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Gusto Cycling - Tuscany Cycling Holidays

San Gimignano Chianti San Gimignano is a treasure on the hill and jewel of Tuscany, wonderful for cycling and exploring. With its thirteen outstanding medieval towers, it is clear why the town is on the UNESCO world heritage list. You will ride over clouds of sunflower fields under the Tuscan sun and along cypress lined country roads through olive groves and vineyards, which produce some of the world’s finest olive oil and wine. You shall savour the flavour of these ingredients in the outstanding local cuisine. Travel to Etruscan and Roman times, from one picturesque hilltop to the next, each with its own history and charisma. Get pinched, this is the real thing.

 

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stay in a quintessential Tuscan Estate with swimming pool and excellent traditional Tuscan restaurant.
  • Visit the natural, artistic and cultural treasures of San Gimignano and the surrounding area, on the UNESCO heritage list
  • Wonderful landscapes, wide open fields, cypress lined avenues, vineyards and olive groves
  • Incredibly well preserved medieval and renaissance villages and hilltop towns
  • Peaceful country roads, friendly Tuscans and delicious regional culinary specialties

8 day Program

Day Itinerary Daily KM
1 Arrival in San Gimignano
2 Ride to Ulignano and Certaldo(with possible extension to Barberino in Chianti) 41.9 or 67 km with extensions
3 Ride around Poggio del Comune 40.9
4 Transfer to Colle Val d’Elsa and ride to Monteriggioni, Lilliano and back to Colle Val d’Elsa for return transfer to San Gimignano (Castellina in Chianti extension 39.5 (67 km with extensions)
5 Rest day with possibility of a day trip to Siena
6 Transfer to Volterra and ride back to San Gimignano 21,9 or 35,2
7 Transfer to Casole d’Elsa and ride back to San Gimignano 29.0
8 Departure from San Gimignano

 

Day 1 Arrival in San Gimignano

Arrive at the farmhouse near San Gimignano and unwind, as this shall be your comfortable Tuscan home for the next week. Breathe in the wonderful country air and take a stroll along the classic green rolling hills, marvelling at the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity.

Accommodation Agriturismo Fattoria Voltrona www.voltrona.com or Agriturismo Fattoria San Donato www.sandonato.it or Hotel Casolare Le Terre Rosse www.hotelterrerosse.com 

Day 2 Vineyards of Ulignano, Certaldo Alto & Barberino

Today you will cycle through prestigious vineyards towards Ulignano and the charming hilltop village of Certaldo, hometown of the renowned Italian writer Boccaccio. The ascent to Certaldo is either by funicular or by a very steep climb. After visiting its ceramic-decorated main square and stunning churches, you can choose an extended ride to Barberino and Tavernelle in the Chianti Classico area, offering magnificent views.

Day 3 San Gimignano and Poggio del Comune

This day offers a lovely circle tour around the highest hill in the immediate area, Poggio del Comune. Pedal along country lanes to Castel San Gimignano where we recommend a stop at the local bar for a delicious sandwich (panino). Continue through a nature reserve of woods and cow pastures as you return to San Gimignano for a glimmering ride and a refreshing drink.

Day 4 Colle Val d’Elsa, Monteriggioni, Lilliano & Castellina in Chianti

Today you choose the ride that suits you best. Morning transfer to Colle Val d’Elsa. Cycle along the undulating hills of the Val d’ Elsa to the perfectly preserved medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni. Continue uphill, past abundant vineyards and stimulating woods, either towards Lilliano or directly up to Castellina in Chianti, where the views are spellbinding. Afternoon transfer from Colle Val d’Elsa back to the accommodation.

Day 5 Rest Day

Today, you can choose to visit the nearby cities of Siena or Florence, both easy to reach with public transportation. Famous for its “Palio” horse race, promenade the narrow streets of Siena marveling at the magnificent palaces, churches and squares. Alternatively, visit the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and experience the unforgettable Renaissance splendor of Florence.

Day 6 Volterra to San Gimignano

Transfer to the magic and mysterious Ancient Etruscan city of Volterra, where you can explore its Alabaster artisan shops, Roman Theater, superb palaces and alluring city walls. Then hop on your bike for an exhilarating downhill ride into the valley, through a patchwork of wheat fields and impressive villas, followed by a delightful ascent to return to San Gimignano.

Day 7 Casole d’Elsa and the Montagnola to San Gimignano

The romantic landscape between Castel San Gimignano and Casole d’Elsa is mostly open pasture used for sheep grazing and wheat cultivating. The essence of the Montagnola area shall captivate you with its quiet, peaceful countryside. Cross kilometers of beautiful rolling green hills and marvel at the small local churches and quintessential Tuscan farmhouses.

Day 8 Arrivederci San Gimignano

The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked a transfer to the airport or other supplementary services.

INCLUDED IN THE 8 DAYS PROGRAM

  • 7 nights on B&B basis in a wine-and oil-producing Tuscan farm house with swimming pool just 5km away from San Gimignano
  • All rooms with private en-suite bathroom
  • 1 welcome dinner at the farm (drinks excluded) on arrival day
  •  Bike delivery and pick up to and from the accommodation
  • People and bike transfer to and from Colle Val d’Elsa on Day 4
  • People and bike transfer to Volterra on Day 6
  • People and bike transfer to Casole d’Elsa on Day 7
  • 24-hour telephone assistance (simple bike repair and puncture not covered)
  • Detailed road book and maps in English

OPTIONAL SERVICES (must be booked in advance)

Trek Electric E-bikes or 21 speed hybrid bike hire, helmet, puncture repair kit, pump, lock, front bag with map holder and rear side bag Additional night/s at any of the accommodation on the way or other destinations in Italy Sightseeing tour of Florence and or Siena with a English speaking guide Cooking class in Siena or Florence Arrival and departure transfers to airports or train stations

The 5 days program includes day 1, 2, 4, and 6 of the 8 days program

5 day Day by day Program

Day Section Daily KM
1 Arrival in San Gimignano
2 Transfer to Colle Val d’Elsa and ride to Monteriggioni, Lilliano and back to Colle Val d’Elsa for return transfer to San Gimignano (with possible extension to Castellina in Chianti). 39.5 or 67 km with extensions
3 Ride to Ulignano and Certaldo (with possible extension to Barberino in Chianti) 41.9 or 67 km with extensions
4 Transfer to Volterra and ride back to San Gimignano 21,9 or 35,2 km with extensions
5 Departure from San Gimignano

 

INCLUDED IN THE 5 DAY PROGRAMME:

  • 4 nights on B&B basis in a wine-and oil-producing Tuscan farm house with swimming pool just 5km away from San Gimignano
  • All rooms with private en-suite bathroom
  • 1 welcome dinner at the farm (drinks excluded) on arrival day
  • Bike delivery and pick up to and from the accommodation
  • People and bike transfer to and from Colle Val d’Elsa on Day 2
  • People and bike transfer to Volterra on Day 4
  • 24-hour telephone assistance (simple bike repair and puncture not covered)
  • Detailed road book and maps in English

       WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN ANY OF THE 5 or 8 day PROGRAMMES:

  • Daily room cleaning service
  • Flights and public transportation
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as lunches, dinners, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc.
  •  Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the programme
  • There is a CITY TAX “tassa di soggiorno” to be paid in cash on the spot in San Gimignano (it varies depending on the city and on the hotel’s category)

OPTIONAL SERVICES (must be booked in advance)

Trek Electric E-bikes or 21 speed hybrid bike hire, helmet, puncture repair kit, pump, lock, front bag with map holder and rear side bag Additional night/s at any of the accommodation on the way or other destinations in Italy Sightseeing tour of Florence and or Siena with a English speaking guide Cooking class in Siena or Florence Arrival and departure transfers to airports or train stations Arrival and departure transfers to airports

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Group Size Minimum 1 person Trip Grade: Moderate to demanding on hilly terrain, some shade on the roads (Daily climb between 500—1000 mt.)

Getting there and away

Florence, Pisa and Bologna Airports, are served by major and low cost international flight carriers. Rome Airport is a bit farther away. There is a regular bus and train service from Florence to Poggibonsi and San Gimignano, as well as connections possible from Pisa, Bologna and Rome. For more and detailed information visit the website www.trenitalia.it

We can also arrange private transfer to and from the airport.

Activity characteristics:

The rides are along well-asphalted country lanes, secondary roads with little traffic, and 1/3 of the time on good dirt roads. Near larger towns, the roads are more trafficked. Best arrival & departure airport: Florence, Pisa and Bologna Airports Best arrival & departure stations: Florence, Pisa and Bologna station Trip availability: Any day from 18/03 to 07/11 Getting there and away Florence, Pisa and Bologna Airports, are served by major and low cost international flight carriers. Rome Airport is a bit farther away.There is a regular bus and train service from Florence to Poggibonsi and San Gimignano, as well as connections possible from Pisa, Bologna and Rome. We can also arrange private transfer to and from the airport.

Accommodation:

You stay in a family run accommodation located 5 km from San Gimignano, is a wine-and oil-producing Tuscan farmhouse. It covers an overall area of 40.00 hectares, much of which is used to grow fodder and cereals. The accommodation is simple in style but very characteristic, with great views on the hills and the valley surrounding, a good Tuscan style home-cooking restaurant and a nice swimming pool open from May to September.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: prices for this trip can be based on Fattoria Voltrona or Fattoria San Donato. Fattoria Voltrona is cheaper but there is 1,5 km of a steep descent (and ascent) to reach to road level, so clients need to be physically fit, whereas Fattoria San Donato is more expensive but it is on road level, so it is easier.

Alternative accommodation

During high season, you might sleep in different accommodation to the ones indicated in the description. In some cases it is possible that your list of accommodation differs somewhat. This means that start or end of the routes can be slightly altered. Therefore, you should check to see if your accommodation is the same as that mentioned in this programme. If not, you must be alert at the start and end of the routes. In choosing alternative accommodation, we have tried to maintain the same standards and quality. We have also tried to stay in the same towns and villages, in order to change routes as little as possible.

Activity characteristics

In this part of Italy there are no bike lanes so the routes follow mostly small secondary asphalt roads and the so-called strade bianche (sing. strada bianca), i.e. ‘white roads’. These roads, which are paved with compacted gravel, are peculiar to Tuscany. You will occasionally meet a car on them. Certain “strade bianche” can be probably asphalted in the near future: if you come across a newly asphalted stretch, please inform us so that we can change the route description at that point. We have done our best to keep to a minimum sections of road with traffic, but unavoidable there are a few short sections of primary roads where there is traffic, specially near larger towns or important intersections. Some of the routes are marked with red/white markings and you will be cycling through vineyards, fields and some forest.

Luggage transfer

There is no luggage transfer included in this trip. On arrival and departure, when you travel with public transport, you always take your luggage with you.

A note on our self guided adventures

Self guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!) Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of if as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7 day service hotline in the event of any problems. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with self guided trips; however with a methodical approach potential problems will be averted. The freedom of a self guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again.

Fitness preparation

The concept behind most of our trips is action holidays and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. This walk is graded introductory to moderate. We expect participants to take responsibility for their fitness and preparations on a consistent basis prior to departure, and INCREASE the regular weekly training schedule in the two months leading up to departure. That way, when you start walking, you will feel relaxed and comfortable and strong, having done more than sufficient preparation for the trip. You will also have more energy to enjoy the views, take photos and explore the sights in your spare time, rather than just make it to the next hotel. During the day is when the most interesting features of interest will be found, and being fit allows you to optimize every situation you encounter. As a minimum, we recommend 40 minutes of aerobic type exercise; running, swimming, biking, hill walking, or gym work two to three times a week for two to six months leading up to your walk. Note the best training is the activity that you are actually going to be doing; walking up and down hill, and cross-country. Practice this as much as possible. Training should be stepped up as you get closer to departure, to an amount you feel appropriate (you don’t want to cause yourself an injury!). Using your gear before departure (boots, daypack, clothing etc) gives familiarity and comfort whilst on the walk. It makes sense to know that all your gear ‘works for you’ BEFORE departure, rather than discovering how things work or fit (or don’t!) on the trip you have invested so much in. Use the philosophy of ‘getting fit to go walking’, rather than ‘going on a walk to get fit’, to avoid problems.

Cycling responsibility

Bicycle touring has its inherent risks. It is a sport whose safety depends upon the judgment and alertness of the cyclists. As a cyclist you are responsible for the way you ride and the condition of your bicycle. We, nor the local agent, are responsible for possible damages (physical or not) to the participants due to: physical activity during the tour, not following road regulations, alcohol consumption, breaking of means or materials, lack of medical assistance in far-off places or other not predictable circumstances.

Rental Bikes – It is also possible to do this trip with Electric bikes.

If you have rented a bike with us, you will find it waiting for you in the Hotel’s storage room, fitted to your requirements. Our adult hybrid-bikes are provided with comfortable seats, reliable components, 21 gears and Shimano Alivio components. All bikes, before being handed out are cleaned and overhauled. All bikes are equipped with a padlock and key that must be used at all times when not riding the bike, luggage pannier attachments at the rear and 1 rear side bag per bike, 1 front bag and map compartment, front and back lights, puncture repair kit, pump and spare inner tube, all of which you should know how to use. One every 2 bikes there is a KM distance counter. You are expected to know the vary basics of bike mechanics and how to mend a puncture or change a tyre. If something more serious happens to the bike that you cannot repair on the spot, call the shop and they will help you fix it or suggest the best and fastest solution. For further information please contact marco@gustocycling.com

For 5 Day Tour 2017 Prices are based on Fattoria Voltrona

 

March 23 to April 10
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 445 €/person
triple room: 365 €/person

 

April 14 – May 1
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 475 €/person
triple room: 345 €/person

 

May – June 26
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 445 €/person
triple room: 365 €/person

 

June 27 to August 27
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 475 €/person
triple room: 365 €/person

 

August 28 to October 28
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 445 €/person
triple room: 365 €/person

 

For 5 Day Tour 2017 Prices are based on Fattoria San Donato

 

March 1 – April 11
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 510 €/person
triple room: 399 €/person

 

April 12 – September 30
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 565 €/person
triple room: 425 €/person

 

October 1- 31
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 520 €/person
triple room: 425 €/person

 

For 8 Day Tour 2017 Prices are based on Fattoria Voltrona

 

March 23 – April 7 
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 640 €/person
triple room: 590 €/person

 

 April 8 – May 1
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 695 €/person
triple room: 515 €/person
May 2 – June 23 
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 640 €/person
triple room: 590 €/person

 

June 24 – August 27 
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 678 €/person
triple room: 590 €/person

 

August 28 – October 25 
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 640 €/person
triple room: 590 €/person

Single Room – 1087 €
 

For 8 Day Tour 2017 Prices are based on Fattoria San Donato

 

March 1 – April 8
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 715 €/person
triple room: 655 €/person

 

April 9 – September 30
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 785 €/person
triple room: 570 €/person

 

October 1 – 31 
Room Required Price
Twin/Double: 715 €/person
triple room: 675 €/person

Bike – 225 €
 

For 5 day – Other prices

  • Hybrid bike rental (3 days). 89€
  • Bike helmet: 10€/person

 

For 8 day Other prices

  • Hybrid bike rental (6 days). 125€
  • Bike helmet: 10€/person
  • Extra day rental is 25 euros

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