Nothing ‘says’ Italy more than the rolling hills and stunning architecture of Chianti, Sienna and Florence. This stunning region is celebrated in our Tour of Tuscany. With an incredible hotel as our base and 6 beautifully crafted rides encompassing the very best of the region. Visit the palazzo in Sienna, take a trip to a beautiful vineyard in Chianti and enjoy breath-taking Florence. Discover for yourself Italy’s most visited region in the company of our expert team who will help you get the most out of your week on the bike.
The Tour of Tuscany has been designed to appeal to the enthusiastic cyclist who enjoys road biking. Rides each day consist of a mixture of rolling hills and flats. It is the also the perfect package for non-riders and family of friends that may wish to enjoy alternative activities such as spa, vineyards or walking to name but a few while you are riding your bike.
Morning: Pickup at Amerigo Vespucci di Firenze Airport and transfer by Pullman to Vignamaggio in Greve in Chianti
Afternoon: briefing and warm-up/shakedown ride of 20 km followed by a visit of the Cantina and Cellars of Vignamaggio.
Evening: dinner at the Vignamaggio restaurant
Vignamaggio, Panzano, Castellina, Croce F., Quercegrossa, Colombaio, SP 102, SP Pievasciata, Pianella, S.Sano, Lecchi, Ama, Radda, SP 2 bis, Lucarelli, Panzano.
Distance: 97 km – 60 miles
Elevation: 2100 mt – 6889 ft
Description: Today’s route is quite demanding due to both the distance and the elevation gain yet it will be extremely rewarding as we will be riding through one of the most beautiful areas in Chianti, the area enclosed in the Vagliagli-Lecchi-Radda triangle. Surrounded by spectacular panoramas we’ll pedal along green hills marked by Vineyards and Olive trees. We’ll stop and see ancient towns and castles along the way. We’re sure that at the finish even though fatigued you’ll be thinking of the extraordinary beauty of this route and will carry some long memories of it
Vignamaggio, Greve, Greti, Ferrone, Strada in Chianti, S. Polo, Poggio alla Croce, Brollo, Ponte agli Stolli, Lucolena, C.vo dei Sabbioni, Cavriglia, Badia Coltibuono, Gaiole, Villa, Radda Castellina, Madonna Pietracupa, Piazza, Lucarelli, Panzano.
distance: 130 km– 80 miles
elevation: 3000 mt – 9842 ft
Description: Today is a tough stage with a lot of elevation gain and a many challenging hills. We’ll be departing from Greve and climbing towards Strada in Chianti, S. Polo end Poggio alla Croce before encountering the tough climb to Lucolena. After descending towards Chianti Aretino we’ll tackle the climbs up to Cavriglia, Gaiole and Radda, and finish at Panzano.
Greve, Panzano, Badia Passignano, Romita, S.Cristina Salivolpe, S.Pancrazio, S.Quirico, Poppiano, Fezzana, Baccaiano, Montagnana, Cerbaia, Romola, S. Andrea P., Falciani, Impruneta, Strada in Chanti, Panca, Sugame, Greve.
distance: 95 km – 59 miles
elevation: 2700 – 8858 ft
Description: This is a beautiful and “nervous” route in the Florentine Chianti. Along the way we’ll encounter some of the most beautiful treasures of the region such as the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo in Passignano better known as “Badia di Passignano”, and the Vallombroso Monastery dating from the 11th century located in the middle of gentle hills and vineyards. We’ll continue towards San Quirico and Cerbaia then climb to Chiesanuova and San Andrea in Percussina in which the birth-house of Nicolo Machiavelli is located. Upon reaching the gates of Florence we’ll turn back South towards on the route of Strada in Chianti and La Panca tackling the noteworthy Passo del Sugame and the descent back to Greve.
Today is considered a rest to “take a breather” after the fatigue of prevoius days and in light of the rides to come. We’ll be transferring by bus to the Area of Asciano in the “Crete Senesi” region, departing from Panzano and stopping for a visit of the city of Siena along the way.
Leonina, Vescona, Palazzina, Asciano, SP del Pecorile, Val d’Asso, S. Giovanni d’Asso, Montisi, Pienza, S.Quirico d’Orcia, Montalcino, Buonconvento, Monte Oliveto Maggiore, SP 451, Asciano, Vescona, Leonina.
distance: 115 km – 71 miles
elevation: 2400 mt – 7874 ft
Description: This can be considered the “Queen Stage” of our tour in terms of the beauty of the places we’ll going through. We are in the true heart of Tuscany where every view becomes a postcard to be remembered. From Asciano we go towards the Val d’Asso and Pienza (the heart of the Val d’Orcia). From there we’ll take the road for San Quirico and Montalcino, e center of importance for Wine enthusiasts worldwide. After a brief pause we depart for Buonconvento and the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore on which construction began in 1320. We’ll return north to Asciano along the SP 451. Rest assured you will not easily forget the breathtaking panoramas from today’s stage!
(6° tappa) Leonina, Arbia, Taverne d’Arbia, Casone, Ascarello, Siena, Costalpino, Volte Basse, Malignano, Molino d’Elsa, Abbadia Isola, Monteriggioni, Casone, Colle V. d’Elsa, Borgatello, S. Gimignano, Certaldo, Lungagnana, Montespertoli, Botinaccio, Montelupo, Artimino
distance: 138 km – 85 miles
elevation: 2450 mt – 8038 ft
Description: Departing from the “Crete Senesi” arriving at Montalbano passing through San Gimignano and many other beautiful places, today’s route will take across a large portion of Tuscany. There will be many challenging hills and stunning views along the way to our destination at the splendid town of Artimino which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
All good things most come to an end and after emotional farewells we will transfer you to your chosen airport.
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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.
With a fantastic spa boasting everything you could wish for and superb restaurant we rate this as one the best hotels in the whole of the region.
A place to relax and rewind after a hard day in the saddle.
*Based on twin room sharing
With stunning views over Lake Iseo and magnificent mountains, it is no wonder that La Pieve is considered to be the top hotel on the northern tip of Lake Iseo.
The hotel offers riders the very best in Italian welcomes. A fantastic spa, outdoor pool and award winning restaurant are just a few highlights to be enjoyed. Situated in the ancient town of Pisogne it is offer clients the perfect opportunity to sample a warm Italian evening, drinking wine (maybe!?!) and overlooking the lake.
Situated near the start of the final stage in the prestigious multipurpose center of Torri Bianche Vimercate.. The hotel offers original and comfortable rooms, where guests can feel like at home.Monza Hotel Cosmo offers a touch of luxury away from Milan city centre. The perfect place to relax after an epic week of viewing the Giro d’Italia’s 100th edition.
Located in the popular ski resort of Presolana, Hotel Milano offers riders the perfect place to rest after the final stage of the Grande Tour Italia. With spectacular views and rooms with more than a touch of luxury, you are sure to enjoy your last evening in Italy.
The final evening meal will be spent in the hotel’s magnificent basement dining room, which provides an authentic dining experience to celebrate the week’s achievements and gives riders a great chance to recount stories from an epic 6 days in the saddle.
The Hotel Larice Bianco is situated only 200 metres from the start line of La Campionissimo. Within easy walking distance of bars, cafes and cycling shops, the Larice Bianco is popular with cyclists looking for a great stay in Aprica.
The hotel boasts a great restaurant and the menu is designed with cycling specific needs in mind. The breakfast is legendary and much needed with plenty of climbing to do over the weekend. The bar and garden are popular with riders looking to relax when off the bike. What can be better than a cold beer whilst overlooking the Alps.
You’ll stay in at least a 3 star hotel in Bergamo.
We’re finalising details at the moment to ensure you get a great night at a comfortable and friendly hotel.
Hotel Tentuta Colle Piajo is conveniently positioned on the outskirts of Bergamo it is the choice of many professional teams and a favourite of Alberto Contador when staying in the region for Giro Lombardia. With beautiful views and great food Hotel Tentuta Colle Piajo is the perfect place to start your cycling trip of a lifetime.
Hotel Asolo is steeped in history and offers our clients the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the beautiful region of Veneto. The hotel offers different kind of rooms, all furnished with color and designed to make every room a small autonomous universeSplendid views of Monte Grappa and a traditional Italian welcome can be looked forward to.