Enjoy the far reaching views on this tour
Bike through changing landscapes of rural beauty
Cycle through the heritage of Tuscany
Enjoy experiencing the local flavors and tastes of this lovely part of Italy
Enjoy the comraderie of traveling in a friendly pack
Explore the iconic honey-colored buildings and rolling countryside of Tuscany

Bike Tours Tuscany: Siena & Chianti

Duration
8 days
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Ride along the back roads of traditional Tuscany on a classic cycling adventure over 8 days. The Tuscan landscape is one of the most evocative and romantic in Europe with cypress trees lining the roads, olive groves, vineyards, ancient hill-top towns and, of course, classic Renaissance cities. This group cycling tour is carefully planned to take in the best of Tuscany without feeling rushed: part of the joy of the Italian lifestyle is sitting and watching the world go by with a glass of wine in your hand!

  • Category
    Cultural & Historical
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Hilly
  • Distance
    186.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    37.3 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    8 days
  • Main Destination
    Tuscany
  • Distance
    186.4 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    37.3 miles
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Hilly

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Start San Quirico

    Start in the hilltop town of San Quirico D'Orcia, one of the most beautiful and charming medieval towns of the Orcia Valley.

    • Hotel in San Quirico D'Orcia
  2. Day 2Circular ride through classic Tuscan countryside via Pienza, the wine town of Montepulciano and thermal spa village of Bagno Vignoni

    Today you will head towards Pienza, a charming town full of history and culture. From here you can cycle to the beautifully situated wine centre of Montepulciano, famous for its Vino Nobile. You will then head towards the mediaeval village of Monticchiello and on to the well known thermal bath of Bagno Vignoni, before making your way back to the hotel.

    • 34.8 miles

    • 2,801.8 ft
      2,801.8 ft
    • Hotel in San Quirico D'Orcia
    • Breakfast
  3. Day 3Ride through vineyards and the walled town of Murlo to Siena

    A classic day's riding, showing Tuscany at its most picturesque. Following back roads, you will head out of San Quirico with a first stop at Montalcino. You will then descend on the road to Buonconvento and ride back up to Murlo passing by Bibbiano. From here you will ascend the short but steep Rospatoio Pass and take a lovely road section via Ville di Corsano, as you approach the splendid gothic city of Siena.

    • 42.9 miles
    • -347.8 ft
      3,943.6 ft
      4,291.3 ft
    • Accommodation in Siena
    • Breakfast
  4. Day 4Free day in Siena to explore or relax

    Siena is one of Italy's best-preserved medieval towns with one of the world's most gracious squares, the Campo. There is plenty to see in Siena and its sights are best explored on foot as the town is compact but hilly. There are many museums and buildings of interest to visit, such as the impressive Duomo. Alternatively, you may choose to head out for an unguided ride. On the June 30th departure, you will get the chance to be in Siena during the 'Palio Horse Race', one of Italy's most famous annual sporting events and experience the thrilling atmosphere around it. Held in honour of the Virgin Mary, ten of the city’s seventeen contrade, or districts, are represented by a horse and jockey in each race and will compete against each other during this event. It has been held in Siena’s civic hub, Piazza del Campo, since 1644 and local people get involved to a level that it is still common for ‘mixed-marriage’ couples to separate for the days leading up to and including the race if the contrada of the husband and wife both have a horse in contention.

    • Accommodation in Siena
    • Breakfast
  5. Day 5Ride via Gaiole and Radda to Castellina in Chianti

    From Siena, you will head directly into the heart of Chianti. This picturesque route takes you via some lovely small villages and hamlets, as well as some spectacular vineyards and castles, such as that of Castello di Brolio. Here there is the option to taste some of the area's finest wines. You will then cycle on to Gaiole for lunch and after a gelato stop in Radda, you can follow the final section to Castellina in Chianti, where you will stay for two nights.

    • 31.7 miles
    • 839.9 ft
      3,244.8 ft
      2,404.9 ft
    • Accommodation in Castellina, Chianti
    • Breakfast
  6. Day 6Circular ride through the Chianti hills via towers of San Gimignano and Monteriggioni

    From Castellina, you will ride through rolling countryside before taking an amazingly scenic descent into the lower valley. From Poggibonsi, you will head towards the distant towers of San Gimignano, nestled between the hills and small hamlets. This Unesco town is one of the most visited and interesting sights in Tuscany; famous for its towers, Vernaccia wine & Safron. You will spend a few hours enjoying the atmosphere, walking by the walls and admiring the town's high towers. The return route involves a long but beautiful climb before reaching Castellina and enjoying a well-deserved gelato.

    • 44.7 miles

    • 3,405.5 ft
      3,405.5 ft
    • Accommodation in Castellina, Chianti
    • Breakfast
  7. Day 7Cycle to Florence via Panzano and Greve in Chianti

    Your final spectacular ride passes through Panzano in Chianti towards the market town of Greve in Chianti. This is described as one of the most scenic roads which links Florence with Siena through the Chianti hills. Here you will have time to admire the triangular piazza which hosts the famous Chianti wine festival before heading towards Strada and Impruneta, known for their local terracotta production. In Impruneta, you will stop for lunch. You will finish by taking a panoramic road towards Florence, cycling all the way to Piazzale Michelangelo for a final group shot. You will arrive in Florence in the early afternoon, giving you time to start exploring this wonderful city of the Renaissance including the Cathedral and Baptistry – the oldest building in the city. Also see the Ponte Vecchio, the superb bridge over the river Arno, lined with goldsmiths and the most famous symbol of the City.

    • 32.3 miles
    • -1,633.9 ft
      2,401.6 ft
      4,035.4 ft
    • Accommodation in Florence
  8. Day 8End Florence

    The tour ends in Florence today after breakfast.

    • Breakfast