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Self-Guided cycling in Tuscany: Pisa to Florence

Self-Guided cycling in Tuscany: Pisa to Florence

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • From $1365per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2019  
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 30 Mar '19 to 12 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by our sister company, Exodus
  • Route directions and maps
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route notes and maps
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Excellent choice for
  • Art & history, solo travellers, couples
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Italy: Tuscany

Self-Guided cycling in Tuscany: Pisa to Florence

  • Visit the famous cities of Pisa and Florence
  • Relax in one of the most famous thermal cities of Europe
  • Gentle cycling through idyllic Tuscan countryside
  • See da Vinci's birthplace and sample some of Italy's finest cuisine
  • 5 days cycling (including 1 optional ride) with luggage transfers
  • 88% tarmac, 12% unpaved
  • Mainly flat roads with some undulation
  • Option to take the train to make the route shorter on days 3, 5 and 7

Cycle from the iconic leaning tower of Pisa to the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, passing through beautiful Tuscan landscape that inspired artists and composers such as Leonardo da Vinci and Puccini. The gentle cycling is mainly along riverside paths and quiet roads, and there are the opportunities to lengthen the rides, or take the train at some stages to spend extra time at your destinations. Enjoy a free day in the romantic city of Florence and take some time to visit the sights in one of the world's most stunning cities.

Weather

Italy has a good all year round climate, with plenty of sunshine and warm/hot temperatures. The summer departures ought to have daily hot sunshine and temperatures can reach the mid to high 30 degrees Celcius. The earlier and later departures are likely to be cooler with a slightly higher chance of rain. In late summer there is the possibility of heavy thunderstorms (generally in the afternoons), but these are usually short-lived. Please be aware that the hot weather in the summer can make the cycling a little harder.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrive Pisa

Make your own way to Pisa. This UNESCO World Heritage city is known all over the world for the iconic leaning tower but offers a whole host of other monuments, museums and galleries to discover. If you have time be sure to take in a walking tour of the city, and enjoy an aperitivo in one of the city's lively bars.

Day 2: To Lucca 30km/19mi

Easy cycling as you pedal northwards along the River Serchio. For those who would like to extend their route, it is possible to cycle to Massaciuccoli Lake before reaching the well-preserved Renaissance town of Lucca. The town is well known for its high quality olive oil produced in the region, and there are plenty of places in which you can choose to sample some of the delicious rustic cuisine. N.B the longer distance available today is 45km / 28 miles

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3: To Montecatini Terme 45km/28mi

Cycling along a panoramic road you reach the small village of Collodi and the town of Pescia. In Collodi, where the author of Pinocchio spent his childhood, you can visit the famous Pinocchio's Park (created in 1962) and the aristocratic Villa Garzoni. In Pescia there is time to enjoy a stroll around the town, discovering churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the local flower street market.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4: Free day

Free day in which you can relax in one of the most famous thermal cities in Europe; taking the cable-railway to the top of the hill and strolling along the narrow lanes of the old city. Alternatively cycle a picturesque itinerary (approx. 60km) through beautiful countryside, discovering olive groves, vineyards and historical farms. Highlights of this route include the villas of the Medici family, and Vinci which is Leonardo da Vinci's birthplace and has a museum dedicated to the artist.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5: To Florence 50km/31mi

You have two choices today; either cycle directly from Montecatini, or take a short train transfer to Pistoia, a city rich in Romanesque and Renaissance monuments and with one of the most evocative squares in Italy: Piazza del Duomo. From here get back on the saddle, through the Tuscan flatland to reach Florence, where some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world are housed in the city's museums, palaces and churches.

N.B the longer distance available today is 65km / 40 miles

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6: Free day

Enjoy a free day in Florence. Meander down enchanting streets, marvel at the cathedral or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte for a spectacular view. The historical city centre is surprisingly small, but incredibly rich in detail, architecture and monuments, so you will be spoiled for choice!

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7: To Pisa 65km/40mi

Today you can choose to either pedal directly from Florence to Empoli and take a train on to Pisa, or take a train from Florence to Empoli and ride to Pisa along the river Arno. Arrive in Pisa with time to enjoy this lively, friendly city.

N.B the longer distance available today is 40km / 25 miles

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8: Leave Pisa

Departure after breakfast.

Meals included: breakfast

Cycling conditions

This is a self-guided cycling trip for those who like to cycle independently, but with back up to take out the hard work and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)

Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more important information on classification and grading.

Av. daily ride: 48km (30 miles).

No. of days cycling: 5 (including 1 optional day)

Terrain & route

The suggested cycling is along quiet, tarmac roads (mainly traffic-free). There are some hilly parts but they do not require any athletic skills.

Vehicle Support

Bags are transported from one hotel to the next by van. On days 3, 5 and 7 it is possible to take the train to make the route shorter.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. Where possible we stick to cycle tracks and quiet roads to make the journeys as pleasant as possible, however, on occasion we have to use busier routes.

For most days on this trip we have offered the shortest riding distance in these trip notes, but it is often possible to extend this further and the directions will be included in your route notes so you can make a decision on the day.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain an emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Families

Self-guided cycling holidays are a perfect option for families as they offer the freedom for you to take your holiday at your own pace. You can stop as and when you want and need, at the cafes and restaurants that suit your family and the sites that interest you. As a guide we have suggested that 12 yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you. The daily distances are all published in the trip notes along with a description of each days cycling so you have a good idea of what to expect. However, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. The principle idea is that these holidays can be as flexible as you like, with logistical support but no group or leader to dictate the daily activities.

Passport

Italy


All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information offered below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Italy


No visa required for British passport holders. Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times. Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Italy


There are no specific health risks. Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad. The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary. For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Hotels , Pisa to Florence

We use a cosy 2-star hotel in Lucca; other nights are spent in 3 and 4-star hotels, all en suite. The hotels are chosen for their excellent facilities and proximity to the relevant local sites. All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning. Please specify whether you would prefer a double or twin room when booking.

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts are included. However, please note that the typical Italian breakfast is light, and often consists of a cup of coffee and a cream-filled or jam-filled croissant. It is always advisable to visit a local shop or supermarket before riding to pick up water and snacks for the day. Suggestions of what to do for lunch and dinner are given in the information material provided. Tuscan food is based around the notion of cucina povera, or 'poor cooking'. Simple, inexpensive meals are made using fresh, high-quality, local ingredients to bring out the natural flavours. Dishes are traditionally hearty and you will find mouth-watering soups and stews made with beans and local meats appearing on all menus, paired with a glass of the local Chianti of course! Tuscany is famous for its truffles, mushrooms and homegrown olive oil, and you will also find a variety of delicious breads as an accompaniment to most meals. It is impossible to offer an exhaustive list of suggestions for 'must-try' dishes, but here are a few recommendations: Panzanella - a cold bread salad made using the simple ingredients of unsalted bread, tomatoes, red onions, basil, olive oil, vinegar and salt Lardo di Colonnata - cured meat generally served as a starter Cacciucco - fish stew, or soup Lampredotto - a stew using the fourth stomach of a cow, cooked in a broth and often found served as street food Castagnaccio - a traditional cake made with chestnut flour Wine lovers will be spoilt for choice, and each town generally has its own wine, so if the choice becomes overwhelming, it is simple enough to go for the vino della casa (house wine) which will likely be a delicious Tuscan table wine.

Travel

Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels

All breakfasts

Management by our sister company, Exodus

Route directions and maps

High quality bikes

Luggage transfers between hotels

Route notes and maps


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed by our sister company, Exodus.

Departures
Selected Saturdays from 30th Mar 2019 to 12th Oct 2019, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

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