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Tuscany: San Gimignano & Volterra
Tuscany: San Gimignano & Volterra
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8 days
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 6
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Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
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ITBT073
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Tuscany: San Gimignano & Volterra
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Tuscany: San Gimignano & Volterra

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Bike Tour: Tuscany: San Gimignano & Volterra - 8 days

San Gimignano is a treasure on the hill and jewel of Tuscany, wonderful for cycling and exploring. With its thirteen outstanding medieval towers, it is clear why the town is on the UNESCO world heritage list. Riding under the Tuscan sun you will pedal on quiet cypress-lined country roads passed sunflower fields, olive groves and vineyards; producing some of the world’s finest olive oil and wine by. Savour the flavour of these ingredients and that of the local produce in the outstanding local cuisine. Then cycle to the former Etruscan centre of Volterra, a unique hilltop town with its own history and charisma. Get pinched, this is the real thing.

Route
Day 1: Arrive in San Gimignano
Day 2: Vineyards of Ulignano, Certaldo Alto & Barberino
Day 3: San Gimignano and Poggio del Comune
Day 4: Colle Val d’Elsa, Monteriggioni, optional extention to Castellina
Day 5: Cycle from San Gimignano to Volterra
Day 6: Volterra to Montecatini Val di Cecina
Day 7: Loop ride via Ulignano
Day 8: Arrivederci Volterra!

Day 1:    Arrive in San Gimignano

Arrive at Relais hotel in San Gimignano and unwind, as this shall be your comfortable Tuscan home for the next few days. Breathe in the wonderful country air and take a stroll along the classic green rolling hills, marvelling at the breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. Immerse yourself in the tranquillity.

 

Day 2:    Vineyards of Ulignano, Certaldo Alto & Barberino

Today you will cycle through prestigious vineyards towards Ulignano and the charming hilltop village of Certaldo, hometown of the renowned Italian writer Boccaccio. The ascent to Certaldo is either by funicular or by a very steep climb. After visiting its ceramic-decorated main square and stunning churches, you can choose an extended ride to Barberino and Tavernelle in the Chianti Classico area, offering magnificent views.

Challenge: 4/5 hours, 35/60 km, 736/1221m ascent, 736/1438m descent

 

Day 3:    San Gimignano and Poggio del Comune

oday you can choose the ride that best suits you. Morning transfer to Colle Val d’Elsa. Cycle along the undulating hills of the Val d’Elsa to the perfectly preserved medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni. Continue uphill, past abundant vineyards and stimulating woods, either towards Lilliano or directly up to Castellina in Chianti, where the views are spellbinding. Afternoon transfer from Colle Val d’Elsa back to the accommodation.

Challenge: 3 hours, 40 km, 226m ascent, 106m descent, optional extention to Castellina 12 km, 2 hours

 

Day 4:    Colle Val d’Elsa, Monteriggioni, optional extention to Castellina

Morning transfer to Colle Val d’Elsa. Cycle along the undulating hills of the Val d’Elsa to the perfectly preserved medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni. Continue uphill, past abundant vineyards and stimulating woods, either towards Lilliano or directly up to Castellina in Chianti, where the views are spellbinding. Afternoon transfer from Colle Val d’Elsa back to the accommodation.

Challenge: 3 hours, 40 km, 226m ascent, 106m descent, optional extention to Castellina 12 km, 2 hours

 

Day 5:    Cycle from San Gimignano to Volterra

Today, you will leave San Gimignano behind and cycle to the ancient Etruscan town of Volterra. Through a patchwork-like landscape dotted with wheat fields, olive groves and villas, you reach the base of the imposing hill upon which the town is set. One more solid climb before you arrive at your marvellous hotel, a former convent set inside in the gates of the old city centre.

Challenge: 4 hours, 35.9 km, 922m ascent, 649m descent

 

Day 6:     Volterra to Montecatini Val di Cecina

After an exhilarating downhill ride into the valley, you cycle through the lovely Val d’Era and over stretches of ‘strade bianche’, typical Tuscan white roads. The itinerary winds through the landscape filled with remote farmsteads and villas, and hills covered with vines and olive groves. Grand views on the vast infinitely undulating terrain will accompany you throughout the entire day.

Challenge: 3 hours, 38.3 km, 692m ascent, 805m descent

 

Day 7:    Loop ride via Ulignano

An easy yet very scenic ride today in the surroundings of Volterra. Erosion caused by rain water have artistically sculpted the landscape creating cracks and gullies of a majestic beauty. After descending from Volterra you will venture off the beaten track on unpaved tracks to then return on the very panoramic Strada del Cornocchio.

Challenge: 3.5 hours, 37 km, 924m ascent, 1101m descent

 

Day 8:    Arrivederci Volterra!
The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked a transfer to the airport or other supplementary services.
prices & dates

Starting dates:

Daily from April 1 till October 31.


Price pp
Single room, breakfast 2020-04-01 - 2020-04-06 891.98
2020-04-23 - 2020-04-29 883.02
2020-05-03 - 2020-05-17 887.01
2020-05-21 - 2020-06-18 880.01
2020-06-22 - 2020-07-14 891.98
2020-07-18 - 2020-07-30 883.02
2020-08-17 - 2020-08-25 891.98
2020-08-26 - 2020-08-31 887.01
2020-09-04 - 2020-10-06 880.01
2020-10-07 - 2020-10-14 891.98
2020-10-18 - 2020-10-25 873.99
Double room, breakfast 730.00
Rental bike
Hybrid 100.00
Ebike 195.00
Extra services
Bike helmet per piece 2.00
Accommodation
Bikes

Wilier Carbonio Ultegra 22v

 

Whether you race or not, the GTR TEAM is aimed for the rider who needs a bike for multiple uses. Light and responsive for the racer, yet comfortable and versatile for those who enjoy cycling without stress.

  • Drivetrain: Ultegra
  • Wheelset: Shimano RS010
  • Frame: Carbon RACE monocoque 46TON
  • Fork: Carbon monocoque 46TON
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Ultegra
  • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra, 11S 11/28T
  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra, 50/34T 

Tandem Cannondale Touring

Most everything in life is better with a partner in crime. That’s no less true with Cannondale’s tandems. Get out and ride and take someone with you. You’ll love it.

  • Frame: MTB Tandem USA handmade
  • Fork: SI Fatty Ultrastrong Tandem 26"
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano XT
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore
  • Wheelset: SUN Rhyno lite / DH2-N35/DT Swiss 540
  • Cassette: Shimano Ultegra, 11S 11/28T

Touring Elettrica Winora

The Y420.X is the top model with the Yamaha electric motor. It has a software with 4 levels of assistance which ensure a battery usage from 50 km up to 130 km per charge.

  • Motor: Yamaha PW motor 250W, 36V
  • Battery pack: Yamaha battery, 36V, 400Wh, lithium ion
  • Display: Yamaha LCD multifunction display with operating element and pushing aid
  • Frame: 6061 aluminium hydro formed
  • Fork: Suntour NCX-D LO lockout, Suspension: steel spring / elastomer Travel: 63mm
  • Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
  • Crankset: WinoraAlu 48/36 teeth
  • Cassette: 11-36 teeth
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore, aluminum lever, hydraulic disc brake, 180mm (front disc), 160mm (rear disc) 

Touring Cube

The Touring ONE has everything you need for fun, hassle-free cycling – no more no less. Enjoy the ride.

  • Frame: AluminiumSuperlite Trekking Comfort Double Butted
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-M360, 8-Speed
  • Cassette: Shimano CS-HG31, 11-34T
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-TX800, Topswing, 31.8 mm
  • Brake System: Shimano BR-M315, Hydr. Disc Brake (160/160)
  • Weight: 16,16 kg
  • Wheels: CUBE SX20, 36H, Disc
practical info

7 nights included

 

3 Star Hotels

Breakfast included

Tourist information on all the places of interest

The possibility of renting our bikes

7-days a week service-hotline

Luggage transport to your next hotel

Poggibonsi/San Gimignano Train station

GPS-tracks available

 

Arrival info

Florence (FLR), Pisa (PSA) and Bologna (BLQ) Airports are served by major and low cost international flight carriers.

Rome Airport (FCO) is a bit farther away.

Arrival in San Gimignano

From any airport, reach Florence Santa Maria Novella train station by either train or bus.

From there, you can reach Poggibonsi by either bus or train. From Poggibonsi, take a direct bus to San Gimignano.

Check train timetables on www.trenitalia.com.

Touroperating

S-Cape Countryside Travels srl
Borgo Allegri 16R
50122 Firenze FI
VAT No. 05227330486

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