Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Italy - Trail to Table in Tuscany

from €3,999

Cycle to mystical monasteries and hilltop villages brimming with charm and picture-postcard views. Receive a warm welcome from the residents of fabled medieval hill towns. Tuscany invites you to share in the best of Italian life with its authentic cuisine. The beauty of the countryside is like a painting with ... Read More

  • Reviews
  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Foodie Adventure 7 Nights
  • Availability
    June 16, Sept 8, Oct 13, 2019 (Private departures available)
  • Duration
    7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Distance
    25km/day

Day 1 - Arrival in Arezzo: 10 km / 6 mile

Welcome to Tuscany! Upon arrival to Arezzo, you will be met by your guide. Here you will start with a thorough trip briefing and bike fitting, followed by a guided walking tour of the town, which was the picturesque backdrop for the Oscar-winning film “La Vita e Bella” (Life is Beautiful). When you enter the the city, the sensation is truly one of stepping back in time. There are monuments, parks, ancient ruins, churches and squares, that hold the secrets of generations of Tuscans who built and protected this amazing city. In the afternoon, you will have a chance to test out your bike on a warm-up ride!

Distance: 10 km / 6 mile loop
Highlights: Arezzo exploration & guided tour
Overnight: Cortona

Badia di Pomaio


Arezzo

Badia di Pomaio

The “Badia di Pomaio” began as a monastery in the year 1644 Two brothers from Arezzo, monks of the “Vallambrosani” order, Don Gregorio and Don Guglielmo Rasi, with a large inheritance from their father wanted to establish the new monastery in San Giovanni Guadalberto and name it after the founder of the order. The Pope Innocent XI favored them moving to the new monastery from San Romolo di Pratora because this place was in a horrible condition; it was a ruin and cold. The two founding brothers were still alive, however, when another Pope, Innocent XI, began to promote the right of community life among the monks, abolished then all the small monasteries including precisely the Badia di Pomaio. The monastery was transformed into Grancia. Grancia was the name that the monks of various orders, including the Vallambrosani’s order, gave to their farms. The Badia di Pomaio became in later centuries a place of retreat and prayer in the workplace, the heart of the management of a vast agricultural land owned by the church. Since the mid – 800 has been inhabited by several families of sharecroppers, until the ‘60s of the last century when, with the depopulation of the countryside and the end of the farming activities, the “Badia” was completely abandoned. A long and careful restoration has created the hotel and restaurant Badia di Pomaio, where you can still breathe the air of peace and calmness of yesteryear.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Mini-Bar ';
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Overview Map

Day 2 - Chocolate & Arezzo Villages: 35 km / 22 miles

This morning you’ll enjoy a loop ride starting in Badia di Pomaio. In the afternoon, you'll meet with a passionate chocolatier outside Arezzo, where you will learn the ins and outs of traditional, artisan chocolate production in the Tuscan style. After the visit and tasting, be sure to stop by the food shops in town to sample other local culinary delights.

Cycling distance: 35 km / 22 mile loop
Highlights: cycling and chocolate tasting
Overnight: Arezzo

Badia di Pomaio


Arezzo

Badia di Pomaio

The “Badia di Pomaio” began as a monastery in the year 1644 Two brothers from Arezzo, monks of the “Vallambrosani” order, Don Gregorio and Don Guglielmo Rasi, with a large inheritance from their father wanted to establish the new monastery in San Giovanni Guadalberto and name it after the founder of the order. The Pope Innocent XI favored them moving to the new monastery from San Romolo di Pratora because this place was in a horrible condition; it was a ruin and cold. The two founding brothers were still alive, however, when another Pope, Innocent XI, began to promote the right of community life among the monks, abolished then all the small monasteries including precisely the Badia di Pomaio. The monastery was transformed into Grancia. Grancia was the name that the monks of various orders, including the Vallambrosani’s order, gave to their farms. The Badia di Pomaio became in later centuries a place of retreat and prayer in the workplace, the heart of the management of a vast agricultural land owned by the church. Since the mid – 800 has been inhabited by several families of sharecroppers, until the ‘60s of the last century when, with the depopulation of the countryside and the end of the farming activities, the “Badia” was completely abandoned. A long and careful restoration has created the hotel and restaurant Badia di Pomaio, where you can still breathe the air of peace and calmness of yesteryear.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Mini-Bar ';
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Overview Map

Day 3 - Hiking Hannibal's Route to Lake Trasimeno: 15 km / 9 miles

This morning we embark on a lovely hike from Tuoro sul Trasimeno, just a few miles east of Cortona. Here you will visit the site of one of antiquity’s most famous battles. In 217 BC, Hannibal and his army defeated a Roman army under the consul Flaminius. Over 16,000 Romans were killed after a cunningly planned ambush. This important historical battle is described on the many beautiful informational signs along the route, which is known as "Hannibal's Route."

Hiking distance: 15 km / 9 mile loop
Highlights: Hannibal's Route hiking
Overnight: Arezzo

Badia di Pomaio


Arezzo

Badia di Pomaio

The “Badia di Pomaio” began as a monastery in the year 1644 Two brothers from Arezzo, monks of the “Vallambrosani” order, Don Gregorio and Don Guglielmo Rasi, with a large inheritance from their father wanted to establish the new monastery in San Giovanni Guadalberto and name it after the founder of the order. The Pope Innocent XI favored them moving to the new monastery from San Romolo di Pratora because this place was in a horrible condition; it was a ruin and cold. The two founding brothers were still alive, however, when another Pope, Innocent XI, began to promote the right of community life among the monks, abolished then all the small monasteries including precisely the Badia di Pomaio. The monastery was transformed into Grancia. Grancia was the name that the monks of various orders, including the Vallambrosani’s order, gave to their farms. The Badia di Pomaio became in later centuries a place of retreat and prayer in the workplace, the heart of the management of a vast agricultural land owned by the church. Since the mid – 800 has been inhabited by several families of sharecroppers, until the ‘60s of the last century when, with the depopulation of the countryside and the end of the farming activities, the “Badia” was completely abandoned. A long and careful restoration has created the hotel and restaurant Badia di Pomaio, where you can still breathe the air of peace and calmness of yesteryear.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Mini-Bar ';
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Overview Map

Day 4 - Biking & Cooking in Cortona: 45 km / 28 miles

After breakfast, you will begin your ride from Cortona to the organic Fierli Farm, where you'll learn all about the cinta senese pigs, chianina cows, and how this family is consciously processing and curing meats. Your destination is a special villa, where you will stay for the next two nights. Villa Rosa dei Venti is run by Barbara and her mom, Lucia. Once a former summer getaway villa for Counts, this elegant Tuscan farm-stay is a wonderful base for sipping, sampling, cooking, swimming, and relaxing. Tonight you’ll enjoy an informal cooking demo and Tuscan wine overview and tasting with a local Florentine sommelier, Bernardo. After, you will be treated to a scrumptious dinner in a local tavern.

Cycling distance: 15 km / 9 mile loop
Highlights: farm visit, cooking demo & wine tasting
Overnight: Cortona

Agristurismo Rosa del Vento


Cortona

Agristurismo Rosa del Vento

Our Villa Rosa dei Venti in Cortona is full of memories and tradition, but at the same time, there reigns a thin line of elegance and modern amenities with love and care put into every detail. Our motto is "We create happiness". By this, we mean that we welcome you as our guests and are at your disposal at any time of day. Whether warming yourself by the fireplace, lying in the sun by the pool or in the shade of olive trees, you will feel taken care of and free to savor every taste of life. The body and mind will find their balance in the serenity of nature in a familiar and welcoming atmosphere.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer ';
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

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Day 5 - Cortona Continued: 30 km / 19 miles

This morning you will ride from the villa, following a Roman road through vineyards and olive groves and up the hill to Cortona. Here you will have a guided visit of the town, followed by free time to browse the fabulous boutiques and art galleries. Take a walk through Cortona’s extensive weekly market, stopping to sample local products and say hello to area farmers. In the afternoon, there is the option for either a loop ride or a dip in the hotel swimming pool. Dine at the villa both evenings during your stay. The Micheli family produces their own wine and olive oil, and before dinner you’ll do a comprehensive comparison tasting of Tuscan olive oil, along with oils from a variety of other regions.

Distance: 30 km / 19 miles loop to Cortona
Extra loop: 10 km /6 miles
Highlights: city tour, market visit & olive oil tasting
Overnight: Cortona

Agristurismo Rosa del Vento


Cortona

Agristurismo Rosa del Vento

Our Villa Rosa dei Venti in Cortona is full of memories and tradition, but at the same time, there reigns a thin line of elegance and modern amenities with love and care put into every detail. Our motto is "We create happiness". By this, we mean that we welcome you as our guests and are at your disposal at any time of day. Whether warming yourself by the fireplace, lying in the sun by the pool or in the shade of olive trees, you will feel taken care of and free to savor every taste of life. The body and mind will find their balance in the serenity of nature in a familiar and welcoming atmosphere.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer ';
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Overview Map

Day 6 - Montepulciano & Pienza: 22 km / 14 miles

Today you’ll ride across the valley to a winery just below Montepulciano, which is famous around the world for its fine wine. While perhaps not as celebrated as Montalcino’s Brunello, Vino Nobile was already receiving praise during the Renaissance and produced one of the first four wines to have received the high acclaim of the appellation DOCG—guaranteed from controlled origins—by a branch of the Italian government. After the visit and tasting, you will continue on to the city of Montepulciano, where you will discover a myriad of stone-covered lanes, boutiques and botteghe (food shops). In late afternoon, transfer by private van to the the picture-perfect Val d’Orcia, and to your final destination, San Quirico d’Orcia.

Distance: 22 km / 14 miles to winery; +17 km / 11 miles to Montepulciano
Highlights: Montepulciano, Val d'Orcia

Palazzo del Capitano


San Quirico d'Orcia

Palazzo del Capitano

apitano Hotel Collection in the small medieval village of San Quirico, the heart of the Val d'Orcia Capitano Collection with its Luxury & Design Boutique hotels, villas, palaces and historic mansions, outside and within the walls of the small hamlet, within walking distance of each other, boasts 50 locations between suites and rooms, varied and strongly characterizing, made to allow each guest to find the dimension that best reflects. Val d'Orcia is the perfect place for hikers and nature lovers, a delightful landscape in the south of Tuscany full of natural and cultural treasures to discover. A fascinating place not only for the beauty of its landscapes, declared World Heritage by Unesco, but also for its thermal baths, the cultural richness of its villages, the excellence of its food and wine products and the unique experiences which it can offer.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Cable TV ';
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

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Day 7 - Wine & Pecorino: 20 km / 13 miles

Today's ride follows the route from San Quirico d’Orcia to Renaissance Pienza, one of the great architectural and urban gems in all of Tuscany. You will have a cooking lesson and lunch with local cook Angela and her family just outside the village. You’ll roam through her organic vegetable garden and cook together in her wonderfully authentic Tuscan kitchen. A Pecorino cheese lesson and tasting is also in store. Return to San Quirico via bike or van transfer. Tonight you'll be treated to a final celebration dinner in San Quirico.

Distance: 20 km loop / 13 miles
Highlights: Pienza cooking class, cheese tasting
Overnight: San Quirico d’Orcia
 

Palazzo del Capitano


San Quirico d'Orcia

Palazzo del Capitano

apitano Hotel Collection in the small medieval village of San Quirico, the heart of the Val d'Orcia Capitano Collection with its Luxury & Design Boutique hotels, villas, palaces and historic mansions, outside and within the walls of the small hamlet, within walking distance of each other, boasts 50 locations between suites and rooms, varied and strongly characterizing, made to allow each guest to find the dimension that best reflects. Val d'Orcia is the perfect place for hikers and nature lovers, a delightful landscape in the south of Tuscany full of natural and cultural treasures to discover. A fascinating place not only for the beauty of its landscapes, declared World Heritage by Unesco, but also for its thermal baths, the cultural richness of its villages, the excellence of its food and wine products and the unique experiences which it can offer.

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Cable TV ';
Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Overview Map

Day 8 - Departure

Enjoy a last delicious breakfast and then bid Tuscany farewell. Arriverderci!  

Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

Tuscany Foodie Adventure Tour

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

* An outstanding adventure travel experience
* Peace of mind that you are with the most professional cycling company in Tuscany
* 6 nights at 4-star properties
* 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners (wine extra)
* All luggage transfers
* Best bikes in Tuscany
* Thorough daily briefings and bike fitting and instruction
* Exceptionally detailed maps and route notes
* Local city or village maps and restaurant suggestions for evenings on own
* Walking tours of Arezzo. Cortona, Montepulciano
* A visit with tastings at a large local weekly market
* Hands on cooking lessons near Arezzo and Pienza
* Visits tours and tastings at two local wineries
* Pecorino cheese & Tuscan honey tasting
* Group arrival and transfer from Florence (individual transfers available with a
supplementary fee)

Not included:

* Airfare
* Anything not listed above

Lodging

Accommodations: 3 nights at Badia di Pomaio in a standard room http://www.hotelbadiadipomaio.it
2 nights at Agristurismo Rosa del Vento in a standard room http://www.rosadeiventi.net/en/villas-cortonatuscany
2 nights at Palazzo del Capitano in a standard room https://www.palazzodelcapitano.com/
Prices
Tuscany Trail to Table Foodie Adventure
Double Occupancy (min 6 persons):
3999 €/person
Single Supplement:
887 €/person

Private departures available: Contact us with your dates and we will send a quote.


Private transfer to Arezzo: Please inquire.

Hybrid Bike Rentals, road bikes, or e-bikes are all available.


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Tour Details

  Duration: 7 Nights & 8 Days with 3 open departures for 2018. Custom departures possible for groups of 4 or more.

Dates :
Sunday June 10th Saturday Sept 8th Saturday Oct 13th.
This is guided, supported tour and offers an amazing cross section of incredible Italian food, wine, and food knowledge with a number of adventure activities in between each day. Cooking classes, and learning are central to the food experiences. Custom guided groups are possible for groups of 6 or more; please inquire.
Level 3 - Consistently hilly countryside with mostly hilltop finishes; challenging terrain can be moderated or made more challenging by daily mileage.
Minimum 6 persons.

Best Time To Go: May - June, September - October.

Average Tuscany temperatures:
March: 61 °F (16 °C) 43 °F (6 °C)
April: 66 °F (19 °C) 46 °F (8 °C)
May: 73 °F (23 °C) 54 °F (12 °C)
June: 81 °F (27 °C) 59 °F (15 °C)
July: 86 °F (30 °C) 64 °F (18 °C)
August: 86 °F (30 °C) 63 °F (17 °C)
Sept: 81 °F (27 °C) 59 °F (15 °C)
October: 72 °F (22 °C) 52 °F (11 °C)

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Local Coordinator

Carol’s passions for cycling, food, and the outdoors are the driving forces in her 25+ year career in designing, operating and leading trips. Carol’s Italian family is based near Castellania, a small town in Piedmont—the same small town where the historical icon and legendary cyclist Fausto Coppi was raised. She was inspired by the stories of her Italian cousins, aunts and uncles there who were the childhood buddies of her big hero Fausto and who shared endless stories with her about his early cycling and training days. Impassioned by the stories and enamored by the freedom of discovery and travel by bicycle herself, she began a personal quest to cover all the local training roads of Fausto Coppi as well as the local foods and wines of her beloved second “home” in Piedmont. Over the years Carol has designed and led walking and cycling trips in Tuscany, Umbria, Le Marche, Lazio, Piemonte, Lombardia, the Dolomites, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli-Venezia, Liguria, Sicily, Puglia, Corsica and Sardinia. She has also escorted tours in Turkey and in Croatia. An active runner, hiker and cyclist Carol currently lives in the Valdarno area of Tuscany with her two boys, Mattia and Daniel.

Reviews

  I wanted to write and let you know how marvelous out trip to Tuscany was and thank you for arranging such a wonderful biking tour. Giuliana and Marco were terrific and made sure we had everything we needed. The route maps were easy to follow, our hotels were terrific and the bikes satisfactory for our Tuscany adventure!!
Bikes Available on This Tour:
Bianchi bikes - hybrid and road bikes. hybrids are included in the trip price. Road bikes are available for a supplement of 15 and 30 euros/day for aluminum and carbon frame bikes respectively. Ebikes have a 30 euros/day supplement. GPS also available for rent if requested in advance.
Detailed Hybrid Bike Spec Sheet - Bianchi Camaleonte 4
Detailed Road Bike Spec Sheet - Bianchi Nirone 7
Detailed E-Bike Spec Sheet - Atala B-Free
Included with bikes:
  • Helmets, (one size fits all).
  • Handlebar bag with hybrids and road bikes
  • Panniers optional (supplement) with hybrids and included with E-bike
  • Handlebar bag includes map reader
  • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
  • Lock included
  • Frame pump included

  • Pedals: flat. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your tool to remove them from the bikes at the end of the tour.

    See spec sheet for each bike for all details.

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