Italy
Adults from: £525
Children from: £465
Caving Self-Drive
Brochure code: 4008

What's included...

  • Group size: Minimum 4; Maximum 16 (approximately)
  • Self drive
  • 7 nights apartment accommodation
  • Welcome pack, 3 dinners
  • Activities (according to those selected at the time of booking): rock climbing, cave and cascade adventure, canyoning, cycling (order subject to change)
  • All equipment, tuition and supervision from our fully qualified instructors
  • Services of our representative or local guide

Book NOW and SAVE £50pp on this holiday!
Be quick as this special offer is only valid for the first family to book on each departure date. T&Cs apply, please note the maximum number of family members to receive this discount will be six.

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There are so many good things about this area of Italy that we simply can’t choose our favourite aspect of this holiday: the completely unique accommodation, your professional and incredibly friendly host Simone, the delicious Tuscan cuisine served in the local restaurants in Vinci, the exciting range and beautiful settings of the activities, the close vicinity to Lucca, Florence and Pisa for visits during your free day and finally the outdoor swimming pool with the best view in the world... just to name a few.

We take full advantage of the Tuscan landscape here with your activities including rock climbing, orienteering, canyoning, an introduction to caving and cycling through the countryside. We also tap into the local knowledge here to host a highly successful pizza making night and wine tasting for the grown-ups!

 

Suitable for

Families with children aged 9 years and over (please note that this does not preclude younger children but participation in the activities will be at the discretion of our instructors).

14th Century Tuscan Farmhouse

Your accommodation for this week in Tuscany is a beautiful 14th Century farmhouse built in the traditional Tuscan style. The farmhouse has been lovingly renovated by your host Simone into several independent apartments. These are all different in design, but all have a fully equipped kitchen, living room with satellite TV and phone.

There is seating around the gardens of the farmhouse and an outdoor swimming pool. There is also an outside BBQ area and pizza oven which guests are welcome to use to cook their food. 

The farmhouse is set amongst the rolling Tuscan hills, just 700 metres from the birth place of Leonardo Da Vinci and a few miles outside the town of Vinci itself. Set in 60 acres of fields and woods it offers amazing views towards Lucca and the coast which you can also enjoy from the terrace and the swimming pool.

Please note: The layout of each apartment is different and we will endeavour to accommodate your family in the most appropriate for your needs but places are limited and we recommend booking as early as possible.


Saturday: Arrival and welcome
You are welcome to arrive at the apartments any time after 2pm and you are free to settle in and enjoy the swimming pool before a welcome meal this evening.

Sunday: Welcome to Tuscany
We have left today free for you to either relax around the wonderful swimming pool for the beginning of your holiday or visit one of Italy’s historic cities such as Florence or Pisa which are both around an hour’s drive from Vinci. Your host Simone will be happy to help you decide.

Monday: Rock climbing
There are two possible sites for rock climbing and Simone will choose the most suitable depending on the group’s ability and the weather. All equipment is provided and the group will take it in turns to climb with the guides’ assistance and encouragement helping along the way.

This afternoon we suggest driving to the nearby towns of Volterra or Lucca. Both cities have a rich and fascinating history and we highly recommend a visit.

Tuesday: Cave and cascade adventure
This is the only destination where we are able to feature caving and it’s one of the highlights of your week here. You will walk, climb and abseil into the heart of Tuscany in the La Tana Che Urla caves. Along the route you will discover two underground waterfalls.

On the way back to the farmhouse you will stop to sample one of the most famous attractions in Tuscany – the local ice cream is beyond superb!!

Wednesday: Free day
The choice is yours today. Head off and explore one of the nearby cities by car or train, relax by the pool or ask your host about some additional activities which can be booked locally. That is of course if you are able to tear yourself away from one of the best placed swimming pools we have ever come across, the views are incredible!

Thursday: Canyoning
This is a wonderful family friendly canyon with some jumps, slides and abseils. There is always an easier option if you don’t fancy the larger jumps but nothing beats the exciting rush when you challenge yourself and conquer an obstacle. There’s also a great sense of pride in watching your family members do the same.

Friday: Cycling
Many holidays are set up in this part of the world simply for the fantastic cycling options available. This is a wonderful final activity and allows you to explore the beautiful scenery of Tuscany, off the beaten track. 

This evening you will enjoy your most delicious activity – pizza making! Everyone will choose their own choice of topping before cooking it in the traditional outdoor oven. Then comes the best part - the tasting... Buon Appetito!

Saturday: Depart or extend your stay
It’s time to leave Tuscany and either extend your holiday or start your journey home.

Available  Limited places  On request 
 
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
  Number of Activities  
depart 0 1 2 3 4 availability
19/07/2014 £525 £600 £675 £750 £825
02/08/2014 £525 £600 £675 £750 £825
16/08/2014 £525 £600 £675 £750 £825


children (9 to 14) price per person based on sharing with 2 adults
  Number of Activities  
depart 0 1 2 3 4 availability
19/07/2014 £465 £530 £600 £670 £740
02/08/2014 £465 £530 £600 £670 £740
16/08/2014 £465 £530 £600 £670 £740


Supplements :
Name Adult Child (9 - 14)
1 adult sharing an apartment with 1 or 2 children (per family per week) £50 -
N.B. Prices in brackets denote a price deduction.

Pricing Notes

Minimum numbers: This holiday requires a minimum of four participants to operate. If your chosen departure date does not reach the minimum numbers required to operate then you will be informed no later than nine weeks prior to departure

Pricing: Price is based on minimum 2 adults (15 and over) and 1 child (9-14) sharing an apartment.

Getting there

This is a self-drive holiday and clients will require a car during their stay. If you prefer to fly to Italy we can arrange flights and car hire on your behalf.

If you decide to drive from the UK the estimated round trip fuel cost from London to Tuscany is £390. The estimated cost for the return ferry crossing is £70.

Our base for this wonderful family activity holiday is in Tuscany steeped in local traditions, culture and is just 700m from the birth place of Leonardo Da Vinci and the stunning town of Vinci.

The 14th century farmhouse we use as our accommodation has been lovingly transformed into apartments as part of an Agriturismo project whilst still retaining a genuine Tuscan 'feel'. Accommodation is strictly limited in the area which allows careful management of tourism in terms of numbers.

Our local partner Simone is pioneering the development of the local economy through tourism and by only working with companies who share his policies on the environment and cultural preservation.

Throughout the week guests are encouraged to try the local flavours. Through pizza making lessons, olive oil tasting and Italian cookery lessons families will learn about the fantastic local dishes and help to preserve the traditional recipes.

Guests are encouraged to interact with the local community and use the local shops to purchase produce throughout the week. The purchasing of local products spreads the benefits of tourism throughout the wider community.

Alistair Mclean - Activities Abroad
Our Opinion

“I first visited Simone at his farmhouse in 1998 and have been back four times with my family. You get to see some amazing parts of the world in my job but this farmhouse has a very special place in my heart. It’s a hard place to leave!

The freedom of having your own car opens up so many options from the beautiful coast to a choice of wonderful hill top towns and Renaissance cities.”  Ali Mclean

Our Customers' Feedback

My husband and I have just returned from a fabulous holiday in Tuscany staying at the idyllic Casa Carbonaia with Activities Abroad. We met 2 lovely families whilst there both families having also booked their activity holiday with Activities Abroad. The accommodation was very comfortable and set among the Tuscan hills with views down the valley looking onto the historic town of Vinci.  Whilst there we hired mountain bikes from our host Simone and enjoyed a number of days cycling up and down the valley riding alongside Italian cyclists.  Simone was great, giving advice about where to go and eat and offering useful tips to enable us to make the most of our stay. A wonderful holiday would recommend to both couples and families and hopefully we will return.
christine eddy - Aug 10

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