Tuscan Treats (Mar – Nov ’25)

8 Days

7 nights Florence round-trip with Back-Roads Touring

Overview

A wonderful blend of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and delectable food, Tuscany makes for an unforgettable holiday destination. On this leisurely tour we’ll seek out world-renowned treasures, explore hidden gems and become culinary connoisseurs as we fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Explore the mysterious medieval town of Volterra
  • Unlock the secrets of Tuscan cuisine with a cooking class set amongst the romantic Chianti region
  • Indulge in a delectable cheese and wine tasting at a local farm in Pienza

Map

Itinerary

Welcome to the birthplace of the Renaissance and the romantic capital of Tuscany. After meeting the group at our hotel, we’ll get to know each other over a delicious welcome meal. Accommodation: Hotel Roma (or similar).
Meals: Dinner.

Our journey will begin with an in-depth walking tour of Florence. A local guide will bring the city alive as we stroll by the likes of the Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica and the Ponte Vecchio. After lunch, we’ll set a course for lovely Lucca – where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. This evening we’ll be free to explore Lucca at our leisure. Accommodation: Hotel La Luna (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast.

A rocky coastline dotted with candy-coloured villages – today, we’ll turn our attention to the awe-inspiring Italian Riviera! After winding our way along this sublime stretch of shoreline, we’ll find ourselves in Cinque Terre: a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Having spent some time getting to know the area with our expert Tour Leader, we’ll return to Lucca for an evening spent at our leisure. Accommodation: Hotel La Luna (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast.

Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for a staggering first port of call today. There will be plenty of time for photographing this iconic landmark as we explore the Campo dei Miracoli at our own pace. After a leisurely lunch, our attention will turn to the magnificent medieval ramparts of Volterra. We’ll spend some time exploring this mysterious town before discussing the day’s events over an evening meal together. Accommodation: Hotel San Lino (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner.

Today we’ll make tracks to San Gimignano: home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. While we’re here, we’ll sample some exquisite creations of a local gelato maker – before we’re treated to an indulgent Tuscan wine tasting. Before the day concludes, we’ll pay a visit to medieval Siena – an open-air museum of Gothic architecture and home to the magnificent Duomo. After taking in the town’s historic sights on an orientation tour, we’ll journey onwards to Pienza – our home for the night. Accommodation: Hotel Corsignano (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 6 :
Pienza

Pienza’s timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop makes for a serene spot to spend this morning exploring at our leisure. Later, we’ll sample some handcrafted cheese and world-class wines at a delightful local farm with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside. This evening is ours to spend as we wish. Accommodation: Hotel Corsignano (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast.

After breakfast, it’s all aboard the mini-coach as we wind our way through the delightful Chianti countryside on our way to a regional cookery class. After learning some local recipes from our host, we’ll have the chance to tuck into our creations for lunch. Buon appetito! The afternoon will be ours to enjoy at our leisure before we reconvene for a final dinner together. Accommodation: Villa II Palagio (or similar).
Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner.

Before returning to enchanting Florence, we’ll stop off at a local oil mill for a guided tour and olive oil tasting. All in all, it’s a fitting end to a tour celebrating the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany.
Meals: Breakfast.

Departures & Prices

  • Travel dates: selected departures in March to November 2025
  • Price Freeze – Pay 2024 Prices and Travel in 2025:
    Prices from: R44,189 pps

Includes / Excludes

Inclusions

  • 7 nights – hand-picked accommodation
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Experienced Tour Leader & Driver

Exclusions

  • International flights and taxes
  • Visas (if required)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Activities & services not specified
  • Anything of a personal nature

*Terms & Conditions

  • Prices are per person, capacity controlled, subject to availability and further subject to rate of exchange fluctuations at time of booking.
  • For standard booking terms & conditions see: backroadstouring.com/terms-and-conditions.
  • Valid until 01 July 2024.
From R44,189
/ Person
  • Currency
  • Pricing

Summary

  • Price Freeze - Pay 2024 Prices and Travel in 2025
  • Selected departures: March - November 2025
  • 7 nights
  • Italy
  • Back-Roads Touring (BTTFF4)