Tuscany winter break
From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces. Add to this breathtaking scenery, beautiful hill-top villages and fine Italian cuisine you may see why so many people fall in love with with this region. Buildings the colour of ripe corn, hills with gentle curves and folds scored here and there by steep ravines, as scarred and eroded as any cowboy badlands; here in the countryside beats the heart of rural Tuscany.
This tour we have compiled as an introduction to some of the wonderful sights and delights that Tuscany has to offer, whilst still allowing you plenty of time to explore by yourself. Principal cities like Pisa, Siena Gimignano with their respective leaning tower and cathedral are a must see. The beautiful town of Montepulciano up in the hills and famous for its Vino Nobile wine is where we visit and sample centuries of history in wine making. We guarantee to take you through some of the most picturesque villages and routes the this region has to offer and leave you with a real feel and appreciation for this beautiful part of Italy.
We meet at a campsite in Kent.
After an early morning crossing from Dover to Calais we drive to our first campsite in Belgium where we can stop for the night and in the evening there will be a chance to sample one or two fine Belgian beers.
A drive into southern Germany today to our next site in the Black Forest. In the evening we will have a BBQ-style supper in the campsite itself.
We continue to our lakeside campsite on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland.
Our first Italian campsite is on Lake Como. To celebrate our arrival in Italy we will have a group dinner at a local restaurant and now start to immerse ourselves in Italy.
A free day.
We drive to Tuscany, and the wonderful city of Pisa. Our campsite is within walking distance of the main sights.
Today your tour leader will take the group on a guided walking tour of Pisa that will show you there is more to the city than just its famous leaning tower. The group will also take a visit to the cathedral. The afternoon has been left free for you to explore the wonderful scenery and history Pisa has to offer.
A free day. The charming small town of Lucca, birthplace of the composer Puccini and centre of the olive oil industry, is a short train ride away.
We move on today to our next campsite in the popular Tuscan resort of Cecina.
The ancient hill-top city of Volterra is a short distance away and a tour will be arranged for the group to visit as It was an important settlement in Etruscan and Roman times. It is also the centre of the alabaster carving industry. The tour will include visits to the Roman Amphitheatre and an alabaster workshop as well as a group lunch in a local restaurant.
A free day.
We drive to the next campsite at Chianciano Terme, one of Italy’s most popular spa resorts. In the evening we will share a group meal at our campsite.
Free day to explore the picturesque villages of Montepulciano and Pienza. The red wines produced in this area are well-known and many claim that the Vino Nobile made in Montepulciano is the best in the world. Pienza was the birthplace of Pope Pius II who decided to undertake major development work in the 1460s. It became the model for Renaissance architecture and still retains many buildings from this period. Lunch included.
We move on today to our next campsite near the town of Assisi, Umbria.
Here we can head into Assisi where we will have a guided tour of the town, including sights associated with St Francis. There will be some free time before we head back to the campsite.
We move on to Figline Valdarno near Florence.
We will go into Florence for a half-day guided walking tour of the magnificent Tuscan capital city. After a group lunch the afternoon will be free.
A free day. We can take a shuttle bus into Florence.
A full-day to see and explore the beautiful city of Siena, home of the famous Palio horse race, as well as a superb cathedral and many other sights of interest. After lunch in Siena you can continue on to the historic walled town of San Gimignano with its famed hill-top towers.
A free day. In the evening we will have our Farewell Dinner with wine in the campsite’s own restaurant.
The tour ends here. You may make your way to Calais at your own pace or accompany the Tour Directors by a route and timings of their choice. Alternatively you may make use of your flexible ferry ticket to extend your holiday.