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Wandelreis: Chianti Walking & Wine

Experience the magic of Italy in Tuscany
8 dagen vanaf € 997,50 (excl. vlucht)

Food

  • All breakfasts 5 dinners and 3 wine tastings are included. Breakfast is usually a continental style buffet. Of the 5 included dinners, three are taken at Villa Casalta and a reasonable amount of wine is included. Two are taken in local restaurants (drinks not included). Vegetarian choices are available - please advise us of dietary requirements on booking.

Activities

  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • Adult group
  • Culture & Discovery
  • Festival departures
  • Food & drink
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Walking centre-based
  • Small Adult Group
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8 dagen vanaf € 997,50

Route 8 daagse wandelreis Chianti Walking & Wine

With its Renaissance cities, mediaeval villages and cypress-lined avenues snaking through vineyards, southern Tuscany is the perfect place for a relaxing guided walking holiday. Based at the tranquil Villa Casalta, on our tour we visit beautiful San Gimignano, the market town of Greve in Chianti, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Siena and the magnificent city of Florence. During the week we sample several varieties of the world-renowned local Chianti and have the opportunity to learn more about Italian wine at the Wine School of Siena.

  1. Dag 1 - Start Villa Casalta.
  2. Dag 2 - Visit the mediaeval market town of Greve in Chianti and the hilltop village of Montefioralle; afternoon wine tasting.
  3. Dag 3 - Travel to Siena and explore the stunning historic centre; learn about Tuscan and Italian wines at the Wine School.
  4. Dag 4 - Circular walk from our lodge to the tiny village of Fonterutoli and back to Castellina.
  5. Dag 5 - Free day.
  6. Dag 6 - Discover the magnificent city of Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.
  7. Dag 7 - Walk to picturesque San Gimignano with free time to explore; afternoon wine tasting.
  8. Dag 8 - End Villa Casalta.
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Food

  • All breakfasts 5 dinners and 3 wine tastings are included. Breakfast is usually a continental style buffet. Of the 5 included dinners, three are taken at Villa Casalta and a reasonable amount of wine is included. Two are taken in local restaurants (drinks not included). Vegetarian choices are available - please advise us of dietary requirements on booking.

Activities

  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • Adult group
  • Culture & Discovery
  • Festival departures
  • Food & drink
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Walking centre-based
  • Small Adult Group
  • 1

    Start Villa Casalta.

    Transfer to Villa Casalta - approx 1.5 hours from Pisa airport.

  • 2

    Visit the mediaeval market town of Greve in Chianti and the hilltop village of Montefioralle; afternoon wine tasting.

    We head to the mediaeval market town of Greve in Chianti walking through a magnificent setting of olive groves and vineyards. On the way, we will stop in the fortified hilltop village of Montefioralle, considered the most ancient 'borgo' in Chianti. We return to our farmhouse in time for a tasting of the local wine before dinner. Total walking approx. 9 km

  • 3

    Travel to Siena and explore the stunning historic centre; learn about Tuscan and Italian wines at the Wine School.

    Using a combination of bus and train we make our way to the centre of Siena for a day exploring this fascinating city. We have time for visits to the numerous museums and stunning Duomo, to relax in one of the many outdoor cafés in the main square, the Piazza del Campo, home of the world famous Palio horse race, and a visit to one of the many boutique shops specializing in local products and cutting edge Italian fashion. In the afternoon we also have the fantastic opportunity to learn about Tuscan wines on a 2-hour fun interactive course at the Tuscan Wine School.

  • 4

    Circular walk from our lodge to the tiny village of Fonterutoli and back to Castellina.

    This morning we will set out for a local history walk, covering the route from Villa Casalta to Castellina in Chianti before breaking for lunch in charming Castellina. This afternoon we take a short bus ride to start our walk around picturesque Fonterutoli; famed for acclaimed Chianti Classico wine. We will take a stroll through local woodlands where we may be lucky enough to spot the prized Cinta Senese Tuscan pigs! Total walking approx. 12 km

  • 5

    Free day.

    Today is free to rest any potentially tired legs at the poolside. Alternatively, your leader can advise on local Chianti wine tasting tours and cooking classes, offer assistance for unguided walks, or help you plan a day trip to Montepulciano.

  • 6

    Discover the magnificent city of Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.

    Our destination today is the magnificent city of Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance with an enormous wealth of historical sites, museums, galleries, churches and architectural delights. Most of the great artists, thinkers and builders from Renaissance history passed through or lived in Florence when it was under the rule of the Medici family, the most famous patrons of the 16th century. But Florence is not just a Renaissance showpiece: once you have had your fill of the historical trail there are many other things to see and do, including scouring the markets and chic boutiques or watching the world go by in the city's numerous café-bars or restaurants.

  • 7

    Walk to picturesque San Gimignano with free time to explore; afternoon wine tasting.

    After a short transfer to the quaint hamlet of San Donato, we walk through the farm grounds following the pathway to Montauto and on up to the picturesque mediaeval town of San Gimignano. The walk is not long and should take approximately 2 hours. The afternoon is spent exploring this beautiful town including visits to the Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca and Torre Grossa and there is some free time to wander and soak up the atmosphere. Before returning to the Villa, we enjoy a wine tasting in the nearby Villa Il Palagetto, where excellent Vernaccia wines are produced. Total walking approx. 10 km

  • 8

    End Villa Casalta.

    Transfer to Pisa airport.

Data & Prijzen

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za 23 mei / za 30 mei Nog 1 personen nodig voor gegarandeerd vertrek
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za 30 mei / za 06 jun
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za 13 jun / za 20 jun
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za 20 jun / za 27 jun Nog 2 personen nodig voor gegarandeerd vertrek
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za 25 jul / za 01 aug
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za 29 aug / za 05 sep
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za 19 sep / za 26 sep
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za 10 okt / za 17 okt
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2015
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  • 1 persoon: € 25,-
  • 2 personen: € 40,-
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  • 6

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    As on a previous Exodus holiday,the very disparate group 'bonded' well  and quickly  and we had a lot of fun . 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through the beautiful, peaceful countryside to Greve on a bright sunny autumn day , with the vine  leaves just turning and the wonderful light   . Just as I imagined Tuscany to be .The 'local' market was something of a disapointment but watching the post -market clear- up (which revealed a very pretty square) was revelatory (you had to be there!). Apparently the wine- tasting in Greve was quite an experience (we stuck to a very long lunch......). San Gimignano was also truly lovely .Local guide gave us a good sense of its history and importance . Also had three great meals there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He had apparently not done this trip before . Our visits to Siena and Volterra would have been much enhanced by having a local/experienced guide. We had one in San Gimignano on our first day, as he was indisposed, and it really made a difference.  Any group really interested in the history/culture (as well as the wine/walking) might be advised to club together to engage a local guide in these circumstances .

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If travelling in mid- Oct be prepared for the mornings and evenings to be quite cold . The wind at (hill- top) Volterra was also cutting . I had taken a fleece but  I could have done with more long trousers.  No problem with mosquitos or other insects, to my relief.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fatorria Voltrona was really nice.Plenty of hot water, powerful shower and the heating came on at night .Big, very simple rooms,with tiled floors. We were lucky enough to be at the front with a fabulous view over the countryside. Food was variable  but plentiful-4 courses- and the wine supply was more than  generous . Staff were very helpful and pleasant .

  • 10

    Right First Time!

    This was our first actual trip with Exodus and it was all that we hoped for, and more. The balance of walking, wine tasting and culture was spot on! Villa Casalta accommodation was great - simple in a traditional way, owner and Marguerite warmly welcoming and helpful, beautiful swimming pool (used by several of us even though it was end of Sept), entertaining dog (Stella) and cat, with only a slow off-road 20 minute walk to pretty town of Castellina.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The local tour guide on the day of walking around Castellina. Sarah was a gem - very knowledgeable, passionate about Chianti and the Etruscans, she brought the history to life as she shared the experiences of her own family in the locale - and she was delightful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was excellent - very organised, managed the accident of one of the team members calmly and professionally, worked hard to organize special requests, rearranged some activities to better utilise time and energy

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We're looking forward to planning our next trip with Exodus!

  • 6

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    An absolutely gorgeous part of Italy, and great for the novice wine taster. The three walks were fairly easy and we had plenty of time to discover Siena, as well as Florence on our day off. Our guide, Merv, was extremely chilled and great company, and really accomodating (took me out for an extra walk one afternoon). He even took as back to Pisa a little early so we could swing by the leaning tower! Not much private time due to sharing a room, but I didn't mind!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE - SEPT 2010

    This was our first Exodus trip and it didn't disappoint. We went in September so the number of tourists at key places would be less and it was a good decision! The group was varied so there was always someone different to talk to, the walking was not strenuous, the range of activities on offer was excellent and there was no pressure to do anything we didn't want to do - we even took a day off to laze by the pool at the lovely Agri-tourisme farmhouse Fattoria Voltrona, surrounded by nothing but rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards. Bliss!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just being able to see for miles around when on the walks in beautiful Tuscan countryside. The wine tasting was pretty inspirational too! The ancient town of Colle Val D'Elsa was my favourite historical place to visit as it was peaceful and unspoiled (maybe also something to do with the beautiful crystal shops and the glass of Prosecco in the fabulous bar in the old town square!). We were also lucky enough to visit Greve when the wine tasting festival was taking place and have kept our special wine glasses as momentos for years to come!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was excellent, really knew her stuff. She dealt with the usual holiday ups and downs in the group with great humour and patience. She had maps and info books ready, and lots of stories to tell and advice to give! Even the bus breaking down at the end of the trip didn't phase her and she sorted it all out calmly despite Italian garages causing many problems for her. Luckily we were fine - we weren't far from the next wine-tasting venue!!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Try and do a bit of walking before you go or raise your fitness level a little, so that you can fully appreciate the beautiful surroundings as you walk without suffering too much! Early September is a great time to go as it's not too hot to walk (yet still lovely and warm) but don't leave it any later than mid-September as the thunder clouds started to roll into the hilly regions by the end of our stay.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This holiday is perfect for those who want to see lovely scenery, enjoy a bit of walking with some hills, experience some key cities (Siena, Florence) and medieval towns (San Gimignano, Greve, Volterra, Colle Val D'Elsa) and really immerse themselves in the delicious wine and food that Tuscany has to offer! Thank you Liz and Exodus!

  • 10

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    I had a really good time on this trip back in May - all was good - leader, accommodation, food, company and most importantly the wine and walking

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Crossing the "stream" in barefeet, getting drenched, unexpected wine tasting long lunch at Montefiorelle

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent, looked after us really well

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    take earplugs

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    a fab trip and the right mix of activities

  • 6

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    A good and undemanding mix of walking, wine, sight-seeing and shopping in a lovely location.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    One day gave us a ridge walk and picnic followed by a relaxed wine tasting in beautiful surroundings.  I loved it - even if we subsequently ruined our "serious walker" image by weaving our way home carrying clunking bags of the produce we'd been trying.  And the "wine petrol station" at another winery; probably my ideal job.  If you're curious - go on the trip!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Loved him.  Rudi should be cloned and made available on the NHS so that every home has one.  He was knowledgeable, kind, friendly and gave us a varied programme.  He was always looking for ways to improve our experience - often going out of his way to do so - and he didn't show any irritation with our varied walking abilities or shopping and food demands.  Add his super-efficiency (must be the Swiss) and it's a great package.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just relax.   

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I was disappointed with the agritourismo.  Perhaps I'd been spoilt with a previous Tuscan holiday, but I thought that there were flaws. There were hot water problems which were quickly solved.  They cater for quite large numbers and so there was one dinner sitting with one menu.  I didn't think that the food was good.  It takes a special kind of skill to make Italian food unappetising and sadly the chef had it.  And we ate in an unheated annex to the main dining area which didn't enhance the experience.  There was nowhere to chill out on a downtime day; no comfy chairs to relax in and read or chat, only hard benches inside and hard chairs outside.  It's probably fine in summer when the pool's open and you can laze around in the grounds, but on drizzly autumn mornings it's not so appealing.   

  • 10

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    Wine, walking, wonderful weather!  The beautiful scenary of Tuscany, the wealth of architecture in the towns and buildings we visited, the views from the top of the towers and the company of the other members of the group made this holiday one of the best I have had.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Too difficult to pick out one single episode - it was all inspirational.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was our group leader and she tailored the walks to suit all levels of walkers - no-one was left behind!  Liz also added a few other visits not included in the itinerary, which made the holiday more fulfilling.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you eat a good meal on the day you leave for the holiday, as you arrive too late to have a meal.  There are a few steep gradients to climb, but it's well worth it. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food and hospitality at Fattoria Voltrona was excellent and we even had a visit by a fox at dinner!  If I ever repeated a holiday (which I don't tend to, as there are so many more places I want to visit) this would be one and I wouldn't have changed a thing.

  • 10

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    Fantastic leader (Morton). He worked really hard to ensure that the trip was great.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    Chianti June 2014

    This was our first Exodus trip, it was well organised, everything was as per the trip notes &amp; I would certainly look at other Exodus holidays.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the beautiful tiny villages &amp; hamlets that we walked through, one even had an unscheduled stop for a taste of the local wine &amp; a chance to buy jams &amp; olive oil. Siena &amp; the Tuscan Wine School were superb, as was Florence &amp; San Gimingnano.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Liz was a great guide. I was also impressed with the English representative of the San Gimingnano winery, she was lovely &amp; really explained a lot about the wine making processes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Roberta at Villa Casalta is a great lady &amp; nothing is too much trouble. We were actually a party of 3 &amp; really wanted to room together, when we booked we were told it wasn't possible but after a day or so Roberta moved us all into a family room, so it's always worth asking her if you need anything arranging. The food at the Villa was fairly basic but there was often enough if you wanted seconds, I was a bit disappointed with the breakfasts, especially the bread - not much of it (1 roll each is a bit stingy) and tough stuff too! There's an 'honesty bar' fridge with bottles beers, wine &amp; water (though we had plenty of wine included with the meal). The village is a good 20/25 minute walk away down (and up!) a little old road/track, so we tended to stay at the Villa all evening when we ate there. We also took handy little Graze Boxes with us for nibbles out on the walking trips too.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    Good location. Good walking & wine. Great Leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Very helpful and his enthusiasm and knowledge made the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Perfect Holiday

    Great holiday with a fantastic leader. A good starter walking holiday for us, with the right balance of walking and sight seeing providing an excellent introduction to Tuscany.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Wine festival in the local town and the leader changed the itinerary so that we could attend.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable and Charismatic. Went out of his way to make all the group feel included.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Has encouraged us to look at other similar trips.

  • 10

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    Another fantastic holiday by Exodus (Waymark).  Our 7th trip.  And not our last.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking through the Tuscan countryside.  Absolutely beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ale is just the most fantastic guide.  We had met him before on our trip to Spain two years ago and it was a delight to be on holiday with him again.  He makes his job look so easy but manages to combine being great company with a being a professional guide who is both informative and 'in control'.  

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes.  Book tickets for the Uffizi BEFORE going on the holiday.  This didn't occur to us so we essentially missed the chance of visiting the Uffizi on our day trip to Florence.  Although we found the walking very easy and pleasurable - there were still one or two people who found the going tough.  In the grading of your walking, I think you need to be explicit about the type of walking on each holiday.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We have now experienced 7 holidays (all Europe) with Exodus (Waymark previously) and every single holiday has been a fantastic and memorable holiday.  The holidays are great value for money and we meet like-minded people.The one downside - EVERY bathroom we have ever had on an Exodus holiday has had a 'floppy' shower head in the shower!  Ha!  As we are handed the key to our room on arrival, we always know that we're going to get the floppy shower head!!!!  But hey, if that's the only thing we can complain about then Exodus are doing a pretty great job.  We will continue to holiday with Exodus.  THANK YOU. 

  • 10

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    My first trip as a single traveller, I needn't have worried. The whole experience was fantastic. Good food ,wine, excellent company together with a well planned itinery. The walking pace was sentitive to the groups ability add the trips,wine tasting and scenery and I had a wonderful holiday

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Tuscan coutryside, views and of course Sienna, I would love to return to see the horse race on the square.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ali was great, any minor concerns were solved without  fuss, he coudn t have been more helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Read the description it is exactly what it says on the tin!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was my first trip with Exodus and I fully intend to repeat the experience soon

  • 10

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    This was our first walking holiday and we will definitely do it again, we loved it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip to Sienna was a fabulous day.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nothing was too much trouble, he interacted wonderfully with the whole group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It is what it says it is, follow the guidance notes before you go and you will have a fabulous time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    Our first Exodus trip and it won't be the last. A very good taster for finding fitness levels and gauging whether or not this holiday type is for you.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Some of the views across the Tuscany hills and valleys are amazing. A patchwork of vineyards, hill top towns and a spattering of red poppies. In the background a cuckoo. In Siena we had The Baptistry chapel to ourselves and could see Donatello's font panels at close hand. Amazing after learning about them years ago in A level Art.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ale pitched the level very well. He was always happy to chat with anyone and everyone at breakfast, on the walks or at dinner. He had excellent local knowledge and guided us towards some hidden bars and restaurants. He managed to keep the trip seeming fresh and new which is a rare skill. Any problems were solved quickly and amicably.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a great starter trip if you unsure whether Exodus is for you. The group got on well right from the pick up at the airport. No one minded who they sat with on the minibus or at meals. Singles and couples were all happy to get on without feeling space or privacy had been invaded. There was always a good atmosphere when we were out together. The walks were a good distance for a casual walker 10-12k without too many steep hills. The guide made sure we took sensible breaks and waited for stragglers.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'd been concerned that my fitness level would not be up to even a Leisurely/Moderate holiday but it was pitched well for an average walker. The group was very easy to get on with, and from what people who have taken several Exodus Holidays say, this is normal. There was plenty of free time on the visits to disappear and explore the sites you wanted to, be it shopping, galleries, chapels or sculpture. The wine tasting was interesting and amusing, nothing pretentious and certainly no hard sell at any point. Since returning we have booked a second holiday in Spain for September. What more recommendation could there be.

  • 8

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    great mix of a holiday, fantastic scenery, walking 95% off roads, great sight seeing too!!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    having breakfast as the mist cleared revealing the tuscan view - beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    took great care of us, very clear in her directions, made sure we had nothong to worry about, and went the extra mile.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    be prepared for it to be wamer than the UK, possibly humid too.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    A very well put together trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The wealth of knowledge of our leader was apparent from day one and hearing of all of his experiences both in Italy and around the rest of the globe was fantastic. The food was incredible - all of it - the meals at the Fattoria were delicious and varied, the ice cream was superb as you would expect, and the meals out were superb too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very knoweldgeable and charismatic. He knew at least a little bit about everything, even the wild flowers, fauna and of course the luscious fruits. Ale always made sure we had the right footwear for the type of day we would be having and checked weather forecasts for us too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go and enjoy! The food is superb and your guide may offer you the option for a picnic lunch on one of the days. Take it - it was great! We lounged under olive trees eating bread, meat, cheese, olives, sundried tomatoes and fruit. The walks are not hard at all, of course lots of up and down but Ale let us take things at whatever pace we wanted to so that didn't hinder things at all.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A lovely trip. My first centre-based trip so it was a joy to leave my toothbrush by the same sink for so many days! Beautiful landscapes, friendly people, amazing wine and plenty of it.

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    WALKING IN TUSCANY

    Wonderful guides, people, scenery, walks, wine and accommodations. Everything was excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Standing on the balcony at Fattoria Voltrona looking at the incredible scenery.   I love Australia but this took my breathe away. The villages that we passed through on our walks. Old and beautiful.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl was fabulous. This was my first trip with a group leader and a group of people that I didn't know. From the first meeting at the airport Karl made me feel very welcome. Karl was always very happy, helpful and also interesting to listen to. Karl appeared to take time to make sure everyone was included in all group activities and that no one was left out unless they wanted to be.  I would recommend this tour and Karl to anyone that was interested in this sort of trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good walking shoe and be prepare for a lot of hills and steps.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Also would like to aknowledge the other group leader that was with our group.  Ale.  Also excellent.

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    CHIANTI: WALKING & WINE

    The trip had a really good balance of activities, with plently to do while still leaving you time to relax and chill out. Tuscany is so beautiful and Fattoria Voltrona was a great place to stay. I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Karl and Ale were both excellent guides. They took really good care of the group and were fun people to hang out with.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip suits a wide variety of ages, both my mum and I had a great time.

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