This is a leisurely ride through the magic of Tuscany - through a wonderful landscape of vineyards and olive groves, charming villages and cypress tree lined lanes. Along the way lie the unique centres of Pisa, Lucca and Florence - 'art cities' which have shaped the history of Italy from the ancient Etruscans to the Renaissance. Enjoy delicious local culinary specialities, imbibe the rich history and culture of quintessential Tuscany and live La Dolce Vita. What could be more easy?
from £895 per person
Some hotels may also require you to pay a local city tax and train tickets are also to be paid locally.
from £1,110 per person
Some hotels may also require you to pay a local city tax and train tickets are also to be paid locally
Based on two people sharing a room
There are no extras, however you’ll love what’s included as standard
Start & Finish
Starts Saturday from Pisa, finishes Pisa. Tour runs from 16th April to 1st October. Pisa, Florence and Bologna close by, all have an airport and station
Character 3* hotels (with a 2* family run hotel in Lucca)
Superior 3* and 4* hotels. Upgraded hotels available on request.
This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own. If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide
Not so gentle cycling. More info...
5 days of cycling 19 -37 miles (30 - 59 km)
Hills most days
- Additional nights in Pisa, Lucca and Florence
- Private guided tours in Pisa, Lucca and Florence
- Private cooking class in Lucca or Florence
- Upgraded hotels available
Classic & Luxury
1. Day one
Arrive in Pisa and check into your hotel located in the heart of the old town. Your host will meet you there with your cycling equipment and run through the itinerary. Take a peaceful and relaxing stroll through the narrow streets of this charming city. Savor the amazing Chianti wine and olive oil produced in the region’s vineyards. Before calling it a night, promenade past the chapels and pastel houses lining the banks of the Arno River.
2. Day two
Pisa to Lucca
Today you are cycling northwards along Tuscany's third longest river, the Serchio, for an easier route. For those who are looking for a slightly longer route, there is the option of going towards Massaciuccoli Lake, which is the largest lake in the Tuscany region, before reaching Lucca. The city of Lucca is located at the base of the Apuan Alps and houses many attractions which date back to the Roman times, including the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro.
19 or 28 miles (30 or 45 km)
3. Day three
Lucca to Montecatini
Cycling along a panoramic road you reach the little village of Collodi. Visit the gardens of the aristocratic Villa Garzoni, created in the seventeenth century (begun in 1652) to 'startle' and 'amaze' with its beautiful balustrades, terraces, fountains and clipped yews, creating the drama and space of the Baroque. Pinocchio's author spent his childhood in Collodi so you can visit Pinocchio's Park (created in 1962). Cycling into Pescia, enjoy a quiet stroll among churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the beautiful flower markets that line its streets.
28 miles (45 km)
4. Day four
Today offers you a choice. You can stroll through Montecatini, one of the most famous thermal bath cities in Europe, walking alongside the likes of Verdi and Pirandello on the Viale dei Bagni, enjoying the narrow lanes of the old city situated on a hill reached by cable-railway. It is thought that this site was occupied as far back as Paleolithic times. Otherwise, cycle a picturesque itinerary among the Villas of the Medici family, olive groves, vineyards and beautiful historic farms, passing through Vinci, Leonardo's birthplace where you can visit the Museo Leonardiano and bask in one of history's most fertile minds: his models and maquettes allied with references to the artist’s sketches and handwritten notes. A day to remember.
Optional 37 miles (60 km)
5. Day five
Montecatini to Florence
Today you can choose either to start pedaling directly from Montecatini or to shorten the trip with a short train transfer to Pistoia, rich in Romanesque and Renaissance monuments, a wealth of churches that date back to the twelfth century. Pistoia has one of the most evocative squares in Italy, the Piazza del Duomo, dominated by the Cathedral of San Zeno itself of course but also the Baptistry and the Gothic Palazzo dei Vescovi. The Basilica of Our Lady of Humility (Madonna dell'Umiltà) of 1509 completed by Giorgio Vasari is also worth a visit. From here it's back in the saddle to reach Florence.
31 or 40 miles (50 or 65 km)
6. Day six
Enjoy a day off today in one of the world's most beautiful cities! It will be up to you to decide how to spend your time - churches, museums, art galleries.... are at your mercy as are Florence's beautiful streets and stores. Why not discover the variety of plants in the Boboli Gardens or head to the cathedral. A climb up the hill to the San Miniato al Monte church will give you stunning views of the city below. Florence boasts plenty of shops and restaurants to sample some delicious Italian food.
7. Day seven
Florence to Empoli to Pisa
Today you can choose to either cycle directly from Florence and reach Pisa with a train transfer from Empoli or take a train to Empoli and ride to Pisa along the river Arno. The city of Pisa offers many unique attractions, not only the world famous Leaning Tower but the Battistero, which is a round shaped baptistry and the Campo dei Miracoli, which provides perfect photo opportunities of the stunning architecture and lawns.
31 or 40 miles (50 or 65 km)
8. Day eight
Depart after breakfast.