TOSCANA, BICI, VINO!

TOSCANA, BICI, VINO!

Earth

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ITALY

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12 - 19 May 2019

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Approx. US$3,702

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AU$5,127

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GBP£2,937

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€3,150.00

START LOCATION

VOLTERRA

END LOCATION

PIENZA

DAYS

8

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

60KM | 40MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1000M | 3300FT

Deserve a week off? 8 glorious days in Tuscany with the crucial ingredients: cycling, food, coffee and wine. You can join our special Tuscan cycling holiday in Volterra.

Your journey with us begins in the Bolgheri area, famous for Sassicaia wines, and finishes in hallowed Brunello territory on the beautiful slopes of Montalcino. An adventure through Tuscany is inescapably linked to wine, whether it is a simple red to accompany perfect, fresh pasta or a renown vintage with a delectable dish.

The Tuscans excel in creating food, wine and architecture that enhances the natural beauty and produce of their region. All with a smile and warm hospitality. There is no doubt the terrain is hilly, which only adds to the thrill of the views that unfold with every crest. This tour is ideal for riding as energetically or not... as you like. And for non-riding companions to share the experience.

Join us for a bike tour that is a truly incredible taste of Tuscany!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHES | DINNERS | FULL GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GARMIN GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING JERSEY, BIB-KNICKS, SOCKS | DAYPACK | BIDONS | GROUP TRANSFERS TO AND FROM FLORENCE | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE WELCOME DAY TWO VOLTERRA TO BOLGHERI DAY THREE VOLTERRA TO SIENA DAY FOUR REST DAY IN SIENA DAY FIVE SIENA TO PIENZA DAY SIX PIENZA LOOP TO SINALUNGA DAY SEVEN PIENZA LOOP TO MONTALCINO DAY EIGHT GOODBYE

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL FLORENCE DEPARTURE FLORENCE

PRICE PER PERSON

TWINSHARE €3,150.00 | SINGLE ROOM €3,670.00

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FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE WELCOME

Transfer from Florence to our lovely hotel in Volterra by mid-afternoon. We'll set up the bikes ready for your first ride in the morning, before a delicious Welcome dinner and your Tour Introduction.

DAY TWO VOLTERRA TO BOLGHERI

Today we pedal our way through the Bolgheri wine region, stopping for lunch and superb wine tasting. The return from Monteverdi Marittimo to Volterra is by van, although those who would like a bit longer in the saddle are welcome to ride.
DISTANCE | 70KM | 43MI
ELEVATION | 1000M | 3300FT

DAY THREE VOLTERRA TO SIENA

We say goodbye to Volterra and hello to Siena! The ride is fantastic, winding through charming villages, until the intriguing city of Siena is before us. We'll have time to wander through Siena before dinner.
DISTANCE | 68KM | 42MI
ELEVATION | 900M | 2950FT

DAY FOUR REST DAY IN SIENA

Today we take a day off the bike to visit Siena with a local guide, possibly climbing up the Torre del Mangia which will give you a bird's eye view of the town. In the afternoon there is the choice of an optional trip to the Terme di Rapolano, and some relaxation in the spa, or free time for shopping!

DAY FIVE SIENA TO PIENZA

We farewell Siena and head towards the famous town of Pienza, crossing the Crete Senesi, the 'badlands' area west of Asciano. An optional stop to visit the beautiful Abbey of Monte Oliveto before we arrive at out final destination, gorgeous Pienza.
DISTANCE | 78KM | 48MI
ELEVATION | 1100M | 3600FT

DAY SIX PIENZA LOOP TO SINALUNGA

Today's route takes us to the delightful village of Montepulciano, famous for wine and its steep little streets. Then a relatively flat course to Sinalunga before a lovely, undulating course back to Pienza.
DISTANCE | 60KM | 37MI
ELEVATION | 1100M | 3600FT

DAY SEVEN PIENZA LOOP TO MONTALCINO

We've saved the best ride for last with the spectacular scenery of the heritage listed Val d'Orcia. This is the Tuscany you have imagined. We visit Montalcino, home of one of Italy's finest wines, the renown Brunello.
DISTANCE | 75KM | 47MI
ELEVATION | 1300M | 4250FT

DAY EIGHT GOODBYE

Group transfer to Florence.
Time to say farewell, until next time!

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WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

WHAT KIND OF CYCLISTS TAKE YOUR TOURS?

There is no mold! We have had cyclists from 18-72 years of age, some choosing easy, others choosing extremely challenging tours. We firmly believe we have something for almost all cycling abilities. Use the Element and Difficulty Rating to help you select a tour that suits what you want.  We're happy to talk it over with you if you're unsure.

HOW MUCH RIDING DO I HAVE TO DO?

As much or as little as you want. It’s your holiday.  You determine how much you want to ride. You can, on any day, choose to cut a ride short, miss a climb, only do the downhills, have a rest day or ask for more!  The van is always handy if you choose not to ride, and a guide is always willing to do some extra distance if you wish. You just need to ask.

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