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Tuscan spa offers walking, biking, wellness

Soothing waters await guests of the Adler-Thermae. Photo courtesy Adler Spa Resorts

Imagine yourself hiking around the rolling hills and the charming old-world villages and vineyards of the Italian heartland. Or bicycling through all this on countryside trails straight off the travel posters. And at the end of the day, jumping into a thermal bath, then hopping on a massage table (perhaps for a “Bacchus Ritual” treatment with wine and red grapes). And then topping everything off with a five-course gourmet dinner.

“There's no better way to see and breath in the Tuscan countryside,” execs of the Adler-Thermae Spa say of their walking and biking tours. “Each day there is a new itinerary and adventure exploring the small villages and back roads.”

Located in Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in central Italy, the 90-room Adler-Thermae is surrounded by gardens right out of those gorgeous Renaissance paintings of the Tuscan countryside. The property shares the thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni, an ancient village some 50 miles south of Florence.

Both the walking and biking tours are accompanied by professional guides. Among various deals, a “Cycling Special” offers daily guided tours on different trails (except Thursdays and Sundays), unlimited use of the spa (including thermal pools, saunas, a Turkish bath and many other stress-fighters), a fitness area (including Yoga, Pilates and water classes), luxury half-board (including daily breakfast buffet, afternoon snack buffet and gourmet dinner) and much more.

Cost of the “Cycling Special” is about US$985 per person and includes a three-night stay for Sunday arrivals at the Adler-Thermae in a double room superior.

A special deal for walkers with all the goodies, also for a three-night stay, is offered at the same price as the cycling package, but for arrivals on Thursdays and Sundays.

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