Heart of Tuscany Bike Tour

The quintessential Ciclismo Classico experience, and simply the best way to tour Tuscany.

There are few better ways to fully immerse yourself in this land of light, history, and vine than this quintessential Tuscany bike tour. Find yourself gliding down lanes gilded by the Tuscan sun for seven glorious days, as we bring you unforgettable cycling adventures in this most fabled of Italian regions.

From the quaint town of Radda in Chianti to the photogenic landscapes of San Quirico D’Orcia, our biking tour through the magnificent Tuscan countryside has, as its backbone, the famed Via Chiantigiana. Literally meaning “Chianti Street”, this most classic of Tuscany cycling routes reveals the heart of the Chianti wine region in all its splendor. Rich with color, all around are views worthy of a Renaissance painting—alive with bright wildflowers in the spring, darkened with crushed grapes in the fall.

Our Tuscany bike tour also features a visit to Siena, where a languid medieval air lingers amidst its twisting streets of warm ochre buildings. Strolling its narrow maze of cobblestone alleys you’ll make an amazing architectural journey. Explore delightful piazzas, intricate displays of masonry, and its superb marble cathedral, before climbing the Torre del Mangia, Siena’s most famous tower, to enjoy its breathtaking views.

Great culture, cuisine and company on this grand Tuscany biking adventure.

Chianti is a wine practically synonymous with Italy itself, benefiting from an unparalleled terroir that nurtures the best in Italian reds—something you’ll quickly appreciate on our Tuscany cycling adventures. We’ll pedal first to Montalcino, hometown of the most famous Tuscan red, Brunello di Montalcino. We also track through Greve and Panzano, literally immersing ourselves in Chianti along the way!

Complemented by outstanding meals, you’ll also learn from the experts about the finer points of Tuscan cuisine, and its wonderful olive oils. Visiting the homes of renowned local producers (some of whom are your Ciclismo Classico guides), you’ll take part in cooking lessons in authentic Tuscan cuisine. We’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia and ride the “Crete Senesi,” one of the most beautiful Tuscany bike routes.

Highlights

  • Stay in Tuscany luxury hotels and countryside inns
  • Learn more about Tuscan cuisine, its wines and its olive oils, with exclusive visits to the homes of local producers
  • Memorable Tuscany cycling routes through the Chianti area
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Val d’Orcia and Siena
  • Ride through the Crete Senesi on one of the most beautiful bike rides in Tuscany
  • Immerse yourself in an authentic Tuscan lifestyle with a traditional cooking lessons
  • Ride to Montalcino, home of the most famous Tuscan red wine: Brunello di Montalcino

Trip Details

Price
$4,595
Single Supplement
$800
Length
7 days / 6 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
150 miles
Daily Average
30 miles
Terrain
Rolling and hilly with breathtaking views
Start/End Locations
Radda/San Quirico D'Orcia
Trip Dates
05/06/18 - 05/12/18
05/20/18 - 05/26/18
06/17/18 - 06/23/18
07/01/18 - 07/07/18
07/08/18 - 07/14/18
07/22/18 - 07/28/18
08/26/18 - 09/01/18
09/30/18 - 10/08/18
10/14/18 - 10/20/18

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Itinerary

Radda warm-up ride

Benvenuti to Tuscany! We’ll get together at 12:30 pm in the hotel lobby for lunch and a brief introduction talk. In the afternoon after a bike fitting, we’ll ride to Castellina in Chianti to have a coffee in the main square or stroll around town. An optional extra loop will take you to Lucarelli after a long and fun descent immersed in the Chianti vineyards.

The Chianti

Today we’ll ride on the Chiantigiana road through the Chianti region of Italy! Our landscapes are farms and vineyards, towering Cypress trees and olive groves, and ancient and historic buildings. This is the land of the Gallo Nero, the symbol of the Consorzio Chianti Classico, the organization that protects the Chianti Classico wine and its trademark. An extra loop takes you to Badia a Coltibuono (Abbey of the Good Harvest), an abbey founded in 1051 by Vallambrosa monk.

Siena

Today we’ll leave the Chianti region for another beautiful ride and an extra loop to Castagnoli. We’ll cycle to the medieval city of Siena. En-route, we’ll stop for lunch and a wine tasting at the Felsina Vineyard. Siena’s heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here (it’s a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer). This afternoon, a friend of ours will invite us to her family’s villa in the countryside where we’ll meet her family.

Siena & Monteriggioni Loop

Today is a rest day in Siena. There is an optional loop ride out of Siena to the medieval walled town of Monteriggioni in the morning. This afternoon our local guide and friend will take you for a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, we’ll dine at a friend’s villa, where you’ll savor an authentic Tuscan feast!

Siena to San Quirico D'Orcia

We’ll ride through the “Crete Senesi,” a range of clay hills situated between Siena and the Val d’Orcia. With its ever-changing seasonal colors, its winding roads and the lunar landscape of its clay ridges, this ride is considered a cycling classic in this part of Tuscany. Lunch today will be at the home of our guide Sandro and his wife Elisa at their beautiful Agriturismo il Molinello. You’ll be treated to traditional Tuscan cuisine prepared by the family and after lunch, Sandro will guide you through a tasting of their own olive oil.

Loop to Montalcino

Today we’ll ride in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia. We’ll ride to Montalcino, hometown of the famous Brunello di Montalcino Tuscan red wine. From the top of the town we are rewarded with views of the Asso, Ombrone and Arbia valleys, dotted with olive groves, vineyards and small villages. After a picnic, we’ll head to the home of Ciclismo Guide Giuditta, whose family owns a small winery called Nostra Vita. Here, they produce the best Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino.

Arrivederci!

After breakfast at 9 am we offer a 45-min group shuttle to Chiusi-Chianciano train station. From there, you can connect to Florence or Rome in less than 2 hours.



What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike, fully-equipped with a Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders on-hand throughout the program
  • Ciclismo Classico jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttles at the beginning and end of the tour

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • Guided walking tour of Siena
  • Olive oil tasting
  • Cooking lesson by a local chef
  • 2 wine tastings

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 3 lunches + 1 picnic
  • 5 dinners

Meet the Guides