A Taste of Tuscany Self-Guided Cycling

A Taste of Tuscany Self-Guided Cycling

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A Taste of Tuscany Self-Guided Cycling

8 Days Starting and ending in Chianciano Terme

Visiting: Chianciano Terme, Montallese, Chiusi, Montepulciano, Radicofani, La Foce, Sarteano, Mount Amiata, Pienza, Val d'Orcia, Bagno Vignoni, Chianciano

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

C07ST

Group Type:

Independent

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Physical rating:

Moderate

Age range:

13 to 99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Cycling, Shopping, Sightseeing

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Tour Overview

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 Monepulciano, rich Pecorino cheese in Pienza or take a bath in Roman Bagno Vignoni.

Highlights

  • Exhilarating cycling across the UNESCO Val d'Orcia

  • Delicious classic Tuscan cuisine and cookery class

  • Warm and welcoming agriturismo with a passionate owner - the best of Italian hospitality

  • Visit the wine and cheese towns of Montepulciano and Pienza

  • Fabulous insight into traditional Tuscan life: the food, the wine, the culture

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In Chianciano Terme
Location: Chianciano Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Arrive at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia and enjoy a stroll to the old town,
before your evening briefing by the owner, Stefano, and the first of many
home cooked dinners. (Staying at the Agriturismo La Pietriccia for 7 nights,
Half Board)

Day 2 : The Lakes Circuit
Location: Montallese, Chiusi, Montepulciano
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 3 : Radicofani
Location: Radicofani, La Foce
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 4 : Sarteano Loop
Location: Sarteano
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 5 : Afternoon Cookery Course
Location: Chianciano Terme
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day relaxing or walk into Chianciano Terme. On your way back to the
hotel you could use you 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.

Day 6 : Montepulciano Circle
Location: Mount Amiata, Montepulciano
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 7 : Pienza And Bagno Vignoni
Location: Pienza, Val d'Orcia, Bagno Vignoni, Chianciano
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 8 : Leave Chianciano Terme
Location: Chianciano Terme
Meals Included: Breakfast

Leave Chianciano Terme.

What's Included

  • High quality bikes

  • One spa entrance

  • Management by local hotelier

  • Cookery class

  • All accommodation

  • All buffet breakfasts and 4-course evening meals

  • GPS route directions and maps

  • /RideWithGPS/ navigation app

  • Wine and olive oil tasting

What's Not Included

  • Single accommodation (available on request)  - compulsory supplement

  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request)

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas or vaccinations

Accommodation

Your base for the week is the modest but comfortable Agriturismo La Pietricca, which stands on a hill with great views of Chianciano Vecchia. Stefano who runs the agriturismo will welcome you with his enthusiasm for everything to do with nature in the surrounding area and will also teach you all about the artisan products in the local area. The hotel produces 65% of what it serves on your table, and is surrounded by its own farm and orchards. There is a lovely terrace and swimming pool and lovely shady grassy area that looks out across the valley, where in the heat of summer you can take your dinner outside.

Food

Tuscan food is based on the Italian idea of 'cucina povera' (poor cooking); simple inexpensive meals that can be made for large groups. Whilst this was once dictated by the economy and expense of the produce, the tradition has remained. The cuisine of this region doesn't use complicated seasonings or elaborate recipes, and instead focuses on fresh, high quality ingredients that allow the natural flavours in each dish to shine through. Typical dishes include fagioli con salsiccia (cannellini beans with sausage), tagliatelle al tartufo (pasta in a truffle sauce) bistecca Fiorentina (a T-bone steak often large enough to share!), pici (a fat, handmade spaghetti, often served with tomato and garlic sauce or game meat). Don't miss the local cacio and pecorino cheeses, and sample the famous wines: Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 13 Years old people can go on this tour.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International Flights are not included with this tour.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    This tour is self-guided; there is no tour leader.

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No (available on request)

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    T

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No visa required for British passport holders. Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    comfortable

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    A compulsory single supplement will apply on this tour.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

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