European Cycling Adventures

Tuscany 2015

 

Announcing Bike Rides For Ordinary People’s
2015 European Cycling Adventures

Tuscany 2015

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For 2015, we have decided to do two European trips.  Both trips will be to Tuscany, Italy.
The route will take us from Pisa to Florence with overnight stops in Lucca, Montecatini and Florence
On each trip, we will ride from Pisa to Florence.  In Florence, you will have a free day to explore.

The routes are mostly on a flat area with some hilly parts which do not require particular athletic skills.

Note that Tuscany is a very popular destination and we only have room for 10 people on each week. So if you are interested, fill in the registration form and send a deposit check to guarantee a spot.

Tuscany Between Pisa and Florence

Dates:

  • 29-Aug – 4-Sep (Saturday – Friday)
    7 days/6 nights - $1,700
  • 6-Sep – 12-Sep (Sunday – Saturday)
    7 days/6 nights - $1,700 

Itinerary
Day 1 – Pisa.

Arrival. The city is famous all over the world for its magic Piazza dei Miracoli with the characteristic leaning tower, the bell tower of the city cathedral. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1987, besides a large number of monuments it also offers a friendly and lively atmosphere of a university city.

Day 2 – Pisa–Lucca (28 miles).

Today we pedal northwards along the river Serchio for an easy stage. Depending on the feelings of the group, we may take a slightly longer route by going towards Massaciuccoli Lake before reaching Lucca.

Day 3 – Lucca–Montecatini (28 miles).

Riding a route with wonderful panoramic views, we reach the little village of Collodi and the town of Pescia. In Collodi, where the author of Pinocchio spent his childhood, we can visit the famous Pinocchio’s Park (created in 1962) and the aristocratic Villa Garzoni. In Pescia we can enjoy a quiet stroll among churches, palaces, Renaissance mansions and the local flower street market.

Day 4 – Montecatini–Montecatini (36 miles).

Today, we have a picturesque itinerary that leads us among villas of the Medici family olive groves, vineyards and beautiful historical farms, going past Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace and possibly visit the museum. If for some reason, you don’t want to ride, you can relax in one of the most famous thermal cities in Europe and stroll down the narrow lanes of the old city, which is situated on a hill and can be reached by a cable-railway.

Day 5 -Montecatini–Florence (30 miles).

Today we will ride to Florence and enjoy the flat Tuscan plains. The highlight will likely be the picturesque village of Prato with among other sites, the beautiful Villa Medicea di Poggio a Caiano.

Day 6- Florence.

I’ve included a last day in fabulous city Florence, home of the Duomo, the Uffizi museum, Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio and may other great things to see and do. We will have an opportunity to take a walking tour as a group or you are free to explore on your own before our farewell dinner.

Day 7 – Florence.

Check out after breakfast and head of to your next destination or spend the day exploring the city.


            

What's Included:

  • Accommodations in 3 and 4 star hotels
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • 4 dinners
  • Hybrid bicycles well suited for the routes
  • Luggage transportation
  • Route Description and Map
  • Not included:  Airfare and ground transportation to and from the start and end

 

Cost : $1,700 per person/double occupancy

            $  250 single supplement

  When registering plesae send a deposit check for $300.

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