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The Tuscan Coast

Ebikes Available on this TourThe exquisite beauty of Tuscany’s coastline and the Tyrrhenian Sea unfold before you as we cycle along breathtakingly scenic routes including the Strada del Vino, one of the most beautiful wine roads in Italy.

  • 10 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 18 - 45 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking Activity
  • Ideal for energetic beginners to more experienced riders.
  • Airfare Packages Available

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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

The Tuscan Coast

Discover the essence of Tuscany as you trace its most picturesque wine route and explore the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here, cypress-lined avenues and cork and pine forests mark your progress toward the sun-dappled sea. Along the way, you’ll delve into Etruscan and medieval history in castles and cathedrals, while also taking time to relax on the beach or indulge in a massage. Invigorating days of cycling will be well rewarded with the rustic charms of our hand-picked accommodations, as well as farm-to-table cuisine and locally made olive oil and wine.

Cultural Highlights

  • Join Luigi Brunetti on a tour of his agriturismo’s wine cantina
  • Cycle Italy’s beautiful “Strada del Vino” wine route
  • Dine at home with the founder of Cooking in Tuscany
  • Learn Italian phrases from your bilingual Trip Leaders
  • Visit Fonte di Foiano olive oil mill for a tasting, tour and lunch
  • Ride along the Etruscan Coast to 10th-century Suvereto
  • Discover the Bolgheri region’s famed Super Tuscan wines
  • Opt for horseback riding at Agriturismo Montebelli
  • See the fortified coastal city of Castiglione della Pescaia

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills, and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance with the hills.

Average Daily Mileage: 18 – 45 miles (29 – 72.4 km)
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 5 hours

Climate Information

Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Florence
Apr 68º/46º  May 75º/53º  Jun 84º/58º  Sep 81º/58º  Oct 69º/51º

Average Precipitation (in.) – Florence
Apr 2.9  May 3  Jun 2.7  Sep  3.3  Oct 4

What’s Included:

Ebikes Available on this Tour

E-Bikes Available on this tour.

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Bicycle Vacation Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels and two agriturismi
  • 11 meals – 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 6 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels and two agriturismi
    PLUS: 1 extra night in Florence and 1 extra night in Rome in 4-star hotels
  • 13 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • ALL overseas transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Florence – 2 nights for only $445 • Post-trip: Rome – 2 nights for only $445

Both Vacation Options Include

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DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Florence

Depart from home for Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Florence

Upon arrival at the Florence airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. If your luggage is lost, you must fill out a PIR form before leaving the customs area; VBT representatives are not allowed into the customs area. Also, make sure that your VBT luggage tags are attached to your bags so that your representative can identify you.

The representative will be will be waiting outside the customs area in your arrival terminal and will be holding a VBT sign. He or she will help you transfer to your hotel (approximately 30 minutes).

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please let our Airport staff know by calling or sending a text message to +39 347 85 74 265. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you will be responsible for your own transfer. However, they might be able to reschedule your transfer if they are aware of the delay. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service.

Please note: Your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may store your luggage with the reception desk.

You have the rest of the day free to explore the historic city of Florence and enjoy its Renaissance architecture and famous museums, using VBT’s City Information as your guide. In the evening, relax in one of the city’s restaurants and sample the local cuisine.

Hotel: Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci

DAY 3: Bicycle Vacation begins / Florence / Transfer to Collemezzano

VBT Bicycle Vacation Only guests: Your tour starts at 12:00 p.m. at our Florence hotel (Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci, via de’ Tornabuoni 3, Firenze, phone +39 055 212645). Your Trip Leaders will be in the lobby wearing VBT staff garments. You will transfer by private coach to Collemezzano. During the transfer, the coach will stop so you can buy lunch. If your arrival at our Florence hotel is later than 12:00 p.m. or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi (approximately 60 minutes) at your own expense (approximately €100) to the Agrihotel Elisabetta. Also, if you are arriving from the city center, you must transfer at your own expense to the meeting point, which is centrally located. Contact the Florence hotel to advise of any travel delays or changes, and ask the front desk to pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: This morning, spend more free time exploring Florence’s wonderful museums, shops and cafés. Discover the 14th-century Duomo, which serves as the focal point of Florence. Take a walk across the Arno River on the famous Ponte Vecchio and browse the shops of the goldsmiths and silversmiths who have replaced the butchers and grocers of centuries gone by. See works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Botticelli and Raphael at the Uffizi Gallery (advance reservations are required). Or just relax and enjoy a cappuccino or espresso in the Piazza della Republica, the perfect place for people watching in this vibrant city.

At 12:00 p.m., meet your VBT Trip Leaders in the hotel lobby. They will be easy to recognize, as they will be wearing VBT staff garments. Once the entire group is assembled, you transfer by private motorcoach (approximately 1 hour) to Collemezzano. During the transfer, the coach will stop so you can buy lunch.

On arrival in Collemezzano, you’ll proceed to the Agrihotel Elisabetta, a small, family-run agriturismo hotel that produces much of its own wine, olive oil and produce. This inviting accommodation and its smiling owner, Luigi Brunetti, will surely enchant you. After settling in, meet your Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session before a short warm-up ride over gentle hills and past old farmhouses shaded by cypress trees. Later this afternoon, our gregarious host Luigi takes you on a guided tour of his wine cantina. Here, sample some of Luigi’s varietals while sharing the day’s stories with your small group. Dinner is at the hotel restaurant.

Hotel: Agrihotel Elisabetta
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 8.4 miles (14 km)

DAY 4: Ride the road of the “3 Comuni” / Costa degli Etruschi

After breakfast, begin cycling from Castellina Marittima on a scenic road of the Maremma Pisana, high in the hills of the Cecina Valley. The view sweeps from the coast and far islands to the valley nestled between the sea and the mountains in Tuscany’s Costa degli Etruschi region—the Etruscan Coast. Ride through the rolling countryside, as you cross the “3 Comuni,” or three hilltop towns, and head to Casale Marittimo, the most picturesque of the three. Once there, admire the medieval castle and the 12th-century Sant’Andrea Church before enjoying a delicious picnic prepared by your Trip Leaders.

Afterward, continue cycling downhill through the charming village of Bibbona, entering the fragrant Cecina pine forest as you head back along the sea to the hotel. This evening, spend the evening at leisure at Agrihotel Elisabetta, where dinner is on your own.

Hotel: Agrihotel Elisabetta
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 15 or 33 miles (25.4 or 54.5 km)

DAY 5: Cycle Cecina Mare and the Strada del Vino

Begin your day by pedaling the Cecina Mare promenade en route to the Strada del Vino, one of the most beautiful of Italy’s wine roads. Your route traces the Ornellaia vineyard to Bolgheri along gently rolling hills. Bolgheri is one of the most prestigious wine regions in Italy, and, in addition to its own DOC wines, you should try here the Super Tuscans that revolutionized the Italian winemaking industry. Bolgheri is also known for its Viale dei Cipressi, a cypress-lined avenue immortalized in the poem “San Guido” by Giosuè Carducci. You may want to stroll along this boulevard after enjoying lunch on your own.

This afternoon, shuttle to the Tombolo Talasso Resort, your deluxe hotel right on the Tyrrhenian Sea, or continue cycling on easy back roads. Whichever you choose, you’ll gather together a bit later for a brief Italian language workshop with your VBT Trip Leaders. In the evening, enjoy a home-hosted experience in a typical Tuscan countryside house. Your host, Chicca, will cook dinner for you, and you are welcome to help and learn from her before enjoying the meal at sunset under the pergola. Chicca is the founder of Cooking in Tuscany, a culinary-gastronomic association that promotes traditional Italian and Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad. The goals of the association are to experiment with and research old traditional recipes, to use and emphasize typical products of the season, and to promote the culture and tradition of the region through the knowledge of local products. And, of course, to share the hospitality and warmth of an Italian family! Chicca will present a one-hour, hands-on cooking class, after which you will have the chance to dine on your own creations.

Hotel: Tombolo Talasso Resort
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 17 or 27 miles (27 or 41 km)

DAY 6: Visit an olive oil mill

After breakfast, continue riding along the historic Strada del Vino to the family-owned and -operated Fonte di Foiano olive-oil mill. During your visit, you’ll meet the Di Gaetano family, who lead you on a private tour of the press and workshop. Taste the oil during a degustazione (sampling) on the terrace. During your tasting, Michael Di Gaetano explains the differences among regions and how varied the flavors can be. Afterward, enjoy an included lunch—prepared by Michael himself, using organic and fragrant vegetables—on the farm grounds.

Then, you’ll cycle on to your hotel, stopping at Daniela’s great bicycle shop. Once you’ve returned, take free time to stretch out in the sand at the hotel’s private beach, or take a respite in one of the five thermal swimming pools at the hotel’s Wellness Center. Tonight, your Trip Leaders can suggest a restaurant to try for dinner on your own in the lovely seaside village of Marina di Castagneto.

Hotel: Tombolo Talasso Resort
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 13 or 24 miles (21 or 38.4 km)

DAY 7: Cycle Sassetta, Suvereto and Maremma

Today’s adventure from Sassetta takes you along one of the most picturesque routes in Europe. Cycling past cork and pine trees, medieval estates and fields of sunflowers, you arrive in Suvereto, an ancient village whose origins date to the year 1000. Situated on the slopes of hills overlooking the Costa degli Etruschi, it is a true jewel, rich in history and art, set in the green valley of the River Cornia. The town displays remarkable architectural harmony: Its ancient walls enclose paved streets lined with stone houses, historic buildings, impressive churches and shadowy cloisters. Continue on a thrilling downhill ride to Montioni. From here, relax and shuttle through the Maremma, a beautiful area of flat grazing lands, or continue riding. Then, it’s on to our welcoming country retreat at Agriturismo Montebelli. An extra moderate and scenic option has been designed by our Trip Leaders for avid cyclists.

Situated on immaculately maintained grounds with olive trees, vineyards and wildflowers, the Agriturismo Montebelli has tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a small spa and sauna. There is also a stable with horseback riding facilities. After (or instead of) biking, explore the grounds, go horseback riding, or take a dip in the hotel pool. Dinner tonight is on your own, and you can select from the hotel menu.

Hotel: Agriturismo Montebelli
Meals: B
Daily Options:  31, 38 or 46 miles (50, 61 or 75 km)

DAY 8: Explore Castiglione della Pescaia

After breakfast, cross the soft foothills of the high Maremma, a scenic, lush landscape traversed mostly by locals.

Later in the morning, you’ll arrive in the lovely seaside resort of Castiglione della Pescaia. This city’s layers of history extend from Roman occupation through its many subsequent rulers—the Marquis of Tuscany, the Abbey of San Germano, Perugia, the Duke Della Corgna, the Grand Duke of Tuscany and, in the 18th century, the Papal State. Inside the urban center, fortified by 15th-century walls, the town and the palace of Della Corgna Dukes remain well preserved. Seeing the four towers rising out of the Castle of Buriano is certain to be a highlight of your day. Known as one of the most remarkable examples of military art in Tuscany, this 10th-century castle once belonged to the powerful Lambardi family.

Here, do some last-minute gift shopping or sunbathing on the beach. If you prefer not to cycle, you can enjoy leisurely pursuits at the Agriturismo Montebelli, such as a walk through the vineyards or relaxing at the intimate spa.

Tonight you’ll enjoy a memorable farewell dinner together.

Hotel: Agriturismo Montebelli
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 14 or 28 miles (23 or 46 km)

DAY 9: Transfer to Rome / Free Time / Bicycle Vacation ends

VBT Bicycle Vacation Only guests: After breakfast, you’ll transfer to our Rome hotel. Your trip ends here at approximately 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. You are responsible for your own transfer to the airport for your flight home.

VBT Air Package & Post Trip Extension guests: After breakfast, transfer to your central Rome hotel for your final overnight stay. Your hotel room may not be available until 1:00 p.m. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

If you have chosen the independent Post-Trip Extension to Rome, you will remain at this hotel for three nights. When you arrive today, VBT’s Rome representative can answer your questions and offer optional city walks to help you make the most of your time in Rome. VBT’s City Information includes recommendations for restaurants, attractions and transportation in Rome, and will help you explore on your own.

Hotel: Hotel Giulio Cesare
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for home

After breakfast* this morning, you will transfer to the Rome airport (approximately 40-60 minutes, depending upon traffic) for your departing flight**. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated transfer time.

* Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

** Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci

Located on one of Florence’s most elegant shopping streets in two Renaissance palaces, Palazzo Minerbetti and Palazzo Strozzi del Poeta, the Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci is close to all the important monuments of the city. Featuring a rooftop garden with panoramic views of Florence, the hotel welcomes guests in its refined rooms decorated with frescoes and antique furniture. Typical of historic Italian palaces, each room is different in layout and size. The historic paintings, antique pieces from the 17th–19th centuries, and chandeliers of Murano glass all lend an immeasurable charm. WiFi is available throughout the hotel. A/C is available.
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Visconti Palace Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in the center of Rome, just a stroll away from the Spanish Steps and St. Peter’s Square and Basilica. It is convenient to other central historic areas of Rome via the city’s transportation systems. A recent renovation and frequent updating keep the hotel fresh in style and atmosphere. The Visconti Bar off the lobby, a trendy space for a drink or a light meal, is frequented by locals.
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Tombolo Talasso Resort

The Tombolo Talasso Resort is set on its own private beach in the charming seaside village of Marina di Castagneto Carducci on the Etruscan Coast. During your stay, you’ll be surrounded by enchanting views of green hills, vineyards and olive groves. Indulge in the luxurious wellness center, where five thermal pools are fed by sea water, and massages and other treatments help soothe the soul and relax the body. All rooms are air conditioned and have a flat-screen TV with SKY channels, a minibar, telephone, hairdryer and bathroom with shower or bathtub. WiFi is available throughout the resort.
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Agriturismo Montebelli

The beauty of nature suffuses this secluded estate, whose immaculately maintained grounds are dotted with olive trees, vineyards and flowers, all cultivated organically. Choose from a wealth of activities including tennis, swimming in the outdoor pool and horseback riding. Here, qualified instructors utilize the Equine Guided Education approach, which maintains that horses can teach us something about ourselves and how we move through life and connect with others. Walk to the ancient oak tree and to the stone labyrinth, which both provide amazing views of the surroundings. The restaurant at this eco-friendly accommodation serves traditional dishes prepared from fresh, local produce, and you may also enjoy the spa, which offers a variety of treatments as well as a massaging waterfall fountain, Turkish bath and sauna. Your room is furnished with 19th-century Tuscan furniture and has a TV, telephone and private bath with hairdryer.
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Agrihotel Elisabetta

Luigi Brunetti’s Agrihotel Elisabetta is situated on a splendid hill in the village of Collemezzano, today part of Cecina in the province of Livorno. After many years as a successful chef throughout Europe, Luigi realized his dream of returning to Italy and purchasing a farm. Today, this farm and antique farmhouse surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees welcomes guests into 31 country-style rooms. While here, perhaps you’ll enjoy wine, fruit and olive oil produced right on the premises, as well as gourmet cuisine prepared by Luigi himself and served in the hotel’s restaurant. Enjoy panoramic views from the terrace, take a dip in the pool, and retire to your comfortable room with television, telephone, minibar and private bath with shower. WiFi is available in the lobby and in select rooms. A/C is available.
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Hotel Giulio Cesare

The Giulio Cesare is a family-run hotel in Rome’s Prati section, quietly located a few steps from the Tiber River and a 10-minute walk from Piazza Del Popolo. Once a patrician villa, this hotel has recently been redecorated in an elegant, classical style. You’ll enjoy the garden, where breakfast is served, and a quiet lounge with an antique fireplace. These and other touches keep this four-star hotel feeling very much like a family home. Breakfast is said to be one of the best in Rome, because many of the products are grown by the owner in his fields north of the city. Internet is available for guests at the reception desk, and a free WiFi connection is available throughout. VBT reserved only the best Superior rooms. A/C is available.
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