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TUSCANY LUXURY NATURAL SPA – JUNE

OVERVIEW

With this trip we have combined our passion for Tuscany and the opportunity to share our local knowledge for an unforgettable experience.
As lifelong residents of Tuscany we have created an itinerary that allows you to sample the villages, events and people as a "local". The natural beauty of the Spas of Tuscany are waiting to be discovered and shared as we move from village to village.
We will begin our journey at the spectacular Grotta Giusti, the largest thermal cave in Europe, recently awarded “World’s Best Thermal Grotto Spa” at the prestigious World Spa Awards 2017. We will passing through Grand Duke’s thermal residence on a hill where hot water flows from a natural spring in Bagni di Pisa, ending at the artistic jewel in a Renaissance Palace on a thermal spring in San Casciano dei Bagni.
All contained within the beautiful landscape of the Tuscan Hills and the Val d'Orcia which since 2004 has been named in the UNESCO Italian Heritage Sites.

DETAILS ITINERARY

Day 1: Benvenuto in Toscana

16th June

 

We will meet at the Florence airport from where you will have a transfer to ours
 Natural Spa Resort Grotta Giusti. Inside you will find an unexpected treasure, a unique and wonderful cave, which in 2017 was recognized as the best natural thermal cave in the world. It’s a spectacular underground, salt water thermal spa with a naturally regulated temperature.

Here you can also dive and relax in the warm thermal waters of the 
pool. It’s a large body of water, 750 square meters in total, where the
bicarbonate-sulphate-calcium-magnesium water will refresh you
thanks to a temperature of 34°C and it has 40 hydro-massage stations. After your bike fitting, a look over our maps and a chat about your safety on the road we will head off for our first ride, to Vinci, in the
 Tuscan countryside.

Once in Vinci, we will stop for a nice coffee or
 Cappuccino. In the village you will have the opportunity to visit the birth house of Leonardo and after a nice gentle
climb of about 2 km between the olive groves, we will also visit the museum. Lunch will be in a typical restaurant of the Chianti Hills of Montalbano.

We will return to the hotel with about 50 km and 550 meters in altitude. There is also the option for an extra
ride of 30 km but being your first day it might be better to take it easy. On the way back, we will have our first taste of Italian bubbles, then the
review the essentials of the week, give a general outline and explain a little
about Tuscany and what you can look forward to in the coming days. Afterwards we will have our welcome dinner by the pool.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation: Grotta Giusti Natural Spa in Monsummano Terme
Distance: 50 kms, 550 meters climbing
Destination: Vinci, Monsummano Terme

Day 2: Padule di Fucecchio & Montecarlo

17th June

 

Today we will be riding in the Padule of Fucecchio. This area is the most extensive 
Italian internal swamp. It’s about 2000 hectares wide and covers the area between the provinces of 
Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Lucca and Pisa. We will also make a stop in the village of Collodi famous for the fairy tale
 most famous in the world in the world: Pinocchio.
 We will also visit the famous Renaissance Villa Garzoni and its equally beautiful garden.

Our day will continue until we reach the beautiful medieval hilltop village of Montecarlo. Here we will have a beautiful lunch with wines from the hills of Lucca and Montecarlo
DOC. The village is also famous for its wine festival which is celebrated every year in the month of September.
 After we drag ourselves away from our table, we will return to Grotta Giusti where you can’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the
 beautiful pool and the possibility of various treatments and massages if you wish.

In the afternoon we will go to the home of Fabrizio's parents where a true and authentic local experience awaits us. Here we will meet, Mama Giusy who of course is a great cook who will 
teach how to cook some local dishes and let us in on a few secrets of real Tuscan cooking.
 We will also have the opportunity to eat some homegrown fruit and freshly picked vegetables, and even wine, made strictly by Papa Alfio, who is also a great farmer. It will be a nice and fun experience.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Cooking Lesson
Accomodation: Grotta Giusti Natural Spa in Monsummano Terme
Distance: 80 kms, 900 meters climbing (There is also a short option)
Destination: Montecarlo, Collodi

Day 3: Monte Serra - Bagni Di Pisa

18th June

 

This will be our transfer day from Val di Nievole to a 5 Star Natural Spa Resort in Bagni Pisa.
 Our ride will be characterized by the crossing of the valley with the climb of one of Tuscany’s iconic climbs, Mount Serra in the Pisana Valley.

We will ride along the beautiful Tuscan plain before we face the 7.5 km climb up to the
 Monte Serra followed by a welcome vertical drop of about 550 meters.
The climb is a daily destination for local cyclists but also for
Italian professionals. No worries, however, you will be supported by your guides along the entire ascent and the van support will always be with us.

Enjoy the view from the top and a fun descent with a stretch of flat leading to San Giuliano Terme where you will stay for the next two nights at Bagni di Pisa Resort. An enchanted place, on a hill overlooking the red roofs and the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Here arrives the water of a warm natural spring where among the olive trees stands an ancient and noble palace: The spa residence was built in 1743 for Francesco Stefano di Lorena, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

Over the centuries they have chosen kings, queens and great artists for their welfare. Today it is a hotel and spa of excellence that carefully preserves its eighteenth-century charm, including frescoed ceilings, sumptuous furnishings, flower gardens and lemon trees.
 So, enjoy it and live as if you are a King or Queen!

Dinner tonight will in the hotel.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation: Bagni Di Pisa
 Hotel – 5 Stars
Distance: 70 kms, 800 meters climbing (There is also a short option)
Destination: Monte Serra

Day 4: Colline Lucchesi & Lucca


19th June

 

Today we will go to discover the Pisan countryside until you get to Lake Massaciuccoli. Here is the famous Villa Puccini. After buying it, the well-known composer Giacomo Puccini, changed it completely and turned it into
a two-story villa that we see today. This is the place where Puccini composed his works and where he spent the rest of his life.

We will stop for a coffee before going up the river Serchio where we will arrive for a tasting
at our wine and oil producer friends at Fattoria Sardi.
 They have a recognized organic farm where food and wine are produced in full respect for nature. We will taste local wines, with strong territorial expression, the rosé barricato is sublime.

Highlight of the day will be a visit to the magnificent walled city of Lucca. Famous for his
historical monuments, the historical centre is unique in preserving various structures, ancient epochs and above all for the intact sixteenth-century walls. It is one
 of the most remarkable art cities of Italy. Lucca is traditionally named as the 
"city of a hundred churches" for the large number of churches dating back to various eras scattered within the historical centre. This name 
is quite accurate if we consider that, in addition to the many official churches, each Palace in the city has its own private chapel.
These days, many 
Religious buildings are deconsecrated, but they still remain great places
of interest.

The Walls of Lucca, which run for over 4 kilometres, represent a symbol of the city recognized worldwide both for its artistic and monumental beauty and also for its historical value. The construction of the walls of Lucca dates back to the Renaissance period from the first half of the sixteenth century to the middle of the seventeenth century and has been preserved intact through to today. We will have lunch in the historic centre with typical Lucchese dishes such as the Lucchese soup.

Afterwards we will return to Pisa and our hotel where time should allow you to have a massage or treatment of your choice. Dinner will be in Pisa where we will visit the famous Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation: Bagni Di Pisa
 Hotel – 5 Stars
Distance: 65 kms,550 meters climbing 
(There is also a short option)
Destination: Lucca, Pisa

Day 5: Siena & Val D'Orcia (Rest Day)

20th June

 

Today will be a day of transfer but of relaxation after 4 days "on the road".
We will arrive in Siena, a fantastic Tuscan city, famous all over the world for her
history, art, culture.
Since 1995, Siena is a UNESCO World Heritage
Site.

Siena waits for visitors to offer them an exciting and unforgettable experience
 No other city keeps alive the cultural and civil heritage of the Middle Ages like Siena, with the Palio and the 17 Contrade (or suburbs), with its masterpieces of art and the historic centre similar to a huge open museum.
In Siena, craftsmanship, gastronomy and wines reach excellence and bring a message of culture and tradition. We will visit many of the famous sites including the famous Piazza del Campo, also described as the
most beautiful square in Italy where every year the famous horse race, Il
 Palio is held.
This will be followed by a guided tour of the Duomo and lunch in a prestigious location in the historic centre
of the city.

We will arrive in the late afternoon in the enchanting Fonteverde Natural Spa
 Resort where you will spend the next 3 nights between wellness and relaxation. A Renaissance palace, considered an artistic jewel on a thermal spring, is a tribute to the regenerative power of water. The water of the source fills with
natural warmth the spectacular panoramic swimming pools, the treatment tanks
and relaxation areas.
 It is said that the Grand Duke Ferdinando I De' Medici described this palace as the enchantment of the Val d'Orcia area, among
 hills, cypress groves and small churches. Here you will find your balance between body and mind.
Option of an easy ride in the afternoon for those who wish.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation: 5 Stars hotel in San Casciano dei Bagni
Distance: Rest Day (or 40 km in to the Val D'Orcia)
Destination: Siena, Val d’Orcia

Day 6: Pienza & Val D'Orcia

21th June

 

Finally, the Val D'Orcia! Today you will have the opportunity to pedal through and discover this
magnificent valley.
The valley is also an important natural, artistic and cultural park and from the 2nd July 2004 was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, 
for its conservation status and excellent panorama.

We will stop in the enchanting village of Monticchiello, where time seems to have stood still.
 Afterwards we will head to Pienza which is probably the most renowned and major centre
of artistic importance in the Val d'Orcia. The historic centre has been declared
a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and considered a gem of Tuscany. 
Our ride will end with lunch in classic Tuscan style where
you will taste the famous Pici all'Aglione and Cacio e Pepe.

After lunching, its back to the hotel. If you still want treatments or massages, there will be time again today.
 Tonight, dinner will be in a typical local restaurant.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodition: 5 Stars Hotel in San Casciano dei Bagni
Distance: 65 kms,1110 meters climbing
(There is also a short option)
Destination: Monticchiello, Pienza

Day 7: Amiata Day

22th June

 

Our last ride in Tuscany and could not miss the most famous climb
of the Val D'Orcia and the Sienese, the Monte Amiata. Monte Amiata is a
mountain of the Tuscan Apennines, included in the provinces of Siena and Grosseto, in southern Tuscany. It is a now extinct volcano, rich in vegetation, ponds and areas ideal for making many excursions and walks to discover this territory, either on foot or on horseback. The last eruption dates back to more than five hundred thousand years ago.

A long and regular ascent will lead us up to about 1600 meters to the summit where we will stop for coffee, water and food.
 On the way up, we will pedal through chestnut trees, oaks and trees typical of the area. From the summit you can
enjoy a view of the unique Tyrrhenian Sea, part of the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy.
A fun descent will take us to our fantastic Natural Resort spa at Fonteverde where you can spend the rest of the day.
It’s our final dinner tonight and it will be at the hotel.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accomodation: 5 Stars Hotel in San Casciano dei Bagni
Distance: 85 kms, 1800 meters climbing or option 50 kms around Val d’Orcia
Destination: Monte Amiata, Val D’Orcia, Bagno Vignoni

Day 8: Ciao ciao Toscana

23th June

 

All good things must as to an end and it is time to say “goodbye”. In the morning, after a hearty breakfast, we can help arrange a transfer to your next destination.

Goodbye, thank you for joining us in Italy and have a safe journey home.


Inclusions: Breakfast

OTHER INFORMATION

TRIP DETAILS
INCLUDED
NOT INCLUDED

Date: 16th - 23th June 2019
Accomodation: 4/5 stars hotel
Group size: Max 14 guests (3 guides)
Pick up location: Florence Airport
Drop off location: Florence Airport
Cost: Euro 4.890

per person in double

Optional Single supplement: Euro 850

  • Pick up and drop off at Florence Airport
  • All transport during the trip and all baggage transportation
  • The use of a Italian brand high-performance carbon road bike frame (hybrid and e-bike options available as well)
  • Complete van support every mile of the way to enjoy your vacation at your own pace
  • Water, fruit, drinks and snacks during the rides.
  • The service of one expert guides with extensive local knowledge who go above and beyond to cater to your every need (one guide specifically dedicated to non-riders)
  • Accommodation in Natural Spa Resort 4 and 5 star with free access to Spa.
  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, all dinners bar stops and nutritious snacks along the way
  • Regional wines included with every meal
  • Cycling kit
  • Detailed maps and route suggestions 
  • International and domestic flights
  • Accident Insurance (you MUST have your own insurance)
  • Personal expenses during the trip (minibar, laundry, ecc)
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