25 Sep - 02 Oct 2017 (12 PLACES REMAIN)
“A grand adventure! An unforgettable experience!” This is what you will say at the end of this tour. Visit one of the most beautiful places in the world, eat and drink the best of Italian cuisine. Cap this with a day of cycling on vintage bicycles on the same ‘strade bianche’ as Coppi and Bartali, together with 5000 cyclists from all over the world in the classic Eroica cycling race.
The trip starts in Pienza, stops in Siena and ends in Gaiole in Chianti corssing the three most beautiful areas of tuscany.
Wine tasting – cheese tasting – truffle hunting demo – guided tours –castle visit
Please Note: Vintage Bikes available for hire. Cost not included in price of tour. Entry fee to Eroica is included.
- All hotel accommodation in minimum 3 star, usually 4 star hotels (twin share)
- Introductory Lunch
- Dinners (except 1)
- 2 Guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
- Van support throughout tour
- All in-tour transfers
- Snacks and food supplements including electrolytes during tour
- Activities which depend on the region we are visiting. Examples include wine/cheese/olive oil tastings, boat trips
- Garmin 800 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
- 1 PuntoTours cycling kit (cycling jersey, knicks and socks) per guest
- 1 day pack per guest
- Complimentary food supplements including gels and energy bars
- Detailed printed Tour information booklet.
Day One – Pienza Warm-up Ride
Main Route: 40km – 25mi
Total Ascent: Main 500m – 1650ft
This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into it. Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out that tiredness. It will take in some small climbs and offer spectacular views on the surrounding hills. Ready for our first gourmet dinner?!
Day Two – Pienza loop to Montepulciano
Main Route: 100km – 62mi
Total Ascent: 1,400m – 4600ft
The spectacular scenery of today’s parcours around the val D’orcia accompany us all the way to Montepulciano, home of one of Italy’s finest wine, the nobile di montepulciano. The climb to Montalcino, will take us to the this spectacular medieval town at the summit. We return via an undulating course through the Orcia region, stopping at Bagno Vignoni before heading back to Pienza.
Day Three – Pienza to Siena
Main Route: 95km – 60mi
Total Ascent: 1,600m – 5250ft
This is the a challenging day in the saddle, which takes us towards the famous town to Siena. We’ll cross the Crete senesi area to Asciano. We’ll stop visiting the beatiful abbey of Monte Oliveto and the medieval town of San Quirico D’orcia. The ride to Siena is hilly, but the destination will reward you once there!
Day Four – Siena rest day or optional morning ride
Today we take a day off the bike and we will visit Siena with a local guide, climbing up the prominent city Tower which has a great view of the town. In the afternoon, optional trip to the Terme di Rapolano or Free Time for shopping!
People who want to bike, we’ll ride the hills around Siena.
Day Five – Siena to Gaiole in Chianti
Main Route: 85km – 52mi
Total Ascent: 1200m – 3900ft
We say goodbye to Siena and hallo to Chianti! The ride is fantastic and the view of Siena behind us is really breathtaking! The ride is all up and down with a couple of longer climbs. In the afternoon plenty of time to visit the medieval town of Gaiole and taste some of the best Chianti wine!
Day Six – Gaiole in chianti Rest day & race registration
Today we get the vintage bikes and go for a short ride with them to make sure everything works! In the afternoon time to enjoy the atmosphere of the Eroica Race, visiting the vintage market where you can buy a lot of old bike gear and meet people from all over the world.
Day Seven – Granfondo Eroica
Main Route: 38km – 75km – 135km - 205km; 23mi – 46mi – 83mi – 127mi
Total Ascent: 800m – 1200m – 2000m - 3000m; 2600ft – 3900ft – 6500ft – 9800ft
The big day!The starting line will, as always, be in Gaiole in Chianti, the ideal place to live, according to an article published in Forbes Magazine in 2009. As always, there is a choice of four routes, with the 205km (127mi) the most difficult & ambitious of the four. Participation in L’Eroica is strictly limited to VINTAGE bicycles, with gear levers on the down tube, external brake wires & toe straps on pedals. These bicycles must have been built before 1987.
In bocca al lupo!
Day Eight – Arrivederci!
Recommended Arrival Airport - Florence or Rome
Recommended Departure Airport - Florence or Rome