The difference between a tourist and a traveller? Tourists visit. Travellers explore. And once you’ve seen, smelled, felt, and tasted northern Tuscany, you’ll want to devour as much of it as possible. This journey into Garfagnana – one of Tuscany's most breathtaking regions – offers plenty of exercise for mind, body, and soul alike. Over seven days, you’ll explore the unspoiled mountains by day, learn to prepare delicious local cuisine in the evening, and put your feet up at the end of it all to soak in the simple pleasures of country life.
Enjoy the stunning Tuscan countryside, mountain walks, taste local specialties, savour home-cooked meals, relax at the authentic countryside accommodations.
Days : 7
Price : From AED 4,806*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Individuals
Physical Grading : 3 - Average
We highly recommend arriving a day early to experience everything that this incredible city has to offer. Additional Notes: There is a welcome meeting at 6pm; check in the hotel lobby or ask at reception for more details. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Take a private transfer to the local villa. Additional Notes: Please note the home cooking experience will take place on a best suited day for your specific group. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Sambuca Village Visit Transport: Train (5.00 hour(s))
Settle in and explore Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Enjoy the daily Tuscan village life at your own pace. Choose from the many trattorias in town to try some delicious rustic Italian fare, or opt to visit the Rocca dell’Ariosto castle, the local Duomo, or the fortress of Mont’Alfonso d’Este. Afterwards return to the villa in the afternoon for a tasting of local wines paired with typical foods from the region with a sommelier before dinner. Salute! Included Activities: Garfagnana Wine Tasting
After arriving at Pania della Croce, explore the town before starting your hike in the Apuan region. This easy hike takes you through the Tuscan countryside along different paths following a natural stone wall enjoying the view en route. Enjoy a picnic lunch of local produce. Additional Notes: We take along our picnic lunch of local produce during our hike. Included Activities: Garfagnana Hiking Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Take in the breathtaking views of historic San Pellegrino. Opt to continue wandering around town, visit the museum, or visit the Sanctuary of San Pellegrino and San Bianco. Alternatively, head off for a 2 hour easy-moderate hike along rolling terrain in the afternoon. Afterwards, travel to meet a local farmer, learn how bread is made, and pair fresh samples with local olive oil. Return to the villa to unwind with a glass of wine. Included Activities: Bread Making Demonstration
Enjoy a day trip to Lucca including an orientation walk with the CEO. Included Activities: Lucca Excursion Transport: Local train Local train
A transfer back to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana train station is provided in the morning. Depart in the afternoon. Additional Notes: This trip ends at approximately 10am at train station Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana. Castelnuovo Di Garfagnana is about 5h from Rome and 4h from Milan by train, with trains running frequently between these stations. Please book any onward travel from these major cities after 3:00pm. Included Activities: Departure Day
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, as well as on and off transportation.
Our accommodation is a charming, traditional Tuscan three story stone home located in a field in the countryside with wonderful views, and a private swimming pool to enjoy. The property is comprised of two different buildings, and we may have rooms in either of these. The rooms are very simple with a homely and welcoming feel. Most rooms are twin-share, with shared bathroom facilities. All meals will be enjoyed in the kitchen and dining room areas of the property; this space will also be used for the cooking demonstrations. The real highlight of our stay is our wonderful hosts, Enrico and Davide, who will go out of their way to highlight their local area for you and make sure you have a wonderful stay.
In Italy, shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and cathedrals. Ask your CEO for more specific advice.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: When packing your gear, the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended.
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights