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Your Cycling Holiday in Tuscany

Indulgence | The Grand Tour of Tuscany | Self Guided

Tuscany is always an indulgent experience, especially when experiencing our cycling holiday there. Cycle past rows of cypress trees leading to gorgeous villas that lie outside of ancient towns.

Visiting Cortona, Asciano and many other towns, take a moment to enjoy the fabulous food and delicious wines that Tuscany has to offer. Thanks to your e-bikes, you'll be able to fully enjoy the region and all it has to offer without tiring out.

What's included

• 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

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany

Indulgence | The Grand Tour of Tuscany | Self Guided

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 | 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 3 | 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 4 | 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 5| 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 6 | Departure Day

After a final breakfast, we say arriverderci!

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany

Indulgence | The Grand Tour of Tuscany | Self Guided

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. 

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany

Indulgence | The Grand Tour of Tuscany | Self Guided

  • Villa di Piazzano, Cortona

    5 Star

    Dating back to 1464, the Villa di Piazzano is an elegant Historic Estate set on the border between Umbria and Tuscany. Cardinal Silvio Passerini originally built the villa as a hunting lodge. It is located close to Cortona, tucked away in beautiful Italian countryside and a protected natural reserve.

  • Villa del Capitano, San Quirico d'Orcia

    4 Star

    Part of a collection of hotels in the town, the Villa del Capitano offers excellent rooms and service for a 4 star hotel. The rooms are generally large and decorated in a classy, colourful manner. There are spa facilities available and outdoor spaces for unwinding at the end of a warm Tuscan summers day.

  • Castello di Leonina Relais, Asciano

    4 Star

    The hotel was originally a 13th-century castle and has beautiful views of the hills surrounding Asciano. The restaurant has a beautiful terrace and there is wellness area including a sauna and an outdoor swimming pool with hydro massage area.

  • Monastero di Cortona, Cortona

    5 Star

    A historic monastery dating back to the 15th century, which opened its new doors in 2019 as an elegant boutique hotel, after careful renovation works carried out in compliance with the Arezzo Monuments and Fine Arts Office and the environment. The original monastery structure can be seen in the hotel's layout, in the beamed and vaulted ceilings, in the frescoes that have been recovered and restored, in the imposing corridors, and in the loggias.

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany

Indulgence | The Grand Tour of Tuscany | Self Guided

Tour Dates & Prices

Available Duration Tour Only Package
(Flights & Transfers Included)
Self Drive
(Eurotunnel Included)
Board Basis
1st Apr 2024 to 31st Oct 2024 5 Nights £1,595pp Bed & Breakfast
1st Apr 2024 to 31st Oct 2024 5 Nights £1,795pp Half Board
1st Apr 2024 to 31st Oct 2024 7 Nights £2,095pp Bed & Breakfast
1st Apr 2024 to 31st Oct 2024 7 Nights £2,295pp B&B + 4 Dinners

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.

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany

Indulgence | The Grand Tour of Tuscany | Self Guided

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