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A bike ride through purest beauty! This memorable bike tour takes you to the heart of Tuscany, among superfine red wines, olive groves, and hills designed by cypresses, wonderful historic centers, and cheerful locals. Really exciting moments on the bike await you. From the sinuous ups and downs through rolling hills to the exciting passages under the ancient walls of medieval towns. From the vineyards of Brunello d Montalcino and Nobile di Montepulciano to the farmhouses surrounded by olive groves. From the museum cities of Florence and Siena to the legendary places of the Eroica. Prepare your legs and your heart for an unforgettable journey!

| Cycling | Avid | 7days/6nights | Self-Guided | From € 2470 |

Highlights


Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti wines

Brunello di Montalcino, Nobile di Montepulciano and Chianti wines

The amazing towns of Siena, Florence and San Gimignano

The amazing towns of Siena, Florence and San Gimignano

The Crete Senesi landscape

The Crete Senesi landscape

The Eroica routes

The Eroica routes

Doris ChapatteDoris Chapatte
11:53 12 Sep 22
We did the "big-loop" from the 20.08.2022.The big loop ist 12 days road bike around the island. We have booked the trip 1.5 weeks before (last minute) and everything has been organised perfectly. We had an extra break day every 4 days biking. And was great.Mediterras has answer to all our questions. On the day of departure, our bikes we ready, we got time to get full explanation of the tour. We got a navigation system with all the routes. Everything was very clear and very well organised. Our lugage was every evening delivered at the next hotels.The hotel has been wonderfully selected, and always at some nice location and not too far away from the center or the beach. Thank again to Mediterras team for the wonderful holidays.I would give more than a 5 Stars for this trip and the wonderful team.Doris & Jean-Luc - from Swizerland
Tadhg CookeTadhg Cooke
12:46 09 Jun 22
A fantastic introduction to cycling in Sardinia. I just rented the bike in Cagliari for a few days at the end of my holiday, with no particular routes in mind. Gian Mario kindly suggested two nice challenging routes, and sent the GPX files. I only had time for one of them - but it was an absolute gem. Starting in the city, cycling along Poetto, before turning towards the hills. After one tiny village, I didn't pass another café or shop for 40 or 50 km. Just me and the pain in my legs. Superb. The bike was a gem - a former Lotto Jumbo team bike which was ridden in the Paris Roubaix by Tom Leezer. I was a *bit* slower, but I probably enjoyed it more! Wonderful experience - lovely people - always available on whatsapp if I needed anything, which was very reassuring when I don't speak Italian or Sardu! I will definitely use them again if/when I return to Sardegna.Thanks again!
We did the Sicily Baroque tour with Mediterras. Self guided on bikes (el and manual). Gian and his team did adapt the tour for our needs and did all to make the tour enjoyable. Few problems surfaced but all were solved. The trail was interesting and added a lot to our understanding of Sicily, its landscape and life in the rural areas. Accommodations were all good, and the quality of the food in the restaurants Gian had arranged varied from good to excellent. At the end of our tour we did a walk in the hillsides of Etna arranged by Mediterras.The Etna tour was wonderful. We were lucky with weather given the circumstances. It was a bit foggy and a bit cold, but it did not rain. The guides did a good job of explaining the geology of Etna for us and the two geology-educated persons in the group! The hike was challenging, which suited the group well. The food and wine at Barbaras place was totally excellent! Six stars out of five.We were not as lucky in Taormina! It did rain cats and dogs. The drivers did adapt quite well. Did stop at several foto-ops and at the entry gate to the pedestrian street. We did wander through the Greek theatre and the pedestrian walk, did have a stop at a fancy coffe-shop/bar and then decided to skip the dinner and return early back to Syracusa.
W. B.W. B.
16:03 20 Oct 21
I found this company using google and right away Gian was very responsive. I told them what we were looking for, gave specific parameters for distance and elevation, and they put together an itinerary very quickly that completely matched what I asked for. The entire trip was seamless from the 1am pickup at airport to drop off after 10 days of cycling. The routes were on quiet wonderful roads and the hotels they chose were all great. A really good local company which does what they claim to do very well. Highly recommend.
Ilja WinkertIlja Winkert
11:14 17 Sep 21
I rented quite spontaneously a city bike for my whole stay here near Cagliari. The workshop is very well located. Grocery shopping, going to the beach and the city worked very well. Bike were in a good condition. I was properly advised. Fully recommend this place.
ZosiaZosia
14:46 23 Aug 21
We are so happy that we found this rental. Very nice, helpfull and professional customer service. We recommend to everyone!
juliet clarkejuliet clarke
17:20 15 Jun 21
Mediterras arranged a self guided cycling trip through South Eastern sicily stopping in beautiful baroque towns. They arranged everything with less than a weeks notice, keeping us up to date on accommodation, bikes equipment etc.My husband and I had a wonderful time. The ride was perfect, having both been off a bike for several months, the ride was the perfect combination of hills and flats for us to really enjoy it. The accommodation was far better than what we were expecting for the price and recommendations for dinner and stops spot on. We ate incredibly well and all the hosts in the villas and hotels very welcoming and helpful.I would certainly recommend them especially arranging it all with such little notice.
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Day to Day

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner;
1Benvenuti in Toscana!Warm up rideD
2Asciano to MontalcinoCycling 90Km/1800mB
3Montalcino to San GimignanoCycling 100Km/1500mB
4San Gimignano to FlorenceCycling 70Km/1250mB
5Florence to Gaiole in ChiantiCycling 82Km/1740mB
6Gaiole in Chianti to AscianoCycling 70Km/1200mB D
7DepartureB

Tour Map


Day 1: Benvenuti in Toscana!

Tour briefing, bike fitting and warm up ride

We suggest you arrive at Florence airport, according to your needs we’ll shuttle you or we’ll meet directly at our accommodation in Asciano countryside. After a mandatory toast with a local wine we'll properly introduce the whole tour and we make a careful bike fitting, then you’ll be ready for your warm up ride to the pretty medieval town of Serre di Rapolano, a perfect start for the upcoming adventure. Elisa and Alessandro are our wonderful hosts, running this beautiful farm with great passion. Don't miss the opportunity to taste their delicious extra virgin olive oil, during the fabulous dinner that Elisa will prepare for you: a generous load of good energy, to be used during your bike week to discover Tuscany!

Overnight: Asciano
Included: Dinner

Day 2: Asciano to Montalcino

In the land of Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino wines

Today we ride through the Val d’Orcia, a quintessential Tuscan landscape, made out of rolling hills dotted with cypress trees; its landscape is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The scenery changes from dry and brown in fall and winter, to emerald green and blossoming in spring, to the amazing golden fields in summer. We’ll pass through Montepulciano where a stop is mandatory to taste one of the best Italian wines: the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano docg. Then we get to the amazing village of Pienza, known as the “ideal city” and considered to be the incarnation of a Renaissance utopia, UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. Here we'll taste some great Pecorino cheeses made by local shepherds settled here a few generations ago from the island of Sardinia. We leave the romantic Renaissance atmosphere of Pienza, heading towards the kingdom of Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most renowned and precious wines in the world. The itinerary winds its way through barren fields, woods, olive groves and vineyards, of course, wonderful vineyards planted with Sangiovese grapes, called "Brunello" in this area. After crossing the river Orcia, we meet the majestic Sant’Antimo Romanic abbey, marvelously immersed in the countryside. If you are lucky you could listen to the monks’ Gregorian chant, a really unique experience. The last climb of the day leads us to the village of Montalcino, which in addition to the pride of a great wine can also flaunt a beautiful medieval village.

Overnight: Montalcino
Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Montalcino to San Gimignano

Towards the towers of medieval Manhattan

Your tour continues along a beautiful landscapes which seems drawing by a Renaissance painter. Ten kilometres of descent take you down from the Brunello's land to Val d'Arbia we’ll cross the capital of Val D’Arbia region. After the neat village of Buonconvento, surrounded by fortified walls dating back to XIV century, the route climbs to the village of Murlo, with a quite strong agricultural heritage and inhabited since Etruscan times. Then a very relaxing long stretch between fields awaits us. The small town of Casole Val d'Elsa is the ideal place to stop for a break and have a quick but tasty meal. Finally, the arrival among the towers of San Gimignano, one of the best examples of urban architecture, created by the rich Tuscan merchants of the late Middle Ages. Once in town, relax in the wonderful Piazza della Cisterna in front of a glass of the noble Vernaccia di San Gimignano wine, or an ice cream from the historic Dondoli Gelateria, the perfect end of a memorable day.

Overnight: San Gimignano
Included: Breakfast

Day 4: San Gimignano to Florence

In the lands of Chianti Classico

We leave behind the towers of San Gimignano, and head towards the beautiful countryside north of the town. At the end of the long descent that slopes down the Elsa river, you can stop for a coffee in the pretty village of Certaldo, famous for being the birthplace of the poet and novelist Giovanni Boccaccio. Here you can visit his house or relive the amusing scenes told in his Decameron, such as the famous one of Friar Cipolla (onion) which is set right between the alleys and the church of the village. The itinerary continues through the Sangiovese vineyards of Val di Pesa in the heart of the Chianti Classico area, and then leads us to the hills overlooking Florence, from which you will enjoy one of the most beautiful urban views in the world!

Overnight: Firenze
Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Florence to Gaiole in Chianti

Through the Chianti Classico wine-growing area

Today you will cross the legendary territories of Chianti Classico those that, according to the legend of the black rooster, were crossed at dawn at a gallop by the knight of Florence, in the challenge with the city of Siena launched to put an end to the disputes and establish a definitive border between the two rival cities. Today Chianti Classico is the trademark of a wine production specification, undoubtedly one of the most famous in the world, in whose logo the legendary black rooster always stands out. A history spanning over 300 years, which began in 1716, when Cosimo III, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, set the boundaries of the Chianti wine production area. This means that we will go through vineyard and wineries, but in fact not only because there will also be woods and fascinating villages. We are also entering the territories that host the legendary Eroica cycling race, which takes you back to the romantic dusty atmospheres of cycling of the past, made up of little technology, effort and a lot of passion.

Overnight: Gaiole in Chianti
Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Gaiole in Chianti to Asciano

On the legendary roads of the Eroica

We are in the realm of the Eroica, the iconic vintage bike ride across the Chianti region, so we will have an exciting taste of the Strade Bianche experience, gravel roads with well-trodden surfaces where it will be fun and romantic to ride. The other highlight of the day is undoubtedly the city of Siena, that you will meet about halfway through. Siena is a lively but still authentic city, it's considered the most medieval town of Tuscany, divided in "Contrade" (districts), and famous for its Palio, a medieval horse race taking place twice a year in the Piazza del Campo square. Here you'll have the chance to taste the energetic Panforte, the typical Siena spice cake, made out of nuts and candy fruit, a perfect snack for bike riding! Then you go through the typical landscapes of the "Crete Senesi", made up of rolling hills, gullies, lonely farmhouses, and small parish churches, up to your cozy Agriturismo in Asciano countryside. A long day that will have tired your legs but filled your heart with precious experiences

Overnight: Asciano
Included: Breakfast Dinner

Day 7: Departure

Arrivederci Amici!

It’s time to say goodbye, but we know that Tuscany touched your heart and you want to be back in the Med with us!

Included: Breakfast

The accomodations

Il Molinello Agriturismo - Asciano
Il Molinello Agriturismo - Asciano
Asciano

Il Molinello is a cozy accommodation in the rolling hills east of Siena, better known as the Crete Senesi. Alessandro and Elisa produce high-quality extra virgin olive oil. If you want a super local experience, this is definitely the place!

Dei Capitani Hotel
Dei Capitani Hotel
Montalcino

In this ancient building, you can breathe the typical atmosphere of an ancient Tuscan village. The property offers a large garden with a swimming pool overlooking the valley of the vineyards where the fine Brunello is produced.

Bel Soggiorno Hotel
Bel Soggiorno Hotel
San Gimignano

Cozy accommodation in a typical 14th-century building, with a perfect location in the heart of the ancient town, to discover the magic and charm of San Gimignano on foot.

Villa Nardi
Villa Nardi
Firenze

Located in a lush park, this beautiful villa combines the peace of the countryside a stone's throw from the wonderful center of Florence.

Badia a Coltibuono
Badia a Coltibuono
Gaiole in Chianti

A villa that was previously a monastery, situated in an expansive landscape, rich in symbolism and at the same time, quiet and intimate.

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Bikes

You can bring your own bike or rent one from us, we offer great bikes from selected Italian and international brands: road bikes, leisure cycling, mountain bikes, e-bikes, all in perfect working conditions. You can book your bike on the Booking / Information form.


Price and Supplements

Tour Price: € 2470 per person
Deposit: 30%, Balance: 30 days before departure

This price includes:
  6 nights in nice hotels 4*
  6 breakfast and 2 dinners
  Welcome meeting and tour briefing
  Maps, route notes or GPS tracks
  Luggage transportation inn2inn
  Telephone assistance
  Peace of mind being with our experienced team

This price not includes:
  Local Taxes (approx. 10 €)
  Drinks at Dinner

Road Bike Carbon + Ultegra: € 220

E-Road Bike Carbon + Ultegra: € 400

Road Bike - Flat Bar Carbon + Ultegra: € 200

Touring Bike: € 110

High season supplement: € 250 (Jun 26 - Sep 04)

Single room supplement: € 250

Solo Traveller: € 450


COVID FLEX RATE

Free cancellation for any reason till 30 days before departure.
Free cancellation for COVID-19 related reasons till 10 days before departure.


Self Guided Tour

This means you will pedal free at your pace following maps and tracks received during our pre tour briefing at your arrival. We will advise you where to have lunch and dinner, about sightseeings along the road and where to find technical assistance. You can start on any day of the year.

With just 4 people, this tour can be ride as a Guided Tour

In our Guided tours you have:

  • A cycling guide riding with you showing his region
  • Van support with water, electrolytes and snacks, available if you want to skip the hardest climbs
  • A daily picnic lunch featuring local and fresh products
  • Dinners at hotel or restaurants featuring traditional food
  • Shuttles from arrival airport and to departure airport
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