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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Arctic Treehouse

Finland, Lapland

Nestled in the hillside close to Santa park, this hotel is not only ideal for families but also couples, as the ambiance created by the unique tree house rooms oose that Scandic charm of rustic, contemporary and cosy!Guests can enjoy great views of the surrounding forest for their picture perfect floor to ceiling glass windows, which of course make

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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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Beana Laponia

Finland, Lapland

Beana Laponia is a fantastic small and friendly wilderness ,adults-only boutique hotel, hidden off the beaten track in the in the heart of Finnish Lapland around 45 minutes from Rovaniemi. It is the perfect place for couples or sets of friends to enjoy the snowy landscape whilst having the opportunity to experience some luxury small group activitie

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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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Cas Anna Lidia

France, Corsica

A charming boutique hotel located in the Corsican village of Feliceto. The hotel features a fitness room as well as a heated outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor hot tub with panoramic views of luscious mountain scenery and the valley. The hotel is elegantly decorated with a refined ambience, offering 10 spacious rooms. Guests can enjoy plenty of a

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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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Castel Brando

France, Corsica

Situated in the magnificent Cap Corse and just 15 minutes away from beautiful Bastia, Castel Brando is a hotel with great charm and a timeless atmosphere. Set in a 19th century mansion and surrounded by a wonderful Mediterranean garden with century-old palm trees. A haven of peace, comfort and tranquillity, charming rooms and suites are elegantly d

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Corse A Piattatella

France, Corsica

Located at the very heart of a protected and natural environment, amongst the wild marquis of Corsica is hotel Corse A Piattatella. Located by some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it is the place to rest, relax and de-stress. Tranquil gardens filled with exotic plants blend together to create the wonderful fragrances of the native marqu

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Domaine de Murtoli

France, Corsica

Set in the southern most region of Corsica, Domaine de Murtoli offer a collection of 19 authentic 17th century shepherd houses and dwellings, that have been superbly renovated into luxury 5-star agritourism properties. Offering a choice of villa estates or shepherd’s houses, each property is isolated into the landscape offering modern comfort

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Fabien Hotel

Finland, Helsinki

This cosy 4 star boutique hotel was awarded the “Trip Advisor’s – Travellers Choice Award” in 2018 for the 3rd time, and we can see why! Situated on a quiet street next to Kasarmitori, just 5-10 minutes walk from the city centre, and a short walk from the beautiful gardens of the Esplanade and the famous design museum. In th

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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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Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites is a stylish modern family friendly hotel in a spectacular spot, right on the sea, close to the small resort of Golfo Aranci, Sardinia. In a beautiful setting, literally on the sea, three sides of the lovely beach Gabbiano Azzurro Hotel & Suites face the sea. Wonderful terraces overhang the water, w
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Gillham Vineyard Hotel

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The Five Finger Mountains of the island are famous for its pine-clad slopes and striking views as well as being home to many endemic plants, wildflowers and sanctuary for birds. This brand new elegant boutique hotel could not have chosen a better location than Ilgaz, a small village perched on the highest part of the mountain slopes in a beautiful
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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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