Tuscany must be experienced up close. Taste the Brunello. See the bread toasted in a stone fireplace, glistening with freshly pressed olive oil. Look out over the Arno River winding through the patchwork landscape. Walk on the gently sloping hills of the Val d'Orcia to ancient hilltop towns. Smell the wild cypress and rosemary. Stroll through the vineyards and olive groves of Chianti. Let your eyes linger on timeless villas and imagine the possibilities. There is no better - or closer - way to experience Tuscany.
Days 1-2 From the hamlet of Monticchiello, discover the picture-perfect landscape of the Val d'Orcia Have a look around Renaissance-style Pienza, Pope Pius II's utopian village, perhaps stopping to try the superb local pecorino cheese In springtime, the surrounding hills provide a backdrop of emerald green, while in the fall, hay bales turn the landscape a brilliant shade of gold Sample a variety of regional vintages at our hotel's exclusive tasting room Follow a quiet route up to the majestic Castello di Brolio, where Baron Bettino Ricasoli formulated the modern method of producing Chianti Classico in the 19th century.
Days 3-4 Explore the heart of the Zona del Chianti From Radda, amble through pristine vineyards and pine forests en route to Gaiole in Chianti, the center of Chianti Classico wine country Learn the secrets of Tuscan cuisine at an exclusive cooking demonstration Head into the Chianti countryside and walk from one castle to the next Take a break in Vertine's cozy piazzetta to enjoy a cappuccino and observe the friendly pace of local life In Panzano, learn of ancient recipes and the region's finest meats at Dario Cecchini's renowned macelleria.
Days 5-6 In the Elsa River valley, get a feel for the Colli Fiorentini (Florentine hills), where expansive vineyards and wildflower fields greet you at every turn Stride along the crest to Montefioralle, birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci Hike hilly roads through oak forests and along ridges offering sweeping views that once inspired Renaissance artists.
- Unforgettable rambles though the Chianti Classico wine region, blanketed with vineyards and olive orchards
- Enjoy a warm welcome at Agriturismo Il Rigo for an authentic pasta making demonstration
- Discover the World Heritage site of Siena, where medieval architecture meets contemporary culture
- Explore classic hill towns including Pienza, Radda, Gaiole, Panzano and Greve
- Join a wine expert to sample a variety of the San Felice estate wines and other regional vintages
La Bandita Townhouse (1 night): This luxury boutique hotel, tucked inside a Renaissance-era palazzo where nuns lived for over 500 years, is refreshingly modern inside. (pool)
Relais Borgo San Felice (2 nights): Described by the Hideaway Report as an "enchanting resort enclave set within a restored medieval hamlet fringed by olive groves and vineyards in the Chianti Classico region." A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa, tennis)
Castello del Nero (2 nights): A castle steeped in Tuscan charm and situated on a hilltop overlooking rolling vineyards and olive orchards in the Colli Fiorentini. (pool, spa)
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of
interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one
day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat
from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each
day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 9/28-10/3 Price: $4698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/5-10 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/19-24 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1020 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 5/10-15 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
- 5/24-29 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
- 6/14-19 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/6-11 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/13-18 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/20-25 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/27-10/2 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/4-9 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/18-23 Price: $4598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1420 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.
You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.
If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|2 - 3 guests from $7,098 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $6,098 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|2 - 3 guests from $7,198 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.|
Guest Trip Reviews
Our leaders were fabulous. The itinerary and experiences could not have been better - I can't say enough to praise this trip! Having spent a lot of time in Chianti previously, I still learned, saw and experienced new things in unusual ways. My two friends with whom I traveled feel exactly the same way. It was perfect.- Scarsdale, NY
Taking a Backroads trip is like enjoying the sweetest part of the watermelon, the planners and trip leaders trim away everything but the sweetest core of the trip. They worry about the logistics, the problem solving, so that as a guest, the most you worry about is what to order at dinner and how far to go on each daily option.- Davis, CA
We were impressed with the comfortableness with the people, the warmth and helpfulness of the guides, the flexibility of the itinerary, the good mix of planned time and free time, the well set-up walks that were incrementally longer each day so we could "build up" a bit, the loveliness of most of the lodgings, the firsthand view of the people of Italy, and of course the beauty of the country itself. I met my personal goal of doing all of the walking, and enjoyed every minute of it. I have a lasting image of our guide, catching the attention of two boys at the side of the road who were watching us all traipse through his village. He engaged them in conversation, told them who we were, asked them about the soccer ball they were playing with, and talked them into showing us their "moves." With that little dialogue, we moved from being strangers passing through to new friends visiting with local kids. I valued a lot of the personal interaction which the guides sought out with the Italian people everywhere we went. That helped us be more a part of the country. My other favorite memory is hiking on some of the back roads up through the vineyards to a place where the countryside was laid out before us like a quilt, made up of squares of vineyards, olive groves, and forested patches. Beautiful, and memorable.- Chicago, IL
We had high expectations, yet this trip exceeded them. Everything was perfect, the experiences, the accommodations, the guides. If I could give this trip a "20" (on a scale of 1-10), I would.- Evanston, IL
We had such a great time and this was the first time we had ever done a vacation like this. It was the trip of a lifetime that we cannot stop thinking and talking about. The people we met on the train platform in Florence started out as strangers and ended up as friends that we are planning on seeing again!
This trip was perfect! I have never done a Backroads trip before, but this far exceeded my thoughts about traveling with a group and travel company. As a mother and wife, it was a true gift to be able to have every aspect of my vacation taken care of and organized. The combination of accommodations, cultural experiences, hikes, food, camaraderie and of course leadership made my Backroads experience the most personally wonderful thing I have done for myself in 11 years of motherhood!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!- Rumson, NJ
Our leaders were incredible. They cared for our every need/desire while ensuring our safety. That translated to our group and by the time we were on the bus in Florence (on day 1!) we were like family. That cohesiveness grew during our hikes and experiences. It was truly a magical week! Thank you and special, heartfelt thanks, to our amazing leaders.
This was a fabulous trip, I would definitely do it again! I loved every minute of it, and can see why people fall in love with Tuscany. Thank you Backroads!! Travel with you is the BEST!- Davis, CA