Tuscany Walking & Hiking "Great Value"

Tuscany Walking & Hiking "Great Value"

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Tuscany Walking & Hiking "Great Value"

8 Days Starting and ending in Cortona

Visiting:

Cortona

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Molino di Bordone

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Montepulciano

,

Monticchiello view point

,

Siena

,

Terme San Giovanni

,

Melone secondo del Sodo

,

Convento delle Celle

,

Pienza

,

Bagno Vignoni

,

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

,

Buonconvento

Tour operator:

Caspin Journeys

Physical rating:

Medium, Low, Leisurely

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat, Pescatarian

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TTT

Group size:

4 - 10

Age range:

25-85

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$2759

$2108 (USD)

Operator discount: $552

tourhub discount: $99


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Balance due 75 days before departure

Tour Overview

Our walking holiday in Tuscany combines long, leisurely walks along footpaths and Roman roads across undulating hills, with visits to sleepy hamlets and mediaeval towns such as Siena, Cortona and Montepulciano. We stay in a luxurious yet rustic farmhouse set in the heart of Tuscany's vineyards and olive groves from which we set out each day to discover something new. This is a gastronomic journey through traditional local dishes: soups such as ribollita; pasta dishes with mushrooms and truffles or good old traditional tomato and meat ragu' sauces with pecorino and aged parmesan cheeses sprinkled on generously; pine nuts, grapes and rosemary are used liberally; enjoy panna-cotta or Cantuccini biscuits dipped in Vin Santo for dessert. Food goes with wine: Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile, Brunello and Vernaccia are synonymous with the wines coming from Tuscany's sun-drenched slopes. The list is endless and mouthwatering. The beautiful land of Tuscany has influences from the Etruscans, the Romans and the status seeking Guelphs and Ghibellines. All have left their marks in the architecture of the towns, castles and monasteries. Tuscany is a garden full of secret wonders, rich in culture and heritage, preserved and treasured by its own people, and just waiting for you to discover it!

Highlights

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    Mediaeval Siena home of the famous Palio horse race

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    Etruscan Cortona and San Quirico D'Orcia

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    Vino Nobile di Montepulciano — Hill towns and delicious wine.

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    Natural hot springs at Bagno Vignoni. Wellness Thermal Spa visit.

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    Monte Oliveto Monastery with frescoed cloister. Ochre-tinged, Crete Senesi hills

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    Rolling landscapes, brilliant light and breathtaking mediaeval villages

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    Renaissance Pienza and Montepulciano

Places You'll See

Val D'Orcia scene of the Gladiator

Spring time In Tuscany

Autumn in Tuscany

Fields of Poppies

Picture perfect cypress lined road

Siena a perfect gothic city

Cortona by night

Sunflower fields

Etruscan Cortona

Quaint Villages

The Palio Siena's Historical horse race

Freshly made pasta

Dining al Fresco

Colourful Pageantry

Vineyards

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Meet at Pisa airport to travel to Cortona

Location:

  Pisa International Airport, Cortona


Accommodation:

  Tuscan Farmhouse


Accommodation Name:

  Molino di Bordone


Meals Included:

  Dinner


We meet you at the Pisa International airport at 14.00. From there it takes us about 2.5 hrs to drive to Cortona where we will check into the farmhouse to relax and unwind. Over an apéritif we get to know each other in the gardens of the villa. After a briefing on the week's activities, we can all sit down to a traditional home-made dinner with fresh pasta and sauce, Tuscan wine and a delicious dessert.

icon Day 2 : Exploring the hills of Cortona

Location:

  Molino di Bordone, Cortona


Accommodation:

  Tuscan farmhouse


Accommodation Name:

  Molino di Bordone


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


We set out on foot from our farmhouse and head into the hills to walk gently up the hill to Cortona passing through tiny hamlets of stone houses, walking along ancient Roman basalt tracks and through olive groves.

We enter Cortona via one of the ancient city gates and wind along narrow streets of fascinating historic monuments. After lunch, we visit the Etruscan museum with a guide and then there is free time to indulge in a gelato or sit with a cappuccino in a café.

Walking time: 3 hours
Distance 9.5 km (6miles)
Ascent +300 m

icon Day 3 : A walk between two Tuscan hill towns — The full Monti!

Location:

  Montepulciano, Monticchiello view point


Accommodation:

  Tuscan Farmhouse


Accommodation Name:

  Molino di Bordone


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


The two fortified mediaeval walled hill towns of Monticchiello and Montepulciano stand at over 500 and 600 meters and are connected by trails through extensive farmland of vines, olives, and oak forests. A great walk with lots of exploring and history!

Our first approach is from the famous zigzag cypress-lined road featured on the cover of brochures and television advertisements! Monticchiello feels very sleepy today with its pretty flower gardens, but during its 800-year-old history

Monticchiello was often the object of wars and assaults, destruction and occupations, right up until the second world war! Allow yourself to be cast back in time as you explore the narrow streets, the fortress and ruined towers, and pop your head inside the 13th-century gothic church to see Lorenzetti's Madonna con Bambino alter piece.

Montepulciano on the other hand is a bustling little city with one winding street (1.5kn) that climbs up to a charming main square, (Piazza Grande) which crowns the summit with a circle of civic buildings and a town hall reminiscent of the Palazzo Vecchio of Florence.

Walking time: 3 hours Distance 9.5 km (6 miles) Ascent +300 m

icon Day 4 : Siena and Hot thermal springs

Location:

  Siena, Terme San Giovanni


Accommodation:

  Tuscan Farmhouse


Accommodation Name:

  Molino di Bordone


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Siena has origins that delve deeply into the Etruscan and Roman past, but what we see here is the most beautiful and completely mediaeval cities in the world. It has imposing city walls, a Palazzo Pubblico with a tower that almost touches the sky, and a scallop shaped main square, Il Campo where the famous Palio horse race runs every year.

Our local guide will deftly take you on a historic city walk through the ages and to one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. After free time to have lunch, look around and visit museums we then head to the hot thermal baths of Rapolano Terme to relax and swim in these healing waters and enjoy unique views of Tuscany at sunset.

Change ready to enjoy an evening stroll (the Italian Passeggiata) and dinner in a local restaurant.

icon Day 5 : A walk in the footsteps of the Etruscans and Saint Francis

Location:

  Melone secondo del Sodo, Convento delle Celle, Cortona


Accommodation:

  Tuscan Farmhouse


Accommodation Name:

  Molino di Bordone


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


We visit Cortona's monumental Etruscan burial tombs and learn more about the ancient practices of the Etruscan culture and its impact on the territory.

Our hiking trail lies on the lower southern flank of Monte Egidio and follows gravel and dirt tracks past streams, stone houses, olive groves and through oak forests.

Evidence of Cortona's farming tradition over a span of 2000 years is gradually revealed. We stop to explore the tranquil 12th century hermitage of Saint Francis and then continue to the town of Cortona itself.

icon Day 6 : Walking the scenic Val D'Orcia

Location:

  Pienza, Bagno Vignoni


Accommodation:

  Tuscan Farmhouse


Accommodation Name:

  Molino di Bordone


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


We journey to Pienza, famous for Pecorino cheese and Renaissance architecture. The town of Pienza was built in 1458 on top of the old village of Corsignano at the request of Pope Pio II Piccolomini as a symbol of the Italian Renaissance.

From the walls of the city, you get some of the most beautiful views in Tuscany -the breathtaking Orcia valley, immortalised in 2000 in the Gladiator film. From here we step out into its rolling hills with the walls and towers of the mediaeval village of San Quirico D'Orcia beckoning us.

We are now on the Via Francigena, which has seen the passage of pilgrims and popes, knights and mercenaries, kings and emperors. All have walked the same country lanes and woodland tracks to reach the mineral-rich waters at Bagno Vignoni and bathe in its hot pools of bubbling volcanic water.

Fancy dipping your feet in? No problem!

icon Day 7 : Abbey of Monte Oliveto and its artistic Treasures

Location:

  Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Buonconvento


Accommodation:

  Tuscan Farmhouse


Accommodation Name:

  Molino di Bordone


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


A spectacular drive through the Crete Senesi takes us to the abbey. The beautiful frescoes in the cloisters, painted by Renaissance artists, Sodoma and Signorelli tell the story of the life of Saint Benedict. Our scenic walk gives us plenty fo time to admire the contrasts in this unusual and rather desolate landscape of ochre-coloured hills. We arrive at the walled village of Buonconvento to enjoy a gelato and think about the pilgrims on the Via Francigena who stopped to rest here on their way to Rome.

icon Day 8 : Departure Day

Location:

  Molino di Bordone, Pisa International Airport


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Drop off Pisa airport: After an early Breakfast we leave Cortona to make our way to Pisa airport arriving at 11:30 am

What's Included

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    Meals – Full Board

    A nourishing breakfast, every morning; Gourmet picnics & packed lunches prepared with love using local ingredients and typical recipes; occasional trattoria-style lunches Selected local wines with every meal and water of course; Our favourite local and gourmet restaurants owned by real local people (mainly family run business) who serve delicious typical food of the area! We set the menu for you so that you can have a 360° taste of all the food of the regions 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches 7 Dinners Drinks with Meals Wine, water & coffee. No spirits This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let us know the food option that you prefer

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    Drinks with Meals

    Wine, water & coffee. No spirits

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    Local Taxes

    Tourist taxes at Hotels

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    Meals – Half Board

    All breakfasts, lunches and dinners as per itinerary

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    Local specialist guiding fees

    For local specialist sites

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    Accommodation

    7 Nights at a luxuriously restored and elegant 17th century Farmhouse Villa ideally located for exploring Tuscany A nice hotel and a good night's sleep are an important part of your overall travel experience! When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms. We look for hotels or bed and breakfasts which are committed to ensuring their guests are well looked after and pay attention to detail, for example offering locally sourced breakfast produce, or a special selection of toiletries, or tea and coffee making facilities in the room. Wherever possible your hotel will be perfectly positioned for exploring and will have a historical charm or maybe a new and innovative design. We choose the best possible places to stay ensuring that each night you are comfortably settled in a place that is welcoming and full of authentic local charm. We are on a mission to find the ingredients you need to wake feeling rested and looking forward to each day of your Caspin Journeys tour! Take a closer look at some properties we have chosen for you... Owner Guided.

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    Fully Guided

    Owner Guided. Fully Guided: 2 experienced Caspin Journeys Tour Leaders/guides 24/7 Service of expert multilingual Caspin Journeys Leaders/ guides with extraordinary local knowledge, available for the duration of your trip.

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    Tipping and Gratuities

    All gratuities for Hotel porters and Waiters service

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    Walking sticks

    One walking stick per person

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    1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

    Water is carried in support vehicle for daily refills

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What's Not Included

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    Mini Bar & Bar Drinks

    Please do not forget to settle your bill before leaving each Hotel

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    Country Entry Visas

    International travel always requires a valid passport(minimum six months).

    Visas are required for travel to certain countries and must be arranged far in advance of departure.

    It is your responsibility to check with the relevant embassy or consulate about the visa requirements for your Holiday- vacation.

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    Train Tickets

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    Tipping and Gratuities

    Tipping and Gratuities for your Trip Leaders is at your discretion

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    International Travel

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    Travel Insurance

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    It is a requirement of booking with Caspin Journeys Ltd that you have adequate personal travel insurance to cover the eventualities of your trip.

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Activity Levels Explained. (Part 1 of 3

Leisurely: Walking and hiking trails and paths through rolling countryside with occasional steep trails with up to 350m elevation gain/loss. Fairly easy: Walks and hikes through gentle terrain, across fields, along coastal trails with little elevation gain/loss; altitude is not a factor. Occasionally slightly uneven paths and trails.

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

Yes. 2 experienced Caspin Journeys guides 24/7

Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

Yes. As listed in the itinerary

What is the maximum group size?

10

What currencies are required for this tour?

Euros

    I'm a single Traveller. Will I be comfortable?

    Yes, we do have guests who travel on their own and you’ll feel welcomed as we travel in small groups — max 10 — made up of couples, friends, solo travellers or family members travelling together.

    Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No. International travel always requires a valid passport. Visas are required for travel to certain countries and must be arranged far in advance of departure. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant embassy or consulate about the visa requirements for your vacation.

    Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes

    Activity Levels Explained. (Part 3 of 3

    Strenuous: Full day hikes, 5-8 hours, requiring good stamina and some trekking through rugged mountainous terrain with steep climbs and descents of as much as 1500m, altitudes that can exceed 2000m and some rugged uneven footpaths. For full enjoyment of these tours good fitness is required.

    Activity Levels Explained. (Part 2 of 3

    Moderate:Activity that involves walks and hikes mostly on unpaved trails and paths through hilly terrain with typical elevation gains and losses of 350-600m. Occasional steep and uneven sections of trails and steps. Challenging:Full day hikes, approximately 4-6 hours through mountainous terrain with significant elevation gains and losses (600-900m). Terrain may be rugged with uneven footpaths.

    How can I purchase insurance for my Trip?

    Travel insurance helps you relax about the holiday/vacation you are planning ahead. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Some insurance companies offer protection called “cancel for any work-related reason”. Make sure you take out insurance within the stipulated no. of days of making your reservation with us. We do not sell insurance.

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    NO. (Unless on a private bespoke tour or by special arrangement)

    Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Covid-19 Important: Please check for any vaccine requirements with the health authority of your country of origin

    Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    In the FAQ we have included Activity Levels Explained. (please check them out)

    I am a vegetarian or have Dietary restrictions. Can yo accommodate this?

    Yes! On the booking form or on a separate email you can provide us information on any special requests or requirements you may have. If you are vegetarian, let us know if that means you do/ do not eat poultry and/or fish. We pass the information along so that you do not have to worry about it during the trip. We can accommodate most dietary requests, so please do not hesitate to let us know.

    How Fit do I need to be to do a Caspin Journeys trip

    You need to be healthy and have good general fitness. Our trips are not marathons. If you walk, swim, play golf or do another aerobic activity to stay fit, you shouldn’t have any trouble on our trips. Our trips have different levels of activity and you can choose the level that fits you best. And even then, you will have options. The Caspin support vehicle. Read about our Activity Levels

    What if I dont want to participate in a scheduled walk or visit?

    Our guides will make suggestions and you can choose what appeals to you. You may want to linger longer in a museum, sketch, watch the world go by in a café or shop while others are out walking. Many of our walks can be abbreviated with the option to jump in the minivan and catch a lift. This is your vacation not a marathon and it is important to us that you go home relaxed and invigorated.

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Because our hotel prices are based on double/twin bedrooms, we must charge a single supplement to an individual traveller using a private room on a trip. The single supplement reflects those costs — we don’t make money on it. To keep down these costs we book economical double rooms and they are sometimes smaller, even though they cost more per person.

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes. We can assist with advice with pre or post tour accommodation but require you to book direct.

    Can I speak to someone who has done this trip?

    Of course! We can put you in touch with a reference who has done that trip. Just contact us!

    Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes. You will mostly travel in our own air-conditioned Minibus from start to finish

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    As listed in the itinerary. (Not all tours include airport transfers)

    Will I need a Passport or Visa if I'm travelling internationally

    International travel always requires a valid passport. Visas are required for travel to certain countries and must be arranged far in advance of departure. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant embassy or consulate about the visa requirements for your holiday/vacation.

    Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes. We transport your luggage between hotels and bring it to your room. You may bring only 1 case and 1 daypack . 1 MEDIUM CASE (60 cm/24″ x 40 cm/16″ x 25 cm/10″) + 1 DAY PACK (43 cm/17″ x 33 cm/13″ x 15 cm/6″). We have limited space in the minibus and will ask you to pay transfer costs. During the day you only carry snacks, water, rainproof and personal items in your daypack

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes. Prior to departure Caspin Journeys will provide you with useful information which will include: Names of the Participant. Details of Accommodation. Background reading. Packing list. Travel support.

    Are flights included in this tour?

    No

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes. Entrance fees to museums, events and parks as listed in the itinerary

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4star +

    Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    International travel always requires a valid passport. Visas are required for travel to certain countries and must be arranged far in advance of departure. It is your responsibility to check with the relevant embassy or consulate about the visa requirements for your vacation.

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes. 2 experienced guides 24/7, Local specialist guiding, All English speaking

    What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    If you are the first to Book, You tour booking will be taken on a provisional basis, we will keep you updated and confirm the tour as soon as we reach six. We aim to confirm a tour at least 75 days before departure.

    Company Instant Book

    Yes We do. However, we strongly advice you to contact us to verify availability and check whether tour departure is guaranteed before you make any payments

    Can I change my mind and transfer to another trip even after I've already made a reservation?

    Transfers to another trip are allowed subject to availability. After your final payment due date we are unable to allow transfers. Any cancellation will follow the Cancellation Policy in our terms and conditions. When transferring to a different date or trip, if the trip costs more than your original trip, you must pay the difference. Exceptions to the Transfer Policy include our Private Trips.

    What is the tipping policy?

    In the Service industry in Europe, tipping is customary but not obligatory and at one’s discretion. We at Caspin Journeys have a policy of tipping 10% for the great service we get from our hotels, restaurants and specialist guides. These gratuities are included in the price of your trip (Except for your Trip Leaders).

    Which Airport to Fly to?

    Pick-up and drop off at Naples International Airport. If you plan on staying in Naples for a few days early just make your way there and back on the airport shuttle bus which goes directly into town every 20 minutes.

    Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No

    What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Joining instruction icluding backgroud reading

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Travelling opens our minds and broadens our horizons and it is better still if we do it responsibly and sustainably, and continuously improve our understanding and appreciation for the world around us.

    What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    Transfers to another trip are allowed subject to availability. After your final payment due date we are unable to allow transfers. Any cancellation will follow the Cancellation Policy in our terms and conditions. When transferring to a different date or trip, if the trip costs more than your original trip, you must pay the difference. Exceptions to the Transfer Policy include our Private and Custo

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1992

    What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Face masks will be required on all transportation. We will have a supply as a backup. The spacious minibus will be sanitized and aired throughout the day. Dining at larger or separate tables and al fresco if possible! Sanitation measures –We are constantly reviewing the cleaning protocols with accommodation providers to ensure they comply with the most current safety guidelines.

    Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    We tailored the best journeys for who wants to enjoy Italy, England, Spain or Corsica in small groups with like-minded

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

    Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    NO

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No

Reviews

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Tuscany nice and warm but not too hot!

I chose to do the Tuscany tour in April, a lovely spring month, with long sunny days and warm temperatures but not too hot to hike. About 8 °C (46.4 ....more

I chose to do the Tuscany tour in April, a lovely spring month, with long sunny days and warm temperatures but not too hot to hike.

About 8 °C (46.

4 °F) to 20 °C (68 °F)! There were a couple of rainy days but for me it was perfect; I had my waterproof boots and my bedroom was lovely and warm.

They had a boiler-room for wet clothing too.

There were no tourists and no crowds! Caroline and Pino organised everything for us so that we could relax completely: walking, viewing, eating lovely food and sipping Chianti wine.

The swim in the hot springs was a great experience and nice and warm, so I must admit the hot Thermal Spa baths were a great way to indulge too! So if you're coming to Cortona and Tuscany in the Spring, you should plan on bringing a totally waterproof rain jacket since it will rain, even though showers usually don't last long.

Plan on layering your clothes.

Some days or part of the day it will be nice and warm and some moments it can be a bit chilly.

Caroline sent me a perfect packing list and it fitted in my carry-on case and weighed less than 10kg.

It was a good time of year for it, so green and spring flowers everywhere! I'll be doing Umbria next.

Thank you Caspin all.

I went in the Spring before the crowds

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Phyllis Grassle

30-Apr-2018

Tuscany

“Pino, Caroline and Antonio went over the top to make us comfortable and to provide wonderful sights and dining. This is the second trip we took with them and ....more

“Pino, Caroline and Antonio went over the top to make us comfortable and to provide wonderful sights and dining.

This is the second trip we took with them and the small groups have been compatible.

We enjoy the playfulness and adventurousness the Nobiles inspire.

” Caspin Journeys keeps provides small group adventure travel at a reasonable cost.

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Alice & Phil Dvoskin

16-Jul-2019

Tuscany Walking Hiking Adventure

Caroline and Pino consistently provide exemplary service focusing of each traveller's needs to ensure everyone has an unforgettable holiday. Every detail is perfectly planned, balanced and executed. From interesting and ....more

Caroline and Pino consistently provide exemplary service focusing of each traveller's needs to ensure everyone has an unforgettable holiday.

Every detail is perfectly planned, balanced and executed.

From interesting and unique sites, just the right amount of historical insight, wonderful accommodation, unbelievably beautiful walks and always fabulous meals and wine, it's all top-notch! It would be impossible to plan such a trip on one's own.

It kept getting better and better.

We didn't want to leave! less....


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Kathy Jensen

8 June 2018

Tuscany

This our is incredible! Caspin Journeys is simply the best! A tremendous value. Everything is planned for you in advance and the cost of the trip covers everything except ....more

This our is incredible! Caspin Journeys is simply the best! A tremendous value.

Everything is planned for you in advance and the cost of the trip covers everything except travel to and from less....


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Ed & Anne Murray

17-Jul-2019

Tuscany

Everything, especially the personalised itinerary, adjusting to desires and needs of all. Beautiful as always and wonderful touches of local colour (especially cuisine)

Everything, especially the personalised itinerary, adjusting to desires and needs of all.

Beautiful as always and wonderful touches of local colour (especially cuisine)


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Ben & MaryLou Marchello

10-Jun-2018

Tuscany walking trip

The experience of travelling with a smaller professional tour group was very personal. The transportation was very comfortable, the walks stunning and enabled us to eat all that delicious food! ....more

The experience of travelling with a smaller professional tour group was very personal.

The transportation was very comfortable, the walks stunning and enabled us to eat all that delicious food! The tour was great fun and highly educational.

The accommodations (in the owners own gorgeous farmhouse) were comfortable and private, and the setting was true Tuscan.

Truly more than I expected.

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Susan Mackania

08-May-2019

Dates & Availability

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May 06, 2023

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May 13, 2023
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$2108 (USD)

Operator discount: $552

tourhub discount: $99

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Tuscany Walking & Hiking "Great Value"

8 Days Starting and ending in Cortona

Visiting:

Cortona

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Molino di Bordone

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Montepulciano

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Monticchiello view point

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Siena

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Terme San Giovanni

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Melone secondo del Sodo

,

Convento delle Celle

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Pienza

,

Bagno Vignoni

,

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

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Buonconvento

Tour operator:

Caspin Journeys

Physical rating:

Medium, Low, Leisurely

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Meat, Pescatarian

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

TTT

Group size:

4 - 10

Age range:

25-85

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

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$2108 (USD)

Operator discount: $552

tourhub discount: $99


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  • Favourite Destination:

    Polignano A Mare

  • Dream Destination:

    Malta

  • About them:
  • 2 Cups of Travel is a travel and adventure blog curated by Ky and Tess, Australian-based travel enthusiasts. We both love exploring smaller towns, hidden gems and underrated finds!

Bilbao

Spain

What do you love most about Bilbao?

"Bilbao is a vibrant city where you can experience great art, food and architecture influenced by the unique Basque culture and heritage of this region."

Favourite time of year to visit Bilbao

"Summer is a great time to visit Bilbao. You can wander the streets at leisure, admiring the architecture and experiencing the sights and sounds of the city."

Other things to explore around Bilbao?

"One of my top recommendations is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, the stunning filming location for Dragonstone in Game of Thrones, located only a short distance from Bilbao on the coast."

Recommendations for foodies?

"Pintxos are the traditional tapas of the Basque region and Northern Spain. For fresh seafood, head to one of the numerous fishing villages that dot the Basque coastline. "

Benefits of a tour guide for Bilbao

"To best appreciate the rich culture and heritage of Bilbao and the Basque Country, a knowledgeable guide is indispensable and will make your visit all the more fulfilling. "

About Our

  • Hospitality & Tourism Specialist
  • Countries Visited:

    26 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Spain

  • Dream Destination:

    Croatia

  • About them:
  • Originally from New Zealand, I am a travel and tourism specialist always looking to explore new places and live new experiences.

Macedonia Greece

Greece

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Rent a boat in Halkidiki (otherwise known as Poseidon's Trident) and spend the day island hopping"

What do you love most about Macedonia Greece?

"Awe-inspiring monasteries floating in the sky in Meteora"

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Don't forget to visit Vikos Gorge! It's the second deepest gorge in the world. Unbelievable views as far as the eye can see. "

What do you love most about Macedonia Greece?

"With more than 160 bridges, you will find your perfect fairytale moment in Zagori"

@globalfoxtrot's Top Tips

"The cherry on top of a trip to Northern Greece: Corfu! Don't forget to check out the shops in Corfu's Old Town and taste their famous Kumquat liqueur."

About Our

  • Content Creator
  • Countries Visited:

    50 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Vietnam

  • Dream Destination:

    Lapland in the winter!

  • About them:
  • My name is Kristen and I love new adventures! I particularly like landscape and drone photography and off the beaten path locations. I'm originally from the US but am currently living in Berlin.

Puducherry

India

What do you love most about Puducherry?

"‘Pondy’ as it’s known locally, is an Indian city with French flair. Filled with leafy boulevards, bright bougainvillea, cathedrals, and colonial buildings, White Town is like a welcoming oasis of calm "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Discover the simple joy of being “blessed” by Laxmi the elephant at Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple. •Enjoy the food - a fusion of Indian and Mediterranean influences. "

What was Pondy’s original name?

"The original name of the territory, Putucceri, is derived from the Tamil words putu “new" and ceri “village". The French corrupted this to Pondichéry. Or Pondicherry in English. "

Favourite time of year to visit Puducherry

"Weather-wise it’s great to visit between October and March. The monsoon is between July -September and the town can receive some heavy rainfall. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Discover Auroville, a utopian community founded as an experiment in universal living. An easy day trip from Pondy. "

About Our

  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    174 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    India

  • Dream Destination:

    Mauritania

  • About them:
  • A visual storyteller and avid explorer. l have travelled to over 170 countries and territories on all 7 continents (and lived in 12) l believe the world is changed by our example and not our opinion.

Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain

Peru

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Visit Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu before, even Lake Titicaca and Colca Valley, if you are going to visit that area, to acclimatize to the altitude (5.000 mt. approx)."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"Don't waste too much time if there is a queue at the base of the mountain. The best photos are with the animals and on the mountain in front of you."

@travelphotos_tom's Top Tips

"If you can, talk to your guide about going to the Red Valley. It is not very physically demanding and the experience is incredible."

What do you love most about Vinicunca Peru - Rainbow Mountain?

"The experience is unique, there are no tourists and the hike and views are incredible."

About Our

  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    46 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Kenya

  • Dream Destination:

    North Pole

  • About them:
  • I love travelling and sharing experiences. My destiny is not a place, it's a new way of looking at life. Definitely I’m a wanderlust…

Uzbekistan

Benefits of a tour guide for Uzbekistan

"The language barrier is tough and a guide is almost essential at times. Most people only speak Russian or Uzbek and both use the Cyrillic alphabet."

@zoegoesplaces's Top Tips

"Travel by train. It's quick, cheap and easy. Plus, first class is especially affordable here. "

Must pack items for Uzbekistan

"Conservative dress is respectful to the local cultures, make sure you cover your shoulders and down to your knees. "

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Sampling the culinary delights of the Silk Road with the infusion of flavours and dishes from many countries. That and the beautiful architecture of the religious buildings. "

What do you love most about Uzbekistan?

"Uzbekistan is such an underrated country. There's so much to see and do, it's like nowhere else in the world."

About Our

  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    40 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Chicago

  • Dream Destination:

    French Polynesia

  • About them:
  • Outdoor and adventure travel blogger. Love hiking until I'm hiking, then I remember I'm a city girl.

Peak District National Park

United Kingdom

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Countryside walks, there are so many to choose from!"

About Our

  • Travel Blogger
  • Countries Visited:

    40 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Chicago

  • Dream Destination:

    French Polynesia

  • About them:
  • Outdoor and adventure travel blogger. Love hiking until I'm hiking, then I remember I'm a city girl.

Dolomites

Italy

What do you love most about Dolomites?

"The stunning scenery! It's simply one of the most breathtaking places on earth."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"The best way to see the mountains is hiking! There are plenty of iconic walks including Seceda and the Tre Cime loop. You can even stay in rifugios along the way and see the sunrise over the peaks. "

@Realworldrunaway 's Top Tips

"Rent a car! Getting around by public transport is tricky and some of the best hikes are a little far apart. "

About Our

  • Content Creator
  • Countries Visited:

    27 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    Italy

  • Dream Destination:

    Japan

  • About them:
  • Professional Avoider Of The Real World 🌍Adventure traveller ⏰ Helping you travel around your 9 to 5! Favourite destinations include Mexico, Vietnam, Utah, Laos and Italy!

Cuba

What do you love most about Cuba?

"Cuba has an undefinable magic to it. It dances to its own beat. A constant juxtaposition -dilapidated but dignified, timeworn but elegant. A wonderful fusion of Caribbean and Latin cultures."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"•Visit Habana Vieja •Take trip out west to Valle de Viñales •Experience Trinidad •Visit a live cabaret show •Tour Habana Vieja in a classic car •Enjoy a slice of paradise at Playa Las Tumbas"

Must pack items for Cuba

"•Do bring cash - USD or Euro, not credit cards •Do pack a few portable charges - power goes out periodically. •Rain coat/umbrella for any season. •Pack “your spontaneity” and go with the flow… "

Favourite time of year to visit Cuba

"Any time between October - April is a great time to visit. The island has a beautiful Caribbean climate where the days are warm and sunny with very little rain, particularly in Havana or on the coast."

A 'MUST' whilst you're there?

"Treat yourself and chat with a stranger or two! Cuba is one of the world’s safest countries to visit. It’s a wonderful and enriching way to get a real Cuban perspective and make new friends too. "

About Our

  • Travel Photographer
  • Countries Visited:

    174 Countries

  • Favourite Destination:

    India

  • Dream Destination:

    Mauritania

  • About them:
  • A visual storyteller and avid explorer. l have travelled to over 170 countries and territories on all 7 continents (and lived in 12) l believe the world is changed by our example and not our opinion.