Bicycle Tours in Italy: Bike Across Italy - Venice to Pisa

   
 

Bicycle Tours in Italy: Bike Across Italy - Venice to Pisa

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4 months ago

DURATION

12 Days

SEASON

May-September

RATES

USD 5,095.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2017
Bicycle Tours in Italy: Bike Across Italy - Venice to Pisa
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This is it - the classic bicycle tour that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours started with back in 1972! Begin in romantic Venice, make stops in the great art cities of Ferrara, Ravenna, and 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 and Tuscany), take in local markets, and discover a side of Italy seldom seen by tourists. You'll also visit "the farm" (it's been in Paola Malpezzi-Price's family for more than 100 years) for a light lunch and a close-up look at rural life in Italy. This is ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours' most popular cycling tour.

Highlights: Gourmet meals, Faenza and the Malpezzi family farm, Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Tuscany's countryside, Venice, Ravenna and Ferrara.

If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 12 days, check out our Bicycling Venice to Florence tour, which features the first 8 days of this itinerary.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Single Supplement: $650

*We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Tour Begins In Venice, Italy
Venice, Veneto, Italy
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Highlights: The Lido of Venice, dinner at a trattoria

Welcome to Venezia! Try to arrive a few days early to explore this incredible city before we set off cycling towards Florence. We meet at our hotel overlooking the Lido of Venice for an afternoon bike fitting, followed by an introductory aperitif before walking to a small trattoria for dinner on the Lido.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Day 2: Bicycle Venice To Po River Delta
Taglio di Po, Veneto, Italy
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Highlights: Venetian lagoon, fishing villages, bicycle along the Po Delta

The Lidos of Venice and Pellestrina protect the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Today, you’ll follow these natural levees as you pedal your way south via flat roads, ferries, and quaint fishing villages. Along your way to Chioggia, stop for lunch in one of the charming villages as you pedal southwest towards San Martino di Venezze.

Distance: 74 km (46 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 3: Taglio Di Po To Ferrara
Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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Highlights: Bicycle along the Po River, bicycle capital of Italy--Ferrara

Enjoy a day of leisurely riding all the way to the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Along the way we will stop at Fratta Polesine to visit Villa Badoer, here you will quickly see why this architectural feat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Villa Badoer was designed in 1554 by Andrea Palladio, who is widely considered as one of the most influential architects in the West. The entrance into Ferrara is spectacular. You will ride directly under the finest example of Renaissance walls remaining in Italy to discover other highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage town including many palaces of the Este court from the 14th and 15th century.

Distance: 76 km (47 miles). Meals: B

Day 4: Ravenna
Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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Highlights: Comacchio, lunch at farm cooperative, mosaics of Ravenna

This morning we will shuttle to the nearby lagoon town of Comacchio, this old port town was once more famous than Venice. After a local fisherman takes us on a boat ride around the canals, we'll journy 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 local specialties including homegrown vegetables, and homemade ricotta. We'll then ride a short distance to Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire and home to more early-Christian mosaics than any other city in Western Europe. Spend the afternoon exploring this city’s great history as your hotel is walking distance from all the highlights including: Dante's Tomb, the mosaics of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

Distance: 45 km (28 miles). Meals: B, L

Day 5: Ravenna To Faenza
Faenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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Highlights: Picnic lunch at ExperiencePlus! 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 (Co-founder of ExperiencePlus!) 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.

Distance: 54 km (34 miles). Meals: B, L

Day 6: Over The Apennines
Apennines, Italy
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Highlights: Olive oil tasting, bicycle the Apennine Mountains, small mountain villages

We head into the Apennines today. We will pass through the medieval village of Brisighella for an olive oil tasting in one of Italy's most unique olive oil producing areas and then we'll then begin climbing (easily at first!) over the Apennines. Enjoy the varying scenery as it changes dramatically when you leave the plains and enter the mountains. Just before we reach the toughest part of our climb to Ronta, there is a conveniently located train station which allows you to jump on or keep pedaling to your destination!

Distance: 15 - 64 km (9 - 40 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 7: Fiesole And Florence
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
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Highlights: Fiesole and its Etruscan ruins, Renaissance Florence, Uffizi Gallery

There's a small climb this morning to Vetta le Croci, then it's all downhill to the ancient 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 lies on the banks of the Arno River, close to the Uffizi Gallery. This evening we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Distance: 41 km (25 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 8: Wonders Of Florence
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
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Highlights: Walking tour of Florence and time to explore on your own

Join our guided walking tour of Florence this morning, then take adavantage of a free afternoon with a 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 (or "evening stroll").

Rest Day. Meals: B

Day 9: Birthplace Of Leonardo Da Vinci
Arno River Valley, Tuscany, Italy
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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. You will climb a bit as we cross Mount Albano to and spectacular view. Our destination is Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Here you will have a chance to visit the house where he was born and a museum with scale models of his inventions.

Distance: 42 km (26 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 10: Lucca
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
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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. We will then continue west to Lucca, where we will unpack our bags for two nights. This formerly Roman town was one of medieval Italy's most prosperous city-states. Lucca retains its medieval charm with its small shops and sidewalk cafés, as well as the beautiful 17th-century wall that surrounds the town.

Distance: 61 km (35 miles). Meals: B

Day 11: Pisa
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
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Highlights: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Piazza of Miracles, Lake Massaciuccoli

Our last day of cycling takes us to Pisa, home of the famous 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: 63 km (39 miles). Meals: B, D

Day 12: Tour Ends In Lucca
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
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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!!

Meals: B

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Use of a Quality 27 to 30-Speed Bicycle
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Dinners with Wine, 2 Lunches, 11 Breakfasts
  • Walking Tour of Florence

NOTES

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What to Expect: A wonderful introduction to Italy covering 3 regions. Fascinating small towns and some very special lunches. Terrain starts out flat then builds over the Apennines. Rolling hills through Tuscany. The most popular tour for cyclists.

Total Distance: 517 - 468 km (319 - 289 miles)

Daily Distance: Average for 9 riding days 57 - 52 km (35 - 32 miles)


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