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Holidays - To Book By Phone Call 0844 477 4493

Reader Holidays - Portofino, Florence and Tuscany from Mid Devon Star

Departing September 2015 - October 2016

From £629.00

*Price shown: 13 Oct 2015 - JJB

PORTOFINO, FLORENCE AND TUSCANY
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Enjoy a wonderful break in one of Tuscany's most celebrated spa resorts. Discover Santa Margherita, exclusive Portofino, exquisite Pisa and Florence - breathtaking Cradle of the Renaissance - on our included excursions. There is also an opportunity to visit Liguria's stunning Cinque Terre coastline.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Enjoy a week's stay in one of Tuscany's most celebrated spa-resorts
  • Discover Santa Margherita Ligure's scenic bay
  • Pay a visit to Portofino, one of the Mediterranean's most exclusive corners
  • Discover the wonderful cities of Pisa and Lucca
  • Spend a day in beautiful Florence
  • Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Belvedere, Montecatini (upgrades available)
  • Return flights to Italy
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Resort Information

A delightful Tuscan spa resort, Montecatini Terme is close to many of the province's greatest cities. As well as the spa baths, it boasts beautiful parks, countless eateries and bars. Above the main town, and reached by a historic funicular railway, medieval Montecatini Alto's piazza and winding streets are lined with ancient churches and elegant palazzos.

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Italy and board the coach for the transfer through the Tuscan countryside to Montecatini.

Day Two

Today you're free to get to know the hotel and the many treasures of this historic spa resort, perhaps paying a first visit to Montecatini Alto for its stunning views.

Day Three

Discover the beautiful Ligurian coast, where some of Italy's most famous resorts are dotted along the shoreline. Explore elegant Santa Margherita Ligure, which overlooks a stunning bay, before enjoying a boat trip along the coast to its ultra-chic neighbour, Portofino, for a taste of "la dolce vita".

Day Four

Today, see the Italian gems of Pisa and Lucca. Discover Pisa's medieval delights - the famous 'leaning tower', circular Baptistery and mightly Duomo - on a guided tour before we continue to the elegant walled city of Lucca. Here the medieval clock tower, the Torre della Ore, and the exquisite Piazza Anfiteatro are just some of the must-see sights.

Day Five

Enjoy another day of gentle exploration in Montecatini, as you soak up the charming atmosphere of the spa-town.

Day Six

The magnificent Florentine skyline, dominated by the dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore greets you on today's excursion. Explore the splendour of Santa Croce and the medieval Ponte Vecchio, discover Italy's artistic past in the Accademia or the Uffizi (payable locally), and watch the world go by in one of the trattorie.

Day Seven

An optional excursion will return to the Ligurian coast, heading to the Cinque Terre (Five Lands). This entrancing quintet of ancient villages is squeezed into a series of tiny coves surrounded by celebrated vineyards. Overlooked by working fishing harbours, the breathtaking villages produce some of Liguria's most celebrated wines.

Day Eight

Journey back to the airport and check in for your flight home.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes from Pisa, approximately two hours and 30 minutes from Verona and approximately three hours from Rome.

Combining hotel transfers

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.

Entrance fees

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. This applies to excursions that are included in the price of your holiday and to excursions booked as optional extras.

Meals in Italy

Guests on half-board arrangements will be served a three-course evening meal, and can expect a first course of traditional pasta or soup, a main meat or fish course accompanied by one or two types of vegetable, and a simple dessert of fruit, cake or Italian ice cream. Breakfasts will usually consist of bread rolls, jam, cereal, ham, cheese, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Menus will vary from hotel to hotel, but choice will be more limited than in a normal restaurant. In some instances, individual guests who have booked with the hotel independently may be offered a different menu from those who are staying at the hotel as part of a package tour.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Italian hotel room tax

Some regions of Italy have introduced a room tax of between 1 EURO and 3 EURO 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.

Airport development fees

An Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information.

Itinerary changes

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.

*Low deposit of GBP50 applies to new bookings made between 1st and 31st July 2015 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to all 2015, 2016 and 2017 air breaks excluding the New England and Canada Fall Colours Cruise; Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans and Caribbean Cruise; Mexico Riviera Cruise, Hollywood, Vegas and Palm Springs; Five-Star Alaska Cruise and the Canadian Rockies; Highlights of China and the Yangtze Cruise; World cruises aboard Magellan, and Mediterranean cruises aboard Azores and Astoria. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

The following hotels are offered with this holiday (subject to availability and supplementary pricing)

Hotel Belvedere
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars

The Belvedere boasts an excellent location opposite the famous Tettuccio Spa.

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Introduction

The Belvedere boasts an excellent location opposite the famous Tettuccio Spa.

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Adua Hotel
4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars

This excellent, friendly, family-run four-star hotel is centrally located in Montecatini, just a short distance on foot from the resort's amenities, shops, bars and restaurants. It is also just a short walk from Terme Excelsior and Terme Leopoldine thermal baths.

Further Hotel Information


Introduction

This excellent, friendly, family-run four-star hotel is centrally located in Montecatini, just a short distance on foot from the resort's amenities, shops, bars and restaurants. It is also just a short walk from Terme Excelsior and Terme Leopoldine thermal baths.

Rooms

Stylish accommodation Private facilities Air conditioning TV Telephone Hairdryer Mini-bar Safe

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Hotel Columbia
4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars

This four-star hotel is owned by the Mariotti family, and is located in the centre of Montecatini, just a very short walk from the resort's amenities, shops, bars and restaurants.

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Introduction

This four-star hotel is owned by the Mariotti family, and is located in the centre of Montecatini, just a very short walk from the resort's amenities, shops, bars and restaurants.

Facilities & Amenities

The hotel's public areas include a bar and lounge, a reception and a dining room. There is also a wellness centre, which includes a Turkish Bath, a Jacuzzi and a full programme of beauty treatments including massage (payable locally).

Rooms

All the bedrooms are stylishly furnished and have hairdryers, telephones, satellite TV, air conditioning, mini-bars and safes.

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Holidays - To Book By Phone Call 0844 477 4493

All the holidays featured are operated by Newmarket Air Holidays Ltd, ABTA No.V7812, ATOL No. 2325, and Newmarket Promotions Ltd, ABTA No. V787X.

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