Tuscany embodies much of what Italy is famous for – history, culture, art, fine food and romance. Guided tours of Florence will show you the main sights of interest, like the Accademia where you will see Michelangelo’s David, and the many treasures of the Uffizi art gallery, but you will also have free time to roam its streets and squares at your leisure.

The eight-day tour also includes visits to smaller towns and villages like the medieval marvel that is Siena; Pisa with its leaning tower; beautiful Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini; and San Gimignano, which boasts a skyline of 13 13-th century towers. And don’t forget the beauty of rural Tuscany – gently rolling hills, lonely farms, iconic cypress trees and ochre valleys under brilliant blue skies…

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement of £189 per person. The price includes seven nights bed and breakfast accommodation (includes four dinners for 2013 departures), all tours as mentioned, timed visit to the Uffizi gallery (reservation fee included, entrance approximately €10 payable locally), airport departure taxes, all coach travel, flights as mentioned and services of a Riviera tour manager. Should you wish to climb the Leaning Tower in Pisa entrance is €15, approximate costs, payable locally. Where hotels feature an outdoor swimming pool, this will be open summer months, weather permitting. If you are over 65, or under 18, under current Italian law entrance to any state owned museum is free for British and other European Union citizens on production of a photocopy of your passports.

Day 1

Arrive at the airport to take your flight.

Day 2

Today we visit Florence, pearl of the Renaissance, during our guided tour you will see the principle monuments such as the Cathedral. This afternoon we enjoy a reserved visit to the Uffizi gallery.

Day 3

After breakfast you leave for Lucca, Its cathedral is outstanding. Then you take the short drive to Pisa where nothing can prepare you for the almost shock-like impact of its bizarre leaning tower! 

Day 4

Today you are free to explore this wonderful city, will you decide to visit it's magnificent cathedral, or maybe take a stroll through the Archaeological museum. 

Day 5

Today you start to explore rural Tuscany, we soon arrive in one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, San Gimignano, it is lovely to just wander through its cobbled streets. Volterra, where you stay, is a typical Tuscan town and you have the opportunity to visit it's many artisan outlets.

Day 6

After breakfast, we drive to lovely medieval Siena, during the journey we shall see some of the famous Tuscan countryside.  We will have a guided tour of the city and during the afternoon you are free to explore as you wish.

Day 7

Today Siena is yours to discover, why not take a stroll around the village or maybe just relax and take in your surroundings.

Day 8

Return home.