PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR
DURATION | 13 DAYS / 9 RIDES
AVERAGE DAILY DISTANCE | 65KM/38MI
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION | 800M/2624FT
PRICE | 3750 EURO
DATES | 12-25 OCTOBER
LA VIE EST BELLE
A brand new custom cycling tour exploring three very special locations in Central Italy.
Adriatic Coast, Emilia Romagna, Riccione.
From our base in well established cycling hotel we will bike through traditional Italian towns and medieval villages, a national park and independent republic of San-Marino. We will get a taste of welcoming local culture over a glass of traditional red Sangiovese wine.
We will be staying just outside the town of Murlo and every day the most beautiful panoramic tuscan landscape will follow us on our daily rides. We will pedal through world famous Strade Bianche (white roads), lined with tall sharp cypress trees and visit Siena by bike.
Tyrrhenian Sea on the West coast, Island of Elba.
From our home in coastal resort, we will explore on bikes the beautiful beaches and picturesque villages of this jewel of an island .
Elba Island's history is a fascinating blend of ancient civilizations, medieval struggles, and more recent events, including its connection to Napoleon Bonaparte
12 night luxe accommodation (twin share) | breakfasts | lunches | dinners | full guide and vehicle support | on-road snacks and supplements | kit laundry service | group transfers on arrival, departure and between destinations| 1 wine tasting experience
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Flights | insurance | bike hire | alcoholic beverages | coffee stops | personal hotel expenses | City taxes
Arrival and Departure | Bologna
Day 1 | Saturday | Arrival and transfer to Riccione
Day 2 | Sunday | Pesaro e Panoramica
Day 3 | Monday | San Marino Republic BBQ Lunch
Day 4 |Tuesday | Malatesta Loop
Day 5 | Wednesday |Transfer to Murlo
Day 6 | Thursday | Pienza Loop
Day 7 | Friday | Ride to Montalcino
Day 8 | Saturday | Magical Siena
Day 9 | Sunday |Transfer to Island of Elba
Day 10 | Monday | Capoliveri
Day 11 | Tuesday| Marciana Marina
Day 12 | Wednesday | Porto Azzurro
Day 13 | Thursday | Departure, Group Transfer to Airport
PRICE PER PERSON
Twin share: 3750 EURO
Single occupancy: 50 EURO per night
Day 1 | SATURDAY | ARRIVAL AND GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER BOLOGNA - RICCIONE
Arrive in sun-soaked Riccione in the afternoon and settle into your beautiful hotel. You may have brought your own bike, or hired one of ours. We'll make sure they're all ready to roll. Over a welcome drink we will talk about our biking days ahead.
DAY 2 | SUNDAY | RIDE TO PESARO,PANORAMICA ROAD
Today we ride the roads that everyone would like to have outside of their own home. Regional Natural Park of Monte San Bartolo is the striking sloping headland overlooking the Adriatic Sea which connects Gabicce to the city of Pesaro. We will visit the museum of vintage bikes in the city of Pesaro
DAY 3 | MONDAY | SAN MARINO AND BBQ LUNCH IN THE COUNTRY HOUSE
There are no shortage of beautiful climbs in the hills of Romagna. Today’s destination: Independent Republic of San Marino, for centuries known as the Land of Freedom. We will be able to admire its three famous towers right from the start of our ride, to then pedal trough historic centre and take some photos of the impressive coastline below. Today's tour will finish with a delicious open-air lunch in suburbs of Riccione.
67KM /41MI 1034M /3390FT
DAY 4 | TUESDAY | MALATESTA LOOP
Beautiful ride through gentle hills and medieval villages and while we sip our morning cappuccino in picturesque Saludecio village, known as Il Balcone del Mare Adriatico (The Balcony of the Adriatic Sea), you will hear about the infamous Malatesta Family, and their struggles for power and love with the rivals, the Montefeltro Family during the Middle Ages
52KM/32MI 825M /2700FT
DAY 5 | WEDNESDAY | TRANSFER TO MURLO, TUSCANY
In the morning, after we leisurely enjoyed the sumptuous breakfast, we leave for Tuscany with the aim to arrive in our beautiful hotel in the afternoon. After bikes are ready to ride the following morning, we will have a welcome drink and talk about our cycling days ahead.
DAY 6 | THURSDAY | PIENZA LOOP
Pienza is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known for its well- preserved Renaissance architecture. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the countryside as you pedal through the region. After we pass charming medieval town of Buonconvento the road starts climbing to valle D‘orcia , followed by another climb to Pienza, where we enjoy our coffee break before heading back.
DAY 7| FRIDAY | RIDE TO MONTALCINO
Today we ride to Montalcino, the territory famous for its microclimate that contribute to unique characteristics of the regional Rosso del Montalcino wine. Our route will vary between tarmac and white gravel roads, expect scenic landscapes and quaint villages along the way. On our way back we stop in vineyard to taste wines and local food specialities. Return back to hotel in the afternoon.
DAY 8 | SATURDAY | MAGICAL SIENA
In the morning we head to northeast from Murlo, passing through beautiful Tuscan countryside. We pedal on roads surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and rolling hills, looking to arrive in time for late morning coffee in Siena, UNESCO World heritage Site known for its medieval structure and famous horse racing events in the main square, Piazza del Campo. We will take some time to explore the city, enjoy lunch in the local trattoria and return back to the hotel in our minibus.
DAY 9 | SUNDAY | TRANSFER TO ELBA
We check out and depart in the morning after breakfast, and in about 1h 30min we reach the mediterranean coast of Italy. We then will make just over an hour ferry crossing to Portoferaio, our base for next tree days.
DAY 10 | MONDAY | CAPOLIVERI LOOP
From our base in Portoferaio, the largest town on the island and the main port of entry for ferries coming from the mainland, we head south toward beautiful peninsula of Lacona. We cycle past sandy streches and rocky coves, admire clear waters of Tyrrhenian Sea. We turn back toward charming hilltop town of Capoliveri. This part of the route will envolve some elevation gain, but its worth for the panoramic view of the island.
DAY 11 | TUESDAY | AROUND THE ISLAND OF ELBA
Today we explore the west side of the island and ride along coastal roads with the views of picturesque countryside on one side and turquoise waters of the sea on the other. Expect challenging terrain, offering a mix of climbs and descends. Marina di Campo and Marciana Marina are both charming coastal towns with a picturesque harbor, where we will stop and take a break by the sea before returning back to our hotel in time for lunch.
76KM /47MI 1500M/4920FT
DAY 12 | WEDNESDAY | PORTO AZZURRO
On our last day on the island we point our wheels toward the northeast, destination Porto Azzuro, known for its colourful buildings and waterfront. We certainly feel those climbs under our legs, so take some time to explore the town and enjoy long coffee break on the waterfront. On route we visit Rio Elba, one of the oldest places on the island and very well preseved from the bronze era.
DAY 13 | THURSDAY | DEPARTURE
Morning Group Airport Transfer
Time to say Arivederci, A Presto. After breakfast and check out we move as a group back to mainland to catch an evening flight or continue the Italian voyage.