Italy Bike Tours
Bike in Tuscany, a cyclist paradise!
Cycle 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.
Guided tour: May 17, 24, June 7, 14, September 6, and 13, 2014
Minimum of 8 people required to secure departure date.
Self-guided tour: Arrival possible on Saturday from April 5 to July 5 and from August 23 to October 11, 2014
Season 1: April 5 to May 3 and September 21 to October 11
Season 2: May 4 to July 5 and August 23 to September 20
This guided or 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, all with air conditioning and some with swimming pools
Option B: 3 star hotels, 2 star hotel in Florence.
Guided tour: Accommodations same as Option A.
- 7 nights accommodations
- Personal welcome breifing
- Luggage transfer
- 21 speed hybrid bicycle
- All transfers (bus, train) as mentioned in program
- Sign posted route
- Detailed route descriptions & maps (including places of interest)
- 7 day service hotline
- Also included in the Guided tour:
- Experienced, multilingual tour guide
- Accompanying vehicle
- 5 x 3-course dinners in typical trattorias/restaurants
- Entrance fees and guided tours
- City tour of Florence & Siena
- Short city tour of Pisa
- Train ride Montecatini Terme - Lucca
- Other entry fees
What’s Not Included
- Visitors taxes, payable in each hotel (0 to 4 Euros per person/night, depending on city)
- Bicycle protection
Day 1: Arrival in Montecatini Terme
Day 2: Montecatini Terme – Vinci – Montecatini Terme, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 3: Montecatini Terme – Pisa, 31 - 44 mi. (50 to 70 km)
Day 4: Pisa – Casciana Terme, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Casciana Terme – San Gimignano, 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 6: San Gimignano – Siena, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 7: Siena – Greve – by bus to 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 the tour. 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, 31 to 44 mi. (50 to 70 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. The group tours will engage in a short city tour (Piazza dei Miracoli, Schiefer Turm - aslant tower).
DAY 4: Pisa - Casciana Terme, 25 mi. (40 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, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today you will bike Tuscany's wonderful landscape to the 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. A city tour in Siena in the evening is included for the group tour. The city sits on three hills with its heart, the huge piazza known as Il Campo, 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
Your Tuscany bike tour will end following a guided city tour of Florence.