A Taste of the Italian Lakes & Tuscan Hills

Our new twin centre packaged tour offers the contrasting scenery of the picturesque Italian lakes and the rolling Tuscan hills. The tour features a selection of popular destinations and offers a few gourmet delights along the way including wine tasting and a traditional trattoria lunch.

Tina says...
“As soon as people experience the wonderful Iseolago Hotel on this beautiful lake they can’t wait to return. From the first class décor, the wonderful food and the great leisure facilities, it makes the perfect holiday, which I have been lucky to sample myself!”

Paul says...
“Grand is the right term for the imposing belle epoque beauty of the Grand Hotel Excelsior.”
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel and enjoy a welcome glass of wine whilst our luggage is taken to our room.

Day 2 Lake Garda - Salò & Wine Tasting 131km/81mile round trip
Today, we travel to Lake Garda to visit the town of Salò, the renowned port and entrance to the Riviera dei Limoni. Salò was the seat of the Fascist government during the Second World War and consequently home to the infamous dictator, Mussolini, during this time. Traces of its prestigious past can be seen along the main street in the elegant historic centre lined with beautiful buildings, pretty boutiques and restaurants. In the afternoon we enjoy wine tasting at Cantine Redaelli de Zinis, a stunning winery to the south west of the Lake. This region is known as the Tuscany of Lake Garda and will provide us with another excellent, authentic Italian experience.

Day 3 Iseo Driver’s Day Off
We spend today at leisure and can either enjoy the facilities of our superb hotel or spend some time in the authentic historic centre of Iseo with its attractive cafés and wine bars. We also recommend taking the boat trip from Iseo to Monte Isola, the largest inhabited lake island in southern Europe.

Operator note: A shuttle to Iseo Town (excl. Sun) can be arranged by the hotel on request approx. €1pp each way

Day 4 Iseo - Chianciano Terme via Bologna 445km/276 miles
This morning we leave behind beautiful Lake Iseo and head south to the Tuscan Hills. Our journey is via Bologna, known as the gastronomic capital of northern Italy and home of the popular dish spaghetti bolognese. Here we have free time to explore this stunning city and enjoy lunch in one of the many cafés on the main square, Piazza Maggiore, before continuing on our journey to Chianciano Terme, our base for the next four nights.

Day 5 Orvieto 117km/72 mile round trip
This morning we visit the medieval grand hill town of Orvieto in Umbria, home of one of Italy’s best loved white wines. This lovely town has an impressive gothic cathedral and a labyrinth of once secret caves and tunnels. Be sure to have a hearty stroll around Orvieto to build up an appetite as our next visit will be to the Trattoria da Bruno, where we have a typical Italian lunch with wine before returning to our hotel later this afternoon.

Day 6 Siena & Pienza 161km/100 mile round trip
This morning we travel to Siena, possibly Italy’s loveliest medieval city. Here we explore the central piazza, Il Campo with its fountain, the Fonte Gaia, Palazzo Comunale (the city’s Town Hall) and the Torre del Mangia. Of the many attractions Siena offers, a visit to the impressive Gothic cathedral is a must! The Duomo lies in a piazza above the Piazza del Campo and is filled with treasures by Pisano, Donatello and Michelangelo as well as frescoes by Pinturicchio and pillars and walls of striking, striped marble. In the afternoon we visit nearby Pienza surrounded by the wonderful hills of the Val d’Orcia. The town, constructed in the 1450s has remained practically unchanged over the centuries and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, we sample wine and cheese as Pienza is considered to be the “capital” of Pecorino cheese and even holds a festival each September to celebrate its famous product.

Day 7 Chianciano Terme Driver’s Day Off
Today is a day at leisure. Enjoy the facilities and surroundings of our hotel, perhaps visiting the thermal baths or one of the museums, or simply enjoy exploring the town.

Day 8 Departure
Time to leave beautiful Tuscany this morning and begin our journey home.
Legend

Grand Hotel Excelsior

Chianciano Terme, Tuscany
AAAA Double for Single Occupancy Family Run Hotel
The 4 star Grand Hotel Excelsior is situated close to the Piazza Italia, in the heart of the new town. Although very grand it is a privately owned and family run hotel. Elegance is a word that can be used throughout the hotel, from the spacious reception area to the lounge with its elegant furnishings. The restaurant is light and airy and offers superb cuisine. All 72 bedrooms are traditionally furnished and have modern marble bathrooms and all are equipped with hairdryer, TV and air conditioning. There is also a fabulous rooftop pool and terrace which customers will love. Coach parking is on-site and free of charge.

Iseolago Hotel

Iseo, Lake Iseo
AAAA Double for Single Occupancy Excellent Public Areas
Exclusive to Albatross, located near the lake and 1km from Iseo town, this excellent 4 star hotel offers stylish accommodation and very comfortable public areas, with plenty of seating. Amenities include a welcoming open plan reception area leading to a breakfast room and restaurant plus wonderful gardens with 3 outdoor swimming pools. The hotel also has air conditioning, a fitness centre, sauna, solarium (an additional charge is payable for this direct to the hotel) and all of the 66 bedrooms have a minibar, hairdryer and TV. The hotel operates a small shuttle bus to and from the centre of Iseo Mon - Sat (approx. €1pp each way). A feeling of quality, comfort and style pervades this lovely property. Coach parking is offsite approx. 50m from the hotel and is free of charge.

Iseolago Hotel

Iseo, Lake Iseo
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Grand Hotel Excelsior

Chianciano Terme, Tuscany
7 Nights Half Board
June – October 2018
(Selected Dates)
Twin from £469pp to £499pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £116

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
3 Nights Half Board Iseolago Hotel
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of white wine on arrival
• Set menu on arrival night
• Choice of menu on 2 nights
• 1/4l of wine with dinner
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Wine tasting with snacks at Cantine Redaelli de Zinis
4 Nights Half Board Grand Hotel Excelsior
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of wine on arrival
• Tuscan 4 course set menu on arrival night
• Choice of menu on 3 nights
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• 1/4l wine with dinner
• Lunch with wine Trattoria da Bruno
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Prices starting from...

£469 for 8 days

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Features of this tour


  • Wine tasting with snacks at Cantine Redaelli de Zinis

  • Lunch with wine Trattoria da Bruno