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THE ETRUSCAN WAY

 An individual cycle tour in Tuscany (5 or 8 days)

This cycle holiday allows you to explore all sides of Tuscany: from the art cities of Pisa and Lucca to small country villages and medieval fortresses; from the elegant seaside resorts of Versilia to the wilder southern coast of Maremma; from the rivers Arno and Serchio, passing by the lake of Massaciuccoli, to the sea again; from the typical Tuscan countryside rich in family farms and prestigious wineries to the endless pinewoods of the Etruscan coast. You will also have a unique chance to experience all the tastes of Tuscany... good cookery and excellent wines.

This cycle tour is called “La via degli Etruschi” (the Etruscan road) because this tour crosses a large part of Tuscany, mostly along the coast, which in ancient times was home to the Etruscans. They were a peaceful and cultured people, in tune with nature and the surrounding landscape. They were also lovers of good food and beauty, as is testified by their refined ceramics, mosaics and wall paintings and their sarcophagi depicting smiling faces.

During this tour imagine you are following in their footsteps… on a bike and with no hurry, following tracks and quiet rural roads known only by local people. Don’t miss this opportunity: dive headlong into this sweet adventure!

 

 

 

Highlights

  • Art cities and medieval villages of the Pisa and Lucca areas

  • The elegance of the Versilia coast. 

  •  Wine roads through the famous 'Super  Tuscan' vineyards

  • Seaside villages, parks and pinewoods leading onto wild and endless beaches

 

 

Programm

 

Day 1

Individual arrival at Lucca

Welcome briefing and handing over the bikes, the gps and maps).

 

Day 2

 

Lucca:  a ring tour in the surroundings of Lucca

The countryside of Lucca is worthwhile to discover. You will cycle along quiet country roads, far from touristic sceneries, among medieval hamlets, parish churches, small farms and old oil mills, where the famous extra virgin oil d.o.p. of Lucca is produced. You can choose between a shorter and longer ride. This day gives you also the chance to spend some extra time in Lucca and enjoy its history, art and culinary specialties.  

Distance 36 km /22 miles or 59km /36,5 miles; time  3 ½ hours - 5 hrs

 

Day 3

Lucca – Versilia

Leaving the town centre you will pass an old Carthusian monastery and Nozzano, an ancient hamlet still preserving its original layout and fortifications. After an uphill stretch on a country road you will come to Massaciuccoli Park, at the lake of Massaciuccoli. From the hilltop you will have an enchanting view of the park, the coast and the sea in the background. From here your route continues up to Viareggio, Marina di Pietrasanta and the Versilia beaches, with pleasant biking in a totally different landscape.

Distance 38 km/23,6 miles; time 4 hours; ascent: 130m  

 

Day 4 

Versilia - Pisa

The third stage of the tour starts with a trip along the Versilia promenade, one of the most famous promenades in Tuscany. You will cross the small town of Viareggio, best known as a holiday resort for famous people, for its Carnival and for the building of yachts and luxurious boats. Changing scenery you will bike through the Natural Park of 'Migliarino – San Rossore- Massaciuccoli', enjoying the aroma of the sweet-smelling pinewoods and the view of the sand dunes. The ‘Torre del Lago Puccini’ is worth a visit. Your route will bring you back to Pisa for another overnight stay in town.

Distance 42km/26 miles; time 4 hours  

 

Day 5

Castiglioncello - Castagneto Carducci

An short transfer by train will take you from Pisa to Castiglioncello. From here you will start to cycle southwards, always following the sea coastline: you pedal along natural cycle paths  crossing centuries-old pinewoods and you can enjoy the several lovely sandy beaches, like the white beaches of Vada, the Mazzanta, the Marina di Cecina… As the climate in this part of Tuscany is very pleasant even in the spring and autumn, you could decide to stop and relax on this inviting beaches, enjoying the peace of the early or late season.  You might even want to take a refreshing dive in the sea while the sun is still high in the sky.

Distance  35 km / 22 miles; time  3 hrs +  35 mins by train

 

Day 6

A ring tour: the Bolgheri wine route

Today's programme is a ring route in the green countryside. This is an excellent day for people who love the combination of good wines and the beauty of the Tuscan countryside with old cypresses, inviting vineyards, big farmhouses, always with a backdrop of green rolling hills … It will give you the impression living in a postcard! You will remain close to the seashore and therefore the ascent and descent is minimum. The route of today follows for a big part the famous Wine Road of the Etruscan Coast passing cultural interesting town's like Bibbona, Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci and crossing the area where Tuscan wines such as the well known Sassicaia and Ornellaia are produced. You could make a stop to one of the many inviting wineries and taste some of these local wines. You return back to the same hotel as yesterday, where you can enjoy some well-deserved relaxation.

Distance 35 km/22 miles; time 4 hours

 

Day 7

Castagneto Carducci – Follonica (Puntone)

Following again the coastline you will come to San Vincenzo, another seaside resort with a beautiful promenade, sandy beaches and cosy restaurants near the sea. From here you will pedal to the Gulf of Baratti, a spectacular bay with a wide beach of particularly dark-coloured sand which is protected by wild cliffs. This is a place of uncontaminated nature, with only a few houses on the seashore and a small harbour for sailing boats. This area is famous for the archaeological site of Populonia, one of the most famous of Tuscany, which contains a lot of perfectly preserved Etruscan tombs, with sarcophagi and wall paintings on the inner walls. The tour continues along the flatlands facing Elba island and then takes you to Torre Mozza, where an ancient tower is built directly on the fine white beach. Continuing along the seashore you will reach Follonica for your last overnight stay.

Distance 48km /30 miles or 54km / 33,5 miles; time about 5 hours

 

Day 8

Departure

After enjoying the sea for the last time, you can easily reach Follonica train station to go back to Pisa or Florence (leaving the bikes at the hotel) unless you prefer to extend your holiday relaxing some more days on the coast or discovering the beauty of Elba island

 

 

5 day version:

Day 1 arrival at Lucca

Day 2 ringtour from Lucca

Day 3 Lucca-Versilia

Day 4 Versilia -Pisa

Day 5 departure after breakfast

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • Accommodation in double room with continental breakfast.

  • Gps and maps

  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel

  • Emergency support

  • route briefing on arrival day

  • tour information

 

The tour doesn't include:

  • Lunch & dinner

  • Bicycle hire

  • train ticket on day 4 ( about € 3,50 )

     

Period

every Saturday from April till November (other periods on request)

Level 1/2

Level 1/2  easy cycling along quiet country roads or cycle paths. Although Tuscany is famous for its hills, this tour is mostly flat because the route follows the coastline and rivers. There are only some short uphill roads around Lucca and some parts with gently rolling hills along the Bolgheri wine road. The maximum daily climb is about 130m, when you cycle from Lucca to Massaciuccoli. A tour for everybody !  Important: The daily distances can change somewhat depending on the road situation and the location of your hotel.

Participants

Self guided with min 2 persons (travelling alone on request)

Prices 2017

8 day tour

April, May & October In a double room     € 750,00
June & September In a double room  € 800,00
July In a double room  € 890,00
August In a double room  € 945,00
Single room supplement   € 290,00
Bike rental € 115,00 / ebike rental € 230 / front bag € 28  / rear bag € 18 / helmet € 10,00
5 day tour
March, April & October In a double room  € 420,00
May till September In a double room  € 460,00

Single room supplement   € 180,00

3rd person in triple 30% discount
Bike rental € 80 / ebike rental € 150 / front bag € 16 / rear bag € 10 / helmet € 7,00