Tuscany – Pisa to Florence Cycling Break

  • Category

    Cycle Touring
    Self Guided
  • Grade

    Leisurely
  • Duration/s

    4 nights
  • Start / Finish

    Pisa / Florence
  • Distance

    87 miles/140 kms
  • Themes

    EbikeGastronomicWine Lovers
  • Accommodation

    Superior
  • Tour code

    019-126CIT
Price From £439

Overview

An abridged version of our Pisa to Florence Cycling Holiday, this 4 night version unveils some of Tuscany’s most celebrated Renaissance delights. Starting from Pisa, you’ll visit the Roman town of Lucca, the old spa town of Montecatini and finish in the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence.

This short cycling break offers great leisure cycling through fantastic scenery visiting some truly stunning Renaissance towns and cities along the way.

Besides being home to the world’s most famous lopsided building, Pisa is a wonderful old town with a maze of winding, narrow streets to explore before you begin your cycling adventure.

Lucca

Lucca

An enjoyable ride along the Serchio river delivers you to the old Roman town of Lucca with its charming Piazza’s and plethora of churches (100 in all apparently!). En-route to the charming spa town of Montecatini you will visit the charming town of Collodi where we highly recommend a visit to Villa Garzoni with its magnificent gardens.

On the final ride you can choose whether to take on the full 65 kms and cycle all the way to Florence or alternatively take the train to the beautiful old town of Pistoia and start cycling there, reducing the day’s ride to 50 kms.

Your last evening is spend in Florence , the cradle of the Renaissance, where you can immerse yourself in the glorious architecture and eclectic culture of this vibrant, bustling city.

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Arrive Pisa

Leaning tower of Pisa

Leaning tower of Pisa

Upon arrival, make your way to your first hotel. After check-in you are free to relax or explore Pisa. The town is located on the banks of the River Arno and is home to the world’s most famous case of subsidance! There is much more to this bustling University town than just the leaning tower however. Wander the ancient narrow streets of the compact old town, browsing the stalls and shops on the Borgo Stretto and Corso Italia. The Museum of the Works of the Cathedral is very interesting and you also get a great view of the leaning tower from its balcony.

Day 2: Pisa – Lucca, 19 to 28 miles/ 30 to 45 kms

Lucca

Lucca

Your first day in the saddle leads you northwards along the river Serchio. This easy section eases you into the cycling routine enabling you to relax and soak up your surroundings. For those willing to take on a slightly longer itinerary it is possible to bolt on a 15km loop out to Lake Massaciuccoli before arriving in Lucca where you will spend the night. This ancient city contains marvellous examples of Roman architecture and the impressive defensive walls, designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, were never breached.

Day 3: Lucca – Montecatini Terme, 27 miles/ 45 kms

Montecatini

Having had a relaxing start to your tour, you will be eager to get today’s adventure underway. The day starts with a lovely ride along a panoramic road to the charming little village of Collodi, the childhood home of Carlo Lorenzini who wrote the book The Adventures of Pinocchio. You could visit Pinocchio Park, created in 1962 or the baroque style Villa Garzoni, with its magnificent gardens. Afterwards visit the town of Pescia where you can explore Renaissance mansions or wander through the rather wonderful flower street market before riding on to Montecatini, a charming spa town in the hills.

Day 4: Montecatini – Florence, 31 to 41 miles/ 50 to 65 kms

Statue of David - Florence

Statue of David – Florence

Those wanting a shorter ride today can take the train to the city of Pistoia and start riding from there. You can of course choose to start peddling directly from Montecatini. Pistoia is a charming city full of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque splendour. It is an enchanting place so allow plenty of time to explore. It’s OK to indulge in some local delicacies as the afternoon ride to Florence is along flat terrain and not overly taxing.

Florence needs little introduction, but our tip is to head to Piazza dei Signori close to the Uffizi. The early evening light gives a warm glow to the statues and the whole area takes on a different character. This romantic city combines architecture, cuisine and art and you are bound to have a wonderful evening getting to know its many delights.

Day 5: Departure

After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure.

Dates & Prices

2020 Arrival Dates - scroll down for 2021 dates
Arrivals every Saturday from 28 March to 03 October

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019-126CIT
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28 Mar
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10 Apr
11 Apr
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15 May
16 May
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05 Sep
06 Sep
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25 Sep
26 Sep
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03 Oct
Superior category
Double/twin £454 £528 £565 £528 £454          
Single £592 £665 £702 £665 £592          
Triple £431 £505 £542 £505 £431          
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Deposit per person £150

Price Includes

4 nights accommodation. See practical information
4 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (1 x 20kg piece pp + 1 x 10kg piece pp)
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €15 payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Pisa, double/twin, comfort (£56)
Extra night Pisa, single, comfort (£84)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£50)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£103)
Helmet (£16)
2021 Arrival Dates
Arrivals every Saturday from 27 March to 02 October

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2021 Prices
019-126CIT
Per person
27 Mar
to
23 Apr
24 Apr
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14 May
15 May
to
04 Sep
05 Sep
to
24 Sep
25 Sep
to
09 Oct
Superior category
Double/twin £462 £538 £575 £538 £462          
Single £603 £678 £716 £678 £603          
Triple £439 £514 £552 £514 £439          
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Deposit per person £150

Price Includes

4 nights accommodation. See practical information
4 x Breakfast
Luggage transfer (1 x 20kg piece pp + 1 x 10kg piece pp)
Maps & route information
Welcome briefing
GPS route data
Local assistance

Price Excludes

Flights and transfers
Bike hire & helmet (see supplements)
Tourist tax (approximately €15 payable locally)

Supplements

Extra night Pisa, double/twin, comfort (£57)
Extra night Pisa, single, comfort (£85)
Regular bike with pannier & lock. See practical information (£51)
Electric bike with pannier & lock (£105)
Helmet (£16)

Practical Information

Bikes

Mens bike

Example of bike used on this tour

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons, alternatively helmets are available for rent at the time of booking.

See the gallery for images of all bikes available .

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the accommodations typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Pisa: Allegroitalia Tower Plaza
Lucca: Hotel San Marco Lucca
Montecatini: Grand Hotel Croce di Malta
Florence: Hotel Londra

Local taxes
Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting There

Fly to Pisa or Florence
Research flights from the UK here

Take the train
Research trains in Italy here.

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