In the heart of Tuscany
The Tuscany is considered by many experts as the most beautiful countryside in Italy. Convince yourself during a bike tour. It offers flat coastlines, shaded pine forests, beautiful vineyards and rolling hills. Marvel at ancient cultural cities and modern spas, a cosmopolitan city such as Florence and the world wonder of Tuscany: the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
1. day Individual arrival at Montecatini Terme
Direct trains from Florence to Montecatini (duration 40 minutes, price approximately Euro 5) make your journey easy. Today you have time to stroll through the renowned thermal town and take a ride on the funicular up to Montecatini Alto - a perfect trip to get the right mood!
2. day Vinci round trip 55 km
The very first cycling tour offers a very worthwhile destination. The route leads through the wide plain of Valdenievole valley to the village Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo. Here the museum presents numerous reproductions as well as sketches and photos of the genius inventor, architect, engineer, philosopher and artist (Audio Video Guide can be borrowed, admission payable on spot). After this rewarding break the cycle tour leads on a different route back to Montecatini Terme.
3. day Montecatini Terme - Pisa 40-90 km
Look forward to the charming town of Lucca, which can be reached by bike or train (optional). Definitely you should take a bike ride along the perfectly preserved city wall (4 km). It offers fascinating views from the old town. Then you cycle down hill to the Lake Massaciuccoli, the home of the composer Giacomo Puccini (now a museum). On dams and secret paths you cycle to the Leaning Tower in Pisa, where a visit to the well-preserved old town lures.
4. day Pisa - Casciana Terme 50 km
Enjoy the flat bike path on the banks of the Arno before you cycle through gently hilly landscapes on small roads through the Pisan mountains. Here on the slopes best wine, great olives and juicy peaches thrive. Afterward you have time to relax in the idyllic spa town of Casciana and pamper yourself with a visit to the 36 ° C thermal pools.
5. day Casciana Terme - San Gimignano 55 km
Today, the route offers countless wonderful views from the typical Tuscan "postcard" panorama. Olive trees, cypresses and vines line the narrow streets that lead you with some ups and downs through this enchanting hills to San Gimignano. Look forward to the great restored medieval village with its typical "gender towers", where you can saunter cozy in the evening.
6. day San Gimignano - Siena 50 km
Again you cross a beautiful Tuscan countryside. Even from a distance you see the small village Monteriggione which is idyllically situated on a small hill. Visit the historic city center, which is surrounded by an almost 600m long city wall and stroll through the narrow streets. After rewarding break you will cycle in the afternoon to the architectural jewel Siena. Here you can marvel at the huge cathedral and the charming square "Il Campo".
7. day Siena - Florence 50 km
Today a real highlight is waiting for you: Your bike tour takes you right into the heart of the wide, hilly Chianti - wine country. From Castellina in Chianti to Greve you cycle in "Chianti Classico" area and you will be delighted by the extensive vineyards of the Tuscan hills. Take some samples in Greve on one of the most beautiful market places of Tuscany take some samples before you get in via transfer back to Florence in the late afternoon.
8. day City tour Florence/Departure
Today the beautiful bike tour ends in Florence at the hotel. If you like you can still extend your stay in Tuscany before you travel back home – highly recommended.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Prices are per person.
26.09. – 10.10.2020
04.04. – 24.04.2020
25.04. – 29.05.2020
05.09. – 25.09.2020
30.05. – 04.09.2020
bookable additional nights
bookable additional services
- Transfer by bus Greve - Florence
- Daily arrival possible on request
- gps tracks available on request
- accommodation incl. breakfast
- room with shower/bath/WC
- luggage transport
- map of bike trails with marked route
- detailed route description
- tips for tour preparation
- touristic information
- 7 days hotline service
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Arrival by plane
The airport of Florence is located 40 km away from the hotel, the airport of Pisa about 60 km. You can reach the hotel by bus from the airport to the central station of Florence or Pisa and then by train to Montecatini.
As an alternative you may take a taxi (100 euros approx from Florence/130 euros approx. from Pisa).
Arrival by train
There are good international connections to Florence. From here you may go by train to Montecatini Terme every hour. Please find the actual connections and prices in the internet.
Arrival by car
Vignette required at the motorways in Austria 10-day vignette Euro 9, toll fee Brenner motorway is about Euro 9. The toll on the Italian side of the Brenner to Turin costs about Euro 42.10 from Tarvisio to Turin about Euro 51.50.
Parking in Category A/Charme: There is a garage near the hotel (45 euros per week)
Parking in Category B: parking at the hotel or near the hotel (35 euros per week)
You will receive detailed information on the parking spaces with your travel documents 2 weeks before arrival.
Tourinformation and rental bike
The personal route information with rental bike takes place on the day of arrival in the hotel. Any changes will be announced upon arrival at the reception.
Available rental bike
You can choose between unisex 21-speed touring bikes and unisex 7-speed touring bikes with coaster brake, men's bikes available on request in different frame sizes. 8-speed unisex electric bikes in different frame sizes are also available on request. The unisex bikes are suitable for all cyclists from about 148cm height and the men's bikes from 165 cm. You simply give your bike request when booking.
Weather and clima
Tuscany has a sub-mediterranean climate. In the spring, the temperatures can rise to 20 degrees and more, in autumn the weather is mostly stable. Rainfalls should be expected in spring and autumn. Summer months from mid-June to mid-September can be very hot and dry.
Condition of the bike paths
The Tuscany is a very beautiful but as well hilly landscape. On small roads and bike paths you cycle from one famous city to another. In the entrance and exit of the cities you may find some more traffic.
Cycling in italy
In Italy, warning vests are mandatory outside closed areas at night and at dusk.
Transfer back to Montecatini Terme
You may go from Florence to Montecatini Terme by train (5-10 euros per person).
As an alternative you can book an organised back transfer to Montecatini Terme (29 euros per person, payable locally, reservation obligatory, only saturday).
In the charm category the following hotels are expected to be reserved for you:
Montecatini Terme: Grand Hotel Croce di Malta 4****
Pisa: Hotel Bologna 4****
Casciana Terme: Agriturismo Le Valli
San Gimignano: Hotel La Cisterna 3***
Siena: Hotel Garden 4****
Florenz: C-Hotels 4****
Special dates are bookable on request.
Coasts which are not included in the travel price
Since the beginning of 2011 guests have to pay a tourism tax in many italian towns. The costs are Euro 3-4 per person and night. This tourism tax is not included in the tour Price.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
Vinci itself offers visitors the chance to see many places connected to Leonardo da Vinci´s life. Behind the castle of the Conti Guidi, in the small but lovely center of the town, you will notice a wooden representation of the Vitruvian Man, a drawing by Leonardo in which he represented a man with the ideal proportions. From this terrace, you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the surrounding hills.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Tower of Pisa, also called the Leaning Tower, is located in Piazza dei Miracoli, together with the Duomo, the Baptistery and the Camposanto. It is the landmark of the city and one of the most famous monuments in the world.
Historians do not agree on the name of the architect of the Tower of Pisa, but it is certain that the construction started in 1173. For many years, until the last excavations, the design Vasari was ascribed to Bonano Pisano, but probably the tower was built by Gherardo di Gherardo.
Casciana Terme is located in the heart of the Pisan Hills, and with its over one thousand years of history is one of the many small masterpieces that the people of Tuscany have over the centuries helped to build and to preserve. Hard-working people, a cuisine which preserves the authentic quality of the local products, a landscape of vineyards producing wines of quality above suspicion.
San Gimignano UNESCO world heritage
Santa Maria della Spina
Santa Maria della Spina is a small church in the Italian city of Pisa. The church, erected around 1230 in the Pisan Gothic style, and enlarged after 1325, was originally known as Santa Maria di Pontenovo for the newer bridge that existed nearby, collapsed in the 15th century, and was never rebuilt. The name of della Spina ("of the thorn") derives from the presence of a thorn, putatively part of the crown of thorns placed on Christ during his Passion and Crucifixion. The relic was brought to this church in 1333. In 1871 the church was dismantled and rebuilt on a higher level due to dangerous infiltration of water from the Arno river. The church was altered in the process, however, and John Ruskin, who visited Pisa in 1872, was outraged about the restoration.
Piazza del Campo Siena
Where the three city hills meet, is the Piazza del Campo, often called only Il Campo. Both locals and tourists are magically attracted to him. Only narrow corridors between the palaces and residential buildings lead to the square. Like an open shell, the campo rises 10 meters. The facade design around the square must, according to law of the city administration, be kept uniform. At the lowest point of the gently sloping square is the Palazzo Pubblico with its towering Torre del Mangia. In the middle of the upper edge is the Fonte Gaia, a rectangular fountain open to one side.
Florence's cathedral stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi, with the baptistery right across. The cathedral named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore is a vast Gothic structure built on the site of the 7th century church of Santa Reparata, the remains of which can be seen in the crypt.
Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Be sure to set aside time to see the vast and varied art collection housed in the Pitti Palace. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors. Spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence, Italy.
Palazzo Vecchio Florence
Is time travel possible? At Palazzo Vecchio it is, with a trip back into history to three eras. Palazzo Vecchio offers Roman ruins, a Medieval fortress and amazing Renaissance chambers and paintings. A microcosm where art and history have been indissolubly bound for centuries. Palazzo Vecchio is the main symbol of civil power for the city of Florence, whose original project is attributed to Arnolfo di Cambio. Construction on the solid fortress began in 1299 above the ruins of the destroyed Uberti Ghibelline towers, testimony of the final victory of the Guelph faction.
The famous Uffizi Gallery today exhibits paintings from all eras from the 13th to the 18th century in more than 50 rooms. Originally built to accommodate public officials, the Medici ruling families converted the complex into a museum. It houses, among others, three works by Leonardo da Vinci, one by Michelangelo, some by Raphael, and several by Titian and Caravaggio.