Tuscany hilltown the best of self guided tour.
Self guide short escape Tuscany bike tour put together three full days of cycling and two half days.
For those who do not want to take an holiday entirely on the saddle, every day there will be possibility to choose for easier or shorter bike rides.
If you like a self guided more challenging ones just ask it!!!
Whether crowned by timeless villages, covered by vineyards and olive groves or strewn with wildflowers.
The hills of Tuscany have one thing in common: they’re perfect for exploring on two wheels.
Pedal to lofty hill towns, spin through broad valleys and follow sinuous country roads past cypress-lined lanes and quiet woodland.
Off your bike, discover unforgettable Renaissance art and architecture, visit winery and cellars.
You will be in the heart of Brunello wine and, savory meals created from the finest local ingredients and relax in charming Tuscan retreats.
The self guide short escape Tuscany bike tour is all this and something more but you can discover it only on cycling.
Highlights of Self guide short escape Tuscany bike:
- Scenic cycling through the stunning landscape of the Val d’Orcia
- Taste the splendid wines Brunello of Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
- Delight in hearty Ribollita soupe, Panzanella tuscan Salad, fresh pastasas pici and delicious pastries of Siena
- Enjoy gracious hotels with distinct regional and charming style.
DAY BY DAY
Day 1 – Welcome! Benvenuti in Toscana
Pienza the “perfect town” is a remarkable example of Renaissance-era town planning.
If you have even the least appreciation for beautiful architecture, it is a treat to stroll around its cobblestone streets.
Gift hunters will also be enthralled.
Pienza is also a veritable gastronomic paradise.
Meet and Greet, we’ll fit your bikes and introduce you to each day ride.
First loop to San Quirico to test the bicycle and the equipment! Stop in the village at Horti Leonini Garden, the top attraction of town. Total Distance 22 km.
Your charming Hotel Il Chiostro is housed in a 15th-century convent in a quiet, secluded location right in the center of Pienza.
Entirely rebuilt between 1459 and 1462, itself is a rare masterpiece: it was the brainstorm of Pope Pius II
Day 2 – Montepulciano & Vino Nobile
Loop ride to Montepulciano and Monticchiello.
Start your day with a pleasant downhill, you’ll follow a route that winds through a scenic landscape checkered with vineyards, cypresses, and medieval villages…
Among the sites you’ll ride through meet the hilltop villages of Castelmuzio and Petroio.
Today’s ride will take you to Montepulciano, which is famous for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
Visit one of the typical wine cellars in town, the oldest one in town is situated under the Ricci Palace.
Back to Pienza through Monticchiello… another hilltop village.
Option A : Moderate to challenging
Distance: 55 km/ 34 miles
Option B: easy to moderate
Distance: 35 km /21 miles
Day 3 – Montalcino Brunello land
Today’s ride will take you to Bagno Vignoni, a thermal town that dates back to Roman times right before reaching the beautiful Castiglione d’Orcia.
Enjoy a long downhill to the monastery of Sant’Antimo, where you might catch one of vesper services performed each day by the monks.
On your way to the wine town of Montalcino, where you will stay, you’ll cycle through magnificent vineyards.
Montalcino is a fortified town which was used as a shelter by Siena nobles during the 16th Century, but today it is even more famous thanks to the production of one of Italian’s premier fine red wines, Brunello di Montalcino.
Visit the fortress to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley, then reward yourself with dinner at our favourite wine cellar.
Option A: Moderate to challenging
Distance: 46 km/28, 5 miles
Option B: Easy to Moderate
Distance: 34 km / 21 miles
Day 4 – Siena Etruscan and Palio race
Start with 10 km descent and pass through Buonconvento.
Heading northbound to Siena, you’ll be treated to more gorgeous cycling along secondary roads.
On the way you’ll coast along the forested crest of a ridge, home to the famed Monte Oliveto Maggiore monastery.
Perfect for a coffe time, here you can visit the beautiful buildings.
Afterwards, you’ll travel through the fascinating area called Le Crete, the moon land!!!
Continue to Asciano, always on a breathtaking scenery and end up in Siena.
You have time to take a leisurely stroll around this medieval art city in the afternoon, visit Piazza del Campo, Torre del Mangia and the famous Duomo.
Piazza del Campo is famous because the contested “Palio” horse race takes place here twice a year, with the 17 “contrade” of Siena
Option A: Moderate to strenuous
Distance: 58 km/36 miles
Option B: Moderate
Distance: 50 km /32 miles
Day 5 Arrivederci
End of bike tour after breakfast.
Price & Inclusions
Cost: Euro 1050 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement Euro 250
Four nights in excellent three-star superior hotels
Four breakfasts Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions in handbook
All Baggage transfers
Pick-up of bikes and gear in Siena
Bike Rental per entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 105
Race bike euro 120
E-Bike euro 120
City Tax each village charge a tax per each day between euro 0,70 to 4,00
Renting GPS for 4 days – 50€
We can rent you a Garmin Edge Touring.
It works like the GPS navigator you use in your car, only with maps and features specifically designed to help you find your way by bike.
We will upload all the route notes and you will have really no problems in finding your way to the next town!
Any time from March to October
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