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Stay in the heart of Tuscany's rolling landscape of vineyards and olive groves, clusters of dark cypress trees and ancient hill-top towns. See Siena and San Gimignano, spend a day discovering Rome's rich history, and cross from Piombino to Portoferraio to explore the rugged island of Elba.
Fly to Italy and transfer to your hotel in the Tuscan spa town of Chianciano Terme, by coach.
Siena is one of the most immaculate medieval cities in Europe. On our guided tour you'll discover its magnificent Duomo cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and see the shell-shaped piazza il Campo, site of the annual, traditional Palio horse race and a space described with some justification as "the most beautiful square in the world".
Today has been left free for you to spend relaxing at the hotel, or exploring Chianciano and the surrounding area.
Today we'll visit Rome, one of the world's most breathtaking cities. Discover the relics of its ancient past in the Colosseum and the Forum on our guided tour, throw a coin into a Baroque fountain, and cross the Tiber to the Vatican City, where the great dome of St Peter's looks over the vast Square. Afterwards, relax in a pavement cafe and soak up the atmosphere of the place that invented la dolce vita!
On today's optional excursion you'll explore Assisi, the centuries-old place of pilgrimage at the heart of which is the great Basilica of St Francis. Here, the outstanding art collection of the Upper Church, including the famous Giotti frescoes, is matched in by the timeless works of Lorenzetti and Martini in the Lower Church.
We'll also visit Montepulciano, a lovely hill-top town just north of Chianciano Terme. Wander the twisting alleyways around the cathedral and main square, and perhaps stop at the lovely Caffe Poliziano for something to eat and some spectacular views.
Today we'll head to Piombino, on the Tuscan coast, and cross the blue waters to the island of Elba.
Once home-in-exile to Napoleon Bonaparte, Elba is a popular beach destination with a colourful capital - Portoferraio. Stroll through the maze of alleys in the wonderful old town, and maybe visit Palazzina dei Mulini, Napoleon's ornate residence/prison on the cliffs overlooking the harbour.
Our final optional excursion will take you to ancient Castelnuovo Berardenga, beautiful fortified Monteriggioni, and Radda-in-Chianti as you spend a day exploring the vineyards, hills and walled towns of Chianti. Visit a vineyard, enjoy a wine tasting and soak up the sunshine on your final full day in Italy.
Leave the lovely Tuscan countryside behind as you return to the airport to check in for your flight home.
Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel from Rome is approximately two hours and from Pisa it is approximately two hours and 30 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Changes to your hotels
Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 € and 3 € per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your tour manager in resort if a particular hotel is implementing this charge.
Italian hotel room tax
*Low deposit of £50 applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 2016 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to all 2016 to 2018 air breaks excluding the American Queen - Mississippi River Cruise; Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise; Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies; Highlights of China and Yangtze Cruise; Any world cruises or sectors aboard Magellan that include flights; Cruises aboard Norwegian Star that include flights; Cruises aboard Mendula that include flights; Cruises aboard Astoria that include flights; Cruises aboard Olympia that include flights; Cruises aboard Sound of Music that include flights and Daniel O'Donnell in Dublin by Air. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.