Self-guided walking tour

The typical Chianti countryside is a hilly, varied and colourful landscape: here is where the famous wine  was born and has been produced for centuries. Nevertheless, this area does not consist exclusively of vineyards and olive groves. Depending on the season, the nature offers to the visitors stunning, colourful sceneries: from fields of red poppies, violet irises and yellow brooms to the green firs and cypresses dotting the hillsides. Moreover, golden stone villages and castles are scattered around the gentle slopes: among many, Brolio Castle is rich in suggestions from ancient times and is certainly a perfect location where to enjoy a tasting of some excellent local wines. You can further enrich your stay in Tuscany with a visit to Florence - the city of Leonardo, Giotto, Dante and Brunelleschi - and to Siena, native land of the ‘Palio’, a city where the medieval atmosphere is still vibrant. These architectural jewels are landmarks of one of the most famous areas of Tuscany: ‘the Wine Road’, the one you will follow walking along silent paths and backroads surrounded by hills, vineyards and olive groves.
Day 1: Florence Individual arrival in Florence, free time to visit this magnificent city of art, a real open-air museum. You are free for dinner. Overnight in the city centre. Day 2: Florence – Fiesole Hike to Fiesole: a walk through olive groves and cypress-lined roads, coming across the sumptuous villas dominating the Val d’Arno. The beauty of the landscape is impressive: once reached the hilltop, a wonderful view over Florence will open up right in front of you. Return to Florence. You are free for dinner. Overnight in the city centre. Day 3: Florence – Panzano – Radda in Chianti After breakfast, transfer by bus to Panzano: you leave your luggage to the coach driver and you start your day in the woods, hiking through the typical oak woods of the region. Along the path, you reach Volpaia, a wonderful little village built as a fortified quarter in the 11th century. After lunch you will continue through the vineyards of Montevertine, a very beautiful village dating back to the same period. The itinerary ends in Radda in Chianti. Day 4: Radda in Chianti – Castellina  in Chianti – Radda in Chianti After breakfast, public bus to Castellina in Chianti. Today’s route explores one of the most celebrated stretches of Tuscan land: ‘the Road of Wines’. Start from Castellina in Chianti and rumble on paths and country roads, crossing vineyards and olive groves, to return to the medieval village of Radda in Chianti. This area is where the renowned Chianti Classico wine is produced, and where wine has always been produced, from Etruscan times up until today. Overnight stay in Radda. Day 5: Radda – Gaiole – Brolio castle - Siena Private transfer from Radda to Gaiole in Chianti (you leave your luggage at the hotel in Radda). From Gaiole, you walk up to the famous Brolio Castle, property of the Baron Ricasoli and his family since 1141. Enter the castle and walk on the ancient walls and, if you like, take the chance for a wine tasting. In the afternoon private transfer from Brolio to Siena. Overnight stay in Siena. Day 6: Colle Val d’Elsa – San Gimignano Transfer by public bus to Colle Val d’Elsa. Hike to Quartaia, a small rural village of medieval origins. You continue through the hills to get to Coneo Abbey, founded by the Benedictines, then, walking on the historic Via Francigena, you arrive at Molino d'Aiano. At this point, the peaceful scenery is already dominated by the distinctive shape of San Gimignano towers. Return to Siena by public bus (16 km). You are free for dinner. Overnight in hotel. Day  7: Siena After breakfast end of the tour. You are free to visit Siena, the famous town of Palio. If can enjoy a stroll around Piazza del Campo and down the narrow streets, stopping for a taste of local specialties like Panforte and Ricciarelli in one of the several delicatessens.
Grading : 2 Terrain characteristics: Paths and easy country roads, hilly area. It is advisable to have done a little trekking practice or a little training. Trekking height: between 100 and 550 mt, average duration of the stages between 3h20 and 6h, positive difference in height from 330 to 540 mt per day. Difference levels:
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
 Difference in height, in ascent X 440 m 540 m 330 m 350 m 390 m X
 Difference in height, in descent X 210 m 440 m 420 m 240 m 320 m X
 Duration X 3h20 6h00 4h00 4h30 5h00 X
 Distance X 10km 18km 13km 11km 13km X
Number of participants: minimum 2 Luggage transfer : yes Suitable for children: no Departure of the tour: Florence. No hiking tour is planned for this day. End of the tour: Siena, after breakfast. Hotline: 7 day service hotline. Dietary requirements: If you have food intolerance/allergies or other food problems, please let us know. Animals: accepted on request, to point out at the moment of the reservation. Possible supplement will be required and to be paid locally.

Duration: 7 days/6 nights (5 walking days)

Departures: 2019 on Saturdays from 06/04 to 19/10/2019. Departure is possible everyday with a supplement. Pay attention: trips including July 1st + 2nd and August 15th + 16th (Palio in Siena) are not possible.

Price  per person €.
Tour price 625
Suppl. departure high season 40
Suppl. single room 225
Suppl. Single high season 305
Suppl. departure other days 39
Suppl. solo walker 105
Extra night in Florence – double room low season 90
Extra night in Florence – single room low season 170
Extra night in Florence – double room high season 130
Extra night in Florence – single room high season 245
Extra night in Siena – double room 67
Extra night in Siena – single room 100
Transfer Florence airport/htl – Radda or viceversa (up to 4 persons) 140
Transfer Siena – Florence apt/htl ore viceversa (up to 4 persons) 140
Low season: August High season: April, May, June, July, September and October Included: accommodation in double en-suite rooms 3* (Florence and Siena) /4* hotel (Radda); 6 breakfasts; luggage transport, private transfers; Verde Natura App : download on your smartphone your tour map and itinerary, with points of interest, services and GPS position. The App provides GPS tracks that can also be used offline; Health/Luggage insurance 24/24 Europassistance. Not included: journey to Firenze and from Siena, meals (except for breakfasts), drinks, transfers with public buses, entrance fees, tourist taxes (around 18€) and everything not specified as “Included”. Paper road book is available with supplement of 15€ (to be booked in advance).
By plane: Florence or Pisa airport By train: Florence train station. Timetables on Trenitalia
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