Tuscany

$4,180.00

September 29 – October 8, 2019
From the stunning coastline of the Cinque Terre to ancient hilltop villages like San Geminano, Tuscany offers unforgettable backdrops, with vineyard and olive grove clad hills offering perfect terrain for expert and beginner alike.  Throw in post-ride gelatos, Tuscan feasts, and wine so good it’ll make you blush, and you have the makings of the vacation of your life.

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Why do we so love Tuscany? Well, there’s the food. Not much needs to be said about the world’s finest cuisine, and Lucca, off the tourist tracks around Pisa and Florence, has quietly built a reputation for Italy’s finest gastronomy.

Add the perfect bottle of Barolo and you’ll forget that you came here to ride a bike. Seriously.

And the rides! Isolated from southern Tuscany by the Apuane Mountains, Lucca is cycling paradise. While much of Tuscany is characterized by rolling hills, wheat fields, and cypress pines, Lucca is marked by winding climbs to high peaks for the climbers, and quiet, rolling valleys for the recreational cyclist. It is rarely frequented by tourists, but cyclists abound. It is not uncommon to see many pro riders sharing the otherwise quiet roads with you, unbothered by the traffic of visitors driving from one destination to the next.

And let’s not forget L’Eroica – hands down the world’s most revered Gran Fondo, the ultimate celebration of Italian cycling culture, and an absolute must-do for anyone who loves food, wine, and bikes!

Are you ready for the ride your life?


Tour Highlights:

  • Wander the 4.2km tree-lined footpath atop Lucca’s mura –  the 16th century wall circling the ancient city.
  • Finish your ride with the best gelato of your life, from the master ice-cream maker at Grom Gellateria.
  • Ride the simply-must-ride-before-you-die Camaiore Road and the legendary Monte Serra testpiece.
  • Enjoy an authentic Tuscan feast while Mario Cipollini holds court, spinning cycling tales of lore.
  • Experience L’Eroica. You don’t ride it, you experience  it. Ride a vintage bike along Tuscany’s famed
  • strade bianchi,  stopping in fairytale towns for food, drink, and celebration in this one-of-a-kind festival.

Package Includes:

  • 9 nights double-occupancy, boutique hotel and apartment accommodation;
  • Fully guided daily rides
  • All van transfers including airport pick-up/drop-off from Florence airport
  • All breakfasts, lunches and non-alcoholic refreshments during the rides;
  • Entry fee to l’Eroica;
  • 1 set of Magic Places professional-grade cycling bibs and jersey;
  • Our friendly and attentive customer service;

Additional Extras:

  • Pinarello road bike rental:  $400
  • Vintage bike rental for l’Eroica:  $120
  • Single Occupancy Room Supplement: $1100
  • Guided gastronic, winery, and historic tours as requested

Dates:

September 29 – October 8, 2019

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