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 the Chianti, famous for its wine, where the Tuscany bike tour ends with the participation to L’Eroica vintage race in Gaiole in Chianti.
The Tuscany bike tour is a perfect mix of bike, history, wine tasting and cooking class, for an unforgettable holiday.
DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
PRICE PER PERSON: 2430,00 €
WHERE: Val d'Orcia - Crete Senesi - Chianti
WHEN: from 1 to 8 October 2018
1 October 2018 - Benvenuti in Toscana
Individual arrival at the hotel Casanova www.residencecasanova.it/ , located at San Quirico d’Orcia, in the heart of Val d’Orcia.
During your stay you can take a relax break from the cycling journey and enjoy the SPA light package, an hydroterapic circuit in salted water with natural microcomponents from 9.00 to 20.00.
Briefing and welcome aperitif before a delicious dinner in typical restaurant of San Quirico d’Orcia.
2 October 2018
PIENZA, MONTEPULCIANO AND MONTICCHIELLO
60 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 from the cycling journey and enjoy the SPA before dinner.
Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Casanova
3 October 2018
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 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.
4 october 2018
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
5 October 2018
SIENA AND MONTERIGGIONI
60 km - Elevation gain: 1100 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 direction Chianti region and Castellina in Chianti - Lunch and wine tour and tasting in a winery along the route.
Arrival at the hotel CDH Radda in Chianti www.hotelraddainchianti.it
Delivery of the Eroica packages, race number and vintage bike setting.
Relax and dinner in hotel.
6 October 2018
THE ROAD TO GAIOLE IN CHIANTI
Short tour loop to discover the last part of the Eroica route to Gaiole in Chianti, during the ride you can boost your confidence with vintage bike - Visit of the Eroica festival and vintage market - Participation to the Cena degli Eroici (Heroes dinner) last event before the ride!
7 October 2018 - L'Eroica
Wake up early and private transportation to Gaiole in Chianti to participate at the XXI edition of L’Eroica - Five routes available: 209 km, 135 km, 75 km, 46 km, and the newest Chianti Classico route 115 km long - Pasta party, transportation back to the hotel and final dinner.
8 October 2018
Breakfast and individual departures
- 7 Nights stay with breakfast
- 6 Dinners, drinks not included
- 1 “Cena degli Eroici” in Gaiole in Chianti
- 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
- Transfer from/to Gaiole in Chianti the day of L’Eroica
- Expert bike guide
- Registration to L’Eroica 2018 (medical certificate mandatory)
- Road bike hire in carbon fiber, ultegra groupset, from 1 to 5 October
- Eroica vintage bike hire from 5 to 7 October
- Wool bike jersey of Anima Toscana
- Medical/baggage insurance
- Tourist city tax
- Discount for bike rental if you bring the personal bike
- Activities for non-cyclist (cooking class, truffle hunting, guided tours, horse back riding, trekking and more)
- Private transfer: airport, train station or hotels