View from Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy. Flickr:Joe desousa

Amazing frescos in the cathedrals of Siena, Italy. Flickr:Carlo Raso

Classic Tuscany E-Bike tour

Italy Bike Tours

Bike from Florence to Lucca (including Pisa) on an electric bike

  • This bicycle tour starts in the heart of Tuscany, Italy's most famous region. You will bike along the world-renowned wine route. If Tuscan hills have intimidated you in the past, we are offering this wonderful electric bike alternative, a perfect solution to provide a slow travel experience or, for those up to the challenge, request one of the quality hybrid bikes available. Known not only for its Chianti, an earthy red blend, Tuscany is also rich in history, art, and architecture.

    Highlights:

    • Renaissance Florence
    • Wines and vineyards of Chianti,
    • Majestic Piazza del Campo in Siena
    • San Gimignano and its medieval towers
    • Leaning Tower of Pisa
    • Walled Lucca
    • Castles, villages, art, and history
    • Incredible views from world-famous hills

    Bike and stroll through living history in Italy's most famous region, from Piazza della Signoria in Florence to Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, through Siena, San Gimignano, and Lucca.

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  • Twin/double: £ 1249 $ 2,769 1470 $ 2215 NOK 13843 kr 12778 $ 1,661 Single supplement: £ 246 $ 546 290 $ 437 NOK 2731 kr 2521 $ 328 Solo traveler supplement: £ 680 $ 1,507 800 $ 1205 NOK 7533 kr 6954 $ 904

    extra options

    Florence:
    Twin/double, from: £ 51 $ 113 60 $ 90 NOK 565 kr 522 $ 68 Single supplement, from: £ 36 $ 79 42 $ 63 NOK 396 kr 365 $ 47 Siena:
    Twin/double:  £ 58 $ 128 68 $ 102 NOK 640 kr 591 $ 77 Single supplement: £ 40 $ 89 47 $ 71 NOK 443 kr 409 $ 53 Lucca:
    Twin/double:  £ 62 $ 137 73 $ 110 NOK 687 kr 635 $ 82 Single supplement: £ 31 $ 70 37 $ 56 NOK 348 kr 322 $ 42

    Extra nights do NOT included extra day bike rental.

    Extra day e-bike rental: £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23


    *Dinner in Florence and/or Sienna, per person/per meal: £ 21 $ 47 25 $ 38 NOK 235 kr 217 $ 28 *Dinner in San Gimignano: £ 19 $ 41 22 $ 33 NOK 207 kr 191 $ 25 *Dinner in Lucca: £ 24 $ 53 28 $ 42 NOK 264 kr 243 $ 32 * Dinners consist of 3-course set menus (some restaurants allow multiple-choice menu). Drinks are not included. Please check the scheduled time of your dinner, as some restaurants in Italy open for dinner as late as 7:30 or 8:00 pm.
    Snack at very traditional “macelleria”  in Greve (1 glass of wine, local cold cuts, and cheese): £ 10 $ 23 12 $ 18 NOK 113 kr 104 $ 14


    Guided tour of Sienna, per group up to 12 ppl.: £ 127 $ 283 150 $ 226 NOK 1413 kr 1304 $ 170 Wine tasting in Vinci: £ 10 $ 23 12 $ 18 NOK 113 kr 104 $ 14 Cooking class, minimum of 2: £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90 Extra day e-bike rental: £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23


    Florence airport - Florence:
    1 - 3 ppl: £ 42 $ 94 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57 5 - 6 ppl:   £ 47 $ 104 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62 Lucca - Pisa airport:
    1 - 2 ppl:  £ 68 $ 151 80 $ 121 NOK 753 kr 695 $ 90 3 - 6 ppl: £ 76 $ 170 90 $ 136 NOK 848 kr 782 $ 102 Lucca – Florence airport:
    1 - 2 ppl:  £ 110 $ 245 130 $ 196 NOK 1224 kr 1130 $ 147 3 - 6 ppl:   £ 119 $ 264 140 $ 211 NOK 1318 kr 1217 $ 158  

     

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    You have three options for your arrival depending on your own personal travel plans.

    • Option A: Flying into Florence Airport (FLR)
    • Option B: : Flying into Pisa International Airport Galileo Galilei(PSA)
    • Option C: Flying into Rome International Leonardo da Vinci Airport

    Local Travel

    Arrival to Florence:
    From the airport by shuttle bus to Florence’s main train station, Firenze S. Maria Novella. Tickets may be purchased on board (one-way ticket: €6; round trip ticket: €10). Taxi from bus station to hotel (costs about €10 plus €1 per piece of luggage).
    Arrival to Pisa:
    There are frequent departures of the PisaMover Bus, which takes you to the central station in Pisa, train to Florence, and then taxi to your first hotel.
    Arrival to Rome:
    The train (Leonardo Express) takes you to Stazione Termini, Rome central station (€14/32 minutes). There are direct trains from Stazione Termini to Florence. The ride takes 1.5 - 2.0 hours depending on the type of train. Taxi to first hotel.

    Climate

    The climate in Tuscany is generally mild with differences depending on the geography of each area. The coast and valleys tend to have hotter summers than the hills or mountains although the coast benefits from breezes off the sea for cooler temperatures even in those warmer months. Please check local conditions before you travel. A good website to visit to research regional weather conditions including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Your luggage will be collected from 09.00 at the reception of the hotel and is delivered to the following hotel by 15.30. Each piece of luggage must be marked with a visible luggage tag. If your luggage is not ready by the time the driver comes to collect it, you may need to have to pay directly for a local taxi for the service

    A few things to consider before you book your E-bike tour

    • Pedal-assist e-bikes give you a constant nudge on your ride and conform to your pedal cadence and torque – up to 25 km per hours, they are a solid help on the climbs and they increase your average speed
    • Electric bikes are heavier than a regular bike so they handle differently
    • Bikes come with 700×40 Schwalbe Energizer Pro tires that are made specifically for e-bikes. The tires feature an anti-puncture layer, good grip, and minimal rolling resistance.
    • Though the bikes are very quiet the electric engine does produce a light but constant noise.
    • The bikes can be ridden without assist though as mentioned above they are much heavier than a regular bike.
    • Operating range depends on many factors such as the assistance level, gear switching behavior, route profile, headwind, temperatures but in general the average range of the battery packs is 110km (68 miles).

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

Rating a tour is one of the most difficult things that we do. One person’s easy may be another’s moderate. Generally, a tour in Tuscany would be rated moderate to difficult. However, we are offering this favorite itinerary as an electric (battery-assisted) bike tour in which you will tackle Tuscany’s famous hills on your terms! It can be as easy or difficult as you want, depending on the level of assitance you use. It is your choice! You will cycle a total distance of 348 - 352 km (217 - 220 miles) with a daily distance of 48 - 68 km (30 - 42 miles). The terrain is hilly and there are good climbs daily, sometimes with elevation gain of about 500 m (1500 feet). Please note that electric bikes are not meant for those who never cycle or cycle only occasionally. Battery assisted bikes are heavier and require good balance and good control. For those who prefer to ride this tour on a regular bicycle, you will be provided with a lightweight titanium hybrid bike (approximately 11 kg) or a high-quality titanium road bike (approximately 8 kg).

Where You’ll Stay

Please see each day’s detailed itinerary for the accommodations that are generally used. Of course in the event of lack of availability, our partner will search for a comparable alternative. Most of the accommodations are in 3 and 4-star establishments. Upgrades are possible in some hotels. Just ask.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • High-quality electric bike (Kalkhoff or KTM). Weight: 23 kg.
  • Accessories: Map holder, rear rack bag, helmet, water bottle, cyclometer, pump, lock and an under-seat pack that contains a spare tube, tire irons, and patch kit
  • Roadbook and maps
  • Preloaded GPS
  • Luggage transfer
  • GPS

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Of course you will want to stay longer! Just ask us for extra night information

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From1470 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Weekly departures on Thursday from April through October, 2020. If you would like to request a day other than Thursday to begin your tour, please ask.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Classic Tuscany E-Bike tour Map

Day 1: Florence
Day 2: Florence - Radda in Chianti, 38 mi. (61 km)
Day 3: Radda in Chianti - Siena, 30 - 32 mi. (48 - 52 km)
Day 4: Siena - San Gimignano, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: San Gimignano - Vinci, 42 mi. (68 km)
Day 6: Vinci - Lucca, 36 mi. (58 km)
Day 7: Lucca - Pisa - Lucca, 44 mi. (70 km)
Day 8: End of tour

All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, therefore the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations/detours caused by roadwork, In this case please follow the directions posted on site.

Day 1: Florence
Arrive in Florence and take in the city's rich history!  Climb up Giotto's tower for a stunning view of the city and the Duomo,  visit the Uffizi Gallery, or walk the Ponte Vecchio bridge for a striking view of the city. Welcome meeting and bike fitting is offered on this day. Please provide your arrival information once arranged. 

Option:
Dinner in Florence
Accommodation: Hotel Silla

Day 2: Florence - Radda in Chianti, 38 mi. (61 km)
As you leave Florence you'll climb some of Chianti's famous hills. You will want to stop in Greve for a short visit of the main square and the famous Macelleria Falorni, producer of local salumi. Radda is a delightful, small town and was an important junction for travelers heading to the north and south.

Option:
Snack at very traditional “macelleria”  in Greve (1 glass of wine, local cold cuts and cheeses)
Accommodation: Hotel San Niccolò

Day 3: Radda in Chianti - Siena, 30 - 32 mi. (48 - 52 km)
Cycle the south part of the Chianti Region, then take the afternoon to explore Siena. Italy's best-preserved medieval city rivaled Florence for dominance in Tuscany during the 1300s. You'll be transported back in time as soon as you enter the city walls.

Options:
Dinner in Siena
Guided tour in Sienna
Accommodation: Chiostro del Carmine

Day 4: Siena - San Gimignano, 31 mi. (50 km)
Your bike ride today takes you into the heart of Tuscany. You will pedal past vineyards, 17th-century villas, and small towns on your way to San Gimignano, one of the best preserved medieval villages in Italy and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. San Gimignano is famous for its many towers, remnants from the 13th and 14th centuries.

Option: Dinner in S. Gimignano
Accommodation: Hotel Bel Soggiorno

Day 5: San Gimignano - Vinci, 42 mi. (68 km)
Your ride takes you through the rolling hills peppered with small towns along the way. Your destination is Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo. Here you'll have a chance to visit the house where he was born and a museum with scale models of his inventions.

Option: Wine tasting in Vinci (closed on Mondays)
Accommodation: Hotel Monna Lisa

Day 6: Vinci - Lucca, 36 mi. (58 km)
Climb the stairway to the Medici villa in Cerreto Guidi today for a great view as you continue west to Lucca, where you'll stay the next two nights. Lucca was a Roman town and one of medieval Italy's most prosperous city-states. Today, Lucca retains its medieval charm with its small shops and sidewalk cafés, as well as the beautiful 17th-century wall that surrounds the town.

Option: Dinner in Lucca
Accommodation: Hotel La Luna

Day 7: Lucca - Pisa - Lucca, 44 mi. (70 km)
our last day of cycling takes you to Pisa, where you can visit the Leaning Tower and the Piazza of Miracles. Our route to Pisa takes you by Lake Massaciuccoli, where Puccini wrote many of his operas. After a stroll through Pisa, head back to the less-touristy town of Lucca to enjoy an evening passeggiata along the main pedestrian way.

Option:
Cooking class*
Accommodation: Hotel La Luna


*Cooking class available in either Florence, Siena, or Lucca (includes tasting meal at the end). Since you spend two nights in Lucca, this is a great location for the experience. or perhaps the evening of your arrival in Florence? You decide. Classes are offered through Le Cesarine, a company that organizes culinary experiences in the homes of locals. Your class will last about 3 hours, during which you will help the Cesarina prepare 3 courses. In the 4th and final hour, you will enjoy a meal (lunch or dinner) consisting of the courses you prepared during the class. Water and one bottle of house wine every 3 people are included.
 

Day 8: End of tour
After a breakfast buffet in your hotel, you're ready to continue your adventure, wherever it may lead. Buon viaggio!

 

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