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Self-guided Tuscany Bike Tour.

Cross Tuscany from north to south. See its most famous towns and landmarks like Lucca, Pisa, Volterra, San Gimignano, Siena and the Val d’Orcia (a UNESCO heritage site). Ride at your own pace and in complete freedom, but always escorted by an extremely accurate system of self-guiding. Enjoy every day new spectacular views and sites while your luggage will be waiting for you at each hotel.

What makes us special

  • Book any week you want. The tour will be just for you and your family/friends
  • The tour has been designed by locals, taking very good care in choosing the best itineraries, avoiding traffic or unsafe roads
  • Receive bikes that suit your size, either ordinary MTB or electric bikes (recommended if you are not trained enough for challenging hills)
  • Stay in centrally located hotels, ideal for sightseeing and for having access to a wide variety of restaurants in the evening

Inclusions

  • 7nights accomodation with breakfast (3 stars or B&B)
  • road book with accurate description of daily itinerary
  • digital maps
  • GPS tracks (gpx) to be used on your own device (suitable for smartphone)
  • rental bikes (high quality 21 gears hybrid bikes; electric bike supplement 190€)
  • Luggage transportation from day 1 to day 8
  • transportation from San Quirico to Florence on day 8
  • phone number for assistance on-call

Tour beginning: Lucca at 2.00 pm of day 1 (or any other time more convenient for you). You can visit Lucca before starting the tour. Very convenient if you are travelling from other cities like Florence or from the Cinque Terre.

Tour end: 12 am (or any other time more convenient for you) of day 8 by the train station of Florence (Santa Maria Novella).

Day 1 – Lucca to Pisa     
After visiting the charming town of Lucca, you will get your bikes in the early afternoon and will start riding along the river Serchio with views on the Monti Pisani and the Apuan Alps. Going through small hamlets and farms, you will reach directly the famous Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, where you can admire the Leaning Tower, the Cathedral, the Baptistry and the Monumental Cemetery. A walk or ride through the lively city centre is also possible before you reach your hotel.

Distance : 25,6 km/15.9 mi          Elevation gain : 208 m / 682 ft

Day 2 – Pisa to Casciana Terme
If you want you can enjoy some more time in Pisa before leaving. You will then ride along the Arno river and leave the plaine for the first hills of Lari and Casciana Alta. Once in Casciana Terme you can enjoy the healthy properties of its hot springs (37,5°C), known since early medieval times; Countess Matilde di Canossa was the first one to promote the construction of important thermal establishments here.

Distance : 47.8 km/29.7 mi           Elevation gain : 537 m / 1762 ft

Day 3 – Casciana Terme to Volterra

Today the ride becomes more challenging with the “typical” Tuscan hills to face. The landscape though is among the most spectacular, with the impressive eroded shapes of the “calanchi” and “balze”, and the climb up to the imposing Volterra is very rewarding. The city, founded by the Etruscans whose artifacts are still visible (the massive walls and the rich collection of the museum), is also a well preserved example of medieval and renaissance architecture.

Distance : 42.2 km/26.2 mi            Elevation gain : 1010 m / 3313 ft

Day 4 – Volterra – San Gimignano – Colle di Val d’Elsa   
Following the rolling hills of this colourful countryside, you will reach the famous San Gimignano with its distinctive profile made of many medieval towers. Once a flourishing town of merchants in strong competition with each other, beautifully located along the “Via Francigena”, San Gimignano was also an important stop for pilgrims. Like one of them, you will enter its gate and visit the frescoed churches before continuing on to Colle di Val d’Elsa. This town with the vocation of crystal production will also surprise you for its simple charme.

Distance : 44.3 km/27.5 mi         Elevation gain : 715 m / 2346 ft

Day 5 – Colle di Val d’Elsa – Monteriggioni – Siena

Your first stop will be in the hamlet of Abbadia Isola, once a Benedictine monastery giving hospitality to pilgrims. Next you will see the small but unique town of Monteriggioni, once a military outpost for Siena against the attacks of Florence. Leaving this “crown of towers” you will ride along the lower Chianti hills, whose vineyards for the renowned red wine characterize this manicured landscape. In the afternoon you reach Siena and will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere within its medieval walls.

Distance : 28.8 km/17.8 mi           Elevation gain : 527 m / 1729 ft

Day 6 – Siena to Murlo  
You can spend the morning discovering the gothic architecture and the amazing works of art that the city of Siena has to offer. Exiting one of the city gates, you will soon be riding through an unspoiled countryside and will reach the simple and quiet town of Vescovado di Murlo where your hotel is. With a very short extra ride you can visit the medieval castle of Murlo and the unique Etruscan Museum hosted in the old bishop’s palace.

Distance: 28 km/17.3 mi             Elevation gain: 459 m / 1505 ft

Day 7 – Murlo – Monte Oliveto Maggiore – San Quirico d’Orcia               
A ride down to the quaint Buonconvento and up through the “Clay Hills” takes you to the magnificent abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore; still inhabited by a group of Benedictine monks and surrounded by a lunar landscape, it hosts renaissance masterpieces like the choir in marquetry and the frescoed cloister. Past a few more villages like Chiusure and San Giovanni d’Asso, your last bike ride takes you to San Quirico d’Orcia, a well preserved medieval town developed along the pilgrimage way, with an astonishing Collegiate Church and its renaissance gardens Horti Leonini.

Distance: 45 km/27.9 mi         Elevation gain: 544 m / 1801 ft

Day 8 – Departure day
At 9.00am a drive of 45 minutes will take you to the train station of Chiusi-Chianciano Terme. This train station is conveniently located on the main railway and in about two hours by train you will arrive to Florence (North) or Rome (South). San Quirico d’Orcia is nicely located to visit the other charming towns of Val d’Orcia (a UNESCO heritage site), like Pienza, Bagno Vignoni, Monticchiello or Montepulciano. If you wish to extend your tour just let us know: we can provide more itineraries for cycling or walking in this beautiful region.

We were lucky enough to enjoy this Tuscan bike tour in September 2016. It was a very scenic and incredibly well planned trip. The bikes were excellent, accommodation most satisfactory (all with private baths) and instructions/maps very detailed and easy to read. As a couple in our mid sixties, we would have benefited from e-bikes for some of the tough inclines. Unbelievably we had some very bad weather and our daily routes were altered accordingly……we sure appreciated that. If you like to bike and see the sights of Tuscany, we highly recommend this tour.  Pauline and Phil. Toronto, Canada

Price 2017

Price per person changes depending on the occupancy number of your private group. Valid 2017

Number of guests Price per person (€) Single room supplement (€)
1 2.400 n.a.
2 1.690 550
4 1500 550
6 1400 550
8 1320 550
10 1280 550

More guests? Please ask us a quote.
We can also tailor the tour to your needs.

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