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.

Location

Lucca

Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy

Day 1

Pisa

Pisa, Province of Pisa, Italy

Day 2

Montecatini

Montecatini Terme, Province of Pistoia, Italy

Day 3+4

Vinci

Vinci, Metropolitan City of Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Day 5

Colle di Val d’Elsa

Colle di Val d'Elsa, Province of Siena, Italy

Day 6+7+8

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Spa treatment of a massage
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019 & 2020
Start any date from May 15 to November 15
Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

8 days / 7 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Lucca / Colle di Val d'Elsa

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate+: 40 to 60 km daily (24 to 36 miles). You spend two nights in all locations but one, so you can take time off from cycling on some days.

TERRAIN

Very hilly region, cut by river valleys and there are several long, steep climbs most days.

COST

Classic Accommodation: US $2,500
Single Supplement: US $520

Luxe Accommodation : US $3,085
Single Supplement : US $645

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.

Getting There 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.


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Day 1

Lucca 

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.

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Day 2

Pisa

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.

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Day 3

Montecatini

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.

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Day 4

Montecatini

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.

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Day 5

Vinci

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.

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Day 6

Colle di Val d’Elsa

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.

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Day 7

Castellina in Chianti

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.

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Day 8

Colle di Val d’Elsa

Stroll around Colle di Val d’Elsa before departure.

Classic

Hotel Alla Corte, Lucca

One of our favourite hotels in Italy, in one of our favourite towns! This 4-star hotel has been described as a jewel box; located within the historical walls of Lucca, it is charming and intimate with tasteful décor.


Grand Hotel Croce di Malta, Montecatini

Well situated, this hotel although ‘grand’ is managed like a private residence with attention to the small details. Enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, piano bar and on-site restaurant. Breakfast is served in the pleasant winter garden.


Hotel Alexandra, Vinci

This 3-star hotel is comfortable with amenities to make your stay enjoyable.


Castel Bigozzi, Val d'elsa

In the middle ages, this castle was the property of the Montanini family and has been turned into an elegant 4-star hotel, surrounded by olive trees in a large park setting with large swimming pool.


Luxe

Hotel Locanda L'Elisa, Lucca

A Relais and Chateaux property, with the expected 5-star amenities. The location is outside of Lucca historical centre, but there is a good restaurant if you choose to relax at the hotel.


Grand Hotel la Pace, Montecatini Terme

This property dates from 1870; the 5-star hotel boasts a pool and spa facilities and is surrounded by rolling meadows.


Hotel Alexandra, Vinci

This 3-star hotel is comfortable with amenities to make your stay enjoyable.


Relais della Rovere, Colle di Val d'Elsa

Once a prosperous Benedictine Abbey and for 5 centuries a Cardinal’s residence, this 4-star hotel is located a few kilometers from town; hardwood floors, fresh flowers and elegant furnishings complement the buildings historical grandeur.



Tuscany, Italy
Randonnee tours offers cycling and hiking trips in Italy
Trips starting at
US $2,500

Tour Reviews

June 15, 2015

Such a lovely country…its people and being able to enjoy all this by biking.

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