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Our Bike Tour of Tuscany

Eight glorious days under the Tuscan sun
2008 Season

Vineyards in Tuscany

For a truly unique vacation, let Pedal and Sea Adventures introduce you to a world of history, beauty and amazing culinary riches during our bicycle tour of Tuscany. After exploring Florence—considered the loveliest city in all of Italy—on your own, we’ll guide you south through Chianti country enroute to Pienza. Along the way we will pass through the charming towns of Greve, San Gimignano, Siena, and Montalcino—to name just a few of the best known. Our itinerary provides ample opportunity to explore the incredible places you will be encountering, and to taste food and wine so savory and fresh that it will make you weak in the knees. Tuscany will always be known for its gastronomic abundance and celebration of life.

The medieval town of Siena is far too fascinating, and we'll enjoy it thoroughly. We’ll also spend two days in Pienza so you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful day of cycling or walking through Montalcino—and ending the day in a natural thermal bath. We believe our Tuscany bike tour has something for everyone!

Biking Italy: Our Bike Tour of Tuscany: Day one
We’ll meet you at the airport in Florence and shuttle you to Greve, the starting point of an unforgettable adventure. After settling in, we’ll fit your bicycles and, for those interested, go on a short ride around the area to help get your legs ready for the days ahead. We have a welcome dinner planned for tonight, so you’ll enjoy your first Tuscan meal, perhaps accompanied by a fine Chianti. One objective of our tour of Tuscany is to eat fewer kilometers than you ride. Good luck! Our first night is spent at The Agritourist Anna.

Biking Italy: Our Bike Tour of Tuscany: Day two (48 km; 1.6 km equals 1 mile)
Today is the bicycle tour's most challenging ride, but not to worry— the van will be nearby in case anyone needs a boost. Plan to spend some time in Greve— only 2.7 kms downhill from the inn— before continuing on. You'll ride by two charming castles and a church dating back to the twelfth century, so please do remember extra film or memory sticks in your day pack! After checking into your room, you might want to sample the local Vernaccia, a delicious light white wine produced in the area. It was Michelangelo's favorite. For the next two nights we'll stay at Poggio Alloro.

Biking Italy: Our Bike Tour of Tuscany: Day three (30-50 km)
After another great breakfast we head out on a loop ride with a stop in San Gimignano for lunch and a stroll around one of Italy's famous hilltop towns before heading back to our inn for the night. San Gimignano rises on a hill (334 m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers. Once the seat of a small Etruscan village of the Hellenistic period (300-200 BC), it began its life as a town in the tenth century, taking its name from the Holy Bishop of Modena, St. Gimignano, who is said to have saved the village from barbarian hordes. After our return to Poggio Alloro, a swim might be in order before yet another Tuscan feast.

Biking Italy: Our Bike Tour of Tuscany: Day four (32 km)
Today's ride begins with breathtaking nine kilometers downhill. The spectacular scenery continues as you make your way up to Castellina, your home for the night. For those with stamina to spare, there are plenty of options once you reach your accommodations. For most, though, the lure of Castellina and its fine wines will prove too tempting. Relax and enjoy the beauty of this charming Tuscan town. Lodging: Hotel il Colombaio

Biking Italy: Our Bike Tour of Tuscany: Day five (20 km, with options)
A great ride today with plenty of downhill. We've shortened the biking distance to allow for more time in Sienna, an extraordinary historical town, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also want to spend some time relaxing in your magnificent hotel. The center of town is about a 15-minute walk from the beautiful Hotel Santa Caterina

Biking Italy: Our Bike Tour of Tuscany: Day six (60 km)
The landscape will change dramatically today as you make your way to Pienza, where The English Patient was filmed. We’ll ride through a couple of villages that time has forgotten and—weather permitting—witness a most spectacular sunset from the walls of Pienza before yet another feast. Our last two nights together will be spent at Residence San Gregorio — Pienza.

Biking Italy: Our Bike Tour of Tuscany: Day seven (68 km ride and/or hiking*)
This morning we have you cycling from Pienza to Montalcino-the heart of Brunello, one of Tuscany’s (and the world's) most-famous wine regions. After visiting this beautiful hilltop town, a great downhill leads to the Abbey of Sant' Antimo, a 12th-century monastery where the monks still celebrate Mass using Gregorian chants. Afterwards, we’ll lunch at one of our favorite trattorias, and then continue on to Bagno Vignoni for a relaxing bath in a natural thermal pool. Then it’s back to Residence San Gregorio — Pienza.

*For anyone interested in trading in their cycling shoes for hiking shoes, we can drive to Montalcino, do a little shopping and sightseeing, and then hike to the Abbey of Sant' Antimo. The hike is approximately 3 hours. After lunch we would continue to a nearby village and soak away the afternoon in the thermal pool while waiting for the cyclists to catch up to us. We would end the day with a quick shuttle back to Pienza.

Biking Italy: Our Bike Tour of Tuscany: Day eight
The tour finishing this day, with a transfer to the Chuisi train station. We're always sad to part, but we know the friendships we make in Tuscany will continue to enrich our lives in the years ahead!

2008 Season

April 21-28 • May 12-19 • June 16-23 • June 30-July 7 •
September 29-October 6 • October 20-27 •

Custom groups anytime!
We also offer a cooking and walking tour of Tuscany & Umbria

Prices

$2995 Cdn, based on double occupancy
Our US prices are dependent upon exchange rates
20 per cent single supplement
Bike: $215 (Cdn)

Inclusions

• 7 nights' accommodation
• 6 dinners, 1 lunch, 7 breakfasts
• van support, guides, snacks, & refreshments

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Custom bike tours are available anytime, so please get in touch!

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