Treasures of Tuscany & Florence

Treasures of Tuscany & Florence

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Treasures of Tuscany & Florence

8 Days Starting and ending in United Kingdom

Visiting: Montecatini Terme

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

FITF

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please make us aware of any specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
From:
$1773
$1539 (USD) including Flights from the UK Operator discount: -$190 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$44 -13%
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Tour Overview

Unearth unique traditions and admire incredible landscapes on this wonderful, relaxing tour. You'll be based in the tranquil spa town of Montecatini Terme and will enjoy numerous memorable trips to the region's best monuments, from the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa to the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Wine lovers will get to savour crisp Chianti wines, while those wanting to relax can amble around Montecatini Terme at their leisure. Keen to see even more of idyllic Tuscany Take advantage of our optional excursions, which include a trip to medieval Siena.

Highlights

  • Visits to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Leonardo Da Vinci Museum 

  • Local food and wine-tasting at Verrazzano Castle in Chianti 

  • Tour of medieval Lucca 

  • Trip to the 'art city' of Florence 

  • Night at the Montecatini Opera Festival (subject to timetable and weather)

  • Local food and wine-tasting at Castello di Vicchiomaggio in Chianti

  • Visits to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Leonardo Da Vinci Museum 

  • Tour of medieval Lucca 

  • Local food and wine-tasting at Verrazzano Castle in Chianti 

  • Trip to the 'art city' of Florence 

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Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk - Pisa
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe
Meals Included: D

Make your own way to the airport for your flight to Pisa, from where you will be transferred straight to your hotel in the peaceful spa town of Montecatini Terme.

Day 2 Pisa - Vinci
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe
Meals Included: B, D

Begin your Tuscan adventure in earnest with an exciting morning excursion to the city of Pisa. Awe at the aptly named Leaning Tower of Pisa that sits within the Field of Miracles, right next door to the city's impressive marble cathedral and 700-year-old Pisa Baptistery.
After lunch, we'll head to the town of Vinci, famous for being the birthplace of legendary Italian artist and sculptor Leonardo Da Vinci. Known for his hugely influential works like 'The Last Supper' and the 'Mona Lisa', a Local Guide will teach us all about the artist's life during the Renaissance era. We'll also stop off at the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci to see some of his early inventions.

Day 3 Chianti
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe
Meals Included: B, L, D

Wine aficionados will particularly look forward to today's trip to Chianti, one of the country's most prestigious wine regions. We travel to Greve, where you'll find the idyllic Castello di Vicchiomaggio one of the most beautiful and well-preserved castles in Tuscany, immersed in a park of more than 130 hectares. The castle in the heart of the Chianti Classico region has a long history of wine-making, dating right back to the 10th century. It's made an awful lot of wine! Take a tour of its 16th century underground wine cellars to see where the wine is traditionally aged in huge oak barrels and learn how the grapes are still harvested by hand. It'll then be time for a tasting and a light lunch of complementary local speciality dishes on the castle's atmospheric terrace which overlooks miles of lush Tuscan vineyards.
Later, you'll get to enjoy an open-air performance at the renowned Montecatini Opera Festival.

Day 4 Florence
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe
Meals Included: B, D

Today we discover irresistible Florence. The capital of Tuscany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's also known as Italy's 'art city' thanks to dozens of stunning structures and galleries packed with masterpieces from the Renaissance period. Tick off its top sights, from the medieval Ponte Vecchio lined with jewellery shops to the magnificent Duomo with its terracotta tiled dome, on a tour hosted by a Local Guide.
Florence is also a great city to indulge in a spot of shopping, whether that's designer stores or local markets. Head to Mercato Nuovo for unique souvenirs and to see the bronze statue of Il Porcellino (the Boar) that's said to give you good luck if you rub its snout and place a coin in its mouth.

Day 5 Montecatini - At Leisure
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe
Meals Included: B

You'll have the flexibility of indulging in another relaxing spa day in Montecatini Terme or exploring its tempting range of local restaurants and boutique shops. Alternatively, why not pack in even more Tuscan treasures with our full-day optional tour? Beginning in hilltop San Gimignano, we'll spend the morning admiring gorgeous views and exploring the town's 14 medieval towers. Next up is a brief stop at the charming hamlet of Abbadia a Isola and its peaceful 10th century abbey, before we head to Monteriggioni for a guided history tour of its beautifully intact medieval walls and buildings. Try on replica armour and get to grips with historic weaponry at the Museum of Medieval Armour and Weapons before tucking into a traditional meal at a local restaurant.

Day 6 Montecatini - At Leisure
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe
Meals Included: B

Spend the day soaking up the delights of Montecatini Terme, whether that's with a visit to one of the town's thermal spas for a pampering treatment or a funicular railway ride up to the medieval village of Montecatini Alto to admire fabulous panoramic views.
You'll also have a chance to join an optional excursion that begins with a trip to the beautiful hilltop town of Montalcino. It's famed for producing Brunello di Montalcino, a wine made primarily from subtly spicy Sangiovese grapes. After meandering around the town's cobbled lanes, we'll move on to Siena to discover various medieval allures, including its perfectly preserved city centre that's home to the spectacular fan-shaped Piazza del Campo. We're definitely fans!

Day 7 Lucca
Location: Montecatini Terme
Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe
Meals Included: B, D

Today, you'll spend time in one of Tuscany's most beautiful towns - Lucca. It lies just west of Montecatini Terme and is bursting with some of the finest examples of Italian medieval and Renaissance architecture. As well as being the birthplace of composer Puccini, Lucca is also home to the Volto Santo relic – a sacred wooden sculpture of Christ thought to date back to 742 AD, which is kept in the city's stunning Romanesque St Martin Cathedral.

Day 8 Pisa - Uk
Meals Included: B

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

What's Included

  • Return direct flights from Heathrow with British Airways or Gatwick with easyJet

  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel

  • 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 light lunch, 7 dinners and welcome drink

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide

  • Return flights from London

  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 light lunch, 5 dinners and welcome drink

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director and Specialist Local Guide

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

Check out our Q&As

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

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

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

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

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

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travelsphere’s Flexibility Promise has been created to give you complete peace of mind and make you feel confident when booking your holiday with us. We have also been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Travelsphere has been operating escorted touring holidays for 60 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travelsphere, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive Holiday conformation upon booking, and then several documents detailing any adddiotnal information and the optional excursions that you can book before you travel. The final information covering your flights, hotels and itinerary will be sent to you around 14 days before your departure date.

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

    No, we do not offer single share options

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, Im afraid not

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

    If we can accomadate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - and make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Our Travelsphere Cares programmes, in partnership with the Planeterra Foundation, support local projects and social enterprises by helping them earn an income from tourism. We simply donate a portion of the funds from our tours, so it’s great to know that when you travel with us you are helping to change lives and turn travel into real impact.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like minded travellers

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

    All of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

AlanH  

Very Good 'Treasures of Tuscany' Tour

Recently returned from a Travelsphere 'Treasures o

Recently returned from a Travelsphere 'Treasures of Tuscany' tour. We had a great time, with no real issues. The travel arrangements were fine (BA from Heathrow is great for us), the content of the tour was about right (we took all the optional excursions), although we felt Pisa deserved a longer visit - there was insufficient time to visit all the sites, particularly the Leaning Tower, and also grab lunch. The Tour Manager, Michela, had us all very well organised - and getting a busload of old codgers to various places on time can take quite some skill and patience. The coach was clean and always on time. The hotel was clean and comfortable, with excellent food (although one member of our group felt - unfairly in my view - that the vegetarian options were not varied enough), and the staff, particularly in the restaurant, were great.

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May 08, 2024 - May 15, 2024
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The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$49 (USD)

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Oct 09, 2024 - Oct 16, 2024
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Operator discount: -$190 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$44 (USD)

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  • Free Date Changes

    Travelsphere allows you to make 4 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 75 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Travelsphere allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform travelsphere, 75 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Travelsphere requires a minimum deposit of 21% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 84 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of travelsphere charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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