About the tour: Steaming through the heart of Tuscany & Sagra del Tordo Festival

Join us as we explore the picturesque Italian region of Tuscany, where we include a vintage steam train journey through the glorious rolling countryside to the town of Montalcino where we join the locals to celebrate their annual medieval festival, the Sagra del Tordo. We visit an array of spectacular Tuscan towns and cities, from Montepulciano to Cortona and wonderful Siena, this impressive tour will introduce you to some of Italy’s finest destinations and is one not to be missed.

Tour Includes

  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Included lunch in Cortona
  • 9 evening meals
  • Welcome drink
  • Convenient local joining points

Departure Dates

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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 to our hotel in the Parma area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We head to the Renaissance city of Florence. Explore the endless historic sights in and around the centuries-old Ponte Vecchio. See the Piazza del Duomo and visit the Cathedral of Florence and the Baptisitery. Our optional sightseeing tour by coach and on foot will allow you to get the most out of your visit. We then continue to our hotel in Tuscany for a seven-night stay.

    • 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.
    • Florence Sightseeing Tour
    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 start our day visiting Montepulciano. The dignified Renaissance character of the town is reflected in the countless exquisite palaces which line the streets.

    Enjoy the historical flair of the gorgeous Piazza Grande before we continue on to Pienza, where we will visit a pecorino cheese producer and take the opportunity to sample the wonderful cheese.

    We then make our way to Bagno Vignoni. Unlike many towns, where a square dominates the centre, here you will find a large thermal pool. In medieval times, and during the Renaissance, Bagno Vignoni was a beautiful thermal spa.

    The picturesque setting of this small spa has attracted many famous artists and film makers ever since.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Bagno Vignoni
    Bagno Vignoni

    Included Highlights

    • Montepulciano
    • Bagno Vignoni

    Today we will discover the splendid town of Cortona, one of the most important cities of the ancient Etruscans. Enclosed by stone walls, the town boasts a dominant position overlooking the Chiana Valley, offering spectacular views.

    We will enjoy a traditional lunch of local produce in Cortona.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Traditional Lunch
    • Cortona

    We begin the day with a visit to the town of San Gimignano. This medieval town 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 continuing to the alabaster city of Volterra. A former Etruscan settlement, the town is known for its stunning location and spectacular scenery.

    During the day, we enjoy a visit to a local wine cellar including a fantastic tasting.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    San Gimignano
    San Gimignano

    Included Highlights

    • San Gimignano
    • Volterra

    Join us as we take a nostalgic steam train journey through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to the charming medieval town of Montalcino.

    On arrival in Montalcino, we will join the locals in their traditional 'Sagra del Tordo’ (Song of the Thrush) festival. Crowds of people flock to the town every year to view the spectacle of the medieval competition, and to enjoy the specialities on offer, all set up in the shadow of the town’s fortifications.

    There is a huge range of locally sourced food on offer, all accompanied by the great red wines of Montalcino. A real treat for the taste buds!

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Sagra del Tordo Festival
    • Montalcino

    Today we visit the quintessential Tuscan town of Certaldo, which you will discover with our local guide.

    The beautiful hilltop citadel boasts sweeping views across the surrounding countryside and is reached by a short funicular train journey. The medieval walled town is home to some wonderfully preserved architecture including the Priori Palace.

    We include a visit to a ceramics workshop today.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we visit the picturesque Tuscan town of Siena.

    Centred on the Piazza del Campo, the town has worked hard to preserve its Gothic architecture. The stunning town centre is listed by UNESCO as one of the world's most significant historic sites. Whilst in Siena, we include a walking tour of this important art city before continuing to the medieval town of Monteriggioni.

    A small, walled town, Monteriggioni is known for its medieval fortifications and watchtowers.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Siena & Walking Tour
    • Monteriggioni

    Travel north to the Milan area for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    To Belgium for an overnight stay.

    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

    Steaming through the heart of Tuscany & Sagra del Tordo Festival

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


    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 seven nights at the 3-star L'Albergo di Murlo. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant. 

    Overnight stays in the Parma and Milan area will be in minimum 3-star hotels.

    Overnight stays in northern France and Belgium will be in city-style hotels.