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Giro of Tuscany
Cyclomundo offers guided and self-guided cycling trips in Tuscany Self-guided trip: Starts any Saturday from April through October 2017
6 nights/7 days
Daily mileage: From 43 km (27 miles) to 116 km (72 miles, long option)
Trip starts from Florence and ends in Pisa. Both cities are serviced by low-cost airlines.
Accommodation in 3- and 4-star properties (Option A) or in 4-star properties (Option A+)
Level 4 (Difficult)
From 705 euros per person sharing a double room

Giro of Tuscany: Florence to Pisa via Siena - 6 nights/7 days

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Your cycling tour starts from Florence
 
This Tuscany cycling tour will take you through San Gimignano
 

Savor your visit to the Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance with our self-guided "Giro of Tuscany" tour that includes some action-packed biking on some of the country's most beloved landscapes. Ride along mountain ranges and fertile plains as you pedal from city to city; starting off with the artistically inspired city of Florence, to the architectural wonders of Pisa.

You will pass by the famous road of wines, where a sip of the local Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino will help motivate you to continue on your journey. The local cuisine will surely quell your hunger, and the numerous pastoral views, full of well-preserved castles and cathedrals, will feed your visual senses. In addition, the eager smiles of the locals will welcome you into their region.

Note that this cycling tour is ideal for avid riders who can comfortably cover 80 kilometers/50 miles on rolling hills. Looking for an easier version? We recommend Tuscany's Jewels and Treasures

 
Itinerary
Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival in Florence

Welcome to the capital of Tuscany--we hope you're excited! After all, you're about to be introduced to a plethora of new experiences in art, culture and delicacies. As you walk through Florence's cobblestone streets, immerse yourself in this old European city. Take some time and admire its brick-laden walls, a familiar feature in Florence's architecture. Your bike tour will commence tomorrow, and as you prep yourself for your travels, you might want to wander around and see more of the local spots. Drop by an art gallery or just enjoy the crowd in the plaza. There is a romantic atmosphere that sweeps through the city as the sun goes down.
Day 2 (Sunday): Florence — Radda-in-Chianti (69 km/43 miles, 1,537 meters/5,043 ft of climbing)

From Florence, you'll be pedaling your way towards Impruneta, a city known for its terracotta art, quaint villas, and a famous basilica called the Sanctuary of Santa Maria. Ten kilometers (6 miles) further and you will arrive at Mercatele,a little town surrounded by the hills of Chianti, also famous for its wineries. Indulge yourself in the local wine flavors and take a break stop at Greve's public square. You'll recognize it easily--it's a triangle! Your destination for tonight is Radda in Chianti,where you can find the medieval palace of Pretorio as a landmark. Rest up tonight in your hotel, and get ready for your next ride.
Day 3 (Monday): Radda-in-Chianti — Siena (43 km/27 miles, 753 meters/2,470 ft of climbing)

Your next destination is Siena. From the hilly landscape of Chianti, you will be entering a quaint town with ancient forts. Spot Meleto's Castle, a true Tuscan villa perched by the countryside. Proceed through Castagnolli and take a break at the Castle of Brolio for a quick Ricasoli wine tasting. With good pacing, you'll reach the city of Siena, known for being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don't miss Piazza del Campo where the Palio, Siena's famous horse race is held bi-annually. Among your must-visits: the Siena Cathedral, with its strong Gothic inspired architecture and Palazzo Publico, Siena's city hall.
Day 4 (Tuesday): Siena — Montalcino — Siena (Short option: 70 km/44 miles; Long option: 116 km/72 miles, 1,869 meters/6,132 ft of climbing) 

Leaving the city center, you will be cycling through lush, green hills to get to the renowned Brunello vineyards. Don't stop yet--your wine-tasting session happens at Montalcino, just a few kilometers from the presses. After a glass, or two, you can start cycling your way to Asciano. Get your much-needed tranquil moment at Monte Oliveto Abbey, known as the Crete Senesi--home of all things Tuscan. From where you stand, you will see a patchwork of fields with pillars of cypress trees, rolling hills, more vineyards, and hidden villages that seems to hide from the dense forest. Choose your route: explore more of the land's secrets by cycling the long option (108 km) or cut it short to a 70-km ride by taking a train from Montalcino to Siena.
Day 5 (Wednesday): Siena - Volterra (73 km/45 miles, 1,401 meters/4,596 ft of climbing)

Traveling along the Via Francigena, you'll get to visit small, busy villages before you reach Monteriggioni and its remarkable Roman abbey (Abbadia a Isola). Gaze into the castle of Moteriggioni along the way and visit Colle Val d'Elsa, dubbed as Italy's Bohemia. This area, named after an old Etruscan hero, is known for being a significant industrial center with medieval architecture. From here, head to San Gimignano, where you'll experience a legitimate taste of a medieval city, a UNESCO world heritage site. Next on the list is Volterra where you'll arrive in the late afternoon with enough time to enjoy artisan alabaster works and visit the Roman theatre, the Acropoli. Enjoy the rest of the day strolling around the Romanesque centers as you settle down for the night.
Day 6 (Thursday): Volterra - Pisa (76 km/47 miles, 379 meters/1,243 ft of climbing)

Your last day of cycling is a less strenuous ride to the city of Pisa. Leave Volterra by the way of Ghizzano, a pleasant village surrounded by vineyards. Calcinaia, a small municipality, can be reached in two hours or so. After reaching Pontedera, cycle along the Arno River all the way to Pisa, home of the world-famous Leaning Tower.
Day 7 (Friday): Departure

In the last day of your tour, you can wander around the city after breakfast. Make sure you drop by Pisa's most favorite sites such as the Leaning Tower or the Piazza del Miracoli.
Booking & Pricing
From 705 euros per person sharing a double room

Two options are available for this trip:

Option A:
1 night in a 4-star hotel and 5 nights in 3-star hotels

  • 705 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 190 euros
  • 725 euros per person in May, June, and September. Single supplement is 195 euros
  • 770 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 200 euros

Option A+: 6 nights in 4-star hotels

  • 910 euros per person in April and October. Single supplement is 475 euros
  • 945 euros per person in May, June, and September. Single supplement is 480 euros
  • 975 euros per person in July and August. Single supplement is 485 euros

These prices include:

  • 6 nights' accommodation (as described above)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meeting with our local representative
  • Luggage transfers
  • Marked maps and/or cue sheets and route notes
  • Tourist information
  • Assistance if necessary (you will be provided with our local rep's mobile number)
  • Service charges and most taxes

These prices do not include:

  • Nominal city taxes, to be paid in cash directly at each hotel
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Bicycle rentals. Full-carbon bikes are available at the rate of 210 euros per bike (this price includes the drop-off fee for the bike's return to Florence.
For further information or reservations:
Please book online at your earliest convenience as this trip is subject to hotel availability.
Our e-mail address: info@cyclomundo.com
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