Spin Soldiers: Cycling in Tuscany July 2017

July 22 – July 29, 2017

What better way to experience the beauty of Tuscany than from the seat of a bike? A mixture of on- and off-road biking awaits on a ride through some of the most gorgeous, yet challenging countryside you’ll find anywhere. Explore beautiful hill towns, stunning lakes, and have the option to soak in thermal hot springs. When you are not riding, take in the view of the rolling Tuscan hills from your hotel rooftop and relax with a glass of wine.

Join us on this FST-exclusive trip, in partnership with G-Adventures.

Only 12 slots are available so reserve yours today!

What's Included

Hands-On: Local Wine Tasting, Chianciano Terme

Hands-On: Half-day Cooking Class, Chianciano Terme

All cycling equipment including bicycle

Cycling in Tuscan countryside including visits to Pienza and Montepulciano

Support vehicle for 3 days

Cooking class with local organic produce

Wine tasting with local meats and cheeses

 

What's Not Included

International Airfare from U.S. to Italy

Transfers from/to Rome Airport

Food/Drinks for meals not specifically listed in itinerary

Optional Excursions not specifically listed in intinerary

Optional incidentals at hotels, restaurants, sightseeing tours, etc.

Required Travel Insurance

 

Pricing - $1,459 Per Person / Double Occupancy

Want Your Own Room?  Add $599.00 (2 available)

Deposit Due to Confirm Your Booking is only $250.00

Final Payment Due Date:  May 15, 2017

 

Itinerary

July 22, 2017 - Depart U.S. for Rome

Depart from the U.S. for an overnight flight across the pond to Rome.

Day 1: July 23, 2017 - Rome

Arrive at any time.

Day 2: July 24, 2017 - Rome/Chianciano Terme

Enjoy a local Italian breakfast before an orientation walk around Rome. Transfer by train your hotel in the charming hilltop town of Chianciano Terme.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: July 25, 2017 - Chianciano Terme

Cycle to the classic Renaissance town of Pienza and get a taste of the quintessential Tuscan landscape.

Exclusive Inclusions: Hands-On Local Wine Tasting

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: July 26, 2017 - Chianciano Terme

Cycle to the Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano, famous for producing excellent food and wine. Enjoy an included half-day cooking class.

Exclusive Inclusions: Hands-On Half-day Cooking Class

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5: July 27, 2017 - Chianciano Terme

Enjoy a full-day of cycling in the Tuscan lakes and lunch at a natural oasis.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: July 28, 2017 - Chianciano Terme

Cycle to the beautiful spa town of Bagno Vignoni. Explore the town, opt to soak in the thermal pools, or relax and enjoy the views before returning to the hotel for one final night.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: July 29, 2017 - Chianciano Terme

Depart from the hotel on a group transfer in the morning, arriving into Chiusi Station where the tour ends upon arrival.

Meals included: Breakfast

Important Notes

Cycling Grading - Moderate

Some degree of experience required
Mixture of road cycling and off road
Occasional long days in the saddle, multiple ascents and descents
Good fitness and skill level recommended
Cycle usually between 35-70 km per day

Equipment provided:

Bike - Mountain bikes, various models
Gears - 24 or 27 speed
Brakes - disk brakes
Frame sizes available - various; When making your booking, please inform our staff of your height - this will help us get the right size bike for you.
Panniers/bike bag type - not available. The bikes are equipped with bags under the saddle for day-to-day needs.
Water bottle holder - yes
Water bottle - yes
Adjustable Handlebars - no
Option to fit own pedals: yes
Female saddles available: no
Padded saddle covers available: yes
Gel saddles available: no
Option to fit own saddle: yes
Repair kit available: no - guide carries repair kit for the group
Helmet hire available: helmet included in price of trip. We believe that helmets should be worn at all times, to ensure maximum protection while you are cycling. However, we are aware that some passengers may prefer to cycle without a helmet. If you choose to do so, this is entirely at your own risk.

If you would prefer to bring your own bike with you for this trip, or have some specific equipment that you would prefer to use then please advise us when you book. We recommend that you bring a hybrid or all terrain bike for this trip, with a minimum of 21 gears and suitable for riding along roads and on bike tracks. For this trip it would be best to have semi-slick tyres good for road and light off road use.

Group Leader Description

This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.