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People in this region speak Italian, but Tuscany has its own language simply named the "Tuscan dialect," as well.

Italy Experiences

Culinary Tuscany

A culinary and cycling experience in Tuscany

Itinerary

Our Culinary Tuscany bike tour combines the pleasures of biking and the gourmet delights of the region. Prepare to roll up your sleeves and cook up a Tuscan storm! Experience the Tuscan lifestyle with this cycling and culinary tour!

Cortona ~ Montalcino ~ Pienza ~ Siena
7 Day/ 6 Night, Guided Tour

Tuscan cuisine~ La cucina Toscana ~  is based around an ethos of simplicity in its purest form. Tuscan chefs take advantage of the freshest seasonal products and tamper with their natural state as little as possible.

The cooking and the cycling aspects of this tour combine to please anyone who has a strong interest in one or both of these great passions. Explore gorgeous loop rides in the beautiful val d’orcia including Pienza, Montalcino and San Quirico.  Travel across Val di Chiana to reach Cortona and discover Crete Senesi, a rolling sea of  land before sightseeing in Siena town.  After you have worked up an appetite, we will feed you very well! Most days include a hands-on cooking class or a visit to taste local artisan food. Dining-out experiences range from a simple osteria, to a family trattoria, and an elegant restaurant. You will come home inspired, not only with new recipes, but also with the enthusiasm to cultivate these lessons into your lifestyle.

Day 1: Welcome to Podere Boscarello
Your tour begins with a private van transfer to Villa Boscarello in time for the welcome pool side aperitivo and bike fitting session. Enjoy the welcome dinner at the villa drinking Chianti wine.

Day 2: Cortona & Vin Santo
Bike trip to Trequanda: after some uphills rides, continue with a nice downhill and flat ride through the Val di Chiana ~ a huge fertile plain, bordering Lazio, Umbria and Tuscany. It is characterized by cultivation of olives and the vine, and an agricultural production level so high as to have become the symbol of the Terre di Siena, and of entire region.  Reach the final climb to your destination of Cortona. The first set of this ancient city’s walls were built by the Etruscans in the 4th century BC. It was made internationally famous by Frances Mayes in her bestselling book “Under the Tuscan sun”. Here you will take part in your first cooking lesson. Distance 50km.

Day 3 : Montalcino, Brunello and Pici
Your bike ride from the villa’s first stop is the Benedictine Monte Oliveto Magiore Abbey. From here on your will travel to the medieval hill town of Montalcino, famous for Brunello wine made with the Sangiovese grape and aged a minimum of four years. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting at a local winery before heading back to the villa for a pici – the handrolled pasta of this region- lesson. Distance 45km.

Day 4: Pienza and Pecorino Cheese
Today another terrific bike ride to San Giovanni d’Asso, famous for its valuable white truffles. The next stop is the municipality of San Quirico d’Orcia where there is a superb 16th century Italian garden ~ Horti Leonini.  Finish off your day with your arrival in Pienza, a pristine Renaissance jewel created in 1458 famous for pecorino, a delicious pungent cheese made using only sheep milk.  Distance 50km.

Day 5: Spas & Montepulciano
Bike to Montepulciano, known as ‘the Pearl of the Sixteenth Century’ and famous for its food and wine. Take the chance to explore an underground wine cellar before biking  to the Orcia valley, a UNESCO world heritage site which has inspired artistic genius throughout the ages. Your final destination today is the ancient spa of Bagno Vignoni before traveling back by van for your last cooking session, where you will discover the secrets to making perfect ravioli. Distance 50km

Day 6: Siena, Le Crete & pinch of Chianti Classico
Begin your day with a bike ride to Asciano and the Le crete area, with its strange rock formations and lone farmhouses flanked by cypress trees. Enjoy a short excursion through vineyards and forests in Chianti before arriving in Siena home to the famous shell shape piazza where the renowned Palio horserace is run. Our farewell dinner takes place at AmorDivino restaurant. Distance 50km.

Day 7: Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour
After a farewell breakfast all together we will arrange your transfer to Chiusi train station.

What’s Included?

Included in Tour:

Six nights in private villa;
Six dinners & one lunch;
Three cooking classes;
One wine tasting;
One cheese tasting;
All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions;
All Shuttles and technical assistance;
Van support;
Experienced English speaking guide;
Water bottle;
Transfer on day one from station;
Transfer on day seven to the station
Sales taxes

What’s not included?

Not included: Airfare to Italy, train to Chiusi, 4 lunches, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature

Dates and Pricing

Price: Euro 2,550 per person (double accommodation) Single supplement 390 Euro

Bike Rental:
Touring/hybrid bike: Euro 140
High-end road bike: Euro 170

2016 Dates:
April 23rd – 29th
September 25th -October 1st

Helpful Notes

Tour Accommodation: Private Villa, as follows:

Villa Boscarello

Note: It is possible for non-riding visitors to take part in this tour –  there will be optional extra activities if this is the case.  Shorter options are always available, riders of all abilities will have a selection of distances to choose from each day.

TRIP DETAILS

TYPE:
Guided
LEVEL:
Easy to Moderate
BEST TIME:
Spring & Fall
HOTEL:
Private Villa
BEGIN:
Monticchiello
END:
Chiusi