On this independent hotel-to-hotel walkingÂ tour 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 effortlessly discover sleepy hilltop hamlets crowning sun dappled hills, verdant vineyards and panoramic picnic spots in fields ablaze with sunflowers. And, 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 throughtÂ the verdant Berignone forest and up to a fantastic panormaic ridge before a final climb to Casole d'Elsa.Â Your journey then takes you east to medieval Colle diÂ 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 vinesÂ so 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 **** Relais della Rovere in Colle Val d'Elsa, a magnificently restored C12 abbey. Chianti is synonymous with excellent foodÂ and wine; evening meals are a celebration of local cuisine throughout. 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), perfect washed down by a glass or two of fullÂ bodied Chianti!
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals|
|Tour Starts||Pisa airport at 11:35. Pick up, then transfer to hotel, 75 mins, included.|
|Tour Ends||Pisa airport by 10:35 (drop off, transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Not applicable|
|Rail Supplement||Not applicable|
|Singles||Add $64 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade: Prices from $19 per person, per night, based on 2 sharing. Extra nights: We recommend Colle di Val d'Elsa, Florence, Siena or Volterra. Prices from $86 per person, per night, B&B based on 2 sharing.|
|Hotels||**** (6 nights), *** (2 nights)|