No other Italian region attracts more travellers from all over the world than Tuscany. Delightful countryside, excellent cuisine and masterpieces of art history make this trip an unforgettable experience. Enjoy the gentle magic of this region and its scenic beauty. The mild Tuscany climate in spring and autumn is ideal for a cycling vacation.
This economical tour is a wonderful way for budget minded travellers to discover the beauty of the Chianti region. The countless palazzos, triumphal arches, mosaics and frescoes now serve as signposts for the cycle route taking you into the breathtaking beauty of Florence, Siena and San Gimignano.
From Siena you start to head north towards the beautiful village of Radda in Chianti. The remains of its ancient walls testimony the historical significance that this town had in the competition between Florence and Siena.
Today the route brings you to Greve over the rounded Tuscan hills with beautiful views.
Florence, capital of the region of Tuscany, spreads on the banks of the Arno, between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas, almost in the middle of the Italian peninsula. Two of the many artists associated with Florence are Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti.
The village of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa has Roman origins; it is named after the ancient taverns offering accommodation and refreshment located along the road which linked Florence to Siena and thence to Rome.
From Tavarnelle you cycle to Colle Val d’Elsa, which lies in the heart of Tuscany, in a strategically favourable position near the towns of Siena and Florence. It is situated on the via Francigena that connects Rome with the North. On the way you pass Certaldo, whose upper part has remained as it was in the Middle Ages. Further on you come across San Gimignano, which rises on a hill dominating the Val d’Elsa with its towers.
From Colle Val d’Elsa you will cycle to the beautiful town of Siena, which is not only one of the most fascinating towns in Tuscany but is also in a particularly beautiful position, with lovely environs.
RATING: Moderate to Challenging
Many of these routes are quite heavy going, with sloping landscapes dotted with steeper inclines, but not overwhelmingly so. Average daily distance is about 40 kilometres. 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.
The nearest airports are Pisa and Florence. Regular bus and train service is available from both airports to Siena, where your tour starts.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Every Saturday from late March to mid-October. Any date can be organised for a minimum group of 5 persons.
Departure Dates 2020: Every Saturday from April to October
Season 1: 28.3 – 11.4 and 26.09 – 10.10
Season 2: 18.4 – 16.5 and 12.9 – 19.9
Season 3: 23.5 – 5.9
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1165|
|Single room surcharge||$350|
|Season 2 surcharge||$140|
|Season 3 surcharge||$180|
|E-bike surcharge: $180|
This tour includes:
– all major Italian cities are charging a hotel tax of approx. 2-3 euro per person/day. This must be paid locally.
– the cost of the train transfer from Florence to Certaldo is not included
in the tour price (approx. 50 min. – 7,00 € per person + bike).
– For more avid cyclists there is a tour option possible with just one night in Florence, then cycling to the town of Tavarnelle on Day 5 (40km), onwards to Colle Val d’Elsa on Day 6 (45km). Deduct $70 for this option.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment