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One of Italy's most enthralling regions
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Enjoy a Christmas holiday with a difference as you discover a beautiful part of the world famed as much for its food and wine as its historic cities and its breathtakingly beautiful hill-towns surrounding by rolling countryside. A stay in a modern, welcoming four-star hotel in the ancient city of Arezzo completes the holiday pleasure.
Fly to Rome, meet your Tour Manager and make the scenic transfer north into Tuscany to your hotel.
A leisurely guided walking tour introduces the beautiful, unspoilt city of Arezzo, with its medieval heart crowned by the sloping Piazza Grande: an attractive square surrounded by timeless buildings with wooden balconies and ornate Gothic facades, and the site of a small, traditional Christmas market. After the tour you're free to spend the rest of the day enjoying Arezzo's charms; don't miss the church of San Francesco, its walls adorned with restored frescoes of Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca, which depict The Legend of the True Cross.
Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
Join today's fascinating optional excursion, as we journey into the rolling Tuscan hills to the heart of the Chianti wine-making region. Visit a well-known winery to learn about the local production and to enjoy a tasting, before continuing to Siena, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Return to the hotel in good time to begin your celebrations with a Christmas Eve Gala Dinner.
Day Three (Christmas Eve)
Enjoy an unforgettable visit to the stunning hill-town of Cortona, today, which stands high above a surrounding land of olive groves and vineyards, and is one of the best-preserved of all the Tuscan settlements. Wander the atmospheric streets and take in the views, before returning to the hotel via beautiful Lake Trasimeno, Italy's fourth-largest body of water. A second Gala Dinner with musical entertainment completes a wonderful Christmas Day.
Day Four (Christmas Day)
Relax at the hotel this morning, before boarding the coach for a last memorable included guided excursion to Renaissance gem, Florence. See the magnificent Florentine skyline, dominated by the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and discover the splendour of Santa Croce and medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge. After the tour, there will be free time to visit the 'Central Market of San Lorenzo', situated on the first floor of the historic Florentine market where many wine bars, craft shops and a very good selection of traditional small restaurants can be found.
Day Five (Boxing Day)
Accommodation today is on a bed and breakfast basis, giving you the opportunity to enjoy an early dinner in the city before returning to the hotel this evening.
Bid farewell to your Tuscan hosts, and transfer back to the airport for your return flight.