice drivers .No Rome visit and I could be with them for the remainder of time. I did go out on a couple of trips and the bus and drivers were amazing .I was told by legers eventually I can do the return journey with then but my holiday was ruined I cried and slept and am emotionally traumatised . On the plus side the coach i arrived on the doors kept opening in the wind the coach had to pull over and close the door so we could only use side door which was a fire hazzard ! Still no apology last day is today I'm spending in my room .I just want to return to England because I will be getting a solicitor for the abuse i suffered and the money I paid and for the wasted week over Christmas not to mention the anxiety I have suffered .the hotel and food was abysmal. The worse week ever and £1500 spent my nerves are in shreads .I can't wait to see the reviews and already I am flooded with statements from other passengers about how bad it is and my how I should fight for my injustice of it all .this time it must go to court so people are heard and intimidation like this is not allowed

TU  

Many thanks to Molly.

03-Jan-2023

I have recently booked a trip to Le Mans and had the good fortune to speak to Molly. She was very helpful and a pleasure to talk to. She was able to answer all but one of my queries with clarity and promised to ring me with the answer to the un-answered question as it required further investigation. This she duly did. An unusually pleasant experience when making a booking over the phone, if only it could be this easy every the time.

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    Up to 56 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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