Spend a week savoring Tuscan roads, food, and wine: from the Val d'Orcia UNESCO protected site, via Crete Senesi and Chianti area, visiting some of the most enchanting medieval towns like Pienza, Montalcino and Siena.
This itinerary will be a special combination of the classic Heart of Tuscany enriched by some spectacular rides, cooking lesson to discover the secret of Tuscan cuisine, taste the fantastic tuscan dishes and world famous wines like Brunello di Montalcino and Chianti.
Discover by bike all that Tuscany has to offer, with the people who know it best.
On the first part of the week you will cycle surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Val d’Orcia, UNESCO protected site, and you can visit some nice towns including Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino.
On the second part you will cycle through the Crete Senesi region to Chianti, famous for its wine.
DATES 2019: 6-12 May and 14-20 October
Day 1 - Benvenuti in Toscana
Meet our staff at Chiusi-Chianciano train station at 12.00 pm (a stop on all major Florence-Rome lines), and private transportation to Palazzo del Capitano, ancient building of XIV century trasnformed in an elegant and charming 4 stars hotel at San Quirico d'Orcia, in the heart of Val d'Orcia.
Check-in into your room and welcome aperitif to introduce the Tuscany Bike Tour before the first delicious dinner in typical restaurant of San Quirico d’Orcia.
PIENZA, MONTEPULCIANO AND MONTICCHIELLO
56 km – Elevation gain: 910 meters
The landscapes of the Val d'Orcia region, one of the most beautiful place in Tuscany and UNESCO world heritage site.
Visit of Pienza, the "ideal" city of the Renaissance time, also famous for its Pecorino cheese.
A quick stop at Montepulciano, with its winding streets and squares.
Monticchiello, a small medieval and charming town.
Light lunch with Pecorino cheese tasting in typical farm and dairy.
Take a relax break before a cooking class where you can discover the secret of tuscan dishes. During the lesson you will make a complete menu and the end, dinner is served with the dishes prepared during the lesson.
MONTALCINO AND BAGNO VIGNONI
51 km – Elevation gain: 990 meters
Climbing up to Montalcino, town of Brunello wine.
Visit of Montalcino, medieval town surrounded by vineyards and beuatiful view on the valley.
The Abbey of Sant’Antimo, one of the most beautiful romanic church in Italy.
Climbing again towards Castiglione d’Orcia and Rocca d’Orcia, the beautiful landscapes will compensate the challenging ascent.
Lunch at Bagno Vignoni, cute medieval town where the main square of the village is a big thermal pool which contains the original source of thermal water.
Take a relax break before the last dinner at the local osteria.
THE CRETE SENESI
56 km – Elevation gain: 700 meters
An unforgettable ride surrounded by the views of the Crete Senesi to the edge of the Chianti.
The Crete Senesi region, where badlands and biancane characterize the landscape in this part of Tuscany.
A short break at Asciano with its churches and museums.
Lunch and wine tour and tasting in a Chianti winery located at Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Dinner and accommodation at Villa Curina Resort.
55 km - Elevation gain: 1080 meters
Castelnuovo Berardenga and its landscape museum.
Villa a Sesta and San Gusmè, cute town in Chianti
The Castle of Brolio, symbol of Chianti and good wines to taste.
Gaiole, town where L’Eroica was born in 1997.
Radda in Chianti with its small street and a wonderful view on the vineyards.
Dinner and accommodation at Villa Curina resort.
SIENA, MONTERIGGIONI AND SAN GIMIGNANO
62 km - Elevation gain: 870 meters
The passage in Siena, with its medieval city center, the Duomo and Piazza del Campo - The Montagnola Senese, riding through woods and crossing the Via Francigena pilgrimage route - Monteriggioni, known throughout the world for its extraordinary well-preserved old town and walls - Climbing up to San Gimignano, “City of Beautiful Towers” - Lunch and wine tour and tasting in a winery along the route.
After the wine tasting and lunch, back to Villa Curina with our van.
Relax and dinner in hotel.
Day 7 - Arrivederci
Check-out and transportation back to the starting point of the tour or to Florence (hotel of the city center, train station or airport.
Otherwise you can decide to add more days of your stay.
- 6 Nights stay with breakfast
- 5 Dinners, drinks not included
- 1 Cooking class with dinner
- Light lunch, wine tasting, cheese tasting and lunch included day by day
- Baggage transportation between the hotels
- Maps and information for your daily stage
- Van support each day with water, fruits and power bars
- Expert bike guide
- Private transfer on day 1 and 7
- Bike jersey Anima Toscana
- Medical/baggage insurance
- Tourist city tax
- Rental bike (hybrid, road bike, electric bike)
- Activities for non-cyclist (cooking class, truffle hunting, guided tours, horse back riding, trekking...)
- Discount for private transfer on day 1, if you arrive with your car.
8 People: 1690,00 €
*Tour and prices guaranteed with a minimum of participants.
The atmosphere of a nobler Mansion of the fifteenth century blend with the warm welcome made of a little details and touches that change your holiday in an unforgettable experience.
A meticulous restoration has transformed the ancient building of XIV century in an elegant and charming 4 stars hotel joining tradition with modern comforts.
Little sixteenth century village full of history and fascination, where a refined holiday full of charm awaits you. Elegant rooms, a staff always at your disposal, a restaurant with local and avant-guarde cuisine but always respectful of Tuscan tradition.