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REGION: Tuscany (Italy)

TOUR DATES: 30 Sept -8 Oct 2018


HOTELS: Florence (x1), Pisa (x1), Grosseto (x2), Montalcino (x1), Siena (x3), 3-4 star hotels

Arrival & Departure transfers
8 nights accommodation (twin share)
8 breakfasts
5 dinners with beer & wine provided
Guaranteed L'Eroica Gran Fondo Entry
8 guided cycling stages fully supported
Food & drinks during cycling stages
Sierra Sports cycling jersey

PRICE: 3200 € p.p.


Carbon Road Bike Hire (1 Week): 300 €
Vintage Road Bike Hire (L'Eroica): 150 €

DAY ONE – Sun 30 Sept 2018
Florence, Italy

We will collect you from Florence Airport at approximately 10am and prepare the bikes for our afternoon ride in the local Pistoia region. This was where Stage 10 of the 2016 Giro d’Italia departed.

The warm up along the valley will deliver you to Passo Della Collina. While a relatively long 15km climb the average 5.4% gradient shouldn’t present too many problems. ‘Collina’ has been a great introductory climb on previous Giro tours! After a fast descent the cycling continues in search of Vinci, the birthtown of the maestro Leonardo. You will enjoy dinner with the tour guides in a typical osteria in the heart of Florence.

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Pistoia & Vinci

Ride: 65km cycling

Accommodation: Florence (Italy)

DAY TWO – Mon 1 October 2018

Heading west from Florence the cycling today takes you through the fertile region surrounding Lucca. The imposing Renaissance wall which surrounds the entire city was never touched during battle and along with its medieval streets, towers, churches and grand plazas provides the perfect setting for a caffe macchiato!

Once back on the bikes, we set-off for nearby Monte Serra which has seen two Giro d’Italia crossings. Now for the descent down to Pisa and the customary photo of its famed leaning tower!

Meals: Breakfast

Destinations: Lucca

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Pisa (Italy)

DAY THREE – Tue 2 October 2018
Val di Cecina

Immediately south of Pisa is the extensive Val di Cecina region which includes three natural reserves including, Caselli, Monterufoli and Cornate y Fosini. This area is highly regarded for its historical, cultural and natural treasures.

The undulating route includes many1-3km climbs and descents on twisting roads that pass quiet townships. A rest stop in Volterra to see the Roman theatre is a must!   

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Volterra

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Grosseto (Italy)

DAY FOUR – Wed 3 October 2018
Tommasini Bike Factory

Today's ride follows a historic loop route to the north of Grosseto. The cycling enters great wooded areas with rivers and the zone is considered as Tuscany’s most important wilderness area. There are also old mining areas and the fascinating riding takes you up through the metal bearing hills and its small hilltop villages.

During the afternoon back in Grosseto there will also be time for a special guided group visit of the Tommasini Bike Factory (Est.1948). The Tommasini brand is especially appreciated for its finish and geometry and the workmanship which has been passed down from generation to generation.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Tommasini Bike Factory

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Grosseto (Italy)

DAY FIVE – Thur 4 Oct 2018

Today's ride follows a scenic route to the attractive hilltop town of Borgo di Montalcino. The final climb to the village is quite steep but you can look forward to some breathtaking views and at the summit reward yourself with some rustic bread and salami for lunch!

Continue enjoying riding through the beautiful rural landscapes of the Val d´Orcia (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Follow roads lined with the regions characteristic and emblematic cypress trees. The jewel of the Val d´Orcia region is the small renaissance town of Pienza. The climb is gentle and the opportunity soak up its medieval history is well worth the effort!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Pienza

Ride: 65km or 110km cycling

Accommodation: Montalcino (Italy)

DAY SIX – Fri 5 October 2018

Along today's ride we detour towards Montepulciano to cycle the winding roads which pass famous wine estates! Montepulciano boasts ancient underground cellars where guests can sample wonderful Nobile di Montepulciano wine. We will pick up a bottle or two to sample after the ride! The cycling also continues towards Asciano and the famous ´Senesi Crete´ landscape. The clay fields during earlier days were overworked and abandoned and erosive forces have created a lunar landscape.

We push on following the rolling terrain and the arrival in Piazza del Campo in Siena is truly special! This medieval piazza is located in the centre of the old town and is one of Europe's greatest squares!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Montepulciano & Asciano

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Siena (Italy)

DAY SEVEN – Sat 6 October 2018
Siena Loop Ride

Tomorrow is a big day of Gran Fondo action so we will ride a shorter loop around Siena this morning. There will be time to practise on the ‘strada bianca´ today as we will also hit-up some white gravel roads on the outskirts of Siena. The perfect ride to have you fit and ready for l’Eroica!

During the early afternoon we will visit l´Eroica event village to collect your vintage (pre 1985) steel bike ahead of tomorrow´s gran fondo cycling event.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Gaiole in Chianti

Ride: 60km cycling

Accommodation: Siena (Italy)

DAY EIGHT – Sun 7 October 2018
L'Eroica Vintage Gran Fondo

The l´Eroica Gran Fondo was born from a pure passion for cycling with the aim of rediscovering the authentic roots of a truly beautiful sport! The ride is through the ´Chianti Valley´ in the heart of Tuscany. Participants pull on vintage clothing and jump on a steel bike in spectacular fashion over the white gravel roads.

Listen to the locals cheer for you like the heroic days of Binda, Gagliardoni and Bartali as quaint towns with names like Greve, Panzano and Radda in Chianti roll-on by. During the evening you will celebrate with a classic glass of Montepulciano and Chainti red wine!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Chianti Wine Region

Ride: 46km, 75km, 135km or 209km cycling

Accommodation: Siena (Tuscany)

DAY NINE – Mon 8 October 2018
Tour Farewell

Following breakfast and some time to finalise your packing we will organise a 1.5hr transfer to Florence city centre or Florence Airport. If you are flying we will have you at Florence Airport by 12 noon.

Meals: Breakfast


L'Eroica: Vintage Cycling Tradition in the heart of Tuscany!
L´Eroica is truly one of the most original Gran Fondo rides in the world and a celebration of all things cycling! Join us on the ´strada bianca´ (white gravel roads) in 2018 for what will be an exhilarating ride! The experience is truly rewarding – cycle from dawn to dusk, from a tankful of energy to those last final drops, from exhilaration to fatigue ...

We have designed a memorable tour following the landscapes and most picturesque towns and cities of Tuscany: Florence, Siena, Montalcino, Lucca, Pisa and Grosseto. Additional excursions include a cycling route designed to pass through Leonardo da Vinci’s birthtown, the famous leaning tower of Pisa and a special visit to the Tommasini bike factory which still today builds bikes 100% handmade!

You will also immerse yourself in all things Tuscany including its diverse districts and traditions, superb food and fine wine: Viva la Toscana!

Dates: 30-09-2018 to 08-10-2018

Tour price: 3200 € per person (twin share)