Drenched in history, the narrow lanes of wide-walled towns bring surprises at every turn. A walk along the old Cinque Terre mule track takes one through a landscape handcrafted over the last thousand years out of an uninhabitable rocky coast. The ochre and dusky pink houses of the “five villages” tumble down to the sea from cliff top promontories, piled up between tiny harbours and medieval forts. Somerset Tours & Travel invite you to join them on a unique journey to this colourful and exciting destination.

The 16-day tour departs from South Africa on 06 October 2011 and flies on Lufthansa via Frankfurt to Florence. Ten days will be spent at the charming Hotel Puccini in the Spa town of Montecatini Terme from which day excursions will be run to Florence, Montalcino, Pistoia, Vinci, Monteriggioni, Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, Lucca and Pisa.

From there, the tour will proceed to Monterosso al Mare on the Cinque Terre coast where we will base ourselves for 3 days exploring the area by train, on foot and by ferry. We will be returning to South Africa on 21 October 2011.

Liz Cotton will be accompanying the group from South Africa and professional local guides will be escorting the group from arrival in Florence and in each town. This will be an affordable, unique and unforgettable experience for every member of the group.

If you have any queries, or would like to secure your reservation on this tour, please do not hesitate to contact me on 021 786-2598 or cell 083 357 4855. I look forward to booking your place on this tour. Come and discover the art, architecture, the glorious history, the scrumptious foods and fabulous wines, the palaces and fortresses and charming little villages of Tuscany and Cinque Terre.