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+++ to the homes of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci +++ Florence, proud city of rich citizens +++ reburth in the Uffizia +++ wild South with white cattle +++ Cypress avenues and highest laurel +++ bistecca alla fiorentina and Tuscany’s cowboys +++ to the Chianti, across the Brunello to Sassicaia and Ornellaia +++ I left the island of Elba too soon. (Napoleon) +++ Etruscans in Volterra +++ world cultural heritage and Nobel prize of literature +++ Siena’s victorious contrades +++ cordial hospitality and best gastronomy in charming country hotels and sophisticated palaces +++
Our tour through Tuscany and on Elba in 7 days, up to 14 persons.
Travel dates 2018
ITE1: Saturday, 05-may-2018 to Saturday, 12-may-2018
ITE2: Saturday, 12-may-2018 to Saturday, 19-may-2018
ITE3: Saturday, 15-sep-2018 to Saturday, 22-sep-2018
ITE4: Saturday, 29-sep-2018 to Saturday, 06-oct-2018
Price per person in the DR for 7 nights with half-board, eBike, entrance free, transfers, guided tours: € 1950
Single-room surcharge € 360
Does not include lunch, drinks and your personal expenses as well as travelling there and back.
Target airport Florence from/to Munich (as available): € 340
Surcharge for other German airports: € 60
Flights from airports in other countries on request.
The arrangement includes the above services. Our terms and conditions apply.
To Florence, the proud city of rich citizens, home of Signorelli, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Across the Ponte Vecchio and the Ufficia to Tuscany’s Renaissance. Enjoy cycling across scarce granite peaks and picturesque bays. To the Chianti, across the Brunello to Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Napoleon on Elba, the Etruscans in Volterra and Siena’s victorious Contrades. Cordial hospitality and best gastronomy in charming country hotels and sophisticated palaces A memorable pedelon eBike tour on Elba and across Tuscany.
Trip to Florence on Saturday.
Flight to/from Florence booked by you or by pedelon at your request from Munich and Frankfurt, with transfer in Frankfurt or Munich from nearly any German city.
Florence can be reached in a single day from Germany. Travelling by night train is particularly comfortable. The taxi will take you from the “Santa Maria Novella” train station to the starting hotel in five minutes.
On motorways by car to Florence, 650 km from Munich, 820 km from Stuttgart, 980 km from Frankfurt and a long 1460 km from Hamburg. Leaving your car at the „Grand Hotel Cavour“ is 32 € / 42 € (depending on the type of car, including the identification of the city police).
With your booking confirmation, you will receive the “pedelon travel information”, which contains useful notes on travelling to Florence and other advice around your trip.
Arrival on Saturday to Florence to the „Grand Hotel Cavour“. Located right in the center, this house presents itself as a tastefully renovated 13th-century palazzo combining the fascination of the past with the highest standards of a four-star hotel. The view from the „divine roof terrace“ to the cathedral has no equal. When you come to Florence, you are travelling to Tuscany‘s museum of world culture with the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizia, the Loggia dei Lanzi, and the wonder of the door to paradise by Ghiberti. Meeting point in the hotel hall for a city tour at 5:30 PM. Dinner will take place in an old-town tavern with typical specialties of the area.
1st day, Sunday: Florence – San Gimignano, 44 km
In the morning, the train will take you to Empoli in about half an hour, where you will switch to eBikes and ride into the South along Tuscany‘s hills. It‘s an ideal route to get used to your bikes. Lunch with regional specialties is waiting for you at a typical Italian farm. Strengthened and with your battery‘s support, the last kilometers up to San Gimignano will be easy. The particularly beautiful hotel „Leon Bianco“ is right at the central Piazza della Cisterna. Before dinner in one of the best restaurants of San Gimignano, you will raise your appetite with a round trip through the history of this Medieval Manhattan.
2nd day, Monday: San Gimignano – Montecatini Val di Cecina, 69 km
In the morning, you will cycle to Volterra along a wavy road. It is one of the twelve Etruscan foundings and a culture highlight of Tuscany. Emperor Augustus had the famous Teatro Romano built here in his honor. If your nerves permit, visit the museum of torture Museo della Tortura, which provides an illustrative view of the torture methods and tools of the middle ages. From here, you will continue by eBike across the gentle hills of Tuscany‘s landscape to Montecatini Val di Cecina. The Maremma plain already starts in the Pisa province. The evening hours belong to the idyllic Tenuta Mocajo, a farm-turned-hotel with own vineyard. Outstanding dinner with many local products in the hotel restaurant.
3rd day, Tuesday: Montecatini – Elba, 40 km
Today‘s section leads to the North of the Maremma, to the wine area of Bolgheri, where some of the best wines in the world are made, such as the Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Through mostly flat terrain and picturesque cypress avenues, you will continue to Castagneto Carducci, where the Italian poet and laureate of the Nobel Prize for literature Giosuè Carducci spent his childhood in the town named after him. After the transfer of one hour by ferry from Piombino to Elba, a strengthening meal at a nice little restaurant is waiting in Portoferraio. From Napoleon‘s town, a short bicycle leg and a small hike will take you to the hotel „Biodola“. Run by Signora de Ferraris, the hotel is located in a picturesque bay. Dinner in the outstanding hotel restaurant.
4th day, Wednesday: Island round tour on Elba, 47 km
After breakfast on the wonderful hotel terrace, you will start the short but all the more beautiful round tip on the charming island of Tuscany‘s Archipelago. From the hotel, you will need barely an hour to the harbor town Marciana Marina, where you will park your bikes. A rise that is more fun than effort on eBikes leads you up to the idyllic mountain village Marciana, where you will have a fantastic view of the mainland and the Mare Ligure. From here, the round path will lead you around the West of the island on a slightly hilly path, always with bays, beaches and steep coasts to your right. If the view is good, you will be able to see the sister islands Capraia, Pianosa and Montecristo on the horizon. Early in the afternoon, you will return to Signora de Ferraris‘ luxurious inn. There will be enough time before dinner to take a bath in the turquoise sea.
5th day, Thursday: Elba – San Quirico dʼOrcia, 62 km
In the morning, the ferry will return you to the mainland and then the bus will take you to the Eastern edge of the Maremma, from where you will continue by bike once more. On lonesome agricultural paths and small streets, you will cross the diverse agricultural landscape. The last cycle kilometers lead to Abbazia di Sant Antimo, a Benedictine abbey from the 12th century. From there, the tour leads up to Montalcino, home of the Banfi dynasty and its Brunello, and further into the small Tuscan village of San Quirico d‘Orcia. There you will be accommodated in an old town palace, the „Palazzo del Capitano Relais & Wellness“. Located within the historical walls of the village, the comfortable hotel has a beautiful wellness center and a large picturesque garden with vegetable patches and many wells. Dinner in a nearby trattoria.
6th day, Friday: San Quirico dʼOrcia – Siena, 49 km
In the morning the first cycle kilometers lead along the hills of the Val d‘Orcia, a world cultural heritage. Once again, you will have wonderful views of the typical hilly landscape of Tuscany. Before the gates of Siena, you will have to say goodbye to your eBikes. Taxis will take you up to the „NH Hotel Siena“ near the town centre. An evening walk through the lamplit centre of Siena will combine all the wonders of this town. On the Piazza del Campo of the Arena des Palio, you will feel as if you could hear the clatter of hooves racing for the victory and honor of their city quarters here. There will be lot to talk about after this memorable trip over dinner and best wine. The next day will see its end in Florence.
7th day, Saturday: Siena – Florence
After breakfast, you can explore Siena on a round trip around the „Piazza del Campo“.
The tour guides will be happy to assist you in arranging a return trip to Florence. All trains and return flights that leave after 3 PM can be reached easily.
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