Christmas in Tuscany for Single Travellers

8 days from £839 pp.


Florence, Italy

Visit: Florence, Italy, Italy

About the Tour

Experience an Italian Christmas as a solo traveller, as we take in breath-taking architecture, ancient palaces and bustling piazzas, from our base in the Tuscan town of Chianciano Terme. We begin with a visit to the fabulous Florence, the artistic capital of Italy. On Christmas Eve, why not join us as we journey to Siena, where you can explore the Pizza del Campo and see the famous Duomo. In the evening we enjoy a delicious festive feast. On Christmas Day, we enjoy another beautiful banquet, before we head for the capital of Rome, on Boxing Day. Whilst in Rome experience amazing architecture and celebrated sights, from the Trevi Fountain to the Colosseum. All making for a magical Christmas singles holiday!

Tour Includes


  • 5 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 5 evening meals & lunch on Christmas Day
  • Welcome drink
  • Sole use of your own room
  • No single room supplement
  • Door to Door service or local departure by coach
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
Dates & Prices

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Your Itinerary

    Door-to-Door or local departure by coach, then continue overnight through France and Italy.

    Arrive at our hotel in Chianciano Terme for a five-night stay. The town itself is made up of two distinct parts – the spa town with its relaxing gardens and the Old Town, where quiet, narrow streets lined with pretty houses wind their way around the medieval castle.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Florence

    Florence

    We begin our explorations of Italy today as we make our way to the Renaissance city of Florence on our included excursion. To make the most of your visit why not join our optional sightseeing tour, where our local guides’ commentary will reveal many of the stories behind the buildings and personalities that have shaped the history of this magnificent city. Travel by coach up the hills behind the city, to Piazza Michelangelo. Here you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside. Once you have taken your photos the coach will take you back to the city, where your guide will lead you on a walking tour through the delightful streets of Florence, pointing out the major sights. See the Santa Croce church, the burial place of Michelangelo, the famous statues in Piazza della Signoria and also the magnificent Santa Maria Duomo.

    Following the tour 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).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Siena

    Siena

    Why not join our optional excursion to the medieval town of Siena? Set on three hills, Siena is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps. The town has worked hard to preserve its Gothic architecture, and its centre, the Piazza del Campo is listed by UNESCO as one of the world's most significant historic sites. There will be ample free time for you to explore the town at your leisure.

    Alternatively, why not purchase our optional Siena with a guided sightseeing tour which allows you to combine your visit to this fabulous town with a guided walking tour. This evening we enjoy our four-course dinner and a toast with Father Christmas!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Merry Christmas! A leisurely day in Chianciano Terme. Perhaps take a stroll around the town, which is made up of 2 distinctive parts – the Spa Town and Old Town. The Spa Town encompasses relaxing gardens. In the Old Town you will find quiet, narrow streets lined with pretty houses, which wind their way around the medieval castle. Enjoy a four-course Christmas lunch at the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Rome

    Rome

    Today you have the full day to discover the Italian capital city of Rome on our included excursion. Also, known as the ‘Eternal City’ and the famed city of the Roman Empire, it has been a millennium long centre of power, culture and religion. The Historic Centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with wonderful palaces, churches, basilicas, Roman ruins, monuments and fountains. It has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Upon arrival in this beautiful city you will have time at leisure to savor the special ambience of this former capital of the Roman Empire.

    A lovely place to explore on foot, our optional walking tour is a fantastic way to introduce you to the city’s array of spectacular sites. We see the beautiful Piazza Venezia, the central hub of Rome in which many thoroughfares intersect. The imposing Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, first king of Italy, dominates the piazza. The Viale di Fori Imperiali starts here, a main thoroughfare, which leads past the Roman Forum and Trajan’s Forum, to the mighty Colosseum. Discover the history of this great building; where up to 55,000 spectators witnessed gladiators fight to the death (entrance not included). Although Rome is a relatively compact city, we would remind you that this is a walking tour, not suitable for anyone with mobility difficulties and we would recommend you wear suitable shoes for the day.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We leave Chianciano and begin our overnight journey north.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Florence
    • Rome

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Guided tour of Florence
    • Siena
    • Rome Sightseeing

    Notes


     

    Travel Insurance from £35.00 (8 days).

    Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
    Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
    We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Accommodation

    You will stay for five nights at the 3-star Hotel Astra in Chianciano Terme. The hotel has a bar, lounge and restaurant. Guests have free use of the spa at the Hotel Cristallo.

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    Astra

    Astra

    Astra


    The 3-star Hotel Astra in Chianciano Terme has a bar, lounge and restaurant, although evening meals may be taken in the Hotel Cristallo, which is situated next door. Guests also have free use of the swimming pool and spa at the Hotel Cristallo.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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    Travel Information

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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