Tuscany – One Hotel Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £729 per person
Other durations available on request.
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Cycle Tour Highlights
• Enjoy the historic town of Montecatini Alto
• Idyllic views of Pisa and the Sea
• Leaning tower of Pisa
• Visit the birth place of Leonardo de Vinci
• Medieval wine town of Monte Carlo
Cycle Route features
Simply thinking of this popular region puts a smile on a lot of people’s faces.
The many lovely landscapes in mild sunlight and numerous art cities in Tuscany make up the special charm of this region.
The famous spa town Montecatini Terme is the ideal starting point for your tours exploring the area.
You will experience world-famous attractions riding your bike.
Every day you will get from one highlight to another and at the same time you will always be looking forward to getting back into your comfortable wellness hotel.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Day 1: Arrival in Montecatini
Information on the tour and bike fitting in the evening. For the rest of the day, we recommend taking a walk in the spa park or taking the historical rack railway train to Montecatini Alto.
Day 2: Trip through the Val di Nievole Valley approx. 40 km
Today, you will cycle along wonderful ways through olive groves to the charming town of Serravalle. Beautiful panoramic views over the valley will reward you for conquering the short climbs before you will return downhill to Montecatini.
On your way, you will also pass the historic town of Montecatini Alto, where you can enjoy a glass of wine at the romantic Piazza Guisti.
Day 3: Trip to Monte Pisani and to the sea approx. 50 km
The day starts with a drive to the summit of Monte Pisano (900 m) where you can enjoy an impressive panorama of Pisa and the sea. From here you will start your bike tour with a long descent into the valley.
On the bike path along a Roman Viaduct you will get to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Later, you will continue to the Mediterranean coast and through the nature park “Macchia Lucchese” to the “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian coast”: Viareggio. At the end of your tour, you will take the train back to Montecatini.
Day 4: Trip to Florence (by train)
The capital of Tuscany offers a unique range of palaces, churches, museums and art treasures of the Renaissance to its visitors. Today, you and your bike get a break. Alternatively, you can enjoy the day in your wellness hotel.
Day 5: Trip to San Gimignano approx. 55 km
Today, you will take a shuttle to Casciana Terme. On wonderful ways, through vineyards and rolling hills, you will cycle 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. After your trip, you will take the train back to your hotel.
Day 6: Trip to Vinci approx. 55 km
On the sixth day, you will cycle on small paths through the olive groves of Montecatini to Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo. This museum dedicated to his genius and his inventions is very impressive.
On your way back to the hotel, you will cycle over gently rolling hills and through the lovely countryside of Montalbano.
Day 7: Trip to Lucca approx. 40 km
First, you will cycle through the small, medieval wine town of Monte Carlo, where one of the few white wines of Tuscany flourishes. Then you will continue your tour along the Wine Road “Colline Lucchesi”, through the backcountry, past the beautiful Villa Torriggiani 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. The train will take you back to your hotel.
Day 8: Departure or extension
Tuscany has a wonderful but also hilly landscape. You will cycle on quiet minor roads and sometimes even on country lanes. Close to bigger cities, traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map.
The Tuscany- One Hotel tour stays in a 4* hotelcarefully chosen for it’s location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
– Overnight stays in comfortable rooms type “premiere”
– Breakfast buffet
– If half board is booked: 3-course dinner
– Personal tour information with welcome drink
– All transfers and train journeys (incl. bike) in the programme
– Use of outdoor pool and fitness area
– Excellently planned routes
– Detailed travel information (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
– GPS tracks available
– Service hotline for the duration of the tour
The Grand Hotel Croce di Malta**** is located in a quiet area only a few steps from the spa park and the town centre.
The stylish hotel offers all the amenities you may expect after a nice day of cycling.
You will feel very comfortable in the spacious rooms with balconies as well as in the elegant hotel lobby, the cosy bar, or the friendly sun terrace.
The beautifully designed pool with sun lounger, the modern fitness area and the excellent restaurant ensure a memorable stay.
The new wellness area with sauna and whirlpool is only available against surcharge.
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
About the Rental Bikes
This cycling holiday uses quality crossbar and unisex hybrid bikes based on KTM frame technology, Selle Royal saddles, Shimano components and puncture-proof tyres to ensure that you have an enjoyable cycle tour. The bikes feature modern V-brakes, aluminium frames with mudguards, comfortable saddles and a rack for a supplied waterproof pannier.
You will also receive a handlebar bag and map holder for easy navigation when riding your daily itinerary. Prices advertised on the website include standard bike hire (unless stated). Colour and specification may vary from the image shown.
Unisex Bike (Colour may vary)
Men’s Bike (Colour may vary)
Electric Bike (Colour may vary)
Rental Bike PLUS
For 2020, there is an additional bike rental option available for a supplement. The PLUS hybrid bike now available on most cycling holidays is sportier with higher quality brakes (Magura HS 11) and better specification gears (Shimano Deore XT). The riding position is designed to have a slightly sportier sitting posture and a high quality Suntour suspension fork gives smooth riding on most surfaces. All accessories are compatible with the new PLUS bike rental option.
If you would like GPX files for a suitable device, please request them at the time of booking. Devices are not provided and please make sure that you bring along with you any fittings required to attach the Garmin (or similar) to the handlebars. You might want to download maps onto your phone to avoid data charges when roaming.
All bikes are provided with standard flat pedals. You can bring your own cycling pedals, but ensure that you have the correct tools to remove the pedals if the tour does not have a welcome meeting. You may also not be able to travel through airports with the tools if you are carrying hand luggage only.
You can rent a men’s bike with a crossbar, unisex/female bike with a sloping tube or an electric bike for a supplement.
7 speed bikes are equipped with a Shimano Nexus gear hub and 21 speed bikes have a Shimano Alivio derailleur. We request 21 speed bikes for all cycling holidays (when available).
When you make a booking with us, we take your height(s) and the appropriate bike size is matched up accordingly. Unisex frame 21-gears with freewheel. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 / 43 cm. Unisex 7-gears-bikes with back pedalling brake. Sizes: 56 / 51 / 46 cm. Men’s speed bikes 21-gears with free wheel and crossbar. Sizes: 64 / 60 / 56 “sloping” cm. Helmets are not provided and you will need to bring your own to use.
We always recommend wearing a helmet when on your cycling holiday!
Bike Hire Insurance
This cycle 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. We advise you to ensure that you have adequate travel insurance for your cycling holiday prior to arrival.
Electric Bike Hire
Why not upgrade your cycling experience to an E-Bike (Electric Bike)?
Using a power assisted bike is a great way to go on a cycling holiday and will help you smooth out inclines or longer days in the saddle. Each E-Bike features an LCD display, removable batteries for easy charging and assistance up to 25 km/h with a range of around 120 km for each full charge depending on usage.
E-Bike upgrade prices vary per tour, but if you require any more information about bike hire and electric bikes, please get in-touch with us on 0161 703 5819.
Tuscany – One Hotel, 8 days, 7 nights
All prices are per person and include bike hire.
2020 Cycling Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Saturdays between 04.04. and 10.10.2020
Season 1: 04.04. – 24.04.2020 | 26.09. – 10.10.2020
Season 2: 25.04. – 29.05. | 05.09. – 25.09.2020
Season 3: 30.05. – 04.09.2020
Prestige Rooms: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £869 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £939 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £999 | Book online here >>
Double Room for Single Use Supplement: £339
Half Board (3x) Supplement: £79
Half Board (6x) Supplement: £179
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
Premiere Rooms: Prices per person including bike hire
Season 1: £729 | Book online here >>
Season 2: £809 | Book online here >>
Season 3: £869 | Book online here >>
Single Room Supplement: £129
Half Board (3x) Supplement: £79
Half Board (6x) Supplement: £179
Electric Bike Upgrade: £99
Calculate the cost of your cycling holiday
Hotel Category Descriptions
Grand Hotel Croce di Malta 4**** in Montecatini Terme
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: From £729
Single Supplement: £129