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Flavours Of Tuscany

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
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  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSEITF

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air

​The beauty of this rural Italian idyll is matched by the quality of the produce grown in its soil. Savour local specialities, cook some of the region's signature dishes and admire its fine art, unique architecture and celebrated landmarks.

​The beauty of this rural Italian idyll is matched by the quality of the produce grown in its soil. Savour local specialities, cook some of the region's signature dishes and admire its fine art, unique architecture and celebrated landmarks.

PRICE FROM ? £1219 per person
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What's Included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners 
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Complimentary wi-fi on board your coach
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Audio Guide
  • ​Cooking, wine tasting & Lucca tour 
  • Florence sightseeing & wine tasting in San Donato in Collina ​
  • Cooking a Tuscan lunch & Volterra visit

Please note: Thanks to your feedback we know you want to explore more at your own pace. That’s why from 2019 we’re including 3 dinners, so you can experience eating out.

Not Included

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK to Pisa
  • ​Fly to Pisa today. Get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.​
  • DAY 2 Montecarlo di Lucca & Lucca - Cookery lesson, wine tasting and sampling of local dishes
  • ​Tuscan crostini, meaning 'little toast', is a classic Italian appetiser and one of the dishes we'll learn about at Fattoria Il Poggio, a beautiful farm in the hillside village of Montecarlo di Lucca. We'll be shown how to prepare ragù sauce, handmade macaroni pasta and meat sauce for a typical crostini. Why not make notes as you learn from the experts so you can try out the recipes at home. Then it's our turn to cook our own handmade pasta. 

    We'll then enjoy a well-deserved lunch – an appetiser of two kinds of crostini and a selection of salami, our macaroni pasta served with ragù sauce, three local meats and, to finish, cantuccini (almond biscuits). 

    Fattoria Il Poggio is famous for its wines and we'll be given a guided tour of its vineyards and enjoy a tasting of four wines. We'll also learn more about the farm and the local area, and see the olive trees and mill used to produce olive oil. 

    Nearby Lucca is a lovely historic town at the foot of the Apuan Alps surrounded by impressive walls. We'll head here next for a sightseeing tour and take a walk along the ancient ramparts. We'll also admire the beautiful botanical gardens, the Basilica of San Frediano and see fascinating architecture, including a tree-topped tower.

  • DAY 3 Pisa
  • ​Pisa is home to one of Italy's most recognisable sights, the famous Leaning Tower. Residing in the Field of Miracles, this 180ft campanile took 176 years to build and began to lean shortly after construction. Thankfully, the structure has been secured yet it still retains its famous lean. See this landmark on our optional excursion. Alternatively, take time to relax at your hotel.​
  • DAY 4 Florence & Cantina Torre a Cona- Wine tasting with homemade appetisers
  • ​Celebrated as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is home to works by great masters including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Built beside the River Arno, we'll explore the city's compact historic centre in the company of a Local Guide. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio (old bridge), see the magnificent Duomo and admire glorious architecture among the Renaissance streets and piazzas before free time to enjoy lunch.

    We'll head next to Cantina Torre a Cona in San Donato in Collina where we will visit the cellar and sample four wines. They will be served with pecorino cheese with honey, cured hams, bruschetta and pate’.​

  • DAY 5 San Gimignano & Siena
  • 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. Siena is 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 colourful and intense Palio horse race. You can visit both towns on our optional excursion today.
  • DAY6 Montespertoli & Volterra- Cookery lesson, wine tasting & sampling of local dishes
  • ​The beautiful Castello Sonnino sits at the entrance to the hilltop town of Montespertoli, which is surrounded by picture-postcard views. It's also where we'll learn to prepare a typical Tuscan lunch. Our cookery class, along with a wine tasting, will take place in the 'Enoteca' (wine store). Recipes vary to make the most of seasonal ingredients but will typically include an appetizer of fried sage, cold meats and crostini with tomatoes and meatballs in a traditional sauce. We'll enjoy the results for lunch. Our visit here also takes in the castle's cellar, the place where vinsanto wine is made and olive oil is stored. 

    Located high above sea level, Volterra has a 3,000-year-old history and is known for its alabaster, a translucent stone still used today by artisans who apply ancient techniques to produce beautiful artworks. We'll stop here on the way back to our hotel. Passing through the 12th century city walls we'll discover a town which retains much of its medieval character, though Roman, Renaissance and Etruscan legacies can also be found here.

  • DAY 7 Montecatini Terme
  • ​Our base, Montecatini Terme, is a lovely town and today we'll spend a day at leisure here. If you head to the centre of the town you will discover a large park with three thermal spas, a wellness centre and a fantastic selection of shops, bars and restaurants.​
  • DAY 8 Pisa to UK
  • ​We'll take our return flight to the UK today​

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Accommodation

    • Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe
    • In Montecatini Terme enjoy the ideal location of the Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe, 4 Star De Luxe of established tradition,close to parks, to spas, shops, train station Montecatini Centro and almost adjacent to the convention center. A Grand Hotel at 360 degrees which is distinguished by its fine architecture with balconies full of flowers, a large garden terrace with swimming pool, large living rooms with elegant decor, rooms equipped with every comfort, several suites with two bathrooms and jacuzzi. Our restaurant "I Granduchi" offers impeccable service and delicious food, as well as the opportunity to take dietary and vegetarian menu and the excellent taste of our pastry chef. The hotel has a Wellness Centre of 300 square metres, the Myricae SPA, a brand new area dedicated to wellness and relax which consists of various parts: firstly, the THERMARIUM, an area where you can enjoy Bio - Sauna, Turkish bath, emotional showers with chromo therapy, Mini Ozone Swimming pool with Jacuzzi, relaxation area and Tearoom.
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Optional Excursions

  • ​The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • San Gimignano & Siena 

Pre-bookable excursions: The above optional excursions can be pre-booked as a package from just £104.

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Further Information

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