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(Tour code: TCS18)

Soak up the sights of Tuscany

Soak up the sights of Tuscany, on a charming rail holiday in the heart of the Italian countryside. Sample fine wines, explore Renaissance Florence, see the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and discover Leonardo da Vinci's picturesque birthplace.

Highlights
  • Tuscany
  • Florence
  • Tuscan wines and San Gimignano
  • Siena
  • The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Vinci
  • Stunning 4-Star Accommodation
What’s Included
  • First Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    6 Lunches
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa

All Inclusive Tuscan Villa 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 To Turin
To Turin

To Turin

Our Italian escapade begins at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras, where we meet our group and Tour Manager. Here, we board the Eurostar to Paris, where we change trains and continue by rail into Italy. We overnight in Turin, where we enjoy dinner in our hotel this evening.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 Tuscany
Tuscany

To Tuscany

After breakfast this morning, you have some free time to discover Turin under your own steam. The collection of busy piazzas and iconic Baroque buildings are a delight to explore. This afternoon, we continue our journey to the Tuscan countryside. The Villa San Paolo is our charming base in Tuscany. Located within sight of the UNESCO World Heritage village of San Gimignano, Villa San Paolo combines an authentic rural Tuscan atmosphere with superb country views and contemporary 4-Star accommodation. The rest of your day is free.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Florence
Florence

Florence

After breakfast this morning, we board a private coach for our transfer to Florence, a striking city known as the 'jewel of the Renaissance', owing to its impressive wealth of Renaissance art and architecture - one of the primary draws of the city. On arrival, we take a guided tour of the city, discovering some of its many charms with the assistance of a local guide.

We enjoy a guided tour of the city's many treasures, including the Duomo with its iconic red-tiled dome, and the beautiful Ponte Vecchio - a 14th century bridge that is home to 43 jewellers' shops.

This afternoon is free to continue wandering through Florence's historic centre under your own steam; picturesque narrow streets and squares, including the Piazza della Signoria - the people-watching centre of Florence - are only part of the city's charm. Much of the beauty of the city is found indoors. One fifth of the world's Renaissance art is kept and displayed in Florence's museums, galleries, churches, monasteries and palaces; many in the Basilica Santa Croce and as many as 1,700 masterpieces in the world-famous Uffizi Gallery. This may be the perfect opportunity to see some of the many masterpieces on display here. We are transferred back to our hotel later today, where we have dinner together this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Tuscany
Tuscany

At leisure in Tuscany

Today is free for you to unwind amidst the beautiful Tuscan countryside. All meals are included during your stay at the Villa San Paolo, including dinners at the on-site Lampolla restaurant, which specialises in local cuisine. Drinks are also included with meals, with local wines, beers and soft drinks available with lunch and dinner.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 San Gimignano
San Gimignano

Tuscan wines and San Gimignano

After a leisurely start today, we make our way to a local Tuscan winery, to experience some of the delicious produce Tuscany is rightly famous for. The Il Palagetto vineyard covers over 200 acres with its sprawling vines and stunning farmland, a picture of typical rural Tuscan life. Founded in 1991, Il Palagetto specialises in fine wines, particularly Chianti, with a temperature-controlled wine cellar on site storing many examples of its renowned produce. We take a guided tour of the winery, learning about the methods used to create its fabulous array of wines, followed by a light lunch and a tasting of three of the vineyard's most popular wines.

Later, we continue to the wonderful town of San Gimignano, where we take a guided tour of its historic streets. San Gimignano earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its striking medieval walls and thirteen well-preserved towers, which date back to the Middle Ages. The town has a long history, benefitting from an excellent position amongst an array of fertile hills, which have ensured San Gimignano's prosperity for centuries - even today, olive oil production is a thriving local trade. Following the tour, you are at leisure to explore further, before we transfer back to our hotel in time for dinner this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Tuscany
Tuscany

At leisure in Tuscany

Today is free to enjoy at your own pace. Relax and unwind at our hotel, admiring the views of the picturesque Tuscan countryside, perhaps taking advantage of the hotel's many facilities. All meals are provided throughout the day, so you can simply enjoy your free time.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Siena
Siena

Siena

Today we travel by coach to beautifully preserved medieval Siena, a charismatic Tuscan city where steep, narrow streets wind haphazardly through the town, occasionally opening out onto charming piazzas. The city is delightfully traffic-free, making it perfect to explore on foot. Walking among the terracotta-roofed houses, you will frequently stumble across secret squares and hidden back streets, discovering countless small fountains outside tiny community churches.

Sights of interest in Siena include the magnificent Duomo, one of Italy's great cathedrals with a nave flanked on both sides by intriguing giant striped columns, constructed from black and white marble. The cathedral boasts statues by Donatello, Bernini and Michelangelo as well as a unique and elaborate mosaic floor. Enjoy free time to explore after a guided tour.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Pisa
Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Vinci

After breakfast today, we travel by coach to Pisa, the city famous for its leaning tower. In Pisa we enjoy a guided tour that includes the city's incredible Field of Miracles. Here we see the iconic Leaning Tower, and the marvellous white marble Duomo, one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture, with sublime Moorish mosaics. Later, we make a visit to Vinci, a small town most famous as the birthplace of its namesake, Leonardo da Vinci. This sleepy Tuscan town dates back to the Etruscan era, yet has been somewhat overwhelmed by its prodigious son, devoting a museum to his legacy.

Full-scale models of his most famous inventions can be found on display here, alongside examples of his civic plans, depicting a range of structures the genius artist envisioned. You are free to spend your time in Vinci as you wish; the museum the main draw here, though the town itself is undoubtedly pretty, with romantic streets overlooking typical Tuscan country views. Perhaps pay a visit to the Church of Santa Croce, where da Vinci was likely baptised, or discover an array of his manuscripts and drawings, housed at the Leonardo Library. Following time to explore, we head back to our hotel in good time for a four-course farewell dinner this evening.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 9-10 Return Home
Return Home

Chambéry and home

Leaving Tuscany behind after breakfast, we begin our journey back to the UK. We travel through Europe by rail, arriving in Chambéry, where we spend the night. On Day 10, we continue by high-speed rail to Paris, where we board the Eurostar back to London. On arrival, our tour concludes.

Includes:
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel throughout (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation, including 1 outbound overnight stay in Turin, 7 nights at the 4-Star Villa San Paolo in Tuscany, and 1 inbound overnight stay in Chambéry

Delicious meals included

  • 24 meals, including 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches (packed lunches on excursion days), including lunch at a Tuscan winery, and 9 dinners, including a farewell dinner in Tuscany
  • Local wines, beers and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner whilst at the Villa San Paolo

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • City tour of Florence
  • Sample local wines at the Il Palagetto vineyard
  • Guided tour of San Gimignano
  • Explore Siena with a local guide
  • Visit to Pisa, including the Leaning Tower and the Field of Miracles
  • Free time in Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci
  • Parts of this holiday make use of portable audio headsets on guided tours, allowing you to hear your guide clearly wherever in the group you are

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.
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