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Beautiful Tuscany & Rome

(Tour code: CUS6)The delightful countryside of central Italy

With their lush vineyards, pretty olive groves and undulating landscapes, Tuscany and Umbria are undoubtedly two of Italy's most beautiful regions. On this marvellous tour we discover both areas and their rich variety of attractions, including famous Florence to undiscovered Pienza, all from our base in Chianciano Terme.

Tour Highlights
  • Delightful Turin
  • Dinner in a castle
  • The spa town of Chianciano Terme
  • Pretty Siena
  • Rome, the Eternal City
  • Picturesque Perugia
  • Assisi & its magnifcient cathedral
  • Beautiful Florence
  • UNESCO-listed Pienza
  • Montepulciano
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

London to Turin

Our holiday begins at London St Pancras International, where we meet at our dedicated departure office before joining the Eurostar to Paris. On arrival we transfer across the French capital by coach to connect with the onward high-speed rail service, which takes us across the Italian border to Turin. We spend the night here, enjoying dinner at our hotel.

  • Dinner
Chianciano Terme
Day 2

On to Chianciano Terme

With a relaxed start to the morning, you can discover more of delightful Turin at your leisure. This stylish city is rich in verdant parks and gardens, broad boulevards of Renaissance architecture and airy city squares. Visit the Duomo di Torino, the city's Renaissance cathedral, and the Piazza Castello, the heart of Turin surrounded by beautiful buildings. The wonderful gardens of Giardino Reale are also close by. In the afternoon we travel by rail to Bologna, where we change trains and continue right across Tuscany to Chianciano Terme, a spa town set on a hillside, curving upwards to the attractive Old Town. The town enjoys a wonderful location just a few miles from the Umbrian border, yet surrounded by the rolling hills, cypress trees and rural medieval towns that Tuscany is known for. We spend seven nights here at the Hotel Michelangelo.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3


On today's excursion we travel to the typically Tuscan city of Siena by coach. The city boasts a remarkably well-preserved centre of Gothic buildings, interlinked by a web of narrow streets that lead to the Campo, a grand shell-shaped piazza. On arrival we take a guided tour of this charismatic city, which has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. We take in landmarks such as the famous Duomo; built from alternating strips of black and white marble, the striped cathedral is one of Italy's most impressive. After the tour we enjoy leisure time to take a stroll through Siena's charming squares and haphazard lanes. The city is delightfully traffic free, making it perfect to explore on foot. Walking among the terracottaroofed houses, you will frequently stumble across secret squares and hidden back streets, discovering countless small fountains outside tiny community churches.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Siena
Day 4

The Eternal City

This morning we travel south to Rome, the cornerstone of the Roman Empire and Italy's attractive capital. On arrival we take a guided tour of this mesmerising city. The tour, by coach and on foot, takes us past classic landmarks that have shaped the city over thousands of years. We pass the vast Colosseum, and take in the Roman Forum, which both played a vital role in Roman public life. We also see the Baroque Trevi Fountain, a wonderfully detailed sculpture set in a tiny square. Afterwards, you are free to continue exploring Rome; the city's impressive array of architecture charts the passage of time as clearly as anywhere in Europe, with distinctive Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque attractions. Perhaps visit the Pantheon, which has seen surprisingly little change in 2,000 years, or ascend the celebrated Spanish Steps.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Rome
Chianciano Terme
Day 5

At leisure

Enjoy a relaxed day to unwind in Chianciano Terme and perhaps make use of the hotel's facilities. You may wish to visit one of the town's spas which run on the thermal springs that have been utilised since Roman times. Alternatively, you could visit the Old Town and admire the views over the valley. Dinner this evening is in a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
Day 6

Perugia and Assisi

This morning we travel to Perugia, a picturesque medieval walled town which stands proudly on a hilltop very close to the geographical centre of Italy. One of the most unusual things about the city is not its wealth of historic buildings; but that it was literally built in layers. Perugia is home to a surprising underground city, created when Pope Paul Farnese III destroyed many medieval buildings to build the Rocca Paolina, leaving entire sections of streets intact underneath. During our guided tour we visit fascinating sights including the impressive Rocca Paolina, the cathedral and the Fontana Maggiore, located in Cathedral Square. We also see the Palazzo dei Priori, an ancient building used by Perugian magistrates from early in the 14th century. After lunch in a local restaurant, this afternoon we continue across the Spoleto Valley to Assisi, the birthplace of Italy's patron saint, St Francis. Here we enjoy a guided tour and see the St Francis Basilica, which enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status. The complex consists of two adjacent churches, each with a blend of Umbrian and French-influenced stonework and magnificent frescoes of St Francis. The lower church is the final resting place of the man himself. Assisi is also home to a tightly-knitted network of crooked alleyways and narrow, winding streets.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Tour of Perugia
  • Tour of Assisi
Day 7


Florence, a truly beautiful city that was the birthplace the Renaissance - a revival of classical ideals that spearheaded much of the art, architecture and culture that continues to inspire today. On arrival we take a guided tour of the striking city's most famous sights, such as the Santa Maria Novella church with its arresting façade and vaulted archways. We also admire the distinctive marble Duomo, the green and white marbled edifice that towers over the city centre, as well as the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge. Your afternoon is then free for you to continue exploring.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Florence
Day 8

Pienza and Montepulciano

Today we visit Pienza, a tiny town which enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status thanks to its immaculately preserved centre and attractive surrounding valley. We enjoy time at leisure here to discover the maze of small lanes that emanate from the pretty main square - all watched over by the Romanesque Duomo. After time to arrange lunch, we continue to Montepulciano, an idyllic Renaissance town perched on a ridge. The town is celebrated for its Vin Nobile, a variety of red wine grown in the local vineyards, and following time to explore, we enjoy a tasting of local wines. This evening we mark our final night in Tuscany with dinner in a local castle. We enjoy a fabulous meal, made from specialities of the region, in this splendid setting.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Dinner in a castle
  • Wine-tasting
Days 9-10

To Milan and London

We transfer to the station by coach for the regional train to Florence. Here we connect with the rail service to Milan. On Day 10 we take the train directly to Paris, and join the Eurostar to London. 

  • Day 9 - Breakfast, dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast

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