Cycle the Via Francigena - Parma to Siena

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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Self-guided
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 15
  • guiding method Self guided/Independent
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  • Starts Parma, Italy
  • Ends Siena, Italy
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Discovering Parma and its delicacies, such as the Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma
  • Exploring Lucca and its city walls by bike
  • Soaking up the medieval atmosphere of Pontremoli and Monteriggioni
  • Enjoying stunning views of hilltop villages, open valleys, cypress woods and olive groves
The trip Cycle The Via Francigena - Parma To Siena starts from Parma and ends in Siena. It is a bicycle trip that takes 9 days taking you through Aulla, Lucca, San Gimignano and 4 other destinations in Italy. Cycle The Via Francigena - Parma To Siena is a self-guided trip that includes accommodation in hotels, meals and others.

Stunning cycle on the second Italian stage of the Via Francigena from Parma, across the Appennines, to the heart of Tuscany. This section of the Via Francigena encompasses some of the best landscapes of Italy. Starting in the gastronomic heaven of Parma, an initially demanding but beautiful cycle will lead you through medieval hamlets and towns awash with history. This breathtaking route continues across the Appennines, through the green countryside and briefly towards the sea. You then plunge into the little-known region of Lunigiana before cycling into the rolling hills of Tuscany. You will visit the world-renowned historic Tuscan towns of Lucca and San Gimignano, and then cycle one of the most beautiful sections of the Via Francigena as you make your way towards Siena. En route you will bask in the stunning landscapes and immerse yourself in the history and culture of these regions. You will stop to visit parish churches which are a thousand years old, explore archaeological finds discovered at the Abbey of San Caprasio, and marvel at tower-crowned castles. And of course, you will enjoy sampling the delicious local food in each town you stop in.
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4 - Very Good
  • Anonymous
  • On Oct 08 2019
“A fascinating introduction to rural Northern Romania with a great guide, good hilly walks, friendly warm people and masses of hearty Romanian food. It did my soul good to know there are such places left in this world.”
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5 - Excellent
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 13 2017
“This was one of our best vacations ever! We loved seeing the Czech countryside up close and visiting the smaller towns, each one cuter than the next. The route through the National Park was particularly beautiful and was our favorite day of the trip. Beer and wine are cheap and plentiful and the food is delicious. We would recommend this trip to anyone who is a fit cyclist who can easily climb 2-3,000 feet/day and who wants to see more of the Czech Republic than just Prague.”
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4 - Very Good
  • Anonymous
  • On Jul 27 2018
“The trip was a once in a lifetime trip. I was a solo female traveler age 62. Our guide Nora was amazing. Only 27 years old, she was so knowledgeable, professional, and patient. She always had our best interest in mind and when there was a glitch at one of the accommodations, she just resolved it quickly and calmly. The Mont Blanc Rambler which is graded as 3 was more difficult than I or others in the group expected based on the descriptions in the brochure. But it was doable and a great experience. Besides the incredible views, the food was one of the best things about the trip. The accommodations varied but they were generally good to excellent. We had a great group of people from 5 different countries and ages from 20s to 60s. We enjoyed sitting around together at the end of our day with a beer or glass of wine before dinner. Dormitory living was really fine. You get to know your travel partners well and you are so tired after your day of hiking that everyone is asleep by 10 anyway.”
ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1 : Arrive Parma
  • Day 2 : A demanding cycle to Berceto past ancient churches (74km/46mi)
  • Day 3 : Continue to Aulla, crossing the Appennines (53km/33mi)
  • Day 4 : Cycle in green countryside past medieval villages en route to Massa (48km/30mi)
  • Day 5 : Cycle along the sea, then over Tuscan hills to Lucca (52km/32.5mi)
  • Day 6 : Cross the river Arno to San Miniato (46km/28.5mi)
  • Day 7 : Continue through splendid scenery to San Gimignano (41km/25.5mi)
  • Day 8 : Cycle the Tuscan hills and through charming ancient towns to Siena (50km/31mi)
  • Day 9 : Trip concludes Siena (or continue to Rome)
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • 8 nights in charming B&Bs and 3 star hotels (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-12)
  • Information pack including smartphone app with maps plus a route book per room booked
Meals
  • 8 breakfasts
Transport
  • Luggage transfer (max 1 piece per person) - excess charges apply and must be pre-paid
Others
  • Emergency hotline
  • Hybrid 21 speed rental bike with front bag map holder, odometer, pannier, lock, repair kit and helmet (e-bikes available - supplement applies)
  • Bike theft insurance
  • Credenziale - the pilgrim’s passport
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Travel to Parma and from Siena
  • Lunches and dinner daily and all beverages
  • Entrance fees to museums, parks and archaeological sites
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel taxes (allow €10-12, payable locally)
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycle the Via Francigena - Parma to Siena tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 11 May 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 11 May 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycle the Via Francigena - Parma to Siena tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Cycle the Via Francigena - Parma to Siena tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be implemented during transportation and followed on the accommodation premises as well.
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