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Chic and steeped in culture, Tuscany will charm you with its abundant lush landscapes and mouth-watering cuisine. We’ll bicycle rural roads along gently terraced hills, cycling through vineyards and olive groves with plenty of time to appreciate the region’s timeless beauty and historic art treasures. Prior to the trip, be sure to visit Florence: rich in art, history, science and shopping, Florence is truly a Tuscan jewel.
Top-notch Wine, rich culture, impressive history, pastoral countryside, and world-renowned cuisine await you on this 6-day bike tour through Tuscany.
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Activity Level: Difficult
Welcome to your classic Tuscan adventure; to six full days of mouth-watering food, rolling vineyards, weathered hillside villas, and vibrant cities brimming with art, history, and old-world charm.
Florence, Italy (FLR)
We meet in Siena in the morning and begin the day with a transfer to Castellina • Bicycle in the vineyard-clad hills of Chianti Classico and continue to the famous wine villages of Radda and Gaiole • Savor a picnic beside an olive grove • Stop for a wine tasting and a tour and find out why Italy is so well-known for its wine and vineyards • The route is filled with temptations before it leads to the golden hued, sentimental city of Siena • Tonight, we'll gather for a memorable Florentine welcome feast our villa
Travel back in time on an easy spin to the quiet, medieval villages of Belcaro and Sovicille • Spend the remainder of this day in Siena with a local historian who leads us on a spirited tour of this grand city • Share another amazing dinner together tonight at one of Siena's best restaurants, Ristorante da Enzo
Relax and enjoy the scenery as you are transferred from Siena to Sinalunga this morning • Today's bike ride explores the graceful Tuscan landscape, famous for its sprawling green and sepia-toned farms • Visit the walled town of Asciano and take a group tour of the museum there • Break for lunch before visiting the famous abbey at Monte Oliveto Maggiore • Returning to Siena, delicate cypress trees frame dramatic views of the chalky cliffs of the Crete hills • Tonight offers you more time on your own to relax or experience more of this amazing city
Wooded hills form the backdrop for a picturesque and exhilarating day • Opt to bicycle to Monteriggioni, surrounded by 14 medieval towers, and visit Colle di Val di Elsa, with its charming upper and lower towns ”¢ As a reward at the end of your ride, enjoy some more wine tasting at another one of Italy's fine wineries • Nearing day's end, everyone will meet in San Gimignano, the "Manhattan of Italy", and dine on expertly prepared local specialties, with panoramic views from your hilltop hotel
Your destination today is Artimino, home to the famous Medici Villa of the Hundred Chimneys • Passing through orchards and vineyards, you'll visit traditional towns like Certaldo and Montespertoli before crossing the Arno into Artimino • Your home tonight is a 16th century villa located beside the famous Medici Villa • A gourmet farewell dinner awaits you as the group reflects on their adventures over the past days
Say arrivederci to la dolce vita, and shuttle to Florence after enjoying one last breakfast • Your guide will drop you off at the Florence airport or your hotel at the appropriate times for your departure home or the beginning of your trip extension
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Prior to the trip, arrive at your own convenience in Florence. On Day 1, we will meet you in the lobby of Grand Hotel Minerva in Florence at 8:30 a.m. After a briefing and a transfer to Castellina in Chianti, the cycling begins. After breakfast on Day 6, we take you to the airport, train station, or the hotel of your choice in Florence (one hour transfer).
Day 1 bicycle mileage options: 25 / 29 / 31 / 36
Day 2 bicycle mileage options: 17 / 23
Day 3 bicycle mileage options: 17 / 23 / 34 / 40
Day 4 bicycle mileage options: 23 / 26 / 29
Day 5 bicycle mileage options: 31 / 36
Day 2 walking tour of Siena
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.