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Treasures of Florence Weekend Trip

Break Available: All year round
4 days

Price Per Person: From £1,090

Travel to the birth place of the Renaissance. Florence has an array of iconic places to visit from the Duomo with Brunelleschi’s famous dome, to Santa Croce Church where most of the well known artists were buried.

Follow in the footsteps of the Medici family whose history is so closely entwined with the city. There are reminders of them everywhere. From the very existence of the Vasari Corridor connecting the Palazzo Uffizi to the Pitti Palace, the statues of the Medici celebrated in the streets, and the Medici Chapels where they were laid to rest.

Florence could not be more ideally placed for extending your break to Siena for the Palio Race, Rome, Milan, Verona or Venice.

What to Pack.

Highlights

  • Private Guided Tour of the Uffizi Gallery and it’s 93 rooms of exceptional art words in Florence,
  • Priority Line Pass for the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s Majestic David statue
  • 3 nights accommodation in scenic hotel within minutes from the Duomo and in the very heart of Florence
  • Flights from many UK regional airports
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 

Day 1
Fly to Florence or Pisa and Private Airport Transfer to your hotel

Day 1
Fly to Florence or Pisa and Private Airport Transfer to your hotel

Fly to  either Florence or Pisa and take your private transfer to your chosen hotel in the centre.

Hotel Brunelleschi is a beautiful 4 star hotel located just below the duomo. Why not upgrade your room to a view of Florence’s iconic building?

It is superbly placed for a visit to all the main sights, which can be easily reached on foot.

Rest of day at leisure.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Florence - Upgrade Hotel Brunelleschi Deluxe Duomo View Room
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Florence - Upgrade Hotel Brunelleschi Deluxe Duomo View Room

Hotel Brunelleschi is strategically placed for fantastic views over the Florence Duomo but without an upgrade to a deluxe Duomo view room, you will not be able to enjoy A Room with a View!

Price Per Person: From £65 per person per night

External shot of Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Deluxe Duomo view room at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Dining at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Day 2
Private Guided Uffizi Tour and Evening at Leisure

Day 2
Private Guided Uffizi Tour and Evening at Leisure

This morning your guide will meet you for your private guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery.

The Uffizi Gallery created for the Medici family, houses some of the most impressive paintings of the western world. Among the collection is “The Adoration of the Magi”, “Madonna and Child”, “Baptism of Christ” and the world famous “Birth of Venus”.

The other joy of having a private guide is that you will be whisked to the front of the queue so you can spend your time enjoying the art, rather than waiting!

At this point your guide will leave you to your own devices for your rest of day at leisure.

Why Florence?

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Florence - Chianti Wine Tasting & Dinner
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Florence - Chianti Wine Tasting & Dinner

Your private transfer will take you to the Chianti region where you can explore a castle, visit Greve and Castellina, before being taken to a characteristic tavern for an authentic Chianti dinner and wine. On the menu is Florence’s famous T-bone steak along with the following wines to sample:

-Chianti Classic
-Chianti Riserva
-Vin Santo (or Supertuscan)

Available from the 01 April – 31 October on Tuesdays and Fridays only and must be for a minimum of 2 people.

Price Per Person: From £110

Chianti grapes
Chianti tour, Tuscany
Chianti Classico Wine, Tuscany

Day 3
Visit the Accademia Gallery

Day 3
Visit the Accademia Gallery

Today with your Priority Line Pass visit the Accademia Gallery avoiding most of the queues. Once inside marvel at Botticelli’s David whilst also enjoying other Florentine treasures.

Rest of day at leisure to explore.

Florence is the birth place of the Renaissance so there is plenty to do. Visit Santa Croce Church where most of the famous artists were buried, or take a walk around the Medici Chapels. You can also stroll to the Palazzo Vecchio on your way to the Ponte Vecchio bridge.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Florence - Private Guided Duomo Tour
  • Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Pitti Palace
  • Florence - Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery
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Florence - Private Guided Duomo Tour

This morning your guide will take you to the Duomo for your private guided tour.

The Duomo is the main gothic style church in Florence. It was completed in 1436 with the famous dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi. To date it is still one of the largest in the world. You will see the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile, which between them are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Price Per Person: From £80

Exterior of Duomo, Florence
Interior of Duomo, Florence
Frescoed ceiling at the Duomo, Florence

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Pitti Palace

Your guide will take you on a private guided tour of the Pitti Palace.

The Pitti Palace was built in 1458 and was later bought by the Medici family in 1549. It then became the chief residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In this time is amassed many fine paintings. By the 18th century it became the royal palace for Napoleon. From 1919 it opened its doors to the public, showing these valuable collections.

Price Per Person: From £90

Pitti Palace, Florence
Pitti Palace, Florence
Statue at Boboli gardens, Florence

Florence - Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery

Today you will take the “Prince’s Itinerary;” the elevated passageway which connects the Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Continue over the Ponte Vecchio to the Uffizi gallery. View the Uffizi highlights of “Birth of Venus” in all her glory, before moving onto Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael’s exhibits.

Venture along the Vasari Corridor, created so that the ruling families could safely travel between government and their homes. Finish the tour at the enchanting Boboli Gardens and admire Buontalenti’s Grotto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Vasari Corridor, Florence
Uffizi gallery, Florence
Vasari corridor, Florence

Day 4
At Leisure until Private Airport Transfer for flight home

Day 4
At Leisure until Private Airport Transfer for flight home

At leisure until your private airport transfer for your flight home after your Florence Weekend Break.

If you have an afternoon flight, why not extend your last day by having a few hours to explore Pisa.

Alternatively, if you are travelling in the summer, then we have three fantastic extension options for you. You can either head north and attend the Verona opera festival, which takes place in a Roman arena (June – September). A second option would be to head west and enjoy the Puccini Opera Festival from Lucca.

Or, you want another city trip, then a few nights in Rome enjoying the Coloseum and the Vatican, must be high on your list. If travelling to Rome in July and August, then you have the option of attending the Caracalla Summer Festival where operas, ballet and even a gala take place, with the backdrop of the Roman ruins. Very scenic! All three opera options are open-air arena experiences.

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  • Florence - Explore Pisa and Private Airport Transfer
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Florence - Explore Pisa and Private Airport Transfer

With few flights departing from Florence airport, most UK flights land in nearby Pisa. Why not extend either your first or last day in Florence with a few hours to see Pisa en route. Pisa is best explored under your own steam. As well as climbing to the top of the Leaning Tower, make sure you leave enough time to visit the church and the frescoes in the buildings within the complex.

Price Per Person: From £135 for 3hrs with driver waiting for you. Please note this does not include entrance tickets which vary between €15-20 per person depending on how many of the sights you want to visit.

Leaning tower of Pisa
Leaning tower of Pisa
Leaning tower of Pisa
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Hotel Brunelleschi - Florence (4 Star)

External shot of Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Deluxe Duomo view room at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Dining at Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence
Indoor dining at Hotel Brunelleschi

Hotel Brunelleschi - Florence (4 Star)

Hotel Brunelleschi is a luxury hotel in the centre of Florence: only a stone’s throw away from the Uffizi Gallery, “Piazza della Signoria” and one of the world’s most famous shopping street.

This 4 star hotel offers 2 restaurants, a gym and 96 rooms and suites some with jacuzzi and spectacular views of the “Duomo”.

Hotel Brunelleschi was created within a circular Byzantine tower and a medieval church, reconstructed, but keeping the original characteristics. Inside you can find a private museum with the ruins discovered during the restoration. It is mentioned in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”.

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Hotel Degli Orafi - Florence (4 Star)

External view of Hotel Degli Orafi, Florence
Room at Hotel Degli Orafi, Florence
Lounge at Hotel Degli Orafi, Florence
Night view from terrace at Hotel Degli Orafi, Florence

Hotel Degli Orafi - Florence (4 Star)

The Hotel Degli Orafi is well known worldwide as the setting for James Ivory’s film “A Room with a View”.

This magnificent hotel is located in an ancient Florentine building dating back to the 13th century.

It is in the centre of the city next to the River Arno and just a few steps away from the famous Ponte Vecchio & the Uffizi Gallery.

You can enjoy original 12th Century frescoes in the modern library. From the roof terrace bar you can admire the view over Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River, the Georgofili Academy, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Vasarian Corridor & the Brunelleschi’s Dome.

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Relais Santa Croce - Florence (5 Star)

Hallway shot for Relais Santa Croce, Florence
Bedroom Relais Santa Croce, Florence
Lounge Relais Santa Croce, Florence
Intimate dining at Relais Santa Croce, Florence

Relais Santa Croce - Florence (5 Star)

A perfect balance between the luxury of a bygone era and modern comforts. In the historic centre of Florence, an eighteenth century residence hosts the exclusive, refined Relais Santa Croce.

Surrounded by its sumptuous furnishings and frescoed ceilings, you will be assisted by highly professional staff and delighted by the evocative nature of this truly extraordinary location.

The hotel restaurant, Guelfi e Ghibellini, offers innovative, seasonal regional menus. Furthermore, situated within the same building as the Relais Santa Croce is the Enoteca Pinchiorri, a three-star Michelin restaurant.

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Optional Extras
Florence - Upgrade Hotel Brunelleschi Deluxe Duomo View Room
External shot of Hotel Brunelleschi, Florence

Hotel Brunelleschi is strategically placed for fantastic views over the Florence Duomo but without an upgrade to a deluxe Duomo view room, you will not be able to enjoy A Room with a View!

Price Per Person: From £65 per person per night

Florence - Chianti Wine Tasting & Dinner
Chianti grapes

Your private transfer will take you to the Chianti region where you can explore a castle, visit Greve and Castellina, before being taken to a characteristic tavern for an authentic Chianti dinner and wine. On the menu is Florence’s famous T-bone steak along with the following wines to sample:

-Chianti Classic
-Chianti Riserva
-Vin Santo (or Supertuscan)

Available from the 01 April – 31 October on Tuesdays and Fridays only and must be for a minimum of 2 people.

Price Per Person: From £110

Florence - Private Guided Duomo Tour
Exterior of Duomo, Florence

This morning your guide will take you to the Duomo for your private guided tour.

The Duomo is the main gothic style church in Florence. It was completed in 1436 with the famous dome created by Filippo Brunelleschi. To date it is still one of the largest in the world. You will see the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile, which between them are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Price Per Person: From £80

Florence - Private Guided Tour of the Pitti Palace
Pitti Palace, Florence

Your guide will take you on a private guided tour of the Pitti Palace.

The Pitti Palace was built in 1458 and was later bought by the Medici family in 1549. It then became the chief residence of the ruling families of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In this time is amassed many fine paintings. By the 18th century it became the royal palace for Napoleon. From 1919 it opened its doors to the public, showing these valuable collections.

Price Per Person: From £90

Florence - Vasari Corridor & Uffizi Gallery
Vasari Corridor, Florence

Today you will take the “Prince’s Itinerary;” the elevated passageway which connects the Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace. Continue over the Ponte Vecchio to the Uffizi gallery. View the Uffizi highlights of “Birth of Venus” in all her glory, before moving onto Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael’s exhibits.

Venture along the Vasari Corridor, created so that the ruling families could safely travel between government and their homes. Finish the tour at the enchanting Boboli Gardens and admire Buontalenti’s Grotto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Florence - Explore Pisa and Private Airport Transfer
Leaning tower of Pisa

With few flights departing from Florence airport, most UK flights land in nearby Pisa. Why not extend either your first or last day in Florence with a few hours to see Pisa en route. Pisa is best explored under your own steam. As well as climbing to the top of the Leaning Tower, make sure you leave enough time to visit the church and the frescoes in the buildings within the complex.

Price Per Person: From £135 for 3hrs with driver waiting for you. Please note this does not include entrance tickets which vary between €15-20 per person depending on how many of the sights you want to visit.

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We’ve had a fantastic time and experience! A huge part of being able to completely relax and enjoy the holiday was that everything from start to finish with yourselves had been superbly and efficiently arranged. It has been a pleasure dealing with you. The hotels were excellent, with friendly and helpful staff. It helps so much when you know everything has been arranged to such a standard.

Judith and Phillip

Mark arranged this holiday for my 50th birthday and it was absolutely fantastic!! It has given us some fabulous memories so thank you so much for your professionalism, local knowledge and attention to detail. Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved, including the taxi drivers who were superb!!

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What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotel Brunelleschi)
  • Activities as described
  • Private airport transfers
  • Flights back to the UK (includes 1 hold bag per person)

Departure airports:
Belfast
Bournemouth
Bristol
East Midlands
Edinburgh
Gatwick
Glasgow
Heathrow
Leeds Bradford
Liverpool
Luton
Manchester
Newcastle
Stansted

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights.

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