Treasures of Tuscany

8 days from £499pp.


Florence

Visit: Florence, Italy

Pisa

Visit: Pisa, Italy

Tuscany

Visit: Tuscany, Italy

Elba

Visit: Elba, Italy

Corniglia

Visit: Corniglia, Italy

Vernazza

Visit: Vernazza, Italy

Explore the treasures of the Tuscan countryside with its historic cities and quaint villages, and visit the idyllic Isle of Elba on this breath taking tour. From your base in Tuscany, you can join us on our wonderful optional excursions. Travel to the spectacular towns of Lucca and Pisa, where you will witness the spectacular Renaissance walls of Lucca, and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Why not visit the five coastal villages of Cinque Terre, or join a full day trip to the beautiful Isla of Elba, see pristine beaches, never ending hills and mighty mountains. On this charming coach holiday, we also offer an included trip to the Renaissance city of Florence, where you can join a guided tour of the city’s many gems.

    Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then onwards overnight towards Italy.

    Afternoon arrival at our hotel in Tuscany for a five-night stay.

    • Included meals: Dinner
    Pisa

    Pisa

    Today we visit the beautiful towns of Lucca and Pisa on our optional excursion. Our first stop is 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 not included – approximately €4). The towers 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 the 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 will sell different varieties.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Elba

    Elba

    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 characterized 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. Here you will have time to explore before we continue on the tour of the island, visiting scenic places such as Marina di Campo and Porto Azzura. From all viewpoints we can take in the islands lovely landscape and rocky coast against the backdrop of the stunning azure blue sea. An opportunity not to be missed!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Florence

    Florence

    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 guides’ 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. 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. (Entrances to places of interest are not included).

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Cinque Terre

    Cinque Terre

    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 breath-taking 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. We then continue to Manarola, a town filled with boats. We spend free time here before boarding a train to Monterosso. There will be further free time for you to explore the boutiques or relax in one of the beachside restaurants and cafes. From here we return to La Spezia, via a leisurely cruise along the coastline, stopping in Portovenere.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Enjoy time at leisure before leaving for the overnight journey north.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Return home.

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 5 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • 5 evening meals
    • Convenient local joining points
    • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Florence - Gem of the Renaissance

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Lucca - Ancient Tuscan town
    • Pisa - Home to the Leaning Tower
    • Elba - Breathtaking beauty
    • Cinque Terre - Stunning coastal villages
    • Florence Guided Sightseeing - See the main highlights

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £109.00 (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 on the Versilian coast at a 3-star hotel such as the Hotel Sirio in Lido di Camaiore, or the Hotel Savoy in Marina di Pietrasanta. The hotel will have a restaurant and bar.

    Please note Jun & Aug 2017 departures will stay at the 4-star Hotel Ariston in Montecatini Terme.

    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. 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 £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

    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 U.K. port are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers 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 coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV 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.
    We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
    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 can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
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