In the south-east of Tuscany the views change with the seasons; green meadows in spring, yellow wheat in summer and red leaves in autumn. This trip gives you an opportunity to enjoy the famous landscape, along with its beautiful abbeys, mediaeval castles and world-famous wines produced in the region. The walking each day takes in traditional Renaissance towns with stunning architecture and allows the exploration of the fertile Tuscan area, with expansive views over the rolling terrain and hill-top villages. The mouth-wateringly delicious cuisine is hearty and fresh and the wines are world renowned.
All accommodation, All listed activities, All transport, Tour leader (on guided trips), Some meals (details available on request)
* 6 nights 3-star accommodation, all rooms en suite * 5 days two-centre walking with luggage transfers * Low altitude throughout * 7 days land only * Self-guided trip; min. age 10 yrs
Stunning Tuscan landscapes and beautifully preserved Renaissance architechture
Days : 7
Price : From AED 4,115*
*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
Trip Style : Classic
Trip Type : Self guided
Physical Grading : 3
Make your own way to Siena and spend the night in this beautiful city, with mediaeval charm and a historical city centre.
This morning take a short train ride to Buonconvento. Drop your luggage off at the hotel, then trek along the famous 'Crete' (clays) to reach the Abbey of Monte Oliveto where you can visit the cloister with its renowned frescos. Along the way there is a chance to visit the castle of Monterongriffoli, and the tiny village of Chiusure. From Monte Oliveto Abbey take a private transfer back to your hotel for dinner.
Today, trek through the wonderfully scenic hills dotted with the famous Brunello's vineyards, and pass some beautiful private villas and cellars. Arriving in Montalcino you will have an opportunity to taste some of the excellent local wine, before visiting the Priori's Palace, the Loggia, the Sant'Egidio church and the Rocca: a pentagonal defence fortress built in 1361. Take a public bus back to Buonconvento.
Morning transfer to the Abbey of Sant' Antimo set in a valley of vineyards overlooked by the town of Castelnuovo dell'Abate. From here, cross the Crete region enjoying magnificent views, before reaching the castle of Ripa d'Orcia and an amazing panoramic view of the area. Walk onwards to Bagno Vignoni; a thermal resort established in the middle ages. The village has a thermal bath in its main square (don't forget your swimsuit!). Walk to San Quirico D’Orcia before taking a public bus to Montepulciano.
This morning the walk begins from Montepulciano, as you head through typical South Tuscan countryside with gentle hills and winding country roads dotted with Cypress trees and olive groves. Enjoy a lingering lunch or maybe a wine tasting in the mediaeval village of Monticchiello before a climb to Pienza, a great example of a typical preserved Renaissance village, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spend some time enjoying the traditional architecture before taking a public bus back to Montepulciano.
This morning take a public bus to Pienza before walking once more across the typical 'Crete Senesi', where the distinctive grey colour of the soil gives the landscape an appearance often described as lunar. Walk by small churches and farmhouses, and end in San Quirico d'Orcia, a village which is located on the Francigena Way. Take some time to visit the wonderfully romantic Collegiata (church), the typical Italian Garden of Horti Leonini and the antique town walls.
Today is your departure day, but if you have time we recommend taking a walk through the town of Montepulciano to enjoy the Renaissance architecture, and maybe take a wine tasting in one of the many cellars. From Montepulciano you can take a bus to Siena, Florence or Chiusi.
|Title :||Self-Guided in Tuscany|
|Summary :||Great food, great wine and beautiful rolling Tuscany scenery. A lovely place for a relaxing weeks walking.|
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*Per person twin sharing and excluding flights
|2018-07-21 - 2018-07-27||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-07-22 - 2018-07-28||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-07-28 - 2018-08-03||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-07-29 - 2018-08-04||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-08-04 - 2018-08-10||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-08-05 - 2018-08-11||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-08-11 - 2018-08-17||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-08-12 - 2018-08-18||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-08-18 - 2018-08-24||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-08-19 - 2018-08-25||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-08-25 - 2018-08-31||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-08-26 - 2018-09-01||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-01 - 2018-09-07||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-02 - 2018-09-08||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-08 - 2018-09-14||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-09 - 2018-09-15||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-15 - 2018-09-21||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-16 - 2018-09-22||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-22 - 2018-09-28||4||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-23 - 2018-09-29||5||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-29 - 2018-10-05||5||AED 4,115|
|2018-09-30 - 2018-10-06||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-10-06 - 2018-10-12||4||AED 4,115|
|2018-10-07 - 2018-10-13||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-10-13 - 2018-10-19||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-10-14 - 2018-10-20||4||AED 4,115|
|2018-10-20 - 2018-10-26||6||AED 4,115|
|2018-10-21 - 2018-10-27||6||AED 4,115|