DAY 1: Arrive in Pisa
The city of Pisa is famous the world over for its iconic leaning tower and beautiful marble architecture. After checking in to your hotel, enjoy a stroll through the narrow streets of the charming city and along the banks of the Arno River before sampling a glass of local Chianti and heading back to your hotel.
Overnight: Airone Pisa Park Hotel***This family run hotel offers a relaxing retreat with a swimming pool, close to the centre of Pisa.
Alternatively the Hotel Novecento*** is a historic property located in the heart of Pisa, offering a friendly and comfortable base.
DAY 2: Circular route of Pisa & surroundings
Long route: Cycle through the beautiful countryside between Pisa and Monte Serra. Pause to visit the grandiose Certosa di Calci Monastery, founded in 1366, which houses the magnificent Natural History Museum, before heading back to Pisa where you can spend the afternoon cycling the short route.
Short route: A gentle ride along minor roads and bike paths which lead you to Miracle Square, where you can admire the architecture and Pisa’s many churches, palaces and towers.
Cycle: Long Route: 25-33km, ascent/descent 70m. Short Route: 13km, ascent/descent 90m.
Overnight: Airone Pisa Park Hotel *** or Hotel Novecento ***, Pisa
DAY 3: Pisa to Lucca
Today’s ride is incredibly scenic and nearly all flat! Cycling along the pretty River Serchio, you will have plenty of time to explore the fortified city of Lucca and ride along the tree-lined walls of its perimeter, before visiting Piazza Anfitheatro, a second century Roman amphitheatre and the city’s impressive bell tower.
Cycle: Long Route: 33km, ascent 330m, descent 320m. Short Route: 25km, ascent 300m, descent 295m.
Overnight: Located 5km from the centre of Lucca, set in the beautiful countryside Hotel Carignano offers spacious modern rooms and an excellent restaurant specialising in local Tuscan dishes. Or Agriturismo Al Podere di Rosa. A traditional farmhouse producing its own wine, olive oil and vegetables, all rooms are furnished in a simple, rustic style.
DAY 4: Circular route of Lucca
Today’s two options are of similar length but of varying difficulty. Cycle past the palatial Renaissance villas on the outskirts of Lucca and choose between an easy, flat route or a more challenging route with exceptional views on hilly terrain.
Cycle: Long Route: 40km, ascent /descent 450m. Short Route: 33km, ascent/descent 170m.
Overnight: Either Hotel Carignano or Agriturismo Al Podere di Rosa.
DAY 5: Lucca to Vinci
Cycling towards Vinci you pass the Roman town of Altopascio, before reaching the Padule di Fucecchio nature reserve- one of the highlights of today’s route. The largest inland wetlands in Europe, the nature reserve is a lush, verdant marsh where you can spot native birds, as well as many species of migratory birds who stop here en route on their journey further South.
Vinci is of course where the famous inventor/artist Leonardo Da Vinci was born.
Cycle: Long route: 54km, ascent/descent 270m. Short route: 29km, ascent/descent 200m.
Overnight: You will stay either at the charming Agriturismo Il Piastrino which produces its own wine, grappa, vin santo and honey and offers homely, cosy rooms or Hotel Monnalisa*** within the picturesque town centre, where you can relax on the terrace with a cappuccino.
DAY 6: Circular route of Vinci
You once again have the option of a harder or an easier route for your circular tour of Vinci. Explore the pretty town, the birthplace of Leonardo Da Vinci, widely recognised as a remarkable scientific and artistic genius, and visit the two museums dedicated to his designs and inventions.
After your circuit you can drop your bike off at the hotel and take a private transfer to Empoli, from where you will catch the train to Florence, for your night in the beautiful city.
Cycle: Long route: 12km. Short route: 8.2km.
Overnight: Enjoy a night at the beautiful Hotel Park Palace**** a Florentine villa set in beautiful gardens, close to the Ponte Vecchio. Alternatively, the Hotel Loggiato dei Serviti*** is a historic residence in the heart of the old city, as is the Hotel Malaspina*** a 19th Century residence, minutes from the Fortezza da Basso.
DAY 7: Depart Florence
Your holiday ends after breakfast. Make your own way to Florence Airport (or we are able to provide a transfer at a supplement), or take the train for onward travel from other airports.
Additional Nights and Extensions
You can add additional nights at any point before, during or after the tour or elsewhere in Italy.
This cycling trip is available from beginning of March to end of November. The price depends on the season, and will increase in the summer months. You can start on any day of the week. To make a provisional reservation select "Book" for the itinerary you are interested in.
This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate depending on the choice of route. Each day you can choose the difficulty, with the longer/steeper routes requiring a reasonable level of fitness. The routes follow surfaced country roads and secondary roads. There are some cycle paths and dirt roads around Pisa and Lucca. Near larger towns there are some roads with more traffic.
We supply you with detailed turn by turn route notes and maps for each day’s journey, so you should have no problem following the route.
Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which lists everything you need to pack.
21 speed touring bikes are available to rent. Rental bikes come
equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend
using your own). If you’d like to rent a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently
EBikes are also available for hire if you would like a power assisted ride. For more information on EBikes please click here.
If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is
thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such as
Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar.
If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the
time book as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large
We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Don't hesitate to contact one of our Italy specialists if you have any further queries.
How fit do I need to be?
This cycling tour is graded easy to moderate depending on the choice of route. Each day you can choose the difficulty, with the longer/steeper routes requiring a reasonable level of fitness. The easier routes have a climb of between 100m-400m.
What happens if I have a problem with my bike?
You are expected to be able to take care of minor repairs and punctures. In the case of a major mechanical problem we would send our representative to assist.
When is the best time of year?
The cycling is fabulous from March to November, and I would particularly recommend the Spring and Autumn. July and August can be very hot and there is not much shade on the roads so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this area is extremely popular. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need normal cycling clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers and warm clothes in the Spring or Autumn. A detailed kit list will be provided in your information pack.
Which is the best airport?
The most convenient airports to fly into are Pisa or Florence. Both of which are well-served by major and low-cost airlines.