Tuscany in Detail
- 10 Days
- From £1,199
- See more of Tuscany than just the mainstays of Florence and Siena
- Chianti and Castles Tour from Siena, including wine-tasting
- Enjoy Lucca in the evening after the day-trippers have left
- Comfortable rail connections and varied Alpine scenery in each direction
- Decide when you would like to travel
- Adapt the route to suit your plans
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- Add extra nights, destinations and/or tours
- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations, where required
- 9 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Chianti and Castles half-day tour from Siena
- Day trip to Pisa from Lucca
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Leave London St Pancras in the late morning aboard a Eurostar service to Brussels Midi. Here, connect onto a train to Munich, via Frankfurt. You will arrive in the late evening so you might like to stock up on food for the second leg of the journey in Frankfurt, or enjoy dinner in the restaurant car on the train.
When you arrive in Munich, check in at the conveniently located Courtyard Munich City Centre (or similar) for an overnight stay.
Take one of Europe’s most scenic journeys as you cross the Alps through Austria’s Tyrol region and into Italy over the famous Brenner Pass. After an easy platform change in Bologna, you will arrive in Florence in time for your first Italian evening meal.
Upon arrival, check into the Berchielli Hotel (or similar). Florence, the Tuscan capital, was one of the most important cities of trade and finance in the Middle Ages. It’s also known as the birthplace of the Renaissance movement.
Enjoy two days at leisure in Florence. Don’t miss the famous Duomo or a visit to the beautiful Boboli Gardens. You can also see some of the best of Renaissance art here with visits to the Uffizi and the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David.
TMR RECOMMENDS: If you want to see the Uffizi Gallery during your stay in Florence, we recommend that you buy Skip the Line tickets so that you don’t waste any time queuing to get in. You will need at least half a day to see the museum.
Take the short ride on a local Tuscan train from the region’s capital to one of its most iconic cities, Siena. Here, make your way to the Athena Hotel (or similar) where you will have a 2-night stay.
Once you have settled into your hotel, spend the rest of the day discovering the historic architecture, museums, art and cuisine that make this city famous.
Today, you will be taken on a guided tour to discover the unspoilt landscapes that have been home to the Chianti vineyards for centuries. You will taste some of the local Chianti varieties at one of at a local wine cellars accompanying the wine with a selection of bruschettas, typical cheeses and Tuscan salami.
The tour continues to the medieval village of Monteriggioni with its hilltop castle, where you have some free time to explore.
Take a scenic ride on Tuscan trains across to the hilltop town of Lucca, in the western part of Tuscany. Check in here for a 2-night stay at the Hotel Ilaria (or similar), located within Lucca’s city walls.
Located on the river Serchio, Lucca is an historic city famous for its almost complete Renaissance era city walls, which you can walk or cycle along for sweeping city views.
Use your return train tickets for a day trip to Pisa. One of the major maritime republics of medieval Europe, Pisa today attracts visitors from around the globe who come to see the fantastic assembly of architecture around the Piazza del Duomo, including the world famous Leaning Tower.
Travel back to Florence, then connect with the high-speed train to Turin. On arrival, check in at the Starhotels Majestic (or similar) for an overnight stay.
Turin is a fascinating, historic city which is often overlooked by visitors to Italy. Discover world-class museums, stately piazzas and delicious Pietmonte cuisine during your stay. If you have time, we’d recommend an extra night here so that you have more time to explore.
Take a high speed TGV from Turin’s Porta Susa station this morning and travel to Paris where you transfer to the Gare du Nord (we include metro tickets and directions for this). Leave Paris on the Eurostar and head back to London. Alternatively, we can arrange a later service for you so that you have some time to look around the French capital.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Conveniently situated just 5 minutes’ walk from Munich’s main station and 10 minutes’ walk from the historical centre, the Courtyard by Marriott Munich City Centre offers comfortable, convenient accommodation with modern interiors. In-house dining is available at the Oleo Pazzo, a Mediterranean bistro.
In a fabulous position overlooking the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio, the Hotel Berchielli is the perfect base for a first visit to Florence. Rooms at the hotel are soundproofed and air-conditioned, with antique decoration and complimentary Wi-Fi access. There is also an American style bar where guests can enjoy a coffee or a cocktail.
The Athena Hotel offers welcoming, comfortable accommodation in the heart of Siena, a few minutes’ walk from the Piazza del Campo and the Cathedral. Rooms are elegantly furnished with complimentary Wi-Fi and the hotel also boasts a restaurant terrace overlooking the Tuscan Hills
Located within the Renaissance walls of Lucca, the Hotel Ilaria & Residenza dell’Alba boasts a range of complimentary facilities including bike rental, audio guides, and a terrace where you can enjoy free drinks and snacks. All bedrooms are quiet and spacious with free Wi-Fi internet access. This is truly an oasis in the heart of the city.
This polished, 19th century hotel is located near all Turin’s main attractions and features modern bedrooms, an elegant restaurant complete with stained glass skylight, and an exercise room. A buffet breakfast is provided daily at the hotel. Le Regine Restaurant by Eataly serves both Piedmont and international cuisine.
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Built into the southern wing of the railway station, this superb French-style property is amongst Munich’s best hotels. Relax in your spacious bedroom or in the heavenly spa and swimming pool. Enjoy a full, varied breakfast in the hotel’s fabulous restaurant.
The stylish Savoy Hotel in Florence occupies a historic building in the centre of the city with the Uffizi Gallery and the famous Duomo both within easy reach. The interior of the hotel is designed by Olga Polizzi and pays tribute to the fashion heritage of Florence with shoe paintings lining the corridors. Bedrooms are spacious and the service is exceptional.
A luxurious property dating back to the 17th century, the Grand Hotel Continental invites its guests to embrace the history of Siena with elegant, welcoming bedrooms. The Grand Continental also offers the amenities and service that you would expect from a five star hotel.
Grand Hotel Sitea is located in the centre of Turin, right behind Piazza San Carlo and a 10-minute walk from Piazza Castello. Rooms are elegantly furnished and come with parquet or carpeted floors, and a TV with satellite channels. There is also free internet access. All rooms offer a marble bathroom, some with spa bath.