Tuscany & Venice - The Jewels of Italy

10 Days

May - Oct 2019 - From £1399 pp


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Enjoy visits to some of the jewels in Italy’s crown including Florence, Pisa, Luca, Venice and the Venetian Islands. This 10-day holiday is mainly by rail travel, avoiding traffic and having the advantage of arriving in the heart of the towns and cities visited. You will be escorted throughout and stay in historic Turin, the spa town of Montecatini and in Venice Mestre with easy access to all the major sites either by train or boat.


The Duomo in Florence
The Duomo in Florence

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Leaning Tower of Pisa

Venice‘s Grand Canal
Venice‘s Grand Canal

Ponte-vecchio in Florence
Ponte-vecchio in Florence

Murano Island, Venice
Murano Island, Venice

Montecatini Terme
Montecatini Terme

Funicular railway to Montecatini Alto
Funicular railway to Montecatini Alto

Day 1: UK to Turin
Check-in at St Pancras or Ebbsfleet for an early morning departure to Paris. In Paris we transfer to the Gare de Lyon station and join our TGV train to Turin where we spend our first night.

Day 2: Turin to Tuscany
This morning we travel to the main station and board the fast train to Pisa. On arrival we join our coach and travel to Montecatini Terme, where we check into our hotel, our home for the next 4 nights. Montecatini Terme is a Roman Spa town situated in the heart of Tuscany within easy reach of Florence, Lucca and Pisa. The town is filled with spas, shops, bars and cafes with interesting buildings on every corner. Just above the town is Montecatini Alto, a medieval town filled with stunning views over the Tuscan landscape. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Florence
Today we travel by train to Florence where you will have a walking tour of the main sights of the city. You will then be free to explore on your own and visit some of the remarkable museums and palaces. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: At leisure
Today is free to enjoy Montecatini Terme. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5: Pisa & Lucca
Today we visit the nearby city of Pisa famous for its leaning tour and Piazza dei Miracoli (square of miracles) and the Renaissance city of Lucca with time to enjoy wandering around the enchanted cobbled streets or sit in one of the famous Piazzas.

Day 6: Tuscany to Venice
This morning we travel by coach to Florence and board our fast train to Venice Mestre arriving in under 2 hours. This afternoon we have a guided tour of this magical city.

Day 7: Venice
Today is free in Venice

Day 8: Venetian Islands
After breakfast our Tour Manager will take you by waterbus to some of the more unusual areas of the city as well as the Murano Glass works on the Island of Murano. There will also be ample time to explore on your own

Day 9: Venice to Paris
Today is free in Venice. In the early evening we transfer to Venice Mestre station where we board our Thello train for the overnight journey in a sleeper cabin to Paris.

Day 10: Paris to London
Arrive Paris mid-morning and transfer to Gare Nord station by coach for our return Eurostar to London or Ebbsfleet.

Note: Itinerary and events may be subject to change.

Your Hotels

Turin: 2-3 star hotel.

Grand Hotel Nizza, Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme: GH Nizza & Suiss - 4 star
The Grand Hotel Nizza is located in the very centre of Montecatini Terme, in front of the Excelsior Thermal Spa and the city’s park, along the main street. The hotel has a outdoor swimming pool with a spacious terrace and has its very own spa where you can book treatments (at extra cost). All guest rooms have en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, TV, Wi-fi, direct-dial telephone, a safe and mini-bar.

Venezia Hotel, Venice Mestre

Venice: Hotel Venezia - 3-star
Hotel Venezia, run by the Rossetto family since 1955, is situated in the heart of Venice Mestre and is the ideal location for visits to Venice. It is very easy to reach the historical centre of Venice using the local transport that frequently shuttles back and forth during the day and at night. The hotel also has a welcoming restaurant, called the "Giardino Veneziano" (Venetian Garden), where you can savour a delightful buffet breakfast. All bedrooms are en suite and have satellite TV, telephone, safe, air conditioning and free wifi.


  • Escorted throughout

  • Return rail travel London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet

  • 1 night hotel B&B in or near Turin outbound

  • 4 nights sharing a twin/double room at The GH Nizza & Suiss in Montecatini with buffet breakfasts & dinner

  • 3 nights sharing a twin/double room at Venezia Hotel with buffet breakfasts

  • 1 night in a 2-berth cabin on Thello train

  • Excursions as stated

  • All transfers and train journeys in Italy as stated

Accommodation Options:

  • Single room supplement - £164

  • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4 star options - call for availability and prices

Rail Travel

Eurostar – London to Paris
From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 2 hours 15 minutes to Paris. On board, you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraft-style seat. You’ll also find a buffer car serving tea, coffee, hot chocolate, beer, wine, spirits, sandwiches, crisps and a few hot snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only, there are no seats) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board.
TGV – Paris to Turin
Taking the train is easily the most civilised and stress-free way to travel through France. For Nice, on the French Riviera, we hop on the 186mph TGV at Paris Gare de Lyon station. Sit back, relax and let scenic France & Italy pass by the train windows. The journey is around 6 hours. The train has a buffet car which sells drinks and snacks, but there’s nothing to stop you taking your own food and drink (including wine & beer) to enjoy at leisure.
Thello Train - Venice Mestre to Paris
Our homeward journey starts in Venice Mestre where we board our Thello train for the overnight journey in a sleeper cabin to Paris.
Exact train departure times are confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras. An overnight stay at a nearby hotel prior to travel may be worth considering – call for information.
Travel & Luggage
There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase⁄holdall with built in wheels weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person – Plus ONE small shoulder bag⁄holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.
Train travel is a relaxing and enjoyable feature of our holidays
However, at times it can be physically demanding as you will be required to walk and move your luggage on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators, so please be prepared for this when walking with your luggage. The Tour Manager⁄Escort will not be able to provide you and⁄or your luggage with physical assistance at anytime. Where overnight or main hotels are less than 150 metres (approx) from the station, no transportation or luggage assistance will be provided.
Please Help us to Help You
In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and⁄or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice.
We must stress that these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).