8 days/7 nights
Start any date from May 15 to November 15
40 to 60 km daily (24 to 36 miles).
This is a very hilly region, cut by river valleys and there are several long, steep climbs most days.
You spend two nights in all locations but one, so you can take time off from cycling on some days.
Classic Accommodation: US$2500
Luxe Accommodation: US$3085
Single suppl. classic: US$520
Single suppl. Luxe: US$645
- 7 nights hotels
- All breakfasts and 2 dinners
- Spa treatment of a massage
- Use of a top quality 21-speed hybrid bike complete with handlebar bag, pump, and all the necessary accessories for changing flats. We recommend that you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons
- Detailed route instructions and map
- Luggage transfers
- Area Manager available throughout the tour
You start in Lucca, in northern Tuscany.
The closest airport is in Pisa, which is an international airport with flights from European capitals as well as from Rome and Milan.
Pisa airport is about 30 km away from Lucca, and about a 40 minute taxi ride.
There are good train connections to Lucca from most of Italy, especially from Rome via Florence (between 3 and 4 hours).
From Milan, the train journey is significantly longer with more changes required.
Your information package will provide information about getting to the tour start.
Northern Tuscany Cycling
Benvenuto in Italia! Nothern Tuscany offers great riding and a chance to visit a less-known area of this popular region. You'll sample magnificent medieval towns and Renaissance basilicas, the spa town of Montecatini and Vinci, the birthplace of an inventor by the name of Leonardo.
Arrive in Lucca, one of the loveliest towns of Italy. Famous for its villas and olive oil from the surrounding countryside, Lucca also charms the visitor inside the city walls. The walls themselves are an attraction—intact for 4.5 kilometers. Walking or biking along their wide top is the best introduction to the town.
Warm up the cycling legs with a spin to Pisa and its famous leaning tower. The tower is part of a larger complex of buildings built of stunning white marble. On a longer ride explore the new cycling paths along the Sérchio River, with views of the Apennines in the background.
Leave Lucca and head for Montecatini Terme. Cycle past the famous villas of Lucca, being sure to choose at least one for a visit. Villa Grabou, Villa Mansi and Villa di Camigliano are among the most striking with beautiful grounds to show off the Renaissance building design. Follow the Strada di Vino on the way to Montecatini, a spa town with a very different ambiance.
Let the atmosphere of Montecatini Terme, famed for its mineral waters and hot springs, relax you. To get you in the mood, we are offering a spa treatment of a massage. Select from a choice of options to fill the day. The optional bike ride offers significant challenges for the enthusiast as it climbs high into the hills above the town. Or choose to walk to Montecatini Alte to take a caffe latte in the square. Alternately, hop a quick train to Florence, and spend the day enthralled with the art and history of this famous city.
Head south for the town of Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo. The village is tiny, but several small museums give you insight into the life and mind of this amazing man. The landscape around Vinci is also delightful, with small villages surrounded by vines and olive groves, all the more special since it is not on the standard tourist track.
Pedal into the rolling countryside to Colle di Val d’Elsa, a medieval gem famous for glass-blowing. The cycling leads you gradually away from the Arno River Valley, and into the hills of the Chianti wine region. You’ll work your way along a series of river valleys. Stop for a side trip up to the old town of Certaldo. Not visited by many North American tourists, it is a gem in red brickwork with charming shops and cafés.
Spend a day among the famous vineyards and wineries of Chianti. Cycle to Castellina in Chianti and then onto Radda in Chianti. The towns are lovely, but the best is the landscape: vineyards, forests and lines of poplars or pine cresting the hillsides.
Stroll around Colle di Val d’Elsa before departure.