Portofino, Florence & Tuscany
7 nights. May 2019 - October 2019. From £759.00.
This exceptional value escorted holiday is based in one of Tuscany's most celebrated spa resorts. As well as the opportunity to rest and relax in some wonderful surroundings, it includes unforgettable excursions to the famous resorts of Santa Margherita and ultra-exclusive Portofino, and to exquisite Florence, the breathtaking 'Cradle of the Renaissance' and home to Santa Croce, the Ponte Vecchio and Michelangelo's David. You'll also visit fabled Pisa - home to the legendary 'Leaning Tower' - and Lucca, another Renaissance gem, as well as have the opportunity to discover some of Tuscany's remarkable hill-towns.
A delightful Tuscan spa resort, Montecatini Terme is close to many of the province's greatest cities. As well as the spa baths, it boasts beautiful parks, countless eateries and bars. Above the main town, and reached by a historic funicular railway, medieval Montecatini Alto's piazza and winding streets are lined with ancient churches and elegant palazzos.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy a week's stay in one of Tuscany's most celebrated spa-resorts
Discover Santa Margherita Ligure's scenic bay
Pay a visit to Portofino, one of the Mediterranean's most exclusive corners
Discover the wonderful cities of Pisa and Lucca
Spend a day in beautiful Florence
Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Belvedere, Montecatini (upgrades available)
Return flights to Italy
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Italy, and upon arrival meet your Tour Manager and board the coach for the transfer through the Tuscan countryside to Montecatini.
Day TwoToday is free for you to get to know the hotel and the surroundings of this historic spa resort, perhaps paying a first visit to Montecatini Alto for its stunning views.
Day ThreeThe first of the included excursions heads to the beautiful Ligurian coast, where some of Italy's most famous resorts are dotted along the shoreline, backed by wooded hills, and a Mecca for visitors from the across the globe. Elegant Santa Margherita Ligure overlooks a stunning bay, and lies at the eastern end of the Portofino headland. Spend some time exploring the resort, then board a boat for a trip along the coast to discover its ultra-chic neighbour, the world-renowned 'jetset' watering hole of Portofino itself, which despite the crowds, the glitz and the glamour, remains one of the Mediterranean's most idyllic settings.
Day FourOur second included tour is to two true Italian gems. You'll firstly visit the wonderful city of Pisa, where, in the company of our guide, there'll be an opportunity to explore this mesmerising medieval treasure trove, built on the banks of the River Arno, and where the broad green swathe of the Campo dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles) is home not only to the startling 'leaning tower' but also the huge circular Baptistery, the great marbled Duomo and the colonnaded Campo Santo cemetery.
Following a fascinating visit you'll reboard the coach for the journey to the elegant walled city of Lucca, a simply delightful Renaissance jewel that was the birthplace of the composer Puccini. The city's most famous son is celebrated with a museum at his home. Elsewhere, the ancient cathedral, the Torre della Ore and the exquisite Piazza Anfiteatro, built around the Roman amphitheatre, are amongst the 'must sees' in this charming city.
Day FiveAnother day of gentle exploration in Montecatini, enjoying the atmosphere of the spa-town.
Day SixToday will be one of the undoubted highlights of the holiday, as you enjoy our included tour of truly stunning Florence, which is for many the country's most beautiful city. See for yourself the magnificent Florentine skyline, dominated by the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and explore the splendour of Santa Croce and the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge, spared by the retreating Nazis because of its timeless beauty. Of course, Florence is the city of both the Acaddemia, which houses Michelangelo's fabled statue of David, and the Uffizi, where Botticelli's famous 'Birth of Venus' can be admired, should you choose to visit the galleries (payable locally).
Day SevenRelax in the resort, or join us on today's optional excursion, which heads into the Tuscan countryside to explore the exquisite hill towns of Volterra, Certaldo and UNESCO-listed medieval gem San Gimignano. Set high above the Cecina and Dell'Era valleys, Etruscan Volterra is beautifully preserved, with its ancient walls surrounding a medieval core, at the heart of which is a stunning Romanesque cathedral and the ornate Piazza del Priori, lined with beautiful palazzi. You'll also take in the Roman amphitheatre, uncovered in 1951.
No less fascinating is the charming 'twin-town' of Certaldo, the 'newer' lower town nestled beneath the upper, fortified Certaldo alto, with its ancient gates and defensive walls. Saving the best until last, San Gimignano, with its fairy-tale towers rising from the hill-top village, is one of the finest sights in all Italy, and a fitting crowning glory to a wonderful holiday.
Day EightBid farewell to your Tuscan hosts as you journey back to the airport and the return flight, at the end of a marvellous holiday. Back to top
The Belvedere boasts an excellent location opposite the famous Tettuccio Spa.Adua Hotel
This excellent, friendly, family-run four-star hotel is centrally located in Montecatini, just a short distance on foot from the resort's amenities, shops, bars and restaurants. It is also just a short walk from Terme Excelsior and Terme Leopoldine thermal baths.
Stylish accommodation Private facilities Air conditioning TV Telephone Hairdryer Mini-bar SafeHotel Manzoni
Close to Montecatini's main thermal baths and the centre of the resort, this tastefully decorated, completely renovated four-star hotel is dedicated to comfort and relaxation.
The hotel's facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, two lounges, a well-equipped wellness centre with fresh and saltwater pools, whirlpool, steam room and sauna (some facilities payable locally) and a gym. The hotel restaurant serves Tuscan specialities and international dishes as well as a varied buffet breakfast. A discount is available on green fees at Montecatini Golf Club, and the hotel offers free bike rental as well as free Wi-Fi and a lift.
Each guest room is comfortable and air-conditioned rooms, and has satellite TV, a telephone, a hairdryer, a mini-bar and a safe. Balcony rooms are available for a supplement.Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes from Pisa, approximately two hours and 30 minutes from Verona, approximately three hours from Rome and approximately three hours 45 minutes from Malpensa.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Entrance feesSince some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.
Meals in ItalyGuests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Italian hotel room taxSome regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between £5 and £10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information. Back to top