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Walk & Discover: Florence & Tuscany

Experience more with so much included

  • Discover a less-visited ‘other side’ of Florence on an urban trek with a local guide
  • Explore the breathtaking Tuscan countryside on a guided walk through the renowned wine region of Chianti
  • Savour the spectacular scenery around the hilltop village of San Gimignano on a guided walk
  • See Pisa’s incredible Leaning Tower and explore the medieval walled city of Lucca
  • Marvel at the medieval splendour of Siena on a tour led by a local guide
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, plus hotel transfers
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and four dinners
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout
  • A specialist guide to accompany you on all walks

Selected departures from April to October 2020

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At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & walks
Daily breakfast & 4 dinners
Expert tour manager/walking guide
Inclusive of all local taxes
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Overview

Tuscany embodies the very essence of Italy – centuries of heritage, exquisite art and architecture, beautiful scenery, an enviable climate, great food and wine – and so much more. Florence, together with lesser-known gems such as Lucca and San Gimignano, offer perfectly preserved architecture and artistic treasures.

Arguably the finest city of the Renaissance, Florence owes its great riches to the commercial boom that emerged after the Dark Ages. Political power at the time was in the hands of just a few families, in particular the Medicis, who married into most European royal families, including our own. Architects, artists and sculptors flocked to the city to be engaged by nouveau riche patrons. Gradually grand residences, churches and palaces were filled to bursting point with magnificent works of art.

You’ll also experience extraordinary San Gimignano, a superbly preserved enclave famous for its immense stone towers and dramatic skyline. Siena is another wonderful Tuscan city on our tour, guarded behind impressive walls. At its heart is Piazza del Campo, one of Europe’s most attractive squares.

Then there’s Lucca, one of Italy’s most graceful towns, with a historic quarter nestling inside outstandingly preserved Renaissance walls. To the south of Lucca is Pisa, a city famed around the world for a tower that seems to defy gravity, yet it has so much more to offer. Wander a little way from the Square of Miracles and you discover the city’s maze of tiny streets and intimate piazzas.

The Tuscan countryside really is picture-postcard Italy and a rambler’s dream. Gently undulating biscuit-coloured hills often covered with vineyards flow and disappear into the distance, inviting further discovery. Punctuated by isolated farmhouses, unchanged for centuries, and studded by tall cypress trees, this beautiful landscape yields a rich harvest of food and wine.

The local cuisine is simple and uses the finest local ingredients. Thick soups, grilled meats, fresh vegetables, pecorino cheese, olive oil, garlic and herbs are all part of the typical Tuscan table. To complement the food, Tuscany also produces some of Italy’s best-known wines, such as Brunello di Montalcino, Vin Santo and, of course, Chianti.

Embodying the excitement and romance of Italy, Tuscany is stylish, justifiably proud of its heritage, vibrant, expressive… and absolutely unforgettable.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a room. Single rooms are available at the relevant supplement. The price includes:

  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and four dinners
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Return flights
  • All transfers and coach travel as mentioned
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager
  • An expert local walking guide

Personalise Your Holiday

Make it Your Own

Florence street yellow fiat 500 car
 

Experience Florence by night in a classic Fiat 500 - from £89 per person

For marvellous views of Florence, take a ride with a local guide to the surrounding hills in a classic Fiat 500. When the sun sets, the city’s remarkable buildings and medieval stone bridges come alive through tasteful illumination. During your 2-hour tour, your guide will share stories of the places you see and you’ll pause for some excellent gelato before returning to the city.

Please contact us to pre-book or for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What walking equipment do I need?

Good quality walking shoes or boots are a must. We also recommend a waterproof jacket, comfortable rucksack, hat, sunglasses, sun cream, water bottle and clothes that can be layered easily. Hiking poles are not necessary, but you may wish to take them.

Who guides the walks?

Most of our walks are guided by accredited local professionals, who have intimate knowledge of the routes and can offer meaningful information about the history and nature of the area.

How difficult are the walks?

Our Walk & Discover holidays are designed to appeal to anyone who would typically enjoy an escorted tour but would like to incorporate a little more activity. There is almost always a choice of an easy or moderate option. While a reasonable level of fitness is recommended, the easy walk should suit most travellers.

We've put together a few graphs to help show the elevation of each of the walks on this tour, so that you can gauge how comfortably you'll be able to manage them. Click on a walk below to view the elevation.

What size is the average group?

On each walk we prefer an intimate atmosphere, so you can expect around 12 to 18 people. Depending on the nature of the walk, the group may occasionally be slightly larger. The wider group size will be around 40 people, mainly during coach transfers.

Will the routes always be as advertised?

While we will always try to adhere to the route as advertised, we may be required to modify the itinerary due to local conditions. Our guides may also make minor changes to tailor the walk to the group.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport  Transfer time
 Pisa Airport  Florence 1 hr 30 mins Siena Pisa Airport 1 hr 30 mins


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