Treasures of Tuscany by Air

6 days from £679pp.


Tuscany

Visit: Tuscany, Italy

Pisa

Visit: Pisa, Italy

Florence

Visit: Florence, Italy

Elba

Visit: Elba, Italy

Corniglia

Visit: Corniglia, Italy

Fly into Italy and 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 holiday. 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 tour, 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.

    Fly to Pisa then transfer to 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

    Transfer to Pisa airport for the return flight home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    At a Glance

    Tour Includes

    • 5 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • 5 evening meals
    • Return flights to Pisa
    • Airport transfers in Italy

    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


    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

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.

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