L’Eroica & Tuscany Cycling Tour
Enjoy the beauty and heritage of cycling
Vintage steel frame bikes with downtube shifters and toe-clips, woollen jerseys, leather shoes and white gravel roads, this will become your favourite ride of the year.
From unforgiving climbs that test both body and mind to the mystical feel of candle lit paths, traditional bowls of ribollita soup and Chianti wine at rest stops, L’Eroica is a ride like no other. It is a truly unique and special event celebrating the golden years of cycling and has become renowned worldwide for its festive spirit and captivating emotion.
Join us for a week on our L’Eroica cycling tour that combines all the best that L’Eroica, cycling and Tuscany has to offer. Expect amazing days on the bike with picturesque landscapes, long lunches and leisurely dinners where true artisans share with you their passion for the simplicity and seasonality of Tuscan cuisine.
Rediscover a taste for adventure with us at L’Eroica, Gaiole in Chianti, Italy and lose yourself in the beauty that is Tuscany.
L’Eroica Cycling Tour Ride Itinerary
Welcome to L’Eroica & Tuscany
Arriving to Gaiole in Chianti, the home of L’Eroica, 6 days before the ride – you’ll have plenty of time to acclimatise, prepare the legs and soak up the atmosphere as the momentum builds in the days leading up to the event – you’ll be right amongst the action as the L’Eroica Festival starts to roll in to town from Thursday, featuring the best ‘antique/vintage’ cycling market you’ll ever see and a carnival atmosphere with cyclists arriving from all over the world – the lead up days are not to be missed!
You’ll enjoy daily rides through the superb Chianti hills and the Tuscan countryside, culminating in the ride of a lifetime – L’Eroica. We’ll do a different ride each day, exploring some of the most spectacular areas of Chianti, and other parts of Tuscany including the rolling hills around Siena, the Crete Senesi, the famous Strade Blanche and more, all preparing you for L’Eroica.
Pricing & Dates
$5495.00 per person twin share / Maximum 12 guests
|30th September – 7th October 2019 – SOLD OUT||$1,995 (deposit)|
|28th September – 5th October 2020||$1,995 (deposit)|
Start Location & Details
City: Florence, Italy
Drop Off Location: Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Drop Off Time: 11:00am
Finish Location & Details
City: Florence, Italy
Drop Off Location: Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Drop Off Time: 11:30am
Inclusions & Details
Accommodation & Meals
- 7 nights accommodation, twin share with your own private bathroom.
- Single occupancy available. Talk to us when booking.
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners at a range of our favourite restaurants, osteria’s and home cooked locations, including nightly aperitivo hour and local wines and beers at each dinner.
- Professional bilingual ride guides with extensive cycling experience, local knowledge and first aid experience, ensuring your riding experiences are truly local and take in many of the undiscovered back roads and rolling hills of this spectacular and diverse region.
- Unique routes, available on GPS provided as part of the tour.
- Support van on daily rides, with mechanical support and your safety as our priority.
- Nutritious energy snacks and hydration are provided
Transfers & Activities
- All transfers / transportation from pick up to drop off, including baggage and bike transportation.
- Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the detailed tour itinerary.
- Entrance fees to sites, museums and all other non riding activities.
- 2 piece, Italian made A’QTO Cycling Kit including jersey and bib shorts.
- Musette and cap to match your kit.
- Laundry for your cycling clothing.
- Bike hire.
- Travel insurance.
While airfare, bike hire, travel insurance and massages are not included in the Tour cost, they can be fully arranged for you. Talk to us when booking.
Have more questions about our L’Eroica Cycling Tour?
See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.
Bike Hire & Gear
Full Carbon Road Bikes
You can choose to hire a Pinarello, Bianchi or Formigli bike with either Campagnolo or Shimano groupsets.
Vintage Steel Bikes
Need a beautifil pre-87 steel machine with downtube shifters? We partner with Roberto, a Tuscan local with a large supply of cycling history. These bikes are not your old “clunkers”……think Raleigh Team Issue, Guerciotti and Cinelli with full campy. You’ll want to take it home with you.
An easy to use GPS is provided for your use for the duration of the tour with our daily rides pre installed.
Enjoy our beautiful hilltop villa within walking distance to Gaiole’s piazza and L’Eroica’s world famous vintage bike market. Perched on a hill overlooking Gaiole and with stunning views across the rolling hills, there is no better place to be than at our family run B&B which we have selected for your 7 night stay. You’ll be right amongst the action of the L’Eroica Festival, while also feeling relaxed and away from it all as the Villa grounds, infinity pool and views take in the spectacular Tuscan countryside.
Food & Wine
Enjoy with us the very best food and wine experience of Chianti. For centuries, the wholesome elements of the earth and sun have determined the flavours of the region. World famous wines from a terroir that is among the most important in the world, to olive oils made with ancient rural wisdom and paired with dishes created from simple, fresh produce of the land.
We will enjoy a richly diverse food and wine journey which includes home cooked meals with our hosts where beautiful Autumn produce combines with traditional cooking methods and hospitality that is second to none, to long Tuscan lunches and beautifully prepared meals in our favourite local osterias and restaurants that capture the very essence of Chianti’s open and warm ‘cucina povera’ character.
L’EROICA WAS THE HIGHLIGHT
It’s easy to make it all about the riding and what comes with it, but there was just so much that was arranged for our group in the way of eating, drinking and sight-seeing that it all just blurred into this wonderful trip. For us, it was everything we had hoped for, the place, the people, the culture, the food and wine and, of course, the riding.
A WEEK OF A LIFE TIME!!
From the initial meeting months before the trip and the update emails, anticipation was growing for our time at L’Eroica. You must experience this ride to fully understand the joy and emotion felt by all. Every experience was better than expected. The quality of the food, restaurants and tours, together with the local knowledge of Damian and Nancy was impeccable.
L’EROICA: THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
WOW!!!!!!What a week you organised for us in Tuscany. This is what we loved so much; Your attitude to making sure we enjoyed every moment. The fellow participants were great company. The research you put into choosing the best B&B we have ever stayed at. The restaurants you chose all offered not only first class food but stunning locations as well. The excellent bikes that we hired (I’ve never been on such a fast descending bike)
Making sure that Lyn as a non rider also had a fantastic experience. Thank you both so much for the experience of a lifetime.
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TRIP & A’QTO TO ANYONE
Just wanted to say thanks for a brilliant time during L’Eroica. Everything from the accommodation and its location, the cycling in the lead up, the food and experiences during the week, the L’Eroica ride and the group of people I got to share this with were exceptional.
THIS WAS THE BEST
We went on the 2018 L’Eroica Tour followed by a self guided cycling tour to Rome— both organised by A’qto. We could not have been happier. We have been on 4 other guided bike rides with different organisations, all of which have been good but this was the best. Warmth, great hospitality and attention to detail!