Tuscany - Montecatini to Florence
Italy Bike Tours
Bike in Tuscany, a cyclist paradise!
Take a bicycle tour in Tuscany, where the landscape is like a painting! Stylish villas, castles and farmhouses are sporadically scattered atop hills and in cozy valleys. Vast vineyards bear fruit to the region's famed Chianti, and widespread olive groves and historic monuments with age-old mosaics have attracted even the likes of Goethe. Biking in Florence on the cobblestone streets, you will roam the beautiful city that bore such greats as Dante and the Medici's, whose rule made Florence a powerful force during the Italian Renaissance. Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci (who was born in the town of Vinci), Dante, and Raphael all had a hand in making Tuscany the unchallengeable master and treasure of art, science, trade and architecture.
As far as bucket list biking, Tuscany is on a short list of regions that should not be missed. It's beauty, history, and cuisine are spectacular and there is no better way to experience it than on a bike.
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Country Hotels Option A Option B Season 1 £ 924 $ 1,437 € 954 NOK 9699 kr 8953 $ 1,164 £ 885 $ 1,377 € 914 NOK 9292 kr 8578 $ 1,115 £ 769 $ 1,196 € 794 NOK 8072 kr 7451 $ 969 Season 2 £ 949 $ 1,476 € 980 NOK 9963 kr 9197 $ 1,196 £ 914 $ 1,422 € 944 NOK 9597 kr 8859 $ 1,152 £ 788 $ 1,226 € 814 NOK 8276 kr 7639 $ 993 Season 3 £ 978 $ 1,521 € 1010 NOK 10268 kr 9478 $ 1,232 £ 943 $ 1,467 € 974 NOK 9902 kr 9141 $ 1,188 £ 817 $ 1,271 € 844 NOK 8581 kr 7921 $ 1,030 Single supplement £ 218 $ 339 € 225 NOK 2288 kr 2112 $ 275 £ 218 $ 339 € 225 NOK 2288 kr 2112 $ 275 £ 218 $ 339 € 225 NOK 2288 kr 2112 $ 275
Electric bicycle: £ 92 $ 143 € 95 NOK 966 kr 892 $ 116
Country hotels/Option A: Option B: Montecatini: per person/night £ 63 $ 98 € 65 NOK 661 kr 610 $ 79 £ 49 $ 77 € 51 NOK 519 kr 479 $ 62 Single supplement: £ 17 $ 27 € 18 NOK 183 kr 169 $ 22 £ 15 $ 24 € 16 NOK 163 kr 150 $ 20 Florence: per person/night £ 107 $ 166 € 110 NOK 1118 kr 1032 $ 134 £ 73 $ 113 € 75 NOK 763 kr 704 $ 92 Single supplement: £ 82 $ 128 € 85 NOK 864 kr 798 $ 104 £ 28 $ 44 € 29 NOK 295 kr 272 $ 35
Rates are based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Rome or Florence.
Train from Rome airport to Florence, 2½ hr. or to Montecatini Terme, 3 hr.
Please check local conditions before arrival. Average high/low temperatures in °F for Florence: April 66°/46°, May 74°/52°, June 81°/59°, July 88°/63°, August 87°/63°, September 80°/58º, and October 70°/50°
Perhaps you would like a longer cycling vacation and can combine this tour with Florence to Rome.
Electric bike available for this tour!
This self-guided tour is classified as difficult cycling, with sloping landscapes dotted with steeper inclines, but not overwhelmingly so. Average daily distance is about 30 miles. Though the daily routes are not too long, they can be strenuous, so we do recommend being in reasonably good physical condition for this tour.
Where You’ll Stay
Option A: Nicer 3-star and 4-star hotels some with swimming pools
Option B: 3 star hotels
Country hotels: Well chosen, Tuscan inns located on the outskirts of the towns. Every hotel has a swimming pool with the exception of Florence.
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights in your selected category
- Welcome briefing
- Tour information
- Luggage transfer
- 21 speed hybrid bicycle
- Bus transfer Greve to Florence with bike
- Sign posted route
- Detailed route descriptions & maps (including places of interest)
- 7 day service hotline
- GPS tracks available (must be reserved in advance)
- Bicycle protection
What’s Not Included
- Visitor’s Tax (to be paid upon arrival) approx. €15-20 per person
- Trip insurance
Extra night in Florence and Montecatini Terme available by request.
Arrival possible on Saturday from April 1 to October 14, 2017
Season 1: April 1 to April 28 and September 30 to October 14
Season 2: April 29 to May 26 and September 2 to September 29
Season 3: May 27 to September 1
Day 1: Arrival in Montecatini Terme
Day 2: Montecatini Terme – Vinci – Montecatini Terme, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 3: Montecatini Terme – Pisa, 25 to 56 mi. (40 to 90 km)
Day 4: Pisa – Casciana Terme, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 5: Casciana Terme – San Gimignano, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 6: San Gimignano – Siena, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Siena – Florence, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 8: Departure from Florence.
All distances are approximate.
DAY 1: Montecatini Terme
Arrival in Montecatini Terme, the starting point of this bike tour in Italy. In the evening, there will be a tour review and additional tour materials and tourist information will be handed out.
DAY 2: Round tour, Montecatini Terme - Vinci - Montecatini Terme, 34 mi. (55 km)
Via small paths, you continue to cycle through Tuscany past the vast agricultural plains and olive groves of the Valdenievole Valley through Tuscan villages from Montecatini Terme to Vinci and back again to Montecatini Terme. Vinci is the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Recommended is a visit to the museum in the castle since it houses one of the largest and most original collections of machines and models of the inventor.
DAY 3: Montecatini Terme - Pisa, 25 to 56 mi. (40 to 90 km)
On your way to Lucca, you will pass the small, medieval wine town of Monte Carlo where Tuscany's few white wines flourish. You can go by bike or train to Lucca. A bike ride on the historic city walls offers magnificent views of churches and towers that rise above the rooftops of the city. Then it is on to Lake of Massacciuccoli (also known as Lake of Giacomo Puccini) with a panorama of the sea and Pisa.
DAY 4: Pisa - Casciana Terme, 31 mi. (50 km)
Many fertile fields line the way on the route from Pisa along the River Arno as you continue the tour through the hills. The gentle slopes are draped with grape vines, olive groves and peach trees. Quiet paths lead through medieval villages until the final destination is reached, the spa town of Chianni.
DAY 5: Casciana Terme - San Gimignano, 34 mi. (55 km)
Cycle past vineyards and over soft hills in the direction of San Gimignano, the landscape today is like cycling through a Fattori painting. In earlier times here, each noble family owned his own tower - these towers now give San Gimignano it's unique flair.
Day 6: San Gimignano - Siena, 31 mi. (50 km)
Today your bike tour in Tuscany will take your through the wonderful landscape and architectural paradise of Siena. Each hill top view en route makes you forget the ascent. Once you reach the small fortified village of Monteriggioni, you will feel as if you have been transported back to the Middle Ages. The tour ends in Siena, a city that sits on three hills. The heart of the city, the huge piazza known as Il Campo, is where the Roman forum used to be.
DAY 7: Siena - Florence, 31 mi. (50 km)
Through the hilly Chianti-region, where the Chianti Classico comes from, you’ll then head towards Greve, first passing through the charming wine village of Castellina. From here follows a bus transfer to Florence (cost is included).
DAY 8: Departure