On Foot Holidays is offering five per cent off 2015 prices for its 2016 seven-night self-guided trek through the romantic countryside, hilltop villages and vineyards of Tuscany in central Italy, if booked by November 30, 2015. The inn-to-inn walk includes visits to medieval abbeys, ancient thermal baths and organic farms. Travellers can reward themselves after a full day of walking with Tuscany’s fine food and wine. Including accommodation, all breakfasts and all luggage transfers, the tour costs £695, twin-share, if booked by November 30, 2015. Walk dates available from April to October. To book, visitwww.onfootholidays.co.uk and quote code PMR 16.
Full Details: The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Tuscany, is known for its extensive artistic output, and a walking tour offered by On Foot Holidays will take Australians through the famous olive-tree speckled hills, hilltop villages and vineyards that have inspired generations of artisans and romantics.
Walkers on the seven-night, inn-to-inn tour will be able to savour the ambience of the beautiful central Italian region, as they journey through the rolling hills and visit attractions such as the abbeys of Monte Oliveti and Sant Antimo and the ancient thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni.
The tour begins at the city of Siena, with its medieval cathedral and historic town centre – a World Heritage site – and concludes at the hilltop village of Montepulciano. Along the way, hikers will see much-filmed and photographed landscapes, explore historic sites and taste fine Tuscan wines. The walk will also feature a focus on local cuisine, with the Pieve a Salti restaurant – where travellers stay on their second night – famous for sourcing its food from the on-site organic farm.
Daily breakfasts, one evening meal, one picnic lunch, luggage transfers and seven nights’ accommodation are included in the package, with occasional options to upgrade or stay additional nights available for those who wish to take the walk at a more leisurely pace or take time to explore the beautiful hilltop towns of, for example, Pienza and Montepulciano. Each night, walkers stay in small, family-run B&Bs or hotels where they meet up with their luggage each day, leaving just a day pack to carry on the track. The walk is classified as medium, with 3½ to 6 hours spent hiking each day, including some steep ascents and descents. It is available from April to October.
If booked before November 30, 2015, the walk can be taken in 2016 for £695 (approx $A1478 depending on exchange rates), twin-share, which is a five per cent reduction on 2015’s price, thanks to decreased costs following a weakness in the Euro.Quote code ‘PMR 16’ when booking to access the discount.
Based in the UK and specialising in the ‘art of slow travel’, On Foot Holidays offers walkers around the world 24 self-guided tours across unspoilt areas of Europe for independent travellers who prefer intimate encounters with destinations. Walkers can select their own departure dates and all routes are designed by locals and tested by staff from On Foot Holidays.