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Self-guided Cycling / Original tour

Web code IT165

Italy / Tuscany

Pisa-Siena along the Via Francigena

From Pisa, with its imposing tower and its magnificent baptistery, you start cycling along the so called Via Francigena, an ancient road and pilgrim route for all those people who wished to visit the holy city of Rome. Following the steps of the medieval pilgrims, you will go through extraordinary places in the middle of rolling hills, scattered with castles, fortresses and abbeys. After crossing San Miniato, a place much beloved by emperors and popes, located in the Arno Valley, you will finally reach Siena, with its wonderful square.
  • Day by Day

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    1 Pisa
    Individual arrival. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, Pisa is one of Italy’s top university towns and boasts a vibrant and colourful cultural scene, along with a host of other historical sites.

    2 Pisa – Lucca (30/45 km)
    Cycling through Pisa’s countryside, you join the Serchio river as far as Lucca. Today’s stage can be extended by taking the alternative route, skirting Lake Massaciuccoli and taking in the Chiarone Nature Reserve.

    3 Lucca – San Miniato (45 km)
    Starting from Piazza Anfiteatro in the heart of Lucca, we join the Via Francigena proper. Along the route, the ancient abbey of Pozzeveri, south of the Serchio, rises along a stretch which was notoriously challenging for early pilgrims, its dense forest swamped in marshland.

    4 San Miniato – Colle Val d’Elsa (25/60 km)
    Continue along the valleys and banks of the Elsa river, past the castles that once ensured safe passage to the pilgrims of the Via Francigena. Shortly before reaching Colle Val d’Elsa, you look forward to the appearance in the distance of San Gimignano, the medieval burgh celebrated for its timeless skyline of towers.

    5 Colle Val d’Elsa – Siena (30 km)
    Head for Montagnola Senese, home to the historic clifftop castle of Monteriggioni, which once defended the Republic of Siena. The heart of Siena, Piazza del Campo, is a short ride away now. Here the historic bareback horse race takes place twice a year: the Palio di Siena.

    6 Siena – Monteroni d’Arbia – Siena (20/45 km)
    The Via Francigena continues south following the ancient Cassian Way – the Roman route that once linked Florence and Rome – traversing one of the most picturesque stretches of Tuscany: the Crete Senesi. From Monteroni d’Alba you can return to Siena by bus or train, or simply cycle on and up through the gentle “Clays”, their moonscape lined with cypress trees and dotted with solitary shepherds’ huts.

    7 Siena
    After breakfast, end of tour.

    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.

     

     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 150/225 km
    Total vertical up: 1200/2340 m
    Terrain: 75% tarmac, 25% unpaved
    Train connection among the overnight stays: day 2 and 3
    Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 2, 3, 4 and 6

    The itinerary poses an intermediate challenge and follows wherever possible the pilgrim way. You cycle mainly along quiet roads with occasional stretches of rough (but comfortable) track. The early stages are essentially on level land; from San Miniato as far as Siena the hilly landscape is steadily undulating, with climbs of intermediate difficulty.

     

    Some days the itinerary will be flat, others it will present some hills. Suitable for everyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience.

     

     

  • How to get there

    Pisa is connected with the following airports:
    Pisa: about 5 km, Florence: about 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 mainly 3* hotels, with a few 4* hotels.

    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 sofa bed.

     

     

  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:
    - Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - E-bike 9-gear Shimano

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

    Bike insurance
    An insurance against theft and damage is included in the rental bike price. In cases of careless or improper behavior the insurance will not cover the costs.

    Accessories
    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 cm. 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 attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
    - hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception  upon arrival

    Girolibero Greens booklets:
    1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and places of interest of the areas you pass through during your tour.
    Plus: local events, fun facts, 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 will visit.
    3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

     

     

  • By your side

    In Pisa you will meet our representative who:
    - will illustrate the tour
    - will deliver your bikes
    - will be available (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.


    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - 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.

     

  • 2 Client reviews
    • Matteo

      Departure 06-12 July 2019

      Online from 17 July 2019

    • Lucia

      Departure 11-17 August 2018

      Online from 30 September 2018

      itinerario da provare ma con un po' di allenamento oppure con una bici con pedalata assistita
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Tour details

 

from 590 €

7 Days / 6 Nights, mainly 3* hotels, with a few 4* hotels

Tour type

Self-guided

 

Departures

SA from 28.03 to 10.10.2020
Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

Seasons
Season 1: 28.03 - 10.04 and 26.09 - 10.10.2020
Season 2: 11.04 - 15.05 and 6.09 - 25.09.2020
Season 3: 16.05 - 5.09.2020

Price per person
590 € in double room, mainly 3* hotels, with a few 4* hotels

Included

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


Not included

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


Supplements per person
195 € single room
80 € season 2
120 € season 3

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
60/90 € in Pisa
60/90 € in Siena

Girolibero rental bikes including insurance against theft and damage:
85 € Touring bike
195 € E-bike

Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)

Reductions
100 € 3rd person in room

 

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