Tuscany Back Roads
This is the tour that has it all. The famous Tuscany region does not disappoint.
From the many and varied cycle options complete with famous climbs, awesome descents and quiet country backroads. To the charm and excitement of our amazing host town of Lucca, steeped in centuries of history and culture that provides our daily base and nightly action and fun. Throw in some wonderful local people and characters you will meet whilst enjoying the legendary Italian food and wine and trust me you will not want to leave. Perhaps that’s why we have so many repeat visitors with us on this tour – “the jewel in the crown” of cycle touring.
|9 Day Itinerary|
|Departure:||26th July 2015|
See below for our amazing add on tour to the Italian Lakes. An ideal way to link your Swiss and Tuscan cycle adventures or enjoyed as an add on if you are only participating in 1 cycle tour.
Day 1 - Lucca
Meet in Lucca at 6 pm. Lucca is our arrival city and steeped in history and the arts. After our group meeting we can enjoy a local meal in the old city centre. Dinner is included tonight.
Day 2 - Lucca to Lido di Camaoire
We take a gentle pedal around the walls today and enjoy the quiet ambiance of the back streets. We are then ready to cycle the 80kms round trip to the beautiful beach at Camaoire. This is a great spot for lunch and a swim. Here we can take an Italian café on the sand to watch the passing parade of Italian and foreign sun worshippers. We return to Lucca through backroads and small villages on a very picturesque route.
Day 3 - Lucca to Montecarlo
Today we get the legs working. We follow much of the route of the local Granfondo cycle race. Pedalling through local villages such as Mutigliano and San Gennaro with their steep cobbled streets. We ascend up and over the legendary Pizzorne climb before a spectacular, scenic descent back into the famous wine growing hillside town of Montecarlo for lunch. A well earned pizza and local wine is enjoyed before taking the flat roads home to Lucca with tired but satisfied legs. This day will have you feeling like a true cyclist on a genuine "classics" type circuit. As always an easier or shorter route for those less inclined is available.
Day 4 - Lucca to Garfagnana
We head for the hills today and are in the bicycle friendly Garfagnana. The roads here are used by many European nations cycling teams but there are possibilities for all. Our cycle today is to Castelnuova. We are taking it easier today with a gentle cruise up the valley beyond the township of for lunch. We are in recovery mode so we cap the ride off with a cooling dip in the Fiume Serchio (river) under the centuries old “Devil’s Bridge”. Home via the thermal baths of Bagni Di Lucca for a 100k round trip.
Day 5 - Lucca to the Cinque Terra
We have a long but truly spectacular cycle of around 140km to the World Heritage National Park of the Cinque Terra and its 5 seaside villages. The morning section is flat along the coast past the many Tuscan beaches before climbing as we near our destination. Passing through scenic towns and the naval base of La Spezia before the final climb and descent into the incredible Cinque Terra and views that you won’t believe. We have the afternoon free to take in the local Ligurian Pesto, and to swim and relax in one or more of the 5 wondrous villages and its seaside cafes of the Mediterranean. We take the evening train back to Lucca.
Day 6 - Rest Day or Florence Visit
We take a break from the bike today. Either enjoy a Rest Day in Lucca or visit the historical centre of Florence. This melting pot of learning, finance and culture has persevered through centuries of turmoil and remains one of Europe’s most pristine remnants of Italy’s past. We enjoy a walk to the main sights and have an optional booking time to enjoy the unsurpassed collection of antiquities and art in the Uffizi gallery. We also have time to view Michelangelo’s David. Stay as long as you wish and enjoy all that Florence has to offer. There are many train options back to Lucca.
Day 7 - Lucca to Pisa / local region options
Today we have scheduled a short ride in the morning in the local area, approximately a 60-70k round trip. You may choose to cycle to the local river for a swim. Another possibility is a gentle pedal over to Pisa to see the remarkable Leaning Tower. As the day winds down we will gather for a visit to our ‘local’ Enoteka for some local wine and savouries. An option to break up the festivities for an hour is a Puccini concerto in one of Lucca’s oldest churches. Back to the Enoteka where a ‘Capirinha’ will provide a perfect nightcap after a fun day.
Day 8 - Lucca to Monte Serra ascent
Our last ride starts with a gentle circuit out of Lucca, through the Monte Pisano valley before the famous Monte Serra ascent. This is a 12k climb that is often used by the pro teams as a time trial. Our last day becomes “the challenge” if your up for it! We usually set up a handicap system to give everyone a chance to top this legendary climb first. A challenging descent back through the valley and the hard work is done. Now for the treat! Rolling back to Montecarlo we enjoy a fabulous Tuscan wine tour and food extravaganza at Fattoria Cercatoia Alta. Our host is former London restaurateur, Angelo who will provide a luncheon you won’t believe. A perfect place for the memories of our tour to flow along with the gorgeous wines. You may take a dip in the pool or even a siesta on the lawn before we cruise the easy 15k back to Lucca and prepare for our last evening in this amazing city. What a finish!
Day 9 - Depart Lucca
Today is departure day for the trip and no activities are planned. Please ask for our assistance for ongoing travel plans if required. Pisa international airport is 40 mins away by bus or train.
|Extra Accommodation:||Single Inquire||Details|
off the total price if you combine the Swiss Alpine Roads and Trails and Tuscan Back Roads adventures.
Total price for the combination
"European Grand Cycling Tour (excluding Stresa add on) - 18 days/16 nights"
AUD$3900 (local payments still apply
(AUD$400 discount if you do both tours)
Your Local Payment is collected by your group leader in cash at your group meeting on Day 1 of the trip and is part of your tour price. The money is spent locally on your tour.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Pre and post trip accommodation is offered on most journeys pending availability. Please indicate in your enquiry if you require any rooms before or after your tour and the amount of nights requested.
Global Drift encourages interactive experiences for our all of our travellers. As such we presume that you will be happy to share accommodation with a same sex person should you be travelling alone.
However, for those that would prefer a single room for the tour we do offer a single supplement.
It must be stated however that on many of our tours we stay in small family owned guesthouse accommodation. In certain instances with full groups the passenger combinations may not always allow you to enjoy a single room. Please keep this in mind when booking your single supplement. We will however, always do our best to accommodate you.
Please make your request for this service a minimum of 3 months prior to your journey.
The quoted extra payment is for the entire trip.
Due to the exploratory nature of this journey no single supplement is offered.
Airport Arrival Transfer
Global Drift offers an optional arrival transfer to your hotel at the quoted fee.
In your trip dossier you will receive directions on how to make your way to your starting point hotel. It is quite easy and possibly cheaper than we are able to offer it.
Should you require this service please advise us at the time of your booking.