The permanent route is a total of 205 km in the heart of the Siena region, through the Chianti, Crete Senesi and Val d'Orcia. It’s a journey into the essence of the legendary Tuscan landscape, characterized by challenging technical features that make this route a great opportunity to practice cycling. The route alternates paved and white roads, and has a total elevation gain around 3500 meters. White roads cover around 112 km. Your experience will be divided into two stages of 70 km and one loop of 60 km, the elevation gain achieved each day will be higher than 1100 meters. DURATION: 5 days/4 nights
PRICE FROM: 2040,00 €
WHERE: Chianti - Siena - Montalcino - Val d'Orcia - Crete Senesi
WHEN: all year long
Day 1 - Benvenuti in Toscana
Individual arrival and accommodation at Palazzo Leopoldo http://www.palazzoleopoldo.it/ , an historical and romantic palace.
SIENA AND THE VAL D’ARBIA
77 km – elevation gain: 1130 meters
After breakfast you will receive road books, maps and all the information for your daily stage.
The Eroica route starts in Gaiole in Chianti, winding among historical vineyards that lead you to Castello di Brolio with its cypress-lined entrance. The breath-taking panorama below the walls, over the vineyards, represents one of the most wonderful parts of the permanent route. After a few kilometers, near San Giovanni a Cerreto, Siena will appear on the horizon. The visit to this wonderful medieval city with its Dome, Piazza del Campo and the perfect medieval city center will make your trip special. Neat vineyards evolve into a more varied landscape, painted with the traditional Terra di Siena colours. Soon after leaving the city of Siena you’ll ride through a very typical segment of the route, located between “Colle Malamerenda” and Radi, deep in the gentle hills of Siena, studded with farm houses and medieval villages, merging your ride with the Via Francigena itinerary. Views of the village of Murlo will be the backdrop to the easiest segment of the whole permanent route.
Dinner and accommodation at Villa Armena www.villaarmena.com/it/13/default.aspx an exclusive establishment with just 10 rooms, each one unique, where service, attention to detail and exclusivity are the cornerstones of their offering. Rooms, all very different from one another, enjoys stunning views over the Villa grounds or the wonderful Crete Senesi and comes with precious furnishings, prints, paintings and fabrics. The restaurant Sorbo Allegro is the Restaurant of Villa Armena which follows the “Made in Italy” and “Slow & Food” philosophies. The typical and Italian dishes are based on local, high quality and seasonal products.
MONTALCINO AND LUCIGNANO D’ASSO
61 km – elevation gain: 1180 meters
Climbing Castiglion del Bosco, one of the most challenging segments of L’Eroica permanent route, you will reach Montalcino, which sits over the beautiful and panoramic lands of the home of Brunello of Montalcino. Montalcino, also famous for olive oil and honey, is a nice village that merits a visit, even just to admire the incredible panorama views on the Val d’Orcia area. The descent from Montalcino will be a devine dive into vineyards, bringing you through smooth, pristine hills until Lucignano d’Asso, where you can take a rest with a typical snack or just to refill your bottle. Pedaling in the landscape of the Val d'Orcia is a privilege for the eyes and mind that revives you despite the strain of constant hills roads. This stage is perfect for a wine-gastronomic visit, for example to one of our selected Brunello wine farms or for a truffle hunting experience.
Dinner and accommodation at Villa Armena www.villaarmena.com/it/13/default.aspx
THE CRETE SENESI AND MONTE SANTE MARIE
74 km – elevation gain: 1350 meters
Pedaling in the landscape of the Val d'Orcia is a privilege for the eyes and mind that restores the fatigue caused by the up and downs roads. From the vineyards and rolling hills to the suggestion of the lunar landscape is a short step. Left the villages along the Cassia immerse yourself in the Crete Senesi with the characteristic gullies. The oak and cypress indicate isolated farms where they produce cheese and tables are enriched by the diamond of Crete Senesi: the white truffle. This part of the route includes the hard white road of Monte Sante Marie, very famous steep road that will lead you back in the Chianti area.
You will back in Chianti area through Castelnuovo Berardenga, the village on the border with the Crete Senesi. The road to Radda in Chianti will be a sequence of vineyards and woods, passing through pretty villages and farms, that could offer you a wide range of typical products, wine and olive oil tasting, temptations that will delight your itinerary and your senses.
Dinner and accommodation at Palazzo Leopoldo http://www.palazzoleopoldo.it/
Day 5 - Arrivederci
Breakfast and graduation time! You will receive your personal diploma of “Eroici”, souvenir of an incredible ride!
- 4 nights stay with breakfast
- 3 light lunch and 4 dinners
- Expert bike guide during each stage
- Van support during your daily stages, to let you enjoy your bike holiday
- Energy bars, water and fresh fruits for your daily ride
- Baggage transportation between the hotels
- Pick-up of anything you buy during your daily stage: wine, gift and more
- Maps and information for your daily stages
- Road book and final diploma of “Eroici”
- Technical jersey of L’Eroica
- Tourist city tax
- Medical/baggage insurance
- Medical/baggage insurance
- Bike rental (Road, hybrid, MTB, vintage bikes or electric bikes)
- Chianti and Brunello wine tour and tasting
- Activities for non-cyclist (cooking classes, horseback riding, trekking and more)
- Activities along the route (wine tasting, truffle experience, etc.)
- GPS rental
- Guided tours of cities and villages