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 Assisi 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

12 days from $3498 pp

Departure Dates

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  • 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.
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  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

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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 Milan 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.
    2019 2020
    • 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 before continuing to the town of Arezzo, where we will visit the 12th century church of Santa Maria, with its impressive bell tower and the Piazza Grande, which is the venue for the famous Joust of the Saracens, an annual medieval contest.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Traditional Lunch
    • Cortona
    • Arezzo

    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

    A day exploring Umbria, as we begin the day in the town of Perugia. Hardly changed since the Middle Ages, Perugia has a rich treasure trove of sights, many of which you will discover with our local guide.

    We later continue on to Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, where art and religious sites have charmed visitors from all over the world.

    We will visit the basilica with its excellent frescoes by Giotto, the Town Square and the churches of St. Clare and San Ruffino.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Assisi
    • Perugia & Guided Tour

    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 Vipiteno 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 12 days from $3,498pp

    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.

    2019 departures will stay for seven nights at the 3-star L'Albergo di Murlo Hotel in Murlo.

    2020 departures will stay for seven nights at the 4-star Aquaviva Relax Hotel in Casole d'Elsa.

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

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

    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