- Quintessential Italian landscapes: rolling hills, sunflowers, endless vines and hilltop hamlets
- Scenic walking on Etruscan trails and pilgrims' paths; wildlife in abundance
- Exceptionally friendly hotels, family-run, with gorgeous swimming pools
- Mouth-watering local cuisine; world famous wines
- Possible trips to the 'Super Tuscans': Florence, Siena and Pisa
On this self-guided ten-night walking holiday, you explore the timeless countryside between picturesque Volterra and the soaring towers of San Gimignano. You'll feel as though you're strolling through history as you discover sleepy hilltop hamlets crowning sun-dappled hills, verdant vineyards and panoramic picnic spots in fields ablaze with sunflowers. There's the option too to visit the eternal cities of Siena and Florence - Tuscan favorites right on your doorstep!
You start in Volterra, a real Etruscan gem with its tangle of alleys home to alabaster workshops and secret chapels, from where you walk through the verdant Berignone Forest and up to a fantastic panoramic ridge before a final climb to Casole d'Elsa. Your journey then takes you east to medieval Colle di Val d'Elsa, enjoying balcony views across the Elsa Valley. As you move towards stunning San Gimignano, the medieval 'Manhattan of Tuscany', the landscape is dominated by vines so there are plenty of wine tasting opportunities here!
Our carefully picked hotels, all with pools, are full of contrasts. From a recently renovated, elegant boutique hotel just outside the medieval town of Casole d'Elsa to the refined elegance of the 4-star Relais della Rovere in Colle di Val d'Elsa, a magnificently restored C12 abbey where you spend 4 nights, and which is an excellent base for day trips to the eternal cities of Siena and Florence. Chianti is synonymous with excellent food and wine and evening meals are a celebration of the local cuisine. Perhaps try pappardelle alla lepre
(fresh ribbons of pasta with a hare sauce) or bruschetta
(toasted bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil, topped with sun ripened tomatoes), all washed down by a glass or two of full-bodied Chianti!
Additional Tour Details
||Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals.
||Pisa airport at 11:35 (Pick up) transfer to hotel, 75 mins.
||Pisa airport (Drop off) at 10:35.
||Add $64 per night
||Room upgrade: Prices from $12 per person, per night based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: We recommend Volterra, Siena or Florence. Inquire for prices and details.
||**** (10 nights)