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Italy - Cycling along the coast of Tuscany

From the Leaning Tower in Pisa to the island of Elba off the coast from Piombino

This cycle tour combines the charming, characteristic Tuscan hills with the striking, beautiful scenery on the coast of Tuscany. Well maintained bike paths will lead you from the cultural highlights of Pisa to the charming old town "Venezia Nuova" in Livorno, before finally reaching the characteristic square of Piombino, which goes straight into the sea. Feel the warm Mediterranean breeze as you bike along the white sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs. The tour will also bring you into the Tuscan highlands, which is admired by food and wine lovers, from around the world.

The route goes along the lush vineyards and through olive groves, before reaching the one of the highlights: the cycling experience on the island of Elba.
The terrain alternates between flat to minor hills. There are only two stretches on the trip where you will experience longer inclinations. Most of the trails on this tour are unpaved, few will be a little more rustic, and in the cities there will be shorter stretches on citystreets.

  • The Miracle square in Pisa, on which the city cathedral, with the famous Leaning Tower is located
  • Cycling along the beautiful white sandy beaches, from where you can quickly take a dip
  • Beautiful trails through national parks, pine forests and along the sea
  • The medieval Tuscan villages of Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci and Suvereto
  • Piombino with its central square, which goes straight into the sea
  • Beautiful ferryride to Elba with cycling on the island with its beautiful beaches and characteristic Mediterranean vegetation
  • Marked routes and detailied bike descriptions and maps, that makes it easy to find your way

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Day 1 Arriving in Pisa

Individual arrival to the first hotel in Pisa (from the train station it is only a short walk). Depending on how early you arrive in the city, it will be possible to walk around in the old charming town.

Day 2 Biking to the coast (30 km.) + Train ride

From Piazza dei Miracoli, which is home to the city cathedral and its famous Leaning Tower, nice and winding paths will lead you through the National Park Macchia Lucchese and out to the seaside. Continue along white sandy beaches until reaching the charming coastal town of Viareggio. If you feel like it, go for a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea along the way. A short train ride will bring you and the bikes back to Pisa for another night.

Day 3 From Pisa to Livorno (40 km.) + Train ride

The morning begins with a short train ride to Livorno. This historic port city has much to offer, including the popular neighborhood of Venezia Nuova, with its many canals. After a stretch along one of the promenades, you head up into the Tuscan highlands. A longer inclination leads you through the National Park of Monti Livornesi and further through the Tuscan villages, which beautifully meanders in the hilly landscape. The descent brings a spectacular view with the blue sea in beautiful contrast to the green landscape.

You will be staying at a hotel, located close to the steep cliffs, with small paths along the beach and palm trees gently swaying in the wind, which together create a true Mediterranean atmosphere.

Day 4 From Livorno to Marina de Castagneto (50 km.)

The cycling stage of day four, goes along the beautiful coast of Tuscany. After following some of the famous white sand beaches around Vada, the route will lead you through some of Italy's most beautiful pine forests. Then you will cycle through the national park of Tomboli and from there on to the town of Bibbona. From here you head to the famous wine village of Bolgheri, where the extraction of wine from the Tuscan topclass grapes takes place. After following a long avenue lined with cypress trees, you will again reach the seaside and the coastal town of Marina de Castagneto, with its many beach cafes and promenades.

Day 5 From Marina di Castagneto Piombino (60 km.)

The day begins by going up a hill towards the medieval town Castaneto Carducci. Here the views are spectacular and it is advised to sit down at one of the cafes and enjoy a well-deserved and well-brewed Italian espresso. From here you continue cycling up a winding mountain road through romantic cork oak forests Take your time and make small stops in the traditional Tuscan villages you pass on the way, and enjoy with their characteristic stone houses and Tuscan atmospheres. The next part of the tour brings you down through lush olive groves to the coastal town of Golfo de Baratti, where the silence at the archaeological excavations sites is a great contrast to the beach life not far from there.
From here it is only a few kilometers to Piombino, which is an impressive coastal town, where you can enjoy an Italian gelatto on the square right at the beach.

Day 6 Day trip to the island of Elba (about 15/35 km.)

A ferry will bring you and the bikes to Portoferraio on the island of Elba. The trip takes about an hour, but the time is excellently used enjoying the stunning views of both Elba and the mainland. On Elba it is the possible to chose between two different routes, one short and one longer. The short tour will take you on a panoramic route passing several deserted bays and coves. The slightly longer trip gives you the opportunity to get up in the hilly inland area of the island. Here you can experience the characteristic vegetation of Macchia Mediterrenea.
After a day full of experiences on the island,  the return journey on the ferry will be the perfect place to enjoy the sunset.

Day 7 Day of departure

When checking out of the hotel in Piombino, you also return the bikes. From here it is possible to take the train back to Pisa (This takes about 2 hours and costs about €10,- p.p). If your tour started on a Sunday it will also be possible to join a transfer directly from the hotel to Pisa. This transfer departs from the hotel between noon and 1 pm, and will get you into Pisa round about 3 pm. There is a limited number of seats on the transfer, so this must be booked before joining the tour. The payment of this transfer is done locally and the price is € 45 p.p. (If you broad your own bike on this tour, it is possible to bring it on the transfer at no additional costs.)


Posiblity of extra day of sightseeing day in Pisa or Lucca

If you are interested we can easily arrange an extra night in Pisa, after the completed cycling holiday. In addition to sightseeing in Pisa, which quickly fills you day, it is also easy to take the train from Pisa to Lucca. This city also has lots of charm and cultural experiences to offer. The train journey takes about 30 minutes and costs about € 5 p.p.

The day will be without bikes, as these are returned when leaving Piombino, and you will have to bring your luggage with you from Piombino to the hotel in Pisa. You will be staying at a 4-star hotel incl. breakfast.

The price of this extra accommodation € 80,- p.p /per night, when booking 2 people in double occupancy
 

If you want the extra night in Pisa, please note it in "comments" section at the time of booking.

 

Price includes

  • Accommodation in 3-star tourist class hotels, many of them located directly on the beach
  • Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Pisa
  • Luggage transfer between hotels
  • Train ticket from Viareggio to Pisa incl. bike
  • Train ticket from Pisa to Livorno incl. bike
  • Ferry tickets to Elba roundtrip incl. bike
  • Detailed descriptions of the routes (route maps, route descriptions/roadbook, information on relevant tourist attractions and important phone numbers.)
  • GPS tracks available
  • Direct phone number to a hotline service from where you can recieve help throughout the length of trip.
Not included
  • Transportation to the starting destination in Italy
  • Bicycle rental. € 110 p.p (Mountain Bike € 150 p.p. or Electric bicycle € 200 p.p)
  • Cancellation and Travel Insurance.
EUR 679.00

Practical info

Price info

Note:
The price is based on at least two participants accommodated in a double or twin room.

- Please note that it is 'land only' prices.

On this tour you are on your own without a tour guide. We have arranged for overnight stays, route descriptions and maps, but you must organise your own transportation to the starting point of the destination.

Dates of departure
This tour begins on Sundays according to the dates you find available in the book tour box. From May to the middle of October. Furthermore the tour can be started on Saturdays from late June to late August

Transportation

Please note that transportation to and from the destination is NOT included in the package, and that you have to make sure to book your own flight. This is easily done online. It is your responsibility to ensure that the flight schedule fits start and end dates of your trip. We recommend that you book the trip with us before you buy your plane tickets.

Fly directly to Pisa from a large number of European countries. Pisa airport is only a 10 min. shuttle ride from Pisa main train station in the city center.

From Piombino it takes about 2 hours to get back to Pisa by train. On www.trenitalia.com it is easy to get an overview of times and destinations on the Italian trains, but since it is difficult to purchase or change the tickets online, we recommend that you first buy them at the train station before departure.

 
Trip grading

The terrain alternates between flat to minor hills. There are only two stretches on the trip where you will experience longer inclinations. Most of the trails on this tour are unpaved, few will be a little more rustic, and in the cities there will be shorter stretches on citystreets. The tour is level 2 and you can read more about our grading system here

 
Cancellation insurance

Cancellation Insurance is the customer's own responsibility. When you book a trip with us, you should consider whether you want to take out cancellation insurance against sudden illness, or whether you are already covered. You have to arrange the cancellation insurance in you home country.

Travel insurance

We highly recommend that you are covered by a good travel insurance covering at least Medical Expenses, Illness, Personal Accident, Baggage and Repatriation. The customer is responsible to take the necessary travel insurance that covers these costs. Mountain Adventures, or our local partners, do not have any responsibility for our customers not being covered by a necessary travel insurance. You have to arrange your insurance in your home country.

Passports and visa

It is the customer’s responsibility to have a valid passport. It is also the customer’s responsibility to seek and obtain any necessary visa for travelling to the booked destination. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return. Note that there may be special visa requirements for different foreign nationalities. Please note that processing time for visas to some countries may be several weeks. Mountain Adventures have no responsibility for any lack of travel documents. Be aware of any transit visa requirements.

Vaccinations

We advise you to contact a medical specialist or your personal doctor or a licensed vaccination clinic. In case vaccination is recommended it is advised to bring your vaccination certificate when traveling.

Trip notes

When booking the trip, you will receive all relevant pre-tour information. On individual self-guided tours trip notes, maps and other destination material will be given to you upon arrival at the hotel.

Bike rental

The bikes are unisex, chosen due to its strong quality combined with maximum comfort. The bikes are equipped with lights, luggage racks, mud guards, 21 Shimano gears, a lock and a comfortable saddle. Furthermore, there is attached a water-repellent bag on the luggage rack and handlebars, and in addition you will receive a small repair kit, with relevant tools, a spare bicycle tube and a pump.

In order to individually adjust the bikes to fit you, it is important that you inform us the body height of all participants in the "comments" box when booking the trip.

Bike rental costs € 110,- per person for the entire week.

Electric bikes
On this trip it is also possible to rent an electric bike, which will make it possible to cross the terrain with a smile. If your legs gets tired, the electric engine will support you, so you do not fall behind.
It does not require any previous experience to ride an electric bike. As long as you keep the pedals going, the electric engine will assist you to reach a maximum speed of 25 km/h. The engine is powered by a removable, rechargeable battery with a reach of 120-180 km per load. Electric bikes comes with the same equipment as the regular bikes. 

Rental of an electric bike is € 200,- for the entire week.

 

Mountain Bikes
On this tour, you also have the option of renting a Bianchi Kuma Mountain, similar to the image below. The mountain bike has front wheel suspension, an aluminum frame and Shimano Acera shifters with 24 gears.

When renting a mountain bike, it comes with a water bottle and a small repair kit for the bike.
Rental of a mountain bike is € 150,- p.p for the entire week.

 
Climate

It can be difficult to plan a trip according to the weather, but to give an idea of the local climate, see data below:

Statistics for Pisa as seen on www.yr.no

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