TUSCANY

8 day Escorted Tour Under the Tuscan sun… Tuscany, the home of eminent people like Giacomo Puccini and Leonardo da Vinci; Tuscany impresses all our senses: mouth, nose, ears, and even the stomach: Perhaps with a portion of spaghetti al pesto and a classic Chianti? As a cyclist, you will get many opportunities to perceive […]

8 day Escorted Tour

Under the Tuscan sun…

Tuscany, the home of eminent people like Giacomo Puccini and Leonardo da Vinci; Tuscany impresses all our senses: mouth, nose, ears, and even the stomach: Perhaps with a portion of spaghetti al pesto and a classic Chianti? As a cyclist, you will get many opportunities to perceive the full scale of impressions, colors, shapes, and sounds in this region: the elegance of magnificent castles, the use of forms in the stylish villas, surrounded by the silvery green of the olive groves and the purple of the lilies. Visit Florence, “la bella” – the beautiful one, Siena, Vinci, and Pisa and enjoy the solitude of the wide hills while cycling on quiet roads.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Montecatini Terme

Take your car or the train to Florence and on to Montecatini Terme. In the hotel, you will first get detailed information on the tour and your bikes. Afterwards, we recommend taking a walk in the spa park or taking the historical rack railway train to Montecatini Alto.

Day 2

Vinci approx. 55 km

At the beginning of your tour, you will cycle through the vast plains of the valley Valdenievole, which is characterized by a lot of agriculture. You will continue through the first Tuscan villages, through olive groves to Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo. We recommend visiting the museum in the castle since it is home to one of the largest and most original collections of machines and models of the inventor. Then, you will take quiet roads back to Montecatini Terme.

Day 3

 Montecatini Terme – Pisa approx. 50-70 km

On your way to Lucca, you will pass the small, medieval wine town of Monte Carlo, where one of the few white wines of Tuscany flourishes. (Alternatively, you can take the train to Lucca). A bike ride on the historic city walls offers magnificent views of churches and towers that rise above the countless roofs of the city. Afterwards, you will continue to Lake Massacciuccoli (also called Lake of Giacomo Puccini) with stunning views of the sea and Pisa.

Day 4

Pisa – Casciana Terme approx. 40 km

First, the bike path leads you along the river Arno. Many fertile fields line your way and you will continue your tour through the Pisan hills, on whose gentle slopes sweet wines, olives, and juicy peaches grow. You will see small medieval villages located on the hilltops and soon you will have reached your today’s destination, the spa town Casciana Terme.

Day 5

Casciana Terme – San Gimignano approx. 55 km

Today, you will cycle on beautiful trails through vineyards and rolling hills to San Gimignano. On your way, you will see images of the original Tuscany as they have been painted many times. Just before you reach today’s destination, the silhouettes of the famous medieval towers appear in front of you. Each aristocratic family once had their own tower here – and these towers still dominate the townscape.

Day 6

San Gimignano – Siena approx. 45 km

The beautiful Tuscan landscape on today‘s stage makes you forget the small climbs on the route. Once you reach the small fortified village of Monteriggioni, you will feel as if you were in the Middle Ages. Today’s highlight undoubtedly is the architectonic paradise of Siena.

Day 7

Siena – Florence approx. 50 km

The tour takes you into the midst of the wide Chianti region. Only here the world-renowned “Chianti Classico” wine, which is much respected among wine connoisseurs, is grown. The charming wine village of Castellina is on your way to Greve. Thanks to its famous wine and olive production, it is called the capital of the Chianti region. From here you will get back to Florence by bus.

Day 8

Florence/departure

Take your time to visit Florence, the capital of Tuscany, with the nickname “la bella”, the beautiful one.

Afterwards: individual departure, extension of your trip, or combination with the tours “Venice-Florence” and “Florence-Rome”. 

 

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 major airports are Pisa and Florence. Regular bus and train service is available to Montecatini Terme.

 

Schedule & Price

Departure Dates

May 17, 24 June 7, 14 September 6, 13

Price per person, double occ CAD $1835
Single room surcharge $370
 Optional Electro bike $140

 

This tour includes:

• 7 nights accommodation in a selection of very good 3 and 4 star hotels, all with air-conditioning and private bathrooms. Some with a swimming pool.
• buffet breakfasts
• five x 3-course dinners each day either in the hotel restaurant or local trattorias
• luggage transfers as required
• company of a trained multilingual tour guide
• support minibus during the entire tour
• hybrid bicycle with 21 gears and pannier
• sightseeing tours in Lucca, San Gimiignano, Pisa, Florence and Siena
• all transfers (bus, train) according to the itinerary
• all admissions and guided tours according to the itinerary

Not included:

Any local hotel taxes, approx 3 euro per night