Venice to Pisa 2016

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Venice to Pisa 2016

Multiple departure dates May-Sep. Contact us for more details.

Sunday 25 September, 2016 to Thursday 06 October, 2016

If you love Italy, then you’ll love this bicycle tour from Venice to Pisa.

This is an easier tour than a typical AllTrails ride. The distances are less and the pace is more leisurely as you will not have as many re-grouping meeting points, allowing you to do the day’s ride with less time constraints.

Note: Multiple departure dates 2016:

May 8 – 19 | May 22 – Jun 02 | Jun 05 – 16 | Jun 26 – Jul 07 | Aug 21 – Sep 01 | Sep 11 – 22 | Sep 25 – Oct 06

Venice to Florence (or Pisa)
Dates:
Multiple dates
Duration:
12 days (short option 8 days)
Distance:
466-523km
Ave. Daily:
15-83km
Bike Type:
Road bike / touring bike (included or BYO)
Terrain:
Starts flat then builds. Rolling hills through Tuscany.
Accom.:
Comfortable 3-4 star lodgings
Meals:
6 dinners with wine, 2 lunches, & 11 breakfasts
Price:
USD $5095 twin share

This is it – the classic Italian bicycle tour that has been going since 1972!

Begin in romantic Venice, making stops in the great art cities of Ferrara, Ravenna & Florence, and end on the Mediterranean coast in Pisa. Along the way, you’ll enjoy gourmet meals from two of Italy’s best culinary regions (Emilia-Romagna & Tuscany), take in local markets, and discover a side of Italy by bike that is seldom seen by tourists. You’ll also visit “the farm” for a light lunch and a close-up look at rural life in Italy.

This ride is designed and operated by our reputable parter tour company in Italy and is their most popular cycle tour. Note there are multiple departure dates.

Please contact us to let us know that you are interested in this tour and we will contact our local tour operator to check availability, answer your questions, or to book you in.

Highlights:

  • Tuscany
  • Florence
  • Lucca
  • Pisa
  • Venice
  • Ravenna and Ferrara
  • Gourmet meals
  • Faenza and the Malpezzi family farm
Please contact us to let us know that you are interested in this tour and we will contact our local tour operator to check availability, answer your questions, or to book you in.

Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)

Venice -- NA -- Day One -- - - D A
Highlights: The Lido of Venice, dinner at a trattoria
Welcome to Venezia! You really should try and come a day or two early to explore this unique city before we begin our bike ride to Pisa. We meet this afternoon at our hotel on the Lido of Venice where we’ll fit bicycles. We’ll enjoy an introductory aperitif before walking to dinner in a small trattoria on the Lido.
Venice to Taglio di Po (Po River Delta) -- 59km -- Day Two -- B - D A
Highlights: Venetian lagoon, fishing villages, bicycle in the Po Delta
The Lidos of Venice and Pellestrina protect the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. You’ll follow these natural levees this morning as we work our way south via flat roads and ferries to Chioggia, at the south end of the lagoon. Enjoy lunch on your own there before continuing south to Taglio di Po in the Po River delta. Those who want extra mileage can enjoy a great ride into the delta this afternoon. Dinner together. Distance: 59 km (37 miles).
Taglio di Po to Ferrara -- 73km -- Day Three -- B - - A
Highlights: bicycle along the Po River, bicycle capital of Italy-Ferrara
It’s another day of leisurely riding today as we follow the Po river upstream to the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Entering the city, we’ll pass under the 16th century walls, one of the most intact Renaissance walls left in Italy. Other highlights of this UNESCO world heritage site include the many palaces of the Este court from the 14th and 15th century. We’ll suggest some great restaurants for dinner on your own this evening. Distance: 73 km (46 miles).
Ferrara to Ravenna -- 43km -- Day Four -- B L - A
Highlights: Comacchio, lunch at farm cooperative, mosaics of Ravenna
We shuttle this morning to the nearby lagoon town of Comacchio, once a port town more famous than Venice. After a small float around the canals with a local fisherman as captain, we’ll ride across the ‘valleys of Comacchio’, through the Po delta’s rich bird habitats. Then it’s on to the Anita di Argenta where we’ll stop at a local agriturismo (farm cooperative), to enjoy a lunch of homegrown vegetables, homemade ricotta, and other local specialties. A short bike ride later we’ll enter Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire and home to more early Christian mosaics than any other city in Western Europe. You can walk to Dante’s Tomb and the mosaics of San Vitale, Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia this afternoon, as our hotel is near all the city sights. Distance: 43 km (27 miles).
Ravenna to Faenza -- 54km -- Day Five -- B L - A
Highlights: Picnic lunch at tour company headquarters and family farm, ceramics of Faenza.
We’ll head west from Ravenna today, stopping at ‘the farm’ for a light lunch together. ‘The farm’ is our European headquarters and is located on land that Paola Malpezzi-Price’s family has cultivated for more than 100 years. We continue on to Faenza, where we visit a local ceramist who will introduce us to traditional Faenza designs. Dinner, if you are still hungry, is on your own! Distance: 54 km (34 miles).
Faenza to Ronta -- 63km -- Day Six -- B - D A
Highlights: Olive oil tasting, bicycle the Apennine Mountains, small mountain villages
We head into the Apennines today, passing first through the medieval village of Brisighella for an olive oil tasting in one of Italy’s most unique olive oil producing areas. We’ll then begin climbing (easily at first!) over the Apennines – remember to look around as you climb since the scenery changes dramatically as you leave the plains and enter the mountains. Just before we reach the toughest part of our climb to Ronta, there is a very conveniently located train station which allows you a choice in how you reach our destination! We’ll enjoy dinner together tonight. Distance: 15 – 63 km (9 – 39 miles).
Ronta to Florence -- 41km -- Day Seven -- B - D A
Highlights: Fiesole and its Etruscan ruins, Renaissance Florence, Uffizi Gallery
There’s a small climb this morning to Vetta le Croci, then it’s downhill to the old Etruscan city of Fiesole, where you’ll enjoy a great view of Florence rising from the valley floor. We’ll ride into town together, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this capital of Renaissance Italy. Our hotel in Florence lies on the banks of the Arno River, close to the Uffizi Gallery. We’ll have dinner together this evening. Distance: 41 km (26 miles).
Florence Rest Day -- 0km -- Day Eight -- B - - A
Highlights: Walking tour of Florence and time to explore on your own
We are offering a guided walking tour of Florence this morning so schedule your reservations to visit the famous Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David after 12:30PM. At sunset, take a walk down to the Ponte Vecchio to engage in the passeggiata (evening stroll). Dinner is on your own.
Florence to Vinci -- 41km -- Day Nine -- B - D A
Highlights: Olive groves and vineyards, Leonardo da Vinci’s birthplace and museum
After breakfast, we head out of Florence and down the Arno River valley for a beautiful day of riding in the Italian countryside. There is a bit of a climb as we cross Mount Albano but what a spectacular view. Our destination is Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, where you’ll have a chance to visit the house where he was born and a museum with scale models of his inventions. Dinner is together tonight. Distance: 41 km (26 miles).
Vinci to Lucca -- 56km -- Day Ten -- B - - A
Highlights: Medici villa, bicycle countryside of Tuscany, 17th century wall
Climb the stairway to the Medici villa in Cerreto Guidi today for a great view as we continue west to Lucca, where we’ll stay the next two nights. Lucca was a Roman town and one of medieval Italy’s most prosperous city-states. Today, Lucca retains its medieval charm with its small shops and sidewalk cafes, as well as the beautiful 17th-century wall that surrounds the town. Dinner on your own. Distance: 56 km (35 miles).
Lucca, Pisa, Lucca (loop ride) -- 62km -- Day Eleven -- B - D A
Highlights: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Piazza of Miracles, Lake Massaciuccoli
Our last day of pedaling takes us to Pisa where you can visit the Leaning Tower and the Piazza of Miracles. Our route to Pisa takes us by Lake Massaciuccoli, where Puccini wrote many of his operas. After a stroll through Pisa, head back to the less-touristy town of Lucca to enjoy an evening passeggiata along the main pedestrian way. We’ll celebrate our adventure across Italy with a final dinner together this evening. Distance: 62 km (39 miles).
Lucca -- NA -- Day Eleven -- B - - -
After breakfast, our journey across Italy comes to an end. You’re on your own now, prepared to face Rome and its many museums or to explore the Lakes District to the north. Buon viaggio!!
Please contact us to let us know that you are interested in this tour and we will contact our local tour operator to check availability, answer your questions, or to book you in.

Inclusions:

  • Quality 27-30 speed bicycle
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • 6 dinners with wine
  • 2 lunches
  • 11 breakfasts
  • Walking tour of Florence
  • Superb tour leaders, bilingual and bicultural experts
  • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals
Full Tour (11 nights) Short Tour (first 8 nights of the ride)
USD5095 twin share USD3995 twin share
USD650 single room supplement USD550 single room supplement