The Tuscan landscape of the Val d'Orcia will warm your heart like a classic photograph as you cycle the waves of undulating green hills, captured in time as if the Etruscans just rode through. Glance at the picturesque farmhouses nestled amidst the olive groves and vineyards. Pass walnut and fig trees on your way to the hot spring town of Bagno Vignoni, and then explore the phenomenal labyrinth streets and artisan workshops of Montepulciano. You shall visit Renaissance palaces, Romanesque churches, thermal baths, and prestigious wineries serving the divine local red "Brunello". Soaring up high to fascinating hilltop towns, you will revel in delight
Upon arrival in the charming medieval town of Buonconvento, rich in history and architecture with 700-year old walls, a transfer will take you to the agriturismo (farm house) where you will stay for the next four nights. A delicious Tuscan dinner awaits you! If you have rented bikes with us, they will be waiting for you at the accommodation.
Ride through the bountiful, uncontaminated countryside on the characteristic and well kept dirt roads to Murlo and immerse yourself in the dense woods as you ride by the Crevole River. Continue past steep cliffs to the sweet smell of bright yellow flowers and through an enchanting oak tree forest to La Befa. A short part of the trail is too narrow or rocky to cycle (about 300m) however the exhilarating views are more than worth the effort.
33 km, 584m ascent, 675m descent
Pedal through vibrant fields of sunflowers past Buonconvento to the heart of the Brunello wine district. The Monte Amiata volcano lures above as the surrounding countryside transforms into endless olive groves and vineyards. Ride steeply up to the fortified city of Montalcino where you can visit its magnificent 14th century fortress and Palazzo Comunale, then return to Buonconvento along remote back roads.
24.1/42.6 km, 588/1177m ascent, 588/1177m descent
Climb uphill to the renowned monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore with its delightful frescos and botanical garden. After replenishing your soul, follow a winding route past isolated villages to until you reach a row of hundreds of cypress trees, inviting you to visit the stunning Sant’Anna in Camprena monastery. Admire the frescos then finish your day in the lovely town of Pienza.
37.7 km, 1000m ascent, 756m descent
Today is a relaxing day in which you will travel on smooth country roads to the medieval hamlet of Bagno Vignoni where you can rest and swim in its healing thermal waters, enjoyed by the Romans and home to the legendary water nymphs. Ride back to Pienza along gently undulating hills through unspoiled countryside and embrace the essence of Southern Tuscany.
27.7 km, 674m ascent, 674m descent
From Pienza, travel along an immensely panoramic roads past the medieval stone-built hamlet of Monticchiello. Ride up a remarkable limestone ridge and enjoy breath-taking views of the Val d’Orcia. Gather your strength as you make the climb up to Montepulciano. Upon arrival, celebrate with a glass of the famous local Vino Nobile wine. Head back down happy and giddy towards Pienza.
34 km, 1000m ascent, 1000m descent
The ride today is mostly on gravel road, gentle rolling hills in the most beautiful countryside of the Orcia valley. Half way you can stop in Lucignano d'Asso, a tiny village on the L'eroica cycle route. Then you ride back to the organic farm of Pieve a Salti where you stay tonight.
24 km, 400m ascent, 650m descent
Daily from March 26 till November 1.
|Single room, breakfast||1,005.97|
|Double room, breakfast||798.00|
Available on request
Possible to request 2 Ortilib rear side bags at no additional cost.
It is equipped with a tool bag with puncture repair kit included.
It is equipped with a bottle holder
Bicicletta elettrica UNIVEGA
If you intend cycling long distances, scaling the hills of Chianti and you want a helping hand, the UNIVEGA SUMMIT E TLD is the right choice. It is equipped with the new Bosch ISIS motor positioned very low down so as not to raise the centre of gravity of the bike. The SUMMIT E TLD behaves just like the ibrid bike model from which it takes its frame geometry, but without the electric motor. It is extremely agile, but at the same time exceptionally comfortable.
Hybrid bike UNIVEGA GEO 6.0
The UNIVEGA bikes favours comfort for tourist use and urban transport. The design of the frame offers the user a fluid and agile ride. The 28 inch wheels provide an excellent performance on asphalt as well as on Sienese dirt roads. The hydraulic fork does an excellent job of deadening the vibrations and the disc brakes with modulator provide steady safe braking. frame eyelets allow for easy mounting of bags.
Mountain bike 29″ FOCUS
FOCUS MTB with wheels size 29″ is the ideal model for those who are just starting to use the mountain bike on holiday. The aluminium frame boasts an efficient, tried and tested geometry. The clamp fork helps out with the ups and downs of the Tuscan hills. FOCUS offers high quality components, an even more efficient gear unit and double wall wheels.
7 nights included
4 Star Hotels
Breakfast included, Halfboard optional
Tourist information on all the places of interest
The possibility of renting our bikes
7-days a week service-hotline
Luggage transport included
Buonconvento Train station
Parking possibilities at the hotel
Florence airport (FLR) has regular international flights. Several low cost carriers serve Pisa (PSA) and Bologna (BLQ).
Arrival in Buonconvento
From Florence airport (FLR), take the bus to Santa Maria Novella train station and then a train to Buonconvento (change in Siena).
From Pisa airport (PSA), take the train to Buonconvento (with 2/3 changes, depending on time. You always have to change at Pisa Centrale).
From Bologna (BLQ), take a bus to Bologna Centrale train station then a train to Buonconveto (change in Florence and in Siena).
Check train timetables on www.trenitalia.com.