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Namaste Tuscany – Florence and the gems of Tuscany - 8 Days

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From 974 € per person

Florence - Colle Val D'Elsa - San Gimignano - Siena - Montalcino

  • Yoga sessions in inspiring locations
  • Guided hiking tours

Day 1: Arrive in Chianti 
Arrival transfer from the airport to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Yoga session in the evening and dinner at the hotel
Hotel in the Chianti area
MEALS D

Day 2: The secrets of Chianti
Morning yoga session and breakfast at the hotel.
Learn how to prepare a real Tuscan dish joining the hotel Chef for the cooking class
Through the vineyards of Chianti, our trail will cross the Pesa River and takes us past the Romanic church of Santa Maria Novella and further to Volpaia, an impressive medieval village. Time seems to stand still here, the fort was built in the 11th century and its rustic residential houses are treasured like ancient jewels.
After an invigorating break at Paola’s cosy Bar Ucci we will hike downhill through vineyards overlooking Radda until we arrive at the coach, which will take us to the old part of town.
Evening yoga session and dinner a the hotel
Hotel in Chianti area
MEALS B, L, D

Total duration: 3,5 hours
Height difference: ca.1.300 feet
Level of difficulty: intermediate

Day 3: Urban trekking in Florence
Morning yoga session and breakfast at the hotel.
Florence’s cathedral dominates the skyline and together with the Bell Tower and the Baptistery forms one of the most magnificent art masterpieces in the world. The austerity and beauty of this city, and the pride and determination of the Florentine artists are displayed in a unique way in the Palazzo Vecchio.
With a local English-speaking guide we discover the major sites before we will sample the typical Tuscan sweet wine, Vin Santo, in a local wine bar.
Evening yoga session and dinner at the hotel
Hotel in the Chianti area
MEALS B, D

Day 4: Greetings to the Etruscans - Montefioralle and San Cresci
Morning yoga session and breakfast at the hotel.
The triangular square of the pretty wine-town of Greve in Chianti will be the starting-point of our hike.
A 30-minute walk will take us past the wonderful hills covered in vineyards to the medieval village of Borgo Monterfioralle, which was the first Etruscan settlement in the Chianti area and a fortified castle.
We will enjoy a glass of Chianti and a small snack in a typical winery in this medieval village
We then continue to the Romanic church of San Cresci, built in 963, and along a graveled path we will reach Zano and eventually get back to Greve.
Evening yoga session and dinner at the hotel
Hotel in the Chianti area
MEALS B, L, D

Total duration: 3 hours
Height difference: ca. 2.000 feet
Level of difficulty: easy

Day 5: The Franks Road in Colle Val d’Elsa and San Gimignano
Morning yoga session and breakfast at the hotel.
From Piazza Arnolfo di Cambio in Colle Val D’Elsa we will hike over graveled roads, farm roads and gentle hills. The old Franks Road traveled by the Archbishop of Canterbury on his pilgrimage to Rome in 990 takes us to San Gimignano, famous for its Vernaccia wine.
We will take a break to taste some local wine and Tuscan specialties before we reach San Gimignano, the “Medieval Manhattan”.
Evening yoga session and dinner at the hotel
Hotel in the Chianti area
MEALS B, L, D

Total duration: 5 hours
Height difference: ca.1.300 feet
Level of difficulty: intermediate

Day 6: Urban trekking in Siena
Morning yoga session and breakfast at the hotel.
In Siena a guided tour of the historical center awaits you. The highlight is the Piazza del Campo, the seashell-shaped square on which the famous horse-race, the Palio, takes place each year. Another site not to be missed is the imposing Cathedral. You can enjoy walking up and down the narrow streets of Siena discovering something new around every corner.
Yoga workshop at the hotel.
Evening yoga session and dinner at the hotel.
Hotel in the Chianti area
MEALS B, D

Day 7: The Abbey of Sant’Antimo and Montalcino
Morning yoga session and breakfast at the hotel.
This morning we board our coach bound for the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches of Tuscany, which is set in a lovely hilly landscape surrounded by cypresses and olive trees. We then follow the road that takes us through woods, olive groves and gentle hills admiring the pretty views of the D’Orcia Valley and Mount Amiata. After a short break, we will travel to Montalcino by coach, where we will taste one of the most appreciated wines in the world, the Brunello.
Evening yoga session and dinner at the hotel.
Hotel in Chianti area
MEALS B, D

Total duration: 3 hours
Height difference: ca.850 feet
Level of difficulty: easy

Day 8: Chianti area and departure
Morning yoga session and breakfast at the hotel.
Departure transfer from the hotel to the Airport.
End of services.
MEALS B

TRANSPORTATION AND HOTELS

  • Transportation by deluxe AC motor coach as per itinerary (incl. arrival and departure transfer)
  • 7 x nights at Certosa di Pontignano, in Siena

FOOD AND DRINKS

  • 7 buffet breakfasts
  • 1 x welcome drink
  • 7 x 4-course dinners at the hotel
  • 1 cooking class at the hotel
  • 1 x typical lunch in Volpaia
  • 1 x wine tasting with Tuscan snack in San Cresci
  • 1 x Vernaccia wine tasting with snack in San Gimignano
  • 1 x wine tasting in Montalcino

EXPERIENCES AND SERVICES

  • 1 x yoga workshop
  • 13 x yoga sessions in inspiring locations
  • English-speaking hiking guide for excursion from Radda in Chianti to Volpaia
  • English-speaking hiking guide for excursion to Montefioralle and San Cresci
  • 1 x English-speaking hiking guide for excursion to San Gimigano and Colle Val D’Elsa
  • 1 x 3-hour tour in Siena with English speaking guide
  • English-speaking hiking guide for excursion to Sant’Antimo and Montalcino
     
  • 1 pair of ACTIVO-hiking poles per person
  • Headphones throughout the tour
  • Porterage on arrival and departure at the hotel

Certosa di Pontignano or similar

Details
  • per person in a double room from
    974 €

Certosa di Pontignano or similar

Location: in the heart of the Chianti area, on a hill overlooking Siena and located only a few kilometres form the city itself

Rooms: 43 rooms with heating, satellite TV, telephone, safe, minibar, hairdryer, free- Wi-Fi

Facilities: housed in a historic building surrounded by a beautiful park, restaurant, bar, common areas, meeting rooms

Coach Parking: at the hotel free of charge

www.lacertosadipontignano.com

 

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