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Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun (CEB40)

Country Visited: Italy
Days Grading Style Activities Price from
  • Cycling
  • Local & Cultural
1099 (₹90,151) Value


Get a glimpse of the best of Italy and spend 5 days in Tuscany on a bicycle. This trip starts from the historic capital of Rome, from where you move to the Tuscan region exploring its little-known secrets one by one. Cycling at your own pace, you can ever so often stop to enjoy scrumptious Italian meals at cafes or to just enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the rolling hills and vineyards. From the walled city of Lucca to the lovely town of Vinci and finally the grand finale at Florence, this trip with moderate daily cycling distances is a treat for anyone who wants to explore differently. Not to mention, going with a small group just makes it all the more interesting and fun! 

Minimum Age: 14


  •  Get on a bicycle to explore picture postcard towns of Tuscany - Pisa, Lucca, Vinci and the spa town of Montecatini. It's time for that cheesy photo op at the Leaning Tower of Pisa and live inside the walled heritage city of Lucca.
  • Treat yourself to a spa treatment in the Thermal Springs of Montecatini and enjoy the sweet life!
  • A feast for your all your senses, especially for your taste buds - this trip is a terrific opportunity to enjoy local Tuscan food and wine
  • Explore two of Italy's most iconic and historic cities - Rome & Florence. Enjoy a guided tour of the Colosseum & the Roman Forum in Rome
  • Ride easy distances at your pace as you take the back-roads, passing quaint villages - you are the boss when it comes to planning your time on this trip - start when you like, stop when you like and cycle when you want to!
  • Stay at locally owned B&Bs where everything about them is as Italian as can be!


Day 1
Arrive in Rome Open or Close

Upon arrival in Rome, you spend the rest of your day at leisure to explore as you please. The arrival transfer is by own arrangement but our detailed travel documents will make it simple for you to find your way to your centrally located boutique hotel. Rome has a lot to offer and you would definitely want to spend your evening exploring.
Meals: None

Day 2
Rome, Walking Tour Open or Close

After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour of Rome that includes a visit to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Stroll through the treasures of the Capitoline Hill, where Augustus, Rome's first emperor, was born. Your evening is free and you may want to head over to the Vatican to admire the Sistine Chapel on your own. Many parts of Rome have lovely squares and often just sitting by and watching life pass by you is an experience in itself.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3
Rome - Pisa Open or Close

After breakfast, check out from the hotel to reach the main rail terminal in time to take your train to Pisa. After your arrival in Pisa, head to the hotel. If your rooms are not ready you can leave your luggage and go over to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In the evening, there will be a briefing on your cycling tour along with a bike fitting. We recommend a dinner at the magnificent old part of town that day. You have an overnight stay at Pisa.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4
Pisa – Lucca, Cycling (About 35 km) Open or Close

Your biggest highlight of the Italian trip starts today. After breakfast, you start riding your touring bike from the square Piazza dei Miracoli, home of the leaning tower and head towards Lake Massaciuccoli. The panorama road onto the lake and the Tyrrhenian Sea offers stunning views. Glide past countless olive groves until you hit River Serchio, continuing along its cycling path to the centre of the fortified city of Lucca. You will pass the historic old part of the town, riding atop the circular city walls. You will stay in the walled city at one of the top rated B&Bs tonight.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5
Lucca - Montecatini Thermal Spring, Cycling (About 40 km) Open or Close

After breakfast, you start your leisurely ride to Montecatini, the spa resort town of Italy. You will spot several baroque villas along today's route to Montecarlo. The village, located on top of a hill, is best known for its excellent white wine and you would definitely want to sample some yourself in one of the charming ‘enotecas’. Riding at your pace, you will go past the Valdinievole valley arriving at Montecatini where you will be staying for two nights. Why not enjoy a spa treatment today?
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6
Day Trip to Vinci, Cycling (About 55 km) Open or Close

After a leisurely breakfast, you will cycle through olive groves on small paths from Montecatini to Vinci, birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. For those of you who prefer to take it slow, you can stay on in Montecatini but you may regret not only missing out on another Tuscan jewel but also the impressive da Vinci museum that captures the genius of the great inventor. A ride on the funicular to Montecatini Alto is highly recommended before you return to your hotel for the night.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7
Montecatini – Pistoia, Cycling (About 30 km) Open or Close

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and start pedaling towards the small Medieval village of Montevettolini. Today’s riding will reward you with fantastic views of the Arno valley before you ride to Pistoia, a well-kept Tuscan secret often referred to as ‘Little Florence’. Its charming squares and impressive churches will give you a taste of the great neighbouring town of Florence, your next destination.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8
Pistoia - Florence, Cycling (About 50 km) Open or Close

You may want to get an early start as today, you cycle through the shallow alluvial land between the Arno and Ombrone rivers. You will come across beautiful gardens and an splendid variety of plants along the route thanks to the fertile plains along the route. Along your route in Poggio a Caiano you will come across one of the most famous Medici villas. Riding past cypressus Alamedas, you will reach the Arno riverbanks and will head toward the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence. You will want to step out today and explore Florence on your own. Perhaps you would like to celebrate your last evening by making merry with the locals in one of the street cafes.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9
Departure from Florence Open or Close

We recommend an evening flight so you have the morning free to explore the best of Florence. Climb the Duomo to get a bird's-eye view of the magnificent town. If you are interested in art then you will want to extend with another night so you can explore Uffizi gallery. Your hotel is in the city centre and you will take a train on your own to head to the airport and return home with amazing memories of your days under the Tuscan sun.
Meals: Breakfast




Rome: Next Stop B&B or similar

Dates & Prices

 Start Date  End Date  Price per Person   Single Room Supplement
 24th March, 2018  27th April, 2018  Euro 1099  Euro 299
 28th April, 2018  25th May, 2018  Euro 1199  Euro 299
 26th May, 2018  07th Sept, 2018  Euro 1299  Euro 299
 08th Sept, 2018  28th Sept, 2018  Euro 1199  Euro 299
 29th Sept, 2018  13th Oct, 2018  Euro 1099  Euro 299
  • This trip operates on minimum 2 travellers
  • Prices are per person on twin share basis. Hotels in Europe collect nominal taxes directly from travellers.
  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation is mandatory for all travellers.
  • This price exclude 5% GST. Credit Card charges are extra.
  • Euro 16 to be paid towards Colosseum ticket before the tour.

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • 8 Nights accommodation at well-located B&B or boutique hotels
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 5 days moderate self-guided cycling tour of Tuscany with well maintained, geared bicycles included
  • Guided walking tour of Rome to the Colloseum and the Roman Forum
  • Luggage transfer between hotels during the cycling tour
  • Detailed itinerary and elaborate route information including maps, route description, tourist attractions and important telephone numbers
  • Local service hotline in Europe
  • Local travel including second class train tickets from Rome to Pisa


  • 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.

Terms & Conditions

Detailed Registration Form is required to confirm services. Full payment is needed for travel documents to be sent.  Cancellation and amendment fees apply. Group travel is subject to minimum participants. All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking. Active Holiday Company and supplier terms and conditions apply. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with our conditions as these are deemed accepted by you when you book a tour with us. Please read our detailed conditions here.


Please note that most hotel check in timings are post 2 pm in the afternoon and checkout timing is 10 am. Should you want to secure your room upon arrival earlier than this, we recommend that you take an extra night or check on early check-in or late check-out charges with us.


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