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Experience more with so much included

  • Enjoy a guided walk through the iconic Tuscan hills of Val d’Orcia along part of the Via Francigena pilgrim route
  • Walk between golden fields to Pienza, the quintessential Tuscan city, featured in films such as Ridley Scott’s Gladiator
  • Discover Siena, a medieval masterpiece, with a local guide
  • Take a guided walk through the lunar-like landscape of the Crete Senesi and enjoy lunch at the grand Monte Oliveto monastery
  • Explore Perugia, one of the legendary Etruscan cities and capital of Umbria’s green region
  • Visit pretty Passignano on Lake Trasimeno, Italy’s fourth-largest lake
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner at an organic farm overlooking Lake Trasimeno
  • Visit a local pecorino cheese producer and enjoy a light lunch of their produce

Departures in September and October 2019 & May to October 2020

 
At a Glance
7 nights in 3-star superior accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Half board plus 2 lunches
Solo traveller welcome dinner
Expert tour manager
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Ever since the Etruscans made Tuscany their home, many have fallen under its spell. Perhaps it’s the ethereal light on the endless sea of vineyard-clad hills, or the enviable climate in which so much seems to thrive. It could be the infectious passion for good food and wine, but maybe it’s the centuries of heritage that keep travellers captivated. During the great Renaissance period, Tuscany attracted some of the most admired architects, painters and sculptors of the time. As such, art in Tuscany is some of the most remarkable in Europe, be it on proud display in grandiose squares or closely guarded in galleries, museums and churches.

Our guided walking tours let us fully appreciate the magical landscapes. We explore the UNESCO-listed Val d’Orcia, the embodiment of Tuscan countryside and many an artist’s dream. Green vineyards, golden barley fields and silvery olive groves parade in an explosion of colour across hills that rise and fall hypnotically on a canvas of chalk plains.

We’ll follow rustic paths lined by sculptural cypresses and discover medieval towns and villages untouched by time, such as Pienza, San Quirico and Monticchiello. We go inside the vast defensive walls of majestic Siena to soak up its extraordinary ambience – it is made up of a collection of small parishes, each with its own unique identity. The city also has a beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, with a soaring campanile.

South of Siena, the Crete Senesi surprises with its dune-like hillocks, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. The clay-rich soil changes colours, depending on the season and time of day, from stark white and grey to a lovely orange at sunset.

We cross into neighbouring Umbria, the green heart of Italy, and visit the magnificent university city of Perugia. One of the legendary Etruscan cities, it oozes history in every corner. For a taste of the ‘sea’, we visit the lovely town of Passignano on Lake Trasimeno, affectionately called the Sea of Umbria by locals of this landlocked region.

Far removed from pizza and pasta, Tuscany has a gastronomic culture that shows the central importance of food and drink in life. The extra virgin olive oil produced here is world-famous for its strong and fruity flavour. Then there’s pecorino, the buttery sheep’s milk cheese, considered by many to be the best in Tuscany. It pairs perfectly with the famous wines of Montepulciano – why not personalise your holiday with a visit here?

Our wonderful tour combines all the ingredients for an unforgettable taste of life ‘under the Tuscan sun’: picture-postcard scenery, architectural jewels, cultural highlights and foodie favourites – and delightful walks to discover them all.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on sole occupancy of a twin/double room. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner daily and two lunches, including a welcome dinner and drinks on the first night, all tours as mentioned, airport departure taxes, all local accommodation taxes, transfers, the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager, and accredited local walking guides on walking days.
 

Personalise Your Holiday

A day in Montepulciano - from £29 per person

Spend a day in medieval Montepulciano, a beautifully preserved hilltop town with an imposing cathedral, Gothic town hall and lovely mix of eateries. It’s most famous for its formidable Vino Nobile wines, which you can taste at the town’s many wine cellars or wine bars. 

Please call us to book this experience.

Useful Information

Hotel Information

The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.

Where a hotel features a swimming pool, this is usually open during the summer months depending on weather conditions.

Health 

There is no specific health advice for this tour, though it is always advisable to contact your GP six to eight weeks prior to travel.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy

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

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Rome Chianciano Terme 2 hrs 45 mins

Accommodation


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