Relax in the Spas of Montecatini Terme on VBT’s new Lucca to Pisa Biking Tour

Terme tettuccio
One of the highlights of VBT’s new Cycling Italy’s Middle Ages: Lucca to Pisaare the two days spent in and around the town of Montecatini Terme. One of the most famous things to do in Montecatini Terme is visit the town’s spas as it is considered the capital of natural hot springs in Italy. The healing properties of the thermal springs in the town have been known for centuries but it wasn’t until the late 1700’s that baths were constructed under the order of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo. He also ordered proper channels for the disposal of the thermal water as unconfined springs had created vast marshes where many hotels and spas in present day Montecatini are built.

After the completion of the thermal baths, many tourists began to flock to the town in order to “take the waters.” ByTerme di Redi the early 20th century celebrities began to frequent Montecatini—including Vivaldi and Puccini,  who even  composed parts of La Boheme here—and shops, restaurants, nightclubs and a casino soon followed. Of course the main reason everyone comes to Montecatini is that these waters actually have proven health benefits. A hydro-mineral basin that lies around 60 meters below the ground pumps out a chloride-sulphate-sodium water type that is also bacteriologically pure. Research conducted over the years has concluded the waters at Montecatini Terme have the best effect on one’s digestive and metabolic systems. Current day-spas have added many modern elements like massage, mud pack treatments and hydrotherapy in order to make Montecatini an all-around health spa retreat.

Terme excelsiorDuring your stay with VBT we’ll meet for a cocktail at the Terme Tettuccio, the heart of the Terme complex which dates back to the 1920’s, during our first night. The Terme is a complex of 9 buildings, each with its own character, staff and range of treatments. To enjoy the hot natural thermal springs, the easiest and quickest way is to access the Thermal Pool in the Terme Redi building, which is walking distance from our hotel. The thermal pool is fed with Leopoldina thermal water at 91°, excellent for rheumatic troubles and vascular disease. A vast range of both relaxing treatments with thermal water and esthetic treatments are available at the Terme Excelsior, also within walking distance from our hotel.

These are just some examples of the authentic cultural experiences you’ll have while on our new  Cycling Italy’s Middle Ages: Lucca to Pisa ​tour. Visit the www.termemontecatini.it to get familiar with the range of spa packages offered during your stay. To read more about our Italian vacations, please click here.  If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868. They are available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Enjoy Delicious Maine Seafood on VBT’s Tours in Acadia National Park

Lobster Dinner

The geology of the Gulf of Maine makes it an ideal body of water for nurturing an abundance of sea life, as well as a perfect place for farming clams, salmon and oysters. The waters here are colder and more nutrient rich—due to the rugged coastline and Newfoundland current— than you might find more southward along the eastern seaboard, which is why the quality of Maine seafood is known throughout the world. The American Lobster is even commonly called the Maine Lobster since the state commercially sells the most lobsters in the entire U.S. While on tour with Lobster ShackVBT in Acadia National Park, travelers will have plenty of chances to feast on delicious seafood, visit fresh seafood markets and restaurants, and even learn about the local seafood industry from a lobsterwoman on Little Cranberry Island.

On the first night of our Maine Coast: Purely Acadia ​biking tour, guests will enjoy a welcome reception over a lobster bake dinner at our inn. A traditional lobster bake consists of taking fresh lobster and clams as well as potatoes, corn and other root vegetables and wrapping them in seaweed and cooking them together over a wood fire. If that sound like a lot of work, don’t worry, our inn’s chefs do the cooking and all you have to do is enjoy the sweeping views of Frenchman Bay, meet your fellow travelers, and enjoy the fresh taste of Maine seafood.

During your nights spent in Bar Harbor, you’ll have plenty of time on your own to browse the town’s charming gift Lobster Rollshops and boutiques for books with delicious local seafood recipes and fun lobster-themed souvenirs. A delicious spot for a lobster dinner (or even a quick lobster roll) is Stewman’s Lobster Pound, located on the water just a couple blocks from our inn. At Stewman’s you can actually view the lobsters in their tanks before they’re cooked up right on the spot for you to enjoy. If you’d like to take some lobsters home with you, local Maine fish markets like Parsons Lobster will pack the tasty crustaceans in an air-travel safe cooler for your flight home.

We’ll also get to learn about the life of Maine fisherman first-hand on both the aforementioned biking tour and our Lobsterwomannew Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia ​tour when we visit Little Cranberry Island, a small community reached by ferry from Northeast Harbor. This pristine hamlet hosts a year-round community of lobstermen, boat builders, craftsmen, and “rusticators”. We’ll visit with a local lobsterwoman and learn about life on the ocean and then tour the Islesford Historical Museum before boarding the ferry back to Northeast Harbor.

For more information about VBT’s Maine Coast: Purely Acadia biking tour and Coastal Maine: Walking Acadia tour, please visit our website. To request a full catalog with all of our vacations please click here. If you would like to reserve a vacation or speak with one of our Tour Consultants, please call 800-245-3868, available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 6:30pm EST and Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm EST.