If you are interested in riding from Rome, Italy to the finalé of the Tour de France in Paris combine this tour with Leg 23.
Day 1: July 3: Rome
Highlights: The eternal cityArrive early to visit this incredible city - with more than enough monuments, ruins and small streets to explore we highly recommend spending a few days in Rome before our bicycle adventure north begins.
Lodging: Hotel Villa San Pio
Day 2: July 4: Rome to Anguillara Sabazia
Highlights: Ride along the Tiber River, TuscaniaOur ride out of Rome takes us on a 20km bike path along the Tiber River from the Vatican. Enjoy the views of this great city as we head north to Tuscania for the evening. Dinner together tonight. Approximate mileage 62 km (38 miles).
Lodging: Country Relais I Due Laghi
Day 3: July 5: Anguillara Sabazia to Tuscania
Highlights: TuscaniaToday we head north past fishing villages, quaint little cottages and lovely architecture, to Tuscania, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Dinner together tonight. Mileage 81 km (50 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Tuscania Panoramico
Day 4: July 6: Tuscania to San Quirico d'Orcia
Highlights: Pedal the Val d'Orcia valleyWe pedal across the 'Tuscia' today, a remote part of Italy that formed the southern part of Etruria (the heartland of the native inhabitants of this region - the Etruscans). This is a horizontal landscape made up of layers of previously airborne volcanic ash. We pedal by and through several ancient, inactive volcanoes, specifically that of Lake Bolsena, today a popular summer destination for families seeking nice lake beaches. Our ride takes us along the ancient Roman road 'Cassia' as we wind our way into one of Italy's most picturesque valleys, the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site so named for the interaction between humans and landscape. Our destination is San Quirico d'Orcia, perched on the northern edge of the valley and so affording a fantastic view over the dry rolling hills lined with classic Tuscan cypress trees. Our hotel has a stunning swimming pool with a great view over the valley. Mileage 108 km (67 miles).
Lodging: Casanova Hotel Residence
Day 5: July 7: San Quirico d'Orcia to San Gimignano
Highlights: San Gimignano and it's medieval towersWe'll pedal north toward Siena today, along the famous (or infamous!) Tuscan hills. Gear down and spin and you'll be up and down these hills in no time! We're skirting the big city of Siena to reach the smaller town of San Gimignano, picturesque for its historic towers that dot the horizon as we approach town. Our hotel is just 1km outside of town with a lovely swimming pool in which to relax after the day's ride. There is a pathway for those who want to walk into town which is definitely worth it. Mileage 102 km (63 miles).
Lodging: Albergo Le Colline
Day 6: July 8: San Gimignano to Lucca
Highlights: Walled city of Lucca, vineyards of TuscanyWe continue north along the vineyards of Tuscany and wheat fields full of poppies. Our destination is Lucca, a wonderful medieval town that still retains an intact 17th century wall. Dinner together tonight. Mileage: 93 km (57 miles).
Lodging: Hotel La Luna
Day 7: July 9: Lucca - Rest Day
Highlights: Enjoy Lucca - home to Puccini, or take a side trip to PisaLucca was a Roman town and one of medieval Italy's most prosperous city-states. Today, Lucca retains its medieval charm with its small shops and sidewalk cafes. Take a day to relax, or if you feel the urge we can organize a trip to Pisa for a visit to the leaning tower. No bicycling today.
Lodging: Hotel La Luna
Day 8: July 10: Lucca to Aulla
Highlights: Pedal the foothills of the AppenninesWe ride into the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. We'll spend a good part of the day in the Garfagnana, a vast chestnut forest north of Lucca. Dinner together tonight. Mileage 112 km (69 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Demy
Day 9: July 11: Aulla to Salsomaggiore
Highlights: Cross into Italy's culinary heartland, Emilia RomagnaWe have flirted with Italy's Apennine Mountains for four days now without crossing them. Well, today we head up and over to the north side of the Apennines. We leave 'Mediterranean Italy' and head into the Po Valley which enjoys a more subcontinental climate. Mileage 121 km (75 miles).
Lodging: Albergo Casa Romagnosi
Day 10: July 12: Salsomaggiore to Castello di San Gaudenzio
Highlights: Rolling hills and flat riding, beautiful restored castle hotelOur ride today takes us through the foothills of the 'Oltre Po Pavese' south of the Po River through the foothills of the Apennine Mountains and out onto the flat Po Valley. Our hotel tonight is a restored castle. Dinner together tonight. Mileage 127 km (78 miles).
Lodging: II Castello di San Gaudenzio
Day 11: July 13: Castello di San Gaudenzio to Asti
Highlights: Enter Piemonte Region, bicycle through wine countryWe follow the flat Po Valley for the most part today on our way to Asti, Piemonte. We end in one of Italy's most up and coming wine regions where vineyards produce many of the famous Piemonte wines, including Barbera d'Asti and Asti Spumante. Mileage: 97 km (60 miles).
Lodging: Hotel Aleramo
Day 12: July 14: Asti to Torino
Highlights: Torino - home of the Savoy familyOur final ride is relatively short today and it takes us into Torino, the seat of the House of Savoy and the first capital of a unified Italy beginning in 1861. We'll celebrate our journey through Italy with a group dinner tonight. Mileage: 77 km (48 miles).
Lodging: Best Western Hotel Genova
Day 13: July 15: Tour ends after breakfast
Highlights:Whether you are continuing to pedal to Paris on Leg 23 or staying in Torino and Italy, buon viaggio!
HighlightsRome, the Forum, Coliseum , Lucca (home to Puccini), Pedal the Apennines of Italy, Etruscan coast of Tuscany, Wine country of Piedmont, Optional side trips to Pisa, Sienna, Torino, the first capital of a unified Italy
IncludesUse of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 13 days, 12 nights in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels and country estates; 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners, van support; bilingual tour leaders; cultural activities as described in itinerary.
Arrive/DepartRome/Torino or Milan
Total Distance980 km (605 miles)
Daily DistanceAverage daily 98 km (60 miles)
What to ExpectVaried terrain throughout, mostly back roads with little traffic. Extraordinary bicycling routes and travel companions.
Long days and hilly terrain makes this a challenging tour.
NotesSome daily procedures may vary from ExperiencePlus! tours as this trip is operated in tandem with AllTrails, an Australian Bike Tour Company. As an Expedition tour this trip receives no Re-Cycle credit.
|Jul 03 - 15, 2014||See notes. Price varies with booking date||AUS$1000||
Book by Jan 31 AUS$5140;Book Feb 1 - 28 AUS$5240; Book Mar 1 - 31 AUS$5340; Book from Apr 1 AUS$5440. Combine with Leg 23 and save AUS$500 per leg.
|*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.|
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