It is difficult to imagine a more evocative landscape than that of Tuscany. A land blessed with endless vineyards and quiet roads lined with olive groves just waiting to be ridden. Tuscany has long been the destination of the discerning traveller looking for the essence of Italy. If you are looking to discover Italy by bike then our ‘Tremendous Tuscany’ trip packed full of daily highlights is perfect for you.
The tour has been designed with the rider and non-rider in mind, as we know there is nothing better than sharing the joy of a holiday with loved ones (even if they don’t ride)! We have blended together interesting riding routes with activities off the bike that will take your breath away. As experts in Italian cycling experiences, we pride ourselves in finding beautiful accommodation that allows you enjoy real Italian hospitality in spectacular settings. Read on to find out a little more about what makes ‘Tremendous Tuscany’ one of our most popular tours.
On arrival at Firenze airport you will be met by our friendly team who will assist you with your luggage before transferring you the short distance to Vignamaggio, which is based in the beautiful ancient hamlet of Greve in Chianti. On arrival at Vignmaggio you will immediately know you have arrived in this special place. The legend has it that Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa here.
You will have time to relax, unwind and maybe take a dip in one of the outdoor pools and then we will meet before dinner for a tour briefing. It is at this point our staff will talk you through the week and give you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Before dinner those hiring bikes will also have the chance to try their bikes out with our mechanics, who will be on hand to make any minor adjustments needed.
Dinner is served in the magnificent hotel restaurant which is rightly famed for its extraordinary local dishes. Of course the wine accompanying the meal will be from the vineyard within the estate of Vignamaggio.
After a leisurely breakfast our first ride of the week starts with a gentle descent out of Vignamaggio heading towards the beautiful town of Greve in Chianti. As is customary in rides through Tuscany, you will see farmers working with their bare hands, using machinery dating back many years it’s rather like stepping back in time. This all adds to the charm of this area in Italy and it is not long before you realise that the residents of Tuscany have such a fantastic work life balance. Something in the ‘real’ world so many of us are searching for.
Lunch today will be served in a ‘cantina’ which is the Italian world roughly translated to ‘the vineyard’s restaurant’. A chance to rest legs, eat well and of course sample the products of the vineyard. The short ride back to the hotel involves a little climb that will offer a little challenge!
Dinner this evening will follow a walking tour of Florence. In our opinion the very best time to discover the charms of Florence is by night.
Wow! This is going to be a wonderful day on the bike as today you ride to Siena! We love Siena and we know you will to. The 55km ride has been designed to take in some of the very best of Tuscany. Little roads, some ‘strada bianche’ wind their way south towards one of Europe’s most spectacular cities. The ride today offers some challenge as we have 3 ‘hills’ to overcome.
On arrival in beautiful Siena we will meet up with non-riders for a walking tour of the walled city. Of course no visit to Siena would be complete without a visit to ‘Piazza del Campo’ and you can look forward to discovering about the world famous ‘Palio’.
Our accommodation this evening is based on the outskirts of Sienna. Hotel Garden offers splendid views and the warmest of Italian welcomes. We will be delighted this evening to offer a shuttle service to Siena for those wishing to enjoy dinner in the historic centre.
This morning we leave Siena and again head south towards Montepulciano. For lovers of wine, today is a real pilgrimage as Montepulciano is revered around the world for its rich and strong red wine. The ride itself is the longest of the week, and clients can look forward to our support vehicle offering snacks and even a seat for those that want a break from riding.
On arrival in Montepluciano we will once again meet up with the non–riders at the vineyard. Riders will have a chance to shower and change in to some non lycra clothing and settle down to an afternoon of splendid food and great wine tasting. All clients will be transferred to Villa Cicolina.
Dinner this evening will be served in a nearby pizzeria. I mean, if you are in Italy you have to enjoy a pizza at least once!
A real treat today as riders can look forward to an easy ride in an easterly direction. For the first time during the week we will cross into Umbria. Lago Trasimeno offers a fabulous place to stop for coffee whilst taking a dip in the clear blue lake. Italy’s fourth largest lake is known for its bustling promenades and fabulous fish restaurants.
Non-riders and cyclists can look forward to a private boat trip to ‘Isola Maggiore’, the island’s charming village is known for its lacemaking and offers clients the perfect opportunity to buy some authentic souvenirs.
Those looking for more cycling have the option to cycle back to Montepulciano whilst clients wanting to relax can take the minibus. This evening’s meal is served in Villa Cicolina’s restaurant.
No tour of Tuscany is complete without a visit to Arrezo. One of Tuscany’s wealthiest cities, its prosperity is based on a thriving jewellery industry and is a highlight for many of our non–riders! The route today is relatively easy for cyclists and rolling hills are replaced with flatter but equally spectacular roads.
Our last ride of the tour is an opportunity to savour all that is special about Tuscany. By now strangers at the start of the holiday have become friends and experience would tell that the ride to Arrezo is full of fun and good spirits. On arrival at Relais and Chatea il Borgo, riders will have time to relax and unwind before we transfer you to Arrezo for the late afternoon.
The last super! Tonight we share our final dinner together as we come together to reflect on a splendid week in Tremendous Tuscany.
This morning we have the pleasure in assisting you with your transfer to Firenze airport or indeed onwards to your destination choice.
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No cycling holiday can be enjoyed without the right amount of challenge and the right amount of coffee breaks. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients and have a range of different packages that cater for all levels of ability and cycling aspirations. Of course one rider’s ‘easy’ is another rider’s ‘medium’ but we hope with the information we have given in our itineraries and support and advice we give before booking, that everybody finds what they are looking for.
Below is how we categorise our cycling breaks. If you are unsure about anything then we will be delighted to answer your questions.
Barbaro – Packages designed by people who enjoy pain! If you are a rider that gets a thrill from hours in the saddle and riding uphill on a regular basis then these trips are for you. An excellent level of fitness is needed as the demands placed on you and the bike from riding one of these packages is savage!
Difficile – It is too easy to say that these packages are for club cyclists. However they are for club cyclists along with riders who take cycling and training seriously. An appetite for long distances and riding uphill are needed as the rides will be long, challenging and at times fast.
Medio – Designed with the average cyclists in mind these packages offer the rider the chance to experience flats, rolling hills and the odd mountain top finish. If you have realised your days in the pro peleton are over but you still love cycling, then these holidays are for you.
Facile – If you are booking on one of our ‘Easy’ packages then prepare yourself for plenty of flat riding and flat white coffees. These steady paced and enjoyable weeks are designed to appeal to those looking for a holiday with cycling.
• 3 nights accommodation
• Breakfast and 2 evening meals
• Priority Race entry, briefing and guidance
• Transport to and from race
• Private Airport pickup/dropoff
• Mechanical team and full support team.
• 2 Beautifully planned rides.
• Guided rides