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Tuscany

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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.

prices & services

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Tuscany
tour no.:
00170
tour type:
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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.

individual
duration:
8 days
dates of arrival:
level:
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This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:

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easy: Very relaxed cycling in mostly flat terrain.
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beginners-intermediate: Easy cycling, pushing the bike now and then.
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moderate: for people in a general good shape, a few stretches across more difficult terrain, or pushing the bike.
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difficult: For experienced bikers, several tracks in hilly terrain.
moderate
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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.

Velociped-Partner-Tour Velociped-Tour
prices 2020

Prices are per person.

Season 1

26.09. – 10.10.2020

04.04. – 24.04.2020

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Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 779,00 €
Single room 978,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 899,00 €
Single room 1.188,00 €
 
Charme
Double room 999,00 €
Single room 1.378,00 €
 

Season 2

25.04. – 29.05.2020

05.09. – 25.09.2020

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 799,00 €
Single room 998,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 939,00 €
Single room 1.228,00 €
 
Charme
Double room 1.029,00 €
Single room 1.408,00 €
 

Season 3

30.05. – 04.09.2020

Info

Category B: smaller, family-run inns and hotels

Category A: Comfortable middle-class hotels

For bike & boat trips you will find facility details on cabins and shared rooms in the tour description.

Prices are per person.

Cat. B
Double room 829,00 €
Single room 1.028,00 €
 
Cat. A
Double room 969,00 €
Single room 1.258,00 €
 
Charme
Double room 1.069,00 €
Single room 1.448,00 €
 

cycles

tourer
85,00 €
 
electric bike
189,00 €
 

bookable additional nights

Montecatini Terme Cat. B
Double room 55,00 €
Single room 70,00 €
 
Florenz Cat. B
Double room 69,00 €
Single room 128,00 €
 
Montecatini Terme Cat. A
Double room 69,00 €
Single room 88,00 €
 
Florenz Cat. A
Double room 115,00 €
Single room 204,00 €
 
Montecatini Terme Charme
Double room 89,00 €
Single room 138,00 €
 
Florenz Charme
Double room 115,00 €
Single room 204,00 €
 

bookable additional services

transfer back (every saturday, 29,- Euro, payable on spot, reservation needed)
0,00 €
Travel services
  • Transfer by bus Greve - Florence
  • Daily arrival possible on request
  • gps tracks available on request
All-carefree service:
  • 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

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worth knowing

Worth knowing

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.

Train schedule information Deutsche Bahn

Train schedule Information Italienische Bahn

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 facilities

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).

Charme-Hotels

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

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.

Travel insurance

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.

tour highlights

Montecatini Terme

Montecatini Terme is located about halfway between Florence and Pisa in the Italian province of Pistoia and has about 20,000 inhabitants. The main town is one of the largest and most famous thermal cities in Italy. The old town Montecatini Alto is still linked to Montecatini Terme by one of Italy's oldest operating funiculars

Montecatini Terme

Vinci

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.

Vinci

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.

Tower of Pisa

Casciana Terme

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.

Casciana Terme

San Gimignano UNESCO world heritage

The small village is about 56 kilometers from Florence away and is considered an important stopover for pilgrims on their way to Rome. In total there were 72 towers in San Gimignano in the Middle Ages, of which today only 14 towers could be obtained after the First and Second World War.

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.

Santa Maria della Spina

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.

Piazza del Campo

Florence Cathedral

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 Cathedral

Florence

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.

Florence

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.

Palazzo Vecchio

Uffizi Florence

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.

Uffizi Florence

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