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Treasures of Tuscany – BEST SELLER

  • Santa Maria dei Fiore Duomo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

    Santa Maria dei Fiore Duomo, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
  • Ponte Vecchio and the River Arno, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

    Tuscany
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cathedral - Tuscany

    Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cathedral - Tuscany
  • Village Square, Montecatini Alto - Tuscany, Italy

    Village Square, Montecatini Alto - Tuscany, Florence Italy
  • Funicular at Montecatini Terme, Tuscany

    Funicular at Montecatini Terme, Tuscany
  • Sunlight reflecting on a wine glass

    Lake Garda
11 day tour
From £505 per person - minimum 25 passengers

Tuscany: A Region Gleaming with Treasures

Undoubtedly one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. Tuscany is a firm favourite with travellers. Its excellent reputation is certainly aided by its delicious cuisine and glorious wines. Its famous, historic cities offer a treasure trove of discoveries and memorable experiences.

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Experience golden wheat fields, silver olive groves and pea-green vineyards.

The medieval hilltop villages, mountain ranges and never-ending forests offer stunning vistas. This part of central Italy is truly postcard material. The charming spa town of Montecatini Terme, provides the ideal base to explore.

The cities of Tuscany:

Florence

Visit the Gem of the treasure chest, Florence. One of Italy’s most beautiful cities and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Here, see the main sights including the magnificent Duomo Cathedral, the shop-lined Ponte Vecchio and many more around every corner! Moreover, there will be plenty of time to explore this enchanting city.

Lucca & Pisa

Perhaps the lesser known of the cities of Tuscany is Lucca, however no less beautiful. Known for its cobbled winding streets, grandeur of renaissance and medieval architecture is around every corner. Lucca truly is brimming with history. The town’s most famous son, the composer Puccini is the poster boy of this town. We also visit Pisa, famous, of course, for its Leaning Tower. There are many other exceptional buildings in Pisa that don’t lean, including the cathedral and baptistery in Miracles Square. Here, enjoy a guided tour and see pretty Pisa isn’t just a one lean wonder.

Siena & San Gimignano

Step back in time and visit Siena. Largely unchanged from its 14th century heyday, fine buildings such as the Town Hall and Mangia Tower offer just a glimpse into the architectural antiquity of this wonderful city. San Gimignano is a well preserved medieval town. Originally an Etruscan village, the settlement was named after the bishop of Modena. Like a Medieval New York, this city famous skyline rose due to the prominent families exuberance for showing off. A fashionable flaunt of power and wealth that has not changed since the 12th century. Additionally, why not climb to the top of the Torre Grossa, the town’s highest tower, for exceptional views across the town.

Whether you are here for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, or even its sumptuous gastronomy. Tuscany is well worth a visit.


Dates

March - October 2022


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1-2

Travel to Italy

Take a short sea crossing to Calais then drive south through France, stopping overnight. The following day we travel to the Milan area for a second overnight stop.

Day 3

Milan and Montecatini Terme

This morning we enjoy some time in Milan. Perhaps, spend the day exploring Milan on a guided walking tour  showcasing the city’s famous sights, including the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Sforza Castle and the magnificent La Scala opera house.

Later, we continue to Montecatini Terme, enjoying the scenery en route to the spa town.

Day 4

Full day in Florence

Today we travel to Florence, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Travel by coach (optional) or enjoy the one-hour train journey. On arrival take a guided walking tour to see the main sights, including the magnificent Duomo Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the shop-lined Ponte Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio. After the tour there’s free time to explore the city. Perhaps visit the Uffizi Gallery and see Renaissance masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto, or the Academy of Fine Arts, home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’.

Day 5

At leisure in Montecatini Terme

After a busy day in Florence, there’s time today to relax in Montecatini Terme, a beautiful town built around its mineral water springs. Enjoy the grandeur of the buildings, stroll around the many parks and shops, or indulge yourself with a spa treatment at the Terrucio Terme. Overlooking the town is Montecatini Alto, a picturesque, medieval hilltop village. Take the quaint funicular for the 10-minute ride to the top for more superb views.

Day 6

Pisa and Puccini’s Lucca

This morning we travel to the city of Lucca, known for its cobbled streets and the well-preserved pink-brown Renaissance ramparts that encircle the historic old town. Here, take a guided tour of the city and learn about the Casa di Puccini museum which tells the story of the town’s most famous son, the composer Puccini. We continue to Pisa for a guided tour, famous, of course, for its Leaning Tower. However, there are many other exceptional buildings in Pisa that don’t lean, including the cathedral and baptistry in Miracles Square.

Day 7

Siena and San Gimignano

A drive south today to visit Siena, famous worldwide for the epic ‘Palio’ horse race that takes place in the heart-shaped Piazza del Campo in July and August. The town is largely unchanged from its 14th-century heyday with fine buildings such as the Town Hall and Mangia Tower. San Gimignano is a well preserved medieval town famous for its skyline of 14 grey stone towers. Climb to the top of the Torre Grossa, the town’s highest tower, for exceptional views across the town. There’s an option of a wine tasting at a local vineyard.

Day 8

Tuscan Riviera and Carrara Marble Mountains

Perhaps you’d like an extra day in Tuscany and head out to the coast to visit Viareggio, the most popular of the many exclusive coastal beach resorts. A short distance along the coast is Marina di Pietrasanta, with its delightful and historic old town, and the chic resort of Forte dei Marmi. We then pass the town of Carrara, overlooked by the peaks of the Apuan Alps where the famous white or blue-grey marble is quarried.

Day 9-11

Return to UK

It’s time to leave Tuscany and return to the UK. Travel up into France and Make an overnight stop in the Grenoble area then continue to the Reims area the following day. Then say your final goodbyes to the continent with a ferry crossing back via Calais to the UK.


We have a wide selection of 3*/4* hotels to suit your budget


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Dates Half Twin Single Supplement
March – October 2022 From £505.00 per person From £115.00 per person

Prices for tours by air or on alternative dates are available on request. 

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.17. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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