Tuscany Family Biking
- Iconic hill towns of Montepulciano and Radda in Chianti
- Family-friendly routes past cypress trees, vineyards, grazing sheep and stone farmhouses
- Tour a medieval abbey, now a private estate producing its own olive oil and honey
- Savor classic Tuscan indulgences, including pasta and gelato
- A night of pizza- and cookie-making for the kids, and wine tasting and feasting for the adults
Pedaling & Pizza from Cortona to Chianti
Is this the trip? The one where your kid develops an eye for Etruscan figurative art? Or learns the key features of Quattrocento Renaissance architecture? Maybe not. But it doesn't take a genius to know that Tuscany scores top marks for family fun. Enjoy miles of smiles on kid-approved routes. Discover ancient hill towns and climb a medieval tower (fueled by gelato, of course!). Chianti tasting for the adults. Hands-on pizza making for the youngsters. Enjoy your perfect family adventure in Tuscany.
Day 1 Family-friendly routes past cypress trees, vineyards, grazing sheep and stone farmhouses Break for a gourmet picnic at an agriturismo (country retreat and working farm) Warm-up your legs with a spin through picturesque countryside and quaint towns.
Day 2 Discover iconic hill towns brimming with history Bike to Tempio di San Biagio, designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder While adults tackle the Montepulciano Loop, kids take to the treetops at the hotel's own high ropes course.
Day 3 Pedal through the charming ancient town of Cortona, known for its wealth of Etruscan and Roman ruins Kids enjoy a variety of activities at Lake Trasimeno, a popular spot for local and tourists alike Visit the 19th-century theater Teatro Signorelli and explore more of charming Cortona on your own.
Day 4 Adults taste notable regional wines and dine at a trattoria, while youngsters put together a well-rounded meal - pizza and cookies! Bike through rolling pastureland, wheat fields and grapevines to Radda in Chianti, where classical Medici villas and castle ruins pepper the landscape.
Days 5-6 Visit Badia a Coltibuono (or "Abbey of the Good Harvest"), a private estate producing its own olive oil and honey Wonderful vistas abound during a ride through the heart of Chianti Explore Gaiole in Chianti, a historically important trading post, before hitting the shops and gelaterie of Castellina, an ancient village with a unique arcaded passageway.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
One of the best trips we ever had as a family. The kids would have been miserable sightseeing countless museums and churches. What a fabulous way to really experience Italy and the culture while being with a fun social group. My teenagers truly enjoyed having the other kids their age on the trip. We all had a wonderful time. It was great blend of exercise, sightseeing, and cultural experiences. LOVED IT!!!! We had three amazing leaders. All wonderful!!! There will definitely be more Backroads trips in our future!!- Greensboro, NC
Biking Tuscany was a great experience for my family. Our leaders were excellent and catered to our every need. Their knowledge of the region was excellent and they were a constant source of information. In addition, the chemistry between them was very energetic. The choice of lodging and cuisine was superb and offered a great sampling of the area. Thank you, Backroads. We will definitely return.- Bethesda, MD
This trip ranks as one of my favorite all-time vacations. The setting in Tuscany is breathtakingly beautiful. This trip was everything I imagined and more! I especially enjoyed meeting the other families. There was also a very nice mix of kids. The Trip Leaders were exceptional - very personable and took a very special interest in the group. All of them were very good with kids. They provided excellent van support. By the end of the trip, the leaders and the entire group had really bonded. It was really hard to leave such a nice group of people.- Houston, TX
Borgo Tre Rose
Valiano (2 nights) Originally a 12th-century residence, this hotel is depicted in a Leonardo da Vinci painting. (pool, tennis)
Relais Villa Baldelli
Cortona (1 night) Once a country villa, this hotel offers spectacular views of Cortona's medieval skyline. (pool)
Relais Fattoria Valle
Panzano (2 nights) Situated just outside the village of Panzano, this former private residence overlooks vineyards and the surrounding valley. (pool)
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 any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. 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
|2 - 3 guests $5,798 pp dbl. occ.||8 - 9 guests $4,298 pp dbl. occ.|
|4 - 5 guests $4,998 pp dbl. occ.||10 - 11 guests $3,698 pp dbl. occ.|
|6 - 7 guests $4,498 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests $3,398 pp dbl. occ.|
Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.
This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4
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.
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|Kids: High Ropes Course & Rock Climbing Activity|
|Kids: Activities at Lake Trasimeno|
|Kids: Pizza & Biscotti Making|
On this Family Trip, liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own.
* Includes a shuttle