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Tuscany Cycle Siena & Chianti

Ride through Tuscany’s classic towns of Siena, San Gimignano and
Montepulciano



At a glance

* 7 nights at 3 star hotels with en suite facilities
* 5 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
* Group normally 6 to 16, plus leaders. Min age 16 years
* 95% tarmac, 5% easy gravel roads

Ride through Tuscany’s classic towns of Siena, San Gimignano and
Montepulciano

The Tuscan landscape is one of the most evocative and romantic in Europe with
cypress trees lining the roads, olive groves, vineyards, ancient hill-top
towns and, of course, classic Renaissance cities. Our group cycling tour is
carefully planned to take in the best of Tuscany without feeling rushed: part
of the joy of the Italian lifestyle is sitting and watching the world go by
with a glass of wine in your hand! During the week we ride through diverse
areas of Tuscany, such as the hills of Chianti and the beautiful countryside
around Montepulciano. Riding north, we enter ‘Le Crete’, a wonderfully scenic
region that’s home to some of Tuscany’s best towns and villages. We then
enjoy Siena’s magnificent Campo before biking past the towers of San
Gimignano and onto our final destination in Florence. Following country roads
wherever possible, we mix point-to-point and circular rides to make a perfect
cycle tour of this region.

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Type: Land Only

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What’s included

* All breakfasts
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Local bike hire

Food:
All breakfasts are included and are Continental in style, consisting of
coffee or tea, cereals, cheese and cold meat, bread, pastries, yoghurt, jam
and/or honey.

Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and full of flavour. Inspired by the
kitchens of the nonna, Tuscany’s food is authentic and surprising – pizza
and pasta are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the diverse array
of unforgettable food you’ll find on this trip. Starters include antipasti
of cured meats or a crustini di fegato made from toasted slices of bread with
a chicken liver pate. Soups options are the zuppa di fagioli, with beans, or
ribollita, a deliciously hearty vegetable and bread soup. The tagliatelle al
tartufo brings the delicious flavors of truffles into a rich, luscious pasta
dish whether the bistecca florentina, a mouth-watering t-bone steak takes
centre stage for main course. End your meal with cantucci biscuits, dipped
into a glass of vin santo, sweet dessert wine for a true taste of Tuscany.
Vegetarians are well catered for in Italy. Please inform us of any dietary
requirements at the time of booking.

Start destination: San Quirico

End destination: Florence

Cycling profile

Day 1

Start in the hilltop town of San Quirico D’Orcia, one of the most beautiful
and charming medieval towns of the Orcia Valley.
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Day 2

Today we head towards Pienza, a charming town full of history and culture.
From here we cycle to the beautifully situated wine centre of Montepulciano,
famous for its Vino Nobile. We then head towards the mediaeval village of
Monticchiello and on to the well known thermal bath of Bagno Vignoni, before
making our way back to the hotel.

Day 3

A classic day’s riding, showing Tuscany at its most picturesque. Following
back roads, we head out of San Quirico with a first stop at Montalcino. We
then descend on the road to Buonconvento and ride back up to Murlo passing
by Bibbiano. From here we ascend the short but steep Rospatoio Pass and take
a lovely road section via Ville di Corsano, as we approach the splendid
gothic city of Siena.

Day 4

Siena is one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval towns with one of the world’s
most gracious squares, the Campo. There is plenty to see in Siena and its
sights are best explored on foot as the town is compact but hilly. There are
many museums and buildings of interest to visit, such as the impressive
Duomo. Alternatively you may choose to head out for an unguided ride. On the
June 30th departure you will get the chance to be in Siena during the ‘Palio
Horse Race’, one of Italy’s most famous annual sporting events and experience
the thrilling atmosphere around it. Held in honour of the Virgin Mary, ten
of the city’s seventeen contrade, or districts, are represented by a horse
and jockey in each race and will compete against each other during this
event. It has been held in Siena’s civic hub, Piazza del Campo, since 1644
and local people get involved to a level that it is still common for
‘mixed-marriage’ couples to separate for the days leading up to and
including the race if the contrada of the husband and wife both have a horse
in contention.

Day 5

From Siena we head directly into the heart of Chianti. Our picturesque route
takes us via some lovely small villages and hamlets, as well as some
spectacular vineyards and castles, such as that of Castello di Brolio. Here
there is the option to taste some of the area’s finest wines. We then cycle
on to Gaiole for lunch and after a gelato stop in Radda, we follow our final
section to Castellina in Chianti, where we stay for two nights.

Day 6

From Castellina, we ride through rolling countryside before taking an
amazingly scenic descent into the lower valley. From Poggibonsi we head
towards the distant towers of San Gimignano, nestled between the hills and
small hamlets. The Unesco town is one of the most visited and interesting
sights in Tuscany; famous for its towers, Vernaccia wine & Safron. We spend
a few hours enjoying the atmosphere, walking by the walls and admiring the
town’s high towers. Our return route involves a long but beautiful climb
before reaching Castellina and enjoying a well deserved gelato. 

Day 7

Our final spectacular ride passes through Panzano in Chianti towards the
market town of Greve in Chianti. This is described as one of the most scenic
roads which links Florence with Siena through the Chianti hills. Here we have
time to admire the triangular piazza which hosts the famous Chianti wine
festival before heading towards Strada and Impruneta, known for their local
terracotta production. In Impruneta we stop for our lunch. We finish by
taking a panoramic road towards Florence, cycling all the way to Piazzale
Michelangelo for a final group shot. We will arrive in Florence in the early
afternoon, giving you time to start exploring this wonderful city of the
Renaissance including the Cathedral and Baptistry – the oldest building in
the city. Also see the Ponte Vecchio, the superb bridge over the river Arno,
lined with goldsmiths and the most famous symbol of the City.

Day 8

End in Florence. Please speak to our sales team if you would like to book
extra nights in this magnificent city.
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Customer Feedback

Amazing adventure!

Summary:
This was my first cycling tour and tour with Exodus. I had an amazing
experience! The trip was well planned and I feel like it had the prefect
balance of cycling, exploring towns on foot and good food. The level of
difficulty was more than I thought. I trained in advance, which served me
well, but I recommend others do the same, especially if this is your first
bike tour.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to the top of each hill is so rewarding. You definitely earn the
views!

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Awesome trip!

Summary:
Fantastic trip, with Fantastic people!
This was my first Exodus cycle trip, and for a Level 3, not only myself, but
many others in the group found it a very challenging trip. The roads in this
part of Italy, is either “up” or “down”…so with the weather being over 30C
each day, each day was a bit challenging. I would definitely rate this trip
higher than “Moderate”, but having said that I thoroughly enjoyed the
beautiful scenery, Tuscan hills, the food & wine, and all that Tuscany
offers!
Can’t wait to do my next Exodus Cycle tour!!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Our group was so much fun! We all shared similar ages and cycle abilities,
some more than others, but getting together each evening for dinner was a
highlight!
Love to cycle with this group again!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both David & Rebecca (Becks) were awesome leaders! They kept the team
together, and always booked some awesome local restaurant for all of us to
dine together. They always prepared us for the next 10-15kms, so breaking up
the day with stops and lunch breaks along the way, made it for great cycle
days.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This cycle trip is not for the “light hearted”! You are climbing many long
hills, and cycling down many windy roads. I would say recommend doing long
steep hill rides before you venture to Tuscany!
Having said that, it is so beautiful and rewarding…so definitely go, but
make sure you get those hill cycles in before you go on this trip!

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Great trip, difficulty rating a bit misleading

Summary:
Our second trip with Exodus. A really good group of cyclists to ride and
socialize with. Leaders Becs and David did a great job supporting us and
handling both the expected and the unexpected. The scenery was spectacular.
Having been on another level 3 tour, I would suggest that this one was
significantly more difficult. I think Exodus needs to make some changes in
the difficulty ranking system. I would be skeptical about the ranking and
would want to talk to someone who had been on the trip I was considering.
That said, we would do it again!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Besides making it to the top of some longer hills, as well as one 25% grade,
we had one cyclist crash and damage his shoulder and ribs.
I was impressed with my fellow travellers who looked after him until the
leaders arrived on scene. I was impressed with Becs and David for the way
they looked after him, his partner and still managed to look after all of us.
Most of all, I was impressed with the injured cyclist and his partner. He
stayed with us, rode the van, came out to dinner and kept participating
despite what must have been a lot of pain. She rode the rest of the trip
with us.
I thought they both showed determination and toughness and it was great
having them on the trip

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
David and Becs did a great job of handling our group and dealing with issues
that arose. Lots of energy, a few necessary untruths (undulating), great
support and good fun. As did our last trip leader, I think they went above
and beyond in supporting our vacation.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be skeptical of the difficulty rankings and try to find someone you can talk
to about the trip and the difficulty. This one, Exodus got wrong.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The bikes were adequate for what we were doing. Given the heat we
experienced and the fact that we saw the van often, but not always, I would
really like to see a second water bottle cage on each bike. The cost is
very little, but being able to have a second bottle with you is important
anytime, but especially in temps over 30 degrees.

On our last trip, each bike had a pannier for carrying small items. These
bikes had nothing. I suggest a small handlebar bag to be able to carry, for
instance, some sunscreen and a wallet, maybe a few other items. The van was
gone one morning for repairs and we carried a knapsack which would not be my
choice. We did get frequent meet ups with the van, but sometimes not when it
was needed and wanted.

All in all, we like this company and the tours we have been on and hope to go
on more.

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Siena cycle trip review

Summary:
organised and well supported cycle trip through beautiful tuscan countryside
with visits to Florence and siena.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Not one specific thing but generally enjoyed the challenge of the cycling
with a nice group of people coupled with the rewards of the beautiful
scenery, plus nice food and wine.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both group leaders were professional, organised, and supportive of
individuals and the needs of the whole group.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This tour is on the harder side of moderate rating taking in to account the
height gain coupled with the heat at certain times of the year. Travellers
will need a good level of fitness for this tour to complete the hill
sections.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I suffered an injury on this tour and was well supported by the group leaders
when I had the accident and afterwards.

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Excellent hol

Summary:
Great weather. Lovely group of people. Superb tour leaders (Bex and David).
Food and wine was great. Ditto scenery. Really sorry to come home. If you are
reasonably fit, this would be good trip to do. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Tjoo many to mention

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Really good

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
No

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
No

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Excellent hol

Summary:
Great weather. Lovely group of people. Superb tour leaders (Bex and David).
Food and wine was great. Ditto scenery. Really sorry to come home. If you are
reasonably fit, this would be good trip to do. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Tjoo many to mention

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Really good

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
No

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
No

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Lovely Hol

Summary:
Second trip with Exodus. Lovely holiday cycling through Tuscany, finishing in
Florence. Lots of clmb, but not too severe. Great weather, food & wine.
Group were great fun. I’ll be back next year for another trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Hard to say – perhaps the views to the next town, perhaps the food. Perhaps
the towns themselves. Maybe an ice cream in Sienna. All were truly
impressive.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Get reasonably fit, take plenty of sun tan lotion & insect spray.

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Glorious Countryside

Summary:
We rode through glorious towns and countryside with plenty of opportunities
to take photographs.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
I really enjoyed the company of the other riders. I am so glad I took this
trip instead of a self-guided trip.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Jon Hobson is very easy to get along with and to talk about anything we want.
He took good care of us, riding at a good pace, stopping frequently for us
to regroup and to refill our water bottles. At lunch and dinner time he
provided us with great suggestions on places to eat.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I would suggest you have a good fitness level as there are some hills which
are hard to ride up.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Martino Falsini, our support person, did a stellar job when one of the other
riders came off his bike and broke his collar bone. He arrived very promptly
in the support van, took control of the situation, checked the rider for head
injuries and took him to hospital. Great work.

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Cycling Siena and Chianti

Summary:
Great cycle routes, well planned stops, good climbs and descents.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Reaching the tops of some of the more challenging hills

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Jon was a fabulous group leader, well organised and motivating. Alexis was
great fun. Both made the trip really enjoyable

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Cycling in Tuscany

Summary:
Excellent and memorable cycling trip!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
This was my daughter’s first cycling trip. She is athletic but not an
experienced cyclist. She had a wonderful experience without injury because of
the excellent leadership and great bunch of other cyclists in this group. We
enjoyed every moment!
Kyung and Lea

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Liz the group leader was an excellent person in every way. She is one of the
best cycling leaders I ever had. She is very responsible, knowledgeable, and
professional. Suzy was also very fun and caring.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Excellent tour company.

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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