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Family cycling tour from Pisa to Florence
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Family cycling tour from Pisa to Florence

Family cycling tour from Pisa to Florence

Exploring Northern Tuscany with kids

  • The magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa with the leaning tower and Cathedral
  • Quintessential Lucca, with its imposing city walls and a riddle of narrow streets 
  • Vinci, the charming medieval town where Leonardo da Vinci was born
  • Florence, the cradle of the renaissance
  • Quiet country roads, cycle paths and tree lined avenues 
  • Delicious Tuscan culinary specialties
  • Warm, welcoming locals 
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Route

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

Day 1: Arrival in Pisa
Day 2: Pisa loop to the Certosa of Calci (25 km)
Day 3: Cycle from Pisa to Lucca (24 km)
Day 4: Loop tour of Lucca’s villas (33 km, 39 km)
Day 5: Cycle from Lucca to Vinci (29 km, 54 km)
Day 6: Vinci round trip (8 km, 15 km)
Day 7: Day trip tp Florence or bike ride to Cerreto Guidi (15 km)
Day 8: Arrivederci Toscana

Day 1:    Arrival in Pisa

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. 

 

Day 2:    Pisa loop to the Certosa of Calci (25 km)

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

 

Day 3:    Cycle from Pisa to Lucca (24 km)

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

 

Day 4:    Loop tour of Lucca’s villas (33 km, 39 km)

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

 

Day 5:    Cycle from Lucca to Vinci (29 km, 54 km)

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

 

Day 6:    Vinci round trip (8 km, 15 km)

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

 

Day 7:    Day trip tp Florence or bike ride to Cerreto Guidi (15 km)

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

 

Day 8:    Arrivederci Toscana

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. 

 

'standard' hotels

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. 

Extra overnight:

You can book additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way.

Airone Pisa Park Hotel - San Giuliano Terme
Airone Pisa Park Hotel *** (San Giuliano Terme)

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.

www.hotelpisa.it

Hotel Carignano - Lucca
Hotel Carignano **** (Lucca)

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.

www.carignanohotel.it

Agriturismo Il Piastrino - Vinci
Agriturismo Il Piastrino *** (Vinci)

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.

www.ilpiastrino.it

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between March and November.

Florence (FLR)Pisa (PSA) and Bologna (BLQ) airports are flown to by both major and low cost international carriers. All three airports can be easily reached by local transport, which is affordable and offers a frequent service.

Arrival in San Giuliano Terme

From any airport, you can easily get to the closest railway station. From Pisa Centrale, 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.

Departure from Vinci

You need to reach Empoli from Vinci by bus. From Empoli train station, you can reach Florence and Pisa by direct train.

RENTAL BIKES

MERIDA Crossway 300 Lady

  • gears: Shimano Alivio 3x8
  • front suspensions
  • brakes: disc hydraulic
  • frame size (female): XS, S, L

 

MERIDA Crossway 500 Man

  • gears: Shimano XT 3x9
  • front suspensions
  • V brakes
  • frame size (male): S, M, L, XL

 

 

Giant Ambition

  • gears: Shimano Alivio 3x8
  • front suspensions
  • V brakes
  • frame size (male): L, XL - frame size (female): L

 

Montana MTB

  • gears: Shimano SLX 3x7-8-9
  • front suspensions
  • V brakes / disc hydraulic brakes
  • wheel size (CHILD): 20'', 24'', 26''

ELECTRIC BIKES

Specialized Rockhopper Electric MTB

  • gears: Shimano Alivio 3x9
  • front suspensions
  • brakes: disc hydraulic
  • frame size: M, L, XL

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 nights in double rooms in 3* hotel, agriturismi 
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Bike delivery to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa), theft insurance and collection from Vinci
  • Luggage transfer on DAY 3
  • Private transfer (+ bikes) from Lucca to Altopascio + luggage to Vinci on DAY 5
  • Private transfer on departure day from Vinci to Empoli train station
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes
  • Bike rental
  • Helmet
  • Rear bags
  • Travel to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa) and from Vinci
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Optional services

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Bike rental: hybrid bike, junior bike, child's seat, bike trailer, trailer bike (tag-a-long)
  • Helmet
  • Rear bags (20€ per bike/ tour; 4€ per extra cycling day/ bike) 
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Transfer from airport to San Giuliano Terme (Pisa)
  • Transfer from Vinci to airport
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