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Tuscany Coastline

From the Leaning Tower to Elba.

This particular cycling tour perfectly combines the impressive hilly landscape of Tuscany, typical of this region with its amazing mixture of colours and scents, with the striking scenery of the Etruscan coastline. Stunning cycling paths lead to cultural highlights like Pisa, Livorno, Piombino and several archaelogical excavation sites. Breathe in the warm sea breeze of the Mediterranean whilst pedalling along beautiful white sandy beaches and thrilling steep cliffs. To top all that, the tour also leads you into the hinterland relished by any food and wine connoisseur. Fine vineyards and silvery olive trees line the wine route of the  ‚Costa degli Etruschi’. The crowning glory and highlight of the cycling adventure is a bike trip over to the island of Elba. Relaxation and enjoyment are the main focus of this cycling trail along the impressive coastline of Tuscany! How can anyone resist and not be enticed by all these temptations…

Holiday Cyclist

Holiday Cyclist
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour

Itinerary

In the evening, you will have your welcome briefing and get your bikes. A first glimpse and a visit to the exquisite old part of town is possible today too.

From the Piazza dei Miracoli, home of the Leaning Tower, there are lovely trails winding through the national park ‚Macchia Lucchese’ directly to the sea. Along the sandy beach you will reach the charming sea side town and spa Viareggio. On the way there and in the resort, the refreshing waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea will tempt you to dive in. Short train ride back to Pisa.

Morgens kurzer Bahntransfer nach Livorno. In der historischen Hafenstadt lädt nicht nur das berühmte Viertel „Venezia Nuova“ mit seinen vielen Kanälen zum Verweilen ein. Über die Uferpromenade mit seinen Villen der Belle Epoque geht es mit dem Rad hinein ins Hinterland. Eine längere Steigung führt durch den Naturpark „Monti Livornesi“. Im weiteren Verlauf durchfährt man ursprünglich toskanische Dörfer bis eine lange Abfahrt mit herrlichen Meeresblicken begeistert. Der Übernachtungsort liegt direkt an der Steilküste und versprüht mit seinen Palmen und Uferwegen mediterranes Flair.

Today’s section is all about the Etruscan coastline. Via the famous white sandy beaches of Vada you will pass through some of the most striking pine forests in all of Italy. After that a cool cycle path in the shade leads you through the nature park ‚Tomboli’ and then on to Bibbona. From there your journey takes you to the well known wine region of Bolgheri. It is here where the top Tuscan grapes are pressed! After passing the longest Italian avenue lined with cypresses, once again the sea is not far away. Marina di Castagneto is a classic Italian sea side town with its many beach cafes and promenades.

The day starts with an ascent towards the medieval town called Castagneto Carducci. A well deserved break over a cup of cappuccino and stunning views follows. After that, the ride continues upwards on a curvy mountain road through romantic cork oak forests. A few breaks in little traditional villages with the characteristic stone built houses will stay in your memory forever.  Next, a comfortable descent through olive groves takes you to the well-known beach ‚Golfo di Baratti’ with Etruscan excavation sites and all. Only a few kilometres left until Piombino, an impressive seaside town where you can relax on the Piazza directly by the sea.

A ferry ride will take you to Portoferraio (duration approx. 1 hour). Stunning scenery and first glimpses of the island accompany the boat trip. A short cycle path along the panoramic route will lead you to several secluded bays and coves. The longer tour takes you through the hilly hinterland with its characteristic island vegetation of the ’Macchia Mediterranea’. On the return journey to Piombino a picturesque and glorious sunset at sa will be the perfect ending to this day.

Tour character

The terrain is mainly flat to slightly hilly. The only two strenuous stretches are during the two legs in the hinterland. Nearly all cycle paths are asphalted and some segments along the sea will be on rustic but well maintained trails. Due to lack of cycle paths along some sections, cycling briefly on roads with moderate traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.

Prices and events

All data at a glance
Season 1
Apr 29, 2018 - May 19, 2018
Sep 30, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018
Sunday
Season 2
May 20, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018
Sep 2, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
Sunday
Season 3
Jun 30, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018
Saturday and Sunday
Tuscany Coastline, 7 days, IT-TORTK-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room
659,00
310,00
729,00
310,00
829,00
310,00
Season 1
Apr 29, 2018 - May 19, 2018
Sep 30, 2018 - Oct 7, 2018
Season 2
May 20, 2018 - Jun 29, 2018
Sep 2, 2018 - Sep 29, 2018
Season 3
Jun 30, 2018 - Sep 1, 2018
Pisa
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Piombino
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
70,00
135,00
60,00
95,00
70,00
135,00
60,00
95,00
70,00
135,00
75,00
110,00
Price
Rental bike 21-gear
Rental bike 7-gear
Electric bike
80,00
80,00
180,00

Services and infos

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
  • Welcome briefing
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • EUROBIKE developed route
  • Detailed travel documents (route maps, route description, local attractions, important telephone numbers)
  • Train journey from Viareggio – Pisa and from Pisa – Livorno incl. your bike
  • Return ferry to Elba incl. your bike
  • EUROBIKE signposting
  • GPS-data is available
  • Rental bike insurance
  • Service hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Pisa train station
  • Pisa and Florence airport
  • Hotel garage costs approx. € 10 per day, to be paid for at the time, no reservation possible, or free car parking at the hotel
  • Return transfer by minibus to Pisa every Saturday, this costs € 55 per person, incl. your bike, reservation is necessary
  • Good train connections from Piombino to Pisa
  • Where visitor's tax is due, it is not included in the tour price!
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Ratings

4 of 5 Stars (1 Rating)
4 stars
Michael Geissbühler CH | 27.05.2015
Toskanische Küste
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