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The Tuscan Coast

The 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
  • Easy / Moderate
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

The Tuscan Coast

Cycle into the heart of Tuscany’s fertile Costa degli Etruschi on this popular VBT itinerary. Here, breathtaking vistas roll out before you, from the sweeping coast to sprawling farmland to hilltop castles. We’ll take it all in during exhilarating reels along stunning routes, including the wine road locally known as Strada del Vino. Along the way, get to know the Tuscan people who flourish amidst such beauty as we sample local wines and olive oils, share a meal in the home of a renowned expert in Tuscan cuisine, and experience the welcoming abbondanza spirit of two the region’s famed agriturismi.

Cultural Highlights

  • Savor tasty meals prepared by the world-class chef/owner of the Agrihotel Elisabetta
  • Taste the best varietals of the Agrihotel Elisabetta's wine cantina
  • Admire panoramic views and a picnic lunch at Casale Marittimo
  • View vineyards along the Strada del Vino, a beautiful wine road
  • Visit a renowned expert on Tuscan cuisine in her home and sample her delicious cooking
  • Sample olive oil at a family-owned mill
  • Cycle along one of the most picturesque routes in Europe, from Sassetta to Suvereto
  • Learn a few Italian phrases from our Trip Leaders
  • Relax on Tyrrhenian Sea beaches and in seaside towns

What to Expect

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

Average Daily Mileage: 18-45 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2-5 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Florence
Apr 68°  May 75°  Jun 84°  Jul 89°  Aug 88°  Sep 81°  Oct 69°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Florence
Apr 2.9  May 3  Jun 2.7  Jul 1.5  Aug 1.9  Sep 3.3  Oct 4

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

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

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels and two agriturismi
  • 13 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Florence – 2 nights for only $395 • Post-trip: Rome – 2 nights for only $395

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $365 | Land Only Single Supplement: $255

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

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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, a VBT local representative meets you outside the customs area and helps you transfer to your hotel. The representative will be holding a VBT sign.

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 +39 351 204 9571. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would 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: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

At the hotel a local VBT representative will be available at a set time to answer your questions and offer an optional private guided walk to help you make the most of the city. You have the rest of the day free to explore, using VBT's City Information as your guide. Please note: To visit the Uffizi Gallery, you must make reservations in advance. To reserve online, go to www.florence-museum.com. For information on all Italian museums, go to www.italy-museum.com.

Please note: Italian museums are closed on Mondays.

Hotel: Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci

DAY 3: Meet Trip Leaders in Florence / Transfer to Collemezzano

VBT No-Air Package guests: Your tour starts at 12 pm 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. We will transfer by private coach to Collemezzano. During our transfer, the coach will stop so you can buy lunch. If your arrival at our Florence hotel is later than 12 pm or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi (approximately 60 minutes) at your own expense (approximately €100/$135 USD) 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 Agrihotel Elisabetta 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 & 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. Its structure and façade are symbolic of the Renaissance. 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 Caravaggio, Botticelli, Raffaello and Rembrandt at the Uffizi Gallery. Or just relax and enjoy a cappuccino or espresso in the Piazza del Signoria and Piazza del Duomo, where Florence's art and history surround you.

At 12 pm, 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, we transfer by private motorcoach (approximately 1 hour) to Collemezzano. During our transfer, the coach will stop so you can buy lunch.

On arrival in Collemezzano, we proceed to the Agrihotel Elisabetta. This inviting accommodation and its smiling owner, Luigi, 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 us 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 (13.9 km)

DAY 4: Explore Cecina and Costa degli Etruschi

Following breakfast, begin cycling in Cecina, a tiny village nestled between the sea and the mountains in Tuscany’s Costa degli Etruschi region—the Etruscan Coast. Ride through the rolling countryside, flanked by cypress trees and fertile vineyards, as you head to Casale Marittimo, one of the area’s several medieval hilltop towns. 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 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 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, we 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. Our host, Chicca, will cook dinner for us, 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 spreads 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 we will have the chance to dine on our 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 our visit, we meet the Di Gaetano family, who lead us 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, we cycle on to our 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 Wellness Center. Tonight, your Trip Leaders can suggest a restaurant to try in the lovely seaside village of Marina di Castagneto. Dinner is on your own.

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, historical 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.

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: 31or 46 miles (50 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, we 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 tenth-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 we 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 / VBT No-Air Package ends

VBT No-Air Package guests: After breakfast, transfer to our Rome hotel. Your trip ends here at approximately 11:30 am-12 pm. You are responsible for your own transfer to the airport for your flight home.

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, transfer to your central Rome hotel for your final overnight stay. Your hotel room may not be available until 1 pm. 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 Rome. VBT's City Information includes recommendations for restaurants, museums and transportation in Rome, and will help you explore on your own.

Hotel: Visconti Palace Hotel Post
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 in two Renaissance palaces on one of Florence’s most elegant shopping streets, the Palazzo Minerbetti and the Palazzo Strozzi del Poeta are close to all the important monuments of the city. Featuring a rooftop garden with panoramic views of Florence, the hotel welcomes guests in its elegant rooms decorated with frescos and antique furniture. Typical of historical Italian palaces, each room is different in layout and size. The historic paintings, antique pieces from the 17th-19th centuries and elegant chandeliers in Murano glass are definitely part of the charm.
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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, and well connected to other central historical areas of Rome by the city transportation systems. It was completely renovated in 2004. The Visconti Bar off the lobby is the ideal meeting place for a drink or a light meal overlooking the hotel courtyard.
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Tombolo Talasso Resort

The Tombolo Talasso Resort is set on its own private beach in the seaside village of Marina di Castagneto Carducci on the Etruscan Coast. This accommodation offers enchanting views of green hills, vineyards and olive yards in the typical colors of the Tuscan countryside. A large spa and wellness centre is available for guests.
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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 according to the principles of organic farming. At your leisure here, choose from a wealth of activities, including tennis, swimming in the outdoor pool and horseback riding, where qualified instructors have introduced the Equine Guided Education approach where horses can teach us something about ourselves, how we move through life and connect with others. The walk to the ancient Oak tree with amazing views of the surroundings and to the stone labyrinth are a “cannot miss” during this stay. 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 hair dryer.
Free WiFi Included

Agrihotel Elisabetta

Luigi Brunetti’s Agrihotel Elisabetta is situated on a splendid hill in the antique noble village called 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 its 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. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.
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