The rides follow mostly well asphalted country roads and secondary roads. There are some dirt-road cycle paths around Pisa and Lucca. There are some small hills on the way to Vinci. Near larger towns, the roads have more traffic.
Start: Pisa Finish: Vinci
Arrive at your hotel in San Giuliano Terme, located 3,5 km from Pisa centre town, and settle in to the comfortable 3* hotel with swimming pool.
Begin your day cycling through the inspiring countryside around Pisa, 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, visiting its many outstanding monuments
Challenge: 2 hours, 25 km, 90m ascent, 90m descent
Today’s ride is very scenic and nearly all flat. The route follows the Serchio River to reach the charming town of Lucca. Once in Lucca, take your time to visit the wonderful city centre, ride along the imposing tree-lined perimeter walls and explore its splendid gardens, majestic bell tower and impressive Piazza Anfiteatro, a 2nd century Roman amphitheatre.
Challenge: 2 hours, 24 km, 300m ascent, 295m descent
Today you cycle upstream along the Serchio River cycle path that takes you to the Lucchese foothills where there are many beautiful and famous palaces and gardens to be visited. Stop to admire the monumental gardens full of luxurious and extraordinary vegetation of Villa Reale and Villa Grabau before heading back towards town.
Challenge: 2.5/3.5 hours, 33/39 km, 170/450m ascent, 170/450m descent
Today you with your bikes and luggage will be transferred to Altopascio where you start the ride through the Padule of Fucecchio nature reserve. This is one of the largest inland wetlands of Europe. Depending on the time of year the area will be wet or dry. Marvel at the delightful all-encompassing greenness and to spot some migratory birds enjoying a well-deserved rest on their way south why not leave the road and head into the vegetation.
The day ride ends at a farm in the outskirts of the village of Vinci, where the famous inventor/artists Leonardo da Vinci came from.
Challenge: 3/4 hours, 29/54 km, 250/270m ascent, 250/270m descent
Gain insight on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci as you explore his birthplace and the two remarkable, child friendly and hands on museums dedicated to his inventions. Admire his original designs and inventions and ride up to the house where he was born, for some spectacular views and quintessential Tuscan scenery.
Challenge: 1/2 hours, 8/15 km, 175/450m ascent, 175/450m descent
Today you can chose to either do a round tour in the vicinity of Vinci, going to the village of Cerreto Guide, with its imposing Medici palace/Villa or you can cycle into Empoli from where a 30 minute train ride takes you into downtown Florence the cradle of the Renaissance. Spend the day strolling its wonderful streets and admiring the innumerable wonders before returning to Empoli the afternoon and cycling back to Vinci Overnight in Vinci
Challenge: 2.5 hours, 15 km, 450m ascent, 450m descent
After breakfast you will be driven to Empoli railway station, from where you can take the traFlorence or Pisa. If you have rented a bike with us, leave it at the accommodation in Vinci.
All accomodations are carefully selected because of their location, atmosphere and/or unique services. All rooms are en-suite.
We choose two comfortable 3* hotels and one agriturismo where all rooms have private en-suite bathroom.
You can find below the standard hotels of this trip. If a hotel is fully booked, then we will book a similar one for you and inform you about the alternative booked.
You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.
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.
This Hotel is surrounded by the quiet green countryside of Lucca at only 5 km from the historic center of Lucca. It offers rooms with rustic style with air conditioning and free Wifi. Accommodations are comfortable, spacious and clean. Breakfast is good. External swimming pool.
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.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and November.
MERIDA Crossway 300 Lady
MERIDA Crossway 500 Man
Specialized Rockhopper Electric MTB
GPS tracks are available on request.
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