The Heroes Hills of Tuscany Pisa
Price : £677
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Challenging
Distance : 385m/620km
Tour Code : GL027
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Tuscany is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and historically important regions in Italy. Home to Florence – considered the birthplace of the Renaissance – and Pisa – known worldwide for its leaning tower – it also boasts some of the finest landscapes (and wines!) that Italy has to offer. Cycling holidays in Italy always offer masses of variety, but this particular road bike tour is the one that simply keeps on giving.

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Tuscany is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and historically important regions in Italy. Home to Florence – considered the birthplace of the Renaissance – and Pisa – known worldwide for its leaning tower – it also boasts some of the finest landscapes (and wines!) that Italy has to offer. Cycling holidays in Italy always offer masses of variety, but this particular road bike tour is the one that simply keeps on giving.

From Pisa, you depart on a whistle-stop tour of Tuscany’s artistic, architectural and historic legacy. From Florence to Lucca, and on to Sienna – you’ll be bombarded with more incredible examples of renaissance cathedral, city walls, piazzas and frescos than anyone could know what to do with! Between experiencing all of these incredible landmarks, your stages will take you (among many other areas of sublime natural beauty) through the picturesque vineyards of the Chianti hills, and into the heart of the Apuan Alps – with spectacular views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Couple all of this with innumerable local restaurants, bars and cafés serving the finest Italian food, wine and coffee you’ll probably ever taste… and we’re sure you’ll understand why this is one of the most popular road bike cycling holidays we have on offer. Bellissimo!

  • Florence, cradle of the Italian Renassaince

  • The Chianti hillsides and the unmade roads of Eroica

  • Stwed wild boar

  • Morellino di Scansano, red wine;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Pisa

Day 2: Pisa – Lucca: 70km + 960m

Day 3: Lucca – Apuan Alps – Lucca: 130km + 1,300m

Day 4: Lucca – Florence: 100km + 610m

Day 5: Florence – Siena, Along the Eroixa: 90km + 1,000m

Day 6: Siena – Montalcino – Pienza – Siena: 120km + 1,200m

Day 7: Siena – Pisa: 113km + 770m

Day 8: Departure from Pisa

Day 1: Arrival in Pisa

Individual arrival in Pisa. Although best known for its leaning tower, Pisa is also home to many other historic churches and medieval palaces. Take advantage of your time here and wonder through the beautiful city or along the banks of the River Arno.

Day 2: Pisa – Lucca: 70km + 960m

Leaving Pisa and heading for San Giuliano Terme, you’ll cycle around Monte Serra and take on your first ascent up the Buti side – a historic testing bench for professional cyclists such as Baroli, Ulrich and Contador. The incline is steady, and with unique views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and islands of Elba and Giglia from the top, in our opinion well worth the push. You then follow a somewhat winding route towards Lake Massaciuccoli, ending the stage in Lucca – famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.

Day 3: Lucca – Apuan Alps – Lucca: 130km + 1,300m

Leaving Lucca and heading towards Camaiore, the stage starts with a gentle climb to Massa Carrara. From here your ascent will take you into the heart of the Apuan Alps, a new white rock peak offering an unrivalled view over the Turrhenian Sea. You then descend and traverse the valley on your way back to Lucca. Variant (70km) via Viareggia and Forte dei Marmi.

Day 4: Lucca – Florence: 100km + 610m

Out of Lucca the road seesaws up and down for a while before leading to a long descent down to Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace, and home to the museum dedicated to his genius – well worth a visit. Once you’re feeling inspired, grab a coffee and then its time to tackle the Vittolini ascent, which takes you directly to the incredible city of Florence. It is highly recommended that you take some time to just wonder the streets of Florence and marinade in its beauty and cultural distinction.

Day 5: Florence – Siena, Along the Eroixa: 90km + 1,000m

Leaving Florence and heading along the banks of the River Arno, today’s cycle sees you pedalling towards Greve and Radda in the Chianti region (among the iconic hills and vineyards!). The inclines are gentle (5% at most) and culminate with the spectacular white gravel roads of the ‘’Eroica’’ path, and on to Siena’s Piazza del Campo.

Day 6: Siena – Montalcino – Pienza – Siena: 120km + 1,200m

Today you’ll cycle on a route that follows the Cassia road south to the stunning commune of Montalcino. About 40km in, the ascent towards Cassia becomes fairly intimidating, but you’re heavily rewarded with the panoramic views that open up as you reach its end. A little rest and possibly a coffee will get you ready for the next uphill-downhill stretch that takes you to Pienza and finally back to Siena. Varient (70km)

Day 7: Siena – Pisa: 113km + 770m

The final stage of the tour takes you along the provincial road to Colle Val d’Elsa and on towards San Gimignano, a marvellous city dominated by its medieval towers. Ending with a final stretch back to Pisa, where your cycle tour completes its circuit.

Day 8: Departure from Pisa

After breakfast, your holiday comes to end. Individual departure.

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation

  • Bed & breakfast

  • GPS tracks for the stages (device not provided)

  • Daily luggage transportation

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes (approx €10-15)

  • GPS device

  • Bike hire and helmets


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Road Bike with Carbon ForkRoad Bike with Carbon Fork

Road bike with carbon fork and 27-gear Shimano Tiagra groupset

High End Road BikeHigh End Road Bike

Merida road bikes, with carbon fork

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra B&B night in Pisa

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Pisa

From Pisa airport get a taxi to your hotel.

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Pisa

From Pisa get a taxi to Pisa airport.

Price : £677
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Challenging
Distance : 385m/620km
Tour Code : GL027
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Tuscany is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and historically important regions in Italy. Home to Florence – considered the birthplace of the Renaissance – and Pisa – known worldwide for its leaning tower – it also boasts some of the finest landscapes (and wines!) that Italy has to offer. Cycling holidays in Italy always offer masses of variety, but this particular road bike tour is the one that simply keeps on giving.

Read More

Tuscany is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and historically important regions in Italy. Home to Florence – considered the birthplace of the Renaissance – and Pisa – known worldwide for its leaning tower – it also boasts some of the finest landscapes (and wines!) that Italy has to offer. Cycling holidays in Italy always offer masses of variety, but this particular road bike tour is the one that simply keeps on giving.

From Pisa, you depart on a whistle-stop tour of Tuscany’s artistic, architectural and historic legacy. From Florence to Lucca, and on to Sienna – you’ll be bombarded with more incredible examples of renaissance cathedral, city walls, piazzas and frescos than anyone could know what to do with! Between experiencing all of these incredible landmarks, your stages will take you (among many other areas of sublime natural beauty) through the picturesque vineyards of the Chianti hills, and into the heart of the Apuan Alps – with spectacular views over the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Couple all of this with innumerable local restaurants, bars and cafés serving the finest Italian food, wine and coffee you’ll probably ever taste… and we’re sure you’ll understand why this is one of the most popular road bike cycling holidays we have on offer. Bellissimo!

  • Florence, cradle of the Italian Renassaince

  • The Chianti hillsides and the unmade roads of Eroica

  • Stwed wild boar

  • Morellino di Scansano, red wine;

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Pisa

Day 2: Pisa – Lucca: 70km + 960m

Day 3: Lucca – Apuan Alps – Lucca: 130km + 1,300m

Day 4: Lucca – Florence: 100km + 610m

Day 5: Florence – Siena, Along the Eroixa: 90km + 1,000m

Day 6: Siena – Montalcino – Pienza – Siena: 120km + 1,200m

Day 7: Siena – Pisa: 113km + 770m

Day 8: Departure from Pisa

Day 1: Arrival in Pisa

Individual arrival in Pisa. Although best known for its leaning tower, Pisa is also home to many other historic churches and medieval palaces. Take advantage of your time here and wonder through the beautiful city or along the banks of the River Arno.

Day 2: Pisa – Lucca: 70km + 960m

Leaving Pisa and heading for San Giuliano Terme, you’ll cycle around Monte Serra and take on your first ascent up the Buti side – a historic testing bench for professional cyclists such as Baroli, Ulrich and Contador. The incline is steady, and with unique views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and islands of Elba and Giglia from the top, in our opinion well worth the push. You then follow a somewhat winding route towards Lake Massaciuccoli, ending the stage in Lucca – famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls.

Day 3: Lucca – Apuan Alps – Lucca: 130km + 1,300m

Leaving Lucca and heading towards Camaiore, the stage starts with a gentle climb to Massa Carrara. From here your ascent will take you into the heart of the Apuan Alps, a new white rock peak offering an unrivalled view over the Turrhenian Sea. You then descend and traverse the valley on your way back to Lucca. Variant (70km) via Viareggia and Forte dei Marmi.

Day 4: Lucca – Florence: 100km + 610m

Out of Lucca the road seesaws up and down for a while before leading to a long descent down to Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace, and home to the museum dedicated to his genius – well worth a visit. Once you’re feeling inspired, grab a coffee and then its time to tackle the Vittolini ascent, which takes you directly to the incredible city of Florence. It is highly recommended that you take some time to just wonder the streets of Florence and marinade in its beauty and cultural distinction.

Day 5: Florence – Siena, Along the Eroixa: 90km + 1,000m

Leaving Florence and heading along the banks of the River Arno, today’s cycle sees you pedalling towards Greve and Radda in the Chianti region (among the iconic hills and vineyards!). The inclines are gentle (5% at most) and culminate with the spectacular white gravel roads of the ‘’Eroica’’ path, and on to Siena’s Piazza del Campo.

Day 6: Siena – Montalcino – Pienza – Siena: 120km + 1,200m

Today you’ll cycle on a route that follows the Cassia road south to the stunning commune of Montalcino. About 40km in, the ascent towards Cassia becomes fairly intimidating, but you’re heavily rewarded with the panoramic views that open up as you reach its end. A little rest and possibly a coffee will get you ready for the next uphill-downhill stretch that takes you to Pienza and finally back to Siena. Varient (70km)

Day 7: Siena – Pisa: 113km + 770m

The final stage of the tour takes you along the provincial road to Colle Val d’Elsa and on towards San Gimignano, a marvellous city dominated by its medieval towers. Ending with a final stretch back to Pisa, where your cycle tour completes its circuit.

Day 8: Departure from Pisa

After breakfast, your holiday comes to end. Individual departure.

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation

  • Bed & breakfast

  • GPS tracks for the stages (device not provided)

  • Daily luggage transportation

  • 24hr emergency assistance if needed;

Price Excludes:

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Local taxes (approx €10-15)

  • GPS device

  • Bike hire and helmets


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Road Bike with Carbon ForkRoad Bike with Carbon Fork

Road bike with carbon fork and 27-gear Shimano Tiagra groupset

High End Road BikeHigh End Road Bike

Merida road bikes, with carbon fork

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Extra B&B night in Pisa

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Pisa

From Pisa airport get a taxi to your hotel.

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Pisa

From Pisa get a taxi to Pisa airport.

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