Tuscany Discovery Tour

Discover the Tuscan countryside and hilltop villages

Code: SNLEL

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • Flora
  • History
  • Meadows & hills
From £1,199.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

From the delightful setting of the walled town of San Quirico d’Orcia, enjoy classic Tuscan scenery and historic towns.

Holiday Highlights:

  • The beautiful Renaissance city of Siena, famous for the Palio, makes a fascinating day 
  • The delightful hilltop towns of Montepulciano, Montalcino and Pienza 
  • Enjoy a day in Umbria and a boat trip on Lake Trasimeno 
  • Explore San Gimignano, the ‘city of beautiful towers’

Great Reasons to Join Us:

  • Great value: all prices include half board en-suite accommodation, plus five full day excursions, with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 2 ½ miles
  • Knowledgeable leader: learn about the history and architecture of this region of Italy with your expert leader
  • Accommodation: Enjoy our relaxing Tuscan hotel, a few minutes’ stroll from the walled town of San Quirico d’Orcia
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays – explore together, eat together, relax together

Accommodation

Hotel Albergo Palazzuolo in San Quirico d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy

The 3-star Hotel Albergo Palazzuolo is set in a peaceful location in the countryside surrounding the village of San Quirico, and is very convenient for the local amenities. This family owned hotel was originally an attractive farmhouse, extended on both sides to incorporate the bedrooms. This hotel has excellent views to the gentle hills of Montalcino. The hotel offers good standards of service and comfort and has a relaxing atmosphere after your day’s walking.

Your room

The hotel has 42 comfortable bedrooms, all en-suite with shower. 

All bedrooms also have:
  • TV
  • Telephone
  • Air conditioning
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
Hotel Albergo Palazzuolo bedroom

Facilities

Hotel Albergo Palazzuolo lounge Hotel Albergo Palazzuolo facilities consists of:
  • Lounge
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Attractive gardens
  • Outdoor swimming pool (swimming hat is required)

Dining

Our holidays at Hotel Albergo Palazzuolo are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.

Breakfast
The self-select continental breakfast includes cereal, cheese and cooked meats, bread, croissants and home-produced honey. Tea and coffee is available.

Evening meal
The five course set menu features many Tuscan specialities, using homemade pasta and locally-produced oil, meat and cheese. An alternative is available for vegetarians; however we recommend that those with special diets discuss their requirements with the manager or chef.
Drinks
There is a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Lunch (payable locally)
You can buy a picnic lunch from the hotel (order the night before). Alternatively ingredients can be bought in local shops, including a supermarket five minutes' walk away. On some days it may be possible to eat in a café during a walk or excursion; your leaders will advise you of all the options.
 
Hotel Albergo Palazzuolo outside dining

Your evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities, then join your fellow guests for a leisurely meal.

One evening our guests can learn more about olive oil and take part in a tasting session, very popular with our guests.

Your leader will be checking out for other local events going on nearby, or you may prefer to relax on the terrace enjoying the panoramic view or in the bar with a drink.

Itinerary

During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. this is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.

Pienza and Montepulciano
Two of the three hilltop towns will be visited on today’s excursion. There will be time in the morning to discover Pienza, Pope Pius II’s ideal Renaissance town, where you will find charming cobbled streets and panoramic ramparts to explore. You might want to buy some locally produced pecorino (sheep’s cheese). In the afternoon we head to Montepulciano, one of the highest Tuscan hilltop towns, also famous for its noble wines, where you can visit the Duomo.

Siena
Set on three hills, this atmospheric city is made up of winding alleyways with the Piazza del Campo at its heart. Highlights here include the Duomo, Museo Civico and the Torre del Mangia.

Montalcino and Sant’Antimo
This hilltop town west of San Quirico is famous for its wine production, but on this excursion we will take in the Fortezza with an optional walk along the ramparts. Lunch will be spent here before continuing to the very impressive Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, one of the most beautiful churches in Tuscany.  We will return via the scenic Monte Amiata National Park.

Umbria and Lake Trasimeno
We will spend a full day in neighbouring Umbria, known as the ‘Green Heart of Italy’. We will pick out some of the highlights such as Castiglione del Lago and enjoy a boat ride on Lake Trasimeno to Isola Maggiore.

San Gimignano
The ‘city of beautiful towers’ is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Tuscany. Join our leader for an exploration of this delightful town.


Holiday information

All transport (hired minibus, or local transport) is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances (allow £35 per person).

Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.

Free day – on our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.

Local area

San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a medieval walled hill town between Siena and Pisa. It is famed for its fourteen surviving towers and surrounding walls. The historic centre of the town is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One notable attraction is the Duomo (Cathedral), which has a beautiful interior with 14th Century frescos, which have never needed restoring. The film “Tea with Mussolini” had several scenes filmed in the Duomo and in San Gimignano main square. The Rocca was built in the 14th Century to protect the town from attack; this fortress also boasts extensive views across the surrounding countryside. It is also worth visiting the Church of St. Augustine, which is a little more off the tourist trail, and has ornate frescoes to marvel at.

Pienza

Situated only 4miles from San Quirico, Pienza is a historic town, famous for being the birth place of Pope Pius II, when it was called Corsignano. In 1996, the town was also credited with being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the main architectural features of Pienza is the Palazzo Piccolomini built by Pope Pius II as his summer home in the Renaissance period. This was part of his project to build the ‘ideal city’. The Pieve di Corsignano is an ancient Church with Romanesque architecture on the western edge of Pienza. This contains the baptismal font where Pope Pius II was christened. The Diocesan Museum contains works of art from several churches. The museum was founded in the early 20th Century and contains an impressive collection.

Bagno Vignoni Hot Springs

Bagno Vignoni is a town with natural springs that have minerals with healing properties. As a result, this has become an area of pools and spa facilities. The renaissance pool in the town was built by the Medici family and has been popular since with famed nobles such as Catherine of Siena in the 14th Century. Many other wealthy people would visit the town to take ‘the cure’. The hot springs are still accessible today, and make a lovely day out.

Did you Know?

Val d’Orcia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

Travel by plane

Bus

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow and Manchester flights to Pisa airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours 30 minutes to the Hotel Albergo Palazzuolo.

Please note guests travelling to Bonassola will also fly in to Pisa. Leaders will be available at the airport to direct guests to the correct transfer coach.

British Airways plane

 

 

Bus

Driving to us

‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

  • We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Pisa airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £31.50. Please note guests travelling to Bonassola will also fly in to Pisa. Leaders will be available at the airport to direct guests to the correct transfer coach. 
  • Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £210 per single taxi journey?

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach

 Coach heading to Glen Coe

Leaders

Audrey Salter

Audrey is widely travelled, both in the UK and worldwide, and is an experienced HF Holidays’ leader. She speaks French and copes with Italian and Portuguese. She enjoys European culture, and appreciates the opportunities to explore the history, architecture, markets and local customs on City Breaks.

Audrey has a range of interests including gardening, reading, walking, art, history, opera and wild flowers.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
13 Apr 2019 SNLEL - Discovery Tour San Quirico
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 Apr 2019, 8:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Apr 2019, 11:35 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 20 Apr 2019, 12:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Apr 2019, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,499.00 Book Now
13 Apr 2019 SNLEL - Discovery Tour San Quirico
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 13 Apr 2019, 10:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Apr 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 20 Apr 2019, 2:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 20 Apr 2019, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,574.00 Book Now
13 Apr 2019 SNLEL - Discovery Tour San Quirico - Without Flights 7 £1,199.00 Book Now
8 Jun 2019 SNLEL - Discovery Tour San Quirico
(Travel included - Departs from: Manchester International)

Flight - Outbound

EasyJet

  • Depart: 8 Jun 2019, 10:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Jun 2019, 1:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return

EasyJet

  • Depart: 15 Jun 2019, 2:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Jun 2019, 3:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,574.00 Book Now
8 Jun 2019 SNLEL - Discovery Tour San Quirico
(Travel included - Departs from: London Heathrow)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 8 Jun 2019, 8:25 a.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Jun 2019, 11:35 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 15 Jun 2019, 12:35 p.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Jun 2019, 2 p.m.
  • Depart from: Pisa Mil.&civ. (San Giusto)
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,499.00 Book Now
8 Jun 2019 SNLEL - Discovery Tour San Quirico - Without Flights 7 £1,199.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £15 per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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