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WALKING IS ONLY PART OF THE ADVENTURE

WALK TUSCANY'S VIA FRANCIGENA

ITALY

JOIN US FOR A GUIDED PACK FREE 7 DAY WALK

INCLUDED WOWS – CASTLE & LUXURY STAYS – CULTURAL IMMERSION & EDUCATION – WINERY VISITS – TUSCAN COOKING CLASS & DINNER – TRUFFLE HUNTING & EDUCATION ADVENTURE – ANCIENT THERMAL BATHS – WINES & ALL MEALS – LOCAL PRODUCE DINNERS + MORE

SAVE UP TO $500 PER COUPLE OR $250 PER PERSON WITH OUR SPOT SPECIALS ON SPECIFIC DEPARTURES*. BOOK YOUR TRIP TODAY AND SAVE. 

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WALK SNAPSHOT

7 DAYS – 6 NIGHTS

PACK FREE GUIDED WALK – ONLY CARRY A DAY PACK

OPTIONAL REST DAYS TO EXPLORE LOCAL TOWNS

PRIVATE TRANSFERS

STUNNING 4 STAR ACCOMMODATION

LOCALLY SOURCED DINNERS & WINE INCLUDED

ALL MEALS INCLUDED

ECO FRIENDLY – ECO TOURISM ACCREDITED

DEPARTURE DATES

28 APRIL 2024 OR 21 SEPTEMBER 2024

PRICES FROM $8249 PP*

TOUR PRICES

*Spot Special prices available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See departures dates for specific dates. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior. 

Private group walks are available and require a minimum of 10-12 guests. You can choose a departure date subject to availability. See details and prices below.

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

Please note your tour price does not include flights to/from the countries visited. We are offering our guests a service to book their international flights or any other travel plans during their holiday. To start planning your trip, email us at flights@lifesanadventure.com.au 

Prices in Australian Dollars
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2024 DEPARTURES
SPOT SPECIAL DEALS

Normal Price….. $8499
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FIRST TIME PASSENGERS:
Spot Special… $8349
SAVE $150 per person
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TRAVELLED WITH
LIFE’S AN ADVENTURE BEFORE:

Spot Special… $8249
SAVE $250 per person
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Spot Special prices available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Offer ends until sold out – limited spots available! See departure dates tab for specific dates. Normal Price requires $500 deposit only, with final payments due 12 weeks prior. Past passengers $100 extra saving also available on normal priced fares. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras. See full ticket conditions below under Discount information.

Prices in Australian Dollars
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PRIVATE GROUPS
10 – 12 participants

Departure date of your choice

PRICES
Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discount rates.

Departure date of your choice is subjective to availability. A minimum group size of 10 required. Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discounted rates. Additional Past Traveller’s’ discount not available for groups. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras.

The following extras can be purchased with your tour:

SOLO TRAVELLERS
WILLING TO SHARE

If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match of the same gender by around 8 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost

SOLO TRAVELLERS
WANTING THEIR OWN ROOM

For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost will be charged at the time of booking.

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Single supplement cost for this tour $1377 per person

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TRAVEL INSURANCE
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all international bookings.  Travel Insurance covers items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

FLEXIWALK – CAN CANCEL FOR ANY REASON

Our FlexiWalk is a new optional Add-On that allows guests to cancel their tour last minute and not be penalised. Exclusively designed by Life’s An Adventure, this product gives our guests certainty in a time of uncertainty. 

Click here for full conditions on our FLEXIWALK Option.

DISCOUNT INFORMATION

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT

Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

EARLY BIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS

Refunds or cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • NO Credit card fees apply.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

CREDIT FOR CANCELLED ACTIVITIES

If a tour activity has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances a credit for this missed activity can be applied to any future bookings. Click here.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

Before you book please read our Booking Terms and Conditions. Click here.

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Embark on a truly spectacular walking journey along the historic ‘Camino to Rome,’ also known as the Via Francigena, and immerse yourself in a sensory feast for the senses. This remarkable adventure traces the footsteps of pilgrims who, for centuries, traversed the path from England to the sacred city of Rome.

Our focus lies on the most breathtaking stretch through Tuscany, leading us from the captivating walled city of Lucca to the enchanting town of Viterbo near Siena, Italy.

But this journey is more than just a walking tour. It is a complete immersion into the flavours and traditions that make this region famous.

Indulge in unforgettable culinary experiences, relishing in the delectable food and renowned wines that Tuscany has to offer. Luxuriate in superb accommodation including a castle, participate in a hands-on Tuscan cooking class, engage in the excitement of truffle hunting, and delight in wine tastings that will leave your palate craving for more.

As you traverse the picturesque landscapes, you’ll be captivated by the rolling hills of vineyards, enchanting woodlands, and protected nature reserves that grace your path.

Discover the allure of charming hilltop villages and explore the rich history of magnificent World Heritage towns such as Lucca, with its well-preserved walls, the iconic medieval towers of San Gimignano, and the splendid beauty of Siena.

This is truly a journey of a lifetime, where every step reveals new wonders, every taste ignites your senses, and every moment leaves an indelible mark on your soul.

Join us on this remarkable adventure along the Via Francigena through Tuscany and create memories that will forever resonate within you.

Each day is flexible allowing our guests to opt-out of any day’s walking and travel with our host guide to explore the local towns.

When you walk with Life’s An Adventure you can be sure that our aim is to deliver a tour beyond your expectations. 

When comparing other tours in this region be sure you check that you don’t you have to carry your own gear, you don’t have to camp and that your accommodation is not a long distance from where you are walking. We believe our tours deliver exceptional value for money, with all the creature comforts you are after.

Your 7 day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free fully supported walk with no heavy packs to carry.
  • 1 night accommodation at The Tuscania Hotel, Lucca or similar.
  • 1 night accommodation at Villa Petriolo, Fucechio or similar.
  • 1 night accommodation at La Collegiata, San Gimignano or similar.
  • 1 night accommodation at Borgo San Luigi, Isola or similar.
  • 1 night accommodation at Palazzo Borghesi Residenza d’Epoca, Siena or similar.
  • 1 night accommodation at Castello di Velona Resort or similar.
  • 7 x delicious lunches.
  • 6 x superb dinners every evening featuring local produce.
  • Complimentary wines with evening meals.
  • 6 x breakfasts.
  • Professional and passionate guides (1 local and 1 from Australia).
  • Transfer from Florence to the start of the walk.
  • Luggage transported to your accommodation each day.
  • Flexible walking options or sightseeing each day.

Guests will need to organise their own flights to Italy the day prior to the tour. 

SUGGESTED PRE-TOUR ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Cerretani Florence- M Gallery Collection

TRAIL NOTES:

3.5 hours. Walk 12km.  200m ascent. 200m descent.

WALK ITINERARY:

Meet our representative in Florence at 7.30am in the foyer of the Hotel Cerretani Florence – M Gallery Collection from here we transfer (35 mins drive) to Valpromaro where our walk to Lucca begins.

Our journeys starts in the small village of Valpromaro in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. Walk through quite woodlands towards the picturesque village of Piazzano.

We eventually make our way along the banks of the river Serchio into Lucca, a well-preserved Renaissance walls that circle the city. It’s hard not to fall in love with Lucca with its medieval cityscape of impressive square and narrow charming cobblestone streets. This charming historic city is known as the the city of a hundred churches as well as the home of ceramics due to its many pottery shops.

We make our way to our accommodation for the night at the Tuscania Hotel or smilar a charming 4 star hotel built in the 17th century in the heart of the city. Enjoy the afternoon to relax and wander around Lucca at your own pace, visit the city ramparts of explore the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, the site of an ancient Roman amphitheatre.

In the early evening immerse yourself in a charming cooking class in a local home, where the warm and inviting atmosphere sets the stage for a memorable experience. Donning an apron, you’ll engage in hands-on preparation of authentic Tuscan pasta, guided by the charming Silvia who will share her knowledge and techniques.

Once the cooking is complete, sit down with your fellow passengers to savour the fruits of your labour. The laughter and joy that fill the table will create lasting memories of your Tuscan cooking class in Lucca.

TRAIL NOTES:

3.5 hours. Walk 14km.  100m ascent. 100m descent.

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After breakfast we by-pass the walk’s surburban roads on a short 20 minute transfer to Altopascio.

The walled village of Altopascio which looks like a fortress was founded in the 11th Century and was once the home of the Knights of Tau that offered refuge for weary travellers. It offers a charming place to start our adventure as we walk through the town admiring the architecture before venturing into open countryside.

You’ll pass through quaint villages and hamlets, where time seems to stand still. Take the opportunity to greet friendly locals, who may be tending to their gardens or enjoying a leisurely chat in the shade. The path continues though the Cerbaie Woods walking though enchanting forests of Oaks, Firs and Alders.

Arriving in Fucecchio, you’ll find a town steeped in history and culture. Take a moment to explore the narrow alleys, uncovering hidden corners and admiring the architectural wonders of the past. The atmosphere is filled with a sense of tranquility and authenticity, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of this Tuscan gem.

Enjoy lunch at a local café in the town before transferring to our accommodation at the stunning Villa Petriolo or similar overlooking hills of scenic vineyards.

Enjoy some downtime taking in the tranquil oasis of the villa before embarking on a captivating truffle hunting adventure in the enchanting woodland near San Minato, known for its hidden treasures. Accompanied by experienced truffle hunters traverse the forest trails, inhaling the earthy scents that waft through the air. Learn about the different types of truffles, their seasonality, and the techniques used to locate them.

After a successful hunt, revel in the satisfaction of your discovery and enjoy a well-deserved tasting session, where you’ll savour the complex flavours and intoxicating aromas of these prized delicacies.

We return to our accommodation where you can immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters of the villa’s inviting pool. Indulge in a delectable dinner served with the finest local wines, perfectly complementing the flavours of Tuscany.

TRAIL NOTES:

3.5 hours. Walk 13.4km.  350m ascent. 350m descent.

WALK ITINERARY:

We enjoy breakfast before farewelling the charming Villa Petriolo, as we head to Gambassi to start our walk (45 mins).

Today’s walk is rated as one of the most beautiful as it takes us from Gambassi Terme to the magnificent hilltop town of San Gimignano.

Gambassi Terme is a town known for its thermal baths and picturesque surrounds. The approximately 13.4-kilometres journey takes you along peaceful country roads and winding paths, offering breathtaking views of vineyards, olive groves, and rolling hills. As you walk, take in the fragrant scents of the Tuscan landscape and listen to the harmonious sounds of nature.

Approaching San Gimignano, you’ll be enchanted by the town’s distinctive skyline, dominated by its medieval towers. The UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts an impressive collection of ancient towers, providing a glimpse into its storied past.

As you enter the town, you’ll pass through the old city walls and step into a world frozen in time. Wander through San Gimignano’s charming streets, lined with well-preserved medieval buildings, artisan workshops before stopping for lunch in the town.

The remainder of the afternoon is yours to wander through the streets of San Gimingnano or head to the hotel for a swim and relaxation.

Our accommodation this evening is atthe magnficinet La Collegiata with sweeping views of the surround valley and of the towers of San Gimignano.  Tonight we will dine in their superb restaurant enjoying a wonderful dinner served with local wines.

TRAIL NOTES:

4 hours. Walk 16km. 100m ascent. 100m descent.

WALK ITINERARY:

After bidding farewell to San Gimignano, we relish a delightful breakfast at our hotel before embarking on our journey to Badia A Coneo.

This picturesque village welcomes us with its enchanting 12th Century Benedictine Abbey, nestled amidst rolling hills and vineyards. The trail beckons, guiding us through expansive stretches of woodland and open ridges adorned with olive groves.

Along the way, we encounter charming hamlets, rustic farmhouses, and ancient stone walls. Pausing for a moment, we indulge in the breathtaking panoramic vistas of the Tuscan countryside, where fields and distant hilltop villages create a captivating patchwork.

Continuing our walk, we gradually approach the hidden gem of Abbadia a Isola. Founded in the year 1000, this village flourished around the magnificent structure built on a strip of land rising from the lake. As we draw nearer, the architectural splendour and serene ambiance of Abbadia a Isola captivate our senses.

We make our way to the impressive Monteriggioni Castle situated grandly on the top of a hill. Visiting Monteriggioni Castle in Italy is like stepping into a medieval masterpiece, you’ll be captivated by its well-preserved architectural marvels, including the impressive ramparts and battlements that offer breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Tuscan countryside.

Afterwards we visit a local vineyard, our visit begins in the vineyards see the grapes up close, afterwards we savour a selection of wines accompanied with cured meats and cheeses.

Later we head to our accommodation at the delightful Borgo San Luigi. Tonight savour a delectable dinner accompanied by exquisite Italian wines at our charming hotel.

TRAIL NOTES:

5.5 hours. Walk 18.9km or shorter 12km option. 300m ascent. 300m descent. Medium grade.

WALK ITINERARY:

Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, preparing for an enchanting walk from Monteriggioni to the captivating town of Siena.

As you set off, be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking Sienese countryside, adorned with charming hamlets and majestic castles that dot the landscape. Immerse yourself in the serenity of wooded areas embellished with holly, oak, and olive trees, creating a tranquil ambiance.

If you prefer a shorter walk, you have the option to walk with the group until lunchtime, and then you’ll be dropped off in Siena to explore this captivating city.

For those opting for the longer walk, continue your journey directly into Siena, relishing the scenic route and embracing the charm of the charming villages and rural vistas along the way.

Upon arrival in Siena, you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring Gothic architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, and vibrant piazzas that bring the city to life.

Take advantage of the free time to explore the city’s hidden corners, visit iconic landmarks, and soak up the rich cultural heritage.

Tonight we stay at Palazzo Borghesi Residenza d’Epoca or similar.

Later in the evening, indulge your taste buds with a delectable dinner, expertly paired with exquisite Italian wines, all within the warm and inviting ambiance of our charming hotel. Reflect on the day’s memorable journey, surrounded by the beauty and allure of Siena’s architectural wonders.

TRAIL NOTES:

3.5 hours. Walk 10km. 50m ascent. 50m descent. 

WALK ITINERARY:

After breakfast farewell Siena and embark on a scenic walk from Isola d’Arbia to Ponte d’Arbia, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside. This section of the trail is very particular picturesque with lots of photo opportunities and unlimited views.

As you begin your journey, the rolling hills and vineyards create a picturesque backdrop, offering a serene and peaceful atmosphere. The path leads you through charming rural landscapes, dotted with charming farmhouses and fields of golden wheat swaying in the gentle breeze.

Along the way, you’ll cross quaint stone bridges over babbling streams, adding to the idyllic ambiance.

As you approach Ponte d’Arbia, the charming village greets you with its rustic charm and historic character. Take a moment to explore the village, perhaps visiting the medieval bridge that gives it its name.

Afterwards we travel to our accommodation for the night the superb Castello di Velona Resort. This spectacular castle hotel is set high on the hill with spectacular views over the valley of vineyards and groves below.

Dine in the restaurant enjoy a gourmet dinner accompanied by wines grown on the grounds.

TRAIL NOTES:

5.5 hours. Walk 18.3km or shorter 12km option – 3 hours. 150m ascent. 460m descent. Medium grade.

WALK ITINERARY:

Following a satisfying breakfast, we bid farewell to the enchanting castle hotel and begin our journey towards Montefiascone. We embark on an exciting walk today that guides you across a vast plain, creating a natural divide between the serene Lake Bolsena and the majestic Cimini Mountains.

As you traverse this captivating landscape, you’ll find yourself immersed in the beauty of flourishing vineyards, elegant cypress trees, and picturesque olive groves, each contributing to the enchanting scenery that accompanies your journey towards Viterbo.

Along the way, take a well-deserved break at Bagnaccio, a historical site where pilgrims of old would pause to indulge in the rejuvenating ancient thermal baths. Don’t forget to pack your swimming suit, as you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the steamy thermal pools, formed by the natural volcanic hot spring. Remarkably, these thermal baths have retained their allure for over two millennia, offering a glimpse into the bathing rituals of the Romans.

After a rejuvenating interlude, continue your exploration towards Viterbo, a walled city of great historical significance. Originally founded by the Etruscans and later embraced by the Romans, Viterbo is one of the prominent towns in Lazio.

Take time to wander through the narrow streets of its captivating historic quarter, where every corner reveals traces of the city’s storied past including the ‘Palazzo dei Papi’, also known as the Papal Palace, an architectural gem that stands as a testament to Viterbo’s rich heritage.

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PERSONALISED TOURS

Our tours are curated to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 12 – 16 guests. However, if you’d like to have a bigger group, contact us for more details.

CEO GUIDES

Our guides are CEOs – Chief Experience Officers – and their passion is to give you a world-class walk. We pride ourselves on employing a talented team of passionate CEOs who all have a passion for their tour. They’re committed to your safety and have a genuine desire to provide an enriching, immersive and wow-mazing walking experience.

21 TOURISM AWARDS

We don’t mean to boast but it is awesome to be recognised for having tours that people love walking on. We’ve won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Adventure Company. Awards are great, but our biggest accolade which we value even more, is that our clients come back and travel with us time and time again.

GENUINE ALL-INCLUSIVE

Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive – so once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine as it’s included in the price of the tour and if you tour has a stunning scenic chopper flight or eco wildlife cruise – it’s 100% part of your tour package. What’s more – there are No Credit Cards fees.

FLEXIWALK

Our FlexiWalk is a new optional Add-On that allows guests to cancel their tour last minute and not be penalised. Exclusively designed by Life’s An Adventure, this product gives our guests certainty in a time of uncertainty. 

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