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GUIDED ORIGINAL BICYCLE TOUR ITALY
Cycling Tuscany & Umbria
....The Green Heart of Italy
Tuscany and Umbria
The Chianti Wine Tour and The Green Heart of Italy
Begin in Florence, the scene of more concentrated genius in a given period than anywhere else on earth. Then cycle south into Chianti Classico country through a landscape that is truly the most "Italian" in all of Italy; where cypress silhouettes lace every hilltop and ancient villages abound with rich food and good wine. Combine this enchanted scene with Umbria and a trip into history encompassing the Etruscans, Romans and Christians in a land that is laced with rivers, canals and mountain top villages that defy description. Cycle slowly visiting the wineries, enjoying the art, and absorbing the sheer beauty of it all.
Tour Profile: This is hill country all of the way. Most are steep but short, a few are very steep and very long. This is a tour for seasoned cyclists who like to climb. It is on mostly small paved roads. Some sections take us on busy streets for short but necessary connecting routes. As usual, expect traffic when entering towns and when making your way to hotels that are located in towns.
Highlights: Florence (with all it's wonders), Chianti wine country with its many vineyards and wine tasting opportunities, The towers of San Gimignano, Castellina, Sienna, Pienza, Montepulciano, Lunch at LeTrevasalle, Assisi.
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Day 1 - Florence (Surroundings)
We meet just outside Florence and take an afternoon warm-up ride, exploring the countryside around the city. This evening well enjoy a festive get-acquainted party and let the friendships begin.
Day 2 - Florence (Surroundings) - Greve
Cross the banks of the Arno River into "Chianti Country," with vineyards as far as the eye can see. We then follow the wine roads to Greve, dominated by the Montefiorallie Castle.
Day 3- Greve - San Gimignano
Spend a day in breathtaking countryside all the way to San Gimignano, a town little changed from the Middle Ages, with thirteen of its original seventy towers still standing. Wander the streets, explore the shops and settle down for a long, splendid dinner.
Day 4- San Gimignano - Siena
Today we cycle the scenic route to Castellina, touring the wineries, tasting the wines and visiting with the growers. Enter Siena and step back to the Middle Ages — a living masterpiece.
Day 5 - Siena - Pienza
A beautiful ride today, cycling the crest of the world, to Pienza, "The Pearl of The Renaissance". Zefferelli filmed "Romeo and Juliet" here and every set was already in place.
Day 6- Pienza - Passignano (On Lake Castiglione)
Leaving Pienza, cycle through the famous Montepulciano Vineyards. We'll stop for a tour and tasting and continue into town. Renaissance palaces abound, and the city has been almost untouched over the centuries. Then cycle through old Etruscan country heading for Lake Castiglione and Passignano, a resort town on the shore of the lake. Go for a swim, take a ferry to the islands and have a wonderful Umbrian dinner.
Day 7- Passignano - Perugia
Ride to Perugia, passing through Maggione, a Shoreline town with ancient castles and nice beaches. Perugia is considered the most beautiful city in Italy. Take time to explore it well.
Day 8- Perugia - Assisi
Cycle to Torgiano stopping at LeTrevasselle for lunch. It is one of the best restaurants in Italy with, unquestionably, the best wine collection. Then ride to Bettona so typical of Umbria's famous hilltop towns. Arrive in Assisi in the early afternoon. Visit the Franciscan basilica with Giotto's "Life of St Francis" fresco series and explore the rest of this interesting town. This evening we'll enjoy our farewell party and dinner.
Day 9 - Assisi
After breakfast well say our good-byes... Rome and Florence are both only a couple of hours away...
Overnight Itinerary: Florence (Surroundings) - Greve - San Gimignano - Siena - Pienza - Passignano - Perugia - Assisi
Average daily miles = 32
GUIDED ORIGINAL TOUR
TOUR # IN-10063 - 9 DAYS - INN TOUR - $3990
2 and 3 star hotels, air conditioned with bath ensuite
Single Supplement $375
Includes breakfast everyday
Half board option $190 (5 dinners)
Bicycles are included at no extra charge
Inn Tour: Oct 5
Free use of a 21-speed WorldVentures bicycle.
Breakfast every day.
Breakfast every day.
At least five dinners.
One gourmet picnic lunch
Free WorldVentures T-shirt
Roomy, fully equipped, nine-passenger van with bicycle roof racks and on-board water, juices and fruits.
All rail, bus and ferry tickets during the tour.
Walking tours of selected cities guided by a local host.
Experienced, supportive tour leaders.
Detailed maps and directions for each day's ride.
"Bon Voyage" kit telling you what to bring and other travel tips
Cultural information packet
All tips and gratuities...
What's Not Included:Airfare is not included in the price of the tour. Other expenses not included in our land tour rate include, but are not limited to, telephone, dinner beverages, entrance fees, unspecified transfers and items of a personal nature such as laundry, insurance, and food and beverages other than those specified.
Free Use of Bicycle:
WorldVentures bicycles are 21-speed, good quality, lightweight and well-maintained. You are welcome to use one at no charge on tours.
Upon confirming your reservation, we will send you our "Bon voyage" kit. It contains many useful bits of travel information, including what to expect on the tour, how to get and keep in shape, bicycle touring techniques, passport and visa requirements, a suggested list of clothing and things to pack, hints from previous tour members, a guide to road signs, and other information. About 30 days prior to departure, you will receive a cultural information packet and an itinerary of hotels, complete with their addresses and phone and fax numbers, so the folks back home can keep in touch
WorldVentures plans its trips based on double occupancy of rooms. If you are traveling alone, we will make every effort to provide a roommate if you request it. If a roommate is not available, one-half of the single supplement will be charged. It you request a single room, the full single supplement will be charged.
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