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  • Garden tour holidays for groups in Tuscany

    Palazzo Pfanner gardens, Lucca

    Villa Torrigiano gardens, Tuscany

    Parco Villa Reale di Marlia, Tuscany

    Parco Villa Reale di Marlia, Tuscany

    Villa le Barone

    Garden view at the Villa le Barone

    Hotel Bagni di Pisa near Lucca

    Tour of the Gardens & Villas of Tuscany

    6 night tour for small groups
    Combining Chianti and the Lucca region this 6 night Italian garden tour for small groups reflects the diversity and beauty of Tuscan villas and gardens; Italianate, baroque, parkland, water features and stunning views. This garden tour holiday operates with a maximum of 14 people.

    This Italian garden tour for small groups combines the classical heart of Tuscany with a stay near Greve in Chianti from where you visit some of the most beautiful and historic gardens in the Chianti area, accompanied by a local guide; Villa Vignamaggio boasts an ornate Italian garden with ornamental trees, roses and cypress and Villa Geggiano, frequently used as a film set, is resplendent with ancient cypress, sculpted boxwood as well as lemon trees. The gardens at Badia a Colibuono, a former mediaeval abbey, take their spirit from the old monks’ hortus conclusus. Today there is still a domestic quality to the garden with its pots of lavender, potted olive trees, clumps of hydrangea, and a vine-covered pergola. There is a formality dating from the early 20th Century with its box parterre and magnolia grandiflora too. This is a garden for all seasons. Villa Chigi Saracini dates from the 19th Century and has some formal gardens in Italian style, but is known more for its English-style parkland, quite unusual in this part of Italy. From Chianti you move further west towards the coast and the town of Lucca, which offers the opportunity to visit some of the less well-known gems of this region, including the baroque gardens of Palazzo Pfanner inside the mediaeval town, Villa Grabau, Villa Oliva, the Parco della Villa Reale and the Villa Torrigiani. En route though you visit the impressive gardens of Villa Garzoni, famed for its Baroque terraces, staircases and water cascades. The Villa Grabau is renowed for its English-style parkland which abounds in rare trees, planted initially in the 16th century when the villa was built and added to over the years. Villa Oliva enjoys views over the countryside near Lucca from its position on a hillside. Its gardens descend the hill and there are numerous waterfalls and fountains. The Parco della Villa Reale is an extensive garden and parkland with numerous linked water features, a Moorish garden, a lemon garden, a green theatre and a camellia walk. Finally, the Villa Torrigiani houses a baroque garden with nymphaeum, grottoes, water games and flowers.
    Click the tabs above to find out more about hotel and travel arrangements, or click here to download a pdf with full details of this garden tour holiday.

    Client Testimonial
    “This holiday was excellent and very enjoyable and the arrangements all went well. A real Tuscan experience.” Mr C.

    Day one: Arrive in Tuscany
    You depart from London Heathrow on the BA604 at 08.25 arriving at 11.45 hrs at Pisa. You are met by your driver and then transferred to your hotel for the first three nights, the Villa le Barone at Panzano near Greve in Chianti. There is time to unpack and explore the hotel and its grounds as well as the country tracks nearby before dinner at 19.30 hrs.
    Day two: Visit to Villa Villamaggio and Badia a Coltibuono
    Today combines visits to Villa Vignamaggio and Badia a Coltibuono with guided tours at both gardens. Villa Vignamaggio was the home of the Gherardini family and Lisa Gherardini who is said to be the subject of da Vinci’s Monna Lisa. Depending on the order of the visits and timings, there will be free time for lunch, probably in Radda in Chianti, a pretty town at the heart of the Chianti wine region, with a choice of cafes and small restaurants for lunch. Return to the hotel Villa le Barone at about 18.00 hrs, in good time for dinner which will be at 19.30 hrs..
     Please note: this replaces Villa Poggi Torselli, as the owner has declined to offer any visits of the gardens at the time being. We have replaced this with Badia a Coltibuono today and also Villa Chigi Saracini on day three of the tour.
    Day three: Full day tour Villa Geggiano and Villa Chigi Seracini
    Departure this morning for a full day tour is at 09.30 hrs. You visit two gardens today. One is Villa Chigi Saracini where you visit under your own steam, and the second garden of the day is Villa Geggiano, now a national monument, where you have a guided tour. There will be free time for lunch in Castelnuovo Berardenga or Siena, depending on the times of the visits. You should arrive back at the hotel at about 17.30 hrs in time to rest and change before dinner at the hotel at 19.30 hrs.
    Day four: Departure for Lucca
    You leave Greve this morning for your second stay of the tour, at the Bagni di Pisa near Lucca. En route we have included a visit of the gardens of Villa Garzoni, dating from 1652 and famous for the balustraded terraces, symmetrical staircases and water cascades, which make the most of the hillside location. Lunch is included at the Ristorante Garzoni. You arrive at the Bagni di Pisa mid to late afternoon, with time perhaps for a spa treatment or a swim in the hotel’s pool. arriving in time to relax and enjoy the hotel’s spa treatments or a swim in the hotel’s pool. Dinner is taken at the hotel.
    Day five: Full day tour to Villa Grabau and Villa Oliva
    Breakfast is served from 07.30 am and the departure today from the hotel at 09.30 hrs. Today a local guide accompanies you on your visit to Lucca and the baroque gardens of Villa Pfanner. There is free time in Lucca for a bite to eat for lunch, under your own steam, and then in the afternoon, from 2.30 you visit nearby Villa Grabau and the gardens of the Villa Oliva. Your guide will stay with you for these visits. These two villas and their gardens near Lucca give you a flavour of the variety of the gardens in this area with both English-style parkland with rare trees and formal water features. You should be back at your hotel by 17.30 hrs to rest and relax before dinner at 20.00 hrs.
    Day six: Full day tour to Parco Villa Reale di Marlia and Villa Torrigiani
    Today depart at 09.15 hrs after breakfast (served from 07.30 am). Your guide accompanies you to two splendid gardens in the Lucca area again today. At 10.00 you reach Parco Villa Reale. The Parco Villa Reale is a very large garden with numerous water features, gardens within gardens and an enormous amount to explore. Lunch is included at a local trattoria in between visits. Villa Torrigiani is very pretty, formal and ornate. You return to the hotel by about 17.15 hrs, again for time to freshen up and enjoy an aperitif before dinner at 20.00 hrs.
    Day seven: Return to London from Pisa
    A leisurely breakfast (served from 07.30 am) with time to relax before checking out late morning. Free time to explore the village and use the hotel grounds, or even take a taxi, under your own steam, back into Lucca for final sightseeing or shopping, before you leave for the BA605 departing from Pisa at 18.05 hrs.

    Dates and prices - 2020 dates now booking
    This tour departs on the following dates: 
    8 September 2019 £2,790
    17 May 2020 £2,690
    4 June 2020 £2,790
    6 September 2020 £2,790

    Prices are based on two people sharing a double or twin room.
    Single supplement for use of double per person: £440 in May, £500 in June and £530 in September.
    Deposit payment: £400 per person
    We include
    • Flights with British Airways London Heathrow to Pisa in Euro traveller.
    • Transportation from Pisa airport and back to Pisa airport in a small 16 seater coach for maximum 14 people with one piece of luggage per person, English speaking driver/escort.
    • Entrance tickets to the gardens mentioned with guided visits as mentioned..
    • Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Villa le Barone in Classic double or twin rooms.
    • Three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Hotel Bagni di Pisa in Comfort double or twin rooms.
    • Two lunches per person in local trattorias
    Click the tabs above to find out more about hotel and travel arrangements, or click here to download a pdf with full details of this garden tour holiday.

    Tuscany garden tour map

    Where you stay

    Villa le Barone
    Panzano, Greve in Chianti
    This is a traditional hotel, once an aristocratic villa and now a 4 star hotel of under 30 rooms, in its own grounds amid a typical Tuscan landscape of rolling fields and vineyards. There is a swimming pool and tennis court.
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    Hotel Bagni di Pisa
    San Giuliano Terme, near Lucca
    This is a 5 star spa hotel of about 60 rooms, situated on the edge of a small spa town. It is renowned for its spa facilities including a thermal pool and cave, yet its location near Lucca and Pisa make it an ideal base. There is an indoor and outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre.
    See more on Hotel Bagni di Pisa

    Travel arrangements

    We include flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Pisa in Euro traveller, as well as transportation in a small coach with one piece of luggage per person.
    If you want us to arrange flights on other dates and from UK regional airports or to extend your holiday with a stay elsewhere in Italy, just let us know. If you are not arriving from the UK, then we can give you a price that excludes flights and perhaps with extra transfers included. We will adjust the details and the price accordingly.

    Important information

    This holiday is based on 14 people participating. Our booking conditions apply to this holiday and a copy of the booking conditions can be seen on our website, a copy can be requested before you book and a copy will be sent to you with a confirmed booking. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary if we cannot be accommodated in any of the villas and gardens for any reason closer to the date of departure. We reserve the right to alter the hotel accommodation if necessary. Holiday insurance is not included but it is absolutely essential that you are fully insured.

    Click here to download a pdf with full details of this garden tour holiday.

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