- Guided tour of Pistoia – known as the “Small Santiago de Compostela”
- Worship in Santa Maria della Fontenuova in Monsummano Terme
- Guided tour of Florence and the cathedral complex
- Guided tour of Siena
- Worship in the San Vivaldo Convent and Chapel
- Guided tour of Lucca and the cathedral
- Guided tour of Pisa and the Field of Miracles
- Walking the Way of St James from Serravalle to Pistoia (12km)
- Walking the Way of St. James from Pescia to Montecatini (11km)
- Walking the Via Francigena from Padule to Fucecchio (11km)
None! – all excursions and extras as listed above and below are included!
- Hotel Porterage
- Personal audio guiding system
- All hotel, restaurant, driver and guide gratuities
- Services of a pilgrim trekking guide on three days
- Montecatini Alto funicular ride
- Thermal pool and spa entrance in Grotta Giusti
Included meals & drinks
Meals: a full buffet breakfast each morning, three lunches and all evening meals. Five three-course dinners in the hotel and two evening meals in local atmospheric restaurants. One in the beautiful surroundings of Montecatini Alto reached by funicular and the other just a short walk from your hotel. On the three walking days lunches will be in local restaurants along the walking routes.
Drinks: welcome and farewell drinks. Wine or soft drink and tea or coffee with all evening meals and all three lunches.
Our team in Italy
Our dedicated ordained McCabe Tour Leader will meet you at Heathrow and travel with you, escort all excursions and lead optional worship on some occasions in the hotel, along the walking routes and some sights visited.
On arrival in Italy you will be met by our Tour Manager who will stay with you, look after all logistics, offer fascinating commentary during journeys and be there for any questions or queries and to ensure that everything runs smoothly. On the three days walking the pilgrimage trails you will have an official trekking guide who knows all points of interest and faith on these routes.
The flight is direct to Pisa with British Airways from London Heathrow. Flight upgrades, for that extra comfort and ease through the airport, as well as regional connecting flights from some UK airports can be arranged at a supplement. An overnight stop at Heathrow may be required which we can assist you with. Please enquire at time of booking.
Flight departs Heathrow: 08:05
Flight returns: 14:00
Length of flight to Pisa: two hours and 30 minutes
Flight times maybe subject to change and are confirmed with your final paperwork.
Seven nights’ accommodation in the four-star, Hotel Adua in Montecatini in a double or twin room based on two sharing. A limited number of smaller double rooms for sole use are available for a low supplement. These rooms are smaller doubles that are cosy for two but comfortable for single occupancy.
MONTECATINI TERME: HOTEL ADUA (4*)
The four-star Adua Wellness & Beauty Hotel Montecatini Terme has 72 rooms and lies 25 minutes' stroll from the Piazza Giuseppe Giusti close to the centre of the resort and Parc des Thermes and its main attractions.
Hotel facilities: a year-round indoor heated pool and seasonal outdoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, solarium, gym and a spa and massage centre with treatments available (at extra cost). Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
Your hotel room: unique and individually decorated double or twin rooms with air-conditioning/ heating with garden or resort views. All rooms have a fridge, safe and flat screen TV with satellite channels. There will be a bathrobe for your use during your stay.
Hotel bathrooms: bath or walk-in shower equipped with a hairdryer, bathrobe, soap, shampoo and shower gel. Ample towels for both bathroom and the hotel pool will be provided.
*Double rooms for single use - A limited number of smaller double rooms for sole use are available for a low supplement. These rooms are smaller doubles that are cosy for two but comfortable for single occupancy.
Your resort - Montecatini Terme
Montecatini Terme is famous for its thermal waters and can be considered one of the finest “spa towns” in Italy. At the turn of the 20th century, the amount of hotels started growing and so did the need to combine the thermal bathing with fun, relaxation and sport. A host of trendy restaurants, theatres and night clubs opened, as well as a casino, and a lot of celebrities began to visit the city. In fact, it was easy to meet people like Giuseppe Verdi, Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo, Trilussa, Beniamino Gigli and Luigi Pirandello in the city centre and in the thermal parks.
Thermal waters are the treasure of Montecatini. You can both drink the water of the Terme di Montecatini or take spa treatments - from massages to mud baths, saunas to beauty treatments. There are nine thermal centres immersed in the green of the extensive thermal park. In terms of architecture, the spas of Montecatini are a great example of open-air Art Nouveau that are not-to-be-missed. In Montecatini Terme, fountains are true masterpieces, not only within the spas, but also along the streets and in the main squares.
Montecatini Alto is the village with medieval origins, situated on the top of the hill that dominates Montecatini Terme. It can be reached in 10 minutes by the funicular railway, which dates back to the end of the 1800s and is restored to its original splendour.
British Citizen and EU Citizen Passport holders can currently enter Italy freely with no restrictions or other documentation required. Stays within the EU can be up to 90 days (can be spread over multiple visits) within any 180-day period.
Please note your passport must be valid for three months after your return from Italy.
Full details of entry requirements and any required vaccinations will be detailed in your final paperwork 14 days before departure.
For the latest and most up to date travel advice including entry requirements please consult the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office travel advice website.
Health & wellbeing
For travel within the EU you should ensure that you have the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) which is free of charge. You can apply for the GHIC card by calling 0191 218 1999 or applying on line at…
The level of cover offered by the GHIC card varies by country visited and is only applicable in state-run health facilities. In some countries coverage may just be a partial contribution.
Adequate insurance cover will be required for all hospital emergencies and doctors’ visits.
In Tuscany the average minimum and maximum temperatures during your stay should be as below. It is advisable to bring layers as mornings and evenings can be considerably cooler. Pisa is close to the coast so coastal winds may make temperatures seem cooler. In the hills of Tuscany weather can change rapidly for worse or better and a misty start often leads to a glorious afternoon.
April - 11-21 degrees - Average number of days with rainfall - six
September- 14- 24 degrees - Average number of days with rainfall - nine
Dress is casual throughout the holiday. You may wish to take one or two smarter items for the evenings. Cool casual clothing with layers is recommended in the day time and a couple of warmer items for early mornings and evenings. Dress for dinner being smart/casual. As the sightseeing visits require a certain amount of walking, we suggest you take a pair of comfortable shoes with a good sole for the cobbled streets. For walking days, trainers or boots will be suitable and you may find hiking poles useful.
On your three walking days you will walk up to 12 kilometres on pathways that range from gravel tracks to paved routes. A few short sections may be on grass or dirt and there will be mild undulations and just one or two very short steep sections. The difference in elevation on any one day is just 400 metres. Trainers or walking boots will be needed and you may find hiking poles useful.
For guests not wishing to walk - you can join the start of these days as there will be a short coach journey to the starting point with sightseeing or a short guided tour. As the group set off to walk you can then make your own way back to Montecatini and enjoy the resort and hotel facilities. From Serravalle and Pescia there is a regular bus and train service to Montecatini. From Padule a taxi journey of 20 minutes would be needed. Our Tour Manager and trekking guide will be able to assist with transport arrangements. You may find that others pilgrims may do the same and you can share the costs. Please note that no alternative arrangements would be made to replace included lunches should you not participate in this day.
There is a certain amount of walking (and stairs) involved on a daily basis on this holiday so please make sure you pack comfy footwear for this so that you are prepared. Your Local Guide will keep you updated on a daily basis with what to expect the following day. If you are finding it difficult to keep up then please make sure you tell your Local Guide who can help you to find places to rest and relax and then you can re-join the group at a later stage.
Some streets in towns and villages that you will visit will be cobbled. We suggest you take a pair of comfortable shoes with good grips or trainers. For your guided walking tours in Pisa, Florence and Siena you must be prepared to be on your feet for up to 90 minutes without the need to sit down and be able to manage two to three flights of stairs.
The McCabe Educational Trust
The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on some of our pilgrimages. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.
McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £20 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.
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Full financial security
All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.
AITO Quality Statement
McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.
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