A bike trip in Tuscany is a cyclist’s dream trip, and you will learn this very quickly! Spend a week with us biking in the land of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Experience the Etruscan ruins, medieval walled villages, and magnificent views, all with a splash of Tuscan wine. The bright and warm sun, meshed with superb history, rustic cuisine, and breathtaking views, makes biking in Tuscany a trip of a lifetime.
Day 1: Individual journey to Montecatini Terme
Montecatini Terme is one of the most important health resorts of Italy. The healing properties of the water were known to the ancient Romans, and such luminaries as Giacomo Puccini and Giuseppe Verdi “took their waters” there. Apart from a visit of splendid “Terme Tettuccio” you can take the cable car up to historic town centre of Montecatini Alto. Enjoy a marvellous view of the entire valley “Val’di Nievole” and the summits of the Apennines. Sip a glass of wine on medieval “Piazza Giusti” and look forward to the coming days.
Day 2: Excursion to the valley of Val di Nievole. approx. 40 km
You start your first tour on beautiful paths that lead you through olive groves into the charming village of Serravalle. Enjoy the beautiful view into the valley after you have managed some short climbs. Afterwards you cycle downhill back to Montecatini Terme where you will pass the historic village of Montecatini Alto on your way.
Day 3: Excursion to Monti Pisani and to the sea. approx. 50 km
Our transfer will bring you to the top of mountain Monte Pisano (900 m above sea level). You will have an impressive panorama towards Pisa and the sea while you are starting your tour with a long descent to the valley. Afterwards you cycle along a Latin viaduct to the Leaning Tower of Pisa and through the nature park “Macchia Lucchese” until you reach Viareggio. By train back to Montecatini Terme.
Day 4: Excursion to Florence by train
The capital of Tuscany awaits you with its palaces, churches, museums and art treasures of the Renaissance. Of course if you wish you can relax in the hotel spa on this day too…
Day 5: Excursion to San Gimignano approx. 55 km
Our transfer brings you to Casciana Terme. Your tour leads you through vineyards and on beautiful paths to San Gimignano. Enjoy the typical landscape of Tuscany. Before you reach your destination you can see the silhouette of the world famous medieval towers. By shuttle transfer back to your hotel.
Day 6: Excursion to Vinci, approx 55km
Explore Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace on this full day, round trip bike ride through the valleys and hills of Tuscany.
Day 7: Excursion to Lucca approx. 40 km
The first town to pass today is little medieval wine-grower town Montecarlo. A name for wine connoisseurs deriving from Emperor Carl IV who stayed here sometimes. The excellent wine of Montecarlo was appreciated at many royal courts in Europe. Along the wine street “Colline Luccesi e Montecarlo” past Villa Torrigiani to Lucca. By train back to your hotel.
Day 8: Departure this morning.
Grand Hotel Croce di Malta 4****
An excellent hotel located just a few steps away from the spa gardens and the centre of Montecatini Terme. The villa offers every comfort you may expect after a beautiful cycling day. You’ll feel comfortable everywhere: in the spacious rooms with balcony, also in the elegant hotel lobby, the cosy bar or on the sunny patio. You may use the magnificent pool with whirlpool, a modern fitness area and the excellent restaurant.
The new wellness area with sauna and whirlpool is only available with a local surcharge payable. Our clients will get 20% discount off the official posted rates.
RATING: Moderate to Intermediate
Tuscany has a dreamlike but also hilly landscape. The country roads and bicycle lanes are quiet however you sometimes have to make do with heavier traffic on entering or leaving a town.
A good level of fitness and cycling experience is required for this tour.
The nearest airports are Pisa and Florence. Regular bus and train service is available from both airports to Montecatini.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Tours depart every Saturday from 24 March to 13 October
2018 Season Dates
Season 1: Mar 24 – Apr 27; Sep 29 – Oct 13
Season 2: April 28 to May 25; Sep. 8 to 28
Season 3: May 26 to Sep 7
|Price per person, double occ. Season 1||CAD||$1160|
|Single room surcharge||$200|
|Season 2 surcharge||$140|
|Season 3 surcharge||$200|
|Half-board option – 7 x 3-course dinners||$285|
|Optional Electric Bike||$170|
This tour includes:
• accommodation at the luxurious Grand Hotel Croce di Malta in a Premiere room with balcony
• Buffet breakfasts
• Welcome drink
• Use of hotel luxuries and services as noted above.
• Bus transfer to Monte Pisano and Casciano Terme such as from San Gimignano incl. your bike
• Train journey from Viareggio to Montecatini, and from Lucca to Montecatini incl. your bike
• Tour information at your hotel by our local representative
• Hybrid bicycle with 21 gears, lock, repair kit and pannier
• Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
• Well planned routes with signposting
• GPS tracks available
• 7 day service helpline
Local hotel tax of approx. 15 euro p.p.
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