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Monday
11 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday
12 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday
13 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday
14 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday
15 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday
16 November
9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday
17 November
10:00am - 4:00pm
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Join us to discover some of the finest walking, food and wine Italy has to offer. With four included walks, we can breathe in the spectacular Tuscan landscape made up of fascinating renaissance towns, monasteries, rolling hills, vineyards and olive trees.

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Why go?

  • Our leisurely walks will take us through the region’s stunning landscapes. 
  • Relax in the Terme 'Grotta Giusti' spa swimming pool or indulge in some treatments.
  • Step back in time to see medieval villages, and walk through ancient vineyards and olive groves.
  • Visit Florence, the city of the Renaissance. 
  • Discover the fine culinary richness of Tuscany and visit the covered Florentine Central Market.
  • Take the cable railway at Montecatini with its old wooden benches that date back to 1898. 

Itinerary

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Arrive at Pisa Airport and transfer to our hotel iMontecatini – Tuscany.  

  • Accommodation Hotel Arnolfo
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast we'll meet our local guide and depart by bus to Vinci, the birthplace of the great Leonardo da Vinci. We’ll visit the old village and the museum where you can admire the prototypes of Leonardo’s most important inventions. Later we’ll walk through the Dark Valley, also called the Valley of the water-mills, where you can see four old mills dating back to the third century. We'll then continue onwards to Fonte del Romito, a spring which is famous for its organoleptic properties and for the quality of its water. After a break for a packed lunch, provided by the hotel, we'll walk to the Montalbano hills which are covered in large part by olive trees and grapevinesFinally, we will return to Leonardo’s birthplace and catch a transfer back to Montecatini for dinner.  

  • Accommodation Hotel Arnolfo
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

This morning we can relax in the spa swimming pool with underwater hydromassages of the “Terme” Grotta Giusti or enjoy other treatments followed by lunch. In the afternoon we'll meet our local guide and walk to the small village of Monsummano Alto, where we can admire the Rocca, a pentagonal fort which, together with a part of the old wallsrepresents the last remains of an ancient Castle built in the eleventh century. We'll then return to the hotel for dinner.  

  • Accommodation Hotel Arnolfo
  • MEALS All meals included

In the morning we can enjoy some free time; why not do some shopping or sightseeing in the centre of Montecatini Terme? After lunch we'll transfer to Artimino (approximately one hour). Once an old post of Etruscan origin, Artimino is a medieval village which has been rebuilt around Villa La Ferdinanda (known as the Villa of the 100 chimneys). After visiting the Roman parish church of San Leonardo, we will walk for about two hours across vineyards and olive groves, reaching finally the walls of the “Barco Reale”, an old hunting reserve where we might see some wild pigs or porcupines. Returning to the Villa, we will visit to the old cellars for some wine tasting before returning to the hotel for dinner.  

  • Accommodation Hotel Arnolfo
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast we'll leave by train to Florence, followed by a guided walking tour of this unique city. Here we will also discover the culinary richness of Florence and pay a visit to the covered Florentine Central Market, to sample cheese, meat, fish, and typical local products of Tuscany. Later, we'll return by train to the hotel for dinner. 

  • Accommodation Hotel Arnolfo
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we'll meet our guide and walk to the volta of Montecatini Alto, the old part of Montecatini, which is a medieval village perched on the hills that overlook the thermal city. The walk will take place along an old paved road through olives and forests, after which we'll arrive at the old village. Here we have views of the thermal city and of the provinces of Lucca and Pistoia. At Montecatini Alto, we will be able to relax in a restaurant, enjoying a typical Tuscan lunch. Afterwards we will head back to the city on the cable railway, dating back to 1898, which connects the old village to the modern thermal city. Afterwards we leave for Lucca, birthplace of Giacomo Puccini and one of the most beautiful places in Tuscany. At Lucca we walk through the striking Via Fillungo, the centre’s main axis with its old houses and towers. The Piazza del Mercato was opened in 1830: it is a series of medieval constructions that overlap the theatre enclosing the piazza in a circle and thereby creating a striking architectural frame. The visit ends on Lucca’s city walls, a splendid pedestrian area immersed in the green secular plants. Then it's back to the hotel for dinner.

  • Accommodation Hotel Arnolfo
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Spend a day at leisure. Perhaps make use of the hotel's spa facilities or enjoy wandering around Montecatini before meeting back at the hotel for our farewell dinner.

  • Accommodation Hotel Arnolfo
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

It's time to say “Arrivederci”! After transferring to the airport, we will board our flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

A trek through time

Drenched in history and boundless natural beauty, Tuscany is the perfect place to explore on foot. We’ll be based in Montecatini Terme, a spa town famous for its thermal waters, and it’s from here that we’ll enjoy one full-day and three-half day walks around the area. Over the course of the week, take in the old village of Vinci – birthplace of Leonardo Di Vinci – Florence, the beautiful Montalbano hills, the medieval villages of Monsummano Alto, Atrimino and Montecatini Alto, and Lucca – one of the most beautiful cities in Tuscany, known for the well-preserved Renaissance walls.

A foodie’s heaven

Tuscany is a gastronomic delight, which is why this walking holiday isn’t just about walking. For one week, we invite you to sample the delicious food and wine for which the region is renowned. Visit the covered Florentine Central Market for samples of cheese, meat, fish and other local products, enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch and wine-taste at Villa La Ferdinanda in Artimino. This is your chance to indulge in mouth-watering Italian food, and you shouldn’t do it by halves!

Hotel Arnolfo ★★★

Located in a quiet area in Montecatini Terme, our hotel has easy access to Florence, Lucca and Pisa. It offers a traditional restaurant and bedrooms with free Wi-Fi.

Facilities Include

The hotel has a spa and wellness centre, including a Turkish bath, sauna, hot tub with water jets, sensory showers and beauty treatments. Room service is available and there is a bar on-site.  

Rooms Include

All the hotel's comfortable rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, safe, television, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

2 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum: 
Jan 15°C, Feb 16°C, Mar 18°C, Apr 20°C, May 24°C, Jun 28°C, Jul 32°C, Aug 32°C, Sept 29°C, Oct 25°C, Nov 20°C, Dec 17°C 

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What included?

  • Return flights and transfers 
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for sole use 
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Four guided walks (one full-day and three half-days)
  • Entrance fee for Leonardo’s Museum and Birthplace  
  • Entrance fee for the spa swimming pool of the 'Terme' Grotta Giusti
  • Wine-tasting on day four   
  • Tuscan lunch including drinks  
  • Cable railway to Montecatini   
  • Half-day guide in Lucca - 2 hours  
  • Half-day guide in Florence - 2 hours 
  • Train from Montecatini to Florence and return 
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

Useful Information

Transfer Time 
The transfer time from Pisa Airport to our hotel is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on weather and traffic. 

Walking programme 
One full-day and three half-day guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Easy to Medium with some ascents/descents and rough underfoot terrain. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking. 

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired. 

What to wear 
It is important that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. 

The weather, even in summer, is unpredictable – particularly in mountainous areas. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take: 

  • Walking boots with good ankle support 
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers 
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery 
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets 
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in 
  • Walking socks – several pairs 
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper 
  • Hat and gloves 
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking 
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain 
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking 
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc 
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses – the sun’s strength is often multiplied in mountainous areas. 

Currency 
Euro 

Gratuities 
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate add on. 

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
09 May 2020 16 May 2020 7 All Ages £ 1219 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium
01 Jun 2020 08 Jun 2020 7 50+ £ 1269 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium
01 Sep 2020 08 Sep 2020 7 All Ages £ 1359 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium

What included?

  • Return flights and transfers 
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • Twin/double room for sole use 
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Four guided walks (one full-day and three half-days)
  • Entrance fee for Leonardo’s Museum and Birthplace  
  • Entrance fee for the spa swimming pool of the 'Terme' Grotta Giusti
  • Wine-tasting on day four   
  • Tuscan lunch including drinks  
  • Cable railway to Montecatini   
  • Half-day guide in Lucca - 2 hours  
  • Half-day guide in Florence - 2 hours 
  • Train from Montecatini to Florence and return 
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader

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