Holiday Highlights

Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Tuscan countryside & two wine tastings

On this special holiday to Tuscany experience genuine Tuscan cuisine, visit vineyards where you will taste classical Chianti wines, explore Florence on a guided walking tour and visit other gems in Tuscany including Siena, San Gigmignano and Lucca and see the amazing Leaning Tower of Pisa. Experience all of this and more on this fabulous food and wine tasting holiday to Italy.

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8 days
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Tuscany needs little introduction. The birthplace of the Renaissance and an inspiration to countless artists,Tuscany isn't just beautiful scenery and historical cities, it is home to some of the best food and wine in Italy.

Italian cuisine conjures up images of colourful pizzas, pasta dishes with exquisite sauces and ice cream in every flavour imaginable, but there is so much more to taste and enjoy on this fabulous escorted holiday to Tuscany. And where better to sample the celebrated wines of Tuscany than in some of the vineyards that actually produce them? The famous reds, including Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti, are the most renowned names. Tuscany also produces what is said to be the finest olive oil in the whole of Italy. For centuries the farmers here have grown and taken care of their olive trees and pressed the fruits for extra virgin olive oil. Learn to recognise a quality oil, hear about production, and finish by tasting the golden drops of Italy!

The resort of Montecatini Terme, which lies in the centre of one of Italy's loveliest regions, is our base for this leisurely holiday in Tuscany. Set in a valley of olive groves and surrounded by the beauty of the Tuscan landscape, Montecatini Terme has a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere. The modern resort of Montecatini Terme, renowned for its springs, spas and thermal baths, is overlooked by the ancient hilltop town of Montecatini Alto, and the two towns are connected by a funicular railway.

We have included visits to two vineyards with wine tastings, olive oil tastings and cheese tastings and two meals in local restaurants, to give you a real flavour of the 'Tastes of Tuscany'. As well as our programme of included excursions, there are also two days at leisure in Montecatini Terme, giving plenty of time for you to relax and take in the sophistication of this elegant resort with its colourful gardens, mineral spas, pavement cafes and enticing shops and boutiques.

Dates and Prices
Included in price
  • Seven nights in the 3 star Hotel Cappelli in Montecatini Terme
  • 14 Meals: 7 buffet breakfasts and 5 evening dinners in the hotel
  • 1 dinner in a local restaurant
  • 1 lunch in the Chianti wine region
  • Excursion to Florence
  • Excursion to Pisa and Lucca
  • Excursion to the Chianti Countryside
  • Excursion to Siena and San Gimignano
  • Two vineyard visits with wine tasting
  • Cheese and olive oil tastings
  • Air-conditioned coach on the excursions
  • Return flights to Pisa
  • One hold suitcase and one piece of hand-luggage per person
  • Return transfers between Pisa airport and the hotel
  • Services of a Mistral Tour Manager
  • ATOL Protected
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3 star Hotel Cappelli & the 4 star Boston Hotel

The 3 star Hotel Cappelli is well located in Montecatini Terme, close to the thermal spa and within comfortable walking distance of the resort centre. Mistral guests are offered a warm welcome and the hotel has a well deserved reputation for good food and friendly hospitality. Being well located in the resort there are plenty of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all within easy reach. The facilities in this modern, family owned hotel include a restaurant, lounge bar and outside terrace with tables and chairs. Free wi-fi is available in the public areas. All of the Cappelli's comfortable bedrooms are air-conditioned and have an en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, telephone and TV.

The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Italian and international cuisine. On our Taste of Tuscany holiday five evening dinners are included in the hotel. We have also included a dinner on one evening in a restaurant in Montecatini Alto and one evening dinner is not included so that you are free to dine in a restaurant of your own choosing, but we have included a Tuscan lunch in a vineyard on this day.

For a small supplement you can upgrade to the 4 star Hotel Boston in Montecatini Terme, which has additional facilities for your comfort and enjoyment. The Hotel Boston is an elegant and comfortable hotel located in the centre of Montecatini Terme. Belonging to the Biondi family for four generations, this superb hotel extends a very warm welcome to all its guests. In the evening the restaurant offers a taste of the typical flavours of Tuscany, complimented by the local wines of the Chianti area. There is a bar and lounge and you are assured of a peaceful nights sleep in a classicly designed bedroom which has a flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, bathroom and safety deposit box.

A continental buffet breakfast every morning and a three course table d’hote dinner in your hotel on five evenings are also included in the Hotel Boston. We have also included dinner on one evening in a restaurant in Montecatini Alto, and a lunch in a Chianti vineyard.

Please note that on certain peak dates or with high demand, we may use other quality 3 and 4 star hotels in Montecatini Terme.

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Dates and Prices

Excursions & Itinerary

Day 1 Fly to Italy

On arrival at Pisa airport you will be met and transferred to our hotel in Montecatini Terme, where we stay for seven nights. During our stay we have breakfast in our hotel every morning and five dinners. We also have one dinner in a restaurant in Montecatini and a lunch in a Chianti wine estate.

Days 2 to 7

During our stay we have arranged a programme of four fabulous full day excursions, which are included in the holiday and are taken at a leisurely pace. There are also two days at leisure when you can relax in the comfortable surroundings of our hotel or explore our resort and nearby attractions.

Chianti and A Taste of Tuscany - Included

This is a truly delightful day exploring the romantic Chianti countryside of rolling hills, broad green valleys, medieval hilltop villages, seemingly endless olive groves and mile upon mile of vineyards in one of Italy's most prestigious wine regions. Our journey takes us right into the heart of Tuscany, where we'll visit traditional wine villages which produce the famous Chianti Classico red wine, including Greve where Giovanni da Verrazzano, the Italian explorer who discovered Hudson Bay in New York, lived. We visit a Chianti vineyard, where we will taste a selection of wines and we have also included a Tuscan style three course lunch.

Pisa and Lucca - Included

Pisa is world famous for its instantly recognisable landmark, the Leaning Tower, which stands at a seemingly impossible angle in the Square of Miracles. No matter how many pictures you have seen of the tower, the reality will take you by suprise and will leave you wondering why it hasn't toppled over! Next to the leaning tower is the Cathedral and the Baptistry, which are built out of the white Carrara marble. Lucca, birthplace of Puccini, is a perfectly preserved medieval town, hidden behind its splendid Renaissance ramparts. It is a small, graceful town which makes it ideal for exploring on foot and a walk along the ramparts will reward you with lovely views of the narrow streets, elegant Palaces and Romanesque churches. The town is also noted for its medieval squares, particularly the unusual oval shaped main Piazza, which was originally a Roman amphitheatre.

Siena and San Gimignano - Included

This excursion takes us to two of Tuscany’s most enchanting towns - Siena and San Gimignano. Siena’s medieval town centre is one of the most perfectly preserved in Italy and we have a walking tour through the centre. After seeing the sights relax with a refreshing drink in the stunning fan-shaped Piazza del Campo and admire one of Italy’s finest squares, famous all over the world for the exciting and colourful Palio horserace which is held in the square. After our visit we continue our journey through the Tuscan countryside to San Gimignano, which is regarded as Tuscany’s most beautiful hill-top town with its amazing skyline of 13th century towers. Inside the ancient walls picturesque houses line the narrow cobbled streets in this UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ve also arranged a tasting of the locally produced olive oil and the rich, red Chianti wines and refreshing white wines at a vineyard near San Gimignano, together with a tasting of some local pecorino cheese and bruschetta.

Florence - Included

The cradle of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is recognised as the art capital of the world. Built along the banks of the River Arno and surrounded by the Tuscan hills, it is here where you will find some of the finest sculptures, works of art and architecture including the magnificent Cathedral and Baptistry with its 'Gates of Paradise', Giotto's Bell Tower and the Ponte Vecchio. We have arranged a walking sightseeing tour of the historical centre of the city as soon as we arrive, conducted by a local guide, to enable you to get the most from your visit. The afternoon is then at leisure. Florence has an excellent shopping centre with a large range of Italian fashion, leather goods and shoes in the shops and boutiques.

These four excursions are included in the price of the holiday - there are no optional excursions on this holiday.

Day 8 Fly back to the UK

Today at the appropriate time we go back to Pisa airport for the return flight to the UK after a great week enjoying the Tastes of Tuscany.

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