Hiking Through TuscanyAMC Adventure Travel Trip #2230October 4 - 11, 2022“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” Giuseppe VergiTuscany is an idyllic destination for day hiking and the center of Italy's most quintessentialhighlights. We invite you to join fellow AMC Adventure Travelers as we explore delightfulgastronomy, world class vineyards, classic hilltop villages, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Our adventure in Tuscany is 7 nights / 8 days and to make the most out of our experience we willstay in 4 unique locations of Florence, Barga, San Gimignano, and Siena with special experiences inLucca and Chianti to give us a full immersion in history, food, wine, and culture. Short transfers arerequired to bring us to trail heads and/or new destinations and thanks to luggage transfer you willonly need to carry a light backpack each day. The hikes are led by an experienced leader from theAMC and a local professional guide who is a specialist in the region.Throughout our time together we will endeavor to enjoy and understand this wonderful region viathe AMC’s mission of education, conservation, and appreciation of the natural world.Hiking Tour of Tuscany

Planned Itinerary:Oct 3rd or Prior: Leave USA on an overnight flight to FlorenceNo meals, accommodation, or activities provided today.Day 1 – Oct 4: ARRIVE IN FLORENCEMeals included: Welcome DinnerAccommodation: Florence, 4* HotelActivities: Our adventure begins in Florence, Tuscany s iconic capital and home to a staggeringnumber of artistic & architectural delights, including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are noactivities planned for today , allowing for an afternoon check-in and some time to relax before our tripofficially begins with a welcome group dinner at the hotel.Day 2 – Oct 5: FLORENCE & BARGAMeals included: Breakfast & DinnerAccommodation: Barga, 3* HotelxActivity: 2 flat miles in Florence and perhaps 2miles over steep village terrain in BargaActivities: After breakfast we have a morning walking tour with a local guide to explore Florence scultural highlights. We then meet our regional guide, Matt Butler from Adventurebug and transfer byprivate coach to Tuscany s best known hiking region, the Garfagana and the hilltop village of Barga .The scenic drive across Tuscany s midland region is approximately 2 hours.Hiking Tour of Tuscany2 of 14

Day 3 – Oct 6: BARGA & GARFAGNANA REGIONMeals included: Breakfast & DinnerAccommodation: Barga, 3* HotelActivity: A h illy but not mountainous hikethrough chestnut forests connecting small Tuscanvillages for a distance of 6 miles and /- 900’elevation gain.Activities: Today we ll hike between Barga s surrounding hilltop village communities taking in thewonderful scenery of the Garfagnana and surrounding Apuan mountain ranges. Hiking will be fromour hotel door and we may return by local transfer (taxis or shuttle bus), depending on our finalarrival destination or we may complete the hike as a loop – options are available.Day 4 – Oct 7: BARGA & CASTIGLIONE DIGARFAGNANAMeals included: Breakfast & DinnerAccommodation: Barga, 3* HotelActivity: A village and nature walk utilizing attimes small rural roads, lanes, and nature pathsfor a distance of 5 miles and /- 700’ elevationgain.Activities: A short transfer (25 min approx.) brings us to the wonderful village of Castiglione diGarfagnana. Famous for its walled medieval fortress and 13 th century bridge, this riverside markettown is simply a delight. October is nearing the chestnut harvest period, so the village is preparing fortheir annual celebration, one of the most important in all of Italy. Our hike today explores the villagebefore descending to the bridge and largely following the river system through farmland and passingboth historic and modern elements of rural Tuscan life.Hiking Tour of Tuscany3 of 14

Day 5 – Oct 8: LUCCA & SAN GIMIGNANOMeals included: Breakfast & DinnerAccommodation: San Gimignano, 3* HotelActivity: Flat city walking tour plus a hike aroundthe upper ramparts (very good footing) for a totalof 4-5 miles. The ramparts are only 25 feet abovethe city and level once you are on them.Activities: A special day awaits as we depart Barga to visit Lucca, home of Italy's great operacomposer Puccini and a center of beautiful Renaissance architecture. Highlights today include a touron foot with a local specialist, a wander through Lucca s weekly street market, and a 2.5 mile walkalong the famous ramparts which surround the medieval city itself. From Lucca we transfer by privatecoach 1.5 hours into the southern Chianti region where we ll have two nights in San Gimignano , thevillage of towers! Pending arrival time, we may make a short hike into the countryside surroundingSan Gimignano to stretch our legs after the bus journey.Day 6 – Oct 9: SAN GIMIGNANOMeals included: Breakfast & DinnerAccommodation: San Gimignano, 3* HotelActivity: We utilize country lanes and ruralpathways to walk through picturesque Tuscanlandscapes for a distance of 6 miles and /- 900’elevation gain.Activities: San Gimignano is surrounded by gorgeous Tuscan landscapes, large vineyards, andmedieval farms. It is also on the famous Via Francigena – the historic pilgrim’s way betweenCanterbury and Rome. Today we ll hike a portion of the Via and experience the beauty and serenity ofthis special part of Tuscany. Please note, depending on our final hiking route, we may utilize localtransfer services.Hiking Tour of Tuscany4 of 14

Day 7 – Oct 10 CHIANTI COUNTRY HIKE ANDVINEYARD TOURMeals included: Breakfast & Farewell DinnerAccommodation: Sienna, 4* HotelActivity: Rolling countryside and vineyards. Wemust utilize local agricultural tracks and somesmall tarmac roads at times where necessary toconnect our route for a distance of 4 miles and /- 500’ elevation gain.Activities: This morning we explore on foot the vineyard region of Chianti – home to Italy’s mostpopular red wines and arguably the most picturesque wine growing regions in the world. We willenjoy a morning hike followed by a vineyard tour and of course, a sampling of this wonderfully craftedwine. At the end of the day, a short private transfer brings us to Siena, Tuscany s enigmatic centre forart, style, and culinary delights. This evening we say arrivederci to our Adventurebug guide beforeenjoying a farewell group dinner with our AMC leader.Day 8 – Oct 11: DEPARTURE FROM SIENAMeals included: Breakfast onlyAccommodation: None provided / Departure dayActivities: Today after breakfast you can continue to other destinations in Italy or return to theFlorence airport. No transfers are provided for your departure and onward connections to Florence,Pisa, or Rome are easy via train, bus, or private taxi share.Hiking Tour of Tuscany5 of 14

What to ExpectThis trip is rated a difficulty of 3: Easy . This trip can be enjoyed by just about anyone with consecutiveday hiking experience and the ability to hike 4-6 miles with elevation gains of 500-900’ per day. Trailconditions are varied and include old cart tracks through hillsides and narrow stony trails. Solid hikingboots and walking poles are recommended--this is HILLY countryside, though not mountainous.Weather wise, some rain showers and strong breezes may exist but will generally be short lived.Expect warm temperatures of up to the 70's in the day and nightly lows in the 50 s.Our accommodations will be in comfortable 3* and 4* hotels with luggage transfer between ourdestinations. Solo travelers will be paired with a same gender roommate. Single rooms might beavailable with a “single supplement”.This is a group activity and we will be spending many, but not all, hours together. We expect thateveryone will pitch in and contribute to helping each other have a great time.Suggested Reading Room with a View by E.M. Forster Portrait of a Lady by Henry James Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances MayesSuggested Movies The English Patient Tea with MussoliniHiking Tour of Tuscany6 of 14

Cost of the TripThe trip will cost 3,450 for AMC members and 3,550 for non-members. Non-members can join AMCfor 50 by clicking here . Included in the price: 7 nights of lodging, 7 breakfasts, 7 group dinners, 5guided hikes, all hiking transfers, and emergency medical and evacuation insurance. A limited numberof single rooms (single supplement) may be available at an additional cost.The cost of lunches, drinks, and incidentals - essentially anything not specifically detailed above, is notincluded in the price. We recommend budgeting 15 - 20 per day for these expenses.Your round-trip airfare and land travel to / from Florence, which we currently estimate at 1,200 ,is not included. Leaders will be glad to provide information on suggested flights.The trip fee includes an AMC overhead charge to cover the administrative expenses of offering AMCAdventure Travel excursions and, in accordance with AMC, you are subsidizing some of the leaders’cost. The trip fee also includes emergency medical and evacuation insurance coverage which isrequired by AMC.The price for this excursion is based on quotes or estimates obtained at the time the trip wassubmitted to the Adventure Travel Committee for approval. The final price will be adjusted inaccordance with the best final arrangements we can make. As with all Adventure Travel Committeeexcursions, this trip is run on a non-profit basis; any savings we achieve, as well as any costincreases we incur, will be shared by trip participants.Hiking Tour of Tuscany7 of 14

Cancellation PolicyThe AMC Adventure Travel cancellation policy is based on the fact that your cancellation may notraise the cost to the other participants or to the leaders. Once you are notified the trip is declaredto run as scheduled, the minimum cancellation fee is 300. If actual costs (expenses alreadyincurred on your behalf and any unavoidable future expenses that will be incurred as a result ofyour registration and cancellation) are higher, they will be assessed instead, unless they can beapplied toward another acceptable participant. Should the leaders be able to replace you, you maybe charged a reduced penalty. This will generally not be determined until after the trip. Failure tomake trip payment(s) in a timely manner will be considered a cancellation.On rare occasions AMC Adventure Travel may need to cancel all or a portion of a trip due to forcemajeure [e.g. terrorism, local health conditions, natural disaster, changes in local regulatoryenvironment, etc.] In the event of such a cancellation, your trip fee will be refunded less any tripexpenses already incurred plus any non-cancellable future trip expenditures. AMC AdventureTravel is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by you in preparing for the trip (includingnon-refundable air tickets, visa fees, gear or medical expenses, etc.Terms and ConditionsBy booking a trip with us, you agree with the terms and conditions located at the end of thisprospectus. Please carefully read this information and contact the trip leader with questions.Hiking Tour of Tuscany8 of 14

How to ProceedTo apply to the trip, email [email protected] to let her know that you are interested inreceiving the trip application forms.We will send you the application, risk release, and medical forms which you will need to print,complete, sign and return along with the required deposit check of 1,000 made payable to theAppalachian Mountain Club.Prior to your acceptance as a participant in this trip, you will be asked to discuss with us yourcapabilities and experiences. We may also request references to confirm your fitness level andsuitability for participating in trip activities. While the leaders will make a reasonable attempt toensure a good “fit” between the trip and participants, you are ultimately responsible for being awareof the risks involved in the activities and for conducting yourself accordingly. You are ultimatelyresponsible for your own safety.Your official acceptance onto the trip will not happen until the leaders have determined by atelephone conversation with you that you and the trip are a good match.Once you have been officially accepted and the trip has the required number of qualifiedparticipants to make the trip ‘a go,’ your check will be deposited and the trip’s cancellation policywill take effect (see below). The rest of the trip fee will be due by July 4, 2022.Karen Barsanti, Leader:Karen is a member of the NH Chapter and hasled trips for over 15 years for NH Excursions,NH Family Group, August Camp, andAdventure Travel.She is certified by Wilderness MedicalAssociates International in Wilderness FirstAid, AED, and CPR. She is a past Chair of theNH Chapter and currently serves as Secretaryof Adventure Travel.Karen looks forward to hiking throughTuscany with fellow Adventure Travelers.Contact: [email protected] Tour of Tuscany9 of 14

Required Gear:Passport and Medical Insurance CardBackpack (20-25 liters) with waterproof pack cover2 one-liter water bottles or hydration systemPersonal first aid kit with head lampWaterproof packable jacket and pantsLightweight Wool or Polartec hat, gloves, and topWaterproof hiking bootsHiking socks, shorts, pants, tees, and long sleeve topsSun protection: wide-brim hat, sunglasses, lotion, and lip balmLeisure clothes for travel and hotelPersonal toiletriesOptional Recommendations:Hiking poles (must be in checked bag)Gaiters (for pebbles and dust, not for snow)CameraBinocularsEar plugsSmall knife (must be in checked bag)CompassExtra shoelacesZipper closure plastic bags for packing lunches and snacksReading material for breaks in the actionLuggage locksHiking Tour of Tuscany10 of 14

Adventure Travel Terms, Conditions, and General InformationWelcome to Adventure Travel with the Appalachian Mountain Club. AMC Adventure Travel offersdomestic and international trips throughout the year. Experienced volunteer