Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

Get a glimpse of the best of Italy and spend 5 days in Tuscany on a bicycle. This trip starts from the historic capital of Rome, from where you move to the Tuscan region exploring its little-known secrets one by one. Cycling at your own pace, you can ever so often stop to enjoy scrumptious Italian meals at cafes or to just enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the rolling hills and vineyards. From the walled city of Lucca to the lovely town of Vinci and finally the grand finale at Florence, this trip with moderate daily cycling distances is a treat for anyone who wants to explore differently. Not to mention, going with a small group just makes it all the more interesting and fun!

Day 1 : Arrive in Rome

Upon arrival in Rome, you spend the rest of your day at leisure to explore as you please. The arrival transfer is by own arrangement but our detailed travel documents will make it simple for you to find your way to your centrally located boutique hotel. Rome has a lot to offer and you would definitely want to spend your evening exploring.

Meals: None.


Day 2 : Rome, Walking Tour

After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour of Rome that includes a visit to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Stroll through the treasures of the Capitoline Hill, where Augustus, Rome's first emperor, was born. Your evening is free and you may want to head over to the Vatican to admire the Sistine Chapel on your own. Many parts of Rome have lovely squares and often just sitting by and watching life pass by you is an experience in itself.

Meals: Breakfast.


Day 3 : Rome - Pisa

After breakfast, check out from the hotel to reach the main rail terminal in time to take your train to Pisa. After your arrival in Pisa, head to the hotel. If your rooms are not ready you can leave your luggage and go over to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In the evening, there will be a briefing on your cycling tour along with a bike fitting. We recommend a dinner at the magnificent old part of town that day. You have an overnight stay at Pisa.

Meals: Breakfast.


Day 4 : Pisa – Lucca, Cycling (About 35 km)

Your biggest highlight of the Italian trip starts today. After breakfast, you start riding your touring bike from the square Piazza dei Miracoli, home of the leaning tower and head towards Lake Massaciuccoli. The panorama road onto the lake and the Tyrrhenian Sea offers stunning views. Glide past countless olive groves until you hit River Serchio, continuing along its cycling path to the centre of the fortified city of Lucca. You will pass the historic old part of the town, riding atop the circular city walls. You will stay in the walled city at one of the top rated B&Bs tonight.

Meals: Breakfast.


Day 5 : Lucca – Montecatini Thermal Spring, Cycling (Approx. 40 km)

After breakfast, you start your leisurely ride to Montecatini, the spa resort town of Italy. You will spot several baroque villas along today's route to Montecarlo. The village, located on top of a hill, is best known for its excellent white wine and you would definitely want to sample some yourself in one of the charming ‘enotecas’. Riding at your pace, you will go past the Valdinievole valley arriving at Montecatini where you will be staying for two nights. Why not enjoy a spa treatment today?

Meals: Breakfast.


Day 6 : Day Trip to Vinci, Cycling (About 55 km)

After a leisurely breakfast, you will cycle through olive groves on small paths from Montecatini to Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. For those of you who prefer to take it slow, you can stay on in Montecatini but you may regret not only missing out on another Tuscan jewel but also the impressive da Vinci museum that captures the genius of the great inventor. A ride on the funicular to Montecatini Alto is highly recommended before you return to your hotel for the night.

Meals: Breakfast.


Day 7 : Montecatini - Pistoia, Cycling (About 30 km)

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and start pedaling towards the small Medieval village of Montevettolini. Today’s riding will reward you with fantastic views of the Arno valley before you ride to Pistoia, a well-kept Tuscan secret often referred to as ‘Little Florence’. Its charming squares and impressive churches will give you a taste of the great neighbouring town of Florence, your next destination.

Meals: Breakfast.


Day 8 : Pistoia to Florence, Cycling (About 50 km)

You may want to get an early start as today, you cycle through the shallow alluvial land between the Arno and Ombrone rivers. You will come across beautiful gardens and an splendid variety of plants along the route thanks to the fertile plains along the route. Along your route in Poggio a Caiano you will come across one of the most famous Medici villas. Riding past cypressus Alamedas, you will reach the Arno riverbanks and will head toward the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence. You will want to step out today and explore Florence on your own. Perhaps you would like to celebrate your last evening by making merry with the locals in one of the street cafes.

Meals: Breakfast.


Day 9 : Departure from Florence

We recommend an evening flight so you have the morning free to explore the best of Florence. Climb the Duomo to get a bird's-eye view of the magnificent town. If you are interested in art then you will want to extend with another night so you can explore Uffizi gallery. Your hotel is in the city centre and you will take a train on your own to head to the airport and return home with amazing memories of your days under the Tuscan sun.

Meals: Breakfast.


    • 8 Nights accommodation at well-located B&B or boutique hotels
    • 8 Breakfasts
    • 5 days moderate self-guided cycling tour of Tuscany with well maintained, geared bicycles included
    • Guided walking tour of Rome to the Colloseum and the Roman Forum
    • Luggage transfer between hotels during the cycling tour
    • Detailed itinerary and elaborate route information including maps, route description, tourist attractions and important telephone numbers
    • Local service hotline in Europe
    • Local travel including second class train tickets from Rome to Pisa
Exclusions:
Any airfare, train fare, travel insurance, airport taxes & visa. Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary. All items of personal nature & tips. Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation. Entrance fees to attractions not specified in the itinerary. Extra nights at the beginning or the end of the trip. Any compulsory dinner or peak season surcharge. Any natural calamity which is beyond the control of the tour operator. Anything not mentioned in "Package Includes". Rooms are subject to availability. GST 5%. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms & conditions apply.
Disclaimer:
Prices are per person on twin share basis. Package valid till 17th September 2017. Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation is mandatory for all travelers. Euro 16 to be paid towards Colosseum ticket before the tour. Any Increase in the rate of exchange leading to an increase in land arrangements and high season surcharge if any, will have to be borne by the client. Standard terms and conditions apply.