Tuscan lifestyle bike tour
Welcome to the bike trip combining fantastic moderate rides and cooking lessons; we add special tasting: olive oil, wine and cheese. Of course is la cucina Toscana – simplicity in its purest form. Tuscany cooks take advantage of the freshest seasonal products and tamper with their natural state as little as possible. The cooking and the cycling aspects will please anyone who has a strong interest in one or both of these great passions.
You will explore gorgeous loop rides in the beautiful val d’orcia: Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico. Across Val di Chiana to reach Cortona, Discover Crete Senesi, a rolling sea of land and sightsee Siena town.
How much cooking will we do?
After you have worked up an appetite, we will feed you very well! Most days include a hands-on cooking class or a visit to taste local food artisan. Our dining-out experiences range from a simple osteria, to a family trattoria, and an elegant restaurant. You will come home inspired, not only with new recipes, but also with the enthusiasm to cultivate these lessons into your lifestyle.
Foodie adventure Highlights
- Return from your trip with actual know-how to create a Tuscan dinner back home—it’s the ultimate keepsake!
- Pedal rolling hills past Sangiovese vineyards
- Brunello wine tasting at acclaimed biodinmaic and organic Winery Corte Pavone
Friday: Welcome to Val d'Orcia
Distance km 45/28 miles for stronger cyclist option to ride back!
Dinner at Dopolavoro della Foce
Sunday: Pienza & Montepulciano
Distance 46 km /29 miles
Ready for your first cooking session with Paola at the countryhouse?
Monday: Montalcino & Brunello
Now the climb to Castiglione d’Orcia is the challenge part of the day. Once at the top enjoy a long downhill till Romanesque abbey of Sant’Antimo that dates back to the time of Charlemagne. Last effort -9 km gentle up to Montalcino - the hill town is very famous for Brunello wine made with the Sangiovese Grosso grape and aged a minimum of four years. After the visit let’s reach all together Corte Pavone winery: you will taste this biodynamic & organic Brunello wine, learn about the aging and enjoy the lunch at cellar. Distance 48 km /30 miles
Back to the villa for the second Cooking lesson
Tuesday: Radicofani & pici
Distance 55 km /34 miles
This afternoon let’s learn the classic pasta of the area: pici all’ aglione sauce and pici al ragu di chianina. Pici is a fresh spaghetti, handmade one by one.
Wednesday: Siena & Le Crete
Distance km 60 /37,5 miles. Back to the country house late afternoon. Farewell dinner at restaurant La Bandita townhouse in Pienza
Thursday : Arrivederci al prossimo bike tour
On request we will arrange transfer at different time.
Podere Palazzi del PapaThe Palazzi del Papa farmhouse was built in the thirties by the Marchesa Origo - La Foce - replacing an old inn where the Eminences used to rest when they were going through the nearby Francigena road.
Podere Palazzi Del Papa - RoomFurnished with rustic antiques, the country house has a warm atmosphere authentic Tuscan charm.
The Agriturismo has 9 double/twin bedrooms With en suite facilities with both showers and baths
Podere Palazzi del Papa - GardenThe Country house stands in the centre of the natural reserve of Lucciola Bella, in the heart of the Orcia valley - Unesco site since 2004
Podere Palazzo Del Papa - room close upThis marvelous 17th century Country house belongs to a large estate property of Nardi enzo
Podere Palazzo Del Papa - BreakfastNowadays, the Company owns 100 ha cultivated with cereals and wheat which is mainly used for the Chianina-breeding. This activity is, among others, the most important one.
Podere Palazzi del PapaFrom the vineyards a wonderful red DOC Orcia wine is produced. Of course, it is available to be tasted for all our kind guests. They produce wine, olive oil, Chianina meat.
Price & Inclusions
Cost: Euro 2800 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement euro 490
Six nights in country house with all breakfasts
Six dinners & two lunch
Three cooking classes
two wine tasting
All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions
All Shuttles and technical assistance
Experienced English speaking guide
Cicloposse water bottle
Transfer on day one from station
Transfer on day seven to the station
Airfare to Italy, train to Chiusi, 5 lunches, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature
Bike Rental for entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 180
Race bike euro 210
E-Bike euro 210