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Via Francigena the Best Of – Lucca to Siena

from  790,00

From San Miniato to San Quirico

San Miniato can easily be reached by train from Florence ( less than 1h); at your hotel you will find all the material you need for your trip: hotel vouchers, the detailed description of the walking and the GPS maps. You will also be told where to go to receive a benediction should you desire one before you start on your way. This week unfolds in the very heart of Tuscany passing by the most famous towns such as San Gimignano, Siena and San Quirico d’Orcia. Unforgettable landscapes among Chianti vineyards, powerfull fortreresses and castles are to be seen along the way.

  • Holiday Type
    Via Francigena
  • Activity Level Challenging
    5/8
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All about the Via Francigena the Best Of – Lucca to Siena.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Monteriggioni

Siena downtown

San Gimignano

Monte Oliveto Abbey

HOW DOES IT WORK:

We book  your accommodations

We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels, b&b or country Inns. and you will find the corresponding vouchers in your package

We transfer your luggage

Just leave it at the reception desk with your name tag and you will find it at your next accommodation.

We supply detailed route notes and maps

At your choice, the route notes can be in English, Italian, French or German and maps have GPS tracing

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • All Breakfast ( Dinners on Demand )
  • Luggage transfer
  • Road Book & Maps
  • Gps Files Available
  • Emergency number 24/7
  • The Pilgrim’s “Credenziale”
SHARE YOUR OPINIONItems that are not included in the cost of tour price.

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Download Itinerary PDF
  1. LUCCA Day 1 – Arrival in Lucca

    The main attraction of the day is certainly the arrival point, Lucca which you reach via the Park of the Serchio river. Take a walk on the oval shaped town walls, visit the Duomo not forgetting “il Volto Santo” an impressive, woodden sculpture created by Niccodemus, that arrived in Lucca by miracle on a boat without sailors, as the leggend goes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  2. ALTOPASCIO Day 2 – Lucca - Altopascio

    A very pleasant town with a very old hospital. The area used to be very unhealthy because marshy and infested by bandits. Now it is a very densely populated area, not really nice to walk. Suggestion: spend most of the day in Lucca and catch a train! (Only 15 minutes)

  3. SAN MINIATO Day 3 - Altopascio to San Miniato

    There is a short stretch of medieval original pavement. To see along the way : Ponte a Cappiano (bridge built by Cosimo de’ Medici, XVI sec.) – San Miniato Alto. To make it shorter and avoid a not so nice stretch, you can catch a bus.

  4. GAMBASSI TERME Day 4 – San Miniato to Gambassi

    After the first 6 km of trafficless asphalt, the whole itinerary is on unpaved roads or trails. The oak woods of the initial part give away to vineyards in the second part. Along the road you can visit two interesting churches, Pieve di Coiano and S. Maria a Chianni just before arriving in Gambassi.

  5. SAN GIMIGNANO Day 5 – Gambassi to San Gimignano

    A short day among Chianti vineyards to allow for time in the town of towers, one of the most famous places in Tuscany. it is pleasant to see the town in the evening or early morning when the busloads of tourists have not yet invaded it.

  6. MONTERIGGIONI Day 6 – San Gimignano to Monteriggioni

    Fairly long day in a beautiful landscape. The round walls of the historical fortified military post are amazing. Very interesting the parrish church of Abbadia Isola

  7. SIENA Day 7 – Monteriggioni to Siena

    Again a short segment to allow time in Siena. Apart from the pleasant countryside, there is nothing remarkable along the road. The route is unpaved almost to the arrival in Siena. The clou of the day is the ice cream you will have at a cafe on the Piazza del Campo watching people go by…

  8. YOURS DEPARTURE Day 8 – End of our service
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Accommodation List

Accommodation Level

 

Day 1 – San Miniato –

Day 2 – Gambassi Terme –

Day 3 – San Gimignano –

Day 4 – Monteriggioni –

Day 5 – Siena –

Day 6 – Buonconvento –

Day 7 – San Quirico d’Orcia –

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Some pics from our HotelsOn average the hotels are 3 star level

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Some pics from our B&BsWe choose cozy B&B with friendly and professional owners

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What happens if I can’t walk / cycle a stage?

If you find the stage too long or if for any reason you cannot walk at all for one day, let us know the previous week and we can arrange for you to go for a short stretch or for the entire stage with the luggage transfer . In some cases a small fee will be asked and you can pay it directly to the driver.

When is the best time of year?

Generally speaking the best season is certainly from April to October; however, it varies with each stage:
– You can only cross the Alps(week 1) from June 15th to September 15th
– The Appennino mountains (week 4) are more pleasurable from mid May to the end of September
– We suggest that you avoid walking among the rice fields (week 2&3) in full summer

How does the baggage transfers work?

Every morning you leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation, better with a name-tag and you will find it at your arrival at the next accommodation. It has to be delivered by 2pm

Do you provide GPS files for all days?

Yes, on request we can provide GPS files, but we will still supply the paper description just in case your GPS does not work!

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