Tuscany (Montecatini to Florence) Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £709 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Ride around fabulous countryside
• Cycle in the famous cities of Siena and Florence
• A popular region for cycling
• Explore the spa town of Montecatini Terme
• A chance to ride from one famous city to another
Cycle Route: Rolling hills of Tuscany
Tuscany 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. Closer to bigger cities, traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st day: Individual arrival in Montecatini Terme
Take your car or the train to Florence and on to 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.
2nd day: Vinci approx. 55 km by bike
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.
3rd day: 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.
4th day: Pisa – Casciana Terme approx. 40 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 your today’s destination, the spa town Chianni.
5th day: 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.
6th day: San Gimignano – Siena approx. 45 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.
7th day: 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.
8th day: Florence/departure
Spend time in Florence, the capital of Tuscany, with the nickname “la bella”, the beautiful one.
Important – Local visitor taxes are payable locally in all hotels!
Tuscany 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.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map
The Tuscany Cycle Tour tour stays in Country Houses, 3* hotels or 4* hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
• Overnight stays in the selected category
• Breakfast buffet or ample breakfast
• Personal tour information
• Luggage transfer between hotels
• Excellently planned routes
• Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
• Bus transfer – Greve to Florence inc. bike
• GPS tracking available
• Service hotline for the duration of the tour
Quality, comfortable and sturdy bikes
We understand that well made bikes are essential for an enjoyable cycling holiday. All bikes are based on technology from leading Austrian bike manufacturer ‘KTM’ and serviced by an expert mechanic.
The bikes use good quality components to give you confidence in the bike on your holiday and comfortable riding on varied cycle paths and roads.
About the bikes
You will be given an easily identifiable, solid and sturdy aluminum trekking bike with V-brakes, solid wheels, almost puncture resistant tyres. Each bike has been built through continuous development and feedback from customers.
Each bike is also fitted with a dynamo lighting system for ease, handlebar bag, pannier, mudguards and comfortable saddle made by Selle Royal.
You can also bring your own saddle and adapter with you (diameter of seat post from 27, 2 to 31, 4 mm). We help you with the fitting of saddles and SPD shoes should you require assistance.
7-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano NEXUS gear hub. Gears can be changed anytime even whilst stationary.
21-gear-bikes are equipped with Shimano ALIVIO derailleur. The ALIVIO system is robust and easy to use.
The following frame sizes are available on tours with the bikes shown in the picture:
Unisex frame 21-gears with free wheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm
Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedal brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm
Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with freewheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping crossbar” cm
(Must be reserved in advance!)
We will request your heights at the time of booking to ensure correct bike sizing.
We high-quality accessories for your holiday from well-known manufacturers:
• Waterproof rear pannier
• Waterproof handlebar bag
• Service-Set with tools and extra bicycle tube
• Bike pump
• Combination lock
Electric Bikes (E-Bikes) are available!
Tuscany (Montecatini to Florence)
8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2017 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 01.04. – 28.04.2017 | 30.09. – 14.10.2017
Season 2: 29.04. – 26.05.2017 | 02.09. – 29.09.2017
Season 3: 27.05. – 01.09.2017
Category A: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £819 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £849 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £869 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £209
Electric Bike Upgrade: £89
Category B: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £709 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £729 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £759 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £209
Electric Bike Upgrade: £89
Hotel Category Descriptions
Category A: well chosen 3*** and 4**** Hotels, with air condition, partly with swimming pool
Category B: well chosen 3*** Hotels
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price and are payable at the hotel.
This tour benefits from bike insurance against rental bike theft and damage in the holiday price! Please make sure you lock up the bike, leave it where told by the hotel and treat your hire bicycle as if the bike was your own. Any negligent treatment of the bike will exempt you from cover.
Holiday Price: £709
Single Supplement: From £209