Piazza San Michele in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Stefan Jurca

Florence along the Arno River, Tuscany, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Joe de Sousa
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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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  • 2017 Prices

     Country HotelsOption AOption B
    Season 1 £ 909 $ 1,449 954 NOK 9540 kr 8806 $ 1,145 £ 870 $ 1,388 914 NOK 9140 kr 8437 $ 1,097 £ 756 $ 1,206 794 NOK 7940 kr 7329 $ 953
    Season 2 £ 933 $ 1,489 980 NOK 9800 kr 9046 $ 1,176 £ 899 $ 1,434 944 NOK 9440 kr 8714 $ 1,133 £ 775 $ 1,236 814 NOK 8140 kr 7514 $ 977
    Season 3 £ 962 $ 1,534 1010 NOK 10100 kr 9323 $ 1,212 £ 928 $ 1,479 974 NOK 9740 kr 8991 $ 1,169 £ 804 $ 1,282 844 NOK 8440 kr 7791 $ 1,013
    Single supplement £ 214 $ 342 225 NOK 2250 kr 2077 $ 270 £ 214 $ 342 225 NOK 2250 kr 2077 $ 270 £ 214 $ 342 225 NOK 2250 kr 2077 $ 270

    2018 Prices

     Country HotelsOption AOption B
    Season 1 £ 942 $ 1,502 989 NOK 9890 kr 9129 $ 1,187 £ 904 $ 1,442 949 NOK 9490 kr 8760 $ 1,139 £ 786 $ 1,253 825 NOK 8250 kr 7615 $ 990
    Season 2 £ 970 $ 1,548 1019 NOK 10190 kr 9406 $ 1,223 £ 932 $ 1,487 979 NOK 9790 kr 9037 $ 1,175 £ 805 $ 1,284 845 NOK 8450 kr 7800 $ 1,014
    Season 3 £ 999 $ 1,593 1049 NOK 10490 kr 9683 $ 1,259 £ 967 $ 1,542 1015 NOK 10150 kr 9369 $ 1,218 £ 837 $ 1,335 879 NOK 8790 kr 8114 $ 1,055
    Single supplement £ 218 $ 348 229 NOK 2290 kr 2114 $ 275 £ 218 $ 348 229 NOK 2290 kr 2114 $ 275 £ 218 $ 348 229 NOK 2290 kr 2114 $ 275

    extra options

    Electric bicycle

    2017: £ 90 $ 144 95 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    2018: £ 95 $ 152 100 NOK 1000 kr 923 $ 120

    Extra nights

     Country hotels/Option A:Option B:
    Montecatini: per person/night  £ 62 $ 99 65 NOK 650 kr 600 $ 78 £ 50 $ 79 52 NOK 520 kr 480 $ 62
    Single supplement: £ 17 $ 27 18 NOK 180 kr 166 $ 22 £ 15 $ 24 16 NOK 160 kr 148 $ 19
    Florence: per person/night £ 105 $ 167 110 NOK 1100 kr 1015 $ 132 £ 71 $ 114 75 NOK 750 kr 692 $ 90
    Single supplement: £ 81 $ 129 85 NOK 850 kr 785 $ 102 £ 28 $ 44 29 NOK 290 kr 268 $ 35

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Arriving in Rome: From the Fiumicino airport, you’ll need to make your way to Roma Termini via the Leonardo Express. The Express departs every 30 minutes (or every 15 minutes at times of increased traffic flow), and costs 4€. The Leonardo Express is guaranteed even in the event of a strike. From here, you can purchase tickets to Montecatini Centro. Travel time is around 3.5 hours depending on connections.
    Arriving in Pisa: From Galileo Galilei Airport, you can either take the train or the red coach company to Pisa central station (it costs approx. €1). A taxi costs about €10. From here take the train via Lucca (where you change train) to Montecatini Terme Centro. It takes 1 hour 15 minutes and costs approx. €10/person. Then see instructions for arrival by train.
    Arriving in Florence: From Amerigo Vespucci Airport you can take a shuttle bus to Florence central train station of Santa Maria Novella (dep. approx. every 30 minutes, it costs approx. €5 per person and it takes half an hour). From here, you can catch a train Montecatini Terme.

    Local Travel

    From Montecatini Centro Station (the second Montecatini stop, there are two stations here) we recommend taking a taxi to the hotel (approx. 1 km, duration approx. 10 min, costs approx. €7).

    Climate

    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°

    Recommended

    Perhaps you would like a longer cycling vacation and can combine this tour with Florence to Rome.

    Remarks

    Electric bike available for this tour!


Tour Dates

2017 Dates
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 

2018 Dates
Arrival possible on Saturdays from March 24 and October 13, 2018

Season 1: March 24 to April 27 and September 29 to October 13
Season 2: April 28 to May 25 and September 8  to September 28
Season 3: May 26 to September 7

Skill Level

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.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights in your selected category
  • Welcome briefing
  • Tour information
  • Breakfasts
  • 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
  • Lunches
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra night in Florence and Montecatini Terme available by request.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillDifficult
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Tuscany - Montecatini to Florence Map

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

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Customer Feedback

  • Claire Radcliffe 2 years ago

    We loved our Tripsite journey! We would love to do another ride one day, maybe next year! It was better than what we expected! Challenging and scenically! We trained hard beforehand and we're thankful that we did! I would recommend a Tripsite journey for anyone who is considering its! Thank you!

  • Jennifer Clarkson 2 years ago

    I loved the trip, I would go again in a heart beat!

  • M.C. Radcliffe 2 years ago

    Everything surpassed my expectations. I would be happily do it again! Thank you for your good services!
    I want to know where I can find a bike seat like the one I used on your tour . . . it was the most comfortable bike seat I've had the pleasure to sit on! ;-)

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