- Saturday, June 17 – Saturday, June 24, 2017
- Seven days of cycling along the Tuscan coast and hills, wine tastings, cooking classes, and transportation, all included
- Two pigger riding—our favorite place, at a spring riding pace.
- $3,450 per person; $400 extra for a single room.
- We pick you up at Pisa airport (PSA) June 17, at 11 a.m.
- The tour starts over lunch, June 17, at 1 p.m. at the Chiappini wine estate.
- Transportation on Saturday, June 24 to Pisa airport (PSA) and local train station. Early departures to Pisa airport are accommodated.
- Bike rentals available.
- It sure is nice in Tuscany this time of year–temps near 80 and flowers blooming! Come get your summer riding legs ready with us—and treat yourself to some beach lounging just a few miles away.
Castagneto Carducci is Cinghiale’s home turf, and there is nowhere we would rather put in our early season miles than around its green drenched hills and valleys.
With the ideal spring itinerary–plenty of time cycling and hanging by the pool and/or sea. Spring riding in Tuscany is paradise for your head and legs. Warm weather, plants are as green as can be, tourists have yet to swarm, and Italy is in love with the Giro.
We’ll pass the entire week between the quiet villages of Castagneto Carducci and Bolgheri, searching for all the roads you feel like riding down. Off the bike focus will be on local places that produce food and wine—with plenty of cooking lessons, wine tastings, and miles to pedal.
All the particulars
Weather: Mid 70’s to mid 80’s
Riding Level: This a two-pig tour with lots of rolling hills. The pace is mellow! We usually let the ride split into groups based on speed and fitness levels, each group having its own guide. Ride however much you like and earn your lunch and dinner.
Mileage/Terrain: Plan on riding around 230 miles this week. As mentioned above, Tuscany is all about rolling hills. Our rides this week will range from 35 to 60 miles. There are three days in particular on which we can go a bit longer.
Why Castagneto Carducci? Andy found Castagneto in the early ‘90s, and brought his Motorola cycling team here for a training camp in his pro days. Simply put, it is the best of everything in Europe–riding, food, folks, relaxation, and a splendid countryside.
We’ll pass the week at our favorite family wine estate in the Bolgheri DOC with a private chef, and yes, a bit of wine geeking with the locals. There are several apartments with multiple rooms and shared common spaces. Each bedroom will have a private bathroom, although in some cases the bathroom will not be located in the bedroom.
You get a bit of everything on this itinerary–the chance to immerse yourself in the local cuisine and culture, great cycling, and plenty of time to relax too. Our goal is for riders of differing fitness levels to enjoy riding through rolling vineyards, chestnut forests, and over the hilly countryside to their heart’s content.
Where do we go? This is a quiet, untrammeled corner of Italy. We ride the deserted roads around Castagneto during our shorter days, with longer rides taking us to into the foothills of the Maremma and other tourist-free villages.
If I’m not cycling, what else is there to do in the area? This is a good option for a non-cycling spouse. We’ll have three cooking lessons throughout the week and the property of the wine-estate is specatular. Although every morning won’t have a specific non-cycling itinerary most cooking lessons will take place during the morning rides. If you are feeling more adventurous we are happy to help you devise your own itinerary. A motivated non-cyclist could use the train or rental car to explore the region. Town bikes are available to rent from the local bike shop (see Bike Rentals below) for folks who like to ride just not in a group atmosphere. The week can be kept busy with trips to the Mediterranean (ten minutes by car, twenty by bike), jogging, relaxing poolside at our hotel, visiting dozens of Etruscan archaeological sites in the area, tastings at any of our local wineries or wine bars, or browsing the shops, cafes, and food stores in Castagneto and beyond. After the ride, join in on the scheduled activities and excursions with the whole group.
The cooking classes: Our cooking maestro is Chicca Maione and she invites us into her kitchen for classes. Each lesson she will guide us through an entire menu–antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno, dolce– with simple recipes that we can cook at home using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Take a peek at her facebook page, Cooking in Tuscany, to get an idea of what she’ll have in store for us.
What Bike/Gears/Tires to bring: Your favorite road bike will do just fine. Lately we’ve been riding compact cranksets to make the hills a bit more casual, so if you tend to suffer on the up, consider a triple or a compact. We won’t be riding any dirt, other than the block-long stretch of driveway, and the roads are in good shape–generally a 23 or 25mm tire is great.
Bike rentals: The local bike shop is run by our friends the Carpentieri family. They have a rental fleet of BMC Gran Fondo model bikes, an excellent choice for visiting cyclists who want a nice light climbing machine that descends well. All models come with compact-geared cranks.
Town bikes are available with baskets and a lock for those seeking to explore the mostly flat roads to nearby villages and the beach.
Rentals cost 250€ for the length of the tour; a town-bike is 120€. Please see our Bike Rental section for more information on rentals.
Please note if you arrive outside the shuttle time it is your responsibility to arrive at the hotel by 1 p.m. on the tour start date. If you are unable to schedule your flights to meet a shuttle time please email us and we will help you with train schedules or private taxi services.
Schedule your flights in and out of Pisa airport (PSA). Use Castagneto Carducci/Donoratico as a train station if you are using another airport for travel and arriving to us by train: http://www.trenitalia.com/
If you are arriving early to explore other areas of Italy you can meet the group directly in Castagneto. We’ll be sitting down to lunch at 1 p.m. at the Chiappini wine estate (please email us directly for driving directions).
Cinghiale Shuttle Schedule: The shuttle picks up and drops off at the Pisa airport. If you are staying in Pisa ahead of the tour please make your way to the airport for the shuttle on the morning of the 17th.
Pick up: Saturday, June 17th- 11 a.m. at the Pisa Airport
Drop off: Saturday, June 24th at the Pisa Airport—two shuttle times will be offered to accommodate the 6:30/7:15 a.m. departures and later-morning departures. We will also provide drop-offs at the local train station in Castagneto.
Highlights: Castagneto Carducci is located in the heart of the Bolgheri DOC—one of Italy’s hottest wine regions. The area is surrounded by vines and olive trees, Etruscan villages and archaeological sites, and beautiful stretches of beach. Food is fresh and local; so is the wine! Quiet, relaxed, and full of artisans (fresh cheese, anyone?), it’s an idyllic setting for a week of cycling.
Included in the cost of the tour:
Seven days of fully supported riding, hotel accommodations; transportation on the first and eighth day.
Seven breakfasts, six lunches, six dinners (with wine!).
Snacks and drinks on rides.
Transportation and admission to scheduled sightseeing stops and special events.
Pick-up and drop-off at the Pisa airport (PSA), local train station.
Not included with the tour: Airfare. Tips for guides.
Tour Cost is $3,450 per person
Single rooms are $400 extra per person. Please request a single room on your booking form, if you’re interested. Single rooms are limited and may require sharing of a bathroom outside of your private bedroom. We’ll let you know the availability of single rooms when we receive your booking form.
Deposit: $1,000 per person. Please wait for us to respond to your booking form to send in your deposit.
Final payment: A balance of $2,450 per person ($2,850 for a single room) is due by March 17, 2017. If you are signing on after this date, just drop us a line and we’ll arrange a different payment schedule.
Confirmation and communication
Once you’ve sent us your booking form, you can expect the following communication and requests from us:
A reservation email–Andy or Elaine will respond, letting you know about availability for the tour. If we have space available, we’ll instruct you how to send your deposit of $1,000 per person.
A deposit email–we’ll acknowledge receipt of your deposit, confirming your spot(s) on the tour, and give you a balance and its due date.
Balance email–once we’ve received your balance payment, we’ll acknowledge its receipt, and remind you to send us your travel details so we can confirm ground transportation/ shuttle times with you.
For cancellations, see below.
Trip files–One month before your trip, we’ll send you an email with five attachments, including an agreement to sign, a medical questionnaire that must be filled out, travel info, contact info for each day of the trip, and a suggested packing list.
Itinerary–Upon arriving in Italy, we’ll provide you with a detailed itinerary and route map.
Travel confirmation—Send your travel plans to us at least one month before the trip (airline, flight number, arrival and departure days and times). We’d like to know how you’re arriving in Italy, so we can make sure everyone’s covered in getting to the tour on time.
Contact us If this info hasn’t answered all your questions, then drop us a line via email or by phone:
Andy in the US– (303) 506-1788 or Elaine (303) 888-4543 (US mountain time)
In the spring through fall we are in Italy, so please call: (Central Euro time; please call during daylight hours in Italy.) Andy in Italy (011 39) 333 97 60 997 or Elaine (011 39) 346 68 55 070
Specific information for your tour is contained in the Travel Details section above, so please read it carefully. Please visit our Travel Help and FAQ’s page to answer questions about booking, travel, and your tour.
If you decide not to come or cannot come for any reason, the amount you have paid is fully refundable up to 91 days before your trip. We do not refund money after 90 days. This means if you cancel within 90 days of your trip, you will forfeit the full amount you’ve paid.
We reserve the right to cancel your reservation with us if we have not received your balance payment by March 24, 2017.
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Thanks for your interest and we hope to see you soon!