Photo Taken In Italy, Florence

Tuscany probably won’t be the first thought when you plan to travel during the winter or Christmas time. Fortunately, there is an abundance of things to do, places to see, and local traditions to discover. A truly ‘must-visit’ destination, this beautiful corner of Italy will introduce us to the spa town of Montecatini, the university city of Siena, and the cultural cities of Florence, Lucca and Pisa.

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Why go?

  • Celebrate Christmas differently this year!
  • A firm Solos favourite
  •  Discover a beautiful corner of Italy
  • Visit delightful Lucca
  • See the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Stay in the heart of Montecatini

Itinerary

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Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival at Pisa Airport, we’ll proceed through immigration, collect our luggage and transfer to our hotel in Montecatini. In the evening we can join other Solos guests for a welcome drink and dinner.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Biondi
  • MEALS Dinner included

A full day of sightseeing takes us to the city of Siena with its maze of steep, narrow streets. Nestling in the Tuscan Hills, this vibrant university city is also one of the greatest art centres of Italy, with a profusion of fine architecture. In the afternoon we will return to Montecatini.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Today we will go to Florence, picturesquely situated on both sides of the River Arno. We will explore the cultural sites and soak up the atmosphere of ‘la Bella’ (the beautiful), so-called by the Italians. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio wander through the Piazza della Signoria and marvel at the astonishing abundance of art treasures and magnificent statues this ‘city of art’ is famously known for. In the afternoon we will return to Montecatini for Tuscan dinner with music.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Biondi
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we will visit Lucca and Pisa. Lucca is a colourful and ancient city rich in cultural heritage with an urban centre completely enclosed by fortifying walls. This fascinating city has many churches, monuments and gardens to explore. We’ll then move on to Pisa, where we can see the famous Leaning Tower. In the evening we will return to Montecatini and for Tuscan dinner with music.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Biondi
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Christmas day! After breakfast at the hotel, today is free for you to explore Montecatini as you wish. If you fancy, you can visit the New Year’s Day Concert in the Terme Tettuccio which is free of charge.

At 13:00 hour we will gather and enjoy Christmas day lunch at our hotel. The Italian Christmas day lunch last approx. 4 hours so come prepared as you will be allowed to really tuck in on Christmas Day. Lunch is the main meal in Italy on Christmas day and is marked with traditional Italian Christmas food and dishes that Italians eagerly await all year.

Please note that dinner is not included tonight and most restaurants in Montecatini will be closed today so it is a good idea to have some snacks in your room in case you feel peckish later.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Biondi
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

After breakfast today is free for you to explore Montecatini as you wish.

This elegant spa town provides our base for the week and is linked by funicular rail to Montecatini Alto, with splendid views over the Tuscan landscape. Both are charming and surrounded by gently rounded hills quilted with woods, olive trees and vineyards.

In the evening we will have a dinner at our hotel.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Biondi
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast at the hotel, today is free for you to explore Montecatini as you wish.

This elegant spa town provides our base for the week and is linked by funicular rail to Montecatini Alto, with splendid views over the Tuscan landscape. Both are charming and surrounded by gently rounded hills quilted with woods, olive trees and vineyards.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Biondi
  • MEALS Breakfast included

After breakfast we will transfer to Pisa Airport for our return flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Hotel Biondi ★★★★

The hotel is set in the heart of the thermal town of Montecatini, only a stone’s throw from the famous spas, which can be reached by a pleasant stroll through the park.

Facilities include

Facilities at this hotel include a restaurant and bar. An indoor pool can be enjoyed by hotel guests (not open in winter months).

Rooms include

The rooms have a safe, hairdryer, satellite TV, air-conditioning, telephone and a minibar.

TEMPERATURE

Jan 11°C, Feb 12°C, Mar 15°C, Apr 18°C, May 22°C, June 26°C, Jul 29°C, Aug 29°C, Sept 26°C, Oct 21°C, Nov 15°C, Dec 12°C

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

2 hours

What's included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Heathrow/Pisa with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Breakfast daily and 4 dinners (including 2 Tuscan dinners with music) with ¼ bottle of wine and ½ bottle of water with each dinner at the hotel
  • Christmas Day Lunch
  • Return train tickets to Florence with a guided walking tour
  • Visit to Lucca by bus with a guided tour
  • Visit to Pisa (no guide)
  • Visit to Siena by bus with a guided tour
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What's extra:

  • Tourist Tax €1.40 per person per night payable locally at the end of your stay
  • Insurance - see here

 Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 
  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

Useful Information

Passports and visas
A full 10-year passport is required valid for at least the duration of your stay. Holders of passports with the inscription “British Citizen” or “European Union” do not require a visa. 
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents for your holiday. All information provided relates to British citizens who hold or are entitled to apply for a British passport. For the most up-to-date visa information please visit; Italy Foreign Advice

If you are not a British citizen and do not hold a British passport, you must make your own enquiries as to the applicable requirements. Alternatively, you can apply for your Visa with our preferred partner the Travel Visa company by selecting the following link; Travel Visa Company.

Transfer Time

The transfer time from Pisa Airport to your hotel is approximately 1 hour.

Included Programme

We include 3 full days of sightseeing: Florence with a guided tour included; Lucca with a guided tour included, an excursion to Pisa and a trip to Siena with a guided tour included.

Not Included

Please note there is a local hotel tax of approximately €9.80 per week payable on departure from the hotel.

Optional excursions*:

  • Head up to the charming village of Montecatini Alto (Approx. cost € 7.00 return)
  • Taste the delights of Tuscany with a wine-tasting lunch at a local vineyard (Approx. cost €25) including taxi.
  • Climb the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa

*Subject to availability and bookable locally. Prices will be advised locally.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £30.00 (approx. €36) per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Currency

Euro

Dress Code

Dressing in layers to allow for changes in temperature is recommended. Casual daytime lightweight layers are recommended. Comfortable shoes are a must for sightseeing. Smart, casual wear for the evenings.

Security

This tour includes visits to some of Italy's most popular sites, where there is an added risk of pickpockets - so caution is advised as far as money and jewellery. Your local guides will advise on care in the most crowded sites.

Please note

  • A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, some with early starts.
  • The order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change
Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
21 Dec 2020 28 Dec 2020 7 All Ages £1,299 BOOK

What's included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Heathrow/Pisa with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Breakfast daily and 4 dinners (including 2 Tuscan dinners with music) with ¼ bottle of wine and ½ bottle of water with each dinner at the hotel
  • Christmas Day Lunch
  • Return train tickets to Florence with a guided walking tour
  • Visit to Lucca by bus with a guided tour
  • Visit to Pisa (no guide)
  • Visit to Siena by bus with a guided tour
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

 What's extra:

  • Tourist Tax €1.40 per person per night payable locally at the end of your stay
  • Insurance - see here

 Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 
  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

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