Tuscan Hills

8 Day Walking Tour

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OVERVIEW

A less known part of Tuscany: the southern wine regions of "Brunello" and "Nobile", The thermal springs of Bagno Vignoni

and the Val d'Orcia with its linear, almost geometric, but breathtaking landscape, its renaissance towns and its superb monasteries.

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN CHIUSI

Arrival in Chiusi where you are met by our representative who will spend a short time going over the tour with you answering any question you may have. He will then drive you to your hotel in Montepulciano.

DAY 2 - MONTEPULCIANO/PIENZA (5 HRS WALKING TIME)

From the San Biagio church which is in the outskirts of town and certainly worth a visit the dirt road take you to Montichiello a nice little village immersed in the "Crete". you can stop there for a nice lunch or just for a cappuccino before continuing to Pienza, one of the nicest Renaissence town of Tuscany. Visit the town which is also an agricultural centre well known for pecorino cheese, and truffle production. Night in a nice hotel in town. (B)

DAY 3 - PIENZA/SAN QUIRICO D'ORCIA/BAGNO VIGNONI (5 HRS WALKING TIME)

The walking today is across a beautiful region of rolling hills, oaks woods an nice villages and ends in, or close by, a thermal bathing place where the main square is a basin of steaming hot water. It is possible to swim in the thermal pool if you do not get there too late; according to availability the night can be spent in Bagno Vignoni, or in an agriturismo 2 km from town along your trail.. (B)

DAY 4 - BAGNO VIGNONI/SANT'ANTIMO/MONTALCINO (6 HRS WALKING TIME)

A quite hard day walking along dry river beds in a rather wild environment to reach St Antimo a lovely abbey isolated in the middle of a pastoral landscape with grazing herds around to add to the peacefulness of the scene. From there it is 10 additional Km of a steep ascending trail to reach Montalcino, so the luggage transport will pick you up in St Antimo to drive you into this nice medieval town. Night and supper in a hotel in Montalcino. (B)

DAY 5 - MONTALCINO/BUONCONVENTO - (4 HRS. WALKING TIME)

Montalcino is the country of Brunello one of the most famous wine of this region so you will be walking through wineyards and olive trees to then enter again the "Crete" area. You will spend the night in a nice agriturismo near Buonconvento (B)

DAY 6 - BUONCONVENTO /BUONCONVENTO (3H30 WALKING TIME)

A short day, but full of up and downs; the unpaved road will take you to Monte Oliveto Maggiore, one of the most impressing abbey of Italy, a red bricks construction in a rugged landscape. You can also chose to rest one day and lazily enjoy the Inn swimming pool or its beauty farm Sauna. The owner of the agriturismo will pick you up in Monte Oliveto if the walk back feels too much (additional 3 hrs) (B)

DAY 7 - BUONCONVENTO/SIENA - (5HRS)

A nice dirt road, winding amongst hills and oaks woods; Make sure you have a hat as the first half of the road is shadeless. You have to go about 2 km on the asphalt, before you reach the trail in the woods that will take you to Murlo a nice little town of Etruscan origins with a lovely museum. You can have lunch in this little village where our driver will pick you up to drive you to Siena. (make an appointment the previous evening) (B)

DAY 8 - SIENA

Free day in Siena to visit the town before your departure for your next destination. (B)

PRICE ON REQUEST

This holiday is guaranteed with a minimum of two persons. The price will change should you wish to include additional sightseeing or extend your stay.

TYPICALLY INCLUDES

  • POA 7 nights accommodation sharing twin/double room
  • POA 7 nights accommodation in a single room
  • Prices: Holidays are valid until 31 Dec 2011 and subject to current rates of exchange

Prices are for private arrangements and are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a room.

Your holiday inclusions:

  • 7 nights Bed & breakfast accommodation at selected hotels/inns
  • Transfers as detailed in the Walking programme
  • Luggage transfer at each change of lodging
  • Detailed road book and maps

TUSCAN HILLS - 8 DAYS
SELF GUIDED WALKING TOUR WALKING HOLIDAY IN TUSCANY AREA (CODE: SIR)

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