We run this tour at every season of the year, even if there is just one guest; this makes it ideal for those traveling alone who don’t think they should suffer punitive charges.
With a carefully chosen itinerary covering the very best of Tuscany, you’ll be amazed how much you can fit into five days without ever feeling rushed.
- TUSCANY EXPRESS…
- Five days exploring the loveliest cities of Tuscany
- Travel between cities using the local train networks, some of the best in Italy; not only are they fast, clean and convenient but you will get a real feel for genuine Italian life.
- This tour runs throughout the year, even if a single guest requests it; perfect for solo travellers who don’t want to pay excessive charges for travelling alone.
- The very best Tuscan cities have been chosen, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of this incredible region without rushing, even in a limited time frame.
- Accommodation is in meticulously chosen hotel or bed-and-breakfast establishments, all guaranteed 4*.
- While this tour is not escorted, we might arranged expert tour guides who can meet you in each city and help you find the very best of Tuscany’s world-renowned history, art and culture.
All aboard for an unforgettable tour of Italy's most stunning region. Not only will you visit some of the world's most glorious cities, but you will do so using the local train networks; the trains in Tuscany are amongst the best in Europe, and you'll get a real feel for what it's like to be a local.
We have selected the best 4* bed and breakfast and hotel accommodation for your comfort. Although the tour is self-escorted, in every city, you can be met by experts who are specialists in their town, and who will make sure you are directed to the very best galleries, museums, historical sites and more.
All tours commence and finish at the central train station in Rome.
Day 1: Roma Termini to Arezzo (2h14m)
Your Tuscan adventure begins in Rome's central station at 8 AM, boarding the train to Arezzo. Your guide will take you for a four-hour tour of this wonderful city, which you may have seen in the extraordinary film "Life is Beautiful." You will then have some time to ramble around the city at leisure, before checking into your bed and breakfast accommodation for the night.
Arezzo was once a center for goldsmiths, which made it exceptionally wealthy. It has a strategically valuable position, sited on a hill where the Tiberina, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana valleys meet. Some of the earliest Europeans settled around this area in the Paleolithic era; later the Etruscans built their city of Aritim on the hill (800 BC), and the fact that it was on the Via Cassia ensured it prospered through Roman times and beyond. Unfortunately, the city was heavily bombed during World War II, but there are still many exquisite churches, museums, and monuments to be found. The church of San Francesco is probably the jewel in Arezzo's crown, housing as it does the breathtaking fresco cycle of the Legend of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca. You should also make time for the Roman amphitheater, the Piazza Grande, the Medici fortress, San Donato Cathedral and Cimabue's renowned wooden crucifix in the Church of San Domenico.
Day two: Arezzo – Florence (1h10m)
Florence is the capital of Tuscany and something no visitor to the region should miss. After a short trip by rail from Arezzo, you can drop your bags off at your bed-and-breakfast in the center of town and then immerse yourself in perhaps the greatest art city in the world. Most of the main attractions in Florence are very close together, so you really can pack in the sites without exhausting yourself.
For those aficionados of the movie Inferno, we can arrange a very special 180-minute tour of the firm' locations.
Florence was at the absolute epicenter of the Renaissance, undoubtedly the most extraordinary flourishing of the plastic arts the world has ever seen. Round every corner there is another extraordinary piece of art or architecture; the Uffizi Gallery displays the works of the great geniuses such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and should not be missed, but you should also make time for some of the lesser-known but still astonishing talents whose work abounds in many smaller institutions and religious buildings.
Florence is anything but a museum city; it is home to nearly 400,000 citizens, and they are well served by wonderful restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Top-flight classical and opera concerts take place throughout the year, alongside many other cultural events, both modern and traditional. Whether you're interested in fine dining, high culture or shopping until you drop, Florence will make memories that will stay with you forever.
Day three: Florence-Pisa (1h20m), Pisa-Siena (1h24m)
A swift and pleasant train journey whisks you from Florence to Pisa, where you can spend two hours exploring this renowned world heritage site. The Square of Miracles (Piazza dei Miracoli) is one of the most famous sites on the globe, having at its center the extraordinary leaning tower; nobody should miss the chance to scale this edifice and relish the astonishing views from its summit. The Cathedral Museum, the Museum of the Synopses, the cathedral, baptistery, and cemetery are all well worth a visit, or you may opt for a stroll along the gorgeous Arno River to the Piazza del Cavalieri, one-time home of the government of Pisa, and in later days of the Knights of St Stephen.
From Pisa, another short train ride will land you in the equally wonderful Siena. This medieval city is so unspoiled; it's easy to imagine that you truly have traveled back in time as you wander through an unsurpassable collection of medieval architecture, both holy and secular. Siena is a living city, and many of the buildings are still inhabited by the descendants of the original owners, but a number have been given over to breathtaking art museums; the churches of this magnificent town are also repositories for exquisite paintings and sculptures. The town fans out around its central square, which is where Siena's world-famous annual Palio horse race is held, with all the Contrade (districts) of the city taking part. Each of these districts is fiercely independent, as you will find as you roam through the streets, sampling the exquisite local cuisine and browsing the traditional crafts available.
Day four: Siena-Grosseto (1h40m)
Of the final full day of your tour, the train will carry you from Siena to Grosseto, the capital of the Maremma region. One of the lesser-known delights of Tuscany, for many centuries Grosseto ruled over the southern half of the area. This was in part due to the Medici family, who built staggering fortifications that you can still visit. The city is rich in history and surrounded by verdant plains that host picturesque villages that are well worth visiting. If you feel like a dip, the Tyrrhenian Sea is available in all its beauty at the end of a brief bus ride. Grosseto is a memorable place to finish this unforgettable tour.
Day five: Grosseto – Roma Termini (2h18m)
On your final day, you have a choice: you can set out early from Rome, perhaps giving yourself a full day to explore the delights of that city before resuming your journey home, or you can stay in Grosseto to sample more of its delights and travel back to Rome later in the day.
PRICES 2018, DEPOSITS, AND PAYMENTS:
The price for this tour is 770,00 USD per person (taxes included, US dollars price variable due to dollar conversion). Single supplement: USD 155,00
The price doesn’t included the tour guide for each city.
You can add the tour guide service for USD 210,00 per city
25% deposit of the overall tour cost, is required to confirm the tour. (no- refundable). No booking will be reserved until the prescribed deposit is received.
Balance of the payment will be due 30 days before the starting of the tour.
Deposits and balance of payments are accepted by bank transfer or credit card via Paypal with a 4% surcharge.
A payment of a deposit indicates an acceptance of all the conditions.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE TIMES:
Guarantee departure every time of the year…
Pick up/ drop off in Roma Termini.
This tour is self-independent. Minimum of guests to guarantee the departure is 1.
INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
- 4star B&B or Hotel accommodation.
- All continental breakfasts at the accommodation.
- 2nd Class train tickets (1st class included if available) non-refundable.
- GST, tax
- 24h assistance by phone from our team
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR COST
All items not detailed in inclusions
All transfers other than to the local train station
- Airport taxes
- Travel insurance.
- Entry fees to museums/galleries and other places wherever entry fees apply
- All lunches and meals not specifically listed above.
- All personal expenditure.
- Refer to specific tour.
If you would like learn more about history, art and culture of each cities you visit, we can engage a local professional tour guide for you in any city you wish.
The price for the tour guide is 210,00 USD for 4 hours. For a maximum of 15 people.
Activities beyond the specified tours listed on this website are subject to additional costs.