Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour

Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour

Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour

Prices

From $450USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

This self-guided tour explores the beautiful landscape of Tuscany by bicycle

Cycle between remote villages rich with cultural and historical significance, like Volterra and San Gimignano.

Ride through the best of Tuscan landscape, including vineyards, olive groves, and rolling green hills.

Dine on authentic Tuscan cuisine and sample regionally produced wine.

Stay in luxurious accommodations that capture the essence of Tuscany.

This Tuscan bike tour is the perfect way to experience the rich sights, sounds, and tastes of Tuscany in an efficient bicycle trip.

Your Tuscan cycling tour will take you to some of the region’s most remote, culturally significant villages and allow you to immerse yourself in the renowned landscape along the way.

This cycling tour of Tuscany begins in San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is fascinating, with ancient architecture still intact.

You’ll spend the next day riding through prestigious vineyards up to Ulignano and the lovely hilltop village of Certalo. The ceramic-clad central square is a perfect place to relax a moment and soak up the atmosphere.

Next, your cycling tour of Tuscany takes you to the ancient Etruscan village of Volterra. Here, the surrounding patchwork of fields creates a beautiful setting for this gated ancient town.

Then, your bike will take you through a valley and through the beautiful Val d’Era, where you’ll cruise down typical white Tuscan roads. The day is filled with inspiring views at each kilometre, and it’s sure to be a highlight of your time cycling through this wonderful portion of Italy.

The Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour is the perfect way to pack plenty of Tuscan charm into a quick trip, so book soon!

Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in San Gimignano

Your cycling adventure in Tuscany begins with arrival at the beautiful hotel you’ll call home for the duration of the trip. Unwind a moment, or take a walk through the medieval town of San Donato. The rolling green countryside is always visible, and the tranquility is sublime.

Overnight Location
Hotel in San Gimignano
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Ulignano, Certaldo Alto, and Barberino

Start your Tuscan cycling adventure by riding through the classy vineyards that lead to Ulignano. Resist the urge to stop for a glass just yet, because the lovely hilltop village of Certaldo awaits. Literature fans will appreciate that this was the hometown of renowned Italian writer Boccaccio. Let your legs relax after the steep climb by spending some time in the central square, which is ceramic decorated and features several stunning churches. Then, an optional extension takes you to the Chianti Classico region, where you can appreciate expansive views from Barberino and Tavernelle.

Overnight Location
Hotel in San Gimignano
Distance
4 hours, 35 km, 736m elevation gain, optional extension 1 hour, 25 km, 702m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Cycle to Volterra

Leaving San Gimignano behind, today’s trip will take you to the ancient Etruscan village of Volterra. The road there is dotted with patchwork fields, olive groves, and lovely Tuscan villas. The last push up the hill to Volterra is well worth it when you arrive at your incredible new hotel, which is nestled inside the gates of a former convent.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Volterra
Distance
4 hours, 36 km, 922m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Montecatini Val di Cecina or Ulignado loop

Today you can choose between two rides. The first option is a trip from Volterra to Montecatini Val di Cecina, which begins with a speedy downhill cruise into the Val d’Era, where you’ll fly across traditional “strade bianche” or white Tuscan roads. As you cycle further through the rolling hills and past villas and farms, you’ll be wishing today’s beautiful ride will never end.

The second option is a loop ride through Ulignano. It’s an easy trip with very rewarding scenery, starting with a ride into the eroded gullies that surround Volterra. This unique landscape then gives way to unpaved trails that pass Strada del Cornocchio, which is undoubtedly scenic.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Volterra
Distance
3 hours, 38.3 km, 805m elevation gain or 3.5 hours, 37 km, 924m elevation gain
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Farewell, Volterra!

A final breakfast caps off your adventure. Rest your legs on the way home and come back soon!

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided cycling tour of Tuscany’s San Gimignano and Volterra region is always run as a custom tour for your group only, therefore the prices depend on your traveling dates and whether you are staying in a single, double or a triple room.

The departure is available on any day of the week. Prices below are per person:

Departure on April 1st – June 18th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €825EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): €675EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: €525EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €425EUR

Departure on June 19th – July 18th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €825EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): €675EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: €525EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €425EUR

Departure on July 19nd – October 14th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €825EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): €675EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: €525EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €425EUR

Departure on October 15th – 14th:

  • Price per solo traveller: €825EUR
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): €675EUR
  • Price per person sharing a double/twin room: €525EUR
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: €425EUR
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Accommodation on the Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour

This tour is based in 3-star hotels.
The hotels offer luxurious rooms with gorgeous decoration and great proximity to village centers.
In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Solo travellers must pay a supplement that varies based on the season and the size of the group (please check Dates and Prices for more info).

Hotel La Cisterna in San Gimignano

This hotel overlooks the ancient Piazza della Cisterna, and offers fancy decoration, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a good breakfast.

Albergo Etruria in Volterra

This small hotel, located in the very center of Volterra, is a great option to enjoy the city.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour?

Meals

4 breakfasts and one dinner are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 4 nights is included.

Transportation during the Tour

This tour includes rental bike delivery and pick up, as well as one luggage transfer (day 3).

Also Included

  • Route guides and notes
  • Maps and detailed information packs
  • 24/7 telephone guidance and support
  • Bike theft insurance

Not included

  • Bike rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Any transfers not mentioned as ‘included’
  • Lunches and dinners or drinks and snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tourist taxes
  • Personal equipment

Optional Extras

  • Bike rental
  • Any additional nights before or after tour
  • Airport transfers

Frequenty Asked Questions about Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour

How hard is the Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. You will cycle longer distances through varied terrain. Most roads are well-maintained and not highly trafficked, but you should expect up to 1,000 m of elevation gain daily and 1/3 of the tour is on dirt roads.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel as you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided all the information on which direction you need to go daily. You don’t need to carry lots of things with you and can only carry your daypack, as your luggage will be picked up from your hotel daily in the morning and delivered to your destination hotel.

Are meals included on the Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour?

4 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes. You will need to acquire travel insurance that covers hiking/walking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to San Gimignano to start this tour?

The best airports to arrive at are Florence (FLR), Pisa, (PSA), and Bologna (BLQ). From any airport, take the bus to Santa Maria Novella train station and then transfer to a train for Poggibonsi, and then a direct bus to San Gimignano. Check train schedules here.

Is the Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour guided?

No, you will be provided with maps, route guides, notes, and 24/7 telephone support to complete your self-guided tour.

Where does the Tuscany 5-day Cycling Tour end?

The tour ends in Volterra, where you can take the bus and train to the airport.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent an electric or hybrid bike. Your rental includes lights, bags, odometer, padlock, repair kit, and water bottle. Helmets are available for a small fee. Rental bikes available for this tour are:

  • Specialized Sirrus Elite Carbon Disc
  • Specialized Crossover
  • Wilier Triestina GTR
  • Winora Y420.X Yamaha (e-bike)

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

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Prices

From $450USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. You will cycle longer distances through varied terrain. Most roads are well-maintained and not highly trafficked, but you should expect up to 1,000 m of elevation gain daily and 1/3 of the tour is on dirt roads.


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