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Cycle Tuscany

8 Days | Fall in love with provincial Italy on this cycling adventure through Tuscany.

4.9 out of 5 based on 30 reviews submitted.
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Encounter the picturesque hills and olive groves of Tuscany on this cycling adventure from Florence to Pisa. Be rewarded after a day of pedaling through quaint villages with inspiring mountain views in Barga. Explore the frenetic streets of Pisa before laying eyes on a certain lopsided tower. Visit one of the oldest bakeries in Italy for a taste of their delicious biscotti. Enjoy stunning views of Garfagnana, Tuscany's mountainous escape. 

Trip overview

Map of Cycle Tuscany including Italy
Start
Florence, Italy
Finish
Pisa, Italy
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
Italy
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 15
Trip code
ZMXT
This trip generates 15.22 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Pedal through the rolling green hills, vineyards and olive groves of Tuscany on this classic journey from Florence to Pisa
  • From Lucca's tree-lined city walls, follow the gentle Serchio River to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Retrace the steps of Leonardo da Vinci around his home city, Vinci
  • Sample the local Tuscan delicacies and a glass (or two!) of vino after a rewarding day in the saddle
  • Sit and watch the world go by with a cappuccino at Piazza dell'Anfiteatro
  • Get away from tourist crowds and experience the 'real Italy' in Garfagnana
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • To complete this trip it is important that you are both confident and competent in riding a bicycle.
  • While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short the stunning terrain of northern Tuscany is naturally hilly so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the trip – but remember, we will always have the support vehicle on hand if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
  • On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed).
  • As our riding is done mostly on sealed roads with the occasional gravel cycle path there are no technical cycling skills required – but given the hills involved we do suggest practicing riding downhill so you are comfortable with this once the trips begins.
  • There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – a puncture here and there – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
  • If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle Tuscany including Italy

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support vehicle, Local bus

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights)

Activities
  • Signa to Vinci Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Lucca to Barga Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Devil’s Bridge visit
  • Garfagnana - Picnic
  • Barga to Garfagnana Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Lucca - Picnic
  • Garfagnana to Lucca Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Lucca to Pisa Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
Add on activities
  • Florence - Uffizi Gallery - EUR24
  • Florence - Accademia - EUR17
  • Florence - Medici Chapels - EUR15
  • Florence - Bargello Museum - EUR14
  • Florence - Baptistry, Museo Opera del Duomo, Giotto Bell Tower and Brunelleschi Dome - EUR30
  • Vinci - Museo Leonardiano Birthplace of Leonardo Combo Ticket - EUR11
  • Barga - Dinner - EUR25
  • Barga - Fondazione Pascoli - Free
  • Barga - Cathedral - Free
  • Castelnuovo di Garfagnana - Cathedral - Free
  • Castelnuovo di Garfagnana - Fortezza dell'Este - Free
  • Lucca - Cathedral of San Martino & Ilaria del Carretto Tomb - EUR3
  • Lucca - Palazzo Pfanner House & Gardens - EUR6
  • Lucca - Puccini concert - EUR20
  • Lucca - Guinigi Tower Climb - EUR6
  • Torre delle Ore Climb - EUR4
  • Pisa - Leaning Tower of Pisa - EUR20

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. The Single Supplement does not include night 7 in Pisa, which will be twin share.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organize a suitable sized bike.
3. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.
4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
5. On this trip we have a single leader that rides with the group, and another that drives the support vehicle (acting as a back marker where needed). Where the vehicle cannot travel directly with the cyclists (e.g. a cyclists-only path) your leader will assign a person from the group to act as a back marker.
6. As space in the support vehicle is very limited we request that travelers bring only a small bag, no more than 20kgs with them.
7. Due to frequent unscheduled closures we have removed the Verrucole Fortress visit.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 30 reviews submitted.
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Dennis · Traveled October 2023
Great ride great guides great food great trip😊
Review submitted 14 Oct 2023

Chloe · Traveled September 2023
Overall a great trip, due in large part to the leader (Andrea) and support driver (Dav). There are some parts of the route that I would strongly recommend Intrepid change to ensure a higher level of safety - I was very grateful for the efforts of the guide and driver to ensure our safety during these instances (the route is out of their hands). Some of the hotel options could be improved as well. Overall, biking through such a beautiful part of Italy and visiting the small countryside towns was an unforgettable experience. Thanks Andrea and Dav!
Review submitted 23 Sep 2023

Patricia · Traveled September 2023
I’m not a great blogger so there’d be others who’d do a better job than me.
Review submitted 15 Oct 2023

Cameron · Traveled September 2023
Excellent trip through Tuscany experiencing the mountains, villages & sea. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. Great way to see Italy in a different way with great people and a great support crew including Andrea our guide.
Review submitted 23 Sep 2023

Zachary · Traveled September 2023
Cycle Tuscany was everything I expected from Intrepid. Walter and Alice were terrific trip leaders, the itinerary was interesting and the group was fun. I've already booked my next trip in 2024.
Review submitted 13 Sep 2023
Cycle Tuscany
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CAD $2,620