Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Sunday, September 23, 2018
This 8 day, 7 night cycle trip combines daily moderate to advanced cycling through Italy's gorgeous rolling countryside with emphasis on enjoying and learning about the famed Tuscan food and renowned wines. We ride approximately 30 miles a day with elevation gain of 2500' to 3000'. There is the option each day for additional cycling mileage with one of the leaders. We base for four nights in Pienza/ San Quirico and three nights in Montalcino. Staying in these medieval towns allows participants to stroll the town, sight-see and shop after the day's ride. Both hotels have a sumptuous breakfast buffet and also expansive views across the valley. In Pienza/ San Quirico our focus is on food. Our out and back rides take us past farms, vineyards and olive groves. We visit a working farm and have a cooking class in which we prepare our lunch with fresh farm ingredients. We also have a cooking class at a villa where we prepare our dinner. In Montalcino our focus is on wine. Our out and back rides take us past vineyards of the Sangiovase grape which makes the famous Brunello wines. We tour several vineyards where we learn about wine production and have the option of wine tastings. On the day we change hotels our luggage is transferred for us and we cycle.