A New Year Celebration in Florence by rail/air

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27 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020
Duration: 7 days
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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A FEAST OF ART, CULTURE AND GASTRONOMY THIS FESTIVE SEASON ON A FABULOUS TOUR TO ITALY’S TUSCAN HEART.

From our hotel in the romantic city of Florence, you can explore medieval candle-lit chapels, cafe-lined cobbled streets and elegant palazzi. We also journey to the fascinating Renaissance cities of Pisa and Lucca before seeing out the year with a trip to Italy’s iconic capital of Rome, where you can discover ancient ruins and world-class art museums, before returning to our base in Florence to celebrate the start of the New Year with a delicious five course Gala dinner.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Eurostar from London to Paris
  • Connecting rail journey from Paris to Turin
  • One nights’ bed and breakfast in Turin
  • Five nights’ half board accommodation in Florence
  • Indulge in a five course New Year’s Eve gala dinner
  • Coach transfers throughout
  • Return flight from Florence to London
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Explore Florence with a guided walking tour
  • Visit Pisa and enjoy a photo stop at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Walking tour of Lucca with free time to explore
  • Discover Rome on a guided panoramic coach tour

Day 1: London – Turin

We journey aboard Eurostar from London to Paris and continue by train to Turin, where we check in to our overnight hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 2: Turin – Florence

After breakfast, we continue our journey by train from Turin to Florence. On arrival we transfer to our hotel where we will be based for the next five nights. This afternoon is free for you to settle in and relax at the hotel or get acquainted with the beautiful city of Florence.

Day 3: Florence

This morning we’ll be joined by a local guide for a walking tour of Florence. It’s no surprise that the entire centre of this enchanting city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As we work our way through the medieval cobbled streets our guide will point out all of the key sights, including various elegant piazzas and palazzos which were designed by artists such as Brunelleschi and Michelangelo, and date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. This afternoon is free for further exploration or a spot of retail therapy.

Day 4: Pisa – Lucca

Today we visit two must-see cities, Pisa and Lucca. We travel to Pisa where we will experience a walking tour of the city, accompanied by a local guide. We’ll have the opportunity to stop at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa for a photo, followed by some free time at the Piazzo dei Miracoli (or Square of the Miracles) in the heart of the city. Our coach will then take us to our second destination, Lucca. Here, we’ll have a guided walking tour of this Renaissance city before some free time to soak up the sights or indulge in a glass or two of delicious Lucchesi wine. Later this afternoon we travel back to our hotel in Florence.

Day 5 New Year’s Eve: Rome

After breakfast we travel by train to the 'Eternal City' of Rome where we arrive around lunch time. After some free time for lunch we will have a panoramic coach tour of the city, joined by a local guide who will educate us on Italy's iconic capital, as we pass the Colosseum and Roman Forum, as well as an abundance of pretty piazzas and architectural treasures. Later this afternoon we take the train back to Florence where we'll have some time to prepare for our five course gala dinner and New Year's Eve celebrations.

Day 6 New Year’s Day: Florence

Happy New Year! Today is yours to spend at leisure. Why not relax in the hotel and make the most of the comfy lounge bar, or venture out for a stroll along the Arno river, taking in Florence’s magnificent architecture, all right on your doorstep.

Day 7: Florence – London

After a leisurely breakfast, we check out of our hotel and make our way to the airport for our return flight back to London.

PROVISIONAL JOURNEY TIMES

    Outward Journey (Rail)

      Departs London 09.22
      Arrives Turin 20.18

    Return Journey (Air)

      Departs Florence 14.05
      Arrives Gatwick 15.25

Grand Hotel Mediterraneo, Firenze

The Grand Hotel Mediterraneo is located along the river Arno and just a stone's throw from the Ponte San Niccolò Bridge. This 4 star hotel offers a spacious restaurant and a comfy bar area, perfect for soaking up the festivities over the New Year. Rooms here are spacious and modern; they feature en-suite bathrooms, plus a small seating area, mini-bar, flat screen TV, safe and Wi-Fi.

Best Quality Hotel Dock Milano

In Turin we stay at the Hotel Dock Milano, which offers a warm welcome with comfortable facilities.