VINTAGE Toscana Small Group, Gourmet Walking Tour
For Active Travelers with a Sense of Adventure
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is this tour designed for?
Seasoned travelers, Italy first-timers, couples, friends and solo travelers are all welcome on this tour! Although designed for those who enjoy walking, each day also includes options for non-walkers.
Where do we meet on the first day of the tour?
Trip participants will rendezvous together for group transportation at Florence Peretola Airport on the first day of the tour. Once you have registered for the trip you will receive specifics regarding where and how to meet.
Where and when does the tour end?
On the final morning of the tour our drivers will transport you to Florence Peretola Airport or Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Arrangements can also be made to transport you to a hotel in Florence.
Would you recommend a stay in Florence before or after the tour?
Absolutely! Our guests often extend their stay in Italy with a night - or a few nights - in Florence. We're happy to share a link to our favorite boutique hotel, as well as a top site for booking sightseeing tours.
What documents do I need to travel to Italy?
A valid passport is required to travel to Italy from the United States or Canada. If you do not have a passport, we recommend that you apply for one as soon as possible. If your passport expires within 6 months of the tour start date, be sure to renew at your nearest passport office.
Should I obtain travel insurance?
Yes, we highly recommend that you obtain travel insurance. If you must cancel your participation in an Off the Beaten Strada tour, retreat or workshop for any reason whatsoever - including health reasons for yourself or a family member at home - cancellation fees will apply. Travel Insurance - specifically trip cancellation insurance - can cover some or all of these expenses.
If you miss a specified group pick-up and transfer due to a delayed, cancelled or missed flight or for any reason whatsoever, you are responsible for arranging and paying for your own transportation to the tour venue. Travel insurance - specifically trip cancellation or trip interruption insurance - can cover some of all of these expenses.
Note: Terms and coverages vary depending on the specific insurance carrier. Carefully check the specified terms and coverages before purchasing your policy. We suggest that you contact your travel agent for recommendations and price quotes.
How should we dress during the tour?
We recommend packing comfortable, casual clothing that includes breathable fabrics and items you can layer - plus versatile shoes. No formal attire is necessary, however, we suggest "small casual" at dinners, and please no shorts, gym shoes, hats or workout attire at dinners.
What type of walking can we expect?
From medieval hill towns to countryside lanes, Tuscany is a region for walkers! Our tours are designed for active travelers with varied walking abilities and include daily leisure walks in hill towns for all tour participants, along with scenic, countryside walks for avid walkers. For those who enjoy getting in some extra steps, optional additional walks are offered most days.
Our scenic, countryside walks are rated easy to moderate, are taken at a moderate pace so as to enjoy our surroundings, and include a village to village walk, a scenic overlook walk and a village ring walk. Since we'll be walking on countryside lanes, along vineyards and through olive groves, you can expect dust, dirt, loose stones and uneven terrain. Proper walking shoes are a must.
For non-walkers, options include guided tours, wine tastings, shopping, museum visits, on-your-own exploration and/or leisure time.
All tour guests can expect to walk in hill towns and villages with uneven, stone pavement and steep avenues, as well as from our Mercedes Benz vans to restaurants, vineyards and historic sites. Our tours are not recommended for those with foot, knee, hip, back or breathing problems, or any other health issues that would impede their participation in the tour.
What can we expect for meals?
Italian culture is inseparably entwined with its food, which is why we carefully select highly rated, owner-operated restaurants that serve the very best regional dishes made of fresh, locally grown ingredients - often organic. You will enjoy dining at Michelin Guide restaurants, as well as Chef-catered meals in Villa Poggiano's elegant dining room.
Are wines included with meals?
Yes! Tuscany is a region for wine-lovers! Outstanding regional wines are included with all lunches and dinners, including Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Reserva and Brunello di Montalcino.
What items will be offered at breakfast?
Breakfasts include both Italian and North American selections, such as freshly baked cornetti and marmalade-topped crostate, as well as eggs, cold cuts, cheeses, tomatoes, yogurts, breads and fresh fruit. Gluten free items are also available, along with a wonderful selection of Italian coffees, from espresso to cappuccino to macchiato.
What are our accommodations?
Accommodations are Villa Poggiano, a Michelin Guide recommended, boutique, luxury hotel located near the charming hill town of Montepulciano, owned and operated by our dear friend, Stefania.
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