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IT104

Italy / Tuscany

The heroes' hills

An unforgettable tour that takes in the Tuscan countryside and its most beautiful cities. Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and small historical towns like Montalcino, Pienza, Volterra and Vinci. Wonderful ascents up to Monte Serra and on the Apuan Alps and a memorable stage along the Eroica race route, the classic unmade road that leads to Siena.
  • Day by Day

    1. Pisa
    Cyclists make their own way to Pisa.

    2. Pisa – Lucca (70 km, + 960 m, 4 h)
    You leave Pisa, heading for San Giuliano Terme, cycle around Monte Serra and tackle the ascent up the Buti side, the historic testing bench for professional cyclists such as Bartoli, Ulrich and Contador. The road climbs evenly and there is a unique view from the top: the Tyrrhenian Sea with the islands of Elba and Giglio. You then follow a slightly winding route towards Lake Massaciuccoli, ending this stage in wonderful Lucca.
    Ferri says:
    the view from the top is amazing and while pedalling up the Buti side you come across a whole load of cyclists with one eye on their stopwatch. Enjoy this legendary ascent and challenge the great names, remembering however that today is only your first day. Make frequent use of gear ratio 34–26.

    3. Lucca – Apuan Alps – Lucca (130 km, + 1,300 m, 6 h)
    You leave Lucca for Camaiore, climbing gently to reach Massa Carrara. An ascent takes you into the heart of the Apuan Alps, a new peak of white rock offering a spectacular view over the Tyrrhenian Sea. You yhen cycle down, crossing the valley which then takes you back to Lucca.
    - Variant (70 km) via Viareggio and Forte dei Marmi.
    Ferri says:
    the stage that goes up to the Apuan Alps is wonderful, with fabulous scenery as you rise; take care in the tunnels and in the rain, as the road becomes very slippery. The valley that takes you from Castelnuovo Garfagnana to Lucca is quick, but a bit busy towards the end. The short route, on the other hand, is very pleasant if you love the sea and... the good life!

    4. Lucca – Florence (100 km, + 610 m, 4 h)
    From Lucca the road seesaws up and down until a long descent takes you down to Vinci, Leonardo’s birthplace, where you can visit the museum dedicated to this genius. Afterwards you tackle the Vittolini ascent that takes you to Florence.
    Ferri says:
    this is a very pleasant route, the ascents are pretty easy and it’s worth forgetting times and enjoying a slice of history (must visit is Vinci and the home of Leonardo). This evening, Florentine steak for dinner with a glass of good Chianti: tomorrow you’ll need your legs!

    5. Florence – Siena, along the Eroica (90 km, + 1000 m, 4 h)
    Leaving Florence along the River Arno, we pedal towards Greve and Radda in Chianti; these are broad, tarmacced roads, graced by the iconic hills and vineyards of Chianti. The climbs are gentle (5% at most) and culminate with the spectacular Strade Bianche ("White Gravel Roads") – a throwback to the heroic cycling feats of Binda, Gagliardoni and the young Bartali. Arrive in Siena's Piazza del Campo and enjoy a deserved glass of quality wine – just like the champions did in their day.
    Ferri says:
    after Greve there's a 3 km climb followed by a descent. 1 km or so ahead, make sure you savour the views to your right, a photographer's dream. Picturesque Radda in Chianti offers some good cycling shops. The roads of the Eroica welcome you home at the end of the stage: tranquillity, absence of traffic and the illusion that you are pedalling in the 1930s are all emotions you will cherish for a long time.

    6. Siena – Montalcino – Pienza – Siena (120 km, + 1,200 m, 5 h)
    A route that follows the Cassia road south to the wonderful town of Montalcino. After about 40 km, the ascent that takes you up to the town is intimidating, but it opens up into the most fabulous panorama and once at the top your reward is a glass of good wine, bread and salami. The rest will get you ready to tackle the next uphill-downhill stretch that takes you to Pienza and then back to Siena. Variant (70 km).
    Ferri says:
    my favourite stage: here we combine (pleasant) effort with unique views, great wines and local culinary specialities. Stopping to eat in Montal- cino or Pienza is almost obligatory!

    7. Siena – Pisa (113 km, + 770 m, 4.30 h)
    Along the provincial road you come to Colle Val d’Elsa and then head towards San Gimignano, the marvellous city dominated by its fourteen medieval towers. The stage continues along secondary roads, bringing you to back to Pisa, where the round trip and your holiday finally come to an end. Possibility to add an extra night in Pisa on request.
    Ferri says:
    a demanding route, uphill to the 60 km mark, then much easier until Pisa. This is the last stage, very beautiful and peaceful, excellent for making memories of Tuscany.

    8. Pisa
    Departure after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday. Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 623 km

     

    This is a demanding tour because of the sloping landscape of Tuscany. There are some long and difficult ascents. However, it is easy to shorten the stage or to find different easier ways to the next hotel. 

     

     

  • How to get there

    Pisa is connected with the following airports:
    Pisa: 2 km, Florenz: 90 km.

     

    TRAINS
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites. The hotels of this tour are 3/4* hotels (sometimes a cosy 2* hotel in Lucca).

     

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

     

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

     

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero collaborates with numerous hire firms and different bike brands. For this tour you can choose between:

     

    standard roadbike with aluminum frame and carbon fork;

    high-end roadbike with top range carbon frame;

     

    Due to the lack of rear rack these bikes do not have panniers. We suggest you to bring a small backpack.

     

    We remind you that you are responsible for the rental bikes and its accessories during the whole tour. Bicycles must be always locked and possibly secured to a pole, even for short periods.

     

    The rented bike is provided with:

    • 1 bottle cage
    • 1 combination lock
    • reparation kit (2 inner tubes, pump, tire levers)

     

    We remind you to bring your own pedals (and wrench to fix them).

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

     

    • final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    • hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival
    • Travel Guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour
    • GPS tracks and maps of the itinerary

     

  • By your side

    Only if you have booked a rental bike, you will meet our representative in Pisa who will deliver you the bike and will be at your disposal for any questions you may have.

     

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be agreed in advance.

     

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:

    • office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    • emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details

 

from 780 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, 2/3/4* hotels

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SA from 7.04 to 6.10.2018

Special departures dates for at least 5 people

 

Seasons

Season 1: 7.04 - 4.05 and 23.09 - 6.10.2018

Season 2: 5.05 - 22.09.2018

 

Price per person

780 € in double room, 2/3/4* hotels

 

Included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Travel Guide, Maps
  • Luggage transportation
  • GPS tracks for the stages (device not provided)  
  • Hotline service

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
  • GPS device
  • Everything not mentioned in the section "Included"

Supplements

220 € single room

80 € Season 2

230 € high-end road bike

150 € standard road bike with carbon fork 

15 € helmet

 

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:

60/90 € in Pisa

 

Reductions

100 € 3rd person in room

 

Good to know

If you booked a rental bike, please remember to bring your own pedals and GPS device.

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