Departures from UK airports are available throughout the year. Flight schedules vary between airports and seasons so please contact us for details of flights operating from your local airport. The lead-in price from £499pp is available in the low season from November through to March. April to October prices start from £699pp. The price is based on two people sharing a twin/double room and may vary depending on choice of departure date and airport. All holidays are tailor-made with extra nights, single rooms and hotel upgrades available at a supplement.
Fly direct to Pisa. On arrival join the shuttle transfer to Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. From here make your own way to your hotel where you will spend 3 nights.
Florence: With a city so culturally rich it is difficult to know where to start. The museums of the Uffizi and Accademia are renowned the world over as is the Duomo Complex and the Palazzo Pitti.
Florence: Providing some tranquil verdant respite from the crowds, the beautifully landscaped Boboli Gardens sit just to the side of the Palazzo Pitti and date back to 1549 when the Palazzo passed from the Pitti family to the Medicis.
Make your own way to the Santa Maria Novella railway station for the journey by rail to Venice where you will spend 3 nights. (Journey time is approximately 2 hours and there is a choice of departure times.)
Venice: The oldest of four bridges crossing the iconic Grand Canal, the Rialto is without doubt a Venetian architectural icon. Dating back to the 16th century, the bridge was a stopping point for large cargo ships unloading silk and spices from the Orient and sell to merchants who travelled from across Italy and mainland Europe to trade.
Venice: In essence Venice’s major traffic route through the city, the Grand Canal is in fact a breathtakingly beautiful ancient waterway lined by centuries-old, colourful Venetian palaces. Be it aboard the public vaporetto, a water taxi or an intimate gondola ride, a cruise down Venice’s most famous thoroughfare is an experience to remember as you glide under its iconic bridges, passing moorings, terraces and countless examples of architectural grandeur. An absolute must.
Make your own way to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (Instructions on how to reach the airport using the local water buses will be provided.)
Our opinion…Bright, welcoming and modern in style, this is a great base from which to explore the city.
Location... Hotel Delle Nazioni is next to Florence Santa Maria Novella Station and a 10-minute walk from Florence Cathedral.
Accommodation…87 en suite rooms offer all the amenities you would expect.
Facilities…Breakfast room and American style bar/lounge.
Transport... A bus stop 200 metres from the hotel has services to the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery. The Fortezza da Basso is a 15-minute walk away.
Our opinion… The Hotel Hesperia provides an excellent, personalized service, thanks to the fact that the owners are always present, and available to give their constant care and attention to the needs of their guests.
Location… The hotel is situated in the historic centre, looking onto the Canale di Cannaregio.
Accommodation… Rooms are furnished with care in a modern style, but still maintain a typical Venetian look. All the rooms have a private bathroom and are equipped with all modern conveniences such as telephone with direct outside line, satellite TV, air-conditioning with individual control, central heating, mini-bar, safe, hair-dryer and Wi-Fi internet connection.
Facilities… Breakfast rooms and lounge. There is also a splendid terrace, from where you can watch the hustle and bustle of daily Venetian life.