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From the cypress-lined paths of Gladiator to the beautiful villa featured in Kenneth Brannagh’s Much Ado About Nothing, this dreamy Tuscan self guided cycling tour seems to take you from one beautiful film set to another.
Starting high in the Tuscan hills, in the pretty town of Cortona, this tour takes you deep into the most enticing Montepulciano and Montalcino wine territory.
The views around Asciano and the Crete Senesi are spectacular - and far easier to enjoy, thanks to the Raleigh e-bike you’ll be equipped with.
• Number of nights half board or B&B accommodation as specified
• Expert on the spot support
• Luggage transfers between your hotels
• Fully serviced Raleigh Motus electric bikes
• 100% financial security through ABTA and ATO
Please note that this tour is available in two versions, with different levels of accommodation, Classic and Indulgence. With the indulgence package, you may find some minor changes to the suggested itinerary displayed. Speak to our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7760 for more details.
Day 1 | Arrival Day
Make your way to Cortona and settle in to your first night in a typically Tuscan hotel, with great food and wine on offer. Get a good night’s sleep, ready to ride on day 2.
Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Lake Trasimeno – In Hannibal’s Footsteps | Approx. 44km
Our local team will meet you in the morning to get you set up on your e-bikes and talk you through the plan for your tour before seeing you off on your first-round trip ride. The route today heads east into the Val di Pierle, before climbing and descending into the Niccone valley. This valley, now a peaceful, agricultural area, has frequently served as a frontier throughout history – often between warring parties. You’ll pass the dramatic Pierle Castle on your descent, one of the many fortifications throughout the length of the valley. From here, another twisting climb opens up to a spectacular viewpoint of the lake at Gosparini. The ride finishes passing through Tuoro-sul-Trasimeno, famous as the site of Hannibal’s battle with the Romans in 217 BC, before returning towards Cortona.
Day 3 | Cortona to Southern Chianti | Approx. 66km
It’s time to head into the heart of Tuscany and today’s ride through the Val di Chiana, famed for its beef farming tradition, and into the southern edge of Chianti country is a beautiful way to experience it. Heading west, the ride passes through the lovely hilltop town of Lucignano early on, known for its flower festival that takes place each May. A little further along, the town of Asciano offers a good spot to explore and experience over a long lunch, before the ride finishes with an exploration of the spectacular Crete Senesi hills.
Day 4 | Optional Round Trip: Siena | Approx. 46km
You have the freedom to take a rest day today, but for those looking to ride, we can propose a loop in and out of the world-famous and utterly beautiful town of Siena. Perched atop a hill and crowned by the tower of the grand Piazza del Campo, it is one of the region's most popular destinations and is well worth a visit. For those looking to take it easy, you could always ask the hotel to call a taxi to take you there – we won’t tell anybody!
Day 5 | Cycle Southern Chianti to San Quirico d’Orcia | Approx. 49km
Today's ride takes you south, partly following the ancient pilgrims' trail of the Via Franicgena. A lot of today’s riding takes place on the region's famous chalk roads, known locally as Strada Bianchi. For cycling fans, these will conjure images of the Eroica, a vintage bike event that takes place on these roads each year. The destination today is San Quirico d’Orcia – a beautiful, ancient town perched above the spectacular Val d’Orcia.
Day 6 | Optional Round Trip: Montalcino | Approx. 40km
Today is another day where you can take a break from cycling if you’d prefer. If you’d rather keep your legs turning, the nearby wine town of Montalcino makes for a great destination and we have an “out and back” route to take you there. Enjoy a lunch break with a glass of their local wine in this charming town, a less touristic counterpoint to Montepulciano which you’ll get to visit tomorrow.
Day 7 | Cycle San Quirico d’Orcia to Cortona |Approx. 60km
Your final day of riding sees you returning to the Cortona region, with plenty to see and do along the way. Today’s route takes you through some more of Tuscany’s jewels – including Pienza and the world-renowned wine town of Montepulciano – our preferred spot for lunch. After refuelling here, and taking some time to explore its streets, the route descends back into the Chiana Valley and follows a relatively flat route back to the doors of your last hotel of the trip. Enjoy a final night of Tuscan hospitality and raise a glass to a week of wonderful cycling.
Day 8 | Departure Day
After a final breakfast, we say arriverderci!
Trip extensions and extra nights in Rome, Florence or Pisa are available on request.
The Hotel San Luca is located close to the historic centre of one of the most beautiful squares in Cortona. It is a few steps from the main street, making it the perfect location for both exploring the historic city, and enjoying the peaceful, relaxing location - topped off by a spectacular view panoramic view of the Valdichiana from the hotel's balcony.
This gorgeous and traditional inn is both charming and relaxing. Celebrating their 'Tuscan spirit', you'll immediately feel at home amongst the rustic furnishings and warm staff.
A modern designer hotel set in a historic reinassance villa, located near the ancient town walls with views of the Val d'Orcia. A mix of artworks line the walls and a hot tub on the roof terrace is the perfect place to unwind.
This hotel is a historic and peaceful escape to the Chianti countryside. Surrounded by gentle hills, their terrace has wonderful views of Tuscany's romantic landscape. Relax in your comfortable room, lavishly decorated with classic designs.
(Flights & Transfers Included)
|1st Apr 2024 to 31st Oct 2024||5 Nights||£1,095pp||Bed & Breakfast|
|1st Apr 2024 to 31st Oct 2024||5 Nights||£1,295pp||Half Board|
|1st Apr 2024 to 31st Oct 2024||7 Nights||£1,355pp||Bed & Breakfast|
|1st Apr 2024 to 31st Oct 2024||7 Nights||£1,625pp||B&B + 5 Dinners|
5 Nights Classic: £250pp
7 Nights Classic: £350pp
Please note, an extended 10-night itinerary is available on request.
This tour has set scheduled departures with specific start days. If you’d like to start your holiday on another date, enquire about our private departures†.
†private departure supplements are £75.
7 Nights - Saturday Departure
*Where tour pricing is displayed in your local currency, please note this is for indicative purposes and your final holiday will be confirmed and transacted at the time of booking with our team in Pound Sterling.
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