A Taste of Tuscany Self-Guided Cycling

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$2,199 USD
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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 13+
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
C07ST
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Cycling
Min age:
13

This single-centre cycling holiday introduces you to quintessential Tuscany; it has all the ingredients to create a wonderful lasting impression of this rightly famous region: the landscapes, the food, the people and, of course, perfect cycling routes.

This is not just a cycling holiday it is an immersion into local Tuscan life, from a cookery class to hot thermal spa baths and the chance to taste local wines and olive oils. Sample the Vino Nobile of Monepulciano, rich Pecorino cheese in Pienza or take a bath in Roman Bagno Vignoni.

Highlights

  • Fabulous insight into traditional Tuscan life: the food, the wine, the culture
  • Exhilarating cycling across the UNESCO Val d'Orcia
  • Delicious classic Tuscan cuisine and cookery class
  • Visit the wine and cheese towns of Montepulciano and Pienza
  • Warm and welcoming agriturismo with a passionate owner - the best of Italian hospitality

Key information

  • 7 nights single centre accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals
  • Management by local hotelier
  • High quality mountain bikes
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Wine, olive oil and local produce tasting
  • One Spa entrance
  • One Cookery class
  • Countries visited: Italy

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals
  • Management by local hotelier
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Wine and olive oil tasting
  • One spa entrance
  • Cookery class

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request)
  • Single accommodation (available on request)  - compulsory supplement
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Cycling
Day by day breakdown
Day 2 41.0km/25.5miles
Day 3 34.0km/21.0miles
Day 4 39.0km/24.0miles
Day 6 36.0km/22.0miles
Day 7 35.0km/22.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Chianciano Terme
to
Chianciano Terme
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Chianciano Terme

    Arrive at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia and enjoy a stroll to the old town, before your evening briefing by the owner, Stefano, and the first of many home cooked dinners. (Staying at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia for 7 nights, Half Board)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    The Lakes Circuit

    Start the week with mountain views and forest tracks as you head to the small town of Montallese and on to Lake Chiusi. After a lunch-break take the long distance path of Sentiero della Bonifica to the Lake of Montepulciano, a nature reserve ideal for bird-watching before heading back to the agristurismo in time for dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Radicofani

    You will be transferred to Radicofani, the highest point in the Val d'Orca, for incredible views. From here cycle to Contignano, famous for its pecorino cheese and a perfect spot for lunch before a downhill stretch through the forest and past the beautiful private gardens of La Foce. The back to the agristurismo in time for wine and local produce tasting in the old town before dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Sarteano Loop

    Descend along country tracks passing a truffle-growing area before crossing the Astrone stream. Cycle through beautiful valleys to the medieval town of Sarteano before carrying on to Cetona, then climb to Mondo X where you can find one of the best restaurants in Italy, La Frateria - a beautiful convent started by St Francis in 1212. Head back to your hotel in time for your dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Afternoon Cookery Course

    Spend the day relaxing or walk into Chianciano Terme. On your way back to the hotel you could use you thermal spa voucher and relax in the healing waters. In the afternoon begin your cookery class where you will learn classic Italian techniques and eat the meal you prepare for dinner.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Montepulciano Circle

    Cycle through acres of vineyards on your way to Montepulciano and stop to take in views of the famous Mount Amiata. Explore Montepulciano's winding medieval streets before cycling back to Chianciano.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Pienza and Bagno Vignoni

    After a short transfer to Pienza take time to explore the town - it is one of the cheese capitals of Italy - and its beautiful medieval historic centre. Perhaps pick up a sandwich filled with porchetta or a slab of rich and creamy Pecorino. The ride takes you downhill to cross one of the stunning plains of the Val d'Orcia, and a short detour takes you to Roman Bagno Vignoni with its roman baths and sulphur springs. Follow a long straight Roman road then cross the valley and climb up and down into Chianciano.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Leave Chianciano Terme

    Leave Chianciano Terme.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Tuscan food is based on the Italian idea of 'cucina povera' (poor cooking); simple inexpensive meals that can be made for large groups. Whilst this was once dictated by the economy and expense of the produce, the tradition has remained. The cuisine of this region doesn't use complicated seasonings or elaborate recipes, and instead focuses on fresh, high quality ingredients that allow the natural flavours in each dish to shine through. Typical dishes include fagioli con salsiccia (cannellini beans with sausage), tagliatelle al tartufo (pasta in a truffle sauce) bistecca Fiorentina (a T-bone steak often large enough to share!), pici (a fat, handmade spaghetti, often served with tomato and garlic sauce or game meat). Don't miss the local cacio and pecorino cheeses, and sample the famous wines: Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

Weather

April and May departures can expect warm days, although rain is always possible. Nights may still be rather cool. Early June is similar, with the days becoming progressively hotter and the evenings much warmer. September and October are cooler and wetter, yet visibility is usually better. We strongly recommend a fleece-lined jacket or warm sweater in May, September and October.

Is this trip for you?

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation and provide you with route directions so that you can cycle at your own pace. The hotelier, Stefano, will be there to meet you and will be available, throughout the trip, should you need assistance.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route directions contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotelier will be able to arrange a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotel

Your base for the week is the modest but comfortable Agriturismo La Pietriccia, which stands on a hill with great views of Chianciano Vecchia. Stefano who runs the agriturismo will welcome you with his enthusiasm for everything to do with nature in the surrounding area. He will also lead the cookery course for you during your stay, and teach you all about the artisan products in the local area. The hotel produces 65% of what it serves on your table, and is surrounded by its own farm and orchards. There is a lovely terrace and swimming pool and lovely shady grassy area that looks out across the valley, where in the heat of summer you can take your dinner outside.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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