Day 1 Arrive Florence
On arrival into Florence, your centrally located accommodation is only a few minutes walk from the must sees of The Renaissance Gardens, Ponte Vecchio Bridge and the glorious Duomo. Depending on your arrival time you can have a bike fitting today, or alternatively assemble your own bike ready for a quick afternoon spin and stretch of the legs.
Day 2 Cycle to Radda in Chianti
Ride into the heart of the Chianti wine region via the local and pro’s favourite route, the 'Via Chiantgiana'. Leaving Florence visit the museum of Tour de France and Italian cycling legend, Gino Bartali. Roll south through cafe-filled piazzas of Greve and Panzano in Chianti. Your last stop of the day is the charming, historic wine town of Radda in Chianti where you will spend the next 2 nights.
Cycle: 55 km
Overnight: Radda in Chianti
Day 3 Chianti Winelands Loop Ride
Take in a loop ride through the Chianti wine lands. Tap out a steady rhythm on the climb to Giaole in Chianti, home to 12th century Brolio Castle, the region's largest vineyard. A rapid descent heads through Castelnuovo dei Sabionni before a rolling route returns to the pool and gardens of your hotel. Later, why not visit the Casa del Chianti Classico. This former 15th century convent houses the largest collection of Chianti labels ready for sampling under expert guidance.
Cycle: 55 km +
Ascent/Descent: 1450m +/-
Overnight: Radda in Chianti
Day 4 Cycle to Siena
Leaving Radda, cycle sections of the Giro d’Italia stages as you head west to the hilltop town of San Gimignano famed for its 14 towers (and the world’s best gelato shop!). On leaving San Gimignano, the route passes through the old town streets of Monteriggioni and into the grandeur of Siena’s old town centre piece, the Piazza di Campo - perfect for a post-ride beer!
Cycle: 58 km + (or 76 km)
Day 5 Onward Travel
With train links to Pisa (1hr45min), Florence (1-2 hours) and Rome (3hrs30min), onward travel from Siena is simple. However, you may prefer to further explore the art-filled streets and Gothic architecture of Siena before your departure.
Each Tuscan accommodation is different and full of character. Typical hotels and B&B's are listed
below, though on occasion we may have to book you an alternative accommodation especially during the busier periods of the year. The price of your tour is based on a standard room at each of the listed accommodations.
Included are 4 breakfasts, which usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of
Lunches and dinners are not included. Never too far from a piazza, your route notes suggest a number of local places to dine
and of course, being in the heart of Chianti, there is fine red wine in abundace.
If you're travelling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is not available to solo cyclists.
Hotel David - Florence
A 19th century mansion converted into a family run hotel is within easy reach of all the major sights of Florence. Sitting south of the River Arno also makes for an easy exit from Florence the following morning.
Relais Vignale – Radda in Chianti
In the heart of Radda in Chianti and only a few steps from the buzzing village centre, the peaceful grounds complete with pool is perfect for any post ride relaxation.
La Chicca - Siena
Owned by the Garavini family La Chicca is a 10 min walk from the Piazza Campo. The property has 6 bright, spacious, comfortable rooms along with a garden and private terrace.
This trip is available to start on any day from May to October and we suggest that you contact us as soon as possible if you are considering a departure during the peak season of May-June and September.
Please bear in mind that July and August can be hot for cycling. It is advised to always carry plenty of water (to stay hydrated), wear sunscreen and protective clothing such as a sunhat. It is also recommended to avoid cycling at noon on very hot days, this can be avoided by starting early!
Navigation, Route Notes & Maps
The cycling in this region follows well surfaced roads through towns, villages and minor country routes and is truly picture postcard Tuscany. Although the riding is not technical you must feel comfortable with rapid and sometimes narrow hairpin descents and be equipped to deal with a change in weather and road condition. Roads are often narrow and shared with cars, as such this trip is suitable only for experienced road cyclists.
Although we can supply GPX tracks along with our tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps, the roads are well signposted and are generally cycle friendly.
Should you require assistance, 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.
We recognise the importance of being at one with your bike, which is why we have partnered with a preferred road bike supplier in Tuscany.
Focus Cayo 5.0 carbon bikes are available to hire in a number of sizes. All bikes come with a spare tube, pump, levers and a cycle computer.
Your hire bike will be delivered to your hotel in Florence and can be set up with flat, Look or Shimano spd pedals.
If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and
frame size you currently ride, along with any other specific requests
you may have. We’re always happy to answer any questions regarding hire
If you would to bring your own road bike please ensure it is
thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate road bike for this trip.
All bike tours are unescorted. The distances listed are approximations of the recommended routes.
Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, cycle clothing and personal medications etc.
It is a requirement of booking this tour
with Macs Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you
for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Getting to Florence / From Siena
Florence Airport is served by a limited number of scheduled and low-cost airlines and is approximately a 20 minute bus or taxi journey to Florence Central Station.
Alternatively Pisa Airport is just over a 60 minute train journey from Florence. From the airport a ten-minute connecting bus service will take you from the airport to Pisa Central station. From here hourly services run through to Florence.
Rome Fiumicino airport train station also connects with Florence via an approximate 2.5hr journey time.
Information on train journey times and booking, tickets can be accessed at The Trainline Europe.
Siena does not have an airport but is on a main train line and has a number of daily services to the following cities:
Pisa, 1hr 45min journey time. Daily services, up to 2 per hour.
Florence, 1-2 hours journey time. Daily services, up to 2 per hour.
Rome, 3.5 hours journey time. Daily services up to 5-6 per hour.
For more information on train times and tickets The Trainline Europe.
- 2 Nights 4* hotel, 1 night 3* Hotel, 1 night boutique B&B
- 4 Breakfasts
- 24/7 UK telephone support
- Macs Adventure Navigation App
- Baggage Transfers
- Bike Hire
- Lunches and Dinners
- Arrival or Departure Transfers
- Drinks and snacks
- Personal equipment and expenditure
- Travel insurance
- Road Bike Hire
- Extra Nights (Florence or Siena)
- Arrival or Departure Transfers
- Single Room Supplement
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that
you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us
if you have any further queries.
How fit do I need to be?
This trip is graded moderate to challenging. Daily distances are up to 60km with up to 1000m+ of ascent. The rolling landscape of Tuscany is not to be underestimated! Each ride includes several climbs of 5-8km which are up to 12% gradient in places. After such climbs, descents must therefore treated with respect. The route is designed to enjoy the road cycling as much as the famous Tuscan foods and wine, so this trip isn’t just about the bike!
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as
soon as your plans are finalised as this region is extremely popular
especially May to June and September.
Can I take my own bike?
Of course! We understand the
relationship between rider and bike and know many cyclists would never
consider riding another steed. If you are unsure, we are happy to discuss
bike hire options with you.
When is the best time of year?
May is the month of Giro d’Italia so the nation is gripped by ‘bike fever’ depending on stage routings you may even get to see a stage of Giro.
May, June and September offer sunny, warm days and equally pleasant evenings. Sunflowers are in full bloom during May and June, whilst September is the grape harvest, so you will be sure to experience a local festival or two!
July and August temperatures may require earlier starts. Daytime temperatures are usually hit 30 degrees (+) with the evenings perfect for enjoying a glass of Chianti in the buzz of a piazza.