Arrival at Pisa
Individual arrival at starting hotel in Pisa. In the evening tour info and bike distribution. A first glimpse and visit of the exquisite old part of town already possible on the day.
From the Piazza dei Miracoli, home of the Leaning Tower, there are lovely trails winding through the national park ‚Macchia Lucchese’ directly to the sea. Along the sandy beach you will reach the charming sea side town and spa Viareggio. On the way there and in the resort the refreshing waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea will tempt you to dive in. Short train ride back to Pisa.
In the morning a short train ride to Livorno. This historic harbour has a lot to offer including the well known quarter ‚Venezia Nuova’ with its many canals. Once past the Belle Epoque villas along the river promenade, the bike tour continues deep into the hinterland. An extended ascent leads through the national park ,Monti Livornesi’, passing through traditional Tuscan villages along the way until descending towards the sea with magnificent seaviews. The place to stay overnight is located close to steep cliffs, trails along the beach and palm trees truely ooze Mediterranean atmosphere.
Today’s section is all about the Etruscan coastline. Via the famous white sandy beaches of Vada you will pass through some of the most striking pine forests in all of Italy. After that a cool cycling path in the shade leads you through the nature park ‚Tomboli’ and then on to Bibbona. From there your journey takes you to the well known wine region of Bolgheri. It is here where the top Tuscan grapes are pressed! After passing the longest Italian avenue lined with cypresses, once again the sea is not far away. Marina di Castagneto is a classic Italian sea side town with its many beach cafes and promenades.
The day starts with an ascent towards the medieval town called Castagneto Carducci. A well deserved break over a cup of cappuchino and stunning views follows. After that the ride continues upwards on a curvy mountain road through romantic corcoak forests. A few breaks in little traditional villages with the characteristic stone built houses will stay in your memory forever. Next a comfortable descent through olive groves takes you to the well known beach ‚Golfo di Baratti’ with Etruscan excavation sites and all. Only a few kilometers left until Piombino, an impressive seaside town where you can relax on the Piazza directly at the sea.
Ferry ride will take you to Portoferraio (duration approx. 1 hour). Stunning scenery and first glimpses of the island accompany the boat trip. A short cycling path along the panoramic route willl lead you to several secluded bays and coves. The longer tour takes you through the hilly hinterland with its characteristic island vegetation of the ‚Macchia Mediterranea’. On the return journey to Piombino a picturesque and glorious sunset at sea will be the perfect ending to this day.
The terrain is mainly flat to slightly hilly. The only two strenuous stretches are during the two legs in the hinterland. Nearly all cycle paths are asphalted and some segments along the sea will be on rustic but well maintained trails. Due to lack of cycle paths along some sections, cycling briefly on roads with moderate traffic is unfortunately unavoidable.
- Overnight stay in the described category
- Breakfast buffet
- Individual tour information
- Luggage transfer between hotels
- Train journey Viareggio – Pisa incl. bike
- Train journey Pisa – Livorno incl. bike
- Return Ferry to Elba incl. bike
- Excellently planned route guidance
- Detailed travel info (route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions, important telephone numbers)
- Service hotline for the duration of the tour
- Rental bike - insurance
- GPS-files available
Arrival/ departure parking information
- Pisa train station, only a short walk to the hotel
- Nearest airport: Pisa, good bus connection to the train station
- Parking spaces available in the hotel garage for approx. € 10 /day
- Return transfer to Pisa every Saturday, € 55 per person, incl. bike, reservation required, payable on spot