Your adventure with GIULIO:

 Val d'Orcia trail

 
SPECIAL PRICE: 1900 $ (from 18/5 to 25/5)

BASIC PRICE:    2300 $ (Custom dates from March to October)

SMART PRICE:   The more, the merrier! 
                           5% discount on basic price for you, if you come with a friend.
                                               5% discount on basic price for everyone, if you are 3, 4, 5 or 6 friends.

                                               10% discount on basic price for everyone, if you are 7, 8, 9 or 10 friends.


Description

Duration: one week, 6 days on horseback
Our journey bring us from the mountain pastures of the Farmhouse to the Paglia and Orcia river valleys. We ride through the famous Val d'Orcia, with its extensive arid areas, rolling hills and fields and famous clay outcrops known locally as "calanche", and avenues of cypress trees and ancient hamlets. We rest at ancient hot springs and at the castle towns of Sarteano and Radicofani.
The program may be modified at any time due to prevailing weather conditions or for technical reasons.

Track / Route

Number of participants: Min. 4 - Max. 8
Length of trek: 8 days and 7 nights with 6 days riding.
Itinerary: Farmhouse , San Casciano dei Bagni, Sarteano, Radicofani, Farmhouse.
Length: Approx. 180 km total with daily trips of 25 to 35 km.
Difficulty: Average.
Main difficulties: Some difficult terrain which our experienced horses know how to deal with.
Main gaits: Amble, trot, gallop where possible.
Altitude: Maximum 850 m minimum 250 m above sea level.
Terrain: Mainly along paths, country roads and dirt tracks.
The guides: An experienced guide rides with the group while two assistants take the luggage to the overnight site and prepare the camp and fencing for the horses.
The horses: All the horses are trained in Western riding and particularly suitable for trekking.
The stages: Each stage lasts about 5 - 6 hours shared between the morning (longer ride) and the afternoon.
The mini-bus: carries our luggage and may be used for some of the transfers
The farm houses: are carefully chosen by us taking into consideration their typicality, comfort, cuisine and stables for the horses and equipment.
The picnic: Is prepared in the morning and is taken to our destination by mini-bus or carried in the saddlebags.
Dinner and breakfast: Are served in the farm house using typical local products.
Night-time: Accommodation is in double rooms, single room if available on request.

Programme

Saturday: Arrival and accommodation at the Farmhouse . In the evening, participants will be assigned their horses and they will meet their guide and the other participants to chat and get to know each other.

Sunday:
Entire day on horseback to verify horse & rider compatibility, with picnic and return to the Farmhouse .

Monday 1st stage:
Leaving the oak and beech woods around the Farmhouse we ride towards the Paglia river where we'll stop for our picnic. In the afternoon, ride up the surrounding hills towards our accommodation near Trevinano.

Tuesday 2nd stage:
From Trevinano we follow the ridge lying between the Paglia and Chiana Valleys, where the regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio meet. We stop for our pic-nic at the ancient thermal bath of San Casciano dei Bagni, where we can relax and enjoy the warm waters. In the afternoon we continue our ride towards the castle town of Sarteano, stopping for the night in the ancient hamlet of Fonte Vetriana.

Wednesday 3rd stage:
Riding along dirt tracks and paths at the foot of Mount Cetona we reach Sarteano where we will enjoy our picnic in the shady grounds of the castle. After lunch our journey continues to the charming village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, with its narrow streets and fantastic view over the Val d'Orcia. Passing through the Nature Reserve of Pietraporciana, we reach La Foce from which we can enjoy more spectacular views of the Val d'Orcia, arriving at our farmhouse accommodation in the evening.

Thursday 4th stage:
We ride down to the to Orcia river and follow it as far as Radicofani, where the ancient pilgrim route, the via Francigena, meets the ancient Roman Cassia road, and we visit the town's fortress. Arrival at our farmhouse accommodation at the foot of mount Amiata in the late afternoon.

Friday 5th stage:
We ride through pine, chestnut and beech woods into the Nature Reserve of Pigelleto, spassing the recently restored cinnabar mineral mines of Siele. In the afternoon, return to the Farmhouse via the Natural Reserve of Mount Penna. In the evening we will enjoy our final dinner together during which every participant will receive a small souvenir and a map of our journey.

Saturday: Breakfast and departure.


General notes and informations

There are two ways to enjoy a trekking experience!
Choose an offer in our programme or request your personal trekking experiences of varying durations and accommodation packages, for groups of 5 persons min.
Saturday night arrival at the Farmhouse and the first consultation. We'll discuss how the trek is organized and where we will go, while you talk about your experience on horseback so that the guides will be able to match horse and rider.
The accomodations
There are two different types of accommodation on the trek, either in agrituristic establishments on the way, or sleeping in tents under the stars.
Meals
Our pic-nic is prepared in the morning and is packed in the saddlebags.
Horses
Your horse is assigned after a chat with the guide, who matches horse with rider. His or her decision is based not only on horse-rider experience but also on personality factors. On Sunday we'll take an all-day ride to try out the horse, tack and equipment.
The tack
The equipment consists of a Western saddle with the addition of saddlebags for the transport of personal objects and the picnic.
Daily rides
A day stage usually the duration of each day's ride is between 5-6 hours.
Riding gear
Your riding gear should be comfortable and most importantly, should not be brand new (especially footwear), since new gear often holds unpleasant surprises. The footwear should be comfortable not only for riding, but also for walking, with a hard sole that permits a good contact between foot and stirrup. Footwear with a slick sole and very tight clothing should be avoided. The trousers should be comfortable and robust. You may also need a raincoat (available for rental), a hat for protection, a portable light, a small knife, swimwear, and a sleeping bag; you should bring along a light jumper for the evening. The belongings together should not be too bulky since there is limited space on the transport vehicle and in the saddlebags. Please avoid suitcases with a hard surface.
First aid
Your guide can provide basic medication and will take along a first-aid kit on the trek. Any health conditions that require special medication should be brought to the attention of the guide before departure on the trek. Allergy sufferers should bring their own medicines, as those who suffer allergies from common medications.
Accomodation in tents
Organisation of a trekking experience in tents

Overnight stays in tents in campsites which we specially equip gives our guests a fascinating experience. We set up our campsites in areas far away from city lights and noise, allowing us to discover nature that is untouched by human habitation. Also, the chance to stay together in the evening around the campfire gives each trek a unique quality, making the experience a true journey in every sense.
Travelling
The travel is the greatest pleasure for a rider who loves nature. Participating in the trip and assisting both in the care for the horses and in the workings of the camp makes the holiday more pleasing and complete.
Guides
Two guides accompany the riders on horseback and another guide travels with an off-road vehicle and organizes the camp.
Off-road vehicle
Transports all of the necessary equipment including our guests' baggage.
The camp
The tent camp consists of a large tent with chairs and tables which we use for breakfast and dinner, a changing tent, igloo tents for sleeping up to two guests which are equipped with comfortable mattresses, a portable kitchen ready to satisfy the biggest appetites, and a water supply for drinking and personal hygiene. For our horses, we supply a portable fence, horse feed, and hay, if necessary.
The camp kitchen
We have designed a trailer which is equipped with all the cooking and refrigeration equipment necessary to offer you delicious meals which you can enjoy seated together under the dining tent.
Accomodation in agrituristic establishments
For those who enjoy travelling on horseback but prefer to sleep indoors, we organize treks with accommodation in agrituristic establishments. The organization of these treks is the same as for those organized in tents, with the exception of dining and sleeping arrangements. We have chosen the best agrituristic establishments of the zone in order to offer you the chance to enjoy the authentic cuisine and products of southern Tuscany.

 
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