Leonardo da Vinci might have said it himself "cycle to my home town and check out all my discoveries". This flexible tour does just that, as you choose your challenge each day. Pedal through the quintessential Tuscan landscape of vineyards and olive groves to Pisa, with its world-renowned Leaning Tower, then to the charming town of Lucca, where you will ride up on the impressive walls of the city. Continue on country lanes to Vinci, Leonardo's birth place, and visit two museums to gain insight into the life and mind of this genius. Finally, visit Florence "cradle of the Renaissance". This is a miraculous discovery of Northern Tuscany.
Arrive at your hotel in Pisa and take a peaceful and relaxing stroll through the narrow streets of this charming city. Sit down for a glass of local Chianti wine and savor the amazing olive oil produced in the region's vineyards. Before calling it a night, promenade past the capels and pastel houses lining the banks of the Arno River.
An easy warm-up ride along the ancient acqueduct and on bike paths leads you right into the heart of Pisa where you can visit the world famous Miracle Square along with its illustrious leaning tower. Admire the many palaces, churches, towers and town squares. Take a break in the Piazza dei Cavalieri as you gaze at the architecturally stunning historic buildings that surround you.
Long route - Pisa to Calci loop:
Begin your day cycling through the inspiring countryside between Pisa and the mountain of Monte Serra, stopping for a visit to the grandiose Certosa of Calci monastery. It was founded in 1366 and houses a magnificent, renowned Natural History Museum. The second part of the day is spent in Pisa, as in the short route, visiting its many outstanding monuments.
Today's ride is very scenic and nearly all flat. The route follows the Serchio River and after 25 kilometres, you reach the charming town of Lucca. You have ample time to visit the town and explore its splendid gardens, majestic bell tower and impressive Piazza Anfiteatro, a 2nd century Roman amphitheater. Don't miss a ride along the tree-lined walls of its perimeter.
Choose between two trips of varying difficulty on today's visit of characteristic Renaissance villas in the outskirts of Lucca. Both trips are similar in length, but the easy route is almost entirely flat whereas the hilly route has more height variation and offers enviable aerial views. Experience tours of assorted prestigious villas and stroll their extraordinary luxurious gardens.
Ride past Altopascio and fascinating Padule of Fucecchio nature reserve, the largest inland wetlands of Europe. Marvel at the delightful all-encompassing greenness and perhaps you will spot some migratory birds enjoying a well-deserved rest on their way south. Feeling rejuvenated, you cycle on to Vinci, where the famous inventor/artists Leonardo da Vinci was born.
Gain insight on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci as you explore his birthplace and two remarkable museums all about him. Admire his original designs and inventions. When you’re ready, leave your bike at the accommodation in Vinci and take a transfer directly to Empoli to board a local train to Florence, for a night in the jewel of the Renaissance.
The trip and our services end after breakfast, unless you have booked a transfer to the airport or other supplementary services.
6 nights in 3/4* hotels and agriturismi with breakfast
Airone Pisa Park Hotel is surrounded by countryside at 3 km only from Pisa and it offers a swimming pool and a large garden. Rooms are simple and comfortable with free Wifi, air conditioning/heating, TV, minibar. Restaurant and breakfast are normal.
Podere di Rosa (Rosa's small farm) is a family run farmhouse placed on the hills in S.Alessio, to 4 km from Lucca. Rooms are well-finished with wrought-iron beds and terracotta floors. Each comes with garden views and a private bathroom. Free Wifi. Continental breakfast is very good with fresh products from the property's farm. Owners are very courteous.
Agritourism Il Piastrino is located near Vinci and it's housed in an ancient farmhouse completely renovated. Rooms are well-finished with dated furniture and TV, air conditioning/heating, free Wifi, balcony, private bathroom. The restaurant is very good. Breakfast is rich and natural.
The Hotel Park Palace**** is located in a quiet residential area housed in a historic Florentine villa surrounded by the Tuscan hills at 20 minutel only by walk from city center. Rooms are well-furnished and comortable with TV, free Wifi, private bathroom, minibar, air conditioning/heating. Breakfast is good, not very abundant.
Customized ELIOS, Aluminium bike
Bianchi Sempre Pro
From any airport, you can easily get to the closest railway station. From Pisa railway station, trains are direct to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa). From Florence, you need to change in Pisa Centrale. From Bologna, you need to change in Florence and Pisa Centrale.
From Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station, you can easily reach the airport FLR by bus, whereas you need to take a direct train in case you are flying from either Pisa or Bologna.
Check traintimetables on www.trenitalia.com.
GPS tracks available on request.
What is included:
· 6 nights in 3/4* hotels and agriturismi with breakfast
· Bike theft insurance
· Luggage transfer
· Telephone support 24 hours
· Bike delivery to San Giuliano Terme/Pisa and bike collection from Vinci
· People and luggage transfer Vinci-Empoli train station
· Maps and detailed itinerary
What is not included:
· Journey to the place of arrival and departure
· Lunches and dinners, except where otherwise noted
· Visits and entrance fees - tips
· possible sojourn taxes
· Anything not specified under "The price includes"
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
· Single room supplement
· Hal Board supplement
· People luggage transfer Florence-Pisa airport/Pisa airport-Pisa hotel
· E-bike/hybrid bike rental with equipment; helmet rental; rear bags rental
· Any transfer to get to the starting point or to return from the point of arrival, which can be quoted on request.