A TASTE OF CHIANTI

8 day Independent Tour No other Italian region attracts more travellers from all over the world than Tuscany. Delightful countryside, excellent cuisine and masterpieces of art history make this trip an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the gentle magic of this region and its scenic beauty. The mild Tuscany climate in spring and autumn is ideal for […]

8 day Independent Tour

No other Italian region attracts more travellers from all over the world than Tuscany. Delightful countryside, excellent cuisine and masterpieces of art history make this trip an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the gentle magic of this region and its scenic beauty. The mild Tuscany climate in spring and autumn is ideal for a cycling vacation.

This economical tour is a wonderful way for budget minded travellers to discover the beauty of the Chianti region. The countless palazzos, triumphal arches, mosaics and frescoes now serve as signposts for the cycle route taking you into the breathtaking beauty of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano.

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Day 1

Siena.

Arrival. 

Day 2

Siena –Radda in Chianti (43 km).

From Siena you start to head north towards the beautiful village of Radda in Chianti. The remains of its ancient walls testimony the historical significance that this town had in the competition between Florence and Siena. 

Day 3

Radda in Chianti–Greve (40 km).

Today the route brings you to Greve over the rounded Tuscan hills with beautiful views.

Day 4

Greve –Florence (38 km).

Florence, capital of the region of Tuscany, spreads on the banks of the Arno, between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas, almost in the middle of the Italian peninsula. Two of the many artists associated with Florence are Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Day 5

Florence.

A full day to spend visiting Florence. The city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and was long ruled by the Medici family. Florence is also famous for its magnificent art and architecture.

Day 6

Florence –Colle Val D’Elsa (40 km by train + 27 km).

In the morning a short train transfer will bring you to Certaldo. From here you will then cycle further up to Colle Val D’Elsa. 

Day 7

Colle Val D’Elsa –Siena (37 km).

From Colle Val d’Elsa you will cycle to the beautiful town of Siena, which is not only one of the most fascinating towns in Tuscany but is also in a particularly beautiful position, with lovely environs.

Day 8

Siena.

Departure. 

Rating: Moderate to Challenging

Many of these routes are quite heavy going, with sloping landscapes dotted with steeper inclines, but not overwhelmingly so. Average daily distance is about 40 kilometres. Though the daily routes are not too long, they can be strenuous, so we do recommend being in reasonably good physical condition for this tour.

Airport / Transfers

The nearest airports are Pisa and Florence. Regular bus and train service is available from both airports to Siena, where your tour starts.

 

Schedule & Price

DATES

Every Saturday from mid-April to end-September
Any date can be organised for a minimum group of 6 persons!

Price per person, double occ CAD $1255
Single room surcharge $350
Optional 6 x 3-course dinner plan $300

 

This tour includes:

• accommodation in very nice family run hotels, b & b or agriturismo. All are rated 2 or 3 star, all rooms with private facilities
• buffet breakfasts
• luggage transport
• tour information at your first hotel by our local representative
• hybrid bicycle with 27 gears and pannier
• maps & road guide book
• 7 day service helpline

 

Notes:
– all major Italian cities are charging a hotel tax of approx 3 euro per person/day. This must be paid locally.
– the cost of the train transfer from Florence to Certaldo is not included
in the tour price (approx. 50 min. – 7,00 € per person + bike).
– there is a tour option possible with just one night in Florence, visiting the town of Tavarnelle. Deduct $70 for this option.