Tuscany & Liguria

8 Days from £869 | May, September

Your base in Marina di Pietrasanta, on the Tuscan coast, is quieter than some of its neighbours but just as attractive. Your holiday includes three contrasting walking excursions: to the stunningly beautiful ‘Gulf of Poets’, just across the border in Liguria, haunt of, among others, Byron and Shelley; along the river to Lucca; and in the Serchio valley in the Apuan Alps – the ‘Marble Mountains’, whose stone is so prevalent in the cathedrals and baptisteries of the major Tuscan cities.

Tuscany & Liguria

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 87%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 7 nights hb on the Tuscan Coast
  • Three included walks: the valley to Lucca, the Garfagnana mountain valley, and the spectacular Gulf of Poets
  • Train ride through the Apuan Alps

DAY ONE: Flight to Pisa and a short transfer to your hotel for seven nights half board accommodation in Marina di Pietrasanta.

Marina di Pietrasanta: the modern beach resort is 3km from the old town of Pietrasanta, and has shops, bars, restaurants and pier. The resort centre is 700m from your hotel, and there is a regular bus service to Viareggio and beyond which stops near the hotel.

DAYS TWO TO SEVEN: In resort with three included walking excursions.

Walk 1: Along the river to Lucca. Coach transfer via Puccini’s Torre del Lago (he called it Paradise) to Nozzano Castello, from where you walk along the river to historic Lucca. On your route you will see villages with impressive towers, and woods. In Lucca, you walk along the ramparts and have a little free time to explore. You return to your hotel by train (25 minutes) and coach (15 minutes). 7 miles, almost level.

Walk 2: Rail & Trail, the Serchio valley. You begin with a coach transfer direct to the station at Aulla, in the Apuan Alps (32 miles, mainly motorway). From there you take the 40-minute train journey through the mountains to Piazza al Serchio. Your walk is approx. 7.5 miles to the station at Poggio along the side of the valley (ascent 200m/descent 250m), through pastureland and chestnuts, with views towards old villages and the Apuan Alps beyond. You return to your hotel by coach – time permitting, there will be a stop in Lucca en route. Please note that, if the train is not operating for any reason, a different walking excursion will be arranged.

Walk 3: The Gulf of Poets. You have a 30-minute transfer north to the village of Ameglia, at the mouth of the River Magra. From the old hilltop village, the walk takes you through the Montemarcello-Magra Natural Park towards the maritime village of Tellaro, on the Gulf of Poets. Tellaro is on the list of the ‘Most beautiful villages of Italy’: the colourful fishermen’s houses cluster close to St George’s church. You continue on to Lerici, with its 12th-century castle (worth the climb to get the view towards Portovenere and the offshore islands). You will have time to explore Lerici before the return to your hotel. The walk is 6 miles, with 300m of ascent and descent.

An optional excursion to Florence by coach and rail will be available.

DAY EIGHT: Free time until your transfer to Pisa airport and your flight home.

Please note: there is a local tourist tax of 1.50 euros per person per day. It is not included in the price of the holiday and will be payable by hotel guests directly to the hotel.

If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, we also offer it with a touring programme.

 

Tuscany & Liguria

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 87%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL JOSEPH ***, Marina di Pietrasanta. (seven nights)
The Hotel Joseph, recently-refurbished, offers spacious lounge areas, lift, bar, restaurant, terraces, and outdoor pool area with terrace and fine views of the Versilia Coast. There is a wellness centre, with treatments available (charges apply). Bedrooms are in two adjacent buildings, and have shower, wc, safety deposit box and wifi. Twin rooms also have balcony.  (www.hoteljoseph.net)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 78%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Walking Holiday - Tuscany & Liguria
Holiday code: 7WTF
Supplements per person:
Single Room: £100
Sea View Twin/Double Room: £70
Travel Insurance: £44.95
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Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 21/10/2018 at 15:47:06

Things went well for our Walking Group and we all enjoyed ourselves very much indeed. Preferred Travel representative was a gem, well organised, amusing and always very helpful. The Walking guides were excellent - with Emilio, who led the two walks through the Serchio Valley, being outstanding. Well done Preferred Travel. Our Walking Group will cerainly be planning another week walking with you - Probably in the Spring.

Mr and Mrs P, Devon

Staff at hotel were efficient and friendly.

Ms F, Borders

Our 4th holiday with you - very good holiday again. Well done!

Mrs C, South Wales

The holiday was excellent. All members of staff gave excellent support and service. Very clean and pleasant hotel with friendly staff.

Mrs H, Essex

Reception and Dining Staff at the hotel have been extremely helpful and very obliging. We cannot praise them enough.

Mr & Mrs D, West Sussex

Walking guides were friendly and knowledgeable.

Mrs F, Midlothian

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