On the first part of the week you will cycle surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Val d’Orcia, UNESCO protected site, and you can visit some nice towns including Pienza, Montepulciano and Montalcino.
On the second part you will cycle through the Crete Senesi region to the Chianti, famous for its wine, where the Tuscany bike tour ends with the participation to L’Eroica vintage race in Gaiole in Chianti.
The Tuscany bike tour is a perfect mix of bike, history, wine tasting and cooking class, for an unforgettable holiday.
DURATION: 8 days/7 nights
PRICE PER PERSON: 3190,00 €
WHERE: Val d'Orcia - Crete Senesi - Chianti
WHEN: from 25 September 2017 to 2 October 2017
25 September 2017 - Benvenuti in Toscana
Individual arrival at the hotel, residence and SPA Casanova, located at San Quirico d’Orcia, in the heart of Val d’Orcia.
During your stay you can take a relax break from the cycling journey and enjoy the SPA light package, an hydroterapic circuit in salted water with natural microcomponents from 9.00 to 20.00.
Briefing and welcome aperitif before a delicious dinner in typical restaurant of San Quirico d’Orcia.
26 September 2017
PIENZA, MONTEPULCIANO AND MONTICCHIELLO
60 km (shortest route: 50 km) – Elevation gain: 910 meters
The landscapes of the Val d'Orcia region, one of the most beautiful place in Tuscany and UNESCO world heritage site - Visit of Pienza, the "ideal" city of the Renaissance time, also famous for its Pecorino cheese - A quick stop at Montepulciano, with its winding streets and squares - Monticchiello, a small medieval and charming town - Light lunch with Pecorino cheese tasting in typical farm and dairy - Take a relax break from the cycling journey and enjoy the SPA before dinner.
27 September 2017
MONTALCINO AND BAGNO VIGNONI
51 km – Elevation gain: 990 meters
Climbing up to Montalcino, town of Brunello wine - Visit of Montalcino, medieval town surrounded by vineyards and beuatiful view on the valley - The Abbey of Sant’Antimo, one of the most beautiful romanic church in Italy - Climbing again towards Castiglione d’Orcia and Rocca d’Orcia, the beautiful landscapes will compensate the challenging ascent - Lunch at Bagno Vignoni, cute medieval town where the main square of the village is a big thermal pool which contains the original source of thermal water - Take a relax break before a cooking class where you can discover the secret of tuscan dishes. During the lesson you will make a complete menu and the end, dinner is served with what was prepared during the lesson.
28 September 2017
THE CRETE SENESI
56 km – Elevation gain: 700 meters
An unforgettable ride surrounded by the views of the Crete Senesi to the edge of the Chianti - The Crete Senesi region, where badlands and biancane characterize the landscape in this part of Tuscany - A short break at Asciano with its churches and museums - Lunch and wine tour and tasting in a Chianti winery located at Castelnuovo Berardenga - Dinner and stay at Villa Curina Resort
29 September 2017
SIENA AND MONTERIGGIONI
60 km - Elevation gain: 1100 meters
The passage in Siena, with its medieval city center, the Duomo and Piazza del Campo - The Montagnola Senese, riding through woods and crossing the Via Francigena pilgrimage route - Monteriggioni, known throughout the world for its extraordinary well-preserved old town and walls - Climbing up to direction Chianti region and Castellina in Chianti - Lunch and wine tour and tasting in a winery along the route.
Arrival at the hotel CDH Radda in Chianti, Delivery of the Eroica packages, race number and vintage bike setting.
Relax and dinner in hotel.
30 September 2017
THE ROAD TO GAIOLE IN CHIANTI
Short tour loop to discover the last part of the Eroica route to Gaiole in Chianti, during the ride you can boost your confidence with vintage bike - Visit of the Eroica festival and vintage market - Participation to the Cena degli Eroici (Heroes dinner) last event before the ride!
1 October 2017 - L'Eroica
Wake up early and private transportation to Gaiole in Chianti to participate at the XXI edition of L’Eroica - Five routes available: 209 km, 135 km, 75 km, 46 km, and the newes Gallo Nero route 125 km long - Pasta party, transportation back to the hotel and final dinner.
2 October 2017
Breakfast and individual departures
- 7 Nights with breakfast
- 5 dinners, drinks not included
- 1 cooking class with dinner
- 1 “Cena degli Eroici” in Gaiole in Chianti
- Light lunch, wine tasting, cheese tasting and lunch included day by day
- Baggage transportation between the hotels
- Maps and information for your daily stage
- Van support each day with water, fruits and power bars
- Transfer from/to Gaiole in Chianti the day of L’Eroica
- Expert bike guide
- Registration to L’Eroica 2017 (medical certificate required)
- Road bike hire in carbon fiber, ultegra groupset, from 26 to 29 September
- Eroica vintage bike hire from 29 September to 1 October
- Wool bike jersey of Anima Toscana
- Tourist city tax
- Medical/baggage insurance
- Medical/baggage insurance
- Discount for bike rental if you bring the personal bike
- Activities for non-cyclist (cooking class, truffle hunting, guided tours, horse back riding, trekking and more)
- Private transfer: airport, train station or hotels