Discover Medieval Italy
The exquisite beauty of medieval Italy unfurls before you on this marvellous tour of the historic, honey-coloured highlights of Tuscany and Umbria.
DAY 1: UK - Pisa - Montecatini.
Fly to Pisa where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Montecatini Terme. The rest of the day is free for you to get acquainted with this charming spa town. (D)
DAY 2: Montecatini - San Gimignano - Siena - Chianciano.
Today we drive into the heart of Tuscany. First stop is San Gimignano, a hilltop medieval town with more towers than churches, uniquely situated among vineyards, olive groves, and delightful countryside. Then Siena, without a doubt Tuscany's most beloved and inviting city. A walk through its narrow streets lined with medieval palaces into the Piazza del Campo, which is shaped like a fan, is truly a memorable experience. In the afternoon continue to the spa town Chianciano for the next five nights. (B, D)
DAY 3: Assisi - Lake Trasimeno.
This morning enjoy a day excursion, with local guide, to pink-stoned Assisi. The birthplace of St Francis, Assisi is home to a myriad of fine historic monuments, most notably the Basilica where the saint is buried, and which is best known for its exquisite frescoes by Giotto. On the way back to Chianciano, stop by Lake Trasimeno, one of Umbria's best loved beauty spots. (B, D)
DAY 4: Orvieto and Todi.
Another day sampling the delights of Umbria's rich cultural past, with a full day excursion to spectacular Orvieto, which sits astride a volcanic rock and is crowned by a magnificent Duomo, lavishly decorated with intricate mosaics, sculptures and frescoes. Later onto charming, medieval Todi. (B, D)
DAY 5: Arezzo.
Today a visit to one of Tuscany's jewels, the honey-coloured town of Arezzo, with its sloping Piazza Grande, fresco-painted church of San Francesco and 1st century Roman amphitheatre. (B, D)
DAY 6: Pienza - Montepulciano.
A chance to spend the morning relaxing and enjoying stylish Chianciano's parks and spas. In the afternoon travel to Pienza, a fine Renaissance town known for its cathedral and stunning central Palazzo. From there to Montepulciano, a hilltop town famed for its ruby-red wine, where you can enjoy a tasting session and linger in its captivating main square to admire the Renaissance palaces and duomo. (B, D)
DAY 7: Chianciano - Florence - Pisa - Montecatini.
Journey to Florence, the capital city of Tuscany and 'Cradle of the Renaissance'. Traffic is banned in part of the historic centre, so visitors can wander at leisure. Then to Pisa to visit the famous Square of Miracles, dominated by the iconic 'Leaning Tower'. Continue to Montecatini and round off your tour in style with an optional dinner and evening out. (B)
DAY 8: Montecatini - Pisa - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay on the Tuscan Riviera. (B)
Accommodation on Tour
Montecatini: Minerva Palace (4*).
A very pleasant hotel offering comfortable and elegant accommodation in a quiet and welcoming setting. The hotel Moderno is ideal for relaxing and exploring this beautiful region.
Location: Centrally located and within walking distance of the Chianciano Thermal Spa.
Facilities: Swimming pool with Jacuzzi; tennis courts; boules; small wellness centre with Turkish bath; small gym and relaxation area; restaurant and bar; minibar and internet access in bedrooms.
Price includes: Half board in a twin room with private facilities; air-conditioning; satellite TV.
Options: Single room.
Official category: 4 star.
Basilica of St Francis, Assisi
Piazza Grande, Arezzo
Pisa and the Square of Miracles
To help you plan and make the most of your holiday, below is a list of optional excursions available to you.
MINI WALKING TOUR
Discover the capital of Tuscany walking in its heart: a local guide will let you travel in the gorgeous old part of Florence explaining the magnificent monuments and the picturesque squares located in its centre.
A lovely evening in the Tuscan countryside at a restaurant situated in an old farm that maintains all the original warm atmosphere. You'll be served dinner with Tuscan specialities.
Please note that optional excursions and prices are subject to change.
Discover Medieval Italy 7 nights
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Discover Medieval Italy
Price from £799
Just the tour £629
Prices are per person
- Flights UK - Pisa - UK
- Accommodation as per hotel details
- Meals on tour 7 breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)
- Services of a tour director on tour
- Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
- Transfers between overseas airport and hotels
- All local and airport taxes/service charges
- Siena and San Gimignano Visit
- Assisi City sightseeing with local guide
- Lake Trasimeno Scenic drive
- Orvieto Visit cathedral & funicular ride
- Todi Visit
- Arezzo Visit
- Pienza and Montepulciano Visit and wine tasting
- Florence Visit
- Pisa Visit
- London Heathrow
- London Gatwick
- London Luton
- Tuesdays - 2013
03 Sep 2013 to 15 Oct 2013