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Tuscany: La Dolce Vita
Walking Holiday Self Guided 6 Days / 5 Nights Hotels 3* or Superior Available year round From €620

Walking Holiday in Tuscany, Italy. Situated on the west side of Italy on the Mediterranean coast, Tuscany is a land a natural beauty and peacefulness where the time seems to have stopped. For its landscapes and its artistic legacy, Tuscany is considered by many to be the most beautiful regions in Italy. Think of the vineyards: rows of baby green vines that manage somehow to march in arrow-straight formation up the gently rolling hillsides, bounded by single files of darker green cypress trees. Snaking, sandy roads lead to rust-colored farmhouses and moss-coated castles, while symmetrically rounded hilltops are surmounted by towns so homogeneous as to seem one single building. During 6 days you will experience the real heart of Tuscany in this truly unique trip, partly following the famous "Via Francigena", an ancient pilgrim route from Canterbury to Rome.

We decided to grade this trip as Easy+ as there are no technical difficulties along the way. Hotels and guest-houses have been carefully selected for their comfort, location, friendliness and character, but also for the quality of their restaurant and the choice of the menu. As well as all this, our team transfers your luggage from hotel to hotel; you just have to carry your day pack with you. So, relax and enjoy your time in Tuscany!

Day By Day

DAY 1 - Coming to Volterra Volterra is one of the oldest villages in Italy, we recommend visiting the historic centre. This evening a luxury dinner will be served at the hotel. Optional circular walk: [3h, 10km, +/-351m] We let you acclimatise to the Tuscan air with an easy stage. The walk is mostly on a white road, bordered with cypress trees. A good introduction to what is to follow...

Walking times only (breaks not included)
DAY 4 – to Monteriggioni [4h, 23km, +61m, -191m] Today's walk is spent mostly in the shade, starting with a long descent to the Castel Petraia and then up to the densely forested hill of Montagnole, close to the attractive village of Strove. The stroll continues on to the handsome fortifications of Monterrigioni. Town:Shops, bus, ATM, Internet, pharmacy, pubs, restaurants Accommodation: Guesthouse in the tiny fortress-town of Monterrigioni. Rooms en suite.

DAY 5 – to S. Columba [4h35, 13km, +346m, -410m] and to Siena We take to the road again for the last day of our trip. Although it's the most challenging day, it's just gorgeous! After walking across the DAY 2 - To San Gimignano [4h, 12km, +348m, -178m] Montanella, you can admire the village of Funghaia and its old After a short transfer to Pignano, you will walk between vineyards and frescoed church, typical of the village of S. Columba. A short taxi ride through oak woods with Wild Cyclamen in flower in autumn and fine will take you to the heart of the fascinating town of Siena where you views of the ruins of the fortifications of Castelvecchio. Tonight you will spend the night in a comfortable hotel in this bustling city! Great will stay at San Gimignano known for its beautiful towers that restaurants are waiting for you! dominate the valley, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Town: Shops, bus, ATM, Internet, pharmacy, pubs, restaurants Accommodation: 4* hotel in the heart of the town in an old 17th century villa, with swimming pool. Room en suite.

Town: Shops, bus, ATM, Internet, pharmacy, pubs, restaurants Accommodation: 3* hotel in the hearth of the village. Rooms en suite

Town:Shops, bus, ATM, Internet, pharmacy, pubs, restaurants Accommodation: 3* guesthouse in a 16th Century historical building in Siena. Rooms en suite.

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DAY 6 - Siena After breakfast, we bid you farewell. However, you can extend you DAY 3 – To Colle Val d'Elsa [4h10,14km,+394m, -208m] Today is a leisurely day through olive groves and cypress avenues up stay in Siena or take an additional night in Pisa or Florence (see options below). to the village of Montecchio. In Colle Val D'elsa sit back and relax have a glass of Chianti in the central piazza! Il Palio (famous horse race in the heart of the city) takes place on July, 2nd & August, 16th. As it attracts many people every years, if you wish to book in Siena around these dates, please contact us Town: Shops, bus, ATM, Internet, pharmacy, pubs, restaurants Accommodation: 3* hotel with character. Rooms en suite

Hotel: Same as Day 5. Meal: Breakfast

HOW TO GET THERE
The closest airports are Pisa and Florence. However, flying to Rome is also a good alternative given the great number of train options form there. TO PISA http://www.pisa-airport.com/index.php 20 major airlines fly to Pisa: Ryanair www.ryanair.com, Easyjet www.easyjet.com, Air France www.airfrance.com, Alitalia www. alitalia.com, Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com, Sky Europe www.skyeurope.com and others. Shuttle buses connect to Pisa Central Bus & Train Station (every 10-20mins, until 11pm). Trains also connect the airport to the Pisa Central Station, but it is less frequent. The taxi rank is located outside the airport terminal's arrivals. Average fare to the city €12.00 (+ €2,07 on Sun & Bank Hol).

FROM VOLTERRA TO PISA To Volterra by bus: Several buses a day connect Pisa to Volterra from the central bus station (takes 2hrs). Departure 5.35 to 21.30 (10.30 to 18.30 on Sat & Sun). Check CPT www.cpt.pisa.it.On Sundays, the service is less frequent. In August, timetable is subject to changes.
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First Line 190 Corsia 1. Pisa to Pontederra (1h) Then Line 500 Corsia 4. Pontederra to Volterra (1h)

To Volterra by train: First Pisa to Cecina, then train Cecina to Salina di Volterra, Finally a bus will pick you up to Volterra. It takes longer (3hrs30) but it can be a good option on Sundays, See www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html.

TO FLORENCE Air France www.airfrance.com, Alitalia www.alitalia.com, Lufthansa www.lufthansa.com and others. Shuttle buses connect to Florence Central Bus & Train Station (every 30'). To Volterra by bus: There are several buses a day (3 daily, more from Mon-Sat) from the central bus station in approx 2hrs10mins. Departures 4h50 to 17h10. Check http://toscana-toskana.de/volterra-it/bus.htm

TO ROME FIUMICINO OF ROME CIAMPINO Virtually all airlines fly to Rome. From the airport, there is an easy shuttle to Rome Termini. From Rome Termini (main train station of Rome), there are many trains to the Cecina (4h30) and a bus to Volterra: www.trenitalia.com/en/ index.html.

OTHER AIRPORTS The train & bus networks in Italy are well developed and very cheap. It is probably possible to get to Volterra from other major cities in Italy. Ask us for advice and we will help you!

BACK FROM SIENA Many options are possible from Siena, whether you want to come back to the airport or visit Pisa, Florence, Rome or other cities.

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To Pisa: Several trains a day connect Volterra to Empoli (45mins) & Empoli to Pisa (1hr15'). See www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html. To Florence: Several trains a day (1hr30 approx.) See www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html To Rome: Several trains a day (3-4hrs) See www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html.

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Accommodation
All hotels have been selected for their comfort, friendliness & character, as much as for the quality of their cuisine. They are subject to availabilities. If the hotel described is not available, we provide you with the same standard of comfort & price.

Hotel Day 1

Hotel Day 2

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Hotel Day 4 Optional Hotels

Hotel Day 5

Optional Hotel 3* in Pisa
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Optional Hotel 3* in Florence
Not Included

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4 nights in hotels 3* or superior (B&B basis) 2 nights in guesthouse of character (B&B basis) 6 breakfasts Luggage transferred every walking day (Day 2 to 5) Transfer Day 2 from Volterra to Pignano Step by step walking notes describing the itinerary Detailed map(s) of the area (1;25,000 and 1:50,000)

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Insurance Flight Transfer to/from airport Taxi from Santa Columba to Siena (Day 5)

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Single room Solo supplement (€) Departure (€) (including single room)

Private transfer from Pisa airport to Volterra

High Season from 13/12/08 02/01/09 from 04/04/09 14/04/09 from 25/04/09 04/07/09 from 29/08/09 10/10/09 from 12/12/09 Low Season from 03/01/09 from 15/04/09 24/04/09 from 05/07/09 28/08/09 from 11/10/09 11/12/09 from 04/10/09 11/12/09
Options

to to to to to 03/01/10 to 03/04/09 to to to to 620 120 190 680 150 220

Up to 3 persons: €200 Up to 8 persons: €260

These options give you the opportunity to visit of one of these historical towns/cities. All our hotel are centrally located, close to all touristic interests and ideally situated with regards to airports and train stations. In addition, these options can help you with overnights depending on your flight schedule.

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Extra night in Pisa/Volterra/ San Gimignano 3* hotel Double / Twin Single room room (€pps)

Extra night in Siena/Florence/ Rome 3* hotel Double / Twin Single room room (€pps)

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High Season from 13/12/08 02/01/09 from 04/04/09 14/04/09 from 25/04/09 03/10/09 from 12/12/09 03/01/10 Low Season from 03/01/09 03/04/09 from 15/04/09 24/04/09 from 04/10/09 11/12/09

to to to to to to to 75 95 90 110 85 110 95 120

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