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Highlights of Tuscany

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8 days From $1,295 per person
4.6 stars(7 reviews)

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous scenery and Renaissance splendor of rural Tuscany

Travel among a group of like-minded travelers led by a professional tour manager

Mobility Rating 2

2024 Tour code: TUS24

About the tour

Discover the true colors of this acclaimed region on a tour that highlights the beauty of Tuscany. Ochre and terracotta hill towns, linked by winding white roads and pathways lined with cypress trees, contrast with the magnificent architecture of great Renaissance cities.



What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive Montecatini

Arrive in Florence and transfer on your own to the beautiful Tuscan town of Montecatini, where we stay for seven nights. Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers during a welcome dinner at the hotel this evening. Overnight Montecatini. 

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Montecatini at Leisure

Today is free to explore the attractive spa town of Montecatini. The extravagant 18th century Tettuccio Terme spa is certainly worth a visit, not only for its healing waters but also for its beautiful Liberty architecture. A small funicular railroad connects Montecatini Terme with Montecatini Alto, the old town located a few hundred meters above, which offers superb views across the rolling hills of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. Here you can admire the pretty townhouses, and the imposing churches towering high over the town below, before choosing a restaurant or café to enjoy lunch and soak up the atmosphere. 

  • Breakfast
Day 3 - Florence

A short rail journey this morning takes us to the beautiful city of Florence - 'the Jewel of the Renaissance'. 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 jewelers' shops.

Your afternoon is free to explore Florence at leisure. Picturesque labyrinthine streets and squares, including the Piazza della Signoria - the people-watching center 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.  Overnight Montecatini. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Excursion to Lucca and Pisa

This morning we travel by rail to Lucca - one of Tuscany's best kept secrets and a place of true beauty. Majestic city walls encircle a Roman and medieval heart packed with piazzas, art galleries and tiny churches, all connected by an intricate network of narrow cobbled streets. A stroll around the wide walkways along the top of the ancient ramparts is an excellent way to discover the true charm of the city, while you can get a bird's eye view from the Guinigi Tower, which has an oak tree growing from its top. A 3-hour 'surrey' bike rental is included to cycle within the city walls of Lucca.

We then enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, before continuing to Pisa, where we have a guided tour that includes the city's beautiful Field of Miracles. Here we see the world-famous Leaning Tower, which began to lean as soon as it was built and was used by Galileo to study gravity, and the marvelous white marble Duomo. The cathedral is a superb example of Romanesque architecture, often overlooked by tourists who flock to see the bell tower. Overnight Montecatini.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 - San Gimignano, Cookery and Wine in Chianti

Today we take an excursion deep into the heart of the Tuscan countryside, traveling by coach through the undulating ochre-colored hills and past countless lonely farmhouses. Our first destination is charming San Gimignano, a striking walled village with a delightfully rural feel. The village is perhaps best known for the thirteen towers which dominate the skyline, visible for miles around, they were built by competitive Tuscan families in the Middle Ages.

This afternoon we venture deeper into the countryside to Castello di Verrazzano. Surrounded by fields and vineyards, the property is in the beautiful Chianti region, at the end of a pathway lined with cypress trees and laurel bushes. We enjoy a guided tour of the gardens and historic wine cellar before dinner and a sampling of some of the delicious wines for which the area is justly famous. Overnight Montecatini. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - At Leisure in Montecatini

Today is free explore Montecatini on your own. Stroll the pretty streets, visit the Old Town, indulge in spa treatments or enjoy your hotel's amenities. Overnight Montecatini.

  • Breakfast
Day 7 - 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. The cathedral boasts statues by Donatello, Bernini, and Michelangelo, as well as a unique and elaborate mosaic floor. Perhaps Siena's most famous sight, however, is the incredible Piazza del Campo - a vast, shell-shaped square which plays host to the famous Palio horse race each year and is highly regarded as one of the greatest medieval squares on the continent. Enjoy free time to explore after a guided tour. This evening we enjoy a special farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight Montecatini. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Tour Conclusion

Your tour concludes after breakfast.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Grand Hotel Francia e Quirinale, Montecatini Terme

Grand Hotel Francia e Quirinale, Montecatini Terme

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Mary Maki-Rich

5 stars

Submitted 11 Oct 2023

Loved the leader, Gilly. Loved the amount of free time and planned time as well. Perfecto. Loved the food at Ercolini and Savi. Loved that it wasn’t based in Florence. Loved the size of the group.

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3 stars

Submitted 11 Oct 2023

They pulled a bait and switch on the hotels two weeks before the tour began. We went from a 4 star French Quarter Hotel to a barely 3 star Hotel ercolini e Savi. Otherwise, the tour was as expected and our guide, Jilly, was outstanding.

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5 stars

Submitted 18 Jul 2023

It was perfect. The pace and places we visited were exactly as we'd hoped.

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5 stars

Submitted 29 Jun 2023

Wonderful people. Quality hotel and accommodations. Very well executed tour and tour manger was fabulous

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5 stars

Submitted 14 Jun 2023

Well organized, great choice of locations, great leadership. Definitely worth recommending.

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4 stars

Submitted 05 Jun 2023

Great location to unpack and travel around Tuscany by bus or train; tour lead was excellent; guides were excellent but trip to Florence was overcrowded on that particular day; we stayed in Florence afterwards and the crowds were reduced. The hotel was excellent in their service and food and common areas but the room could use an uplift. Very impressed by the hotel staff and cannot say enough about their excellent service.

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