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Unusual view of Colle di Val d'Elsa
 
Walk to San Gimignano
 
View of Monteriggioni
 
Leaving Pienza
 
A walk in the Parco San Michele
 
The Ristoro di Lamole
 
Vineyard near Brolio
 
Fancy a dip?

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Included Meals: All Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners

Cost: 9 Days / 8 Nights $A3,300 Twin Share Single Supplement add $550

Day 1 Our tour starts with a late morning transfer by private minibus from Firenze. You arrive at Colle di Val d'Elsa and settle into our hotel before we stretch our walking legs exploring the town. This is a good orientation walk that takes us up through the ancient city gates and out into the farm land that surrounds the town before re-entering the town from the south-west. In the evening we meet together for a drink before sharing a meal in one of Colle's great restaurants.
Included meals: Drinks & Dinner

Day 2 San Gimignano, perhaps one of the most photogenic towns in Italy, is our destination today. We take an early morning drive to beat the crowds and once inside the walls you will have time to independently browse through the old streets and possibly do some shopping. After rejoining the group for lunch our walk takes us back to Colle. Our route takes us through varied terrain along farm lanes, through woods, across streams and beside vineyards. It takes about 2 hours leaving plenty of time for you to enjoy the late afternoon atmosphere of Colle di Val d'Elsa.
Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch.

Day 3 Today we take on a the Monteriggioni Ring Walk in the Montagnola Senese, hills that rise up quite dramatically from the surrounding plain. This walk takes us through a mix of woods, farmland and olive groves visiting the Abaddia d'Isola before we arriving at Monteriggioni, a fortified town originally built in 1219, whose walls inspired Dante to write about them in the Inferno. We enjoy a luncheon break before completing the walk. We return to Colle by public bus.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 Leisure Day. A chance to independently explore the area. Your choices are endless with Volterra, Siena and Firenze (Florence) only a short bus trip away.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5 We travel further afield today taking a private mini-bus to Montepulciano, an amazing walled town, from where we walk to Pienza a town renowned for its pecorino cheese. En route we lunch together in the quaint town of Monticchiello before completing our walk through the rolling hills that surround the town. Later in the day there is a visit to the hot springs of Bagno Vignoni where there is an opportunity to bathe your tired feet in the famous Roman hot springs. After a short siesta the group gathers to enjoy a meal together.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Today we venture into Chianti country where we visit Greve before moving on to Lamole where we lunch at the Ristoro di Lamole mid-way through one of the panoramic walks in the region. The walk starts at Parco San Michele, the highest point in Chianti, guaranteeing great views and variety of habitat.
Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 Back in Chianti we visit Castelina in Chianti before reaching historic Brolio with its fabulous panoramic views, its renowned castello and wine. We complete a ring walk through a panorama of vineyards and an unexpected descent into a hidden valley with chance to cool off with a dip into some cystal clear pools.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Once more we spend time in the Chianti region once again starting our walk at Mont San Michele before descending to the towns of Volpaia and Radda. We enjoy lunching at Volpaia before completing the last leg to Radda.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 We say good-bye before our morning transfer to Firenze.
Included meals: Breakfast

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