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Italy - Tuscany - Sacred Routes - Self Guided Mountain Bike Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in a Tuscan farmhouses overlooking stunning landscapes
  • Ride The Montagnola trails, location of a well-known Sienese MTB race
  • Sample the best wines of Chianti, Montepulciano and Montalcino
  • Riding down the “Creti Senesi” on a roller coaster ridge ride
  • Enjoy the journey across Tuscany on a variety of terrain
  • Visit the famous hilltop towns of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, San Quirico d‘Orcia, Pienza

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Day Description Distance Ascent Meals
1 Arrival Pisa and transfer to San Gimignano Non Riding Day   D  
2 San Gimignano to Monteriggioni 22 Miles / 35 Kms Approx. 620m B  
3 Monteriggioni to Siena 19 Miles / 30 Kms Approx. 835m B  
4 Siena to Buonconvento 28 Miles / 44 Kms Approx. 635m B D  
5 Buonconvento to Pienza 26 Miles / 42 Kms Approx. 1020m B  
6 Pienza loop, San quirico d'Orcia, Bagno Vignoni 23 Miles / 36 Kms Approx. 855m B  
7 Departure - Pisa Non Riding Day   B  

Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

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Holiday Information

The Tuscan landscape hosts a fantastic self guided mountain bike holiday in Italy. The famous sights of Tuscany are combined with great biking exploring woodlands, hills and valleys with some great tracks and routes that link famous hilltop towns such as San Gimignano, Siena, Pienza. This biking holiday in classic tuscany will enchant with its natural beauty as well as reward with the quality of the riding. While perhaps more well know for the rolling hills and quiet roads, Tuscany's long history of trade and agriculture has resulted in an extensive network of trails of all kinds. Thrilling forest singletrack is mixed with scenic country lanes and the rolling landscape gives us challenging climbs and fun descents.
After arrival in Pisa we will drive you through the beautiful Tuscan Landscape, arriving at your first accommodation in the countryside of San Gimignano. Here you are staying in a stunning Agriturismo surrounded by vineyards where your host treats you to your first Tuscan banquet. Over the next 3 days you bike across forested hills, through vineyards, down river valleys, across streams, past abandoned farmhouses and up to tiny fortified villages. Some rides follow the ancient Via Francigena pilgrimage and the Eroica roads, hence we called this trip the “Sacred Routes”!! The Via Franchigena was a trail which once connected Canterbury to Rome, while the Eroica routes are gravel roads used in the Giro d'Italia before tarmac was common.
Midway you arrive in Siena, steeped in Italian renaissance atmosphere.  Scattered with great restaurants and superb Gelateria, this is a prefect place to end the first part of the trip. For the next three days you enter the Creti Sienesi,  where you are in for some thrilling riding along steep valleys, dense forests, rivers and the legendary “badlands” eroded clay slopes around Siena and Val D'orcia. Here the riding is a roller coaster of tracks and trails riding from lowlands to open ridge views, enjoying descents that will leave you smiling all day!

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Departure Dates:

Duration: 7 days
Return: 07/01/2050

Prices From:

£1,155 p.p.

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Holiday Summary

Duration:
7 days
Prices From:
£1,155
Estimated flight price
£150

Optional

Full Suspension Bike Hire:
£185.00
Full Suspension Bike Hire:
£185.00
Bike Hire - Front Suspension
£140.00
Insurance - Europe 10 Day:
£47.00
Insurance - Europe 10 Day:
£47.00
High Season (July and August):
£90.00
High Season (July and August):
£90.00
Single Room:
£185.00
Single Room:
£185.00

Holiday Details

Place-to-place

6 nights Agriturismo and Hotels

50% meals provided

5 days of biking

Airport & luggage transfers

Road book & route maps provided

Minimum 2 people

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Tuscan Tastes: Buon appetito!

dire pane al pane e vino al vine Translation: Call bread bread and wine wine… This classic Italian phrase means you should simply ‘tell it how it is’, an important philosophy which soaks into the country’s authentic approach to cooking……

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Last Updated: 01/04/2016