This 7 day tour includes:
7 Day Programme
Day 1 Sat: Arrival in Pisa
Transfer from Pisa airport to your hotel in Pisa and take a peaceful and relaxing stroll through the narrow streets of this charming city. Sit down for a glass of local Chianti wine and savor the amazing olive oil produced in the region’s vineyards. Before calling it a night, stroll past the chapels and pastel houses lining the banks of the Arno River. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in the garden of the hotel in San Giuliano.
Day 2 Pisa – Lucca – Vinci (cycle distance 86.5km)
Today’s ride is very scenic and nearly all flat. The route follows the Serchio River and after 25 km, you reach the charming town of Lucca. You have ample time to visit the town and explore its splendid gardens, majestic bell tower and impressive Piazza Anfiteatro, a 2nd century Roman amphitheater. Don’t miss a ride along the tree-lined walls of its perimeter. Ride past Altopascio and the fascinating Padule of Fucecchio nature reserve, the largest inland wetlands of Europe. Marvel at the delightful all-encompassing greenness and perhaps you will spot some migratory birds enjoying a well-deserved rest on their way south. Feeling rejuvenated, you cycle on to Vinci, where the famous inventor/artists Leonardo da Vinci was born.
Day 3 Vinci – Florence (cycle distance 44km) Half day sightseeing
Gain insight on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci as you explore his birthplace and two remarkable museums all about him. Admire his original designs and inventions. When you’re ready start the day’s ride to Florence for a night in the jewel of the Renaissance.
Day 4 Ride from Florence to Siena vis Greve in Chianti, Impruneta and Radda in Chianti
After breakfast, start the ride to Greve in Chianti, a rustic market village and the capital of the Chianti wine-producing region. Along the way you can stop at Impruneta, a great place for a coffee break on the main square. Arrive in Greve and head over to Le Cantine di Greve where you can taste over 50 different Chianti wines. Continue the ride to the marvelous city of Siena, famous for its biannual “Palio” horse race, held in the most beautiful shell-shaped square in Europe: the Piazza del Campo. Along the way stop for a visit of the picturesque town of Radda in Chianti then arrive in Siena. Do not miss a visit to the Cathedral, an architectural treasure, and numerous imposing medieval palaces. History comes alive as you meander through the narrow streets of this fantastically preserved jewel of Italy.
Day 5 Ride from Siena to Volterra via San Gimignano, Monteriggioni and Colle val d’Elsa
After breakfast start your ride to Volterra. Stop for a coffee in the perfectly preserved medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni and then continue cycling on the undulating hills of the Val d’Elsa. Stop in San Gimignano and breathe in the wonderful country air and take a stroll along the classic green rolling hills, marvelling at the breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. Continue cycling through a patchwork of wheat fields and impressive villas to the ancient Etruscan city of Volterra, where you can explore its Alabaster artisan shops, the interesting Etruscan Museum and the Roman Theatre, superb palaces and alluring city walls.
Day 6 Ride from Volterra to Pisa via Pontedera
Today you can cycle to Pisa stopping off at Pontedera continue the final 30km to Pisa, cycling on the Arno riverbank bike path. Arrive in Pisa and take a relaxing stroll through the narrow streets of this charming city. Stroll past the chapels and pastel houses lining the banks of the Arno River.
Day 7 Departure
The trip and our services end after breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for your return flight to Dublin .
|N. Participants:||Minimum 1 person|
|Trip Grade:||Easy to moderate|
|Activity characteristics:||The rides follow mostly well asphalted country roads and secondary roads. Near larger towns, the roads are more trafficked.without traffic and 5% on gravel tracks|
|Arrival & departure airport:||Pisa Airport|
6 nights hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis using a variety of 3* and 4* hotels.
The hotels in Florence, Siena and Volterra are in the city centre, while the hotel in San Guiliano Therme is about 3.5km from the centre of Pisa, the agriturismo in Vinci is 1km from the centre
Any other items not specifically mentioned in the section “the price includes”
The luggage transfer is INCLUDED between each hotel for this trip.
The concept behind most of our trips is active holidays and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. We expect participants to take responsibility for their fitness and preparations on a consistent basis prior to departure, and INCREASE the regular weekly training schedule in the two months leading up to departure. That way, when you start walking, you will feel relaxed and comfortable and strong, having done more than sufficient preparation for the trip. You will also have more energy to enjoy the views, take photos and explore the sights in your spare time, rather than just make it to the next hotel.
During the day is when the most interesting features of interest will be found, and being fit allows you to optimize every situation you encounter. As a minimum, we recommend 40 minutes of aerobic type exercise; running, swimming, biking, hill walking, or gym work two to three times a week for two to six months leading up to your walk. Note the best training is the activity that you are actually going to be doing; walking up and down hill, and crosscountry. Practice this as much as possible. Training should be stepped up as you get closer to departure, to an amount you feel appropriate (you don’t want to cause yourself an injury!).
Using your gear before departure (boots, day pack, clothing, etc.) gives familiarity and comfort whilst on the walk. It makes sense to know that all your gear ‘works for you’ BEFORE departure, rather than discovering how things work or fit (or don’t!) on the trip you have invested so much in. Use the philosophy of ‘getting fit to go walking’, rather than ‘going on a walk to get fit’, to avoid problems.
Bicycle touring has its inherent risks. It is a sport whose safety is dependent upon the judgment and alertness of the cyclists. As a cyclist you are responsible for the way you ride and the condition of your bicycle. We, nor the local agent, are responsible for possible damages (physical or not) to the participants due to: physical activity during the tour, not following road regulations, alcohol consumption, breaking of means or materials, lack of medical assistance in far-off places or other not predictable circumstances.
If you have rented a bike with us, you will find it waiting for you, fitted to your requirements. All bikes, before being handed out are cleaned and overhauled. All bikes are equipped with a padlock and key that must be used at all times when not riding the bike, luggage pannier attachments at the rear and 1 rear side bag per bike, 1 front bag and map compartment, 8 front and back lights, puncture repair kit, pump and spare inner tube, all of which you should know how to use.. You are expected to know the vary basics of bike mechanics and how to mend a puncture or change a tire. If something more serious happens to the bike that you cannot repair on the spot, call the shop and they will help you fix it or suggest the best and fastest solution.