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Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in 2-4 star hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

8 Days£865GBP

Overview

Trip Code: CPF

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the beautiful Tuscan countryside
  • Exploring the renowned cities of Pisa, Lucca and Florence
  • Enjoying the fantastic cuisine of the region
  • Discovering the historical monuments of the region

Discover the magic of the Tuscan countryside as you cycle over rolling hills and through vineyards between Pisa and Florence. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, the beauty of the Tuscan landscape has influenced artists, sculptors and painters including Leonardo da Vinci and Puccini. Wind your way through delightful and enchanting Renaissance cities including Lucca, Pescia and Pistoia. You will cycle through vineyards and olive groves, along the Arno River, and among the villas of the famous Medici family.

Countries:

Italy

Starting Point:

Pisa

Finishing Point:

Pisa


Itinerary

Make your own arrival to Pisa, the city famous for its magical Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) with the characteristic Leaning Tower. UNESCO World Heritage since 1987, Pisa has a large number of monuments as well as the friendly and lively atmosphere of a university city.

Meals:  Nil

Today you will cycle northwards along the river Serchio, across the Pisan countryside and arrive in Lucca. For those who want a harder cycle, there is a more demanding and longer route that runs along the Monti Pisani (the Pisan mountains). The medieval city of Lucca will welcome you with its charm. Distance: 30 or 45km/18.5 or 28mi. +20 or 100m/65.5 or 328ft

Meals:  B

Today you will cycle along a panoramic road to the little village of Collodi and the town of Pescia. In Collodi, where the author of Pinocchio spent his childhood, you can visit the famous Pinocchio's Park (created in 1962) and the aristocratic Villa Garzoni. In Pescia you can enjoy a quiet stroll among churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the local street flower market. Continue to Montecatini Terme where you will stay overnight. Distance: 45km/28mi. +280m/919ft

Meals:  B

Today there are two possibilities to choose from. You can relax in one of the most famous thermal cities in Europe and stroll down the narrow lanes of the old city, which is situated on a hill and can be reached by a characteristic cable-railway. Alternatively, a picturesque cycling itinerary will lead you among villas of the Medici family, olive groves, vineyards and beautiful historical farms, and past Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, where you can visit the museum dedicated to him. Return to Montecatini. Distance: 60km/37mi. +310m/1017ft

Meals:  B

Today you can choose to start cycling from Montecatini or to shorten the trip with a short train ride to Pistoia, rich in Romanesque and Renaissance monuments. On today's cycle you will be immersed in the Tuscan flatlands en route to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Overnight in Florence. Distance: 50 or 65km/31 or 40.5mi. +150 or 400m/492 or 1312ft

Meals:  B

Free time to explore one of the world's most beautiful cities. We recommend not missing the Duomo, the Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River, and Michelangelo's statue of David. Overnight in Florence.

Meals:  B

This morning you can choose to either cycle from Florence to Empoli then take the train to Pisa, or take a train to Empoli and ride to Pisa. If cycling from Florence you cycle back to the path of the Parco delle Cascine. A 4km climb takes you to the highest point of the stage, 286m above sea level. Or from Empoli the route mainly follows the lower valley of the Arno River up to the so called plain of Pisa. The final stage into Pisa is on an unpaved path along the bank of the river Arno. Distance: 40 or 65km/25 or 40.5mi. +100 or 300m/328 or 984ft Train travel: 40 or 65km/25 or 40.5mi (approx 30-40mins, ticket not included, payable locally - allow EUR10 pp). You can also take the train the whole distance if you prefer not to cycle today (note: trains must have a bike icon listed on the timetable in order to bring it on board.)

Meals:  B

After breakfast the trip concludes.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts - varied buffet breakfasts are served at each hotel
  • 7 nights in 2-3 star hotels (Category B) on a twinshare basis with private facilities (upgrade to 3-4 star hotels (Category A) - supplement applies), hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow €10-15)
  • 27 speed touring bike rental with puncture resistant tyres, pannier, helmet and gel saddle (e-bikes available - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfers
  • Tour information on-site by a local representative
  • Digital information pack including route notes, maps, navigational App (can be used offline), GPS Tracks and travel guide per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
  • Bike insurance for loss or damage

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks
  • Local hotel taxes
  • Train tickets
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport to and from Pisa
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided tour
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance

Bike information


Suitability

moderate

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MODERATE – GRADE 3 This trip involves 5 days cycling with daily cycles of 30 - 65km/18.5 to 40.5mi. The route is mostly on flat areas with some hilly sections that are not too difficult. Much of the cycle is on asphalt roads with low traffic. There are some sections on dirt paths. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. You need only carry your camera and water bottle. Your luggage is transported for you between hotels. *For safety reasons, we insist that cycle helmets be included as a compulsory item on your equipment list.


Departure dates

Every Saturday from 16 Apr to 1 Oct

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 21 May to 9 September, mid season is from 23 Apr to 20 May and 10 to 23 Sep - a supplement applies for high and mid season departures.
DN2
Train transfers extra - allow €23.
DN3
Due to logistics this trip is not suitable for solo travellers. It is possible for single travellers to book on a date which already has travellers. Contact our team for more details.
DN4
Other departure dates available for groups of 6 or more.

Total Priceper person from

£865GBP

Options & Supplements*
  • Upgrade to Cat A (mainly 4*) hotels - ppGBP£90
  • Electric Bike SupplementGBP£110
  • Single Supplement - Cat B hotelsGBP£190
  • Single Supplement - Cat A hotelsGBP£240
*Prices listed are per person

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