4-12 May 2024
Paid in instalments
The Difference You'll Make
1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and over 700 of those men die from prostate cancer each year.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand is committed to being the voice of all men living with prostate cancer by representing their interests (and those of their families) to government, health, and medical agencies to improve standards of prostate cancer prevention, treatment and care in New Zealand, for both current and future generations.
All funds raised from this trek will help us provide support, education and advocacy, and fund research, to improve standards of care and achieve better health outcomes. Because Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ’s vision is to significantly reduce and ultimately end suffering and death from prostate cancer.
With no direct government funding, we can only do this work through the generosity of donors and the efforts of fundraisers, and this trek will play a huge role in that this year.
With the generous support of caring Kiwis like you who share our vision, we have been able to implement programmes that have made a vital difference to the way men are diagnosed, treated and supported through their experience of prostate cancer in Aotearoa New Zealand.
We need you!
How it works
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Make a difference
Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.
You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.
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Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.
DAY 1: SATURDAY 4 MAY 2024
The adventure-of-a-lifetime begins today as you touch down in Florence, Italy! Upon arrival at Amerigo Vespucci Airport, you will make your own way to your hotel. In the evening, we will meet for our first team dinner and briefing.
DAY 2: SUNDAY 5 MAY 2024
Florence – Lucca
This morning we wake to the beautiful sights and sounds of Florence. After breakfast, we will transfer by private vehicle to the charming town of Lucca. While your luggage is transferred to the hotel, you are dropped at the city gate to enjoy the walk through the streets of Lucca to your accommodation. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore this marvelous city before we meet for dinner.
Transfer time: 1.5 hours total
Meals: B D
DAY 3: MONDAY 6 MAY 2024
Lucca – San Miniato
After breakfast, we visit the main sights of this picture book Tuscan town. Marvel at the imposing Renaissance walls, cobbled streets and beautiful piazzas of Lucca. In the afternoon, we head out for a walking tour to the famous Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, an originally oval-shaped piazza, Lucca’s monumental City Wall built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the church of St Michael and the shopping and café areas in the old town. After the city tour, we transfer by private vehicle to San Miniato, the starting point for our first day of walking tomorrow. With its beguiling medieval lure, San Miniato is your quintessential Italian dream. From stunning palaces and churches to delectable food and wine, San Miniato will lure you in with its eclectic and effervescent nature. The rest of the day is free at leisure, so why not train for your impending hike with a hike up to Torre di Frederico II? San Miniato is famous for this medieval fortress tower, with the panoramic view at the top a true sight to behold.
Transfer time: 1 hour
DAY 4: TUESDAY 7 MAY 2024
San Miniato to Gambassi Terme
Today we rise early, excited for our first day of hiking. We begin by walking a section on the Via Francigena, which follows a stunning trail through oak and chestnut woods, olive groves and vineyards. The trail is mostly an off-road track that follows a path over small rolling hills – a quintessential Tuscan landscape! En route, we pass the quaint town of Chianni, where we may stop to visit its beautiful church. We then climb 300 metres up to Gambassi Terme, a hilltop town best known for its spa and hot springs, as well as glass manufacturing. Upon arrival, we will check-into our hotel before joining for a group meal.
Trekking Distance: 18-23km
Meals: B L D
DAY 5: WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2024
Gambassi Terme to San Gimignanot
This morning after breakfast, we begin our walk descending from Gambassi Terme before reaching another steady climb. Today’s route features many undulating paths, however, the stunning scenery as we walk past the world-famous Chianti vineyards certainly makes up for it. We trek until we reach San Gimignano, an enchanting UNESCO-listed medieval town and our home for the night.
Trekking Distance: 14km
Meals: B L
DAY 6: THURSDAY 9 MAY 2024
San Gimignano to Colle di Val d’Elsa
Today we bid farewell to San Gimignano as our trek out of the town takes us through olive groves and cypress avenues up to the village of Montecchio. We continue to trek against the ethereal Italian landscape until we reach Colle Val d’Elsa, where you can enjoy a glass of Chianti in the central piazza.
Trekking Distance: 13km
Meals: B L D
DAY 7: FRIDAY 10 MAY 2024
Colle di Val d’Elsa to Monteriggioni
This morning after breakfast, we head off from the piazza in Colle di Val d’Elsa, our route today taking us along tree-lined roads, before descending to Castel Pietraio and then up to the densely forested hill of Montagnole. Our path along the Via Francigena takes us up to the unique hilltop village of Monteriggioni, famous for the medieval wall that encompasses the town.
Trekking Distance: 13km
Meals: B L D
DAY 8: SATURDAY 11 MAY 2024
Monteriggioni to Siena
Today we leave Monteriggioni for our final day of trekking and make our way towards Siena. Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited cities in Italy, and for a good reason. It is world-famous for its art, medieval architecture, museums and cuisine and a stunning location to celebrate the end of our adventure together. Tonight, we will gather for our final group dinner to celebrate the friendships we have made and all that we have accomplished.
Trekking Distance: 19-23km
Meals: B L D
DAY 9: SUNDAY 12 MAY 2024
Today after breakfast we bid goodbye to this adventure. After breakfast make your own way to the airport for your flight home.
Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation based on twin share • English speaking guides • Meals as per itinerary • Tour of Lucca • Water on trekking days
Doesn’t include: Flights • Airport transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • Compulsory city tax • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities
PLEASE NOTE: 2 pieces of luggage are included in the travel cost (max 20kg). If you have more than 1 piece of luggage, you will be charged 20€ per piece of extra luggage per day for transportation.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Enjoy the beguiling medieval allure of San Miniato famous for its palaces, churches, and a fortress tower with a panoramic view
- Admire incredible sunsets with a plate of local gourmet cuisines of the finest ingredients
- Visit Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited cities in Italy
- Trek knowing that you’re providing life-changing assistance to those experiencing Prostate Cancer
Frequently asked questions
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About the adventure
How challenging is this adventure?
This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Tuscany trek is a physical challenge, involving trekking approximately 86 kilometres over 5 days. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience.
You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks.
How many people will be on my adventure?
We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.
Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?
Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.
What is the general age range of participants?
The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.
Who is Inspired Adventures?
The Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 17 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 7,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $44 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and The Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.
Fitness and training
How do I train for this adventure?
We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.
As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day.
It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.
What is the accommodation like?
Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3 star hotels and country cottages. Some of the hotels, particularly in small towns, are older buildings and may not have amenities like lifts. Hotels and cottages will have modern and clean amenities with toilet paper provided.
Will I be sharing accommodation?
Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?
Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.
What to expect
I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?
Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.
What happens if there is a medical emergency?
Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.
How do I fundraise?
Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.
What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target?
It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined.
By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.
I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together?
Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.
Will the funds raised go directly to The Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ?
Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
The funds raised for Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ are tax-deductible (conditions apply).
Payments, Cancellations and Refunds
How much does it cost to participate in this adventure?
The total cost to participate in this adventure is $4,493 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).
In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,500 (per person) for Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ.
What happens if I need to cancel?
If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.
Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.
Travel insurance and visas
Do I need to have insurance?
Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.
Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?
Australian passport holders do not require a visa to enter Italy. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.
All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.
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