Steam in Tuscany

Sunday 8th April to Sunday 15th April 2018
8 - Days


Prices from: £2475


The combination of heady Tuscan landscapes, gorgeous local cuisine and luxurious travel on dedicated steam rail stock makes our Tuscany tour a true holiday of your dreams. The tour centres on three of Tuscany’s World Heritage destinations: majestic Florence, Gothic Siena and culture-rich Pisa.


Departure Date: 08-Apr-2018
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You’ll travel to them in style on specially chartered Italian heritage steam trains, through rolling countryside flanked by towering mountain ranges, over historic viaducts and past medieval hilltop fortresses and vine-planted hillsides. It’s the region where the Renaissance spirit first sprang to life and it’s superbly represented in Tuscany’s many museums and art galleries, housing the world’s most precious art. An extraordinary experience awaits you around every corner as you soak up the incredibly rich historical and cultural legacy left by influential Renaissance figures such as Michelangelo, Dante and Leonardo Da Vinci. There’s plenty of time too for run-pasts, photo opportunity and sightseeing, as the sedate pace of your journey allows you to fully appreciate the beauty of the region, while regional specialty wines and foods like Chianti and panzanella make feasting on local delicacies in the many fine restaurants and top hotels a delight! Why not join us on this special tour for an unforgettable and authentic once-in-lifetime Tuscan experience?

Sunday 8th April
Flight to Bologna
You’ll begin with a morning direct flight from London to Bologna. On arrival you’ll transfer to the railway station and join an Intercity train for Rimini on the coast of the Adriatic, one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe. You stay overnight at an elegant 4-star hotel in the historic city centre. A wonderful welcome dinner will be served at a typically Italian Osteria in the evening. (D)

Monday 9th April
Steam special from Rimini to Florence
A specially chartered steam train takes you on to Florence, hauled by an Italian class 2-6-0 steam locomotive No. 625 or No. 640. On a scenic route through the mountains the train passes over spectacular viaducts, and during this thrilling journey there’ll be plenty of time for photo stops. The journey breaks at Marradi for lunch. On arrival in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, you transfer to a 4-star hotel for the next two nights. (B L)

Tuesday 10th April
A wonderful day out in Florence
Your day starts with a morning sightseeing tour of Florence in the company of an expert local guide. You’ll see the main attractions of this wonderful city, including the Duomo, the city’s beautiful cathedral; Giotto’s Tower; the Baptistery, famous for its bronze doors; the Ponte Vecchio, the oldest and most famous bridge over the River Arno; and the San Lorenzo Markets. The afternoon and evening will be free for you to explore medieval Florence and visit other places of interest, such as the church of Santa Croce, final resting place of Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante, and many other notables, and the Uffizi Art Gallery and the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David. There are many excellent restaurants to choose from for dinner this evening. (B)

Wednesday 11th April
Steam train to Siena
After breakfast you transfer by coach to nearby Prato station. There an Italian class 625 or 640 2-6-0 steam locomotive awaits you for the next exclusive journey on the main line. Traveling along a rural secondary route through superb Tuscan scenery, the steam train takes you on to Siena. You then travel by road coach to San Gimignano, a small 14th century fortified town, where lunch is taken in a traditional restaurant serving specialist dishes of the region, plus good Tuscan wine! After lunch you return by road coach to Siena, where you stay for two nights at a charming hotel. (B L)

Thursday 12th April
Steam train around Tuscany
Today a special vintage train, hauled by 2-8-0 Crosti-boilered steam locomotive No. 740 or No. 741, takes you on a circular tour through Tuscany. Heading south from Siena the train travels through Monteroni d’Arbia, Asciano, Monte Amiata and Monte Antico, past rolling vine-covered hills and woodland. Lunch will be served in a typical Tuscan restaurant before the train is re-joined to return to Siena via the lovely medieval towns of Murlo and Monteroni d’Arbia. (B L)

Friday 13th April
At leisure in Siena; a visit to Pistoia steam depot; arrival in Pisa
Today you can spend the morning at leisure in one of the most picturesque cities in Italy. Siena is famous for its historic buildings, art, museums, and cuisine. The historic centre is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. You can discover the sights at your own pace or simply relax at your wonderful resort hotel, which sits on a hill overlooking the city centre and features expansive Roman gardens. Whatever your choice, you’ll have lunch in the hotel restaurant before leaving Siena in the early afternoon by road coach. En route to Pisa you’ll stop at the locomotive depot in Pistoia, the largest active steam shed in Italy and the base of most active and non-operational main line steam locomotives in the country. After a full access tour of the Pistoia depot and yard you continue by coach the short distance to Pisa, where you arrive in the early evening. You spend the next two nights at a centrally located 4-star hotel. (B L)

Saturday 14th April
Steam through the Tuscan Hills to La Spezia
You leave Pisa after breakfast and travel north eastwards by road coach to Lucca. From here you join a chartered train, hauled by one of the last surviving serviceable 2-6-2 express passenger steam locomotives of the 640 class. It follows a picturesque route through the Tuscan Hills to La Spezia, on a little-used line where there’ll be ample opportunity for photography and filming the specially staged run-pasts. You stop in La Spezia for a tasty Italian lunch before returning to Pisa. The return route is along the scenic direct coastal line giving the 2-6-0 express locomotive a chance to show its true speed. Tonight dinner will be at a local restaurant in Pisa. (B L D)

Sunday 15th April
Visit Pisa’s leaning tower and return to UK
On your final day you’ll be able to explore the historic city centre of Pisa at your leisure, including the famous leaning tower and magnificent Duomo. Early evening the coach will then directly transfer you from the hotel to nearby Pisa Airport for the evening flight back to London. (B)


Details

Price

  • Tour Price £2595
  • Single supplement £245
  • Ground only (Rimini – Pisa) £2475

All prices shown are per person

Price Includes

  • Flights London to Italy and return
  • 7 nights accommodation in 4-star hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches (wine included)
  • 2 dinners (wine included)
  • All train travel and transfers
  • All charter steam trains as detailed in the itinerary
  • A guided walking tour of Florence
  • Road coach at our disposal for the whole tour to effect luggage transfers etc.
  • The services of a tour manager

Meals included each day are shown as:
B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner

 

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