Tuscany adventure with a Crete Senesi steam train excursion & city tours

Hotel Villa San Michele, Italy

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The perfect package with flights included

Crete Senesi steam train

Cathedral of Saint Martin, Lucca

Cathedral of Saint Martin, Lucca

Piazza dell' Anfiteatro, Lucca

Crete Senesi

Crete Senesi

Crete Senesi steam train

Crete Senesi steam train

Double room

Crete Senesi

Crete Senesi

Crete Senesi steam train

Pisa

Pisa

Pisa

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Santa Croce, Florence

Boboli Gardens, Florence

Explore beautiful Tuscany’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites and medieval towns on this culture-filled trip – includes guided tours of Lucca, Pisa and Florence, a steam train ride, half board and travel

Day 1: UK – Pisa – Lucca

Touch down in Pisa today, famous for its iconic Leaning Tower, then transfer to Lucca, the ‘City of 100 Churches’. Upon arrival, check into the Hotel Villa San Michele on the outskirts of the city, your base for the next seven nights. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (Meals: dinner)

Day 2: Lucca


Ancient Lucca is a real showstopper, full to the brim with pretty piazzas, medieval churches and cobblestone alleyways and encircled by a border of well-preserved Renaissance walls. As well as the ‘City of 100 Churches’, it’s also known as the ‘Open-Air Museum of Tuscany’ due to the plethora of sites to discover. Explore a number of them on a guided two-hour tour; don’t miss a trip up the 45-metre-tall Guinigi Tower for panoramic city views. (Meals: breakfast and three-course dinner)

Day 3: Tuscan steam train


Tuscany is world-famous not just for its museums, art galleries and food and wine, but also for its gently rolling landscapes. Discover them for yourself aboard a vintage steam train today as you journey into hills surrounding the pretty city of Siena. You’ll continue through the characteristic old villages of the picturesque UNESCO-listed Orcia Valley and will then steam along the flanks of Italy’s second tallest volcano, the 1732-metre-high Monte Amiata. Please note that the exact timetable and destinations visited depend on your chosen departure date. (Meals: breakfast and three-course dinner)

Day 4: Pisa


After a leisurely morning, you’ll head to the compelling city of Pisa, famous for its Gothic churches, Romanesque buildings, lively piazzas and that famously leaning tower of course. Explore it all on an afternoon city tour today and enjoy a visit to the Baptistery, the Cathedral, the Piazza del Duomo and the iconic Leaning Tower, before heading back to Lucca. (Meals: breakfast and three-course dinner)

Day 5: San Gimignano – Volterra

Drive south through the pretty Tuscan countryside today and admire the olive groves, vineyards and rolling countryside that are synonymous with the Chianti region. Your first port of call is the stunning hill town of San Gimignano. Encircled by 13th-century walls and a skyline of medieval towers, it's an impressive place to view your surroundings. You’ll have time at leisure here to explore; don’t miss a chance to try some of the tasty gelato from the Gelateria Dondoli. Continue to the walled town of Volterra, filled to the brim with museums, palaces, and relics from the ancient Etruscan civilisation. (Meals: breakfast and three-course dinner)

Day 6: Florence

Tuscany’s charming capital is the origin of the Renaissance and home to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David, the Gothic Duomo cathedral and much more besides. Discover just what makes Florence tick on a guided three-hour tour, with optional visits to the Campanile, Baptistery and Palazzo Vecchio (at an extra cost). Post-tour, opt to enjoy an espresso or Aperol spritz in one of the cafés or restaurants, or have a wander over the Ponte Vecchio and peruse the wares of the jewellers, art dealers and trinket-sellers. (Meals: breakfast and three-course dinner)

Day 7: At leisure

Spend your day at leisure today and opt to discover some of the region’s other sights and attractions, including a spell of wine tasting in a local vineyard or a visit to the port city of Livorno. Alternatively, travel slightly further afield and pay a visit to the postcard-worthy villages of the Cinque Terre in neighbouring Liguria. (Meals: breakfast and three-course dinner)

Day 8: Pisa – UK

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer back to Pisa for your return flight back to the UK. (Meals: breakfast)

Highlights

  • Basing yourself in the beautiful Hotel Villa San Michele – a restored 14th-century villa surrounded by verdant gardens and with its own pool
  • Discovering the charming Tuscan countryside as you motor past the UNESCO-listed Orcia Valley and Monte Amiata aboard a vintage steam train
  • Exploring the medieval treasures and charming piazzas of San Gimignano, Volterra, Florence, Pisa and more

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