6 nights in Italy
What better way to experience the beauty of Tuscany than from the seat of a bike? A mixture of on- and off-road biking awaits on a ride through some of the most gorgeous, yet challenging countryside you’ll find anywhere. Explore beautiful hill towns, stunning lakes, and have the option to soak in thermal hot springs. When you are not riding, take in the view of the rolling Tuscan hills from your hotel rooftop and relax with a glass of wine.
|Hotel (6 nts)|
|6 breakfasts, 2 dinners|
|Flights not included|
|Travel insurance is mandatory and not included|
|For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.|
Please see the itinerary for information on optional activities, descriptions and estimated pricing.
Intercity transport on this trip will mostly be by train and occasionally by local bus. The bus and train systems in Italy are generally good, with seat reservations and toilet/snack facilities on longer journeys. Keeping to schedules is notoriously not one of the Italian transport system's specialties, so pack in your favorite music app, a good book and some Italian phrases, and kick-back and enjoy the views with the locals.
Bikes for cycling days are mountain-bike style with city tires, luggage rack, front suspension with helmet included. You will also have a local guide to accompany the group on cycling days.
Luggage will be transferred between night stops on cycling days by private van. Please note that you MUST be comfortable carrying your own luggage as there will be a lot of up and down stairs on this trip due to the nature of station layouts in Italy (very few are equipped with escalators or elevators). Between public transport and hotels you may be required to carry your luggage short distances (up to 20 mins walk), in larger cities you may travel by metro or city bus, and occasionally the group will take taxis to and from hotels.
We highly recommend arriving early to experience all that this iconic city has to offer.
Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Enjoy a local Italian breakfast before an orientation walk around Rome. Transfer by train your hotel in the charming hilltop town of Chianciano Terme. Enjoy a local wine tasting in the evening.
Included Activities: Local Wine Tasting
Transport: Local train (2.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
There is time to relax and wander around the charming Tuscan town before returning to Chianciano Terme. Tonight, roll up your sleeves and learn the secrets of Tuscan cooking in a hands on cooking class. Additional Notes: Please note: a support vehicle is provided for this day.
Included Activities: Cycle to Pienza Cooking Class
Pedal around the Tuscan hills in today's cycling tour, during which we will stop in the classic medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano. Additional Notes: Please note: a support vehicle is provided for this day.
Included Activities: Cycle to Montepulciano
Enjoy a full-day of cycling in the Tuscan lakes and lunch at a natural oasis. Additional Notes: Please note: a support vehicle is provided for this day.
Included Activities: Cycle to Tuscan Lakes
Cycle to the beautiful spa town of Bagno Vignoni. Explore the town, opt to soak in the thermal pools, or relax and enjoy the views before returning to the hotel for one final night. Additional Notes: Please note: a support vehicle is provided for this day.
Included Activities: Cycle to Bagno Vignoni
Today is the departure day; a group transfer is arranged to Chiusi Station where your CEO can help you book onward travel. Additional Notes: If you wish to stay in Chianciano you are more than welcome to do so, but the transfer is only offered on Day 7. If you wish to depart earlier, we can help organize a transfer at your own expense.
Included Activities: Departure Day
Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s), 18km)
It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not build to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head.
On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities.
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