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.
Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s natural marvels alongside some adventure and leisure time for self exploration and yes definitely to inhale some of the many local cuisines and cultures.
Start/Finish City: Rome to Chianciano Terme
Service Level: Standard (Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport)
Physical Grading: 4 – Demanding (Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers)
Travel Style: Active (Hiking, trekking, biking, rafting, and kayaking adventures all over the world, made for outdoor types)
- Cycle through Tuscan countryside and stone-walled hill towns
- Visit quaint Pienza and medieval Montepulciano
- Learn traditional recipes and eat delicious Tuscan cuisine
- Wine Tasting & Local Cooking Experiences
- Self Exploration Time (Rome & Multiple locations)
Day 1 11th Aug 2019 Rome Meet in Rome. Day at leisure.Experience orientation & tour leader introduction. Meals included: NA
Day 2 12th Aug 2019 Rome/Chianciano Terme 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. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3 13th Aug 2019 Chianciano Terme Cycle to the classic Renaissance town of Pienza and get a taste of the quintessential Tuscan landscape. Afterwards, enjoy a Tuscan cooking class. Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner
Day 4 14th Aug 2019 Chianciano Terme Cycle to the Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano, famous for producing excellent food and wine. Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner
Day 5 15th Nov 2019 Chianciano Terme Enjoy a full-day of cycling in the Tuscan lakes and lunch at a natural oasis. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6 16th Aug 2019 Chianciano Terme 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. Meals included: Breakfast
Day 7 17th Aug 2019 Chianciano Terme Depart from the hotel on a group transfer in the morning, arriving into Chiusi Station where the tour ends upon arrival. Meals included: Breakfast
Please Note: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us.
Cycling Grading – Moderate (Some degree of experience required, Mixture of road cycling and off road, Occasional long days in the saddle, multiple ascents and descents, Good fitness and skill level recommended, Cycle usually between 35-70 km per day)
Equipments provided: Bike – Mountain bikes, various models, Gears – 24 or 27 speed, Brakes – disk brakes, Saddle bags, Water Bottle with Holders, Helmets,
Imp: Frame sizes available – various, Also Kindly mention your height at the time of booking – this will help us get the right size bike for you
Bringing Your Own Bike If you would prefer to bring your own bike with you for this trip, or have some specific equipment that you would prefer to use then please advise us when you book. We recommend that you bring a hybrid or all terrain bike for this trip, with a minimum of 21 gears and suitable for riding along roads and on bike tracks. For this trip it would be best to have semi-slick tyres good for road and light off road use. Please be aware that you are responsible for the maintenance and support of the bike. It may be possible to hire some extra equipment as necessary for your cycle. Check with your airline about travelling with your bike, as some will charge you to take a bike on board. We would suggest that you pack your bike in a bike box or bag (usually available from your local bike shop). It’s also advisable to make sure your bike has been serviced before you travel.
Please note, if you decide to bring your own bag, that there are considerations needed for local transport. Local trains have a limited amount of space, so taking a number of bikes can be difficult. Transport from the station in Chiusi to the hotel is small, and there is limited space on board. If there is not space, transport of the bikes to the accommodation may be at your own cost
- Exclusive Cycling Experience in Chianciano Terme and the surrounding regions.
- Local Sightseeing visits (Rome, Bagno Vignoni, Montepulciano, Tuscan lakes, Pienza)
- Exclusive Wine Tasting Experience in Chianciano Terme
- Exclusive Cooking Experience in Pienza
- Self Exploration time in Rome and Chianciano Terme
- Options to visit Thermal Pools & Natural Oasis
- 6N Economy Accommodation (On Sharing Basis)
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (6 breakfasts, 2 dinners)
- Train Travel between Rome & Chianciano Terme
- Complimentary transfer from Chianciano Terme to Chiusi Station (Departure Day)
- Exclusive Tour Manager, Local Guides & Support Team Charges & Expenses
- Return Flights & Visa Charges from Home Location to Rome/Chiusi Station
- Meals unless specified in the itinerary
- Porter, guide etc tips
- Anything not mentioned under inclusions
We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack. A good size daypack is also essential. Modest clothing that covers knees and shoulders (Long pants, long skirts, shirts that cover shoulders), Shawl or scarf (for temple visits) Cycling: Biking gloves, Cycle tool kit, Cycling clothing (cycling shorts and cycling jersey), Personal cycling gear, Puncture repair kit.
PLEASE NOTE: No hard suitcases are permitted. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. All other relevant clothing and other details will be provided upon confirmation.
- The iTravel Group is a registered trademark of M/s RAV Travels LLP and all payments will be in favour of M/s RAV Travels LLP.
- Complete payments will be required towards confirmation and verbal confirmation will not be considered towards booking the seats.
- If arriving into Rome by air, the meeting point would be Hotel Stella which is based in the city. Shuttle buses run from Fiumicino airport and Ciampino Airport to Termini station in the city centre approximately every half hour. Look for the Terravision stand at the arrival terminal. Cost is €5 one way and takes approximately 1 hour. The Leonardo Express is the name of the train that will shuttle you from Rome’s main international airport, Fiumicino, to central Rome’s Termini station. A Leonardo Express train leaves every half hour in each direction. Trains to Roma Termini Station start at 6:35 in the morning with trains running at 5 and 35 minutes after the hour. The last train of the day departs at 11.35pm. The train station is open 4am to 1am and covers 35 km in around 30 minutes. Cost is 14 Euros per person. Tickets for Leonardo Express are available at rail ticket office, newspaper seller tobacconist’s, and self-service tellers, each located in the railway station atrium. Exit Termini train station via the right hand exit, if you have your back to the trains, and walk toward the sign posted Via Marsala. Cross the street into Via Marghera and then take the third street on your left, Via Varese. Coninue straight across piazza Indipendenza At the end of the piazza, the street will become Via Castelfidardo. Hotel Stella is at number 51. Taxis run fixed rates to and from airports. The rate is 40 EUR. The rate for designated Fiumicino taxi drivers is 60 EUR and are inclusive of luggage, for a maximum of four passengers.Meeting Time/Point would be would be provided upon confirmation.
- On the departure day a courtesy transfer from the hotel to Chiusi Station is provided this morning. You will arrive the station at approx 10:15am, in time to catch the: 10:59am train to Rome (arrives 13:00 in central Rome, connection arrives 13:55 in Rome Fiumicino airport) OR the 10:58am to Florence (arrives 12:48pm) OR the 10:43am to Siena (arrives 11:51am). If you wish to stay in Chianciano you are more than welcome to do so, but the transfer is only offered on Day 7.
- In Europe it is very rare to find elevators in train stations, hotels or other public places. We use public transport on this trip, which means you will need to carry your luggage from platform to platform, in and out of trains and buses etc. and also possibly up several flights of stairs. You will also need to be able to stow your luggage safely on trains and buses. It is therefore essential that you pack light and bring luggage which is compact and lightweight, and which you can easily transport. The carrying of your luggage remains your responsibility at all times.
- Laundry facilities are not available as part of the package. You may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap. There are self service laundromats in the town of Chianciano Terme.
- Italy is in the Eurozone and the unit of the currency is the Euro. Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Europe. Check with your bank. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.
- All visitors to the EU (European Union) and EEC (European Economic Community) countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa to visit the Schengen area (see below), however they may not stay longer than three months in any 6-month period. For other nationalities, travelling in Europe has been simplified with the introduction of the Schengen visa. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.
- It is customary in Europe to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected – though not compulsory – and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline 30-40 EUR per person, per day can be used.
- When packing be aware that in Italy shoulders should be covered while visiting churches and cathedrals. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and warm. Shorts should be knee-length.
- Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your Tour Leader, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
- Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $250 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence! We suggest you bring along USD50 for additional sightseeing.
- Booking confirmation is subject to availability.
- Detailed Terms & Conditions, Experience prep kits would be provided upon confirmation.