Etruscan Explorer

Sample Itinerary

DAY 1

Accommodation

Relais Sans Souci and SPA

Benvenuti!

We suggest to arrive at Fiumicino Airport, and we’ll shuttle you to our first hotel by the lake of Vico, the relaxing Relais Sans Souci. After a careful bike fitting we’ll be ready for our warm up ride along the peaceful river of the lake, a perfect start for the upcoming adventure. Dinner will be served at the gourmet restaurant of the hotel.

DAY 2

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Palazzo Piccolomini

Distance 70 km

Vetralla - Orvieto

We’ll start from the heart of Etruria in Vetralla, from here we head up towards Montefiascone, entering the Via Francigena, the pilgrimage trail connecting Canterbury to Rome created during medieval age. We’ll end in Orvieto, admiring its magnificent Cathedral, an absolute jewel of architecture in this umbrian town surrounded by peaceful hills and olive groves.

DAY 3

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Poggio Piglia

Distance 70 km

Orvieto - Chianciano

We’ll discover the heart of Italy, pedalling the luscious hills of the green Umbria region. Today’s ride is absolutely peaceful, you’ll find yourself immersed in an almost meditative ride. One of the highlights of the whole tour is Città della Pieve, birthplace of “Il Perugino" (1450 approx. - 1523) one of the most important painters of the Italian Renaissance and teacher of Raffaello. We’ll stop in town to admire some of his most important works, seeing in its paintings the landscapes of our ride, with the views from Città della Pieve to the val di Chiana and lake Trasimeno. Then we’ll pass through Chiusi, a very important Etruscan town, ending the stage in Chianciano, perfect spot to relax at its delightful thermal baths.

DAY 4

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Hotel Il Giglio

Distance 50 km

Chianciano - Montalcino

We’ll cross the Val di Chiana and enter the perfect scenery of Val d’Orcia, among neat vineyards and well groomed rolling hills. Beauty is everywhere, in the landscape and in the charming villages of Montepulciano, Pienza, San Quirico arriving at the famous Montalcino, right at the heart of one of the best wine growing area of the world. Our first stop for a coffee, or may be our first glass of the day is in Montepulciano with its “Vino Nobile”, in Pienza we must taste its tasty Pecorino, while in San Quirico we’ll stop to admire the quintessential Tuscan landscape of its countryside, a perfect combination of nature and man work.

DAY 5

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Terme di Saturnia Spa Resort

Distance 65 km

Montalcino - Saturnia

We’ll leave Montalcino crossing vineyards and olive groves along a fast downhill, stopping at the majestic Sant’Antimo Romanic abbey, marvelously immersed in the countryside. If we are lucky we could listen to the monks’ Gregorian chant, a very unique experience. Then we’ll coast the western slopes of massive Monte Amiata, the highest range of southern Tuscany standing up all over the landscape. Our ride ends in Saturnia, probably Italy’s most scenic thermal baths with its “Cascate del Mulino” natural hot spring water falls.

DAY 6

Activity

Cycling

Accommodation

Terme di Saturnia Spa Resort

Distance 55 km

Saturnia loop tour

Today’s ride is quite rolling, with the scenery along the climb to the towns of Pitigliano and Sovana looking taken out of a fairytale. Those medieval towns along with the village of Sorano create the archaeological park of Tufa towns. Pitigliano is perched on a cliff, entirely built in local Tufa stone, known as the “Small Jerusalem” having had one of biggest jewish district of Italy. Sovana is famous for its many mysterious etruscan canyons and the majestic necropolis, like the Hildebrand tomb.

DAY 8

Departure

Arrivederci!

Well, it’s time to say goodbye, but we are sure this part of Italy will touch your hearts and you’ll come again to visit more.
Montalcino Landscape
Montepulciano Landscape

Essential information

Overview

A journey between Umbria, Tuscany, and Lazio, to discover the ancient Etruria, land of the refined civilization of Etruscans. We’ll pedal along the Via Francigena, immersing ourselves in the silences of Val d’Orcia with its well groomed hills and vineyards producing the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the Brunello di Montalcino wines, then crossing the colorful Maremma countryside with its tufa stone villages to end our journey at the fascinating thermal baths of Saturnia.

Included

6 nights in nice hotels
6 breakfast
5 dinners
6 lunches
Snacks, water, energy drinks during the rides
2 English speaking guides
Van assistance
Luggage transportation
Transfer IN from Fiumicino Airport
Transfer OUT to Fiumicino Airport
Wine and food tastings, cultural activities
Peace of mind being with our experienced team

This is a sample Tour

ANYTHING CAN BE MODIFIED TO FIT YOUR WISHES. PRICE IS I S AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST AND VARIES BY THE NUMBER OF TRAVELERS AND TIME OF YEAR.

Will the tour suit me?
Level Active
Nights 6
Total lenght 310Km
Activity Cycling
Formula Guided

Day to Day

1Arrival in RomeD
2Vetralla - Orvieto 70B L D
3Orvieto - Chianciano70B L D
4Chianciano - Montalcino50B L
5Montalcino - Saturnia65B L D
6Saturnia loop tour55B L D
7DepartureB

Legenda: B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner;

The tufa villages
The tufa villages
Day 2-6
Sovana and Pitigliano
Pienza, the Renaissance
Pienza, the Renaissance "ideal city"
Day 4
Pienza
The Brunello di Montalcino vineyards
The Brunello di Montalcino vineyards
Day 4-5
Montalcino
Saturnia thermal baths
Saturnia thermal baths
Day 5
Saturnia
“Great tour. Am recommending to as many friends as possible and looking at the possibility of doing again next year. Great tour guides and the route was amazing. It was fantastic that all riders were able to feel challenged as much as they wanted to be, could enjoy great food and company.”
Jason May, 2015
“Gian Mario and Nico *made* the trip for us. It was so much more fun & beautiful & personal & special than I ever could have imagined! We felt like they did 100%+++ to help us experience how special Sardinia is. Mille Mille Mille Grazie!!!”
Lisa October, 2015
“Being met and transferred by professional and passionate tour operators who convey your luggage to each destination, having fabulous meals prepared from local produce cooked with love by Sardinian's and enjoying the company of fellow travellers each night from around the world was the highlight of our trip.”
Jeff July, 2016
“Sardinia Grand Tour guides share their passion for their island - be it on a bike, hike, snorkel - or over a bottle of wine. From the beauty of the island to the charm of the natives and the flavors of their local foods..... all EXCELLANTE!!!! An EXTRAORDINARY experience!!!”
Lory June, 2016
“Everything was fantastic. Thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime. Very much enjoyed getting to know all of you at SGT. I love your salads at lunch!”
Bill October, 2015
“The Best thing of the tour? Gian Mario, Marcello and Simone!!!”
Emanuela May, 2015
“The guides and their willingness to accommodate our every request! Loved them. Also, the routes we rode --- particularly enjoyed the ones along the coast.”
Mia October, 2015