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Walking Tours in Tuscany

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Walking Tours in Tuscany

Does anyone have experiences with walking tours in the Tuscany region? Checking into VBT (Vermont Bicycle Tours-which also has walking tours in Italy) and Girasole, a company based in Italy. Any information would be much appreciated.

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in pisa everything is well organized and seems very interesting...see: http://www.visitpisa.it/en/

cheers

silvia

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When are you planning on being here? There are some guided events through the Chianti region the first week of June... http://www.classico-e.it/en/tours.html

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When were you planning on taking your trip? We're doing a walking vacation in September, Volterra to Florence, using Sherpa Tours. It's a self guided 11 day walk although they do offer an escorted version also. They provide the maps and route notes, make the hotel reservations and move your luggage each day from town to town. We just received all of our documents and it looks very well planned out. Here's a link to the itinerary that we're doing

sherpa-walking-holidays.co.uk/tours/inntoinn…

If you're still interested I'll be posting a trip report when we return.

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We recently (early September 2010) did a self guided walking tour from Florence to Sienna, organized through Hooked on Walking a UK based company. We organized it from Australia and despite phone calls and emails had not received the promised maps and information guides before we left Australia. We requested that they be sent to an address in UK where we would be staying, but still they didn't arrive. More phone calls and eventually it all arrived a couple of days before we left for Italy. Hotels were all well located and of a standard we expected and the baggage transfers and our transfers all went without a hitch. However the maps were so bad as to be worthless with some obvious mistakes and the instructions were also pretty awful. In a number of instances the instructions were impossible to follow because the path was blocked by electric wire fences. One of the walks we had particularly been keen to do, and was advertised on their web site and even in the booklet sent to us, was then not included in the walks we were provided with details for. The substituted walk was described as "middle of nowhere", which was exactly what it was. When we returned we emailed the company a couple of times, and eventually got a reply, which was pretty dismissive. All up would definitely NOT recommend HOOKED on WALKING.

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janrons - Did we talk in Volpaia? We had a nice chat with a couple there who were doing the same walk (ours was the reverse - Volterra to Florence) and they were very unhappy with the company that they used which I believe was Hooked on Walking. We used Sherpa Expeditions and were glad that things worked out well for us although I didn't think the maps were of much use except for the ones for the towns we were staying in. The overview maps of the areas we were walking in were of little value, not enough detail. But our route notes were so detailed that we really didn't need those maps.

We plan to do a walking vacation again and would not hesitate to use Sherpa.

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carold2765, It wasn't us that you spoke to, although we were in Volpaia as part of our walk. ( a lovely little village and a great place to have lunch and shelter from the storm on the day we were there). Glad your walk turned out well. Perhaps we will try Sherpa next time.

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