Marvels of Western Tuscany

Marvels of Western Tuscany

One of the marvelous things about traveling in Tuscany are the layers of history that abound here. What primitive peoples wouldn’t have chosen the fertile Serchio valley, or the seductive Mediterranean coast or the Volterra hilltops for their settlements? And what evolved peoples wouldn’t want to come hike through this marvelous landscape today? We’ll find Roman engineering built over Etruscan ingenuity. We’ll find medieval farmers who pillaged those stones, and Renaissance rulers who built fortresses to lord over all. We’ll find breathtaking views, comfortable beds, delicious food, delectable wines and most of all, magnificent company as we discover together The Marvels of Western Tuscany…

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Tour Overview

Day 1-3

We’ll meet this morning in lovely little Lucca, and have a history walk with our local guide past Romanesque churches and walled gardens. The following day we move up to the area known as Garfagnana. This densely wooded upper valley of the Serchio river is cradled between the lacy Appennine mountains to the northeast, and and the staggering Apuane Alps to the west. This is where we will be spending our next three days hiking and exploring this unique undiscovered land.

Day 4-7

An early departure takes us southwest to the fabulous Mediterranean coast. We’ll visit the Etruscan necropolis of Populonia as we make our way to the gorgeous Isola d’Elba; our home for the next three nights. Here we will be hiking along marvelous coast lines eating freshly caught fish and swimming in Elba’s clear blu waters.

Day 8-10

An early morning start gets us on the ferry back to the terra ferma, or mainland. We’ll take a marvelous scenic road as we wind our way towards Volterra . On our way we’ll stop for a wine tasting and picnic in the famous, prize winning wine area of Bolgheri. Our drive finishes at Borgo Pignano, our prestigious home for the next two nights. The following days we will have a guided tour of the town of Volterra and hike the surrounding hills. Drop off in Florence.

Dates and Prices

Trip Cost $5900 (6-14 members)

Single supplement: $700

*Smaller groups and fewer days option are available upon request

Departures Spring: May

Autumn: October

Trip Payment Schedule At time of reservation: $500

60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation  Fee Schedule Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!

61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost

46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost

45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Price Includes Expert leadership of a Journey Through Italy Trip Leader and local guides;

Accommodations in comfortable inns, hotels, homes, castles, mountain huts;

All meals included (breakfasts, picnic lunches and dinners);

Wine with meals;

All transportation during the tour (van, bus, boat, ferries, cable car or funicular);

All entry fees to: museums, historic sites and parks;

Trip Price Does Not Include  

Air and land transportation to and from the trip, and individual arrival or departure transfers;

Personal expenses, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff;

Additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors;

Travel insurance or passports;

Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages and non outside of group meals, snacks, room service, laundry, etc.);

Clothing and Equipment You will receive a detailed list of suggestions for packing upon tour reservation.

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