Tuscany Rail-Drive Holiday
- 10 Days
- From £1,299
- Speed through France to Nice for a night on the Côte d’Azur
- Head around the coast to Pisa, where you’ll pick up a hire car
- Spend a week in the Tuscan Hills exploring this stunning region of Italy
- Drop off your car and head home via Turin where you have an overnight stay
- Add extra nights & destinations
- Choose alternative hotels
- Upgrade your journey to First Class
- Upgrade your car type
- Let us suggest the most scenic routes
- Standard Class rail travel including seat reservations
- Private transfer between stations in Paris
- 9 nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast
- 7 days car-hire (Cat B – Opel Corsa 4-5 door or similar)
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
- All credit card surcharges and complimentary delivery of your travel documents
Depart London this morning on a sleek Eurostar service to Paris. On arrival, you will be met at Gare du Nord by a private transfer driver, who will transport you across the city to the Gare de Lyon for your high-speed TGV train south to the Mediterranean. You arrive into the city of Nice in the evening, where you are staying overnight at the Excelsior Hotel (or similar).
Check in at your hotel and then perhaps head into Nice’s charming old town for a late meal this evening.
Leave your hotel after breakfast this morning and return to the station for a scenic journey as you initially head east along the Mediterranean coastline passing through Monte Carlo and Menton. You’ll then cross the Italian border and travel along the Ligurian coast to Genoa. Here, you make an easy platform-change and hug the coastline once more as you pass through the stunning Cinque Terre region on your way to Pisa. In Pisa, you’ll collect your rental car and drive into rural Tuscany, heading for the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort (or similar), nestled in the Tuscan Hills where you have a 7-night stay. The driving time from Pisa is just over an hour.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Your package includes a 4-5 door Opel Corsa or similar. If you would like to upgrade to a larger or more powerful car, just let us know and we can add this for you.
Enjoy a full six days exploring Tuscany. The Renaissance Il Ciocco Resort sits surrounded by 1,700 acres of landscaped grounds overlooking the Serchio Valley. You can head out to one of the many wineries in the area, visit nearby beauty spots such as spa town Bagna di Lucca (pictured) in the pretty Garfagnana region, or even head to the coast. The famous resort town of Viareggio is just over an hour’s drive as are the unspoilt villages and beaches along the Versilia Coast. Alternatively, there are some tempting options for a lazy day by the pool or a tempting spa treatment back at the hotel.
Return your car back in Pisa this morning, perhaps taking in a morning glimpse of the famous Leaning Tower on your way. Once you have dropped off your car, you’ll pick up an InterCity service north passing once again along the Cinque Terre coastline and arrive into the city of Turin. Close to Porta Nuova station where you arrive is the Starhotels Majestic (or similar), your home for this evening.
This morning, take an early TGV train across the Alps and eventually into Paris. At the platform of the Gare de Lyon, you will be met by a driver who will ferry you back to the Eurostar terminal at the Gare du Nord, where you board an afternoon Eurostar back to London.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
Within easy reach of Nice station, the Excelsior Hotel is perfect for an overnight stay in the city. Bedrooms are decorated in a style evocative of the French Riviera, with complimentary Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. The hotel also boasts a 24-hour reception, an internal garden with summer bar and a reception area with a large selection of travel books to inspire future holidays.
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa occupies a stunning location amongst landscaped gardens on a hillside overlooking the Serchio Valley and the medieval town of Barga. The hotel features classically furnished bedrooms with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet access and LCD TVs. There is a restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine with a terrace overlooking the valley as well as an outdoor swimming pool, a spa and a gym.
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.