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Chianti Walking & Wine - Exodus Travels
Chianti Walking & Wine - Exodus Travels
Excellent
21 reviews
Starts
Pisa
+8 Destinations
Central Italy
Ends
San Gimignano
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Highlights

Start in Pisa and end in San Gimignano! With the hiking & trekking tour Chianti Walking & Wine, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Pisa, Italy and 8 other destinations in Italy. Chianti Walking & Wine includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Max Group Size
16
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, In-depth Cultural, Wine tasting

21 Reviews

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  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 1
    Written on October 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    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. 

  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 2
    Written on June 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    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 holidayWhat 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

  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 3
    Written on June 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    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.

  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 4
    Written on June 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    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.

  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 5
    Written on September 24, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    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.

  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 6
    Written on June 25, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    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.

  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 7
    Written on May 23, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    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 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.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.

  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 8
    Written on May 23, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    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.

  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 9
    Written on October 27, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    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 .

  • Chianti Walking & Wine reviewer 10
    Written on October 27, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    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 .

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Castellina in Chianti.
  2. Day 2: Visit mediaeval market town of Greve in Chianti and the hilltop village of Montefioralle; afternoon wine tasting in Castellina.
  3. Day 3: Walk to Radda in Chianti, the heart of the Chianti area
  4. Day 4: Travel to Siena and explore the stunning historic centre; learn about Tuscan and Italian wines at the Wine School.
  5. Day 5: Free day to visit other Chianti villages or relax by the pool.
  6. Day 6: Discover the magnificent city of Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.
  7. Day 7: Walk to picturesque San Gimignano with free time to explore Palazzo Comunale, Pinacoteca and Torre Grossa.
  8. Day 8: End Castellina in Chianti.

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  • Please could you advise if the transport includes a pick up from the Pisa airport to the Villa Casalta and the return to Pisa airport on the day of departure?

    We operate one return transfer for the group between the Pisa airport and the accommodation on the first and last day of the trip. This transfer will operate in accordance with the group flight times.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 210 km.
  • Pisa (Italy)
  • 75 km
  • Greve in Chianti (Italy)
  • 1 km
  • Montefioralle (Italy)
  • 29 km
  • Siena (Italy)
  • 17 km
  • Castellina in Chianti (Italy)
  • 4 km
  • Fonterutoli (Italy)
  • 4 km
  • Castellina in Chianti (Italy)
  • 34 km
  • Florence (Italy)
  • 41 km
  • Montauto (Italy)
  • 3 km
  • San Gimignano (Italy)

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