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Walking in Tuscany

From £849 for 8 days
Trip Overview
The Garfagnana region, close to the gems of Lucca, Pisa and Florence, is one of Italy's best-kept secrets and the perfect base for guided walking holidays in Tuscany. The area’s astonishing landscape is a far cry from the rolling hills of southern Tuscany as it lies between the striking peaks of the Alpi Apuane and Apennine mountain ranges, providing us with ample hiking opportunities which, along with picturesque mountaintop and lakeside villages and the warm local hospitality, make for a wonderful trip. Certain dates include more challenging trekking and incorporate one night in a mountain refuge.
Essential Info
Starts: Start Braccicorti
Ends: End Braccicorti.
Ages: Min 16
Theme: Walking
Trip Code: ETDT
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Italy
What's Included

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included

Transport

7 nights farmhouse with swimming pool 8 days land only/ flight inclusive

Accommodation

Trip Highlights

•   Walk through Tuscany's idyllic mountains

•   Stay in a family-run farmhouse with pool

•   Enjoy more challenging walks on certain weeks

•   Explore mediaeval towns and villages

Dates & Availability
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Departing: 22nd Jun 2019
Returning: 29th Jun 2019
£899pp
£809pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 29th Jun 2019
Returning: 6th Jul 2019
£899pp
£809pp
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Availability: Good
Departing: 6th Jul 2019
Returning: 13th Jul 2019
£999pp
£899pp
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Limited Availability
2 spaces
Departing: 17th Aug 2019
Returning: 24th Aug 2019
£999pp
£899pp
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Limited Availability
4 spaces
Departing: 24th Aug 2019
Returning: 31st Aug 2019
£1,049pp
£944pp
G
Limited Availability
3 spaces
Departing: 7th Sep 2019
Returning: 14th Sep 2019
£1,179pp
£1,061pp
G
Limited Availability
1 space
Departing: 14th Sep 2019
Returning: 21st Sep 2019
£1,049pp
£944pp
G
Limited Availability
1 space
Departing: 21st Sep 2019
Returning: 28th Sep 2019
£1,099pp
£989pp
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Limited Availability
1 space
Departing: 28th Sep 2019
Returning: 5th Oct 2019
£929pp
£836pp
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Limited Availability
4 spaces
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Itinerary & Notes
Start at Braccicorti lodge, approximately 6kms from Castelnuovo di Garfagnana and 2 hours from Pisa airport.
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Reviews
       
I decided not to downgrade the holiday because of two days of bad weather. Our guide could not have done more in the selection of walks, and they were still good - if soggy - while the scenery was all you'd expect when the clouds lifted.
       
The walking in this area is spectacular, through beech or chestnut forests up to amazing peaks. We did not have the best weather but the walking was still a joy. The accommodation is homely but with all the facilities that you require from a hotel with special touches such as being able to make you own hot drinks at any time. The food was locally sourced and well cooked. The pool is a welcome addition although unfortunately we weren't able to make the most of it.
       
I would highly recommend this trip. It was my first trip to Italy. I enjoyed the opportunity to intimately experience the culture, food and people in a region that is off the normal tourist path, but extremely beautiful and historic. The Baccicorte agriturismo is lovely and comfortable. The entire Giavenetti family, especially our host Angela, was extremely warm and welcoming and did everything possible to be accommodating. If I travel to Italy again, I will definitely plan to stay at an agriturismo. I appreciate their use of local foods, personal attention and also concern for the environment.
       
Wonderful week walking in the quite mountains of Garfagnana gave a real sense of getting back to nature. Sara, our guide, was excellent and helped make the trip truly memorable.
       
Excellent trip with Exodus. This was my second adventure with Exodus and this one was all that the reviews say. Sara was excellent ! She was very patient, even taught some of us new hiking skills. She kept us all motivated throughout the days despite the weather. Sara was brilliant with her switching up the routes to accommodate the unusual weather keeping us all safe and comfortable as possible. It was fun , challenging, and I would like to do it again with sunny weather. The group was awesome and were fun as everyone kept each other motivated and laughing. The food was wonderful and plentiful. Sara does such a great job of handling all the details and making it a true holiday! I loved not having to plan "where and what to trek and what & where to eat"...a real treat not to be "in charge". My daughter a mother of two young children and I her mother really appreciated the true challenging "holiday" from our many responsibilities back at home.
       
Despite the weather, which could have put a real damper on the trip (pun intended!), the trip was made exceptional by our guide, Sara Bull, and the fabulous people we had in our group. I would recommend (and do) any tour that Sara is leading. The farmhouse and surrounds are stunning, too - quintessential Tuscany. And the food cooked by Angela and Flora, delicious.
       
Great week despite the weather! Sarah was an excellent guide. She knew the area extremely well and was able to make adaptations to the walks depending on the weather and confidence of the group. The farmhouse was comfortable with great food. The make you own packed lunches also worked well. Would definitely recommend this trip, but if I was going again, I would probably go a bit later in the year when the weather is more likely to be settled. A trip to Lucca on the free day would be my suggestion. A lovely little town, compact with plenty to see.
       
This was my first experience of an organised walking holiday and I can’t say I was disappointed. Stunning scenery, delicious food and marvelous company. The weather left a little to be desired but didn’t really spoil the week at all. When we weren’t walking we were looked after by Angela and her team at Braccicorti. Always a warm, welcoming smile and sometimes a chat over a cup of tea! The accommodation in the farmhouse is simple but comfortable and warm, with plenty of communal areas to discuss the day’s activities or find a quiet corner to just relax. I love my food and I loved the fare dished up during the week. Traditional, homely, delicious and plenty of it. I have got to give a special mention to our Tuesday guide, Pierluigi, whose enthusiasm, in the face of lashing rain, knew no bounds. And finally, our wonderful guide for the week, Sara, who had a wealth of knowledge about the area’s history and geography as well as its flora & fauna. Her leadership throughout the week made it for me.
       
I would recommend this trip to anyone. A level of fitness is a must - certainly more than a few brisk walks around the block - it's challenging but rewarding! Sara - our guide - was absolutely amazing - calm, knowledgeable, patient, kind, tough. She looked after us as a group and individually - nothing was too much trouble. The farmhouse is amazing and the family who prepared our meals were so welcoming, kind and fun! The meals by the way - beautiful simple, rustic, locally sourced food - every evening we ate at the farmhouse was a treat! The idea of being able to create your own lunch from the choices laid out was a brilliant idea and you were able to take as much or as little as you wanted. Breakfasts set you up for the day! The accommodation is lovely with real charm and plenty of warmth, heating, drying room, roasting fire in the lounge when cold and a swimming pool with amazing views.
       
An unknown region of Italy, mountainous and craggy, with peaks still covered in snow at the end of April. Although the weather was predominantly grey and wet, we made the most of it, and it was a wonderful week. In fact, the last walk was enhanced by the fog that gave the forest a mysterious and mystical atmosphere.
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