Our Travel Specialists, Paul & Laura's, Tuscany Holiday Itinerary
Our Travel Specialists, Paul & Laura's, Tuscany Holiday Itinerary
Our Travel Specialists, Paul & Laura's, Tuscany Holiday Itinerary

Our Travel Specialists, Paul & Laura's, Tuscany Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - It was a cold rainy English day, when we boarded our flight. We waved farewell to grey skies, and eagerly waited to land in beautiful Florence.

On landing, we hopped on board the bus which took us right into the heart of Florence where we checked into Hotel Villa Medici, an incredible hotel and one of the only hotels in Florence with a pool! We headed out to spend the remainder of the day exploring the famous Duomo, and wandering the stylish streets of Florence.


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Day 2 - We headed off for a visit to one of our favourite hotels in Florence – The Gallery Hotel Art. After a pit stop at their cocktail bar for a delicious ‘El Conte Cantinero, a sweet and spicy cocktail, we continued through the hotel to enjoy one of the numerous art exhibitions, which are on display all year round. I was delighted to find portraits of Marilyn Monroe on display as part of ‘Forever’, an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s work.

Whilst we were near, we decided to visit Hotel Villa Le Maschere, a new hotel in our collection, hand-picked by a colleague. Laura and I were fascinated by this hotel, and found ourselves in awe of its beautiful architecture, dating back to the 16th century. It’s a stunning choice for a holiday in the Tuscan countryside.


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Day 3 - We set off for the drive to San Gimignano. This quaint village feels very medieval, as you walk through, it almost feels as though time has stood still. No visit here would be complete without stopping off at the Gelateria Dondoli, a two times world champion ice cream maker. Choose from an array of some of the best ice cream flavours in Italy, including tiramisu, and Saffron Cantucinni & Almond ice cream. We strolled around the square’s famous wishing well with an ice cream cone in hand, feeling very welcomed by the locals.

We ended another day of our tour of Tuscany by driving to Siena to enjoy the ambiance of its square at night with a glass of red wine in hand.


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Day 4 - The next morning we arrived at Borgo Casabianca, which resembles a small village made up of individual houses connected by twinkling festoons of lights. Just 15 minutes away is the slow food movement town of Montepulciano. In this small town, you will find all the local vineyards have small cavern-like shops where they sell their produce. I picked up a couple of bottles of wine, and a few local cheeses to make sure that I wasn’t going to return to the office empty-handed.

Being part of the slow food movement, the restaurant at Borgo Casabianca is exceptional. If you want a really fun and unusual Tuscany holiday experience I would definitely recommend that you take part in one of the cooking demonstrations, which takes place here so that you can take a traditional Italian recipe or two home with you.

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Day 5 - Our penultimate day could not have been in a better setting. We decided to take the scenic route to Conti Di San Bonifacio, a stunning hotel, with a hunting lodge feel, surrounded by rolling hills, vineyards and forests. The luxurious furnishings of sheepskin rugs and blankets makes this hotel feel so cosy, it was difficult to stay in work mode during our meetings with the friendly management team.



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Day 6 - The last day of our Tuscany holiday itinerary was in Lucca, the city of 100 churches. Everything in Lucca seems to head towards the centre, all the winding cobbled roads lead upwards before opening onto the highly dramatic Cathedral.

We were amazed at lunch when we ordered a pizza from Baci Alla Francese, to have a metre-long pizza larger than my head arrive at the table. A tip from me to you, one to share is more than sufficient!

We loved Lucca! Around every corner there was a hidden gem, such as the Guinigi Tower with trees growing out of the top.

Well-fed, we rested our heads for our final night, and reflected on our incredible trip around Tuscany.


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Now that we are back in the office with major holiday blues, we can’t wait to help you start planning your Tuscan escape.  
Laura and myself are just a call away on 01694 722193, and we’re more than happy to make some recommendations for your very own Tuscany holiday itinerary, no matter how long you want to stay or where you want to visit.

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Anttolanhovi Hotel

Finland, Lake Saimaa

A luxury haven of tranquillity surrounded by beautiful scenery on the shore of Lake Saimaa. Modern and stylish, with luxury comfortable superior rooms with a choice of balcony or terrace offers sublime views over the lake. Complimentary bathrobes and slippers are provided for an extra touch of luxury.The hand-picked property features a gym, sports

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This itinerary features an urban stay in Helsinki with time in the lake and area and focuses on revitalising your body and soul and completely unwinding.Tailor-make this itinerary to your specific requirements, and discover all that Helsinki has to offer, including snow-blanketed meadows, and fairytale 'blue hour' where you'll see Helsinki bat

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The red rugged cliffs against the white-washed villages, cradled by black volcanic sand and enveloped by vibrant fuchsia skies, the iconic island of Santorini is a dream come true. Devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its now beautiful landscape, Santorini is home to impressive caves, intriguing museums and ench

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A stunning 5-star boutique hotel on the Island of Paros, situated between the main port of Parikia and the picturesque sandy beach of Irini.The hotel has a bright welcoming area with a lobby bar overlooking the large pond and fountain where helpful friendly staff will be happy to assist you.Featuring 29 luxurious rooms and suites, modern and contem

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Arctic Light Hotel

Finland, Lapland

This family owned boutique hotel, previously Rovaniemi City Hall is located centrally Rovaniemi. It features bright, individually decorated, super-modern rooms. This hotel is luxury urban based for aurora hunting and all your family wintery activities. Suitable for couples and honeymooners who may want to choose one of the 3 unique designed suites,

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Athenian Callirhoe Hotel

Greece, Athens

Located on Kallirrois Avenue, the Athenian Callirhoe is very close to the city center, just a short distance from the Temple of Jupiter and Kalimarmaro marble stadium where the first Olympic Games were held. The hotel is ideally situated for all public transport and sites of the city including the ancient Acropolis and museum and the old quarter of

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Blue Lagoon Resort

Iceland, Capital Region

Opened in 2018 this is the first 5 star property in Iceland.  Located In  Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula was officially given the status of UNESCO Global Geopark. Home of Blue Lagoon Iceland, the Reykjanes Peninsula straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge—the tectonic boundary where the North American and Eurasian plates converge. Owi

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Casadelmar

France, Corsica

Nestled on the shoreline of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio disguised against the backdrop of the rocky hills, and with gardens designed by landscape architect Jean Mus, Casadelmar is beautiful modern and contemporary hotel with a hip vibe.Wooden cladding on the facade and terraces was brought in all the way from Canada an gives this 5 star hotel, its un

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Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Iceland, South Iceland

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is a brand new four-star hotel in Hnappavellir, a popular climbing area. The location is perfect for nature lovers, as it is right between Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, two of Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions; a hiker’s paradise. Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon offers 104 r

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Fresh Hotel

Greece, Athens

A stylish hotel in the heart of Athens, offering 133 luxurious rooms, including Superior and Executive Suites. Fresh modern interiors, white walls and pastel colours creates a calm and soothing ambience.Relax and unwind in the sauna or book a massage therapy treatment. Guests also have the option to work out in the well-equipped fitness room or tak

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Grand Hotel de Cala Rossa

France, Corsica

Passing the security barrier and driving to the front if the hotel, it’s almost easy to pass straight by, even feel a little underwhelmed, but don’t be fooled because this hotel will far from underwhelm you.Positioned perfectly in a secluded cove in Gulf of Porto-Vecchio, with extensive gardens shaded by palm trees the Grand Hotel de Ca

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Hotel 360

Iceland, South Iceland

A brand-new boutique hotel located in the centre of the Golden Circle and near to some of Iceland’s most beautiful natural attractions, 360 Degree Hotel is an excellent stay for exploring Iceland’s diverse and dramatic landscape.The hotels 10 deluxe rooms are a perfect combination of convenience, quality and design, comprising a selecti

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Hotel Borg

Iceland, Capital Region

In the heart of downtown Reykjavik, Hotel Borg offers guests the finest art-deco style apartments. Located within walking distance of fantastic bars, restaurants, art galleries, Laugavegur shopping street and close to historic landmarks such as the Reykjavik cathedral and Parliament House.Upon your arrival you will be greeted in the charming main r

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Hotel Cala di Greco

France, Corsica

Just a 5 minute drive from Bonifacio, off the beaten track and nestled on the cliff tops in 3 hectares of Corsican scrub is Cala di Greco, a luxury suite hotel.Walking through reception to the infinity pool you will be greeted with fabulous views across to the bay of Bonifacio and Sardinia beyond, a view which is also repeated in many of the privat

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Hotel Capu Biancu

France, Corsica

A 20 minute drive from the centre of Bonificio heading on the winding roads towards the sea, one may think they were heading to the ‘end of the world’ as the nickname given to Hotel Capu Biancu suggests. Distanced from hustle and bustle as you approach along the long flower scented drive Hidden in its own seafront location and built upo

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Hotel des Pecheurs

France, Corsica

Ever dreamt of owning your own island, a stay at the exclusive and intimate Hotel Des Pecheurs could be the next best thing.This stunning hotel is in a dreamlike setting next to the small port of the Island of Cavallo which lies in the Lavezzi archipelago between Corsica and Sardinia. It’s a private island, belonging to a syndicate of propert

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Hotel Don Cesar

France, Corsica

In a perfect location, in the middle of a pine grove next to the sea with exceptional views of the Gulf of Porto Vecchio, Hotel Don Cesar has a feel of Beverly Hills hotel but in a boutique style.All 39 rooms are spacious and with Seaview terrace and oozing a sense of glamour and luxury , the hotel grounds are spacious and feature 3 pools (one with

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Hotel Grimsborgir

Iceland, South Iceland

Situated at the famous Golden Circle Route, Hótel Grímsborgir is placed in an ideal location by the beautiful river Sog and close to some of Iceland’s most stunning attractions including the historic UNESCO site of Thingvellir National Park, it has become a popular base for exploring the highlights of Iceland.Built in 2009, the

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Hotel Mariosa

France, Corsica

Mariosa is a hotel of character located on the beach front overlooking the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio, with only 26 rooms the hotel has a sense of space, style and serenity. The timber clad hotel surrounded by pine trees eases into the landscape and spills out into a beautiful garden past the wooden decked pool and restaurant to the lapping turquoise wa

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Hotel Punkaharju

Finland, Lake Saimaa

Being Finland’s oldest state hotel and situated in a must place to visit, this is truly a wonderful place to stay! Located on Punkaharaju Nature Reserve with beautiful lake views between it’s majestic pines, this area has been inspired by many famous Finnish artists for centuries. The first part of the hotel was originally a forest rang

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