Flavours of Tuscany

Leisurely Touring

8 Days from £1,219

Sep 2019 - Oct 2019 Departures

​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.

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Your holiday at a glance

LEISURELY TOURING
ALL BREAKFASTS
FLIGHT CHOICES
MAX GROUP SIZE 30

What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with British Airways
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 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

Included excursions

  • ​Cooking & wine tasting in a farm
  • Florence sightseeing & wine tasting in San Donato in Collina ​
  • Cooking a Tuscan lunch & wine tasting in Castello del Trebbio

Optional excursions

  • ​The Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • San Gimignano & Siena 
  • A night at the Montecatini opera (May to Oct)
  • Discover Lucca

Pre-bookable excursions: Pisa, San Gimignano & Siena and Lucca optional excursions can be pre-booked as a package from just £148.

Your itinerary

​Fly to Pisa today. Get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.​

​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 learn 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, the almond biscuits cantuccini. 
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. 

​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.​

​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’.​

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.

This evening there will be an opportunity to attend the Montecatini Opera Festival.

​The beautiful Castello del Trebbio is surrounded by picture-postcard scenery. It's also where we'll learn to prepare a typical Tuscan lunch. Recipes vary to make the most of seasonal ingredients but will typically include three dishes, included fresh pasta. We'll enjoy the results for lunch with a wine tasting. Our visit here also takes in the castle and its cellar.  

​Our base, Montecatini Terme, is a lovely town and today you can 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.​
Alternatively, why not join our optional excursion to Lucca, an historic town which lies at the foot of the Apuan Alps and is surrounded by impressive walls. Here we'll head off on 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.

​We'll take our return flight to the UK today​

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Italy - The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Italy - The Leaning Tower of Pisa

from £52

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No journey is complete in Tuscany without a visit to the town of Pisa. In the company of a local guide you’ll discover the Leaning Tower, situated in the Field of Miracles where you will also find the best examples of medieval architecture in one place. The cathedral and tower is where Galileo performed many experiments and a visit to both is a must, especially to see the marble pulpit of Nicola Pisano inside the cathedral, or a stroll down to the river Arno or Borgo Stretto the oldest street in Pisa famous for its shops.

Half Day - Minimal Walking - Historical Interest

Italy - Charming Siena and San Gimignano

Italy - Charming Siena and San Gimignano

from £66

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Step back in time as you visit these two hilltop towns that have changed very little since the Middle Ages. San Gimignano is also known as the ‘town of the beautiful towers’. You’ll see why from a distance as the vast numbers of towers built as status symbols by feuding families come into view. More treats are in store in the shape of elegant palaces, ancient frescoed churches and small shops selling local produce and hand-crafted souvenirs. In Siena a Local Guide will lead you through streets lined with palaces and mansions to the Piazza del Campo – the setting for the Palio horse race – and the cathedral which boasts an exquisitely decorated façade.

Full day - Moderate Walking - Highly recommended

Italy - Prebookable Package - The Leaning Tower of Pisa/ Charming Siena and San Gimignano/Lucca

Italy - Prebookable Package - The Leaning Tower of Pisa/ Charming Siena and San Gimignano/Lucca

from £148

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Prebookable Package - The Leaning Tower of Pisa/ Charming Siena and San Gimignano / Lucca

Italy - Lucca

Italy - Lucca

from £46

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Nearby Lucca is a lovely historic town at the foot of the Apuan Alps. You’ll discover perfectly preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture, charming piazzas and even a tree-topped tower as you stroll through its historic centre. Further must-see highlights include the Piazza Anfiteatro, built on the site of an original Roman amphitheatre, and the Duomo di San Martino, a beautiful marble cathedral which houses the Volto Santo – a large crucifix of the Holy Face carved into cedar wood. Lucca is also the birthplace of composer Puccini, and his former home is now a museum.
Half day – Moderate walking - historic

Italy - Montecatini Opera Festival Just You

Italy - Montecatini Opera Festival Just You

from £30

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Through the passing of time music and culture have remained vital aspects of the town, confirming the strict link between past and present and making Montecatini an ideal place for art and emotions. We offer an optional excursion to the evening music festival which presents the great tradition of opera and the cultural heritage of this region. The Festival is well merged with the town itself and its inhabitants and it is recognized as one of the great musical festivals to take place in Italy. Your ticket price includes a guaranteed seat and refreshment.

2 to 3 hours - Minimal Walking - Cultural ambience

Accommodation

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.

Grand Hotel Tamerici & Principe Montecatini Terme

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Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

8 days

Monday 21 October 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,109

Available

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8 days

Monday 23 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,239

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DEPARTING FROM

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

Bristol

Monday 21 October 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,398

Available

Outbound
Easyjet (Groups)

Monday 21 October 2019

Departs

07:20 Bristol

Arrives

10:30 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

Inbound
Easyjet (Groups) - EZY

Monday 28 October 2019

Departs

11:05 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Arrives

12:25 Bristol

Operated by

Easyjet (Groups)

London (Heathrow)

Monday 21 October 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,219

Available

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 21 October 2019

Departs

08:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:45 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Monday 28 October 2019

Departs

12:20 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Arrives

13:45 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

Manchester

Monday 21 October 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,358

Available

Outbound
Jet2

Monday 21 October 2019

Departs

08:45 Manchester

Arrives

12:15 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Operated by

Jet2

Inbound
Jet2 - LS

Monday 28 October 2019

Departs

13:15 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Arrives

14:50 Manchester

Operated by

Jet2

London (Luton)

Monday 21 October 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,318

Available

Outbound
Easyjet

Monday 21 October 2019

Departs

12:35 London (Luton)

Arrives

15:50 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Monday 28 October 2019

Departs

16:20 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Arrives

17:40 London (Luton)

Operated by

Easyjet

Bristol

Monday 23 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,578

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
Easyjet

Monday 23 September 2019

Departs

07:20 Bristol

Arrives

10:30 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Monday 30 September 2019

Departs

11:05 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Arrives

12:25 Bristol

Operated by

Easyjet

London (Heathrow)

Monday 23 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,349

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
British Airways

Monday 23 September 2019

Departs

08:35 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:45 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Monday 30 September 2019

Departs

12:40 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Arrives

14:05 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

British Airways

Manchester

Monday 23 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,538

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
Jet2

Monday 23 September 2019

Departs

08:45 Manchester

Arrives

12:15 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Operated by

Jet2

Inbound
Jet2 - LS

Monday 30 September 2019

Departs

13:15 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Arrives

14:50 Manchester

Operated by

Jet2

London (Luton)

Monday 23 September 2019

GUARANTEED

£1,498

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
Easyjet

Monday 23 September 2019

Departs

12:30 London (Luton)

Arrives

15:45 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Operated by

Easyjet

Inbound
Easyjet - EZY

Monday 30 September 2019

Departs

16:20 Pisa (Galileo Galilei)

Arrives

17:40 London (Luton)

Operated by

Easyjet

Local Knowledge

Stock up on cantucci biscuits and dried porcini mushrooms, ideal for your kitchen cupboard or as a gift for a friend.

Customer Quotes

Every Just You customer is asked to fill out a questionnaire when they return from their holiday so we can see how we have done and to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Below is a customer quote taken directly from the customer questionnaires:

I thoroughly enjoyed my holiday with you. Our tour guide was exceptional and her communication skills and organisation and knowledge of area and logistics made the tour run more smoothly and seamlessly. Thank you for the well organised and most enjoyable holiday, will definitely be back again soon
Mrs Prescott - Twickenham
 
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