Local Knowledge 'Stop in the Piazza della Signoria amidst the artistic masterpieces of Renaissance Italy and watch the world go by in Florence's most elegant square.'
- Just You Tour Manager as your host
- 7 nights half board in a 4-star hotel
- 14 meals:7 breakfasts, 7 dinners
- Specialist Local Guide
- Welcome drink & farewell get-together
- Overseas transfers & other transportation
- Audio Guide
- Complimentary wi-fi on board your coach
- San Gimignano & Volterra
Pre-bookable excursions: The above optional excursions can be pre-booked as a package from just $1996.
GRAND HOTEL TAME RICI & PRINCIPE **** MONTECATINI TERME
Your hotel is ideally located in the centre of Montecatini Terme. Facilities include a garden terrace with swimming pool, restaurant,gym and spa. Guest rooms have private facilities, air-conditioning,TV, mini-bar, hairdryer and safe.
ROOM UPGRADE Balcony Rooms are available on request from $139 for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Tour Advisor for details.
Day 1: PISA
We will meet you at Pisa airport and transfer you to our your hotel in Montecatinin Terme. Meet your travelling companions over a drink and dinner this evening. (D)
Day 2: PISA
Pisa is home to one of Italy's most recognisab le sights, the Leaning Tower . Residing in the Field of Miracles,this l80ft campanile took 176 years to build and began to lean shortly after construction. Thankfully the structure has recently been secured yet it still retains its famous lean. We include a visit to the Field of Miracles this morning. Discover more of Pisa this afternoon in the company of your fellow travellers - your Tour Manager will be on hand to suggest interesting places to visit (B,D)
Day 3: SIENA
We'll visit Siena today, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Its enchanting narrow streets lined with palaces and mansions lead to the spectacular Piazza del Campo, which is the setting each year for the Palio horse race. (B,D)
Day 4: MONTECATINI
Today is free for you to spend as you wish.Perhaps enjoy a stroll into town or maybe treat yourself to a Spa treatment. Alternatively you could head out with your travelIing companions and take the cable car up to the hilI top edieval village of Montecatini Alto. The views from here are unmissable. (B,D)
Day 5: SAN GIMIGNANO & VOLTERRA
Enjoy another day at leisure in Montecatini Terme. Or, if you want to explore further, why not join our opt ional excursion to San Gimignano and Volterra. San Gimignano is one of the prettiest hilltop towns in Tuscany, with beautiful palaces and churches, ornate frescoes and a fine baptistery within its ancient walls. It's also known as the 'town of beautiful towers' because of the impressive towers built here as status symbols by feuding families in medieval times. We'll then move on to the walled medieval town of Volterra. We will visit the Estruscan Museum, which houses a large collection of historic artefacts, and see a craftsman at work hand-carving Alabaster. (B,D)
Day 6: FLORENCE
Florence is known as Italy's 'Art City'. It is home to works by great masters including Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Built beside the River Arno, explore the city's compact historic centreon your included excursion. StrolIacross the Ponte Vecchio, climb the steps of the magnificent Duomo and admireglorious architecture among the Renaissance streets and piazzas. II Porcellino, the statue of a boar located in Mercato Nuovo,is surrounded by superstition - if you throw a coin into the grating at its feet and rub its shiny nose, legend has it that you wilI return to t he city.(B,D)
Day 7: LUCCA
Lucca is a traditional historic town surrounded by impressive walls. Explore the town on anoptional excursion today. Take a walk along the ancient ramparts and admire the beautiful botanical gardens,the Basilica of San Frediano and fascinating architecture including a tree-topped tower. Alternatively,take time to explore your resort,enjoy the bustling town and the local cafe culture.(B,D)
Day 8: DEPARTURE DAY
At the end of the tour, you can join your fellow travellers on a transfer to the airport or choose to make your own arrangements.(B)