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The Original Tuscany Bike Tour

from € 74.00

A fun and unique Tuscany bike tour with Artviva’s renowned bike tour guides.

Starting from Florence, enjoy a fabulous, easy half-day bike tour through the nearby Chianti countryside. Stop for a wonderful lunch at a famous Tuscan restaurant. At a stunning Renaissance villa have a cellar visit and wine tasting of award-winning wines. Along the way, our great guides will keep you entertained with fascinating stories that bring the past to life on this small group Tuscany bike tour.

This is the only eco-friendly bike tour that leaves on bike from Florence. This small-group Tuscany bike tour starts by winding its way through Florence, offering spectacular views of the Ponte Vecchio before heading to the nearby Tuscan countryside. 

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride in the Tuscan countryside passing through stunning vistas of rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, villas, and castles.

Stroll through a beautiful and historic private royal hunting estate learning about life on the land from ages past. Visit the estate's olive groves and vineyards while learning about the vintage and olive harvesting. Savour a delicious gourmet lunch at a famous Tuscan restaurant with fantastic views and soak up the atmosphere during a wine tasting of fabulous new designer wines in a 1000-year-old cellar. See how olive oil was pressed for eons and taste the estate's delicious virgin olive oil chosen to represent Tuscany internationally.

The highlights of the Original Tuscany Bike Tour:  

  • Stunning views of Florence city and classic Chianti countryside
  • A gourmet lunch in a famous restaurant
  • Wine tasting of fine boutique wines in a historic cellar plus vineyard visit
  • A grand Renaissance villa visit with a historic Italianate garden
  • See olive groves, have an olive oil tasting, visit an ancient olive press
  • Enjoy a walk through an extraordinary royal Tuscan hunting estate
  • See the most beautiful church in Tuscany, typical picturesque Tuscan villages, and fantastic views of Florence
  • Be accompanied by our great bi-lingual Tuscany bike tour guide

The run-down of the Original Tuscany Bike Tour: 

After a short ride through Florence, we arrive in the beautiful Tuscan countryside where we visit a fabulous Renaissance Tuscan Villa celebrated by artists and writers over the centuries and walk through an exquisite example of an Italian garden with sculptures inspired by commedia del arte. We'll experience the awe inspiring grandeur of Tuscany's most beautiful church -Michelangelo's favourite- while we explore an ancient sacred place of sun worship. Ride through picturesque Tuscan villages replete with cobble stoned streets, and quintessentiel stone walled paths bursting with poppies and herbs. Finally before heading home we will see the best views of Florence possible from a fantastic vantage point. What more could you want in a perfect Tuscan day!  

This is a great tour for those looking to get their exercise while enjoying the beautiful Tuscan countryside! This is not a tour designed for experts, however you must feel comfortable riding a bike and you must be fit and healthy. Because the guide keeps to the pace of the slowest in the group we have classed this ride as easy to medium at your own pace.

The Tuscan restaurant where you will be treated to a light, traditional lunch is one of Tuscany's most famous restaurants recommended by most good food guides. Experience classic Tuscan countryside ambience, great food, stunning views of the Tuscan countryside and a charming deli attached where you can browse some of the gourmet products you will taste. Your menu for the day will include a variety of classic Tuscan dishes, changing seasonally and served in tasting portions so that you can savor a variety of the best of what Tuscany has to offer. You will also be able to sample wine from a famous medieval Tuscan castle estate and also taste Tuscan olive oil. Lunch is followed by tea or coffee. Vegetarians can also catered for upon request.

The finer details of the Original Tuscany Bike Tour:

Prices: Adults - 74 euro; Students (13-17 yrs) - 69 euro; Children (0-12 yrs) - N/A.

Included in tour price: Delicious gourmet lunch with wine at a famous Tuscan restaurant (winner of Bon Apetit Best Tuscan Views). Vineyard and Olive Grove Visit. Stunning views of classic Tuscany Olive groves, cypress pines, rolling hills, villas, castles. A picturesque Tuscan village. High quality mountain bikes and helmet. A great tour guide for moral support up hills! Smaller groups. Quality helmet, all equipment required for your tour. Wine Tasting in a historic cellar. Olive Oil Tasting. Tuscan Villa visit. A bottle of water. And most importantly, the surety of us being a fully-licensed and bonded tour operator!

Excluded from tour price: Optional gratuities

Tour meeting time and dates: 8.45am each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday throughout March to November.

The Original Tuscany Bike Tour meeting point: Our office at Via de' Sassetti 1 (2nd floor) in central Florence. See map for details.

Tour length: 6-6.5 hours with a short break, including a total of 14 kilometres/8.6 miles riding at a leisurely pace.

Minimum participants: 4 persons

Maximum participants: 16 persons

Weather: This tour does not run in heavy rain - alternative tour activities can be arranged however, so please contact us before the tour time if in doubt.

Terrain and conditions: Paved roads, rolling hills also including one 2 kilometre uphill climb near the beginning of the tour with rest stops. 

Assistance: friendly guide to fix any flat tires! 

Please note: To do this tour, you must be confident and comfortable on a bike both in the historical city centre of Florence and on country hills and you must be fit and healthy. There are approximately 25 minutes of in-city bike riding (some parts are on bike paths) before heading across the River Arno into the hills where there is an uphill section before lunch. Please wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Due to the nature of the ride and the size of the bicycles, children 12 and under cannot participate in this tour. For any dietary restrictions, please make a note in the Notes section so we can inform the kitchen and do our best to accommodate your requirements. 

For your peace of mind: We strongly recommend when choosing a bike tour company that you check the company is a fully-licensed tour operator, as is legally required in Italy. Not being fully licensed means under local laws you travel at your own risk as it is impossible to have adequate or appropriate liability insurance for carrying tourists by van to any destination or for operating tours by bike if not licensed. Our company, The Original and Best Tours, is a fully licensed and bonded travel agency Reg. Lic 516411 and is a member of ASTA, the American Society of Travel Agents.


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On 2014/10/31
Greg D said:


We took tours in Venice, Florence, Sienna & Rome. Nothing short of exceptional at every turn. Knowledge, friendliness and honesty are what we got with every tour and guide. They are simply the best. Thank you all for making our trip as memorable as it was. Ciao!


On 2014/09/28
Eric P said:

Excellent, friendly and professions Venice tours

We look 4 tours in Venice today (27 Sept) and cannot adequately describe how pleased we were with the quality of the tours. Christina, our guide, was excellent and very knowledgable. And most importantly, she was extremely friendly and always courteous. We thoroughly enjoyed the day. The day was made up of the gondola ride, the original and best Venice tour (St. Marks), Doge's Palace tour and culminating with the Grand Canal tour on our own boat. Christina was very impressive with her knowledge and presentation skills. It was simply a joy to be in her small tour group. We cannot say enough good things about her. One of the highlights of the tour was being (coincidently) literally two boats away from George Clooney's water taxi as he made his way to the Aman Canal Grande Hotel. It made my wife's day. And we managed to achieve this by coincidence. The boat captain was very professional throughout the madness of many, many boats on the Grand Canal at this time (a little before 19:00). Bravo Art Viva!


On 2014/09/02
Jessica R said:

Absolutely Amazing!

My boyfriend and I only had a day and a half to spend in Florence so we signed up for the Artviva Original Florence Walk. Our tour guide, Klaas, was just amazing. His love for Florence and it's history made the tour so enjoyable and made me fall in love with the city. In 3.5 hours (from 9 am - 12:30 pm) we saw: Piazza del Republica, Orsanmichele, Palazzo Davanzati, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza di Santa Trinita, Basilica di Santa Trinita, Piazza del Limbo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Cathedral of Florence with the Duomo, and part of the Bapistery. We were given head sets so we could hear Klaas talking even if we were not right next to him. This tour was amazing for seeing most of Florence in a very short amount of time. My boyfriend and I are not big fans of art so we did not go into the Uffizi but did go see the Statue of David in the Accademia Gallery using the skip the line tickets through Artviva as well. Could not be happier with the way this tour turned out. Thanks again Klaas and Artviva!


On 2014/07/28
Boyan said:


Kane was an excellent guide with a good sense of humor. He is very competent, enthusiastic, and a great story teller. I learnt a great deal from him about the city of Florence. He really made my short stay in Florence that much more enjoyable. Thank you Kane!


On 2014/07/20
Sara said:


Kane was a fabulous guide! He had an extensive knowledge of relevant historical fact and made the history of Florence come alive. It really helped having a native English speaking guide as we found other guides who had English as their second language were often difficult to understand. Thank you Kane!


On 2014/05/26
Kaaren said:


The 4 Venice tours, Venice in one Glorious Day, are outstanding. We did 2 on Mon 5/12 and 2 on Wed 5/14. Jen was our fantastic guide for 2 of them. I don't remember the names of the other 2 Italian ladies, but they were also excellent & easy to understand.


On 2014/05/10
schoon said:

Venice in one glorious day!!!! Having heard from a friend that a visit to Venice could be a challenge as far as visiting the highlights is concerned, we decided to scour the internet for a suitable guided tour. Skipping the line was imperitive for us. Two ladies with 3 adolescent sons,a challenge in itself. We chose to "do" Venice in one day so that we could be free to return to places of interest with enough knowledge to recognise and be sure of not missing the most important sights. Skipping the line to enter the San Marco Basilica was absolutely a highlight. Thousands of visitors stood in the pouring rain in order to get a glimpse of this magnificent masterpiece. Our guide Christina was absolutely professional and was able to keep our teenage sons more than interested. It was also very much appreciated by us that Art Viva gave us a call the day previous to our tour that bad weather was expected and offered us to postpone the gondola trip.


On 2014/04/22
Helen Stevens said:

I'd like to thank Angelos for giving us a fantastic evening tour 16th April. His local knowledge brought Florence alive and made our stay much more enjoyable. Thanks for the tips about places to go - we loved the Opera!


On 2014/04/15
Susan S said:

Simply Wonderful!

Touring the Uffizi Gallery with Klaus was the highlight of our trip to Florence; his passion and knowledge provided for an unforgettable afternoon. Booking a tour with ArtViva is highly recommended!


On 2013/12/15
Ryan Antista said:

Awesome and highly recommended!

I used the Art Viva services while in Florence for two tours, The Uffizi Gallery and the Academia Gallery. Because I went in a low season I was the only client and the company still went through with the service, thank you! I had the best tour guild that I could ever hope for! Her name was Elizabeth. She was knowledgeable, fun to be with, very well informed and broke down the pieces and art history in a way that was artful in and of itself. I give the tour service and specifically Elizabeth a 100% A+ and recommend this group all the way. I had a great experience, thank you so much!!

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