Tuscany Walking Tour 11 days / Walking Tours
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About This Experience
Life seems simpler in Tuscany. In the land of cypress trees and Chianti, a leisurely stroll may not be the fastest way to get around, but it’s certainly the most memorable. On this walking tour of Tuscany, you’ll step into historic cities like Florence and Siena, and amble through charming hamlets like Montalcino and Cortona for an authentic glimpse into the heart of Italy.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
9 nights in hand-picked hotels
Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 three-course dinners with wine or beer
Private deluxe motor coach
Multilingual Tour Director
7 escorted walks
Why You'll Love It
Scenic isn’t a strong enough word for Tuscany’s backdrops
Being so active is a great excuse to eat more pasta
You’ll sip & savor Chianti in Chianti
History is always underfoot in San Gimignano & Volterra
Italian walks are good for the heart (in more than one way)
The Renaissance is still afloat in Florence
Overnight Flight1 night
Montecatini3 nights - hotel info
Let go, enjoy yourself, you’re in Montecatini
Dinner, Breakfast (in flight)
Welcome to Italy! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then accompanies you to Montecatini, where you’ll be assisted with hotel check-in. Later, meet your fellow travelers at an included dinner.
Take a walk behind (and on) Lucca’s Renaissance-era walls
Optional Excursion - Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside
Today is free for you to relax and become acquainted with Montecatini, an inviting spa town in the hills of Tuscany. You might choose to join our optional excursion to Lucca, a walled medieval town, and Colle Verde, a typical Tuscan farm where olive oil is produced.
Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside $119* pp
Visit the gorgeous Tuscan town of Lucca, famous for its Renaissance-era city walls, medieval churches and awe-inspiring towers. Then travel to Colle Verde, a farm where some of Italy’s highest-quality olive oil is pressed. During your excursion, learn about the process by which olive oil is extracted and refined. Then, enjoy a light lunch and an olive oil tasting session.
Italian language, opera, the Renaissance—all born right here
Baptistery of St. John
Take a day trip to the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of the Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. A guided walking tour introduces you to the city’s Renaissance relics. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s masterpiece—Florence’s massive pink, white and green Duomo. Then, discover the Baptistery of St. John. You’ll have the afternoon to explore Florence on your own before returning to Montecatini for the evening.
Siena3 nights - hotel info
When in the Chianti Region: sip, savor, repeat
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tuscan wine tasting
Making your way to Siena, you’ll spend the morning walking through the world-famous Chianti Region, land of the Chianti League, recently restored in order to preserve the name and trademark of Chianti wine. You’ll then attend a wine tasting to sample the region’s most famous local product, red wine, and enjoy a light lunch. On an afternoon walk, view a panorama of valleys and rolling hills, ending in the town of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo. Continue on to Siena, a former independent republic the richest city in Italy during the 13th and 14th centuries. Dinner is included tonight.
Walk through the eras, from medieval to Gothic
Siena Cathedral, Piccolomini Library
Today’s walk is near the rounded walls of Monteriggioni, one of Tuscany’s best-preserved medieval towns. On an afternoon guided tour of Siena, enter the Campo, described by Montaigne as the most beautiful square in the world. This is where the annual Palio competition convenes. You’ll then visit the grand Piccolomini Library, a museum inside the Duomo whose well-preserved frescoes depict the life of Pope Pius II.
San Gigmignano is a fortress to be reckoned with
Optional Excursion - Dinner in Siena: Tuscan Culture & Cuisine
Today’s focus is on the fortress town of San Gimignano, with its dramatic skyline of huge, medieval towers. Fourteen of the original 70 towers remain, an ongoing testament to the Guelph-Ghibelline rivalry of the Middle Ages. Following your walk in San Gimignano, visit Volterra, a city with a history dating back 3,000 years to the ancient Etruscan civilization. After returning to Siena for the night, consider joining our optional dinner, featuring traditional Tuscan cuisine.
Dinner in Siena: Tuscan Culture & Cuisine $79* pp
A fascinating lesson in Tuscan culture and cuisine awaits you at this memorable dinner event. One of the region's most acclaimed restaurants, noted for its excellent food and wine cellar, serves up several courses of flavorful, culinary delights. After sampling the restaurant's wine collection and feasting on Pecorino cheese with honey and crostini, delicious barley soup, pici with duck sauce and beef stew à la Senese, you'll understand why Tuscany reigns as a prime destination for food-and-wine enthusiasts worldwide.
Val d'Orcia2 nights - hotel info
Age and beauty meet in Cortona, one of Italy’s oldest towns
Walk through the lovely medieval town of Cortona, which overlooks the fertile plains of Valdichiana. Later, stop in the Umbrian region at Lake Trasimeno, site of the fiercest battle between Hannibal and the Romans in 217 B.C. Continue to Montepulciano and begin the steep walk uphill to reach the last breathtaking view of the day. After a brief stop at the church of San Biagio on your way down from Montepulciano, you’ll reach the Val d’Orcia region. Dinner is included tonight.
Montalcino: once a battleground, now your stomping grounds
Optional Excursion - Country Evening
Today’s series of walks begins in nearby Montalcino, famous for its fierce battles against Florence and the Medici family’s dominion. Here, you’ll visit Sant’Antimo Abbey, a Romanesque church surrounded by rolling hills. Continue on to Pienza, “Pearl of the Renaissance,” where you’ll have free time to see the Duomo and Gothic churches. This evening, experience Tuscan country ambiance and hospitality as you dine on a traditional meal and sip local Vino Nobile wine on our Montepulciano Evening excursion.
Country Evening $79* pp
Travel to a family farm in the Tuscan countryside for an evening of wine, food and the charms of rural Italy. Upon arrival at the farm, you'll tour the family's wine cellars before a four-course meal of rustic Tuscan cuisine.
Rome1 night - hotel info
Sit back, relax and take the scenic route to Rome
The day begins with a scenic drive to the Monte Amiata region. You’ll have time to explore the charming old town of Abbadia San Salvatore before continuing on to Rome. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.
Extend Your Stay
Add Rome City Stay $359*
Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.
Rome2 nights - hotel info
Roam about Rome at your leisure
Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors
Embark on an included guided tour of Imperial Rome and discover art and architecture at every turn, from relics of the ancient empire to treasures of the Renaissance. Tonight, you may choose to attend the Dinner with Tenors, an evening of food and live music.
Dinner with Tenors $79* pp
End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun!
Step into the world’s smallest state: Vatican City
Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Spend the day exploring Rome at your leisure. Or, join an optional excursion to Vatican City, including visits to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.
Must be booked 70 days before departure
Iconic Sights: Vatican City $85* pp
This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you'll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world's most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you'll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you'll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece. Finally, you'll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sunday.
Passport & Visa Requirements
In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Italian consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Clothing & Packing Tips
Hiking boots are recommended for your tour, but if you don’t have them, then sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes and a change of footwear will do. To keep hydrated and better experience the local scenery, you’ll want to keep a plastic water bottle and binoculars handy. Some additional items we recommend carrying with you include: insect repellent, a sun hat, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight. You’ll also want to pack transitional clothing that fits comfortably and can adapt to inclement weather, such as a lightweight sports jacket, rainwear and light, loose-fitting layers. Also, remember that bare legs and shoulders are not allowed in Italy’s churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.
There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our scheduled walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who chose to stay behind. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.
Tuscany is known for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta, favoring subtle, lighter pastas and desserts (mostly cookies and breads) made with nuts, fruit and honey. For authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants often with only a couple of open tables and hand-printed menus. Italians tend to indulge in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello.
Arrival & Transportation Information
Round-trip flights arrive in Florence and depart from Rome. Upon arrival in Italy, a Go Ahead representative escorts you via private motor coach to Montecatini. When you first arrive at the airport in Italy, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. All other included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities of Florence and Rome by public transportation. Florence is split up into two separate sections by the Arno River, with most of the attractions spread out around the Duomo. The city is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Rome has one of Europe’s best metro systems, serving all the major attractions from the Roman ruins to Vatican City.
Museums in Florence
Steeped in culture and history, the museums of Florence are popular attractions that you might consider visiting during your free time in the city. However, Go Ahead recommends that you make reservations two months in advance if you would like to visit any of the museums in Florence, particularly the Uffizi or the Accademia. Call a Go Ahead representative or go to www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/musei for more information. Please note: Florence museums are closed on Mondays. We recommend you schedule your visit for your free time in Florence on the afternoon of Day 4, starting sometime between 1 and 2:30pm.
Italy operates on the European standard 220 volts.
Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it is noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Florence.
The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to access cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/ credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
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WalkinWalking the Beautiful Hills and Towns of Tuscanyf Tuscany
Our time spent in the countryside and hill towns of Tuscany was a magical mix of natural beauty coupled with historic accounts of the Etruscans, Romans and Italians, who had populated in these areas. Our Tour Director was a knowledgeable historian, giving us a better appreciation of the area's people geography and history. The walks were nicely paced, with time to visit each town. The excursions to family vineyards and olive groves was informative, intimate and very tasty. Recalling the entire experience, we were very pleased. It was something we'd gladly do again. A surprise bonus, was the friendly, educated and diverse group of travelers who helped made the trip memorable.
More than I Expected!
Just like the title says. On the second day of our trip I told myself that if this was the end of our trip it would of been well worth it. Everyday I thought that it couldn't get any better or more beautiful, well it did. From the top of the line tour director, dinners, excursions, hikes, towns visited, to the local guides. Everything was well planned. Kudos to whoever planned the tour details. I miss Italy, alot, but Lord willing I will return. Thanks Go Ahead Tours. I'm glad I chose your agency. I was very pleased and have recommended Go Ahead to several of my friends.
Some tough walking through Tuscany
I did this Tour in 2006 when I was a bit younger!! Some of the walks were a bit more aggressive than I remember them, so it might be a good idea to include a walking stick for this tour. There are long stretches uphill and downhill through some dry riverbeds which have plentiful loose stones and boulders! The hotels are OK and the locations visited were fantastic. Barbara our tour director was a delight. Barbara was lots of fun and had our back at all times. If walking is not your thing and you really want to experience the best of Tuscany, I highly recommend the Taste of Tuscany and Umbria tour....fantastic!!! I did this tour twice and would do it again.
Scenery Beyond Comparison
I would highly recommend the Tuscany Walking Tour to anyone who loves the outdoors and scenic vistas. The tour included time in Florence, for those who want some "city time", but my preference was the small villages and outdoor walks. Some of the walks involved more uphill and downhill rocky paths than I expected, which meant going was very slow, and although I would have preferred more even terrain, my reason for preferring it is that I would have more time to look around, not down where I am putting my feet. This tour was graded a 4 out of 4 for difficulty, and two of the walks definitely met that category. Our tour director, Barbara, provided a wealth of information about each area we visited. Our weather was absolutely perfect after day one, when it rained just lightly for an hour or so. The "experiences" on the tour are what really made the tour great! We had a three hour lunch at a beautiful vineyard, where we spent time getting to know each other and sip Italian wine and munch on pecorino cheese, fresh vegetables, and white bean salad. It was perfect! This was one of the optional excursions, to Collo Verde. All of the optional excursions I signed up for were well worth the expense, just for the opportunity to experience real Italian life. I was very happy with all of the hotels. They were very clean and the staff, particularly at the first one, were marvelously friendly and helpful. What made my tour exceptional, though, were the people. We all got along, mixed together, and shared our experience. I would be more than happy to travel with Go Ahead at another time.
Loved this trip, we got lots of exercise, saw the country it was wonderful. Not your fault but would have been nicer if it wasn't so cold and rainy but was still great.
NOTES ON TUSCANY TOUR
FOR SOMEONE ON A BUDGET, THIS TOUR WORKS QUITE WELL. THE SIGHTS ARE BEAUTIFUL, THE WALKING ENJOYABLE WITH PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR PICTURES. IT WAS GOOD SPENDING MORE THAN ONE NIGHT AT HOTELS ALTHOUGH NICER ROOMS WOULD HAVE BEEN APPRECIATED. THE CHOICE OF SMALL TOWNS TO VISIT PROVIDED A NICE FLAVOR OF THAT PART OF ITALY. THE TOUR GUIDES WERE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND ENTHUSIAITIC ABOUT THEIR JOBS, HAPPY TO TELL US ABOUT THIER COUNTRY. WE WERE A SMALL GROUP OF 19. THIS GAVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET OUR FELLOW TRAVELERS AND SHARE AN EXPERIENCE WITH PLEASANT FUN PEOPLE.
Under the Tuscan Sun/Rain!
I travelled to Tuscany 4/25-5/5 to take part in the walking tour and it was fantastic! The group of people travelling were awesome and the tour director Raf, was great. We walked up to several of the hilltop villages which were beautiful. We enjoyed wine and olive oil tastings and devoured all the delicious food provided. Spring in Tuscany is iffy with the weather but we made the best of the couple of days that rained. The best way to see Tuscany is definately on foot!
If you like scenic countryside, ancient charming villages and delicious wines and food, walking Tuscany is for you. Even though it rained everyday (very unusual for May), it did not dampen our spirits for walking and enjoying the sights. Our tour director, Barbara, was outstanding! She was very considerate of our needs and did special things for the group. My only complaint would be the hotel in Montecatini and I am sure GAT will be considering other accomodations. I have also walked the Amalfi Coast with GAT and can say this tour was every bit as wonderful.
Walking Tour Of Tuscany
Beautiful country. Tour guide, Barbara, was fantastic. Loved the wineries and olive oil tasting. Voltara has to be one of the most beautiful countryside.
More of a hiking tour
This should have been advertised as a hiking tour rather than a walking tour.