Best of Tuscany Walking Tour
Best of Tuscany Walking Tour
"Very likely the 'perfect walking tour through Tuscany.'"
WALKING TOUR CHARACTER: Easy to Moderate, 2 to 8 miles daily on average.
Group size: no more than 16 guests.
TRIP COMMENCES: Florence, Italy
TRIP FINALE: Fiesole, Italy (Near Florence)
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WALKING TOUR SUMMARY: Explore Tuscany from a completely different perspective with our Best Of Walking Tour. Walking Tuscany's countryside through rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and farmhouses. It's Tuscany "up close and personal" as we journey through the paradise that is the regions of Chianti and Siena with visits to Montalcino, Monteriggioni, Siena, Gaiole in Chianti, and the hills above Florence, Fiesole.
Transatlantic Overnight Flight
Fly from your home airport to Florence International airport.
Note: Day 1 is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel. Your small group tour commences on itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into Florence.
Can we help you with your Airfare?
Yes, we can arrange your air travel from the QueensLander air department. We'll work with you to get the absolutely lowest fare available based on your travel preferences.
Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination (Florence) on time regardless of whether QueensLander has arranged your air.
At the end of the Tuscany Walking Tour you should set your flight to return from Florence. Or if you are extending your stay such as on the Enchanted Amalfi Coast Extension, then you should set your flight to return from Naples.
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We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.
GAIOLE IN CHIANTI
Upon arrival to the airport, you clear customs and are met by your Tour Captain for our included transfer to Gaiole in Chianti, home to our castle estate for the next two evenings.
Welcome to Tuscany
Gaiole in Chianti is a community in the province of Siena in Tuscany and was named by Forbes as one of "Europe's Most Idyllic Places to Live." Our estate is located nearby and upon arrival we will celebrate the beginning of the week-long walking and hiking journey with our special reception.
DINING AT THE ESTATE'S PRIVATE CELLARS
Tonight, you will feast at the estate with our included welcome dinner.
About the QueensLander® Way of Dining
Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorites dishes represent the region we're traveling through. We call this, parla come mangia or 'speak the language of your food.' From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic Italian food and wine. No buffets here. Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. Your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your vino from the estate ~ a variety of red and white wine from the very heart of Tuscany ~ and yes, "the wine flows." It's an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience.
Accommodation: Castello di Meleto or Similar, 2 Nights
Today's Walks in Bella Tuscany: The Picture-Perfect Tuscan Landscape springs to life as we consume its aesthetics with our senses of sight, sound and taste.
Character of the Morning Walk: Gaiole in Chianti to Estate Dievole: About 3 Miles with a walk-rating of Easy to Moderate.
After breakfast (included daily), we begin our walk through olive groves, vineyards and pristine forest bound for another villa estate in Siena for a scrumptious home-cooked lunch and wine-tasting in the private cellars.
After a fantastic visit to our villa we continue with our walking journey as we make our way back to the castle.
Character of the Afternoon Walk: Dievole to Villa via unique route: 3 Miles with a walk-rating of Easy to Moderate.
DINING AT THE ESTATE
Tonight enjoy an included dinner at the estate.
Accommodation: Castello di Meleto or Similar
WALKING & TASTING SAN GIMIGNANO
Today's Walk in Tuscany: Experience the San Gimignano tourists never see as we enjoy spectacular views of the city and region.
Character of the Walk: Transfer to San Gimignano and begin trek nearby. About 2 Miles with a walk-rating of Easy to Moderate.
Enjoying the land around San Gimignano on our walk today culminates with a visit to the towered medieval town. We also will enjoy walking the cobblestone streets of San Gimignano and discover much of the town that is truly hidden from the average tourist.
We enjoy time for lunch in San Gimignano and the balance of the day is at leisure. Our home for the night is our hotel in San Gimignano.
DINING IN SAN GIMIGNANO
Tonight enjoy an included dinner at one of our favorite local hangouts.
Accommodation: Leon Bianco or Similar
Today's Walk in Tuscany: The medieval town of Siena is full of discoveries we'll find on our guided walk.
Character of the Walk: Our exclusive walking tour of the medieval city. 1-2 Miles with a walk-rating of Easy.
We depart San Gimignano this morning bound for Montalcino. Along the way we'll enjoy a stop and time in Monteriggioni and a walking tour of Siena.
Siena boasts narrow, picturesque streets which is famous for its twice-annual horse race called Il Palio. A rival with Florence through history (and still today!), we'll enjoy discovering this town along with its secrets along off-the-beaten-path routing. The atmosphere of Siena is a blend of gothic and Romanesque archticture spreading over three hills.
After taking our time in Siena, we continue on to Montalcino, our home for the evening.
Montalcino is a walled hill town and the birthplace of one of Italy's finest wine varietals, the Brunello. The hill upon which Montalcino sits has probably been settled since Etruscan times.
OPTIONAL DINING IN MONTALCINO
Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner or enjoy exploring the quaint town of Montalcino on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel Vecchia Oliviera or Similar, 2 Nights
SAN'T ANTIMO ABBEY
BAGNO VIGNONI THERMAL BATHS
Today's Walk in Tuscany: Enjoy our hike from Montalcino to San't Antimo Abbey.
Character of the Walk: Montalcino to San't Antimo Abbey: 5 1/2 Miles with a walk-rating of Moderate.
We will depart Montalcino on our walk bound for San't Antimo Abbey arriving around noon. The gentle rolling hills complemented by the vineyards that produce the Sangiovese Grosso grape that is grown for the Brunello will only make your walk through the olive groves, wineries, and farmland more exhilerating. Truly a beautiful trek.
LUNCH IN A TUSCAN FARMHOUSE
Enjoy an included lunch at an old Tuscan farmhouse at Locanda Antimo. Our hosts will welcome us with an assortment of typical Tuscan favorites including cheeses (like the local Pecorino made from sheep's milk), to a taste of salami from the Cinta Senese - a very ancient Tuscan breed of pig that nearly went extinct until it was discovered in a painting and the breed was resurrected. Cinta means belt and are characterized by a black body with a white "belt " on their shoulders and forelegs.
We continue on our journey to the Bagno Vignoni, the thermal baths. Enjoy them just like the Romans did for an afternoon at leisure.
We then journey on to Poggio Antico Winery for a tasting of the Brunello paired with dinner. Absolutely outstanding!
Return to Montalcino for a free evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Vecchia Oliviera or Similar
We transfer to Fiesole above Florence. The view from the Fiesolean hills provide a spectacular perspective. The remains of ancient Etruscan walls help historians date Fiesole back to around the 9th century BC.
Today's Walk in Tuscany: Upon arrival, we freshen up and set out for our last hike in the hills above the capital of Tuscany.
Character of the Walk: Walking the hills above Florence: 5 Miles with a walk-rating of Moderate.
Afternoon we return to our wonderful Villa Fiesole Hotel to relax and reminisce before our farewell celebration set in a wonderful Tuscan Ristorante.
Tonight is a special time as you join the Tour Captain for an included Farewell to Tuscany Dinner with your new friends!
QueensLander® Exclusive: Included Farewell to Tuscany Dining Experience
One of our favorite nights of fun and celebration, as we toast one another to a wonderful journey together. The venue and activity we have designed for you tonight will make for the perfect finale to your Italian walking tour. It is a night of great cuisine and, of course, vino from Tuscany along with your new friends.
Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes, and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together!
Accommodation: Villa Fiesole Hotel or Similar
Opt for our departure transfer to Florence Airport or extend your stay in Bella Italy!
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Our Selected Hotel for Gaiole in Chianti - 2 Nights
Castello di Meleto or Similar, 2 Nights
San Gimignano Hotel - 1 Night
Siena Hotel - 2 Nights
Fiesole Hotel - 1 Night
THE AMALFI COAST VACATION INCLUDES:
- All Breakfasts, 2 Gourmet Lunches, 4 Dinners with premium wine and beverages
- Wine Tasting & Tour of Estate
- All hotel accommodation (upgrade to a suite if available, call for details)
- Professional QueensLander® Walking Guide throughout your journey.
- Two complimentary lightweight, telescoping Trekking Poles.
- Complimentary packablem waterproof travel backpack and transformable multifunctional Waist Bag and Lightweight Daypack
- Admissions, entrances and events while on tour.
- All transportation from tour commencement to finalé.
- Magic Portage from commencement to finalé.
- Customary gratuities included. QueensLander® Walking Guide gratuities optional.
- QueensLander® Exclusives: Private Boat on Lakes Como, Lugano and Maggiore
- QueensLander®'s Unique Perspective Experiences
— 2015 Walking Tour Prices —
True Small-Group® means a
|Max 16 Guests||May 16||$4,479|
|Max 16 Guests||May 30||$4,479|
|Max 16 Guests||June 13||$4,479|
|Max 16 Guests||Sep 5||$4,479|
|Max 16 Guests||Sep 19||$4,479|
|Max 16 Guests||Oct 3||$4,479|
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