A Taste of Tuscany Self-Guided Walking

A Taste of Tuscany Self-Guided Walking

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A Taste of Tuscany Self-Guided Walking

8 Days Starting and ending in Chianciano Terme

Visiting: Chianciano Terme, Strada Vecchia Senese, Valdichiana Outlet Village, Cantina Canaio, Monte Rufeno, Montallese, Sentiero della bonifica, Chiusi, Province of Arezzo, Castiglioncello, Etruscan Museum "Claudio Faina", Montepulciano, Pienza, Val d'Orcia

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

W07ST

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 6

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

8 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Cycling

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Tour Overview

This is not just a walking holiday it is a full immersion into local Tuscan life, from a guided walk passing the local produce providers to wine-tasting, a cookery class and a chance to bathe in sulphur-rich healing waters. You'll walk through ancient chestnut forests, vineyards and olive groves, passing lakes and freshwater ponds alive with the sounds of frog chorus. Visit medieval, Roman and Etruscan towns and villages, sample the Vino di Nobile of Montepulciano, rich Peccorino cheese in Pienza or take a bath in Roman Bagno Vignoni.

Highlights

  • Wonderfully varied walking, including the beautiful UNESCO Val d'Orcia

  • The wine and cheese towns of Montepulciano and Pienza

  • Delicious classic Tuscan cuisine 'km 0' cooking (all local food)

  • Warm and welcoming agriturismo with a passionate owner - the best of Italian hospitality

  • Fabulous insight into traditional Tuscan life: the food, the wine, the culture

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Chianciano Terme
Location: Chianciano Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia and enjoy a stroll to the old town,
before your evening briefing by the owner, Stefano, and the first of many
home cooked dinners. (Staying at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia for 7 nights,
Half Board)

Day 2 : Visit The Farms 12-14Km/7.5-9Mi/3-5Hr
Location: Strada Vecchia Senese, Valdichiana Outlet Village, Cantina Canaio
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

You'll start this morning with a guided walk of a local oil mill, then
visiting the Cinta Senese pigs followed by an area set up to allow truffles
to grow and finishing off in Chianciano Vecchia, with great views of the
Valdichiana valley before enjoying wine and local produce tasting in a
charming cantina in the old town.

Day 3 : A Walk To Lake Chiusi
Location: Monte Rufeno, Montallese, Sentiero della bonifica, Chiusi, Province of Arezzo
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

As you descend into the Valdichiana, a mix of quiet lanes and gravel tracks
provide perfect views of the vineyards and over to Monte Rufeno. Passing
pretty farmhouses you make your way to the small town of Montallese, and from
here you pick up the Sentiero della Bonifica, a long-distance path between
Chiusi and Arezzo. This leads you to the charming Lake Chiusi, where you can
enjoy the birdlife and perhaps lunch at the lakeside restaurant. You will be
transferred back to the hotel.

Day 4 : Castiglioncello To The Hotel
Location: Castiglioncello
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

A short transfer takes you to the charming village of Castiglioncello; once
abandoned it is now restored with a hotel, a cafe and the interesting
Etruscan burial site. From the village you follow a trail through the forest
to pass wonderful viewpoints of the area, dropping down to Poggio
Pietraporciana, a Nazi gun point in the war. Continuing through the
Pietraporciana Nature Reserve you pass the Rifugio Pietraporciana, once owned
by the Marchesa of Val d'Orcia, Iris Origo, who, during the war, cordoned off
this area to create a neutral zone, which the allies, Nazis and partisans all
obeyed. From here, a forest track takes you past a charming argiturismo
before a trail along a dried up river alongside rocky cliffs and on to the
outskirts of Chianchiano stopping at the Dopolavoro La Foce where an optional
transfer back to the hotel awaits you. Alternative carry on walking along a
narrow trail with wonderful views and past a model of an Etruscan farm,
before arriving in Chianchiano Terme and a choice of following the white
gravel roads passing farms or through the town to return to the agriturismo.

Day 5 : Afternoon Cookery Course
Location: Strada Vecchia Senese, Etruscan Museum "Claudio Faina"
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning you have time to yourself, maybe walk into Chianciano Vecchia
and visit the Etruscan Museum of Chianciano Terme, or use your voucher for
the Theia Spa and relax in the healing waters or treat yourself to one of
their many treatments. In the afternoon you begin your cookery class where
you will learn classic Italian techniques and eat the meal you prepare for
dinner.

Day 6 : Walk To The Wine Town Of Montepulciano
Location: Montepulciano
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you walk to the wine town of Montepulciano, where you will be rewarded
with stunning views across the Valdichiana. Follow a chestnut-laden track to
meet the forest road, before following a track around the vines and farmlands
up to Montepulciano. You will be picked up here, but before this, take time
to explore the town, which is full of wine bars and shops and has plenty of
tasting opportunities.

Day 7 : Pienza To Bagno Vignoni
Location: Pienza, Val d'Orcia
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After a short transfer to Pienza, take time to explore the town, it is one of
the cheese capitals of Italy, and a beautiful mediaeval historic centre.
Perhaps pick up a sandwich filled with porchetta or a slab of rich and creamy
pecorino cheese. The walk takes you downhill from Pienza, crossing the
stunning Val d’Orcia. It is an easy walk following a well-marked trail,
giving you the chance to take in the views of mediaeval towns, rolling hills
and rows of cypress trees. You will reach Bagno Vignoni then follow the river
Orcia before climbing up to the town passing the spring baths and the old
mill, before arriving in the Roman town, with its large baths in the centre
of town. Perhaps treat yourself to the hot waters of the Hotel Posta
Marcucci, where the baths come with a view! We transfer you back to the hotel
for your final night of Stefano’s lovely food.

Day 8 : Leave Chianciano Terme
Location: Chianciano Terme
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leave Chianciano Terme

What's Included

  • All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals

  • Cookery class

  • Route directions and maps

  • All accommodation

  • Management by local hotelier

  • Wine and olive oil tasting

  • One spa entrance

What's Not Included

  • Single accommodation (available on request)  - compulsory supplement

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Arrival & departure transfers for land only bookings (available on request and at a supplement)

Food

Tuscan food is based on the Italian idea of 'cucina povera' (poor cooking); simple inexpensive meals that can be made for large groups. Whilst this was once dictated by the economy and expense of the produce, the tradition has remained. The cuisine of this region doesn't use complicated seasonings or elaborate recipes, and instead focuses on fresh, high quality ingredients that allow the natural flavours in each dish to shine through. Typical dishes include fagioli con salsiccia (cannellini beans with sausage), tagliatelle al tartufo (pasta in a truffle sauce), bistecca alla Fiorentina (a T-bone steak which is only cooked blue/rare and often large enough to share!), pici (a fat, handmade spaghetti, often served with tomato and garlic sauce or game meat). Don't miss the local cacio and pecorino cheeses and sample the famous wines: Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

Accommodation

Your base for the week is the modest but comfortable Agriturismo La Pietricca, which stands on a hill with great views of Chianciano Vecchia. Stefano who runs the agriturismo will welcome you with his enthusiasm for everything to do with nature in the surrounding area and will also teach you all about the artisan products in the local area. The hotel produces 65% of what it serves on your table, and is surrounded by its own farm and orchards. There is a lovely terrace and swimming pool and lovely shady grassy area that looks out across the valley, where in the heat of summer you can take your dinner outside.

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  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

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  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    This tour is self-guided; there is no tour leader.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    comfortable

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 13 Years old people can go on this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No (available on request)

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A compulsory single supplement will apply on this tour.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No visa required for British passport holders. Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International Flights are not included with this tour.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

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

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

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Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

A Taste of Tuscany- Self Guided Walking Tour

This tour was a welcome change from the fast paced touring of the big cities. We became familiar with the topography and vegetation as we hiked daily, also visiting towns known for wines and cheeses. The town of Chianciano provided a magnificent backdrop to our accomodation of Agriturismo La Pietriccia. We were awakened every morning to the rooster crowing. Stefano was an attentive and knowledgeable host. Plenty of food was served at the 4 course suppers. I feel this tour was necessary to complete my knowledge of the culture of Italy!

HEADWATERS TUSCANY WALKABOUT

The walkabout was lovely. The agritourismo, food, wine and walking were great. The problem with the walkabout is namely directions. The directions submitted by Headwaters need to be updated. Sometimes, they just DID NOT WORK. This is very frustrating when you're in a country that you are unfamiliar with, are on a walking trail that is already moderately difficult, and unsure if you are on the right trail (and sometimes we were not). In some instances street names which were available would have been useful. In other instances, it would have been nice if the directions had said, continue for 4 km or 3 miles (instead of just continue on until you get _______.). That was the biggest/only "frustration" of the trip.

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