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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 and 4 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
* 85% tarmac, 15% easy gravel roads (most optional)
* Special Palio di Siena departure (June 30th)

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 or
over-cultural: 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 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
quiet roads, 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, bread, jam and/or honey.

Italy’s cuisine is hearty, satisfying and full of flavour. Inspired by the
kitchens of the nonna, Italy’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:

End destination:

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

Following an ancient pilgrimage route, the Via Francigena, we head towards
Pienza, a charming town full of history and culture. From here we cycle to
the wine centre of Montepulciano, famous for its Vino Nobile. We then head
towards the mediaeval village of Monticchiello and on to Bagno Vignoni,
before making our way back to the hotel.

Day 3

A classic day’s riding, showing Tuscany at its most picturesque. Following
quiet 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 really involved, 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 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 via Gaiole and Radda in
Chianti, with options to ride to the abbey of Coltribuono, before 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 town is sometimes crowded, but this does not take away
from what is one of the most interesting sights in Tuscany. We spend a few
hours enjoying the atmosphere, walking by the walls and admiring the town’s
high towers. Our return route passes through the walled town of
Monteriggioni, before taking quiet roads back to our lodge.

Day 7

We depart from our hotel and start riding a spectacular road towards Panzano
in Chianti. We then take quiet backroads offering enchanting views of the
world renowned vineyards of Chianti to the mediaeval village of Greve in
Chianti. Here we have time to admire the market square, before heading
towards Stada 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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Date: 2017-09-302017-10-07

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Customer Feedback

Tuscany cycle – Siena & Chianti

Summary:
A fantastic trip – awe inspiring scenery, picturesque hill towns, wonderful
historic cities, excellent guide & support & great cycling! What more could
you wish for? Oh yes, good food & great company. This trip had it all.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The spectacular scenery every pedal of the way. It kept you going up those
hills!
Arriving into the Campo in Siena in the golden glow of the afternoon sun –
beautiful.
Also, the first sight of the whole of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo
was breathtaking.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Radu, our guide was excellent, as was Jon, our support. The route was well
thought out & Radu’s attention to detail was second to none. We mostly ate at
restaurants chosen by the guides – all good. Rada & Jon made you feel safe,
well looked after & well informed. Radu’s wit & sense of humour were
brilliant. Jon looked after us with snacks & water at our frequent stops &
also took great care of the bikes. Nothing was too much trouble & everything
was done with a smile & an encouraging word. A great team.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do train for those Tuscan hills. As the travel notes say, some of the route
is the top end of moderate! It was especially tough on the white (gravel)
roads & with high temperatures to cope with (for us it was an unseasonable
36* on the first couple of days!). That said, you can always hitch a ride on
the support vehicle if the going gets too tough.

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

Answer:
All in all a great trip I’d strongly recommend.

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Sienna Chianti Cycling

Summary:
I had an amazing time! Everything was fabulous!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Screaming downhills

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
They were great! Very knowledgeable.

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

Answer:
I’ll be looking at some other offerings again soon!

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Cycling Tuscany

Summary:
I had such a fantastic holiday. Cycling through such picture perfect scenery
with a happy bunch of like minded travellers was the perfect way to see the
countryside. It was great having two guides and their support was
invaluable.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Getting to the top of those ‘undulating’ hills and seeing the Cyprus trees
and all the wild poppies, hearing the birds and feeling very lucky.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Rdu and Liz were great.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take the opportunity to be away from the crowds and be able to be part of
something special.

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

Answer:
I would certainly recommend Exodus to anyone, as it was to me. I took some
very good advise.

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Tuscany: Cycle Siena and Chianti

Summary:
This is a great trip: cycling through classic Tuscan landscapes, stopping in
beautiful hilltop towns and villages and enjoying the great food and wine of
the area with a friendly group and excellent leader and support.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
There were many: the long gradual descent from Castellina in Chianti to
Poggibonsi with the smell of pine and wood smoke and unfolding views of the
beautiful town of San Gimignano through vineyards; looking out across the
countryside in the morning with clouds nestling in the valleys; Siena and its
beautiful architecture – a real gem of a city.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Radu, our leader was a really friendly, helpful and professional leader with
a great sense of humour. He ensured the group’s safety and enjoyment of the
trip was uppermost and – together with Reece (who was providing the vehicle
support) – made the trip really enjoyable. They kept the good quality bikes
in excellent order and provided regular coffee, water and snack stops along
the way. Radu was a really good cyclist, to boot, and catered for a wide
variety of cycling abilities – so that everyone was included and was able to
get the most out of the trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The usual stuff: cycling shorts, gloves, glasses and waterproofs (we had some
cool and wet weather at the start of our September trip – although it
steadily improved through the week (so take sun block as well). Always have
water with you – even when you have vehicle support nearby. A mobile phone is
recommended, too. If you prefer having stuff with you but not on your back
consider taking a rack and pannier if your luggage will accommodate it – as
these bikes weren’t supplied with either (some trips do and it’s worth
finding out beforehand). Although this is a moderate trip, it is quite hilly
– so it’s worth going out and doing a few hills before before you go on the
holiday.

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

Answer:
The Strade Bianche (the White Roads) that we cycled a few kilometres along
were an interesting addition to the trip. This holiday is a great
introduction to this part of Tuscany and includes all its classic
ingredients: rolling hills, beautiful cities, towns and villages, vineyards,
friendly people and great food and wine. Cycling is a fantastic way to sample
all these ingredients.

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Chianti/Sienna

Summary:
This was my 5th Exodus cycling trip and my favorite to date. The scenery was
quite picturesque, the hills challenging and the group was great fun. Radu
and Reece were a superb team. The attention to detail was quite amazing if
you have been on many prior trips. Riding safety began with inspection of
the bikes which were first rate. We had quite a range of biking experience
but Radu was accommodating to the entire group. Both Radu and Reece were
fantastic mechanics too. I highly recommend this trip.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Probably the finish in Florence and the view of the entire city. A great
wow! moment. Riding into Sienna too and looking out at the hills. and of
course… riding through the many vineyards in Chianti with the grapes ready
to be harvested. The day off to really see Sienna was an added treat.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Radu is the man. Attention to detail, Safety, the comfort and security of all
guests of varying time in the saddle was truly amazing. An excellent cyclist
in the countryside and on gravel who is probably at his best getting the
group into and out of cities in traffic. If this is a first trip for you
this is the guide you want.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do some training on gravel if you are not a mountain bike person. Perhaps
some hills too since ALL Italian villages and cities seem to be on top of
hills. Bring some rain gear. we did not have much rain but if you keep your
torso and feet dry it makes all the difference. and of course have an extra
day or two to see Florence. Go see David. words fail.

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

Answer:
What an immense pleasure this trip was. I’m already thinking of 2017.

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Tuscany Cycle Siena and Florence

Summary:
One week cycling the hills of Tuscany. One day off in Siena. We finished in
Florence. It was like cycling through a postcard of Tuscany: Cypress trees,
vineyards, wine tasting places, hilltop mediaeval villages. In 10 years of
cylcing in Europe, this scenery and these roads were the most captivating.
The food was delicious, loads of salads and veg for people like me who do not
like meat but loads of meat if you like it. And the wine, you could get the
finest wine that Italy had to offer in the smallest Pizzarias. The bikes:
lightweight ridgebacks were really good.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
On the day off in Siena, at night, we visited the Zebra striped Cathedral and
they projected film onto the walls. And Siena was so beautiful. Having a
whole day midweek to wander round Siena, with the option of a self guided
short ride if you wanted it, was inspired.
The cycling, the routes, the choice of roads, was inspirational.
I don’t like gelato but I was told that San Gimingano where we spent a few
hours, has the best gelato in the world

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Radu Man was our group leader. For a Romanian guy he was such an Italian. An
obsessive gelato eater and bike stacker and wearer of the best bike gear. He
was really funny, organised, warm, energetic, knowledgeable, a great cyclist,
a great banterer, and he and his support guide knew how to fix bikes. They
checked the bikes even without us asking. He and Reece, who supported him,
worked meticulously to behind the scenes and it meant we never got lost, and
never lost a cyclist, and knew what we were doing.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you don’t want to wear a small rucksack, bring a panier rack and panier.
Tuscany is hilly, be prepared to cycle up the hills as well as down them.
Leave some room in your suitcase shopping. Siena and Tuscany have some great
shops. Book one or two nights in Florence at the end. There is so much to see
there and we end the tour in a lovely hotel in Florence.

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Wonderful trip

Summary:
5 days of cycling through the beautiful Tuscan countryside with an
opportunity to see Siena. Well organised and well supported with good bikes
that were very adjustable to suit different needs.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
The morning descents from Castellina in Chianti trying to stay on the road at
high speeds while the mist rose off the breathtaking scenery on either side.
Truly exhilarating.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both Radu and Reese were excellent in lead and support. Nothing too
difficult for them and they kept the group informed as to the route and what
to expect and allowed people to go at their own pace while keeping us
together with regular stops for coffee and bananas! Any complaints or
comments were dealt with quickly although to my knowledge there weren’t any
of any consequence. Very professional at all times and great company too.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
There are hills in Tuscany and although not necessarily really steep, they
can go on for a while. I was very glad that i had done some training in
preparation. I would recommend being fairly fit and comfortable covering some
distance on your bike.

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

Answer:
This was my first Exodus holiday and i found the experience excellent.
Travelling solo can be daunting but the group was really friendly and the
leaders fantastic. I have been back for only 5 days and i am already looking
at the brochure for my next adventure!

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One of the best cycling trips!

Summary:
This is our 8th cycling trip with Exodus and one of the best. It has it all-
great cycling on mainly quiet roads, but as others have said it would be best
to do some hills before travelling so you can enjoy it. Wonderful scenery
passing through lovely villages. Great food and wine – lets not forget the
wine! I also enjoyed the coffee stops and gelato stops. Enough time was given
to look around the places we passed through. Oh and great guides.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Hard to single out one moment – but the view over Florence when we arrived
was magical – seeing the Doumo dominate the city, the wonderful Tuscan
scenery, Radu reminding me of the best gelato in town awaiting us at the top
of the long climb back to Castellina! He was a great motivator.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Both Radu and Martin were excellent guides and great company. Radu was very
knowledgable and gave lots of guidance and advice. Martin was great in
support.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take insect repellent for day and night – a few of us got bitten quite a lot!
I would say some of the days are more grade 3/4 .

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

Answer:
There are some sections on ‘white roads’ essentially gravel roads and there
were a couple of falls on our trip so be confident on this type of terrain.
We loved it but are used to mountain bike terrain.

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Beautiful at every turn

Summary:
An incredible week of superb food, hill top towns, challenging cycling, new
friends of all abilities and a well structured itinerary!

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Every turn, every climb, every descent was a “wow this is beautiful” moment!
The scenery was incredible

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Liz and Paul worked so well together! Liz was incredibly well organized and
her restaurant recommendations were 100% outstanding! They structured the
riding around everyone’s capabilities and frequent stops and clear
instructions meant a well run trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Late May was still COLD and wet so take appropriate clothing even if the
weather forecast before you leave says warm and dry! It is extremely hilly,
know what 1000m of ascent means before you go. I did and I knew what I was
riding but others didn’t. The distances are not long but the hills are 🙂

I ride a carbon road bike so I was nervous about the bikes but they were
absolutely perfect.

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

Answer:
Do this trip! This is my 4th Exodus cycling trip and one of the best. Great
food, scenery and stops along the way make for a great week!

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Florence to Lucca

Summary:
Wonderfully challenging and great routing. Good hotels and super guides

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Great views good roads and ability to push a little harder than expected with
good results

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent. Would go on any trio radu and Liz lead

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Train for hills. Some steep and long

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

Answer:
Don’t over pacj

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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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