Reader Holidays - Portofino, Florence and Tuscany from Dorset Echo
Departing April - October 2015
*Price shown: 13 Oct 2015 - JJB
An Italian adventure
Enjoy a wonderful break in one of Tuscany's most celebrated spa resorts. Discover Santa Margherita, exclusive Portofino, exquisite Pisa and Florence - breathtaking Cradle of the Renaissance - on our included excursions. There is also an opportunity to visit Liguria's stunning Cinque Terre coastline.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
- Enjoy 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
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 and clubs. 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.
Fly to Italy, meet your Tour Manager and board the coach for the transfer through the Tuscan countryside to Montecatini.
Today you're free to get to know the hotel and the many treasures of this historic spa resort, perhaps paying a first visit to Montecatini Alto for its stunning views.
Discover the beautiful Ligurian coast, where some of Italy's most famous resorts are dotted along the shoreline. Explore elegant Santa Margherita Ligure, which overlooks a stunning bay, before enjoying a boat trip along the coast to its ultra-chic neighbour, Portofino, for a taste of "la dolce vita".
Today, see the Italian gems of Pisa and Lucca. Discover Pisa's medieval delights - the famous 'leaning tower', circular Baptistery and mightly Duomo - on a guided tour before we continue to the elegant walled city of Lucca. Here the medieval clock tower, the Torre della Ore, and the exquisite Piazza Anfiteatro are just some of the must-see sights.
Enjoy another day of gentle exploration in Montecatini, as you soak up the charming atmosphere of the spa-town.
The magnificent Florentine skyline, dominated by the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore greets you on today's excursion. Explore the splendour of Santa Croce and the medieval Ponte Vecchio, discover Italy's artistic past in the Accademia or the Uffizi (payable locally), and watch the world go by in one of the trattorie.
An optional excursion will return to the Ligurian coast, heading to the Cinque Terre (Five Lands). This entrancing quintet of ancient villages is squeezed into a series of tiny coves surrounded by celebrated vineyards. Overlooked by working fishing harbours, the breathtaking villages produce some of Liguria's most celebrated wines.
Journey back to the airport and check in for your flight home.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time to Montecatini Terme is approximately three one hour from Pisa Airport, or four hours from Rome airport.
Combining hotel transfers
We 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.
Meals in Italy
Guests 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.
Since certain attractions visited offer free admission to visitors aged under 18 and over 65, 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.
If 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.
The 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 or electric scooter, please let us know as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Italian hotel room tax
Some 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 fees
An 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.
Occasionally, 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.
*Discount applies to new bookings made on 29th, 30th and 31st January 2015, and 1st February 2015, only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount amount will be added to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer applies to non-UK air holidays only. The discount offered is per booking, not per person. The offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and may be withdrawn at any time.
The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)
The Belvedere boasts an excellent location opposite the famous Tettuccio Spa.Further Hotel Information
The Belvedere boasts an excellent location opposite the famous Tettuccio Spa.Hide Hotel Information
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.Further Hotel Information
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 SafeHide Hotel Information