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02/04/2013

Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa and Chianti winery lunch ... All in one day!

Book Now at our Hostel Reception for this Tour, or email    INFO@TASSOHOSTELFLORENCE.COM

ORIGINAL PRICE  €115,00  ,   NOW AT OUR HOSTEL RECEPTION AT € 85 EACH PERSON (SAVE € 30)

Famous for its wealth of art, history, striking landscapes, delicious food and superb wines, Tuscany really does have it all! See the Best of Tuscany on this full-day guided coach trip from Florence!

8:30am – Departure from Florence

Visit Siena

View Siena through the eyes of a local as you join a guided walking tour through the medieval city made up of yellow-ochre buildings, terracotta rooftops and green shutters. Learn about the world’s oldest bank, see Piazza del Campo, the site of the 600 year old Palio horserace, and admire the interior of the Duomo, a treasure chest of artworks. Afterwards, enjoy Siena at your own pace with free time for shopping or relaxing in an open air cafe.

A Tuscan lunch at a Chianti vineyard

Next visit an organic family run wine estate – the highlight of the day! Visit the farm, enjoy an informal wine tasting lesson and a traditional Tuscan lunch with plenty of wine, in the most gorgeous location overlooking stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Take the opportunity to meet fellow travellers while feasting on fresh organic farm food of homemade pasta, cured meats (homemade prosciutto and salami), local cheeses, a real garden salad and Tuscan biscotti.

San Gimignano

After lunch we visit the enchanting hilltop town of San Gimignano where you have free time to roam the picturesque streets and squares, browse the local shops, try an award-winning gelato and walk among the town’s famous medieval towers.

Scenic country drive & Pisa

scenic drive through classic Tuscan countryside will take you to your final stop, Pisa. Here, take a close inspection of the iconic Leaning Tower, the Cathedral and the Baptistery. A brief tour of the historic heart of Pisa will show you another side of the city

8:30pm – Back in Florence (in the winter we return at 7:30pm)


What the Tour Includes:

  • A fun and professional guide who is there to lead you through the day
  • Transport in a new air-conditioned coach
  • Guided walking tour of Siena with local tour guide and entry fees of Siena’s Duomo included
  • Free time to explore the town at your own pace
  • Hearty farmhouse lunch served at an organic winery and farm
  • Wine tasting of four wines including Chianti, Vernaccia and Tuscan dessert wine, Vin Santo
  • Maps and information of all the towns visited

Things to Note:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bus leaves from the Santa Maria Novella at 8:30 am
  • Big Blue (Walkabout bus) will be parked infront of the Florence train station.
  • Tour is only in English
  • Due to uneven and steep surfaces, we are unable to accept anyone with walking difficulties or wheelchair users
  • Children aged 8 years and under are not permitted to climb the leaning tower of Pisa.
  • Vegetarians and gluten free can be catered for
  • When the Duomo of Siena is closed for religious services, Santa Maria della Scala museum will be visited instead.
  • Optimize your time: are you leaving Florence by train after the tour or do you need to get off at Pisa to catch a flight or a train from there? Come on the tour and bring your luggage with you!
  • It is recommended to book any rail travel from Florence after 9pm to allow time for any traffic delays on your return journey.

02/04/2013

The Cinque Terre Trek

Book Now at our Hostel Reception for this Tour, or email    info@tassohostelflorence.com

Original Price  €115,00  , Now our Hostel reception at € 85 each person (save € 30)

Take a break from the cities and get back to nature! Join the only tour that takes you to the Cinque Terre on a one day hiking trip.


An area best explored on foot:

The only way to truly experience the magic of the beautiful rugged coast of the Cinque Terre is to hike!

Led by our knowledgeable guides, trek scenic, ancient trails, wander up through the terraced vineyards and olive groves, all along the spectacular coastline of the true Italian Riviera.

We depart Florence at 8:00am and we arrive high above the Cinque Terre village of Manarola, where we enter the National Park to hike to Corniglia.

At the cliff top village of Corniglia, we enjoy a delicious lunch made of fresh Mediterrean seafood and the most authentic Pesto Pasta in a local restaurant with a perfect view of the sea and surrounding hillside.

After lunch, we continue our tour towards the village of Vernazza, one of the prettiest and most characteristic of the towns, where we have free time to sit in one of the cheerful bars and cafés, or even have a cooling swim in the sea.

Continue the visit with a short train ride to Monterosso, the village renowned for its beautiful beach and artisan shops. Enjoy free time to taste the local wine, a refreshing swim in the sea or souvenir shopping.

boat ride (weather permitting) along the coast takes us to Riomaggiore, where we finish our walk along the famous path of Via dell'Amore, “Lover's Lane”, a walkway hanging above the sea which take us back to Manarola. This completes our Cinque Terre visit, we return to Florence by coach around 8:30 pm.

Be prepared to hike!

These ancient trails are rough but manageable. Be prepared for the hiking – although the path is open to everyone, remember that the ground can be slippery, uneven, and in places steep and narrow. The charm of the area is that it is natural and unspoiled, do not expect hand rails or safety rails when steps are steep or when the path is close to the cliff edge. Because of the nature of the hike, we are unable to accept small children or anyone with walking difficulties.

What to Bring:

Suitable walking shoes (sneakers, walking boots or closed toe shoes with non-slip soles – no flipflops!); bring a water bottle and dress for the weather (hat, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel if you want to take a dip in the sea, comfortable clothes, waterproof in bad weather) ...and don't forget your camera!

What the Tour Includes:
  • A fun and professional guide who is there to lead you through the  day
  • Transport between Florence and Cinque Terre by coach plus all other transport for the day
  • Entry tickets to the Cinque Terre National Park
  • Delicious lunch in a restaurant overlooking the sea
  • Boat ride along the Riviera (weather permitting)
  • Time to explore the Cinque Terre villages on foot

Things to Note:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Bus leaves from the Santa Maria Novella at 8:30 am.
  • Big Blue (Walkabout bus) will be parked infront of the Florence train station.
  • Tour is only in English
  • Children aged 11 years and under are not accepted on the tour.
  • Because of the nature of the hike, we are unable to accept small children or anyone with walking difficulties.
  • Vegetarians can be catered for
  • In case of unexpected closure of the paths for unforseen events, alternative routes will be taken instead
  • Optimize your time: are you leaving Florence by train after the tour or do you want to stay in the Cinque Terre area? Come on the tour and bring your luggage with you!
  • It is recommended to book any rail travel from Florence after 9pm to allow time for any traffic delays on your return journey