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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • Self-Guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights 3 or 4 star hotels and agriturismo
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1330USD

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Overview

Trip Code: JTM

Trip highlights


  • Medieval villages & hilltop towns
  • Regional culinary specialities
  • Cypress lined hills & vineyards

The Tuscan landscape of the Val d’Orcia will open your eyes to its natural beauty. This walk takes you along steep valleys, dense forests, rivers and the legendary “badlands” eroded clay slopes. Walk by quintessential farmhouses nestled amidst olive groves, vineyards and fig trees on your way to the hot spring hamlet of Bagno Vignoni and the Renaissance city of Pienza. On this week long exploration, you will visit palaces, Romanesque churches, thermal baths, and wineries serving the divine local red “Brunello”.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

Make your own way to Montepulciano. Standing high atop a hill in southern Tuscany, Montepulciano is a medieval town full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners. It boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it.

Meals:  Nil

Starting from the San Biagio Church you follow a quiet track to the peaceful village of Montichiello where you can stop for a relaxed lunch or perhaps just a quick cappuccino before continuing to Pienza. Pienza is a UNESCO World Heritage site with unique Renaissance architecture. The town is well known for its delicious pecorino cheese and truffles; a great spot to indulge in Tuscan treats!

Meals:  B

Today you wander through rolling hills, oak woods, cypress trees and pretty villages. From the start of the walk you will have views across the valley. Descend before climbing up to the town of San Quirico d' Orcia, a walled city with a 12th century church. Make your way to the village of Bagno Vignoni with its thermal hot springs.

Meals:  B

A challenging but rewarding day’s walking awaits as you follow dry riverbeds through a fairly wild environment to Sant’Antimo, an isolated abbey situated in a Pastoral landscape. After exploring the impressive abbey you will be transferred to Montalcino for your overnight accommodation.

Meals:  B

A hearty breakfast will set you up for an enjoyable day of walking in the famous Brunello wine region, passing vineyards and olive groves, then again entering the beautiful Tuscan landscape of the Crete Sensi and Buonconvento. Depending on accomodation booked, you will either spend two nights in Pieve a Salti or Buonconvento.

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast transfer to the monastery at Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Begin your walk at the watchtower and make your way to the little village of Chiusure. Pass farmhouses along the way and once more this walk provides great views of the Crete Senesi landscapes.

Meals:  B,D

Today you will start with a short transfer to Monteroni d’Arbia from where you start the walk towards Siena. Hike through a landscape of rolling hills and small hamlets as the unmistakable sight of Siena appears in the distance. Once you reach Arbia train station take the train into Siena. Option to pre-book a vehicle transfer. Enjoy the magnificent beauty of Siena, famous for its biannual “Palio” horse race, held in the most beautiful shell-shaped square in Europe: the Piazza del Campo. Don’t miss a visit to the Duomo, an architectural treasure, and numerous imposing medieval palaces.

Meals:  B

After breakfast, make your way to the train station for your onward journey or book an extra night to spead more time exploring this wonderful city.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels & agriturismo
  • Vehicle transfers day 4,6 & 7
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag per person not weighing anymore than 20kg)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • GPX tracks
  • Emergency hotline

  • 5 evening meals, all lunches & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Tourist taxes €1.00 - €2.50 per night

Grading

moderate  

Introductory to Moderate. There are nonetheless some steep and quite long hills, some fairly steep but short descents and some paths with rough gravel, stony and occasionally muddy surfaces. Fitness: High standard of fitness is not necessary but clients should be able to walk for up to 7 hours a day in hot sun on dusty or stony tracks.


Departure dates

Daily 01 Apr to 31 Oct

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Total Priceper person from

$1330USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementUSD$300
  • Solo TravellerUSD$590
*Prices listed are per person

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We offer different levels of accommodation and comfort so that even the most budget conscious can treat themselves to active holidays on Europe's most celebrated tracks and trails. Our trips are great value for money because you only pay for what you want.  

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Our wide range of self-guided itineraries embody the UTracks philosophy of exploring Europe your way. We handle the logistics so all that's left for you to do is enjoy exploring Europe at your own pace. Most depart daily with a minimum of two people, meaning maximum flexibility.

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With close to 400 trips in almost 50 countries, including the largest range of bike & boat holidays in Europe, we're confident that we can organise an Alps walk, Camino de Santiago or Via Francigena experience, Food Lovers' trip or a tour in a lesser-known pocket of Europe that you will love. 

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