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Italy - Harvest Festival in Tuscany

Italy - Harvest Festival in Tuscany

October in Tuscany - warm but not hot; shades of Autumn and scents of mouth watering food; hilltop medieval towns overlooking ancient vineyards; a steam train ride to the harvest festival - Something special!

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October in Tuscany - warm but not hot; shades of Autumn and scents of mouth watering food; hilltop medieval towns overlooking ancient vineyards; a steam train ride to the harvest festival - Something special!

October is a very special time in Tuscany – not only for the weather which is still warm but not hot – but also because of the many special opportunities to enjoy the region at its best. Countless shades of Autumn, the scent of mushrooms and chestnuts – every weekend there are traditional harvest festivals where in the historic villages the flavours of the past mingle with the crackling of fire, mouth-watering food, chattering people and historic games. Tuscany is classical Italy, but rather than concentrate our sightseeing on the larger cities with their grand Renaissance architecture, we are emphasising the hilltop medieval towns that overlook a beautiful landscape of rustic vineyards and age old olive groves. Our chosen harvest festival at Abbadia San Salvatore is preceded by a vintage steam train ride through the stunning scenery of The Crete Senesi – an area of soft rolling hills, massive Cypress trees and ancient villages – a special and rare experience to greatly enhance your appreciation of this stunning landscape.

ITINERARY



Tuesday - Early morning departure via Eurotunnel crossing to Calais and through Northern France to Reims area for overnight stay. A good 3 star hotel with 3 course dinner and breakfast.

Wednesday - Continuing southwards through France, climbing into the Alps and crossing the border into Italy to Aosta for overnight stay. A good 3 star hotel with 3 course dinner and breakfast.

Thursday - Passing Milan - Bologna - Florence to enter the Tuscan Region and our resort base for 5 nights at Chianciano Terme in the Province of Siena. Porterage is provided on arrival at The Grand Hotel Le Fonti. Dinners are 3 courses plus a salad buffet each evening - one night is a specialty Tuscan menu. Breakfast is an extensive international hot & cold buffet.

Friday - We shall be escorted by a local guide all day to visit the beautiful town of Montepulciano, a Renaissance gem with elegant palaces, charming squares and ancient churches. There are amazing views across the Orcia and Chiana Valleys, and the towns beating heart is located in the Piazza Grande. We continue on towards Pienza and are invited to visit a traditional Pecorino cheese producer - see the manufacture and sample the delicious finished product. Later we visit the village of Bagno Vignon, where instead of the usual central square we find a huge thermal lake that was formerly used as a spa and now attracts many artists and film crews.

Saturday - Possibly the highlight of your holiday: We first drive into Siena to board a historic steam train journey to Monte Antico, where it shunts and you can get off to take photos. Then it continues through the Val d'Orcia Park, the Brunello di Montalcino area and the unique Crete Senesi landscape to arrive in Torrenieri after 2½ hours. Our coach will meet you and make the short drive to the village of Abbadis San Salvatore in the heart of the Monte Amiata - an ancient volcano, now dormant. A blaze of colour and heady aromas await at the annual celebration of agricultural production - food, drink, exhibitions, crafts, plays and music. A wide range of tastings from autumn fruits and jams, chestnuts, mushrooms, pork and traditional sweet desserts can be purchased. A local guide will escort us for the whole day.

Sunday - This morning visit the well preserved medieval town of Cortona - our guide will lead us up steep steps through the narrow streets of this quintessential hill-top town to the grand central squares, where everyday life can be observed. Sit in a pavement café and watch the world go by - enjoy gastronomic delights, discover handicrafts, or explore the renowned local museum. A traditional local lunch is included today. Up next is the town of Arezzo - again our guide will give an exceptional insight into the history - you will be shown the Church of Santa Maria della Pieve with its impressive pillared and arched façade which overlooks the Grande Piazza.

Monday - The houses that crown the top of the hill in Perugia are visible from miles away - the distinctive silhouette has changed little since the Middle ages. Our local guide will lead us through a treasure trail of interesting sights and tell us stories from down through the ages - the Medieval Fountain, National Gallery, Cathedral and 16th century Fortress just a few to name. We continue on to Assisi, birthplace of St Francis, where visitors will be entranced by the spirituality and art that abounds here - virtually untouched by modern buildings. Your guided tour will include the Basilica with the frescoes produced by Giotto, the wonderful town square, the Cathedral of San Ruffino and the Gothic Church of St Clare. As if cupped in celestial hands with the plains spreading below, the sight of Assisi always sends souls spiraling towards heaven - unforgettable!

Tuesday - A fond farewell to our Tuscan hosts as we head northwards to Aosta in Northern Italy for overnight stay. A good 3 star hotel with 3 course dinner and breakfast.

Wednesday - Back across the Alps and into France for overnight stay near Reims. A good 3 star hotel with 3 course dinner and breakfast.

Thursday - A final days travelling as we join an afternoon Eurotunnel crossing to the UK and drive back to Dorset by that evening

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Grand Hotel Le Fonti, Chianciano Terme

An impressive 4 star venue in the centre of the town, completely refurbished and restyled with great attention to detail while losing none of its timeless elegance. 74 bedrooms are traditionally furnished and decorated and provide private bathroom with free toiletries and hairdryer, television with satellite channels, phone, safe, fridge, air-conditioning, balcony and free wifi. The “Mariposa” restaurant provides typical Tuscan and Italian dishes, including fresh hand-made pasta, enhanced by panoramic views from the large windows. The adjacent Grand Italia Bar is spacious and relaxing and will advise on the best local wines, mix perfect cocktails and serves specialty teas. There is a sun terrace and an outdoor pool fed by thermal springs with a water temperature of over 33 degrees all year. A lift serves all floors, room service and laundry is available, porterage included.

 

TOUR PRICE: £ 1090.00 Per Person

Single room supplement: £ 170.00

 

Price includes: All coach travel, Return Eurotunnel crossings, 2 x overnight hotel in Reims area, 2 x overnight hotel in Aosta area, 5 nights accommodation in Chianciano, Half board meals, Porterage at Chianciano, 4 days local guide services in Italy, Headsets for guide commentary, Cheese tasting visit, Steam train fare, Local lunch in Cortona, City tourist taxes, VAT.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester South Station Dorchester South Station bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Other Points in Dorset Phone us to discuss a convenient pick up.
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ridgeway Bottom (DNU) DO NOT USE
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Upwey (DNU) DO NOT USE
Value House Value House Car Park
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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