Cycling gravel Tuscany Eroica & Strade Bianche tour
Crete Senesi gravel Tuscany Eroica & Strade Bianche bike tour is an ideal option for cycling enthusiasts of all levels.
Whether you’re looking to pedal calmly along the gentle lanes of this beautiful region, or challenge yourself on the same hills that cycling legends have trained on—including Bartali, Cipollini and Bettini— Tuscany can truly be said to be a land of cyclists, and much, much more.
In the Crete Tuscany gravel bike tour you’ll be able to enjoy a diverse array of Tuscany cycling routes.
There are bike routes going to the UNESCO World Heritage site Val d’Orcia, tracks across the stark but gentle landscape of Crete Senesi, or lanes cutting through the vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, and last but not least on the Eroica and Strade Bianche roads.
You’ll also get a chance to walk the hallowed halls where the Chianti wine was born, or to stroll in such renowned and beautiful towns as Siena and Pienza.
You will be warmly welcomed for all 7 nights of your Crete Senesi gravel Tuscany bike tour in Rapolano Terme. This is an excellent way to discover Tuscany at its most real and authentic. As well as being in a nice Hotel with Spa, with premium accommodation options with luxury trappings—perfect for couples, solo travelers, and families alike.
Ecological sensibilities are also fully respected on this greenest of Tuscan bike tour vacations. And a complete cultural immersion into the Tuscan lifestyle—together with a warm hospitality—is guaranteed from Michele and Silva.
DAY BY DAY
DAY 1: Asciano Warm-Up
Welcome to Tuscany! Our meeting point is at the Terme in Rapolano Terme. In the afternoon after the bike fitting, we’ll ride around Asciano.
km 28 mt 375 altitude increase
mi 18 ft 1230
DAY 2: Val Di Chiana
Today we’ll ride along the Val di Chiana reaching Cortona nice town famus for the movie “UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN”.
The Val di Chiana is a huge fertile plain bordering Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. It has an esteemed agricultural production, becoming the symbol of the Terre di Siena and of entire region.
km 106 mt 1268 altitude increase
mi 66 ft 4133
DAY 3: Orcia Valley
Today we’ll plunge into Val d’Orcia, considered one of Italy’s wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Medieval castles, sunny rolling hills, isolated hill top towns, charming isolated rural homes, avenues of cypresses, and golden wheat fields are just some of the elements of the fantastic and harmonious landscapes of this area.
We’ll stop in Pienza, another UNESCO World Heritage site, for a stroll through town.
km 93 mt 1581 altitude increase
mi 58 ft 5187
DAY 4: Rapolano Terme, Siena and Crete Senesi Loop
Today is a rest day! There will be an optional loop ride along the Crete Senesi, the world’s most photographed panorama!
Those who don’t want to ride, can spend the morning at the Spa and natural hot spring San Giovanni in Rapolano Terme.
Hot springs are naturally produced by the emergence of geothermal heated groundwater from the earth’s crust.
The Terme di San Giovanni is a natural terrace overlooking the sea of hills that is the Crete Senesi, so while relaxing in the pools or having lunch, you can enjoy a breathtaking view on this gorgeous landscape.
km 73mt 1408 mt altitude increase
mi 45,5 ft 4619
DAY 5: Chianti Classico
Today we’ll ride through the famous Chianti Classico region.
We’ll ride along Castello di Brolio, built around 1,000 AD and owned since 1141 by the Ricasoli family, the oldest winery in Italy and the second oldest in the world.
Afterwards, we’ll stop for lunch in Gaiole in Chianti, the starting point of L’Eroica, and we’ll visit the vintage “White Roads” to browse a selection of artisanal products.
In the late afternoon, we’ll return to the hotel and we can enjoy the oil testing.
km 95 mt 2071 altitude increase
mi 59 ft 6794
DAY 6: Montalcino
Our last ride will lead you to Montalcino, the city of the famous wine Brunello di Montalcino DOCG.
We will ride along the Pecorile road in the heart of Crete Senesi and the Asso Valley.
Montalcino, renowned all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine, has scarcely changed in appearance since the 16th century.
Once you get up to the town, a magnificent spectacle unfolds for your eyes.
km 91 mt 1506 altitude increase
mi 57 ft 4940
DAY 7: Monte San Savino
Today will have a short ride to Monte San Savino was one of the first urban settlements in Tuscany, Italy.
It originated around 1100, but a further century had to pass before Monte San Savino could be considered a centre of a certain social, political and cultural importance of Tuscany in those times.
But it is no longer now.
The last past of the ride is mostly down hill!!
km 58 mt 851 altitude increase
mi 36 ft 2673
DAY 8: Arrivederci!
After breakfast at 9 am, is possible, on request, have one group shuttle to Siena train station from where you can connect to Florence and Rome.
Price & Inclusions
Cost €2850 per person in double occupancy
single room supplement € 450
Informative tour leaders throughout the program
All Dinners and breakfast
Lenght: 8 days / 7 nights
Use of a carbon road bike or gravel bike
Shuttle at the beginning and end of your bicycle tour in Tuscany, as well as for certain specified activities mentioned in the program.
Bike Rent Tour
Road bike 270€
Gravel Bike 270€
Guided Gravel or road Tour
Daily Average 78km/49mi
Total Mileage 544lm/340mi
Terrain Rolling hills
Custom groups any time
Breakfasts inspired by the localism movement for sustainable food
Relax at the spa and thermal springs in Rapolano Terme we have discount for Therme.