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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

Adult$1299USD

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Overview

Trip Code: TFC

Trip highlights


  • Exploring the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa with the leaning tower and Cathedral
  • Discovering Lucca, with its imposing city walls and a riddle of narrow streets and Vinci, the charming medieval town where Leonardo da Vinci was born
  • Cycling along quiet country roads, cycle paths and tree lined avenues
  • Indulging in delicious Tuscan culinary specialties
  • Staying in charming agriturismos and hotels, perfect for families

There are no steep Tuscan hills on this beautifully designed self guided cycle taking in some of Tuscany's most famous towns. Pedal effortlessly along the meandering Arno river cycle paths that take you from one classic Tuscan city to the next. From the leaning tower of Pisa to the elegant Piazza Anfiteatro in Lucca and the famous Duomo of Florence, there are no shortage of sites to engage the whole family. Delve further into the countryside to visit lesser known corners such as Calci, where a famous Natural History Museum is housed and Vinci, where Leonardo da Vinci was born. Cycle through a quintessential Tuscan landscape, taste the many local specialties and stay in three comfortable family run hotels generally with swimming pools and gardens, perfect for relaxing after the cycling day is over.

Trip Grading

introductory to moderate

More info about grading system

Arrive at your hotel in San Giuliano Terme, located 3.5 km from Pisa centre town and settle in to the comfortable 3* hotel with swimming pool.

Meals:  Nil

Begin your day cycling through the inspiring countryside around Pisa, stopping for a visit to the grandiose Certosa of Calci monastery. It was founded in 1366 and houses a renowned Natural History Museum. The second part of the day is spent in Pisa, visiting its many outstanding monuments. (+90m/ -90m)

Meals:  B

Today’s ride is very scenic and nearly all flat. The route follows the Serchio River to reach the charming town of Lucca. Once in Lucca, take your time to visit the wonderful city centre, ride along the imposing tree-lined perimeter walls and explore its splendid gardens, majestic bell tower and impressive Piazza Anfiteatro, a 2nd century Roman amphitheatre. (+300m/ -295m)

Meals:  B

Today you cycle upstream along the Serchio River cycle path that takes you to the Lucchese foothills where there are many beautiful and famous palaces and gardens to be visited. Stop to admire the monumental gardens of Villa Reale and Villa Grabau, with their luxurious and extraordinary vegetation, before heading back towards town. (+170m or 450m/ -170m or 450m)

Meals:  B

Today you with your bikes and luggage will be transferred to Altopascio where you start the ride through the Padule of Fucecchio nature reserve. This is one of the largest inland wetlands of Europe, and depending on the time of year the area will be wet or dry. Marvel at the delightful all-encompassing greenness and spot some migratory birds - enjoying a well-deserved rest on their way south why not leave the road and head into the vegetation. The day's ride ends at a farm in the outskirts of Vinci, the village where the famous inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci came from. (+250m or 270m/ -250m or 270m)

Meals:  B

Gain an insight into the genius of Leonardo as you explore his birthplace and the two remarkable, child friendly and hands–on museums dedicated to his inventions. Admire his original designs and inventions and ride up to the house where he was born, for some spectacular views and quintessential Tuscan scenery. (+175m or 450m/ -175 or 450m)

Meals:  B

Today you can choose to do a round cycle tour near Vinci to the village of Cerreto Guidi visiting its imposing Medici Palace/Villa, or you can cycle to Empoli train station (around 11km) from where a 30 minute train ride takes you into downtown Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Spend the day strolling its wonderful streets and admiring the innumerable wonders before returning to Empoli in the afternoon and cycling back to your accommodation in Vinci.

Meals:  B

After breakfast you will be driven to Empoli railway station, from where you can take the train to Florence or Pisa.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts - breakfasts are continental in style consisting of pastries/bread, coffee, tea and juice and depending on the hotel may also include cheese, meats and spreads, eggs, fruit and cereal
  • 7 nights in 3 star hotels or Agriturismos on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 21 speed rental bike with pannier, helmet, repair kit and bike computer (one per room booked) - baby seats, childrens bikes, trailers, trail-a-bikes available on request (e-bikes available - supplement applies)
  • Information pack including route notes & maps per room booked (GPS tracks available on request)
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Emergency hotline
  • Private transfer with bikes from Lucca to Altopascio on day 5
  • Private transfer with luggage on day 8 to Empoli train station
  • Bike theft insurance

  • Arrival transfer on day 1 to the first hotel just outside Pisa and onward transport from Empoli Train station on day 8
  • Lunches and dinners, beverages
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls and laundry
  • Guide - this is a self guided cycle trip
  • Hotel taxes - allow EUR12.5 per person - these are payable directly to the hotel
  • Travel insurance
  • Site entry fees
  • Unscheduled transfers

Bike information


Grading

introductory to moderate  

The trip is graded introductory to moderate with daily ascents between 100—300m. The planned cycles follow mostly well asphalted country roads and secondary roads. There are some dirt-road cycle paths around Pisa and Lucca. There are some small hills on the way to Vinci. Near larger towns, the roads have more traffic. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. We recommend some practice cycles with your children before you go, including in low traffic areas. It is important that everyone is comfortable cycling on roads.


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Mar to 30 Nov

Notes

M
Mid Season
H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 29 Mar to 5 May and 25 Jun to 31 Aug, Mid season is from 29 May to 24 Jun and 1 to 30 Sep - supplement applies for high and mid season departures.

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Total Priceper person from

Adult from$1299USD

Child from$480USD** See below for further details.

Options & Supplements*
  • triple room discount (per person)USD$-71
  • child under 13 in quad share (max 2) - low season -child's bike or trailerUSD$680
*Prices listed are per person

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