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Timelessly alluring, Tuscany embodies the very best of Italy for many. Striped with vineyards and olive groves, the landscapes are impossibly picturesque and wonderfully fertile, while Tuscany’s ancient towns, galleries and churches are bursting with fine
Detailed Overview

Price includes:

  • Return Channel crossings



Overnight Hotel 1, France

  • 1 night bed & cold buffet breakfast

  • Welcome glass of wine

Overnight Hotel 2, Switzerland

  • 1 night dinner, bed & cold buffet breakfast

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

Main Resort - Ercolini & Savi Hotel, Montecatini, Tuscany

  • 5 nights dinner, bed & hot/cold buffet breakfast

  • Welcome Prosecco (spumante) on arrival

  • 4 course menu and antipasti, 2 choice starter, dessert buffet (set menu main course on arrival night)

  • 1/4l of wine, 1/2l of water with dinner

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Gala dinner on last night (set menu)

  • Vin Santo & Cantucci on last night with Gala dinner

  • 90-minute Walking tour of Lucca

  • Olive Oil Tasting Experience with a glass of wine and traditional lunch

  • 2-hour Walking tour of Florence

  • Porterage

Overnight Hotel 3, Switzerland

  • 1 night dinner, bed & cold buffet breakfast

  • Tea/coffee after dinner

  • Porterage

Overnight Hotel 4, France

  • 1 night bed & cold buffet breakfast

  • Welcome glass of wine

Please note: All stay/city tax is to be paid/collected in resort.

Please note: There is no porterage at the hotel on the first and last night.

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

After being collected from home, we cross the Channel and make our way to our overnight hotel in France, where we are greeted with a glass of wine on our arrival.

Day 2

After breakfast, we carry on our journey through France to our second overnight hotel, in Switzerland. Where we have time to settle in before sitting down for dinner.

Day 3

This morning, we enjoy our breakfast before making our way through Switzerland to Italy. After driving through Tuscany, we arrive at our hotel in Montecatini Terme where we are welcomed with a glass of spumante and have time to relax before dinner.

Day 4

Lucca
After breakfast, we make our way to Lucca, one of the oldest cities in Tuscany and home of the Italian composer Puccini. Here we partake in a 90 minute guided walking tour of the city's highlights. With its imposing 16th century ramparts still wrapped around the compact village, it wears its air of uniqueness with fierce pride - it was an independent city-state until the mid-1800s. A jewel of medieval architecture, the town emanates charm and history. After our tour we spend time at leisure, discovering a maze of narrow cobbled streets, beautiful churches and a unique oval piazza. Other highlights we could explore include Puccini's House, the Cathedral and the Palazzo Pfanner, which has a wonderful Italian-style garden and a house with 18th century frescoes in monumental halls. We then return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 5

Montecatini Alto & The Cipressini Olive Grove
Today we make our way to the hilltop village of Montecatini Alto with its exquisite churches, an art academy containing 150 marvellous works, and unrivalled views of the landscape to admire. Here we visit the Cipressini Olive Grove for an informative olive oil tasting experience; followed by a traditional lunch of soup, local meats, tomatoes and cheese, a homemade dessert and a glass of wine. We then return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 6

Florence
Florence is undisputedly the star of Tuscany, and the city's bold terracotta Duomo defines one of the most iconic skylines in all of Italy. The city may be small, but with so much treasure packed into the Renaissance palaces, wonderful churches and incredible galleries, it really takes some exploring. A 2 hour guided walking tour introduces the main sights and we have free time afterwards to explore the city at our own pace. The world-renowned Uffizi Gallery is home to treasures by Michelangelo, Botticelli and da Vinci, and we might like to indulge in another of Florence's pleasures: its cuisine - Fiorentina dishes celebrate the best produce found in the region. We could enjoy an espresso coffee on Piazza Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried, or tuck into a gelato whilst strolling across the Ponte Vecchio.

Day 7

Montecatini Terme - Day of Leisure
We spend today at leisure in Montecatini Terme - the largest of Tuscany’s spa towns, famed for its rejuvenating thermal waters and a firm favourite with the rich and famous. We can follow suit and soak our troubles away in one of the many health spas on offer. After a day exploring, we return to the hotel and get ready for our last night in Italy and celebrate our stay with a gala dinner.

Day 8

After breakfast, we journey through Italy to our overnight hotel in Switzerland. Here we enjoy dinner and settle down for the night.

Day 9

Our penultimate day together sees us travelling through Switzerland to France for our final night's stay.

Day 10

Following our last breakfast on the Continent, we cross the Channel and make our journey home.

Other Information

Hotel

4* Hotel Ercolini & Savi, Montecatini Terme, Tuscany

A lovely, traditional hotel located in the heart of Montecatini Terme, privately owned and run by its charming proprietor, Signora Luciana. It boasts all the amenities of a modern hotel whilst managing to retain the elegance and grandeur of its past. The hotel has 81 air conditioned bedrooms and all are equipped with TV and hairdryer. There is a welcoming lounge and bar where guests can relax and a grand restaurant. The food is excellent with regional specialities being served and some of the wines originate from the owner’s own vineyards.

• Free High Speed Internet (WiFi) • Bar / lounge • Restaurant • Dry cleaning • Air conditioning • Room service • Safe • Minibar • Flatscreen TV

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