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  • Cycling through the beautiful Tuscan countryside
  • Experiencing fabulous towns such as Volterra, San Gimignano and Siena
  • Exploring the Chianti region at handle bar level
  • Enjoying the fantastic cuisine of the region
The Tuscany Cycle Explorer tour starts in San Gimignano and ends in Siena. The Tuscany Cycle Explorer is a Bicycle Tour that takes 8 days taking you from San Gimignano to Siena and through other destinations in Italy.

Cycle the rolling hills of Tuscany to experience historic hill top towns. Experience the magic of Tuscany's countryside on an enlightening cycle through the enchanting towns and landscapes that characterise the region. Every day brings with it a diversity of sites including ancient monasteries, rolling vineyards and old olive groves, castles, villas and medieval centres ripe for exploration. Flexibility is a key component with the option to choose a tarmac road or off road mountain bike route according to your level of cycle experience. At night stay in characterful family run hotels where your hosts will introduce you to the delights of their local sites and trattorias.
Make your own way to San Gimignano, known as the town of the beautiful towers which have dominated the hills south of the Elsa Valley since Etruscan times. There is much to explore in this small town, in particular the narrow streets and squares of the medieval quarter. Your bike will be personally delivered either this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Accommodation: For two nights, our first choice is a 3-star hotel set in the pulsating heart of the town of towers, little changed for 600 years.
Meals
  • Dinner
The first day of cycling takes you on a circuitous route through the countryside around San Gimignano, through vineyards and traversing gentle hills. The ride takes you to Certaldo through Vernaccia, San Gimignano’s white wine vineyards. The route will depend on the bike you have chosen. Alternatively you are free to relax around San Gimignano where you again spend the night.
Meals
  • Breakfast
A spectacular ride westwards over the hills to Volterra and for a more challenging day visit the Monastery of San Vivaldo. Volterra is a former Etruscan town with a commanding position high on a rocky plateau. More recently it was featured in the second ‘Twilight’ vampire movie/book, “New Moon”.

Accommodation: Comfortable 3 star hotel, a villa from the late 17th century that has been restored. It is situated in a peaceful area near the medieval town wall. The hotel has a magnificent panoramic view of the area. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Two options are available to you again today. Option one passes through the small town of Colle di Val d’Elsa while option two crosses the natural reserve of Tatti, to the medieval town of Casole. Both rides visit the monastic settlement of Abbadia Isola. Overnight in the medieval walled village of Monteriggioni with its famous watchtowers.

Accommodation: La Signoria 1212. Il Piccolo B&B in Monteriggioni offers accommodation in Monteriggioni. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV the rooms come with a private bathroom. La Signoria Piccolo B&B features free WiFi throughout the property. You will find a shared lounge at the property. You may wish to upgrade to a 4 star inn, ask for details.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Today you will be cycling into the Chianti Hills and you will have the opportunity to sample several Chianti wines. The high point of the ride is Fonterutoli and the incredible open views.

Accommodation: Two nights in a B&B with loads of charm. The rooms are simply appointed but very comfortable in typical Tuscan style.
Meals
  • Breakfast
A circular ride today throughout the Chianti Hills visiting some of the most beautiful villas, castles and rural churches.
Meals
  • Breakfast
The last day of cycling takes you to the interesting “Palio” town of Siena. En route visit the cantines and test the wines of Dievole. The longer route takes you to Brolio. After settling in to the hotel you will find all the famous places of this city within walking distance, with the Palazza IL Campo being the centre of this medieval city. There are many museums, churches, and the huge Pisan Romanesque and Gothic cathedral. You can easily get lost in the warren of streets, all arranged into areas called 'Contrada’, as they have done for hundreds of years and where the Sienese population gain their group loyalties and rivalries.

Accommodation: In the lively and sophisticated city of Siena we stay at a small, comfortable 3 star town hotel, all rooms ensuite.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Trip concludes after breakfast.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 4 nights in 3 star hotels, 2 nights in guesthouse and 1 night in a B&B on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
Meals
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Transport
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag per person not weighing anymore than 20kg)
Others
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline
what’s excluded
  • 6 dinners, all lunches & beverages
  • Mountain or Hybrid bike €100 or E-bike €180 hire paid locally
  • Travel to and from San Gimignano and Siena
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
Tour details
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 20 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends San Gimignano, Italy/ Siena, Italy
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A deposit of 317 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 28 August 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Tuscany Cycle Explorer 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.

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For this Tuscany Cycle Explorer 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.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Tuscany Cycle Explorer 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.
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