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Self-guided Cycling

Web code IT243

Italy / Tuscany

Leonardo's landscapes: between Pisa, Vinci and San Miniato

Through rivers and hills, Renaissance villas and medieval hamlets we discover by bike the beauty of the homeland of Giacomo Puccini, Pinocchio and Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Day by Day

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    1. Pisa
    Individual arrival. The city is famous all over the world for its magic Piazza dei Miracoli with the characteristic leaning tower, the bell tower of the city cathedral. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1987, besides a large number of monuments it also offers the friendly and lively atmosphere of a university city.
     
    2. Pisa – Lucca (30/45 km)
    Cycling across the northern part of the so called “Piana di Pisa”, you will reach the river Serchio and will start pedalling on the beautiful cycling path which will take you to the impressive Lucca’s walls. Alternatively, you can cycle to the close Massaciuccoli Lake in the Chiarone nature reserve.
     
    3. Lucca – Montecatini Terme (45 km)
    Following the cycle path of the river Serchio you will get to the base of the Lucchesia green hills. You will cycle along quiet country roads where you will have the chance to admire majestic villas. With a small effort you can reach Collodi, the town of Pinocchio, with the wonderful garden of Villa Garzoni. Afterwards you will get to the medieval hamlet of Pescia with its flower market and finally you will arrive in Montecatini, one of the most famous thermal destinations in Europe.

    4. Montecatini – Vinci – San Miniato (55 km)
    Heading south across the wetlands of Padule di Fucecchio, you will cycle across the wooded Cerbaie hills. Riding downhill you will get at the foot of Montalbano, where you can visit Vinci, hometown of Leonardo. Cycling on the ridge covered with vineyards you will reach the Medici Villa of Cerreto Guidi and after crossing the river Arno, the famous fortress of San Miniato will guide you to the last climb.

    5. San Miniato – Pisa (55 km)
    From the scenic hills of San Miniato you will head down to the Arno valley. In Santa Maria a Monte you will face a climb and then will cycle downhill until Bientina and shortly after you will reach the castle of Vicopisano. At the foot of Mount Pisano you will meet again the Arno river, which will lead you to Pisa.
     
    6. Pisa
    Departure after breakfast.

     

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

     

    2019, The Year of Leonardo

     

     

    A pilgrimage to Vinci is a must for any Leonardo enthusiast: just outside the village lies the humble house where he was born – now a museum – while the Museo Leonardiano is in the centre, featuring many of his inventions.

    In Florence, besides the absorbing Museo Galilei and countless events, we can also enjoy a unique exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery: “Water as Microscope of Nature: Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester” (on loan from Bill Gates, no less!).

     

    Uffizi Gallery site 
    Museo Leonardiano site

     

     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 185/200 km
    Total vertical up: 830/850 m
    Terrain: 85% tarmac, 15% unpaved
    Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2, 3 and 5
    Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3 and 5

    The itinerary runs mostly on a flat area with some hilly parts which do not require particular athletic skills. It develops on secondary streets with little traffic, with few unpaved stretches.

     

    Easy cycling in mostly flat areas, with only few short climbs and descents. Little effort required, suitable for most people.

     

  • How to get there

    Pisa is connected with the following airports:
    Pisa: 2 km, Florence: 90 km

     

    Trains
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    You will be accommodated in 3/4* hotels (sometimes a family-run 2* hotel in Lucca).

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a rollaway.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s City bikes are available in various sizes in unisex/women’s or men’s models. At the moment of booking, you can choose among the following bikes:
    - City bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - E-bike

    Features:
    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system

     

    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
    1 cycle computer  
    1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    1 combination bike lock

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets, suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61. All helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

     

  • Accompanying material

    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    • final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
    • hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival


    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
    2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

  • By your side

    Welcome briefing

    In Pisa you will meet our representative who:
    - will present you the tour
    - will deliver you the bikes
    - will be at your disposal (about 30 minutes) for any questions you may have.

    The exact time and place of the meeting will be specified in the Final Tour Details. We kindly ask you to advise if you cannot attend the meeting.

     

    Staff support

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details

 

from 520 €

6 Days / 5 Nights, 2/3/4* hotels

Tour type
Self-guided
 
Departures
SA from 23.3 to 12.10.2019
Special departure dates for at least 5 people
 
Seasons
season 1: 23.3 - 12.4 und 28.09 - 12.10.2019
season 2: 13.4 - 17.5 und 8.9 - 27.9.2019
season 3: 18.5 - 7.9.2019
 
Price per person
520 € in double room, 3/4* hotels (sometimes a family-run 2* hotel in Lucca)
 
Included

  • 5-nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Travel Guide, Maps, Roadbook
  • Luggage transportation
  • Hotline service

 
Not included

  • Local taxes (approx 10-15 €)
  • Train transfers
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

 
Supplements per person
160 € single room
55 € season 2
80 € season 3
70 € Girolibero bike
150 € E-bike
15 € helmet
 
Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
60/90 € in Pisa

Reductions
100 € 3rd person in room

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