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Tuscan Trails (self-guided)

Trip Length

Trip Code

7 days PETU

Minimum Passengers

2 people
Minimum Age
15

Countries Visited

Italy

Start City

End City

Colle Val d'Elsa San Quirico
Tuscan Trails (self-guided)

If you’re looking for the perfect Tuscan itinerary where you can go at your own pace then this self-guided trip might be just right! Over seven days you’ll get under the Tuscan sun during the day and by night you’ll sleep in convents and beautiful agriturismos (farmstays).

Why we love it:

Tuscan Trails (self-guided)


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Colle Val d'Elsa

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Day 2: Colle Val D'Elsa - San Gimignano

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

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Day 3: San Gimignano

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

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Day 4: Monteriggioni

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Day 5: Siena - San Quirico

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Day 6: San Quirico - Bagno Vignoni or Pienza

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Day 7: End San Quirico

Meals included: 1 breakfast

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Your Trip

What to know

This is a moderate walk which is suitable for those who have some experience with hiking/walking and those with a good general physical condition. You should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in hot sun and on dusty or stony tracks.

This is a self-guided walking tour and does not include the services of a tour guide and you will not be part of a group.

Departure dates

This trip operates daily from 01 March until 15 November.

Route Notes

At the joining hotel on Day 1 you will receive your detailed road book which includes a technical description of the itinerary, maps, contact listing and 24-hour emergency phone number, as well as useful information on each place visited.

What's Included

Transport

Not Included


What to know

Fitness

This is a moderate walk which is suitable for those who have some experience with hiking/walking and those with a good general physical condition.
Most of the walks are easy but with nonetheless there is some walking uphill due to the nature of the tuscan landscape, and you will sometimes walk on paths with rough surfaces. On some days shortcuts are possible.
A high standard of fitness is not necessary but you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day in hot sun and on dusty or stony tracks.
During summer, due to the heat, the level of difficulty of this tour definitely increases. We do therefore not recommend to book this tour from about 14th July until 20th August.
Most paths are relatively well maintained, but during the season some paths can get overgrown (our local office is in continuous contact with local authorities to keep the paths clean – please help us by providing you feedback on the quality of the paths).
A large part of the route is waymarked but on some occasions we have found more interesting routes than those actually waymarked; therefore it is necessary to follow the route descriptions provided together with the maps. With these it is always possible to find your route.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Italy
Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit Italy. Some EU nationals may travel in Europe using only an identity card, however it is your responsibility to check with the relevant authorities if this applies to you.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Italy

The House of Medici-Christopher Hibbert A Small Place In Italy-Eric Newby Love And War In The Appennines-Eric Newby Italian Lessons-Tim Parks An Italian Education-Tim Parks A Room With A View-Edward Forster Under The Tuscan Sun-Frances Mayes The Hills of Tuscany-Ferenc Maté

Entrance

Entrance fees to sites you may wish to visit on this self-guided walk are not included in the cost of your trip.


Important Information

Departure dates This trip operates daily from 01 March until 15 November.


Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, GENIUS LOCI TRAVEL -Direct emergency phone – shared phone – call this first 0039 089 79 1896 (Mon to Fry 9:00-18:00) ; Emergency 24 h 0039 393 9375299

 

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

5 March 2014


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