- Stage 6 of the Via Francigena in Italy
- Walk the historic town walls of Lucca
- Following in the footsteps of pilgrims from centuries ago
- Being immersed in the classic Tuscan countryside of vineyards and picturesque rolling hills
- Visiting the charming UNESCO towns of San Gimignano and Siena
- Staying in comfortable and welcoming hotels and charming B&Bs
- Feasting on culinary delights and tasting superb Chianti wines
- Exploring the round walls of Monteriggioni
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Journey by foot through Tuscan hills and countryside on the Via Francigena, the Italian Camino, between the charming towns of Lucca and Siena. Spectacular landscapes, fascinating Tuscan countryside full of vineyards, charming UNESCO towns and picturesque rolling hills are just some of the highlights on this section of the Via Francigena. Northern Tuscany has so much to be discovered, especially for those travelling on foot. Starting in Lucca, you can spend a day visiting its beautiful gardens and villas, or discovering some of the nearly one hundred churches that characterise this beautiful town. The first part of this walk takes you through the open and flat lands of the Val d'Elsa. You then enter the Tuscan Hills. The second half of the tour takes you back in time, exploring narrow streets and buildings of some of the most renowned medieval towns in Tuscany, including San Gimignano and Monteriggioni. As you reach Siena the landscape surrounding you is full of open, green rolling hills. Stay in comfortable, family-run accommodation where you can sample the delicious culinary delights of Tuscany.
Day 1 : Arrive Lucca
Day 2 : Explore Lucca, afternoon train to San Miniato Alto
Day 3 : Through the Val d'Elsa countryside to Gambassi (7hrs, 25km/12.5mi)
Day 4 : Walk to the medieval town of San Gimignano (6hrs, 18km/11mi)
Day 5 : Over rolling hills and past vineyards to Colle Val d’Elsa (6hrs, 21km/13mi)
Day 6 : Continue to Monteriggioni (4hrs, 13km/8mi)
Day 7 : Walk to Siena (6hrs, 20km/12.5mi)
Day 8 : Trip concludes
- 7 nights in 3 star hotels and agriturismo / B&B's on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-15)
- Transfer from San Miniato Basso train station to your hotel in San Miniato Alto
- 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner: Breakfasts are usually continental and can vary from breads, pastries, tea, coffee & juices, to hot cooked breakfast, cold meats, cheeses, yogurts and fruits. The included dinner in Gambassi Terme is a 3 course experience, usually starting with a salad or pasta dish, followed by either a chicken, red meat or fish dish with seasonal vegetables & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
- Information pack including smartphone app with maps plus a route book per room booked
- Luggage transfers on days 3 to 7 (max 1 piece per person, max weight 20kg and max size 60 x 50 x 40 cm). Please inform us at the time of the booking if you will have excess luggage as a supplement will apply. Luggage will be picked up each morning at 8:30am and will arrive by 4pm at the next hotel.
- Emergency hotline and SMS alert
- Credenziale - pilgrim's passport
- Travel to Lucca and from Siena
- Meals not included (lunch daily, 6 dinners). Allow EUR15-20 for each dinner and EUR5-10 for a picnic lunch.
- Items of a personal nature including drinks, souvenirs, phone calls, internet and laundry etc.
- Entrance fees (museums, galleries etc.)
- Guide - this is a self guided tour
- Travel insurance
- Train ticket day 2 from Lucca to Fucecchio (allow approximately EUR8)
- Tourist Tax - allow approximately EUR2 per day - payable directly to the hotel
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Via Francigena: Lucca to Siena tour. You can cancel the tour up to 72 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 71 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 11 December 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 11 December 2023, a deposit of 183 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 71 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Via Francigena: Lucca to Siena tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Via Francigena: Lucca to Siena tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.For Solo Travelers
A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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Is English spoken in Italy? Should I learn communication phrases in Italy?
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