Day 1: Arrive in Italy
Arrive at your hotel in Italy.
Day 2: Walking - Sant Antimo to Montalcino
Depart your hotel for a full day scenic walk from the Romanesque Abbey of Sant Antimo to Montalcino with alpine guide. On arrival by bus in Sant Antimo we will visit the beautiful Romanesque abbey. Then we will start our walk. From the vineyards and olive groves around the Abbey we will walk towards the holm oak wood that covers the hills between the Abbey and Montalcino. From the meadows on the top of the hill, enjoy outstanding views of Val dOrcia and the extinct volcano of Mt. Amiata. Walk rating - easy, 9 kms.
Day 3: Florence
Depart your hotel for a full day excursion to Florence. In the morning you will have a walking tour of the city. The afternoon will be free for shopping and sightseeing of your own choice.
Day 4: Walking - Montepulciano to Pienza
Full day scenic walk from Montepulciano to Pienza with Alpine guide. Walk rating - medium, 15 kms. Packed lunch included. This walk is interesting for its varied landscape: from Montepulciano to Monticchiello we will walk through countryside with olive groves, vineyards, walnut and fig trees and through typical Mediterranean woods, with holm oaks, heather and broom. From Monticchiello to Pienzawe will walk on the balcony of Val d'Orcia, a valley among beautiful rolling hills, framed by wheat fields, and occasional dark green pinnacles of cypress. Upon arrival, there will be time to explore Pienza, famous for its pecorino cheese.
Day 5: Siena
Depart your hotel for a full day excursion to Siena. You will have a guided walking tour in the morning followed by some free time for shopping and sightseeing.
Day 6: Walking - Buonconvento to Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Full day scenic walk from the medieval town of Buonconvento to the monastery of Abazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore with alpine guide. From Buonconvento, we start by walking through the Pieve a Salti estate, a large farm that cultivates mainly alfalfa, corn, and sunflower. Thereafter we walk through the Podere Olimena fields and a small wood until we reach the spectacular Crete Sienesi with views of the Monastery and Chiusure. Walk rating - easy, 13 kms. Packed lunch included.
Day 7: At leisure in Chianciano
Today will be a free day, to explore Chianciano and its surroundings at your own pace and take in some last minute shopping.
Day 8: Return
Check out of your hotel and settle all room charges.