GLUTEN FREE BIKE TOUR OF TUSCANY, ITALY
GLUTEN FREE BIKE TOURS to either Piedmont (ITALY) or Tuscany (ITALY) -- Multiple choices of travel dates for each or you can create your own custom journey. The Tuscany tour is covered below. (See this page for Piedmont itinerary.)
Gluten Free Travel-Us is proud to announce their collaboration with DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. They are an outstanding American company located in Boston, MA. Since 1996, DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. has designed and led luxury bike trips in the world's most amazing places - from the rolling hills of Tuscany and storied medieval villages of Provence to the Andean foothills of Argentina's wine country and the lush vineyards of Sonoma.
TUSCANY BIKE TOUR (4 Days/3 Nights)
Level: Weekend Rider - I like to ride on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I'm comfortable on a bike and not afraid of wearing bike shorts. I'm happy riding 20-40 miles during the day and don't mind a few shorter hills, but I might need the van for longer ones. (750-1,500 feet of climbing per day)
2015 DATES: May 17-20; June 21-24; July 19-22; Sept. 13-16
TUSCAN REGION: Explore the iconic Tuscan countryside as you ride through its gentle green hills and cypress lined byways on this 4-Day Tuscany Bicycle Trip. Travel through history in the Chiana Valley, a crossroads of Italy traversed by countless armies, popes, emperors, and artists. Get intimately familiar with the local cuisine at a cooking class with our friend Alessandra in Cortona. On this four-day bike tour in Tuscany, you'll get the perfect taste of one of Italy's most storied regions. Discover your inner gourmet at a paired lunch and winetasting at one of Italy's most highly-acclaimed wineries and relax completely in the most luxurious villas. Bee assured that this is a "food safe" experience for gluten free travelers. The Tuscan region is known for famous white Chianina cattle, stunning landscapes with rolling hills, olive groves, medieval villages, and the birthplace of Roberto Benigni.
Eat: Chianina beef, pici pasta, pecorini cheese, and cinghiale (wild boar)
Drink: famous local wines, including Brunello, Chianti Classico, and Vino Nobile
Day One: Welcome to Tuscany
Your guides will greet you at the Chiusi train station and transfer you to the medieval village of Montefollonico, where the adventure begins. You'll toast your arrival with a light lunch at a favorite local restaurant. After a bike fitting and safety review, you'll set off on your first ride through the Tuscan countryside, past cows, sheep, olive groves, and vineyards. Enjoy views over the gorgeous Chiana and Orcia valleys as you gradually descend to your hotel, once a small village that has been beautifully converted. You'll celebrate that night with a dinner featuring homemade pastas, fresh seasonal vegetables and, of course, a selection of local wines.
Day Two: Sinalunga to Cortona
Cycling out of Sinalunga, you'll make your way across the Val di Chiana, home of Tuscany's famed white Chianina cows. Cypress trees, sunflowers, and wheat fields as you pedal deep into the countryside. Stop for lunch at a local farmhouse to taste the specialties of this area before continuing to your hotel at the foot of Cortona. In the evening, you'll head into Cortona to explore the bustling shops and piazzas of this ancient hilltown before dinner at a favorite local restaurant.
Pedal from Cortona through the olive groves to the blue waters of Lake Trasimeno, where Hannibal famously ambushed the Roman army in 217 BC. Fortunately the locals now make wine, not war, and you will take full advantage of this with a visit to Avignonesi, one of Italy's most respected and innovative wineries. Tour the cellar before settling down for a tasting lunch with some of Tuscany's top wines. Ride back to the hotel to relax or opt for an extra ride. This evening learn the art of Italian hospitality from our friend Alessandra during a cooking class and dinner at her home in the Tuscan countryside.
Day Four: Arrivederci
Say goodbye to Tuscany however you see fit. Sleep in, challenge yourself with an optional morning loop ride, or enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the terrace. Your guides will see you off from the train station in Cortona.
Locanda della Amorosa -- Once upon a time, in the distant 1300s, there was a tiny little hamlet called Amorosa... today, the ancient stables have been converted into a charming restaurant, the old cellars filled with an excellent selection of wines, and the villa turned into romantic bedrooms and luxurious suites. Relax by the pool amidst the vineyards or explore the many medieval buildings of this splendid property.
Locanda le Piazza -- A former farmhouse dating from 1540, it sits among the soft hills of the commune of Castellina, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and cypresses. Since acquiring the hotel, the owners have created an exceptional boutique hotel, based on the property's genuine historic charm. The building interior was renovated with the skills and experience of talented local artisans and technicians. The relaxed environment balances tradition and modernity. The style is unique...pure, organic, and holistic -- to keep the soul happy, as one guest put it -- using natural materials such as linen, drifted and reclaimed wood, European antiques, and objects gathered from the owners' cherished destinations around the world. The gardens surrounding the hotel have been re-designed and re-planted, and a new terrace overlooking vineyards has created a stylish setting for a heated swimming pool, with ample space for sunbathing or simply relaxing under shade.
Once again, contact Ellen Morse at Gluten Free Travel-Us for further information and detailed pricing -- or any other itinerary you might be interested in putting together.