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Tuscany Cycling Tour

A land of elegance, beauty and dreams

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Tour Overview

Tuscany a land of beauty, elegance and dreams. Where the colours of the landscape and the flavours of the traditional cuisine change with the seasons, and the slow rhythm of life is felt with each encounter, ride and meal.

To the cyclist who ventures into this world, it is heaven. Urged by a sense of adventure and the discovery of magnificent views at every turn, you can expect long, warm days on the bike surrounded by incredible panoramic views of rolling hills, olive groves, vineyards and medieval hilltop towns, all while embracing the winding roads, challenging climbs and exhilarating descents.

Rediscover your taste for adventure as you pedal along quiet country roads and cobblestoned streets, enjoying the history, culture and of course the cuisine of this spectacular region.

Tuscany is where our journey began and a place we invite you to share with us as we create a truly authentic experience of our favourite areas to ride and eat in this ancient land, where the art of living is represented through tradition, generosity and talent.

Come ride, eat and drink like a Tuscan. You’re in for an unforgettable adventure.

Ride Itinerary

Welcome to Tuscany

You’ll enjoy daily rides through the superb Tuscan countryside, taking in the densely forested hills of Chianti, the open rolling hills of the Val d’Orcia and the magical countryside of the San Gimignano province. Post ride, we’ll enjoy free time in the mid to late afternoons, making the most of the stunning places we stay.

Following our welcome lunch, today’s ride to San Gusme is the perfect introduction to Chianti with the idyllic rolling hills striped with vineyards and backed by dense wooded forests and the little villages that dot the landscape.

Highlight: The picturesque hamlet of San Gusme
Distance: 50km
Elevation: 890m

It’s time for you to explore the sensational cypress lined backroads of Chianti made famous by its wine, with beautiful winding descents and climbs with incredible panoramic views.

Highlight: The winding descent from Radda in Chianti
Distance: 70km
Elevation: 1010m

Today you explore the beauty and challenge of the Chianti hills, with the ride including more sustained climbing with 5 distinct climbs as we travese through some of the most iconic vlilages between Siena and Florence.

Highlight: The free flowing descents that follow the 5 climbs.
Distance: 70km
Elevation: 1530m

Today you track south along part of the permanent L’Eroica route on your way to the campo in the centre of Siena. We’ll have a coffee and take in the view before we roll into the amazing landscape of the Crete Senesi, Asciano and then on to our hilltop villa.

Highlight: The dry clay hills and spare lunar-like landscape of the Crete Senesi
Distance: 85km
Elevation: 1420m

Today is a bit of a ‘rest day’ on the bike as the group heads out on a traditional coffee shop ride after a leisurely start before our long Tuscan lunch later in the day. Expect rolling hills and a undulating landscape that is speckled with small groves of trees and sliced by a maze of narrow country roads

Highlight: Grain covered open rolling hills of the Val d’Orcia
Distance: 40km
Elevation: 570m

Today’s ride will take in three distinct climbs as you get to see first hand the truly majestic Val d’Orcia that was included as a UNESCO World Cultural Landscape in 2004, on your way to the mesmerising Montalcino, home of the sensational Brunello d Montalcino.

Highlight: Riding through the ancient hilltop town of Montalcino
Distance: 70km
Elevation: 1455m

Your longest day, setting off in the direction of Umbria and traversing through a picture post card landscape through the villages of Montisi and Castelmuzio, before reaching one of Tuscany’s prettiest towns, Montepulciano.

Highlight: The quiet and open landscape between Montepulciano and Pienza
Distance: 91km
Elevation: 1680m

This is a truly typical tuscan day on the bike where you will encounter undulating quite country roads amidst the rolling hills, woods, olive groves and vineyards as you wind your way from the Val d’Orcia to what many consider is the most beautiful part of Tuscany,

Highlight: The final kilometres with vista of San Gimignano and its 16 towers in the distance.
Distance: 90km
Elevation: 1410m

Pricing & Dates

$5,995.00 per person twin share / Maximum 12 guests

2018

15th – 23rd September 2018 $1,995 (deposit)
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2019

14th – 22nd June 2019 $1,995 (deposit)
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14th – 22nd September 2019 $1,995 (deposit)
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Start Location & Details

City: Florence, Italy
Pick Up Location: Santa Maria Novella Train Station, Florence
Pick Up Time: 11:00am

Finish Location & Details

City: Florence, Italy
Drop Off Location: Santa Maria Novella Train Station, Florence
Drop Off Time: 11:30am

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8 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.

Ride Support

  • 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.

Ride Kit

  • 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.

Not Included

  • Airfare.
  • Bike hire.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Massages.

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.

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See our FAQs page for answers to common questions.

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Bike Hire & Gear

Full Carbon Road Bikes

You can choose to hire a Pinarello, Bianchi or Formigli bike with either Campagnolo or Shimano groupsets.

Gravel Bikes

Going off road as well? Have the best of both worlds with a Bianchi or Cannondale gravel bike with disc brakes.

GPS

An easy to use GPS is provided for your use for the duration of the tour with our daily rides pre installed.

Non-Riding Partners

Non-riding partners enjoy a customised travel program, designed to meet their interests and the best experiences Tuscany has to offer. Whether its guided walks, visits to beautiful castles and hilltop towns, guided sightseeing tours or cooking classes, Nancy personally hosts non-riding guests each day with a select range of activities to suit the group.

Accommodation

Enjoy our hand picked selection of boutique hotels and family-run villas across Tuscany which reflect the true character of Tuscany and its beautiful, warm and open people with whom we’ll share our experience.

Food & Wine

Enjoy with us the distinctly different areas of Tuscany and their varied recipes and wines.

The lure of the Tuscan table is immense; characterised by its close association with the land, Tuscan cuisine is earthy, simple in style, and reflective of the region’s changing seasons and peasant traditions or ‘cucina povera’. We will take you on a food safari of Tuscany that takes in all the very best it has to offer from simple organic produce, grown on our host properties, to exquisite gastronomic dishes at a selection of family run osterias and restaurants.

Testimonials

THOUGHTFULLY PLANNED & SEAMLESSLY EXECUTED

The ride routes took us through iconic Tuscan landscapes, towns and villages, and when you thought the scenery cold not get better, around the next corner it did. The free-flowing, sweeping descents were an exhilarating reward for the climbing beforehand.

Michael F

AN INSPIRING, AMAZING TRIP

We would sincerely like to thank you both for an inspiring, amazing, enlightening and wonderful trip around beautiful Tuscany. We were so impressed with the diversity and attention to detail you achieved in putting this together for us. Every moment was special. Every moment was exciting and rewarding.

Teresa & Peter S

HAPPY MEMORIES FOR YEARS TO COME

Thank you so much for the amazing tour of Tuscany. The countryside lived up to its reputation as seen in countless books and movies. The experience you gave us was superb. The accommodation, the riding, the food, wine, spa, tours and the company were first class. We will have happy memories for years to come.

Pat & Paul B
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