Category Archives: Tours Abroad

Siena and the Gardens of Southern Tuscany

Monday 15th – Friday 19th May 2017

sienna

Hill-top Siena, for so long the arch-rival of Florence, will be our base for this five-day tour. It is, even more than Florence, the archetypal medieval Italian city, narrow streets running between tall and imposing palazzi to the huge fan-shaped Campo where the Palio is run twice a year.  The distinctive striped cathedral, perched on the top of one of the city’s hills, catches the eye from almost every direction.  We are based in the five-star Grand Hotel Continental, the former the seventeenth century Palazzo Gori Pannilini, built by Pope Alexander VII as a wedding present to his niece Olympia Chigi on her marriage to Giulio de’Gori, situated in the very heart of the city. From here it is only a few minutes’ walk to the Piazza del Campo and the cathedral.

Spring in Naples, Ischia and the Amalfi Coast

Wednesday 19th – Monday 24th April 2017

Wednesday 3rd – Monday 8th May 2017

naplesIn the late Neapolitan spring, the air is redolent with the scent of lemon blossom and the wisteria is in full bloom. Across the Bay of Naples, Vesuvius and Capri seem to hang in the opalescent light. On the Amalfi coast the mountains, terraced with lemon groves, plunge into sunlit seas.

This is a six-day tour, with three nights at the five star Grand Hotel Parkers in the centre of Naples, with all rooms enjoying the spectacular view of the Bay of Naples, and two nights in Ravello at the Hotel Villa Maria.

Please note that the tour from 3-8 May is now fully booked.