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From farm to table in Tuscany

February 8th, 2018 by


Montepulciano Tuscany Italy

Two new Tuscany tours for “foodies”

There is no word for “foodie” in Italian; Italians are foodies in the deepest sense of the word. In Italy, food is not simply a meal, it is a culture, a way of life. Ask an Italian to tell you about a dish and they will not just tell you about the fresh local ingredients, but the times and place and people connect to it. Food in Italy is not just is Italy itself.

“When Italians say ‘Mangia! Mangia!’ they’re not just talking about the food…the food was, of course, meant to nourish us, but is was also meant to satisfy, in some deeper way, our endless hunger for one another…We remembered who we were through food.”  
-Sergio Esposito, Passion on the Vine
Italian Cooking Class
Highlights of our Taste of Tuscany walking and cycling tours
• 7 nights center-based accommodations in a warm and welcoming agriturismo
• All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals
• Based in Chianciano Terme, between UNESCO Val d’Orcia and lush green Valdichiana
• Enjoy a day pass to use at the Theia Spa where you can relax in the healing waters
• Fun cooking class with Stefano, owner of the agriturismo – then dine on the meal you prepare!
• Wine-tasting and olive oil tasting sessions included
• A farm-to-table experience with “Zero Mile Cooking”.
Grape Harvesting time in Tuscany
A Taste of Tuscany Walk
 Owner of the agriturismo, Stefano, is extremely passionate about the produce of the local area, and 65% of the produce he cooks with is grown or reared on site on his farm..

Agriturismo La Pietriccia

A Taste of Tuscany Cycling

The views from the agriturismo are stunning. Relax and take in the beauty around you, and chat to Stefano about his farm and products.

View of Chianciano Vecchia
At Lake Chiusi you can enjoy the bird life and lunch at the lakeside restaurant. In the past, residents of Chiusi called the lake “Light of the Moon” because a legend told that in the calm of the night the beautiful good of the sky would come to stare at her reflection in these waters. Above: A glorious view of Chianciano Vecchia, the ancient part of Chianciano.

Explore Coastal Gems, Rural Retreats and Gourmet Getaways!

January 19th, 2018 by

Whatever type of trip you’re looking for, we have a variety of options for you – take a look below for destination inspiration!

Algarve Beach
Coastal Gems

From the sun-kissed beaches of Portugal’s Algarve
to the vertical landscape of pastel villages clinging to hillsides on the Sorrentine peninsula of Italy,
discover the wonders of the coast.

Walking in the Algarve’s Wild West

            6 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | Continental breakfasts & 3 evening meals | Route directions and maps                             Luggage transfers | Walking transfers

• From $1,265pp

Amalfi to Sorrento Walk

8 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & 2 evening meals | Route directions and maps | Luggage transfers
• From $2,065pp

Alpine Walking
Lakes & Mountains

These trips make for a perfect rural retreat, with spectacular scenery including dominant mountain backdrops and glassy lakes, with hand-picked family-owned hotels to spend your nights.

Austrian Lakes Walk

8 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & 7 evening meals | Luggage Transfers
Route directions and maps
• From $1,765pp

Walking in the Italian Dolomites

7 nights | Single-center | All buffet breakfasts & evening meals | Route directions and maps
7-day Mobile Card (travel pass)
• From $1,455pp

Villa Beccaris

Gourmet Getaways

There are many foodie adventures to be had throughout Europe: from the Slow Food Movement in gastronomic Piedmont  to the rich flavors of the great garden of the Loire Valley.

Gastronomic Barolo Walk

8nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & gastronomic evening meals | Route directions and maps | Walking transfers  Luggage transfers
• From $2,135pp

Loire Gastronomic Cycling

                 6 nights | Hotel-to-hotel | All breakfasts & gastronomic evening meals | GPS Route directions and maps                    High quality bikes | Luggage transfers | RideWithGPS navigation app

• From $1,815pp

6 reasons to visit Umbria….

March 9th, 2017 by

Why we love Umbria’s Green Heart…..

The only Italian region with no coastline and no bordering countries, Umbria, sitting at the heart of the boot, is picturesque, green and unique. Slowing right down to walking and cycling pace is the perfect way to fully appreciate the charms, hidden treasures and distinctive character that makes this timeless part of Italy a medieval green masterpiece.

So what is it that makes Umbria so special?

1. Its fine food and wines
Food is a fundamental part of any travel experience and the Umbrian people certainly know theirs. One of Italy’s most fertile corners, its rich countryside is responsible for some of the country’s finest food and drink. Delicacies include their highly-prized black truffles, fine olive oils and lenticchie di Castellucio (tiny, sweet lentils), along with tasty hams, wild boar, mountain sheep cheeses and many types of grains and beans.

2. The ‘green heart’
Umbria is a sun-drenched region of beautiful lush woodlands, winding valleys, rolling hills and mountains. You’ll enjoy passing through olive groves, sunflower fields, vineyards and apricot orchards and admiring the dazzling views of majestic lakes and ancient villages.

3. Its art
Home to many talented artists throughout the centuries, it was an Umbrian art school that taught famous artists such as Raphael, della Francesca and Perugino. In quiet hilltop towns you’ll marvel at old paintings and frescoes proudly hung on the walls of tiny churches.

4. Medieval towns and villages
Nestled among the luscious greenery is a host of historic hillside towns and villages, where you can meander through cobbled squares filled with traditional trattorie and imposing castles. Assisi is the jewel in the Umbrian crown, home to stunning churches, a Roman arch, C14 aqueduct and other architecturally famous buildings.

5. Pilgrimages
St Francis Way is a pilgrimage that spans around 215mi/350km, covering the places that St Francis visited during his life. Millions pass through the valleys and mountains of Umbria, as well as the small town of Assisi, which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites because of its Basilica di San Francesco.

6. Music
Although Umbria is a relatively small region, it is jam-packed with musical events and festivals, one of the most famous being the Umbria Jazz Festival that has been held in Perugia every July since 1973. Spoleto is also famous for its Two Worlds Festival that celebrates classical and opera music.

Take a look at our tours in Umbria on foot and by bike….

Aspects of Assisi Cycling

Combine gentle pedaling through olive groves, sunflower fields and vineyards with time in gorgeous historic towns and sun-drenched villages. Highlights include medieval Bevagna, Etruscan Perugia, picture-postcard Spello and ancient Assisi.
What’s included:

        8 nights in 3*** & 4**** hotels | Self-guided | All breakfasts | 6 evening meals
Luggage transfers | Route notes and maps |Local On-Site rep | High quality bikes
Optional electric bikes | 24hr support
Aspects of Assisi Cycling from $1,810 per person

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Footsteps of St Francis Walk

Follow a circular loop exploring the rich rolling countryside of the Assisi Valley, one of the most beautiful corners of Italy and the true ‘green heart’ of the country. It’s a sun-drenched region of deep lush forests, impressive limestone gorges, majestic lakes and stunning medieval villages seemingly unchanged over the years. The views are superb!
What’s included:

    8 nights in 4**** hotels | Self-guided | All breakfasts |    6 evening meals | Luggage transfers | Route notes and maps | Local On-Site rep | 24hr support
Footsteps of St Francis Walk  from $1,705 per person

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