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Tuscany Guided Cycling Holiday

7 nights from £1875.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Follow the Serchio River to the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Cycle through the picturesque vine yards of Tuscany
  • Step back in time at Leonardo da Vinci’s hometown
  • Taste delicious local wines and delicacies
Tuscany Guided Cycling Holiday
7 nights from £1875.00
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WE LOVERolling Hills and Vineyards
Follow the classic route from Florence to Pisa away from the tourists through Tuscany's famous scenery featuring olive groves and vineyards.
WE LOVELandmarks and Leonardo da Vinci
Admire the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Brunelleschi's Dome, taste Italy's delicious wine and retrace Leonard da Vinci's life in his home town.

What's Included

Day By Day Tuscany Guided Cycling Holiday

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival in Florence

Arrive in Florence, a city so incredibly captivating that it will leave you enchanted. Discover Renaissance artwork, the imposing Duomo, Michelangelo’s ‘David’, and some incredible Tuscan cuisine. As it’s your only night in Tuscany, you might want to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip to enjoy this famous city.

Day 2Florence to Vinci

In the morning, we will transfer you out of the busy roads and to a town called Signa. Signa is the beginning point of your Tuscan cycling journey, where you will first ride alongside the Arno River. The route includes mainly small countryside roads, trails and gentle hills. Pass the Church of Sant’Andrea on your way to Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Your afternoon will be leisurely, where you will have the freedom to explore the Museo Leonardiano and surrounding town.

Total distance35kmTotal climb140m
Day 3Vinci to Barga

Your route today begins in the Province of Lucca after a 1 hour private transfer. To get to the medieval hilltop village of Barga, there is a gradual climb. However, the sparkling Serchio River and beautiful valley to the mythical Devil’s Bridge are beautiful enough to motivate you onward. If you struggle with the steeper section near Barga, the support vehicle can provide friendly assistance. Your reward is the views from the top of hill, onlooking the Pania della Croce, and once in Barga, treat yourself to a Tuscan dinner.

Total distance37kmTotal climb460m
Day 4Barga to Garfagnana

Meander downhill through quaint Italian villages en route to Verrucole Castle in San Romano. Boasting spectacular landscape views of Gargagnana, this medieval fortress is worth the climb up. Have a picnic full of traditional Italian food in one of the villages for lunch before heading to Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where you will stop for the night. Castelnuovo di Garfagnana was built in the 13th century, and features many historic buildings one of which contains the historic cake and chocolate shop.

Total distance20kmTotal climb450m
Day 5Garfagnana to Lucca

After a ride in the support vehicle up 25km of climbing in the Apuan Alps, you will have the chance to look at the same marble seams Michelangelo used in his masterpieces at the white marble quarry of Henraux. Then, make your way to Viareggio, the popular seaside resort. You will cycle the flat seafront to Lucca, your next stop. Enjoy a picnic on the ancient walls before exploring the city and perhaps settling down with a glass of Prosecco in a local bar.

Total distance84kmTotal climb600m
Day 6Explore Lucca

Give your legs a rest today and discover Lucca at your leisure. Visit famous landmarks such as the former Roman Amphitheatre, which is now comprised of medieval houses and the San Michele church beside Foro Square. Other notable landmarks include the Guinigi Tower and Basilica of San Frediano. Alternatively, Lucca is a great place to people watch, so grab an ice cream, coffee and seat at one of Piazza dell’Anfiteatro’s many cafes.

Day 7Lucca to Pisa

Today’s route will take you to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Make your way along the flat banks of the Serchio River and then through Pisa’s lively streets. Take the afternoon to do a bit of shopping and relax at one of Pisa’s many bars and cafes.

Total distance36kmTotal climb140m
Day 8Final Day in Pisa

Spend some more time in Pisa, or depart at any time during the day on your onward travels. We’d recommend an evening flight so that you have time to relax in Pisa during the day.

Departure Dates

1 June 2024 (Saturday)
15 June 2024 (Saturday)
29 June 2024 (Saturday)
27 July 2024 (Saturday)
3 August 2024 (Saturday)
17 August 2024 (Saturday)
14 September 2024 (Saturday)
28 September 2024 (Saturday)

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What to ExpectFrom Picturesque Hills to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Cycle away from the tourist crowds into the quaint Tuscan countryside, among the picturesque vineyards that line the rolling landscape. From Vinci to Barga, you’ll be immersed into the culture and history of Italy, by wandering around museums, famous landmarks and tasting the delicious Italian cuisine.

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How's the Weather? in Tuscany

The SpringMarch to May
Tuscany generally has a mild climate so Spring is a very pleasant time to ride, especially as you move through April into May. Temperatures are not sweltering and the summer crowds have not descended.
The SummerJune to August
The summer is hot and you're likely to experience good weather with warm temperatures. July & August are exceptionally warm and you are likely to want to ride early and stay out of the midday sun.
The Autumn September to November
September is a great time to visit Tuscany as temperatures drop from the stifling summer heat. Cycling will be hugely enjoyable in the early Autumn. November has the most rainfall so plan your trip to be home before then.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter is best avoided for cycling in Tuscany as you're likely to experience cold weather and rain.

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