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Tuscany: Val d'Orcia white roads
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8 days
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Tuscany: Val d'Orcia white roads
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Bike Tour: Tuscany: Val d'Orcia white roads - 8 days

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

Route
Day 1: Arrive in Buonconvento
Day 2: Buonconvento to Murlo and La Befa round tour
Day 3: Buonconvento to Montalcino round tour
Day 4: Buonconvento to Pienza
Day 5: Pienza to Bagno Vignoni round tour
Day 6: Pienza to Montepulciano round tour
Day 7: Pienza to Buonconvento via Lucignano d’Asso
Day 8: Arrivederci Val d’Orcia!

Day 1:    Arrive in Buonconvento

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.

 

Day 2:    Buonconvento to Murlo and La Befa round tour
33 km

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

 

Day 3:    Buonconvento to Montalcino round tour
24 km

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

 

Day 4:    Buonconvento to Pienza
37 km

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

 

Day 5:    Pienza to Bagno Vignoni round tour
27 km

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

 

Day 6:    Pienza to Montepulciano round tour
34 km

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

 

Day 7:    Pienza to Buonconvento via Lucignano d’Asso
24 km

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

 

Day 8:    Arrivederci Val d’Orcia!
After breakfast a short transfer takes you down to Buonconvento (arrange the time with the reception in advance), where you can catch the local bus or train to the airport, unless you have booked a transfer or extra services with us.
prices & dates

Starting dates:

Daily from March 26 till November 1.


Price pp
Double room, breakfast 798.00
Rental bike
Hybrid 115.00
Ebike 216.00
Accommodation
Bikes
Helmet

Available on request


Pannier

Possible to request 2 Ortilib rear side bags at no additional cost.


Repairkit

It is equipped with a tool bag with puncture repair kit included.


Waterbottles

It is equipped with a bottle holder


Bicicletta elettrica UNIVEGA 

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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

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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

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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. 

practical info

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

GPS-tracks available

Arrival info

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.

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

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