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Tuscany: Florence to Lucca Ride

Tuscany: Florence to Lucca Ride (XO-MET)

Tuscany: Florence to Lucca Ride (XO-MET)

Country Visited: Italy
Days Price from Style
8 £ 879 (₹82,406) Value Guided
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Experience

Some of the best road cycling in Tuscany can be found in the north of the region. Starting our tour in the Renaissance city of Florence, during the week we get off the beaten track and head towards the mountainous terrain of the Garfagnana region before returning to the rolling hills around Lucca. On this trip we discover the iconic city of Pisa, ride through quiet mediaeval villages and the glorious landscape that connects them and savour a huge range of delicious food and wine. 

Inclusions

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Local bike hire

Itinerary

Day 1
Start Florence. Open or Close

Fly to Pisa and transfer to the beautiful city of Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance with an enormous wealth of historical sites, museums, galleries, churches and architectural delights. Depending on the group arrival time, there might be some time to take a quick walk around the historic centre before dinner. If you would like more time to visit this splendid Italian gem, we recommend booking some pre-tour accommodation, which we can organise for you prior departure. *Standard Hotel*

Day 2
Ride up to take in the views over Florence before heading out to mediaeval Vinci. Open or Close

Today’s introductory ride takes us to the beautiful authentic town of Vinci, birthplace and home to the famous Reinassance polymath Leonardo, who was born here in 1452. During the ride we pass a number of ancient mediaeval villages including San Casciano and Lucignano, often ranked amongst the most beautiful towns in Italy. Sections of today's route follow the typical Tuscan landscape, along avenues lined by classic cypress trees, prevalent in this area, as well as vineyards and olive groves. In Vinci, if we get there early enough, there will be the opportunity to visit the famous Leonardo Museum, which houses reconstructed models of a lot of Leonardo's inventions. Overnight in Vinci.

Day 3
Cycle through classic Tuscan villages en route to the thermal spa town of Montecatini Terme. Open or Close

In the morning we set off on a pleasant ride taking some beautiful Tuscan villages en route to the thermal spa town of Montecatini Terme. Our route from Vinci heads south first, passing the village of San Miniato perched on a hillside overlooking the lower Arno Valley. We then head north, pedalling through pretty Fucecchio and San Donato and through the hills all the way to Montecatini Terme, where we stay overnight. Time permitting, there is the option to visit one of the many thermal spas that are located throughout the town.

Day 4
Challenging climbs take us into the mountains en route to the amazing hilltop city of Barga; continue riding to the pretty market town of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Open or Close

Today we head into the higher mountains with some challenging climbing including the 735m Foce del Trebbio. The day starts gently, heading along the side of the valley to the mediaeval hill town of Collodi. From here we commence the climb up to the Foce del Trebbio, which becomes steeper the more we advance. Once we've recovered we head downhill on a hairpinned descent to the thermal spa town of Bagni di Lucca where we will have lunch. After lunch we will head north into the Garfagnana area. In the late afternoon there is a short sharp climb up to the hilltop city of Barga with its beautiful cathedral and stunning views across the Serchio Valley towards the Alpi Apuane mountains. From here we descend gently to the valley base and then ride northwards, following the Serchio river valley to the market town of Castlenuovo di Garfagnana, our base for the next two nights.

Day 5
Circular ride in the glorious Alpi Apuane mountains or optional walks on the Ligurian Cinque Terre coastline. Open or Close

Today's challenging circular ride takes us into the Alpi Apuane mountains, following twisting mountain roads and a dramatic rugged landscape. Those preferring to take a day off the saddle have the option to travel to the famous Ligurian Cinque Terre coastline for some sightseeing and relaxation or alternatively a more active day of walking. Overnight in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana.

Day 6
Ride south through the mountains to pretty Lucca, via the iconic Devil’s Bridge. Open or Close

Today's destination is the southern city of Lucca. En route we will pedal through the iconic Devil's bridge, a remarkable example of medieval engineering, built in a vital river crossing on the Via Francigena, an early medieval road to Rome and important medieval pilgrimage route. Once in Lucca, there will be some time to explore the well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling its historic city centre and its cobblestone streets. The broad, tree-lined pathways along the tops of these massive 16th and 17th Century ramparts are popular for strolling and cycling. Overnight in Lucca.

Day 7
Enjoy one last circular ride on the banks of the Serchio river, taking in Pisa. Open or Close

Our final circular ride follows the banks of the Serchio River, taking in the world-famous city of Pisa. Time permitting, here you will have a chance to explore and take an optional climb to the top of the world famous tower. In the afternoon we ride back to Lucca tackling the rolling hills of Pieve di Compito and Villa. Overnight in Lucca.  * *

Day 8
End Lucca. Open or Close

The trip ends in Lucca in the morning of day 8.

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Exclusions

  • The exact inclusions on your trip are detailed on every trip page.
  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Booking Conditions

This trip is operated by an Active Holiday Company partner and their Terms & Conditions apply. To know the detailed terms and conditions please contact us on info@activeholidaycompany.com. For registration a non-refundable deposit of US$250 per person (and more in some cases including Polar vacations) is required to book the trip. Full payment for this trip must be made 56 days before departure. For receiving your travel documents full payment must be made as per the deadlines stated.

Cancellation and amendment fees apply as follows-

  • 56 days or more prior to departure - the Booking Deposit
  • Between 30 and 55 days prior to departure - Booking Deposit or 50% of the total booking cost; whichever is greater
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure - 100% of the tour price

Group travel is subject to minimum participants. Trip may cancel up to 30 days or more before date of trip with liability limited only up to the cost of the trip. All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking. The Active Holiday Company and supplier terms and conditions apply.

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Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Price
22nd SEP, 2018 29th SEP, 2018 GBP £ 879
 
  • * Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • * For Single Supplement cost, please contact us at info@activeholidaycompany.com
  • * Prices are subject to change on account of currency fluctuation and they are not secure unless your deposit has been paid.

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