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 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 Tuscan 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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Meeting point Today's date: 1 April 2015
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02 April 2015.
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