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.
Day after day, pedaling among olive groves and vineyards, you’ll be immersed into the spirit of L'Eroica vintage cycling event, where people from all over the world come to Gaiole to ride the gravel roads of Tuscany and seek out the authentic roots of this fantastic sport, with its great, popular heart, and rediscover the beauty of fatigue and the thrill of conquest.
- Ride L'Eroica, the world's greatest cycling event
- Learn the secret of Tuscan cuisine, taste local food and good wines
- Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Val d’Orcia and Siena
- Ride the Crete Senesi and Chianti wine region, the most beautiful rides in Tuscany
DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
PRICE PER PERSON: 2490,00 €
WHERE: Val d'Orcia - Crete Senesi - Chianti
WHEN: from 30 September to 7 October 2019
30 September 2019 - Benvenuti in Toscana
Meet 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.
Bike setting with mechanic before a delicious dinner in typical restaurant of San Quirico d’Orcia.
1 October 2019
PIENZA, MONTEPULCIANO AND MONTICCHIELLO
50 km - Elevation gain 910 meters (longer option: 62 km)
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.
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.
2 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 .
Rest of the day in relax before the final dinner at the Osteria il Vecchio Forno.
3 october 2019
THE CRETE SENESI
56 km – Elevation gain: 700 meters (longer option: 64 km)
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, little sixteenth century village full of history and fascination.
4 October 2019
SIENA, MONTERIGGIONI and CASTELLINA IN CHIANTI
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.
After the wine tasting and lunch, back to Villa Curina with our van.
Delivery of the Eroica packages, race number and vintage bike setting.
Relax and dinner in hotel.
5 October 2019
THE ROAD TO GAIOLE IN CHIANTI
Tour loop to discover part of the Eroica route to Gaiole in Chianti, during the ride you can improve your confidence with the vintage bike, also on the gravel roads - Visit of the Eroica festival and vintage market - Lunch along the road and back to Villa Curina.
Participation to the Cena degli Eroici in Gaiole in Chianti last event before the ride!
6 October 2019 - L'Eroica
Wake up early and private transportation to Gaiole in Chianti to participate at the 2019 edition of L’Eroica - You can choose between different routes: 209 km, 135 km, 75 km, 46 km.
At the end of the race pasta party and private transportation back to the hotel fot the final dinner.
7 October 2019
Breakfast and individual departures.
- 7 Nights stay with breakfast
- 5 Dinners, drinks not included
- 1 cooking class with dinner
- 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 and fruits
- Transfer from/to Gaiole in Chianti the day of L’Eroica
- Expert bike guide
- Guaranteed registration to L’Eroica 2019 (medical certificate mandatory)
- Eroica race package and souvenir
- Delivery of the race package in your room
- Road bike hire in carbon fiber, ultegra groupset, from 1 to 4 October
- Vintage bike hire for L'Eroica 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
*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.
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Villa Curina Resort
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.
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