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A Taste of Tuscany Cycling

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $2199per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every Saturday from 15 May to 23 Oct 2021 and from 2 Apr to 22 Oct 2022
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in a hotel
  • All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals
  • Management by local hotelier
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Standard transfers to/from your hotel (if booking inclusive flights)
  • Wine, olive oil and local produce tasting
  • 1 thermal spa entrance
  • 1 cookery class
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Electric bikes available
  • City-break add-on in Rome
  • Single occupancy
  • Travel options and Transfers
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, wine lovers, flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, lake & river routes
      from 11 reviews

Mr Perryer says...
We had an amazing week with Stefano and his family and team. The equipment was excellent and the cycling amazing, pretty challenging, but we got to see ...
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Italy: Tuscany

A Taste of Tuscany Cycling

  • Fabulous local insight into traditional Tuscan life: the food, the wine, the culture
  • Exhilarating cycling across the UNESCO Val d'Orcia
  • Delicious classic, home cooked Tuscan cuisine and cookery class
  • Visit the wine and cheese towns of Montepulciano and Pienza
  • Warm and welcoming agriturismo with a passionate owner - the best of Italian hospitality

This is not just a cycling holiday it is an immersion into local Tuscan life, from a cookery class to hot thermal spa baths and the chance to taste local wines and olive oils. Sample the Vino Nobile of Montepulciano, rich Pecorino cheese in Pienza or take a bath in Roman Bagno Vignoni.


Please note that due to the terrain of 50% gravel, mountain bikes are provided on this holiday.



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If you have any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day-by-day itinerary

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We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive in Chianciano Terme

Arrive at the family run Agriturismo La Pietriccia. Enjoy a stroll in the old town before your evening briefing and the first of many home cooked dinners.
Evening meal included

Day 2: The Lakes Circuit 41km/26mi

Start the week with mountain views and forest tracks as you head to the small town of Montallese and on to Lake Chiusi. After a lunch-break take the long distance path of Sentiero della Bonifica to the Lake of Montepulciano, a nature reserve ideal for bird-watching, before heading back to the agristurismo in time for dinner.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 3: Radicofani 34km/21mi

You will be transferred to Radicofani, the highest point in the Val d'Orca, for incredible views. From here cycle to Contignano, famous for its pecorino cheese and a perfect spot for lunch before a downhill stretch through the forest and past the beautiful private gardens of La Foce. The back to the agristurismo in time for wine and local produce tasting in the old town before dinner.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 4: Sarteano Loop 39km/24mi

Descend along country tracks passing a truffle-growing area before crossing the Astrone stream. Cycle through beautiful valleys to the medieval town of Sarteano before carrying on to Cetona, then climb to Mondo X where you can find one of the best restaurants in Italy, La Frateria - a beautiful convent started by St Francis in 1212. Head back to your hotel in time for your dinner.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 5: Afternoon Cookery Course

Spend the day relaxing or walk into Chianciano Vecchia to see the Etruscan Museum of Chianciano Terme. On your way back to the hotel you could use your thermal spa voucher and relax in the healing waters. In the afternoon begin your cookery class where you will learn classic Italian techniques and eat the meal you prepare for dinner.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 6: Montepulciano Circle 36km/22mi

Cycle through acres of vineyards on your way to Montepulciano and stop to take in views of the famous Mount Amiata. Explore Montepulciano's winding medieval streets before cycling back to Chianciano.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 7: Pienza and Bagno Vignoni 35km/22mi

After a short transfer to Pienza take time to explore the town - it is one of the cheese capitals of Italy - and its beautiful medieval historic centre. Perhaps pick up a sandwich filled with porchetta or a slab of rich and creamy Pecorino. The ride takes you downhill to cross one of the stunning plains of the Val d'Orcia, and a short detour takes you to Roman Bagno Vignoni with its roman baths and sulphur springs. Follow a long straight Roman road then cross the valley and climb up and down into Chianciano.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 8: Leave Chianciano Terme

Leave Chianciano Terme.
Breakfast included

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your 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


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Agriturismo la Pietriccia, Chianciano Terme

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The Agriturismo La Pietriccia is a wonderful place sitting across a small valley from the old town of Chianciano, rewarding you with wonderful views. The large rooms have a simple, rustic decor and some offer balconies or terraces. You will be given a warm welcome by the owner Stefano, who is extremely passionate about the produce of the local area and the nature.
The agriturismo has a lovely pool and terrace; there is also a small shady garden area where in warm summer weather, you can relax reading a book. The food prepared by Stefano and his brother Simone is cooked using 65% of the produce grown or reared on site or by one of the local producers offering traditional Tuscan cuisine at its best.

Travel

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Chiusi train station at 14:49, and back to Chiusi train station at 10:15.

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Perryer, 25/10/2020

We had an amazing week with Stefano and his family and team. The equipment was excellent and the cycling amazing, pretty challenging, but we got to see the beautiful countryside and villages of the region. The food at La Pietriccia was outstanding. Despite the Covid restrictions Stefano did everything he could to help us keep our plans flexible so that we could complete all the routes. We would certainly recommend this holiday for people like us, who like their cycling, wine and food in equal measures.

Headwater response:
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are all delighted that you had an amazing holiday and we hope we can welcome you on another trip with us again soon.
Headwater Customer Services Team


Mr Suddes, 09/10/2019

Excellent centre for exploring rural Tuscany that was off the usual tourist trail.


Mr Polge, 03/10/2019

Headwater holidays definitely seem to include the eating experience as very important. They are well put together and well located.


Mr Powell, 27/09/2019

A great taste of Tuscany - scenery, food and wine were all lovely! Stefano was very helpful, ensuring that the holiday would cater for each individual's needs. The fact that about 50% of the recommended routes were on gravel tracks (varying from flat, easy to ride sections, to quite steep and slightly more challenging sections) made the provision of mountain bikes most welcome.


Ms Dean, 18/09/2019

Great trip, cycling is relatively challenging due to steep Tuscany hills and gravel roads but the scenery more than makes up for it! The food and welcome is fantastic, if you have the opportunity do the cookery course. Stefano is both educational and passionate.

Thoroughly enjoyed my stay


Mrs Michael, 11/09/2019

Great holiday if you like mountain bikes and fairly rough terrain. Beautiful countryside and friendly people, wonderful Agriturismo accommodation.


Mr Baston, 11/09/2019

The location is perfect for quiet (often off road) cycling. Roads and gravel tracks gave access to a variety of stunning scenery. There was plenty of opportunity to experience the culture, local food and drink.

Our base for the week, Agriturismo ‘La Pietriccia’, a small family-run farm, was idyllic and the hosts very friendly, welcoming and entertaining!

Excellent mountains bikes were provided and were ideal for the hilly, gravelly terrain. We greatly enjoyed pedal cycling but the option of e-bikes would be a very good alternative for those less confident or fit. The routes gave a splendid variety and were never repetitive. It was a fabulous week.


Mr Garraway, 03/07/2019

Excellent organisation. Extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended!


Mrs Sergeant, 03/10/2018

This was a wonderful holiday in all respects. We loved the family atmosphere at La Pietriccia, everyone was very friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. Stefano is passionate about the food he serves and was very happy to share his knowledge and expertise. He also helped us to amend the cycling routes to avoid some of the more difficult terrain, which was greatly appreciated. We expected hills but steep gravel tracks were challenging until we swapped to electric bikes for the last two days and it was a completely different experience. We would wholeheartedly recommend this holiday.


Mrs Stanley, 26/09/2018



We had a wonderful holiday. Tuscany is beautiful and La Pietriccia a little gem. Stefano (the owner) runs a highly efficient setup with his helpful and friendly staff. He is one of those rare men who can multi-task (!) whether it’s reorganizing our cycle routes, finding new routes for others, briefing groups, getting bicycles mended, cooking and so on and all with a smile and quick wit. We were impressed that groups were given GPS locators in case they got lost and so clearly a lot of thought had gone into making the best experience for guests. I would thoroughly recommend this holiday.


Mrs Kenn, 12/09/2018

This was a really good holiday, the cycling was challenging in the heat so we would recommend early morning starts or later in the day cycling! Stefano the agritourismo owner could not have been more helpful and informative, the hotel was charming and all the staff very good and helpful. The food was really excellent and we would definitely recommend taking up the option of the wine and food event in the local town. Have already recommended this holiday to friends.



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.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in a hotel

All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals

Management by local hotelier

GPS route directions and maps

RideWithGPS navigation app

High quality bikes

Standard transfers to/from your hotel (if booking inclusive flights)

Wine, olive oil and local produce tasting

1 thermal spa entrance

1 cookery class


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 locally by hotelier.

Departures
Every Saturday from 15th May 2021 to 22nd Oct 2022, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £110 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tailor-made travel

Tour only

Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Chiusi train station at 14:49, and back to Chiusi train station at 10:15.

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).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

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