Tuscany Cycling Grand Tour

Discover one of the most well known Italian regions, Tuscany. Famous for its cities rich in art, for its wines, and for the warm welcome you get from its inhabitants - a perfect combination of emotions, scents and traditions all ready to be discovered by bike. Cycle into the heart of Tuscany visting Sienna, Florence, San Gimignano, famous for its towers, and Pisa.  Also explore the "road of wines", the production area of the famous Chianti.

2019 Dates Available

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: Standard Hotel Category: 6 nights 3*** and 1 night 4**** hotels Deluxe Hotel Category: 7 nights 4**** hotel
  • Start/Finish: Florence - Pisa
  • Distance: 238 Km (147.5 miles)
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Availability: April to October
  • Altitude: Difference in ascent 2610 and descent 2660 over 8 days

Day 1: Florence
Individual arrival in Florence a true jewel of the medieval and Renaissance art, one of the most important throughout the world. Overnight in Florence.

Day 2: Florence to Greve in Chianti 
Your adventure starts with a ride through the heart of the Tuscany, a land rich in art, scents and traditions. Leave Florence and head to Impruneta, the caretaker city of the terracotta art, here you can visit ancient villas and the Basilica.  Continue on to Mercatale, a small town surrounded by the Chianti hills.  Rest here while you taste wine and other local products at the wine cellar in Palagio castle. Overnight in Greve in Chianti (standard cat) or Greve countryside (Deluxe cat.).

Distance approx 25 miles (40 km) ↑ 2198 ft (670 m)  ↓ 1640 ft (500 m).

Day 3: Greve in Chianti to Radda in Chianti 
Discover one of the best know Tuscan areas: "the road of wines". Leave Greve with its irregular, triangular shaped, public square which is still an important exchange point. Continue through the fortified medieval village of Montefioralle dominating Greve and then, after the splendid village of Panzano, you arrive in Radda in Chianti. Situated between Florence and Siena this Classic Chianti countryside, is hilly, varied and colourful. Here the famous wine was born during the Etruscan age. In Radda in Chianti, admire the Pretorio Palace and the remains of its walls and of the medieval towers. Overnight in hotel Radda in Chianti countryside (standard cat.) / Radda village (Deluxe cat.).

Distance approx 19 miles (31 km) ↑ 2297 ft (700 m)  ↓ 1772 ft (540 m).

Day 4: Radda in Chianti to Siena 
Today the tour moves from Radda in Chianti to Siena. The first stop is Meleto’s Castle, an ancient fortification transformed into a magnificent typical Tuscan villa. Cycle through the fortified village of Castagnoli to the famous Castle of Brolio. Here you can sample wine in the Ricasoli cellar. In the afternoon you reach Siena, famous for its Palio (a horse race held twice a year in July and August). Siena is full of some of the most remarkable monuments, Piazza del Campo and the Public Palace, Buonsignori Palace with the National Pinacoteca (where you can admire pictures of Duccio, Lorenzetti, S. Martini etc), the Cathedral built from the XII sec and covered from white and dark-green marble, the Piccolomini Library, the Baptistry and the Museum of the Metropolitan Work. Overnight in Siena.

Distance approx 25.5 miles (41 km)↑ 2001 ft (610 m)  ↓ 2329 ft (710 m).

Day 5: Siena to Colle Val d’Elsa
Cycle from Siena through low hills and tiny villages such as Sovicille.  The ancient Francigena Way flanks the Mount Maggio and cycling along it you can see Monteriggioni’s castle, with its "cerchia tonda" (circular walls) of approximately 570 m in diameter. Arriving in Abbadia a “Isola”,(Island Abbey).  This small medieval village was built around the Cistercian Abbey of San Salvatore, which was founded here in the tenth century.  Abbadia a “Isola” was an important place for pilgrims to rest along the Francigena Way. Continue onto Colle Val d' Elsa, the so called "Italy’s Boemia".  It has seen a great development from 1400 when, taking advantage of the engine force of river Elsa, a flourishing production of glass began. Today, Colle di Val d'Elsa is internationally renowned for the production of crystal glassware and art (15% of world production). Take time to explore the town and maybe visit the handicraft laboratory of crystal manufacture.  Overnight in Colle Val d’Elsa. 

Distance approx 17 miles (27 km) ↑ 558 ft (170 m)  ↓ 1181 ft (360 m).

Day 6: Colle Val d’Elsa to Volterra 
From Colle val d’Elsa cycle to San Gimignano. The town, up on a hill, dominates the Val d' Elsa and is a fine example of a well-preserved Medieval city; its fame is mostly due to the numerous towers still adorning it and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The village, locked up in its walls, consists of two axes that are intersected to cross: from east to the long west the axis that goes from the Hill of the Tower to the Hill of Montestaffoli, from north to long south the axis that goes from Saint Giovanni Door to Saint Matteo Door and here the Francigena Way passes through. Arrival in Volterra is in the late afternoon.  A city with 3000 years of history, Volterra is also well known for its laboratories where alabaster is worked.  You can also visit the Acropoli, the roman theatre and the walls around the historical centre. Overnight in Volterra.


Distance approx 28.5 miles (46 km) ↑ 3248 ft (990 m)  ↓ 2034 ft (620 m).

Day 7: Volterra to Pisa 
Leave Volterra for Ghizzano, a village encircled by vineyards. After approximately 2 hours cycling you reach Calcinaia.  Calcinaia was founded before the year 1000 on the right bank of the Arno River as Vico Vitri. A few kilometres more you arrive in Pontedera from where you transfer by train to Pisa with its leaning Tower. Overnight in Pisa.
Distance approx 54 km (33.5 miles) ↑ 459 ft (140 m)  ↓ 2067 ft (630 m).

Day 8: Pisa
The tour ends after breakfast with free time to visit the city, the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the famous leaning Tower.

Standard Hotel Category: 6 nights 3*** and 1 night 4**** hotels
Deluxe Hotel Category: 7 nights 4**** hotel

Grading: ***
Terrain characteristics: Hilly, with some sweet climbs and descents (last stage mostly in descent).

Global height of the tour: Between 100 and 550 mt a.s.l., average duration of the stages: from 27 to 54 km per day.
Roads: 70% asphalted, few country roads not asphalted
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
2019 Departures: Saturdays from April until October
Number of participants: Minimum 2
Luggage transport: Yes

Florence
Siena
San Gimignano
Volterra
Pisa
The Chianti region and of the Val d’Elsa.
Villages in the Chianti region including Greve, and Radda  in Chianti
Brolio, Castagnoli and Meleto castles


 

By Air –  Florence airport (FLR) is called Amerigo Vespucci and is situated on the north-west outskirts of Florence, just 4 km from the city centre. The centre can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi, and in about 20 minutes with the Busitalia SITA Nord "Vola in Bus" bus shuttle operating between the airport and the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella that you can take to the central Santa Maria Novella train station (SMN). It takes about 20 minutes. The service runs daily, including Sundays and holidays.

Departures from the airport are every 30 min between 5.30 am to 8.30 pm, then every hour until 11.45 pm. The last shuttle is at 1am.

Departures from the city center (SMN train station) are every 30 min between 5.00 am to 8.00 pm, then every hour up until 11.00 pm. The last shuttle is at 12:30am.

Return transfer: Private transfer from Pisa to Florence is possible on request. Pisa to Florence centre or airport costs €65,00 per person (min 2 pax, own bikes included).

Transfer must be requested with the reservation and paid in advance.

Getting back to Florence on your own.  

Trains go from Pisa Centrale to Florence's SMN train station throughout the day, and the journey takes about an hour.

 

Included
  • 7 night accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Welcome briefing 
  • Luggage transport
  • Tourist taxes
  • For Deluxe category ONLY: roundtrip taxi ride Hotel – Greve in Chianti city centre
  • App with tour map and itinerary (with points of interest, services and GPS position.  The App provides GPS tracks that can also be used offline), one handlebar mobile holder.
Excluded
  • Journey to/from Italy
  • Meals (except for breakfasts)
  • Drinks
  • Bike rental
  • Transfer by train 
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tourist taxes (15 to 18€ depending on the category)

Day 1: Florence
Individual arrival in Florence a true jewel of the medieval and Renaissance art, one of the most important throughout the world. Overnight in Florence.

Day 2: Florence to Greve in Chianti 
Your adventure starts with a ride through the heart of the Tuscany, a land rich in art, scents and traditions. Leave Florence and head to Impruneta, the caretaker city of the terracotta art, here you can visit ancient villas and the Basilica.  Continue on to Mercatale, a small town surrounded by the Chianti hills.  Rest here while you taste wine and other local products at the wine cellar in Palagio castle. Overnight in Greve in Chianti (standard cat) or Greve countryside (Deluxe cat.).

Distance approx 25 miles (40 km) ↑ 2198 ft (670 m)  ↓ 1640 ft (500 m).

Day 3: Greve in Chianti to Radda in Chianti 
Discover one of the best know Tuscan areas: "the road of wines". Leave Greve with its irregular, triangular shaped, public square which is still an important exchange point. Continue through the fortified medieval village of Montefioralle dominating Greve and then, after the splendid village of Panzano, you arrive in Radda in Chianti. Situated between Florence and Siena this Classic Chianti countryside, is hilly, varied and colourful. Here the famous wine was born during the Etruscan age. In Radda in Chianti, admire the Pretorio Palace and the remains of its walls and of the medieval towers. Overnight in hotel Radda in Chianti countryside (standard cat.) / Radda village (Deluxe cat.).

Distance approx 19 miles (31 km) ↑ 2297 ft (700 m)  ↓ 1772 ft (540 m).

Day 4: Radda in Chianti to Siena 
Today the tour moves from Radda in Chianti to Siena. The first stop is Meleto’s Castle, an ancient fortification transformed into a magnificent typical Tuscan villa. Cycle through the fortified village of Castagnoli to the famous Castle of Brolio. Here you can sample wine in the Ricasoli cellar. In the afternoon you reach Siena, famous for its Palio (a horse race held twice a year in July and August). Siena is full of some of the most remarkable monuments, Piazza del Campo and the Public Palace, Buonsignori Palace with the National Pinacoteca (where you can admire pictures of Duccio, Lorenzetti, S. Martini etc), the Cathedral built from the XII sec and covered from white and dark-green marble, the Piccolomini Library, the Baptistry and the Museum of the Metropolitan Work. Overnight in Siena.

Distance approx 25.5 miles (41 km)↑ 2001 ft (610 m)  ↓ 2329 ft (710 m).

Day 5: Siena to Colle Val d’Elsa
Cycle from Siena through low hills and tiny villages such as Sovicille.  The ancient Francigena Way flanks the Mount Maggio and cycling along it you can see Monteriggioni’s castle, with its "cerchia tonda" (circular walls) of approximately 570 m in diameter. Arriving in Abbadia a “Isola”,(Island Abbey).  This small medieval village was built around the Cistercian Abbey of San Salvatore, which was founded here in the tenth century.  Abbadia a “Isola” was an important place for pilgrims to rest along the Francigena Way. Continue onto Colle Val d' Elsa, the so called "Italy’s Boemia".  It has seen a great development from 1400 when, taking advantage of the engine force of river Elsa, a flourishing production of glass began. Today, Colle di Val d'Elsa is internationally renowned for the production of crystal glassware and art (15% of world production). Take time to explore the town and maybe visit the handicraft laboratory of crystal manufacture.  Overnight in Colle Val d’Elsa. 

Distance approx 17 miles (27 km) ↑ 558 ft (170 m)  ↓ 1181 ft (360 m).

Day 6: Colle Val d’Elsa to Volterra 
From Colle val d’Elsa cycle to San Gimignano. The town, up on a hill, dominates the Val d' Elsa and is a fine example of a well-preserved Medieval city; its fame is mostly due to the numerous towers still adorning it and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The village, locked up in its walls, consists of two axes that are intersected to cross: from east to the long west the axis that goes from the Hill of the Tower to the Hill of Montestaffoli, from north to long south the axis that goes from Saint Giovanni Door to Saint Matteo Door and here the Francigena Way passes through. Arrival in Volterra is in the late afternoon.  A city with 3000 years of history, Volterra is also well known for its laboratories where alabaster is worked.  You can also visit the Acropoli, the roman theatre and the walls around the historical centre. Overnight in Volterra.


Distance approx 28.5 miles (46 km) ↑ 3248 ft (990 m)  ↓ 2034 ft (620 m).

Day 7: Volterra to Pisa 
Leave Volterra for Ghizzano, a village encircled by vineyards. After approximately 2 hours cycling you reach Calcinaia.  Calcinaia was founded before the year 1000 on the right bank of the Arno River as Vico Vitri. A few kilometres more you arrive in Pontedera from where you transfer by train to Pisa with its leaning Tower. Overnight in Pisa.
Distance approx 54 km (33.5 miles) ↑ 459 ft (140 m)  ↓ 2067 ft (630 m).

Day 8: Pisa
The tour ends after breakfast with free time to visit the city, the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the famous leaning Tower.

Standard Hotel Category: 6 nights 3*** and 1 night 4**** hotels
Deluxe Hotel Category: 7 nights 4**** hotel

Grading: ***
Terrain characteristics: Hilly, with some sweet climbs and descents (last stage mostly in descent).

Global height of the tour: Between 100 and 550 mt a.s.l., average duration of the stages: from 27 to 54 km per day.
Roads: 70% asphalted, few country roads not asphalted
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
2019 Departures: Saturdays from April until October
Number of participants: Minimum 2
Luggage transport: Yes

Florence
Siena
San Gimignano
Volterra
Pisa
The Chianti region and of the Val d’Elsa.
Villages in the Chianti region including Greve, and Radda  in Chianti
Brolio, Castagnoli and Meleto castles


 

By Air –  Florence airport (FLR) is called Amerigo Vespucci and is situated on the north-west outskirts of Florence, just 4 km from the city centre. The centre can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi, and in about 20 minutes with the Busitalia SITA Nord "Vola in Bus" bus shuttle operating between the airport and the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella that you can take to the central Santa Maria Novella train station (SMN). It takes about 20 minutes. The service runs daily, including Sundays and holidays.

Departures from the airport are every 30 min between 5.30 am to 8.30 pm, then every hour until 11.45 pm. The last shuttle is at 1am.

Departures from the city center (SMN train station) are every 30 min between 5.00 am to 8.00 pm, then every hour up until 11.00 pm. The last shuttle is at 12:30am.

Return transfer: Private transfer from Pisa to Florence is possible on request. Pisa to Florence centre or airport costs €65,00 per person (min 2 pax, own bikes included).

Transfer must be requested with the reservation and paid in advance.

Getting back to Florence on your own.  

Trains go from Pisa Centrale to Florence's SMN train station throughout the day, and the journey takes about an hour.

 

Included
  • 7 night accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Welcome briefing 
  • Luggage transport
  • Tourist taxes
  • For Deluxe category ONLY: roundtrip taxi ride Hotel – Greve in Chianti city centre
  • App with tour map and itinerary (with points of interest, services and GPS position.  The App provides GPS tracks that can also be used offline), one handlebar mobile holder.
Excluded
  • Journey to/from Italy
  • Meals (except for breakfasts)
  • Drinks
  • Bike rental
  • Transfer by train 
  • Entrance Fees
  • Tourist taxes (15 to 18€ depending on the category)
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