Touring Tuscany!

TUSCANY

 

 

Tuscany is a region in central Italy with spectacular medieval hill towns and wonderful scenery. It is also one of Italy’s top holiday destinations.

Tuscany attracts tourists in their thousands because there are so many amazing places to see in its 8,900 square miles, most notably Florence, the regional capital.

With its historic cities, Renaissance art, hill towns, beaches, and beautiful countryside, there’s little wonder that Tuscany is so popular with tourists from around the world.

 

Florence

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Florence can be found in the heart of Tuscany, and is often regarded as the “pearl of the Renaissance”.

This culturally rich and beautiful city is full of delightful Renaissance architecture and some excellent museums.

Take a guided tour of Florence’s Cathedral, with its famous dome. Visit the Uffizi art gallery, home to the works of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Rembrandt and Van Dyck.

 

Pisa

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To the north of Tuscany, you will find Pisa which is famous for its extraordinary leaning tower.

This famous leaning tower has tilted since it was built over six hundred years ago and still remains one of the most popular tourists attractions around the world today.

Join a guided tour and take a selfie which looks like you are leaning on the tower itself.

 

 

San Gimignano

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San Gimignan is a beautiful city southwest of Florence and is well known for its amazing Towers.

This medieval walled hill town has 14 surviving medieval towers which create an outstanding view from the surrounding countryside.

You can also see medieval houses and fountains as you take a guided tour through this enchanting market town.

 

 

Montepulciano

 

Montepulciano is another walled city in Tuscany which is built on a sloping and narrow limestone ridge.

Montepulciano also has an impressive main square as well as many beautiful Renaissance buildings to wonder at.

You can try some exquisite wines in nearby Montalcino, which has a castle at the edge of the town that has wine tasting.

 

 

Siena

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Siena is a wonderfully classic medieval hill town in Tuscany famous for its large fan-shaped piazza, the Piazza del Campo. It is one of the finest medieval cities in the world.

The Piazza del Campo now stands where the Roman forum once stood, and is dominated by the red Palazzo Pubblico and its tall bell tower, Torre del Mangia. Climb the 500 steps or more too experience a wonderful view of Siena and its extraordinary surroundings.

There is still more plenty to see on a guided tour, including the Civic Palace, Civic Museum and Siena’s Beautiful Gothic Cathedral.

 

The Chianti wine region

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Particularly popular among travellers, the Chianti Classico wine region lies between the larger cities of Florence and Siena. This region is renowned for its picturesque villages,  beautiful countryside and very special wineries.

A delightful drive through the cypress and olive groves will bring you to some beautiful places where you can explore medieval castle, taste local produce and explore many artisan shops and cafes.

Touring the region also provides a chance to visit wine-makers to get an insight into their wine making process. This allows free wine tastings and soaking up the glorious atmosphere – perfect!

Valentines Day getaway!

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Valentines Day is the perfect time to whisk your loved one away on an enchanting trip for two.

Paris is one beautiful place to go, with its amazing monuments to see and incredible night life to enjoy.

However, there are also other wonderful places to explore, including Prague, Vienna, Bruges and Tuscany.

PRAGUE

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Prague at night.

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is also known as ‘the City of a Hundred Spires’.  This truly romantic city is famous for its ancient Old Town Square, colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and medieval Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall.

Explore this beautiful city by walking along its curved cobblestone streets and beautiful bridges. Travel by tram across the Vltava River and see the magnificent 1000 year old Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral with its grand stained glass windows.

Prague has a wonderfully diverse nightlife with everything from opera, theatre and ballet to music clubs such as the five-story Karlovy Lázně, and a seemingly infinite range of bars and cafés. Find underground bars with amazing cocktails on offer and enticing restaurants serving delicious food and fine red wine.

Explore this elegant ‘Golden City’ for a truly romantic experience never to be forgotten.

VIENNA

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The Musikverein Concert Hall in Vienna

The capital city of Austria, Vienna is known for its Baroque palaces and marvelous concert halls.

Vienna is also famously artistic and residents have included Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud.

For a special romantic evening out in Vienna, book your tickets for the Vienna Mozart Concert at the Musikverein. Dressed in historical costumes and wigs, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra re-creates the 18th century in this historic concert hall – the perfect valentine gift to enjoy a little Mozart while you’re in Vienna!

Vienna also houses many elegant coffee houses to indulge in delicious cakes and steaming hot coffee while gazing at the outstanding beauty outside, and a chance of snow in February will only add to the romance!

BRUGES

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Bruges magnificent medieval architecture

Medieval Bruges can be counted as one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.

The whole atmosphere of Bruges oozes pure romance with its medieval architecture, canals and cobbled streets.

 You can try your luck at climbing the Belfry Tower to find the final view absolutely breathtaking. You will also see the old Law Courts, the City Hall, and the ‘Basilica of the Holy Blood’ in which is housed some of Jesus’ blood.

Like in many towns in Belgium, in Bruges you will find many varieties of beer, delicious chocolates and fine lace, a trademark ever since the Renaissance. The many lovely warm restaurants are also there to while away the time on a truly romantic day.

TUSCANY

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Tuscany wine region

 Tuscany with its rolling hillsides, quaint farmhouses, tall cypress trees and olive groves is just waiting to be explored.

 Head to the scenic hills of the Tuscan wine region in February to experience this romantic beautiful countryside all to yourself, without the hordes of other holiday makers.

Taste the local produce and explore the numerous artisan shops while reveling in the truly romantic atmosphere of glorious Tuscany.

Give the family an adventure to remember this summer with Explore

Give the family an adventure to remember this summer with Explore!

Give the family an adventure to remember this summer with Explore  – 

Instead of booking a week on the beach this summer, how about taking the family on an adventure they’ll never forget? Whether you’re chasing the thrill of zip wiring, canyoning and whitewater rafting, or the more relaxed pursuits of kayaking, cycling, and boat cruises, an active break is just the way to keep the whole family entertained over the holidays. With over 16 different family tours departing to Europe alone this summer – from the Azores, to Tuscany, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy  – there’s an Explore adventure to suit all interests.

Below are a selection currently on offer in Europe:

 

Family Active Andalucia!

Cycle, kayak and walk through some of southern Spain and Portugal’s most remote areas. In this rural corner of Western Europe, discover a landscape of forested hills, mountain villages and shimmering lakes. Later, cruise along the scenic Guadiana River, travel to the coast and relax among its beautiful sand dunes. Departing in August 2013, this eight day family adventure starts from £739 per adult and £696 per child including return flights; seven nights hotel with breakfast; transport; and the services of a tour leader and driver. Minimum age is six.

 

Tuscan Active Adventure

This energetic holiday explores Tuscany’s hidden gem – the Garfagnana Valley. Combine outdoor activities such as canyoning, climbing, kayaking, and riding zip wires with time to relax by the pool at a beautifully restored Tuscan villa. Walk the ‘Cinque Terre’ coastal path, and cycle on the ancient city walls of Lucca. At the end of each day, return to a homely farmhouse and enjoy home-cooked Tuscan cuisine. Departing July and August 2013, this eight day adventure starts from £1,064 per adult and £967 per child including return flights; seven nights hotel with breakfast; eight other meals; local transport; and the services of a tour leader and driver. Minimum age is 11.

 

Croatian Active Adventure

Join this week of exciting activities in stunning Croatian landscapes. Based in a rural hamlet with access to the Dalmatian Coast, enjoy the thrills of whitewater rafting, go sea kayaking and ‘canyon’ through caves and waterfalls. There is also time to discover Croatia’s historic sights or relax, making this an ideal trip for all the family. Departing in August 2013, this eight day holiday starts from £1,099 per adult and £1,034 per child including return flights; seven nights pension accommodation with breakfast; eight other meals; transport including bus, kayaking and raft; and the services of a tour leader, driver, instructor and support staff for all activities. Participation in canoeing, kayaking, or rafting (including whitewater) requires the ability to swim 25 metres unaided. Minimum age is eight.

Azores Adventure

Bathed by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, these little-known volcanic islands rise dramatically from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Spend time on two of the nine islands, Sao Miguel and Terceira, exploring their jagged landscapes and deep lava caves. Take a boat to search for elusive whales and dolphins and try local cuisine cooked in natural ovens cut out of the ground. Departing in July and August 2013, this eight day tour starts from £1,330 per adult and £1,234 per child including return flights; seven night’s hotel with breakfast; two lunches; local transport; and the services of a tour leader, drivers and boat crew. Minimum age is five.

 

 

Travel your way with Cosmos Tours!

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Using a great tour company is like hopping on a magic carpet: They take care of all the bothersome details while the traveller experiences a series of wonderful adventures in distant lands. Cosmos Tours is that magic carpet offering the four corners of the globe in well-planned holidays filled with world-renowned sites.
For those seeking the wonders of nature, Cosmos has tours of the vast fjords in Oslo, the Alps of Switzerland or Mount Vesuvius. The relaxed charm of the Old World lifestyle can still be found in their tours of Portugal, Greece or Madrid while others may prefer New York or Las Vegas. There is something for all tastes here.
At Cosmos, tours are suitable for all ages from 8 years to senior citizens. Multi-generational travel is now very popular. Families share an experience together. Parents, their children and grandparents alike. Travellers with Cosmos will find themselves in a group of people with whom they can feel comfortable, the first requirement for having fun.
Instead of rushing through a blur of destinations as quickly as possible, travellers can take more leisurely tours. Coach or rail tours are available in many popular locations, allowing travellers to enjoy the landscape flowing by. This is travel as it should be.
Every coach tour is carefully planned to give maximum enjoyment without worry or inconvenience. The planners at Cosmos know what travellers love, and they are experts in supplying it. To see the world your way, see Global Coach Tours, and book that magic carpet today!