Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy
A week long vacation in Tuscany, traveling in a small group with a local guide, at a beautifully relaxed pace. And plenty of beautiful wine too.
Pisa Florence Tuscany wine tasting Tuscany walking trails Greve Montefioralle Fonterutoli San Gimignano Visit to Tuscan Wine School Three wine tastings
US $1949ToUS $2079excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £424 - £440.
Late availability on these dates: 09 Oct, 16 Oct
Description of Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
6 Reviews of Tuscany tours, walking and wine tasting in Italy
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2019 by Philip BellVery good! Fantastic scenery, Lovely walks, Wine tasting and Great food. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Sep 2019 by Ronda FogelTuscany tour not that memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 08 Oct 2018 by Tony HadfieldVery good Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Oct 2018 by Janice EastmanWell organised and lovely accommodation Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by Anne MonksThe stunning views of the coastline during the walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 May 2016 by Susan SargeantA wonderful mixture of fabulous walks through forests and vineyards, local history, culture in Siena and Florence, a fabulous cookery course in a nearby restaurant, and several most enjoyable and informative wine tastings. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour does encourage clients to have a positive effect by engaging with locals, using cafes and restaurants, and investing in traditional gifts and local produce. By visiting a number of places of interest and offering additional optional excursions, we support those who run these trips and the upkeep of historically important sites.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
We will spend seven nights at Villa Casalta- a charming renovated farmhouse in the heart of Chianti. The villa is family-run and staff members are local to the region, meaning we have a more positive impact on local economy: local employment opportunities are created and income generated is reinvested in the area. Surrounded by incredible vineyards and woodland, the farmhouse has access to some very fresh, local ingredients, including renowned Chianti wines, olives and olive oil. Many meals are provided and will include a number of regional specialties including locally cured meats on crostini, Tuscan bean soup, fish stew, homemade pasta and Florentine steak. The owners are environmentally conscious and try to minimise negative effects on their natural surroundings by paying attention to recycling and energy conservation.
Local Craft and Culture:
We arrange for three wine tastings over the course of the trip, where we learn about local wines and how they are made. This includes a session in the farmhouse, one in Villa Il Palagetto, where excellent Vernaccia wines are produced, and a short course at the Tuscan Wine School. These are great opportunities to support local suppliers and to encourage the traditional methods of local wine production. We also engage with local culture by visiting many places of interest- for example, Siena, with its many galleries and impressive gothic cathedral, and small mediaeval villages such as Greve in Chianti and nearby Montefioralle, where prized Chianti wines are grown.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.