- Staying in lovely Tuscan accommodation overlooking stunning landscapes
- Riding the Montagnola trails, the location of a well-known Sienese MTB race
- Sampling the best wines of Chianti, Montepulciano and Montalcino
- Riding down the “Crete Senesi” on a roller coaster ridge ride
- Enjoying the journey across Tuscany on a variety of terrain
- Visiting the famous hilltop towns of San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, San Quirico d‘Orcia and Pienza
We loved the variety of the days, enjoying every single day of the trip. It was great! The service was excellent.
You will be met at Pisa airport and transferred to San Gimignano. Your accommodation is set in the outskirts of the famous town. With a plunge in the pool overlooking vineyards, the fun is really starting. You will normally have your dinner at the estate.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 600 Metres Approx.
Today you set off with a fun off-road section down into the lower valley before looping back towards San Gimignano. You journey south following a mix of dirt roads and trails through woods, over hills and crossing streams, through a constantly changing rolling Tuscan landscape. Most climbs will be on farm or forest gravel routes, which lead onto sections through vineyards and fields, trails and paths used mostly by local people and farmers. It can be muddy at times!
The destination for today is Strove a small hamlet not far from Abbadia Isola and Monteriggioni. After stopping in the square for a well deserved beer you can move on to your accommodation, where you can enjoy a dip in the pool before heading out for dinner.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 750 Metres Approx.
Your first stop for today is the quaint medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni, with time to explore the castle walls and narrow streets. Leaving the fortified village, you’ll continue with a steady off-road climb through the Montagnola range which offers great options of trails and routes.
This area is a well known destination for the Gran Fondo Sienese MTB race. This area is also ideal for some fun mountain biking, as you explore the network of dirt tracks leading into the hillside forests, looping on fun rolling singletracks towards little hamlets and twisting down over rolling fields.
A final fun section of singletrack winding through forests leads to the outskirts of Siena. One last push on tarmac and you roll into the old walls of this quiet town. There is time to wander through Siena, visit the Palio Square and Duomo, before heading out to dinner for a mouthwatering Tuscan meal.
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
- Ascent: 500 Metres Approx.
Leaving Siena through the ancient town gates you continue your journey south on the Eroica route and into the Crete Senesi. Arriving near the ancient Etruscan hamlet of Murlo, you’ll enjoy a fun ride on narrow trails by the Crevole River, then up a former mining railway track to Murlo itself.
Picking up the Eroica route you head to Buonconvento where you’ll have time to stop for a refreshing break and if inclined visit the fortified walls. With your accommodation right in the centre of town, you can enjoy some down time, joining the locals in an afternoon aperetivo!
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 1,000 Metres Approx.
Your mountain bike pilgrimage continues as you head towards Pienza, right in the heart of the Unesco heritage site of Valle d‘Orcia. The route takes you along the ridge lines of the “crete” offering 360 degree views. The trails are a mix of farm tracks and dirt roads, with cheeky steep sections which will get you out of the saddle!
Today is tougher day in terms of daily ascent, and after joining a section of the Eroica, you’ll reach your accommodation in the heart of Pienza. Designated a UNESCO heritage site, Pienza is a perfect base for two nights allowing us to explore some cultural and historical sites as well as small Tuscan shops, wine bars and restaurants.
- Meals: Breakfast
- Ascent: 900 Metres Approx.
Different options are available for today’s ride. Whichever way you decide to ride the various terrains and routes will take you to San Quirico d‘Orcia. From here you’ll descend quite steadily on a fast gravel track into the Orcia valley then loop back through fields, dense woods and past castle hamlets, until reaching the medieval hamlet of Bagno Vignoni with its healing baths and home to the legendary water nymphs. After resting and taking time to explore the hot water springs, you’ll head right into the centre of the Unesco heritage site of Valle D‘Orcia.
From there you start a steady climb towards Pienza along some well surfaced strade bianche. Time in Pienza to absorb and visit the local sites. Plenty of dinner options in town for your last evening in this stunning part of Tuscany.
- Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast we’ll transfer you back to Pisa to say your farewells and savour the memories of a fantastic week on your bikes.
If you wish to spend a day in Pisa at the end of the trip, drop us a line and we can arrange accommodation and may be able to organise a transfer to a hotel instead of the airport.
Tuscany is a region with rolling hills of cultivated fields, woodland and chalky landscape, with quaint little hamlets dotted on hilltops.
Riding is on a mix of chalky double track or “Strade Bianche” so it can be fast rolling in dry conditions, or of course, get a bit more sketchy in the wet. A mountain bike with off-road tyres is the best choice. The wider tracks will be alternated with some fun, flowing narrower trails that can be rocky and with roots in sections. On the Montagnola range near Siena, fun sections of singletrack can be a bit rocky with limestone making the trails a bit tricky in places.
There are a few steep, and a few long climbs, so fitness is more important than off-road riding skills – of course all the climbing leads to some great descents.
Mountain Biking Grade
25-50 miles / 40-80 kms per day
Aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips
For mountain bikers with some experience of singletrack and steeper terrain
May include rocky features and switchbacks
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Trips that are graded as a 3-4, will have aspects of both our grade 3 and 4 trips. If you have experience of off road riding on a variety of terrain, and would like a taste of more challenging terrain, a grade 3-4 trip could be for you. Terrain will include singletrack and steep sections (both up and down) which require more bike handling ability. Shorter technical and demanding features suchs as rocks, roots and tricky climbs will be encountered on occasion on most days. A day’s ride can see you on the trails for around 8 hours (with breaks) and covering between 25-50 miles depending on the terrain. If you’re generally fit and manage to ride frequently this could be the level for you.
Fantastic trip – the best we’ve done, and it was our twelfth!
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available. The season prices below are per person and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
2023 26 Mar – 30 Oct
Season 1 – $1750 25 Mar – 05 Apr, 15 Apr – 17 Jun and 04 Sep – 30 Oct
Season 2 – $1955 06 Apr – 14 Apr and 18 Jun – 03 Sep
A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms)
B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
D) Phone App navigation
E) GPX files (on request)
F) Luggage transfers
G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Pisa airport (PSA)
H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Pisa airport (PSA)
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Meals not stated in the itinerary
D) Single room (available if required)
E) Travel insurance
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route
I) Local tourist tax to be paid at each accommodation (approx 2€ per day)
J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure days
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Anna, Oxford, UKExcellent service and great variety...
We loved the variety of the days, enjoying every single day of the trip. It was great! The service was excellent – when we asked for extra spares/pumps on the journey they were delivered very promptly. Majority of the accommodation was fantastic, and all were still very comfortable with everything we needed.
Roger, Buckinghamshire, UKFantastic trip:- the best we’ve done, and it was our twelfth in all.
We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of single track (most of Sardinia was on dirt roads) and absolutely stunned by the scenery and the villages and the colours every hour of every day!! These were the shortest days we’ve done since we started doing these trips, but being able to stop for half an hour in the morning and the afternoon, and just hang out in some of the villages was a real treat, and we weren’t falling asleep in our pasta, unlike some other trips. And, of course, in Tuscany you are never ever on the flat, so there is lots of work to be done.
The combination of agriturismos and hotels worked well, and they were all comfortable and welcoming.
Lorna, Aberdeenshire, UKExcellent!
Fabulous cycling route with lots of variety in amazing scenery. Accommodation (as always) was in brilliant locations with good quality food. Bikes were very good quality (brand new) and coped well with the terrain.