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A Taste of Tuscany Walking

A Taste of Tuscany Walking

01606 720199

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From £1329per person, tour only

    Flight inclusive prices from £1589 per person
  • Departures
    Every Saturday from 26 Sep to 24 Oct 2020 and from 3 Apr to 23 Oct 2021
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals
  • Management by local hotelier
  • Route directions and maps
  • Standard transfers to/from your hotel (if booking inclusive flights)
  • Wine, olive oil and local produce tasting
  • 1 thermal spa entrance
  • 1 cookery class, 1 orientation tour
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Flights from Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino with British Airways, then onward rail to the region
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares on request
  • First class rail
  • City-break add-on in Rome
  • Single occupancy
  • Travel options and Transfers
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, lake & river routes
      from 17 reviews

Ms Kinder says...
A lovely holiday with congenial fellow guests in a beautiful location. Stefano is a welcoming and enthusiastic host, and endeavours to be flexible to his ...
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Italy: Tuscany

Walking Holiday in Tuscany

  • Fabulous insight into traditional Tuscan life: the food, the wine, the culture
  • Wonderfully varied walking, including the beautiful UNESCO Val d'Orcia
  • Delicious classic Tuscan cuisine 'km 0' cooking (all local food)
  • The wine and cheese towns of Montepulciano and Pienza
  • Warm and welcoming agriturismo with a passionate owner - the best of Italian hospitality

This is not just a walking holiday it is a full immersion into local Tuscan life, from a guided walk passing the local produce providers to wine-tasting, a cookery class and a chance to bathe in sulphur-rich healing waters. You'll walk through ancient chestnut forests, vineyards and olive groves, passing lakes and freshwater ponds alive with the sounds of frog chorus. Visit medieval, Roman and Etruscan towns and villages, sample the Vino di Nobile of Montepulciano, rich Peccorino cheese in Pienza or take a bath in Roman Bagno Vignoni.



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If you have any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Thursday) or email sales@headwater.com

Day-by-day itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 01606 720199 , or email sales@headwater.com

Day 1: Arrive in Chianciano Terme

Arrive at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia and enjoy a stroll to the old town, before your evening briefing by the owner, Stefano, and the first of many home cooked dinners. (Staying at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia for 7 nights, Half Board)
Evening meal included

Day 2: Visit the farms 12-13km/7.5-8mi/4-5hr

You'll start this morning with a guided walk of a local oil mill, then visiting the Cinta Senese pigs followed by an area set up to allow truffles to grow and finishing off in Chianciano Vecchia, with great views of the Valdichiana valley before enjoying wine and local produce tasting in a charming cantina in the old town.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 3: A Walk to Lake Chiusi 14km/9mi/4.5hr

As you descend into the Valdichiana, a mix of quiet lanes and gravel tracks provide perfect views of the vineyards and over to Monte Rufeno. Passing pretty farmhouses you make your way to the small town of Montallese, and from here you pick up the Sentiero della Bonifica, a long-distance path between Chiusi and Arezzo. This leads you to the charming Lake Chiusi, where you can enjoy the birdlife and perhaps lunch at the lakeside restaurant. You will be transferred back to the hotel.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 4: Castiglioncello to the hotel 9km/5.5mi/3.5hr or 19km/12mi/5hr

A short transfer takes you to the charming village of Castiglioncello; once abandoned it is now restored with a hotel, a cafe and the interesting Etruscan burial site. From the village you follow a trail through the forest to pass wonderful viewpoints of the area, dropping down to Poggio Pietraporciana, a Nazi gun point in the war. Continuing through the Pietraporciana Nature Reserve you pass the Rifugio Pietraporciana, once owned by the Marchesa of Val d'Orcia, Iris Origo, who, during the war, cordoned off this area to create a neutral zone, which the allies, Nazis and partisans all obeyed. From here, a forest track takes you past a charming argiturismo before a trail along a dried up river alongside rocky cliffs and on to the outskirts of Chianchiano stopping at the Dopolavoro La Foce where an optional transfer back to the hotel awaits you. Alternative carry on walking along a narrow trail with wonderful views and past a model of an Etruscan farm, before arriving in Chianchiano Terme and a choice of following the white gravel roads passing farms or through the town to return to the agriturismo.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 5: Afternoon cookery course

This morning you have time to yourself, maybe walk into Chianciano Vecchia and visit the Etruscan Museum of Chianciano Terme, or use your voucher for the Thermal Spa and relax in the healing waters or treat yourself to one of their many treatments. In the afternoon you begin your cookery class where you will learn classic Italian techniques and eat the meal you prepare for dinner.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 6: Walk to the wine town of Montepulciano 17km/10.5mi/4.5hr

Today you walk to the wine town of Montepulciano, where you will be rewarded with stunning views across the Valdichiana. Follow a chestnut-laden track to meet the forest road, before following a track around the vines and farmlands up to Montepulciano. You will be picked up here, but before this, take time to explore the town, which is full of wine bars and shops and has plenty of tasting opportunities.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 7: Pienza to Bagno Vignoni 11km/7mi/3.5hr

After a short transfer to Pienza, take time to explore the town, it is one of the cheese capitals of Italy and a beautiful medieval historic centre. Perhaps pick up a sandwich filled with porchetta or a slab of rich and creamy pecorino cheese. The walk takes you downhill from Pienza, crossing the stunning Val d'Orcia. It is an easy walk following a well-marked trail, giving you the chance to take in the views of medieval towns, rolling hills and rows of cypress trees. You will reach Bagno Vignoni then follow the river Orcia before climbing up to the town passing the spring baths and the old mill, before arriving in the Roman town, with its large baths in the centre of town. Perhaps treat yourself to the hot waters of the Hotel Posta Marcucci, where the baths come with a view! We transfer you back to the hotel for your final night of Stefano's lovely food.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 8: Leave Chianciano Terme

Leave Chianciano Terme.
Breakfast included

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Thursday) or email sales@headwater.com


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Agriturismo la Pietriccia, Chianciano Terme

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The Agriturismo La Pietriccia is a wonderful place sitting across a small valley from the old town of Chianciano, rewarding you with wonderful views. The large rooms have a simple, rustic decor and some offer balconies or terraces. You will be given a warm welcome by the owner Stefano, who is extremely passionate about the produce of the local area and the nature.
The agriturismo has a lovely pool and terrace; there is also a small shady garden area where in warm summer weather, you can relax reading a book. The food prepared by Stefano and his brother Simone is cooked using 65% of the produce grown or reared on site or by one of the local producers offering traditional Tuscan cuisine at its best.

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Thursday) or email sales@headwater.com

Air-rail

Air-rail prices include our standard flights, onward rail and station transfers
British Airways Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino 07:30/10:30 then rail Rome Termini to Chiusi 13:00/14:49 and transfer to hotel 25 minutes. Return: Transfer to Chiusi station 25 minutes then rail Chiusi to Rome Termini 10:54/12:48 then British Airways Rome Fiumicino to Heathrow 17:25/19:05.

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Tour only

Standard transfers
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Chiusi train station at 14:49, and back to Chiusi train station at 10:15.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

Holiday extras

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges directly through their website - or call us on 01606 720199 for further details of all the services on offer. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Ms Kinder, 11/09/2019

A lovely holiday with congenial fellow guests in a beautiful location. Stefano is a welcoming and enthusiastic host, and endeavours to be flexible to his guests' needs and wishes. We would recommend going when it is not as hot - late September or May would be perfect. Our favourite walk was from Castiglioncello del Trinore, through the forest, and we recommend visiting the thermal baths, and paying extra for the spa and the 'emotional showers'!


Mrs Hinchliffe, 15/08/2019

This was a fabulous experience - the food, views and staff were all wonderful


Mr Wood, 03/08/2019

The location for a walking holiday was excellent. Stefano and Family provide a most welcoming atmosphere for all aspects of your holiday. Stefano provided excellent route guidance, modifications and recommendations. Stefano's passion for local produce and good healthy eating is reflected in a diverse daily menu, which is both very enjoyable and adaptable. This was our first visit to Tuscany, we would highlight recommend this holiday and would most definitely visit again.


Mrs Davies, 10/07/2019

Excellent holiday that worked really well mainly to the efforts that Stefano has put in to ensure that routes are easy to follow with his electronic guide and the friendliness and helpfullness of his staff and family.


Ms O'Kelly, 19/06/2019

Enjoyable holiday through beautiful scenery. Stephano and his family could not have been more helpful and friendly


Mrs Berry, 12/06/2019

The host Stephano was brilliant in all respects. The breakfast was limited in choice. Evening meal was traditional to the area. Accommodation was a bit basic . Walking was excellent and was able to be adapted to people’s needs. The extras were a treat, eg spa visit, cookery lesson and olive oil lecture.


Mrs Newman, 29/05/2019

Excellent holiday which more than met our expectations. Stefano went over and above to make us feel welcome and give accurate and useful information about our walks. The cooking and spa were fun alternatives to walking each day.


Mr Smith, 07/11/2018

Stefano and his staff at La Pietriccia did everything to make our holiday successful. We got what we expected, and more! A return trip is called for, but when it's not raining!


Mr Christy, 24/10/2018

Another excellent trip with Headwater, this time to a splendid Agriturismo in Tuscany, with excellent facilities, a great location for walking and superb cooking. Additional features included a cooking lesson one afternoon, a spa visit and a very enjoyable wine/cheese/salumi tasting in town. Thanks to Stefano and his family and friends for a very warm welcome and a most entertaining time!


Mr Macleod, 11/10/2018

Excellent holiday, food fantastic and Stefano was so enthusiastic about his cooking and the environment


Ms Findlay, 30/09/2018

This holiday was a great way to enjoy the Tuscan landscape, food, wine and local people. Really enjoyed the local countryside, villages and towns and came away feeling relaxed, well fed and keen to visit the area again.


Mr Reeves, 29/09/2018

This was a wonderful experience of rural Tuscany in a delightful Agriturismo with fantastic food and staff who made you feel very welcome. Stefano was very helpful in organising our walks and tailoring them to suit all abilities. This was one of our best holidays and we would really recommend this lovely corner of Tuscany.


Mr Lovell, 22/09/2018

Flexibility of walks during the week was a real positive. Hot days were catered for by Stefano and option to not walk at all was great. Additional Wine tasting, cooking and Spa gave good variety as well


Mr Munden, 20/09/2018

A glorious experience of real rural Tuscany in every way. The staff made you feel part of the family and Stefano in particular made sure every aspect of the holiday was tailor made for each person. Couldn't have been better.


Mrs Paton, 06/06/2018

Stephano was a wonderful host, couldn't be more welcoming or helpful and we had a wonderful Tuscany experience. Had time to soak up the wild flowers , butterflies and wonderful aroma of the countryside.


Ms Earl, 22/05/2018

An experience to treasure. Learned about the people and the area; enjoyed seeing how the farm was organised and how the 'slow food'/organic methods benefit the community.

Fantastic local produce including the wines. Walking routes were challenging but offered a real sense of achievement. Such a beautiful, sensuous region. Did not want to leave!


Ms Dacie, 20/05/2018

Stephano was an enthusiastic host and made us feel very welcome. He was very keen to please as were the other members of his family who are involved in the farm enterprise. He shared his passion for the region and for local living, telling us all about olive oil, bee keeping and wine making amongst other things and we learned a lot! The walking was excellent and the food was very plentiful and delicious....in fact we had to ask for small portions as we couldn’t keep up with the four courses!

A great holiday!



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals

Management by local hotelier

Route directions and maps

Standard transfers to/from your hotel (if booking inclusive flights)

Wine, olive oil and local produce tasting

1 thermal spa entrance

1 cookery class, 1 orientation tour


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we open again 9am Thursday) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we open again 9am Thursday
Use our live chat to ask us a question

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Singles
£48 per night for sole occupancy of a double room

Children
Please contact us for child prices.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by hotelier.

Departures
Every Saturday from 26th Sep 2020 to 23rd Oct 2021, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals

Tailor-made travel

The above prices include our standard flights/transfers
British Airways Heathrow to Rome Fiumicino 07:30/10:30 then rail Rome Termini to Chiusi 13:00/14:49 and transfer to hotel 25 minutes. Return: Transfer to Chiusi station 25 minutes then rail Chiusi to Rome Termini 10:54/12:48 then British Airways Rome Fiumicino to Heathrow 17:25/19:05.

Alternative Air-rail
Flights can be arranged from most UK airports, with connecting transfers as required, prices and details on request.

First class rail
Add £25 per person return.

Upgraded air travel
Business/club/first class fares on request.

Tour only
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Chiusi train station at 14:49, and back to Chiusi train station at 10:15.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we open again 9am Thursday) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we open again 9am Thursday
Use our live chat to ask us a question

Please note: The prices and travel options shown are provided for customers based in, and travelling from/to, the UK. We are happy to arrange holidays for non-UK customers however, if you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, we recommend that you contact your local agent as they can provide appropriate transport options and advice.



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