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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Italian Coast and Culture

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,945 pp incl. flights

Free car hire available on this itinerary

Summary

Short description

Link the artistry of Florence and a private-beach stay with luxury hotels and a scenic drive through the Tuscan countryside

Highlights

  • Showcase Florence’s Renaissance grandeur with a private tour
  • Stop off at Tuscany’s vineyard-ringed medieval towns
  • Stay in two of Italy’s finest hotels, a palace and designer seafront hideaway
  • Drive coastal routes and Tuscany’s quiet country roads
  • Indulge with a private beach

In Brief

  • 4 Nights Punta Ala
  • 4 Nights Florence

About

Recommended for:
Beach | City | Food & wine | History & culture | Relaxation | Self-drive

This twin-centre getaway combines the delights of the Tuscan seaside with the Renaissance grandeur of Florence. Starting with a stay in one of Italy’s most iconic properties, a seafront luxury jewel complete with private beach, you’ll link the two with the use of a hire car, giving you the flexibility to explore the vineyards and medieval towns of the pretty Tuscan coast and countryside. Then, a private guided tour and a stay in a century-old gem will showcase the storied beauty of Florence.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Punta Ala

Begin your holiday with complimentary airport lounge access and your flight to Pisa. You’ll pick up your hire car at the airport, perhaps pausing to take in the city's famous leaning icon and fading merchants’ houses before driving along the pretty Tuscan coastline to reach Punta Ala and the superb Cala del Porto. Among the first of the Baglioni hotels – Italy's favourite collection of luxury hideaways – this is a secluded seaside gem and a Leading Hotel of the World. Settle in to gorgeous views over the town's well-heeled marina from the swimming pool sun terrace, enjoying fine dining and cocktails as the sun sets.

Stay: Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto, Punta Ala, Tuscan Coast (Deluxe)

Days 2-4
Punta Ala

You'll have three days get into the Tuscan swing of things, exploring, with the use of your hire car, the pristine landscapes and white sands of Punta Ala's gorgeous surrounds. Prime among them is your hotel's very own private beach, complete with bar service and intimate pagoda cabins. You'll also have time to discover some of Italy's finest vineyards; wander the streets of Massa Marittima, a charmingly medieval city; and walk the grasslands and forests of the Cornate and Fosini Nature Reserve to reach its historic castle. Or, simply unwind at your hotel's luxurious spa.

Stay: Baglioni Hotel Cala del Porto, Punta Ala, Tuscan Coast (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 5
Punta Ala to Florence

Driving back up the coast, you’ll dip inland through the rolling Tuscan countryside to make the journey to Florence, stopping off at a collection of the region’s medieval towns. There’s Volterra’s cobbled streets and rampart-framed Roman amphitheatre along with San Gimignano’s sky-piercing brick towers among the highlights. The latter are particularly impressive, the grand follies of aristocratic families. You’ll then arrive at Florence to drop off your car and make your way to the luxurious Relais Santa Croce, a hotel brimming with 18th-century elegance, right in the heart of the city.

Stay: Relais Santa Croce, Florence (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 6-8
Florence

Situated right among Florence’s historic centre – opposite the world’s largest Franciscan church where Michelangelo is buried – you’ll be perfectly poised to explore. To help, we’ve included a private walking tour. Highlights include stops at the Duomo and its stunningly polychromatic façade along with the Ponte Vecchio, a multi-storey bridge that remembers all of the city’s medieval bustle. You’ll also have plenty of time to yourself, perhaps to indulge with a famous Florentine steak and a glass of Tuscan red in a back-street trattoria. Lastly, don’t miss out on the Uffizi Gallery, home to a collection of the Renaissance masters.

Stay: Relais Santa Croce, Florence (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 9
Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before a scenic private transfer will bring you back – through that rural Tuscan beauty – to Pisa’s airport and your flight home.

Meals: B

Map

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,945 incl. flights

Deluxe

Low Season

from £1,945 pp. incl. flights

Mid Season

from £2,235 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,305 pp. incl. flights

Validity:

  • Low Season : 17 Sep - 22 Sep 2018
  • Mid Season :  09 - 15 Sep 2018
  • High Season : 29 Jul - 18 Aug 2018

Special offer applies in Low and Mid seasons as above

Includes: 

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights from UK to Pisa
  • 4 days car hire
  • 4 nights at the beautiful Baglioni Cala del Porto in Punta Ala on a B&B, set above the coast and marina of Punta Ala with views sweeping out to the Elba, the largest island of the Tuscan Archipelago
  • 4 nights at the historic Relais Santa Croce Hotel in Florence on a B&B basis
  • Florence walking tour (3 hrs) with private guide visiting Piazza del Duomo, the architectural gem of Florence with the Cathedral (Santa Maria in Fiore) , Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery , Piazza della Signoria with the impressive Palazzo Vecchio , Ponte Vecchio on the River Arno full of small shops

    Except for the Cathedral with the famous cupola by Brunelleschi where we pay a visit inside , all the rest are external visits. 

  • A private transfer from Florence to Pisa

Cala Del Porto closes for the winter - but please enquire for 2019 departures

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Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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