Return Channel crossing
Coach travel throughout
2 nights bed & breakfast en-route
5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in Italy
1 x dinner at Certaldo during the Medieval Festival
Escorted excursions to Lari, Terriciola vineyards & San Miniato
Visit to Europe’s smallest pasta factory
Wine tasting with local snack in a vineyard
Guided tour of San Gimignanom, Lucca & Florence
Return train journey to Florence
Return journey on the funicular railway to Certaldo Alta
Admission to the Medieval banquet in Certaldo Alta with wine and fireworks
Ticket for the Puccini concert in the San Giovanni Church in Lucca
DURING YOUR STAY
Day 1 – After an early start we travel to our overnight hotel.
Day 2 – We continue our leisurely journey to the Hotel Montebello in Montecatini Terme. Famous for its thermal waters, Montecatini Terme is one of the biggest spa towns in Italy and once you’ve checked in you are free to explore this town at your own leisure.
Day 3 – We begin in the picturesque village of Lari, situated in the Pisan hills, to visit Europe’s smallest and most authentic pasta factory, owned and run by the Martelli family since 1926. Here, we will learn all about this product as it is transformed from grain to the shop shelves. Afterwards, we travel to the quaint village of Terricciola. Most famous for its culture, wine production and ancient structures here we will visit a local vineyard where we will enjoy a wine tasting accompanied with a local snack! Our last stop is in San Miniato, sitting high and pretty this enchanting town offers quiet streets and an interesting historic city centre. Perfectly sized, this is a great opportunity to stretch your legs and purchase a few quaint gifts.
Day 4 – Today we will enjoy a guided tour of San Gimignano led by a professional guide. Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990 and famous for its fascinating Medieval architecture, San Gimignano offers visitors a chance to step back. Afterwards, we will travel to the historic walled town of Certaldo Alto on the funicular railway. Here, we have included admission into an authentic Medieval banquet! Long trestle tables will await you, illuminated by torches and served by page boys and girls in period costume as you enjoy a banquet. Followed by demonstrations of knights in armour and fire-starters, before a firework display rounds off a wonderful evening!
Day 5 – We visit the Roman City of Lucca, situated at the foot of the Apuan Alps. Joined by a knowledgeable guide, this morning we will be taken on a guided tour of this historic city. From the Roman amphitheatre – Piazza dell’Anfiteatro – to the archeological remains under the 12th Century church of Saint Giovanni and Reparata, this incredible city is thriving with ancient history just waiting to be discovered. Later, this evening we have included tickets to the fabulous Puccini e la sua Lucca Festival concert. Held in the San Giovanni Church, the historic headquarters of the only festival dedicated to Puccini and his music in his birth-place. The concert features over seventy singers and two pianists and includes daily recitals.
Day 6 – From Montecatini we will travel to Florence by train – a chance to relax and enjoy the captivating views along the way. Once in Florence we will be met by a professional guide, who will take us on a captivating tour of this small city. Experience a fun and informative walk as you are given the chance to savour the city’s intriguing charms, passionate history and hidden gems. Afterwards, enjoy a little bit of free time to perhaps re-visit your favourite part before we return to the hotel.
Day 8 – After breakfast we retrace our footsteps back to our overnight hotel.
Day 9 – We return home.