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Tuscany Bike Tour

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  • Ride, relax and savor every drop of this vintage Backroads experience 
  • Pedal our favorite Tuscan roads with ample shuttle support
  • Luxuriate at handpicked hotels that represent Tuscany's finest
  • Taste critically acclaimed regional wines
  • Discover idyllic hilltop towns brimming with medieval and Renaissance architecture

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Chianti to Montalcino, the Birthplace of Brunello

Few things in this world live up to the hype. But everything you've ever heard about Tuscany is true. It's not a destination. It's a sublime experience. Routes lined with cypress trees overlooking the patchwork vineyards below will stop you on your bike. And no view will compare to that view. Until you round the next bend and see another. It's a wonder anyone ever finishes the rides. And that's only what you'll see; imagine the wines, flavors and luxuries you'll discover.

Day 1 The quintessential Tuscan journey, offering the most scenic routes from Florence to Montalcino  Sample fresh Tuscan specialties at an agriturismo before biking serene roads past olive orchards, farmhouses and wheat fields  Pedal to medieval Greve in Chianti, where you can stroll through the narrow lanes and pretty piazza of this former market town before continuing to the splendid Castello del Nero.

Days 2-3 Ascend quiet roads into the heart of the Chianti region  Cruise the ridge to the ancient hilltop town of Radda, long the center of Chianti wine production The hidden nooks of Via delle Volte, Castellina's unique arcaded passageway, are a delight to explore  Visit Badia a Coltibuono (Abbey of the Good Harvest), where you're treated to a private tour and olive oil tasting  Wine and dine in style at San Felice's renowned restaurant.

Day 4 Visit Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a Benedictine abbey featuring some of the best preserved frescoes in Europe  Our route leads through the chalk hills of the Crete Senesi, often depicted in 14th- and 15th-century Florentine paintings  Stroll Montalcino's medieval streets in search of the perfect trattoria for dinner.

Days 5-6 The narrow streets of Montalcino, known for harboring the region's finest wines, are yours to discover  Point your wheels toward southern Tuscany, where stately cypresses crisscross open rolling hills  Taste world-famous Brunello Pedal through the undulating wheat fields and hilltop towns of the Val d'Orcia  In Pienza, marvel at extraordinary Renaissance architecture and sample splendid pecorino cheese  Visit the imposing abbey of Sant'Antimo, where monks celebrate mass with stirring Gregorian chants.

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Castello del Nero
Castello del Nero

Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (1 night) A castle steeped in Tuscan charm and situated on a hilltop overlooking rolling vineyards and olive orchards in the Colli Fiorentini. (pool, spa)

Relais Borgo San Felice
Relais Borgo San Felice

San Felice (2 nights) Described by the Hideaway Report as an "enchanting resort enclave set within a restored medieval hamlet fringed by olive groves and vineyards in the Chianti Classico region." A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa, tennis)

Castello di Velona
Castello di Velona

Castelnuovo dell'Abate (2 nights) Soak up superb hilltop views at this elegant 11th-century fortress featuring a magnificent vantage point above the Val d'Orcia. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Beyond special...the indulgence of a consistent 5-star experience in locations only experienced in the movies.
Fredric Levin - Aspen, CO
We had a spectacular trip. I made the comment to my wife after the very first day of biking that I could go home today and feel like all my expectations had been fulfilled - and that was just the first day! Thanks, Backroads, for the trip of a lifetime!
Michael Kellum - Allen, TX
We had a fabulous time - our leaders were fantastic!! We loved the fact that support was always available and that we periodically saw the other group members on the road but for much of the time it was just the two of us enjoying the scenery and the ride. We can't wait to come back and do another Backroads trip. Meals were fantastic and we totally enjoyed the flexibility to ride as much or as little as we wanted. All in all it was definitely the best vacation ever - can't wait to download my 500+ pictures - everywhere was "una bella vista."
Michelle Ross - Atlanta, GA

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 CLASSIC DATES
September 2014
October 2014
2015 CLASSIC DATES
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-5

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 19 1300
2 24* 1800 40* 2200 48 3100
3 19* 1800 29 2400 36 3100
46 3900
4 28* 1200 33* 1200 48 2700
5 22* 2000 32* 2400 45 3500 62 4400
6 14 900
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $6,698 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $6,098 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,698 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,998 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Tuscany tour experts. See our award-winning Europe Italy biking tours, Europe Italy walking and hiking tours and Europe Italy multisport tours.

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All meals included except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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