individual cycle tour | 8 days / 7 nightsTuscany
Sense of life inbetween italians hills
Goethe, too, loved Tuscany, the home of eminent people like Giacomo Puccini and Leonardo da Vinci; Tuscany impresses all of our senses: mouth, nose, ears, and even the stomach. Perhaps with a portion of spaghetti al pesto and a classic Chianti? As a cyclist, you will get many opportunities to perceive the full scale of impressions, colors, shapes, and sounds in this region: the elegance of magnificent castles, the use of forms in the stylish villas, surrounded by the silvery green of the olive groves and the purple of the lilies. Visit Florence, “la bella” – the beautiful one, Siena, Vinci, and Pisa and enjoy the solitude of the wide hills cycling on quiet roads. For centuries, Tuscany has enchanted people. Both the people who have left their traces behind and helped to enrich the culture of this region and the people who came to stay. You will understand once you have been on this trip you will understand why!
Day 1: Arrival in Montecatini Terme
In the hotel, you will first get detailed information on the tour and your bikes. Afterwards, we recommend taking a walk in the spa park or taking the historical rack railway train to Montecatini Alto.
Day 2: Vinci approx. 55 km
At the beginning of your tour, you will cycle through the vast plains of the valley Valdenievole, which is characterized by a lot of agriculture. You will continue through the first Tuscan villages, through olive groves to Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo. We recommend visiting the museum in the castle since it is home to one of the largest and most original collections of machines and models of the inventor. Then, you will take quiet roads back to Montecatini Terme.
Day 3: Montecatini Terme – Pisa approx. 40-90 km
On your way to Lucca, you will pass the small, medieval wine town of Monte Carlo, where one of the few white wines of Tuscany flourishes. (Alternatively, you can take the train to Lucca). A bike ride on the historic city walls offers magnificent views of churches and towers that rise above the countless roofs of the city. Afterwards, you will continue to Lake Massacciuccoli (also called Lake of Giacomo Puccini) with stunning views of the sea and Pisa with its Court of Miracles (“Piazza dei Miracoli” – Leaning Tower).
Day 4: Pisa – Casciana Terme approx. 50 km
First, the bike path leads you along the river Arno. Many fertile fields line your way and you will continue your tour through the Pisan hills, on whose gentle slopes sweet wines, olives and juicy peaches grow. You will see small medieval villages located on the hilltops and soon you will have reached today’s destination, the spa town Casciana Terme.
Day 5: Casciana Terme – San Gimignano approx. 55 km
Today, you will cycle on beautiful trails through vineyards and rolling hills to San Gimignano. On your way, you will see images of the original Tuscany as they have been painted many times. Just before you reach today’s destination, the silhouettes of the famous medieval towers appear in front of you. Each aristocratic family once had their own tower here – and these towers still dominate the townscape.
Day 6: San Gimignano – Siena approx. 50 km
The beautiful Tuscan landscape on today‘s stage makes you forget the small climbs on the route. Once you reach the small fortified village of Monteriggioni, you will feel as if you were in the Middle Ages. Today’s highlight undoubtedly is the architectonic paradise of Siena.
Day 7: Siena – Florence approx. 50 km
The tour takes you into the midst of the wide Chianti region. Only here the world-renowned “Chianti Classico” wine, which is much respected among wine connoisseurs, is grown. The charming wine village of Castellina is on your way to Greve. Thanks to its famous wine and olive production, it is called the capital of the Chianti region. From here you will get back to Florence by bus.
Day 8: Departure or extension
Afterwards: individual departure, extension of your trip, or combination with the tours “Venice-Florence” and “Florence-Rome”.
The routeTuscany has a wonderful but also hilly landscape. You will cycle on quiet minor roads and sometimes even on country lanes from one famous city to another. Close to bigger cities, traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
|01.04. - 28.04.2017 | 30.09. - 14.10.2017|
|29.04. - 26.05.2017 | 02.09. - 29.09.2017|
|27.05. - 01.09.2017|
|country hotels||Category A||Category B|
|Surcharge single room||225,-||225,-||225,-|
|Rental bike 21-gear||75,-||75,-||75,-|
|Rental bike 7-gear||75,-||75,-||75,-|
|Extra night p.p. dbl/bb (Montecatini Terme)||65,-||65,-||51,-|
|Extra night sgl/bb (Montecatini Terme)||83,-||83,-||67,-|
|Extra night p.p. dbl/bb (Florenz)||110,-||110,-||75,-|
|Extra night sgl/bb (Florenz)||195,-||195,-||104,-|
Category Country hotels: Overnight stays in well selected country hotels in Tuscan style. All are located in the outskirts of the towns, centres to be reached easily by public transportation. Every hotel – except Florence – has a swimming pool (opening hours caused by the weather) to relax. In Montecatini Terme and Florence we book our category A 4**** hotels, centrally located.
Category A: 3*** und 4**** Hotels, sometimes with a swimming pool
Category B: 3*** Hotels
All prices per person in EUR
Hotel Mediterraneo 3*** - Montecatini Terme
In the middle of the wonderful and elegant thermal town of Montecatini Terme, you will find the cosy family-run Hotel Mediterraneo. The hotel has its own car park, a lift and...Details
Grand Hotel Duomo 4**** - Pisa
The leaning tower of Pisa is only 50m away from the Grand Hotel Duomo. We have 90 rooms, 2 suites, 4 conference rooms and 2 banquet rooms (for up to 300 people). We are always...Details
Hotel San Michele - San Gimignano
Nestled place in the beautiful Tuscan hills to the built in Tuscan style Hotel San Michele , approximately 1.5 km from the center of San Gimignano . Enjoy the family atmosphere...Details
Hotel la Cisterna - San Gimignano
When staying in the elegant La Cisterna hotel in San Gimignano, you are transported back to the medieval times. The building originates from the 14th Century and is located in a...Details
Hotel Embassy 4**** - Florence
Elegance, comfort, service and technology. That is the style of Hotel Embassy, which is located really close to Santa Maria Novella train station, the old town, da Basso castle,...Details
Hotel Residence Grifone 4**** - Florence
Hotel Residence Grifone is located in a quiet place, in the centre of a residential area on the southern edge of Florence close to the River Arno. The 4**** hotel offers a private...Details
Hotel Repubblica Marinara 4**** - Pisa
The Hotel Repubblica Marinara is located in a prime position, not far from the old town centre. It is in one of the most strategic areas of the city. Its proximity to the Airport,...Details
- Accommodation in your selected category
- Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
- Welcome briefing
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- EUROBIKE developed route
- Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
- Bus transfer from Greve – Florence incl. your bike
- EUROBIKE signposting
- GPS-data is available
- Rental bike insurance
- Service hotline
Arrival / Parking / Departure
- Montecatini Terme central train station
- Florence and Pisa airport
- Category A and Country Hotels: garage costs approx. € 45 per week
- Category B: hotel parking costs approx. € 5 per day
- Return transfer per minibus to Montecatini on request, € 25 per person incl. your bike, reservation is necessary. Private bikes will be transferred for free from Greve to Florence resp. Montecatini Terme.
- Good train connections from Florence to Montecatini Terme
Tuscanyvon Stephen McLean | Oct 10, 2016
Tuscanyvon Sabine Kerr | Aug 8, 2016
Toskana auf und abvon Manfred Moser | Jun 6, 2016
Insgesamt eine sehr schöne und anspruchsvolle Rundtour durch die Toskana. Streckenlängen geben noch ausreichend Zeit für eine Siesta. Tourunterlagen fürs Radeln (Strecke und Hinweise für Verpflegung bzw. Mittag- und Abendessen) sind sehr gut gemacht.
Tuscanyvon E Frank Pawlitza | Oct 16, 2015
The routes where good although area just after Vinci was quite busy especially with narrow roads. In Pisa little or no info on where Main square was located, once we found it, easy to hotel. Caciana Terme was not a good stop, nothing open, one restaurant and not very special. Find somewhere else to go. All of the hotels where excellent as ours where B level they all exceeded our expectations. Raimund Boekholt was an excellent host. He could not have been more accomodating to any special requirements.
Great time in Tuscanyvon Michael Naoum | Sep 27, 2015
Great trip with a good variety of terrain and riding challenges. Fantastic scenery and good support. Route identification was generally good but not perfect.