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Treasures of Northern Tuscany

Discover timelessly alluring Northern Tuscany, on this relaxing all rail holiday. Stay in the heart of the beautiful spa town of Montecatini for a glorious summer break. The region embodies the very best of Italy with picturesque landscapes striped with vineyards and olive groves, memorable skylines of medieval cities, galleries and churches bursting with fine Renaissance art, extraordinary traditional cuisine and beautiful coastlines.

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8 days from £1595

 

DEPARTS

Saturday 21 May 2022

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site thermal spa town of Montecatini-Terme

  • Take a stroll along the sparkling coastline at Viareggio

  • Explore Pisa and see the amazing ‘Leaning Tower’

  • Enjoy free time in Montecatini and take the funicular railway to the hilltop village of Montecatini Alto

  • Discover the many famous sights of Florence including the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio

  • Take a guided tour of Lucca’s maze of narrow cobbled streets and unique oval piazza

  • Glorious scenic rail journeys through the Tuscany countryside

  • Gala dinner on last evening in Montecatini followed by Vin Santo and Cantucci

  • Free time in the elegant city of Turin

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 7 nights bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Eurostar and rail travel to and from Italy in the class of your choice

  • All transfers, excursions, and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

DAY 1

From London aboard Eurostar to Paris, then direct by TGV express to Turin where we have a welcome evening meal at our city centre hotel.

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DAY 2

Travelling through Tuscany, our scenic rail journey brings us to the beautiful spa town of Montecatini-Terme and our centrally located hotel. We can take an afternoon stroll around the elegant resort to discover the central park, its four springs of healing waters and the many Liberty-style spas, reminiscent of a bygone era.

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DAY 3

Back on the rails this morning we make our way to the coast to visit Viareggio, a thriving resort with a sparkling harbour and long beachside promenade lined with shops and cafés. We might like to enjoy lunch at one of the many fine seafood restaurants here before we make an afternoon visit to Pisa, an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its leaning tower, one of Italy's most recognisable buildings. The neighbouring Cathedral is also one of the most beautiful in Tuscany and will undoubtedly astound us with its grandeur and detail.

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DAY 4

We spend today at leisure in Montecatini Terme, the largest of Tuscany's spa towns, In July 2021 Montecatini and its thermal baths proudly became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Famed for its rejuvenating thermal waters and a firm favourite with the rich and famous. We can follow suit and soak our troubles away in one of the many health spas on offer, or perhaps take the funicular railway to the hilltop village of Montecatini Alto. Here, we'll be spoilt for choice with exquisite churches, an art academy containing 150 marvellous works, and unrivalled views of the landscape to admire.

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DAY 5

We travel by rail today to Florence undisputedly the star of Tuscany, and the city's bold terracotta Duomo defines one of the most iconic skylines in all of Italy. The city may be small, but with so much treasure packed into the Renaissance palaces, wonderful churches and incredible galleries, it really takes some exploring. A 2 hour guided walking tour introduces the main sights
and we have free time afterwards to explore the city at our own pace. The world-renowned Uffizi Gallery is home to treasures by Michelangelo, Botticelli and da Vinci, and we might like to indulge in another of Florence's pleasures: its cuisine - Fiorentina dishes celebrate the best produce found in the region. We could enjoy an espresso coffee on Piazza Santa Croce where Michelangelo is buried, or tuck into a gelato whilst strolling across the Ponte Vecchio.

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DAY 6

This morning we make our way to Lucca, one of the oldest cities in Tuscany and home of the Italian composer Puccini, where we embark on a 90 minute guided walking tour to introduce its highlights. With the imposing 16th century ramparts still wrapped around the compact village, it wears its air of uniqueness with fierce pride - it was an independent city-state until the mid-1800s. A jewel of medieval architecture, the town emanates charm and history. After our tour we spend time at leisure, discovering a maze of narrow cobbled streets, beautiful churches and a unique oval piazza. Other highlights we could explore include Puccini's House, the Cathedral and the Palazzo Pfanner, which has a wonderful Italian-style garden and a house with 18th century frescoes in monumental halls. On our last evening we enjoy a Gala dinner followed by Vin Santo and Cantucci.

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DAY 7

Commencing our homeward journey, by train to Turin for a day of sightseeing in this elegant city of magnificent museums and lively cafes; after dinner stroll the famous colonnaded walkways as a finale to a relaxing holiday.

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DAY 8

Travelling by TGV express direct to Paris where we board the Eurostar train to London arriving afternoon.

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HOTEL

Hotel Residence Torino Centro, Turin

A 3 star superior traditional hotel in an historic Liberty style building, ideally located just a short walk from Porta Susa railway station and convenient for the city centre. The spacious en-suite bedrooms offer air-conditioning, TV, safe, free W-Fi and hairdryer.

 

Hotel Ercolini & Savi, Montecatini Terme

An elegant 4-star hotel of Liberty-style architecture, close to the spas, shops and station in the centre of Montecatini Terme. The comfortable en-suite bedrooms are air-conditioned with free Wi-Fi hairdryer, minibar, TV, safe and telephone. There is a welcoming lounge and bar where guests can relax and a grand restaurant with excellent food and regional specialities being served; some of the wines even originate from the owner’s own vineyards.

 

FARES

From London St Pancras International:

 

Standard Class rail travel

to / from Montecatini, including Standard Eurostar

£1595

Supplement for standard Premier Eurostar upgrade return

£199

First Class rail travel

to / from Montecatini, including Standard Premier Eurostar

£1895

Join & Leave at Turin

£1275

Single Traveller Supplement

£215



 

7 nights bed, breakfast & evening meal

Eurostar and rail travel to and from Italy in the class of your choice

All transfers, excursions, and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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