TUSCANY – Single Hotel Based

8 day Independent Tour Join us in Italys most beloved landscape, where the extraordinary beauty of daily life never fails to amaze! You’ll bike your way up and down hills sampling epic wines and pici con fungi, thoroughly enjoying your week on a bicycle under the Tuscan sun. A bike trip in Tuscany is a […]

8 day Independent Tour

Join us in Italys most beloved landscape, where the extraordinary beauty of daily life never fails to amaze! You’ll bike your way up and down hills sampling epic wines and pici con fungi, thoroughly enjoying your week on a bicycle under the Tuscan sun.
A bike trip in Tuscany is a cyclist’s dream trip, and you will learn this very quickly! Spend a week with us biking in the land of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Experience the Renaissance treasures of Siena, Etruscan ruins, medieval walled villages, and magnificent views, all with a splash of Tuscany wine. The bright and warm sun, meshed with superb history, rustic cuisine, and breathtaking views, makes biking in Tuscany a trip of a lifetime.

 

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Individual journey to Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme is one of the most important health resorts of Italy. The healing properties of the water were known to the ancient Romans, and such luminaries as Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi “took their waters” there. Apart from a visit of splendid “Terme Tettuccio” you can take the cable car up to historic town centre of Montecatini Alto. Enjoy a marvellous view of the entire valley “Val’di Nievole” and the summits of the Apennines. Sip a glass of wine on medieval “Piazza Giusti” and look forward to the coming days.

Day 2

Excursion to the valley of Val di Nievole approx. 40 km

You start your first tour on beautiful paths that lead you through olive groves into the charming village of Serravalle. Enjoy the beautiful view into the valley after you have managed some short climbs. Afterwards you cycle downhill back to Montecatini Terme where you will pass the historic village of Montecatini Alto on your way. 

Day 3

Excursion to the Monti Pisani and to the Sea approx. 50 km

Our transfer will bring you to the top of mountain Monte Pisano (900 m above sea level). You will have an impressive panorama towards Pisa and the sea while you are starting your tour with a long descent to the valley. Afterwards you cycle along a Latin viaduct to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and through the nature park “Macchia Lucchese” until you reach Viareggio. By train back to Montecatini Terme.

Day 4

Excursion to Florence by train

The capital of Tuscany awaits you with its palaces, churches, museums and art treasures of the Renaissance. Of course if you wish you can relax in the hotel spa on this day too… 

Day 5

Excursion to San Gimignano approx. 55 km

Our transfer brings you to Casciana Terme. Your tour leads you through vineyards and on beautiful paths to San Gimignano. Enjoy the typical landscape of Tuscany. Before you reach your destination you can see the silhouette of the world famous medieval towers. By transfer back to your hotel. 

Day 6

Excursion to Vinci, approx 55km

Explore Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace on this full day, round trip bike ride through the valleys and hills of Tuscany. 

Day 7

 Excursion to Lucca approx. 40 km

The first town to pass today is little medieval wine-grower town Montecarlo. A name for wine connoisseurs deriving from Emperor Carl IV who stayed here sometimes. The excellent wine of Montecarlo was appreciated at many royal courts in Europe. Along the wine street “Colline Luccesi e Montecarlo” past Villa Torrigiani to Lucca. By train back to your hotel.

Day 8

Departure this morning. 

Your Hotel

Grand Hotel Croce di Malta 4****

Luxury hotel located just a few steps away from the spa gardens and the centre of Montecatini Terme. The villa offers every comfort you may expect after a beautiful cycling day. You’ll feel comfortable everywhere: in the spacious rooms with balcony, also in the elegant hotel lobby, the cosy bar or on the sunny patio. You may use the magnificent pool with whirlpool, a modern fitness area and the excellent restaurant.

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Rating: Easy to Moderate

Tuscany has a dreamlike but also hilly landscape. The country roads and bicycle lanes are quiet however you sometimes have to make do with heavier traffic on entering or leaving a town.
A good level of fitness and cycling experience is required for this tour.

Airport / Transfers

The nearest airports are Pisa and Florence. Regular bus and train service is available from both airports to Montecatini.

 

Schedule & Price

Departure DATES 2014
Tour departs every Saturday from mid-April to mid-October

Price per person, double occ CAD $1010
Single room surcharge $175
Surcharge for departures from: May 4 to Jun 7, and Jul 5 to Aug 30 $75
Surcharge for departures from: Jun 8 to Jul 5, and Aug 31 to Sep 27 $150
Half-board option – 6 x 3-course dinners $275
Optional Electro Bike  $140

 

This tour includes:

• accommodation at the luxurious Grand Hotel Croce di Malta in a Comfort room with a balcony
• buffet breakfasts
• use of all hotel luxuries and services
• tour information at your hotel by our representative
• hybrid bicycle with 21 gears and pannier
• maps & road guide book
• 7 day service helpline

Not Included:
Local hotel tax of approx 15 euro