Bike Across Tuscany - Guided
Guided group tour - Lucca to Florence crossing the heart of Tuscany - 8 days
Among the dreamed destinations in the historic Grand Tour of Europe, Tuscany still today evokes romance, art, culture, wine, cuisine and quintessential scenery. Pedal through art cities, medieval villages, scenic vineyards and olive groves on this 8-day bike tour through the heart of Italy. We’ll traverse the region from north to south, hitting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Renaissance and Medieval towns like Lucca, Vinci, San Gimignano and Siena. Staying in local three-star hotels in smaller and charming towns, you will delight in Tuscan delicacies and the famous red Chianti wine. Our tour ends in the Tuscan capital, the majestic and inspiring Florence. Through it all, you will relish in the camaraderie of your cycling companions while our top-notch guides help make this a memorable experience.
Arrive in Lucca
Highlights: Test ride on Renaissance walls
Meet in Renaissance Lucca, a short train or bus ride from Florence or Pisa airports. We’ll fit bicycles and enjoy a fun 4 km test ride around the most well-preserved fortified walls in Italy. If you arrive early, make sure to stroll through the city center, visiting the amphitheater (originally built by the Romans and transformed over the ages), the unique Torre Guinigi (with a tree growing on top of the medieval tower), and the marble-faced majestic Duomo. A welcome dinner tonight in a local trattoria starts off our tour together.
Daily distance: 4 km (or more!)
Accommodation: Hotel La Luna, or similar.
Bike to Pisa
Highlights: The Leaning Tower and “Square of Miracles”
A roundtrip ride to Pisa following the nearby river takes us into the center of this fascinating city to visit the impressive medieval "Square of Miracles", which was built to represent everything a human would need: the Romanesque Baptistery, the Cathedral, the "'civic" bell tower (which began to lean and now is the most famous building here!), and, at life's end, the Monumental Cemetery. We’ll explore Pisa before a delightful return ride to Lucca.
Daily distance: 65 km (41 miles)
Elevation gain: 330 m (1080 ft)
Accomodation: Hotel La Luna, or similar.
Ride to Vinci
Highlights: Leonardo’s birthplace; Night in a Tuscan farmhouse
Leave Lucca for the small village of Vinci, birthplace and home to the world-famous genius Leonardo da Vinci. A highlight here is a visit to the small town centre, including the town's museum with wooden models of many of Leonardo’s inventions (many of which were never built in his lifetime). Not only a painter, Da Vinci was also an engineer, creating hydraulic machines, war machines and several other fascinating artifacts (like the bicycle!) that show how ahead of his time he was.
Tonight's lodging is another tour highlight - the chance to sleep in a Tuscan farmhouse (called an "agriturismo" in Italy), set on the Montalbano hills in the Chianti wine region, surrounded by vines, cypresses and olive groves. The farm produces extra virgin olive oil, Chianti DOCG wine as well as white wine and the local vin santo (a sweet wine enjoyed with dessert).
Daily distance: 60km (38 miles)
Elevation gain: 500 m climbing (1640 ft)
Accomodation: Agriturismo Il Piastrino, or similar.
Ride through Classic Tuscany
Highlights: Picture Perfect Tuscany
We’ll leave the province of Florence to enter its historic rival's territory: Siena, on the way passing through the charming ceramics town of Montelupo Fiorentino. A climb takes us up to a ridge road which we’ll follow to tonight's destination. We are in quintessential Tuscany here, with cypress trees, olive groves and vineyards spread out across the surrounding landscape. This evening’s destination, Colle di Val d’Elsa, is a classic walled medieval Tuscan town on a hill, still full of charm and history. You’ll enjoy exploring its cobble-stoned streets and alleyways.
Daily distance: 72 km (45 miles)
Elevation gain: + 1030 m (3300 ft)
Accomodation: Palazzo Renieri, or similar.
Ride to San Gimignano
Highlights: Optional loop ride
An optional loop ride to the nearby town of towers - San Gimignano. Once home to dozens of tower-homes, the twelve or so that have remained are still striking to the eye as we approach. Enjoy a stroll through the center of this compact, walled medieval town and perhaps a taste of its signature wine, Vernaccia. We'll point out a few of our favorite osterie, or local restaurants, before we return to our own medieval town of Colle di Val d'Elsa.
Daily distance: 36 km (22.5 miles)
Elevation gain: + 580 m (1900 ft)
Accomodation: Palazzo Renieri, or similar.
Bike to Siena
Highlights: Postcard Tuscany landscapes; Siena
We continue pedaling south to reach Siena, considered by many to be the most striking Tuscan city (even more so than the Renaissance capital, Florence). After cycling through classic Tuscan scenery and plenty of rolling hills, we’ll settle into our hotel and then enjoy some of the famous sights – like the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral and the unique shell-shaped Piazza del Campo, which twice a year becomes a tightly-packed horse race field for the annual "Palio". You’ll want to explore the countless alleys and tight streets that bring surprises at every turn. If you prefer to take a break from the bike today, transfer by public bus directly to Siena.
Daily distance: 48 km (30 miles)
Elevation gain: + 843 m (2760 ft)
Accommodation: Hotel Italia, or similar.
Siena and Florence
Highlights: Rest day - exploring Siena and Florence
After a few morning hours exploring the marvelous alleys and piazzas of Siena, we will travel to its historic rival city and today’s Tuscan capital, the mighty Florence (traveling together by public bus, with the option for an organized private transfer). An informal walking tour in the city centre will take us through some of the landmark sights, such as the Piazza Santa Croce, the Palazzo della Signoria, and the stately and jaw-dropping Duomo. You can spend more time exploring on your own, or even visit some of the world-famous museums nearby. We'll celebrate our bike tour with a goodbye group dinner!
Meals: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Vasari, or similar.
Tour ends in Florence
We say goodbye this morning. For those wishing to continue their time in Tuscany, Florence provides a great base for further exploration, as well as the perfect place to close your dream Italian holiday. If your travels end today, we will provide suggestions for arriving to the nearby Florence airport.
Breakfast at the hotel this morning
7 nights lodging in 3- and 4-star accommodations
2 dinners with local wine
Transportation Siena-Florence on non-cycling day
Casual walking tour of Florence
Quality hybrid touring bike (titanium bike and e-bike upgrade options available)
Our exceptional local tour leaders
Bike fitting and welcome meeting at tour start
Support van and driver on most days
Reservation and travel assistance (our pre-travel documentation will help you prepare for the bike tour, including arrival and departure details, and much more)
Access to smartphone app with routes and digital roadbook (with detailed tour information)
Airfare or travel to and from the tour start and end
Entrance to museums or other activities not indicated as included
Any meals or beverages not indicated as included
Private rooms available upon request: please inquire.
Private and Custom groups: if you are interested in customizing this itinerary, hotels or tour package inclusions, please contact us - we are experts at personalizing our tours and services, and can tailor-build the bike tour of your dreams!
PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability.
Tour code: itbg3852
|Begin/End||Lucca / Florence|
|Arrive/Depart||How to get there and away:
Recommended arrival and departure airport: Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR) or Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA)
Starting point: Lucca
- We recommend flying into Pisa International "Galileo Galilei" Airport (PSA), but you can also fly into Florence "Amerigo Vespucci" Airport (FLR)
- Taxis from Pisa "Galileo Galilei" Airport (PSA) to Lucca cost about € 60/70 and take about 45 minutes. The taxi stand is in front of the airport on the arrivals side
- Once you arrive in Pisa "Galileo Galilei" Airport (PSA), you will find the People Mover to get to the Pisa centrale train station in less than 10 minutes (rides every 5-10 minutes). From Pisa Centrale to Lucca trains run every 30 minutes and take about 30 minutes. Cost is approximately € 4 for 2nd class
-If you are flying in Florence "Amerigo Vespucci" Airport (FLR), you can reach Lucca taking an Autobus ( "DD" Line) from the airport that will take you directly to the Lucca bus station, tehn you cna take a taxi or have a 15 minute walk up to the hotel.
Ending point: Florence
- We recommend flying out of Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR). It is also possible to fly out from Pisa International "Galielo Galilei" Airport (PSA).
- From the hotel, take a taxi to the airport. Agree on a fare before entering the taxi. Travel time to the airport is about 15/20 minutes, depending on the traffic
- From the hotel, you can take a 20-minute walk (or public transportation) to the train station. From there, you can catch the “Volainbus” line. It’s a 20 minute trip that departs every 30 minutes from 5:30 am to 9:30 pm, then every hour until midnight from Stazione Galleria. (one-way ticket: €6; round trip ticket: €10)
-If you are flying out of Pisa "Galileo Galilei" Airport (PSA) you can reach the Florence train station (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) with a 4-minute walk, then take a regional train to Pisa central station (runs every 30 minutes, cost around €9). Once you arrive at Pisa station you can take a taxi to the airport, or you can use the People Mover or the bus.
Final arrival and departure instructions along with other detailed pre-travel documents, will be e-mailed prior to your travel, with information specific to your departure (including the actual hotels used on your tour dates, which may vary from the hotels listed above.)
|Total Distance||275 km (170 miles)|
|Daily Distance||52 km (33 miles)|
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|Notes||This is a great tour for active people (who regularly run, bike, or work out) without much bicycle touring experience. Also great for intermediate to advanced cyclists who want a fun vacation, enjoying some hills every day. You will ride 35-68 km per day, on rolling to hilly terrain with a few steeper or longer climbs on some days, using paved backroads with little traffic (on some shorter stretches we share the roads with cars), as well as some hard-packed gravel roads with very little traffic. Experienced cyclists who want longer, optional rides at the end of the programmed ride will have these available
(please inquire when reserving).
|Terms||Terms & Conditions|
|Dates||This tour is also available for private groups - contact us with your planned travel dates, and we will create your private departure.
To inquire about a private or custom tour date, or to join an our calendar departures, please use our guided tour inquiry form
*2023 price, per person, based on double occupancy; minimum 6 participants per departure.
High-Season surcharge (May and June; September and early October): a €100 per person surcharge is applied.
Bike Upgrade Options:
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Additional useful information:
• Check out our FAQs page for all the details on how our bike tours work!
• Our guided tours include an expert local tour leader, as well as van support. We also include access to our smartphone app and GPS tracks for navigation - this page details what it's like to navigate on our tours.
• If you are curious about the self-guided tour formula, this blog explains the differences between Guided and Self-Guided Tours.
Are you interested in a departure, or do you have questions? We are happy to help! Please inquire through our contact form, below.
|Prices||€1740 per person *||Single Supplement||€195 (in double room for single use)|
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We had fantastic experiences at Ride Across Tuscany. The knowledge and experience that the company has in this territory is an incredible differential. Not to mention the equipment available and all the service before, during and after the service. I recommend it!
Nilo S. (Brazil) Sept 2019