About the tour: Treasures of Tuscany

On this charming coach holiday, explore the many treasures of the Tuscan countryside with its spectacular rolling scenery dotted with historic cities and quaint villages. From our base in Tuscany, we explore the spectacular walled town of Lucca, see Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower and visit medieval Siena and splendid San Gimignano. Why not travel to the coast for an optional full-day trip to the beautiful Isle of Elba blessed with pristine beaches, endless hills and might mountains or join us as we journey to the pastel-hued beauty of the Cinque Terre, a string of five coastal villages perched panoramically at the edge of the Ligurian coast. A trip to the Renaissance city of Florence is included too, with the option of enhancing your visit with a guided tour of the city’s many gems.

Tour Includes


  • 8 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 6 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points

9 days from $2198 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 1300 811 500 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Continue into northern Italy and to our overnight hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We continue our explorations of Italy today as we make our way to the Renaissance city of Florence on our included excursion. You will have time at leisure to explore the endless historic sights, see the shops in and around the centuries-old Ponte Vecchio, or even have your portrait painted by one of the street artists who usually gather in the square next to the medieval Duomo (cathedral). To make the most of your visit, why not join our optional sightseeing tour, where our local guide's commentary will reveal many of the stories behind the buildings and personalities that have shaped the history of this magnificent city. The sightseeing tour starts by coach taking us up the hills behind the city to Piazzale Michelangelo. Here you can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside. After time for photos, the coach will take us back to the city, where our guide will lead us on a walking tour through the delightful streets of Florence, pointing out the major sights. See Santa Croce church, the burial place of Michelangelo, the famous statues in Piazza della Signoria and also the magnificent Santa Maria Duomo. (Entrances to places of interest are at extra cost). Continue to our hotel in Montecatini Terme for four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Florence

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2019 2020 2021
    • Florence Guided Sightseeing Tour
    $65 $68 $70
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.
    Today, you have the opportunity to visit the Isle of Elba on our full-day optional excursion. Lying just off the coast of the Versilian Riviera, the Isle of Elba is the largest island in the Tuscan archipelago at 27km long and 18km wide. It is characterised by its pristine beaches, never ending hills and its mountains, the highest of which is Monte Capanne (1019 m). Elba's most famous resident was Napoleon, who spent 9 months in exile here, after the fall of Paris. He lived in Villa dei Mulini, and then in Villa San Martino a couple of miles outside Portoferraio.

    After an early start, we take a leisurely ferry from Piombino to the island’s capital, Portoferraio. During our tour we take in the island's lovely landscape and rocky coast against the backdrop of the stunning azure blue sea. An opportunity not to be missed!

    Please note: Today's excursion has an early start and later arrival back to the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2019 2020 2021
    • Isle of Elba
    $165 $170 $178
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    Join our full-day included excursion to the Tuscan towns of Siena and San Gimignano, both UNESCO World Heritage sites. San Gimignano is a medieval town that owes its famous skyline to the rival families who tried to outdo each other by building taller and taller towers. Of the original 76 towers, only 13 still survive today. You will have time at leisure before we travel to the medieval town of Siena. Set on three hills, Siena is drawn together by winding alleyways and steep steps, whilst the Piazza del Campo stands at its heart, and the Duomo and Santa Maria della Scala serve as additional cultural landmarks. En-route take in the beautiful views over the rolling Tuscan countryside from the comfort of your coach seat.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Siena
    • San Gimignano

    Today we stray off the beaten tourist track and explore the Cinque Terre on our optional excursion. Cinque Terre, meaning ‘Five Lands’, comprises of the five small coastal villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare. All of the towns slope down to sea level, with the exception of Corniglia, which is perched on top of a tall cliff, each offering breathtaking views of the coastline. Over centuries, man has carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Part of its charm is the lack of visible ‘modern’ development with paths, trains and boats connecting the villages. We start our tour by coach to La Spezia where we meet our guide. We then continue to Portovenere. We spend free time here before boarding a boat to Vernazza and then onto Monterosso. There will be further free time for you to explore the boutiques or relax in one of the beachside restaurants and cafés. From here we return to La Spezia by train.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2019 2020 2021
    • Cinque Terre
    $163 $168 $175
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.

    We leave our hotel and head to the beautiful Tuscan town of Lucca. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, the town still follows the layout set by the former Roman colony founded in 180 BC. You will have free time in Lucca to explore at your leisure. See the Duomo of San Martino, which dates back to the 6th Century or relax in one of the cafés in Piazza dell'Anfiteatro. For a bird’s eye view of the town, climb to the top of the Guinigi Tower, one of the few towers left standing in the city (entrance at extra cost – approximately €4). The tower's most unusual feature is the enormous Holm oak that stands on top of it. After free time, we continue our excursion to the nearby town of Pisa. Here you can see the 'Field of Miracles' – the historic centre of the town – and the famous leaning tower. Perhaps spend time in the central shopping area, which is centred around the Corso Italia, between the railway station and Ponte di Mezzo (the central bridge). The area around the Leaning Tower is geared more towards tourists, so you will find lots of small souvenir kiosks selling all kinds of merchandise with the Leaning Tower motif. Pisa is also famous for its biscotti biscuits and bakeries all through the town sell different varieties. Continue to our hotel in northern Italy for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Pisa
    • Lucca

    To northern France for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Treasures of Tuscany 9 days from $2,198pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights at the Ambasciatori Palace in Montecatini Terme. 

    Overnight stays in northern Italy will be in minimum 3-star hotels and in northern France, city-style hotels.


    Ambasciatori Palace

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bureau de Change
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan

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    Luxuria - Charging sockets

    Luxuria Features

    • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
    • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
    • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 5 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
    • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
    • Onboard toilet.

    Luxuria Seating Plan

    Luxuria Seating Plan