Vinci, Montecarlo, San Miniato
Wine & food of Toscana
This tour is a “classic” about Tuscany and thanks to our permanent presence on this territory, where we live everyday, our “remaking” allow bikers to cycle “off the beaten path”. So, besides the art and the glory of Pisa, Florence and Lucca the itinerary will bring you to discover charming villages in the countriside and
breathtaking views, sometimes unknown also by Tuscans themselves. Be ready to tasting the real Tuscan way of live.
Individual arrival to Lucques and Settle in your hotel. The afternoon, the reception and the briefing in French language with our representative,
explanations of the route and the delivery
of the journey log and the GPS(global
positioning system) containing plans. Delivery of bikes in case of rent.
This first step brings you in Pisa, at the base of the tilted tower. Having left behind you the ramparts of Lucques, follow the river Serchio to borrow the cycle track Puccini, which, far from the noise of the traffic leads you until Ripafratta, San Giuliano and his thermal baths, by following Mounts Pisans. There, the small country roads and the ways along the monumental aqueduct of Nottolini, lead you to Pisa in 30 minutes approximately, for a total of 32 km. You have time to visit the historic center, the Place of the Riders (Piazza dei Cavalieri), the banks of Arno and, naturally, to take photos of the famous tower. You have the choice, if tiredness is felt, to return to Lucques by the train in 25 minutes.But our advice is to return by bicycle not to miss villages as Nozzano Castello, situated on the way back.
The step which connects Lucques with Montecatini you made borrow the wine trails of the zones D.O.C of the Hill Lucchese and Montecarlo, so offering you the chance to taste excellent wines accompanied with the typically Tuscan dishes, directly at the producers and in agritourisms. Montecarlo is a medieval village situated at the top of a famous hill for his wines, different from those of Chianti because of the important presence of French vines matched with Sangiovese. From Montecarlo to Montecatini Terme, the landscape changes completely; you find yourselves surrounded with plants and with flowers cultivated in the famous greenhouses of the zone which extends until Pistoia.
The city of Montecatini is appreciated for its vitality as well as for its thermal baths, spa and thermal centers. Take advantage of its thermal waters to relax you in one of its centers well-being before the step of the next day. The fourth step brings you to San Miniato in passing along the swamp of Fucecchio, a zone where we can perceive migratory birds; you cross then the plain around the river Arno, near the Via Francigena. San Miniato is known all over the world not only for the historic and artistic interest which its presents, but also for her annual festival of the white truffle which influences the local cooking as well as the everyday life of the city.
The fifth step represents a fantastic journey through the rural landscapes which saw being born Léonard de Vinci. From San Miniato to Vinci, you cross a typically Tuscan landscape of hill. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the museum of Léonard de Vinci once arrived; those who wiant could travel 2 km of rise (200 m of height) to visit free the house where was born the artist. Since Vinci, you follow the river Arno, in plain, to arrive in some km at Empoli and Montelupo Fiorentino. On way of the hotel between the hills of Signa, do not miss the park Médicéen around Poggio alla Malva; there, after a fast walking in rise (500 meters), you will see offering to you the valley of Arno and Pesa up to the Chianti. This step is probably the most difficult of the circuit. Important: in case of the arrival is planned to Montelupo Fiorentino, the step will be shortened by 10 km (which will be put back on the step of the following stay; you will thus browse the distance Poggio alla Malva until Signa the next day.
Poggio alla Malva is not far from Florence, you borrow a cycle track which goes along the river Arno to join your last destination. On your way, the Park dei Renai, a green space which of the spring until autumn is transformed of a kind of water park with a beach and sports activities on the lake and where the Florentines go to relax and having fun. By continuing along the river, you arrive at the park of Cascine then in the historic center. Take time to visit places, palaces, museums and churches, but also markets and elegant shops which made of Florence one of the main capitals of the art and the fashion.You stay at Florence two days: those who wish to continue to cycle can follow the path 1 (planned the next day) up to the esplanade Michel-angel situated on the charming hill in front of Florence and keep for the next day the tour to Fiesole either one day of a complete visit of the city.
Florence needs time to be appreciated at best: take advantage of this last day to relax you and walk quite freely through hundreds of alleys of the historic center either leave exploring the Florentine hills on a bicycle to observe the city since a different perspective. Choose among these two itineraries, the one southward and the other one northward.
This loop leads you through the park of the Arno then in height on the esplanade Michel-angel, Florence’s terrace, San Miniato al Monte, then makes you get down again to the Palace Pitti, the old house of the Medici.
This circuit will bring you along the Arno park and then up to Piazzale Michelangelo – a terrace over Florence with
fantastic views – San Miniato al Monte and down to Palazzo Pitti, the residence of Medici family.
This loop arrives at Fiesole, a rare pearl situated in 295 meters in height, rich in churches, parks and historic sites; of what to spend one day far from Florence’s agitation, if however you accept the long rise which will lead you there!
After having savored a Florentine morning, you can join Pisa by train (time of the journey the 1 hour) either leave directly Florence by plane or by train (by leaving bikes to the hotel), unless you prefered to pursue your holidays by staying a few days furthermore in one of the localities of the circuit.
Starting from 775€/participant in Self Guided option | See detailed prices
|Number of guests||Price/person|
|2||Starting from 775€|
|3||Starting from 862€|
|4||Starting from 775€|
|5||Starting from 827€|
|6||Starting from 775€|
|7 or more||Quote on request|
|Rental bike 6 days||Starting from 171€ / participant|
|Rental bike 6 days||Starting from 286€ / participant|
|Cancellation insurance Read more||Starting from 21€ / participant|
|Multiple-risk insurance Read more||Starting from 27€ / participant|
Train station in Lucca
Airport in Pisa (from 25min in car to Lucca)
*Transport to your meeting point can be included as an option.
Hello again Nathalie (...) It was wonderful and we so appreciated everything you organized to make it so. (...) The hotel was first class, lovely comfortable room and delicious breakfast......5* (...) Your maps and directions were excellent and we only got lost a couple of times! Don't forget to tell your clients about the beautiful gardens....Le Jardins Botanique de la Boirie at Saint Pierre Ile d'Oleron. They are amazing and not to be missed! Journeys over the bridges were thrilling and we especially liked the Ile de Re....we might have to return there one day! Again our thanks Nathalie. We'll be in touch for next year. Sincerely, Brenda & Michael (09/2018)
Die Tour hat uns gut gefallen. Danke für die gute und interessante Routenführung. Lieber Gruss (05/2016)
Hi Thanks for a perfectly organised trip port to port in Bretagne! We had a wonderful holiday. We used some of the restaurants you described in the traveler book. Helle and Peter. :) (08/2017)
Now that we are home and recovering from jet lag we would like to thank you and Davide for making it such an enjoyable trip despite the rain. The routes were very carefully crafted and gave us good views on safe roads and trails. The GPS was very easy to follow (...). The bikes were very good and performed without problem and the panniers and handlebar bags were the best we have encountered. We think that the combination route that we created with your help gave us good variety in the time we had allowed ourselves. (...) We will certainly recommend Abicyclette to anyone interested in seeing Bretagne on a bike. (...) Thank you again for a wonderful trip. Will and Marilyn (09/2017)
Hello, We had a fantastic stay. Overall, we are very satisfied and recommend Brittany (...) Eve, Marie, Per-Anders and Ulf What we enjoyed the most: The good weather Pleasant hotel The good food Good equipment, good bicycles (08/2018)
Bonjour, Suite au Week-End, un peu pluvieux, passé ensemble autour des Châteaux de la Loire, merci pour tes efforts et ta compagnie. A une prochaine fois, sans doute... (05/2013)