This cycle tour combines the charming, characteristic Tuscan hills with the striking, beautiful scenery on the coast of Tuscany. Well maintained bike paths will lead you from the cultural highlights of Pisa to the charming old town "Venezia Nuova" in Livorno, before finally reaching the characteristic square of Piombino, which goes straight into the sea. Feel the warm Mediterranean breeze as you bike along the white sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs. The tour will also bring you into the Tuscan highlands, which is admired by food and wine lovers, from around the world.
The route goes along the lush vineyards and through olive groves, before reaching the one of the highlights: the cycling experience on the island of Elba.
The terrain alternates between flat to minor hills. There are only two stretches on the trip where you will experience longer inclinations. Most of the trails on this tour are unpaved, few will be a little more rustic, and in the cities there will be shorter stretches on citystreets.
Individual arrival to the first hotel in Pisa (from the train station it is only a short walk). Depending on how early you arrive in the city, it will be possible to walk around in the old charming town.
From Piazza dei Miracoli, which is home to the city cathedral and its famous Leaning Tower, nice and winding paths will lead you through the National Park Macchia Lucchese and out to the seaside. Continue along white sandy beaches until reaching the charming coastal town of Viareggio. If you feel like it, go for a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea along the way. A short train ride will bring you and the bikes back to Pisa for another night.
The morning begins with a short train ride to Livorno. This historic port city has much to offer, including the popular neighborhood of Venezia Nuova, with its many canals. After a stretch along one of the promenades, you head up into the Tuscan highlands. A longer inclination leads you through the National Park of Monti Livornesi and further through the Tuscan villages, which beautifully meanders in the hilly landscape. The descent brings a spectacular view with the blue sea in beautiful contrast to the green landscape.
You will be staying at a hotel, located close to the steep cliffs, with small paths along the beach and palm trees gently swaying in the wind, which together create a true Mediterranean atmosphere.
The cycling stage of day four, goes along the beautiful coast of Tuscany. After following some of the famous white sand beaches around Vada, the route will lead you through some of Italy's most beautiful pine forests. Then you will cycle through the national park of Tomboli and from there on to the town of Bibbona. From here you head to the famous wine village of Bolgheri, where the extraction of wine from the Tuscan topclass grapes takes place. After following a long avenue lined with cypress trees, you will again reach the seaside and the coastal town of Marina de Castagneto, with its many beach cafes and promenades.
The day begins by going up a hill towards the medieval town Castaneto Carducci. Here the views are spectacular and it is advised to sit down at one of the cafes and enjoy a well-deserved and well-brewed Italian espresso. From here you continue cycling up a winding mountain road through romantic cork oak forests Take your time and make small stops in the traditional Tuscan villages you pass on the way, and enjoy with their characteristic stone houses and Tuscan atmospheres. The next part of the tour brings you down through lush olive groves to the coastal town of Golfo de Baratti, where the silence at the archaeological excavations sites is a great contrast to the beach life not far from there.
From here it is only a few kilometers to Piombino, which is an impressive coastal town, where you can enjoy an Italian gelatto on the square right at the beach.
A ferry will bring you and the bikes to Portoferraio on the island of Elba. The trip takes about an hour, but the time is excellently used enjoying the stunning views of both Elba and the mainland. On Elba it is the possible to chose between two different routes, one short and one longer. The short tour will take you on a panoramic route passing several deserted bays and coves. The slightly longer trip gives you the opportunity to get up in the hilly inland area of the island. Here you can experience the characteristic vegetation of Macchia Mediterrenea.
After a day full of experiences on the island, the return journey on the ferry will be the perfect place to enjoy the sunset.
When checking out of the hotel in Piombino, you also return the bikes. From here it is possible to take the train back to Pisa (This takes about 2 hours and costs about €10,- p.p). If your tour started on a Sunday it will also be possible to join a transfer directly from the hotel to Pisa. This transfer departs from the hotel between noon and 1 pm, and will get you into Pisa round about 3 pm. There is a limited number of seats on the transfer, so this must be booked before joining the tour. The payment of this transfer is done locally and the price is € 45 p.p. (If you broad your own bike on this tour, it is possible to bring it on the transfer at no additional costs.)
If you are interested we can easily arrange an extra night in Pisa, after the completed cycling holiday. In addition to sightseeing in Pisa, which quickly fills you day, it is also easy to take the train from Pisa to Lucca. This city also has lots of charm and cultural experiences to offer. The train journey takes about 30 minutes and costs about € 5 p.p.
The day will be without bikes, as these are returned when leaving Piombino, and you will have to bring your luggage with you from Piombino to the hotel in Pisa. You will be staying at a 4-star hotel incl. breakfast.
The price of this extra accommodation € 80,- p.p /per night, when booking 2 people in double occupancy
If you want the extra night in Pisa, please note it in "comments" section at the time of booking.
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