MY E-TRUSCAN TOUR

GUIDED E-BIKE TOUR FOR GROUPS: VOLTERRA, SAN GIMIGNANO, THE TYRRHENIAN COAST AND THE METALLIFERE HILLS

Rund um die Dolomiten - Radrundreise mit E-Bike 

GENERAL INFORMATION:

TYPE OF THE TRIP: group trip accompanied by an English, French and Italian-speaking guide;

DIFFICULTY: distages of varying difficulty, with long flat sections along the coast and alternating uphill and downhill sections over the inland hills;

DISTANCE: a total of 350km divided into seven stages;

DURATION: 8 days/7 nights;

PRICE: from € 1.100.

Karte - Dolomiten Rundreise mit dem E-Bike

Description:

The ancient Etruscans mastered the use of the wheel and used to move up and down the peninsula in their sturdy carts. They were a mysterious people and many of their secrets have yet to be unveiled: we only know around 200 words in their language, but their graves suggest that they were a cultured and god-fearing civilisation. The land they inhabited was so influenced by their presence that it came to be known as ‘Etruria’. MY E-TRUSCAN TOUR is a cycling trip which follows the footsteps of these ancient people, travelling along their historic roads carved into the tuff, on the hills from which they ruled their homeland and where the mysterious “lucumoni” (this being the Etruscan word for kings) watched over their towns.

Characteristics of the route:

stages of varying difficulty, with long flat sections along the coast and alternating uphill and downhill sections over the inland hills;

For logistical reasons, only E-bikes can be used for the excursions.

 

Arrival: 

guests make their own way to the Park Hotel Marinetta in Marina di Bibbona - LI;
free private parking at the hotel;
http//www.hotelmarinetta.it
GPS Coordinates:  Latitude: 43.24659  Longitude: 10.53009;

 

By car: 

turn off S.S. 1 Aurelia at the La California exit, continue along the old Aurelia road following signs for Bibbona/Marina di Bibbona. Free parking is available at the hotel;

By train:

the hotel is 9km from Cecina station. From the station, you can either take a 20-minute bus-ride from Piazza Libertà, a taxi or organise a transfer with the hotel;

By plane:

the hotel is 60km from Pisa’s Galilei airport. From there, you can take a taxi or organise a paid transfer with the hotel.

 

 

Unforgettable moments

  • The vineyards and tree-lined avenue of Bolgheri;

  • The archaeological sites of Baratti and Populonia;

  • San Gimignano and the Via Francigena;

  • Volterra and Etruscan sites;

  • The former mining area of Montecatini Val di Cecina;

  • The Berignone, Monterufoli-Caselli and Magona nature reserves.

A gift for you

Although selfies are lovely, you can’t beat a video just for you!

We film it during the journey, recording the best moments, and package it so that you can take it home to show your friends or keep it jealously amongst your memories. So, remember, keep your head up and smile.

Stages

Day 1: Arrival in Marina di Bibbona

Guests make their own way to the Park Hotel Marinetta in Marina di Bibbona by 4pm. Meeting with the conductor, presentation of the tour and introduction to the use of E-bike.

Day 2: Marina di Bibbona - Stazione di Populonia (approx. 50 km)

Leaving the coast behind us, we will cycle among vineyards that produce some of the world’s finest wines (visiting a wine cellar and tasting the wines) until we reach the famous tree-lined avenue of Bolgheri, immortalised by the Italian poet Giosué Carducci.
We will cycle on the flat, along the Via Bolgherese, all the way to Donoratico and then along the coast to San Vincenzo and Populonia, where we will stop off to visit the old Etruscan village and archaeological site of Baratti. Recommencing our journey, we will head for Stazione di Populonia, where this stage ends.

Day 3: Stazione di Populonia-Castelnuovo Val di Cecina (approx. 60 km)

Start to a challenging day, up and down the “steaming hills” of this geothermal region: pedalling in the company of geysers, hot springs and fumaroles. We will cycle through Sasso Pisano, where we will have the chance to bathe in the warm waters of the biolake, heated by the hot springs surrounding it. This stage will end in Castelnuovo Val Di Cecina.

Day 4: Castelnuovo Val di Cecina-Casole d’Elsa (approx. 58 km)

Shortly after setting off, we will come to Larderello, where we will stop off to visit the intriguing Geothermal museum. From there, we will continue on, passing through Pomarance before heading downhill into the valley of the river Cecina which, depending on the water levels, we will cross to reach the enchanting Masso delle Fanciulle. Passing under the imposing Rocca Sillana, we will arrive in San Dalmazio. Cycling above the river Cecina, we will then descend to Casole d’Elsa. 

Day 5: Casole d’Elsa - Libbiano (approx. 40 km)

This short stage winds around the renowned vineyards of the famous Vernaccia di San Gimignano, where we will spend most of the day: the Duomo, the Civic Museum, Piazza della Cisterna and the Church of  Sant’Agostino are just some of the main attractions of the town with the unmistakable towered skyline.
We will then continue on to Libbiano, where we will spend the night in an old farmhouse set within a vast agricultural estate.

Day 6: Libbiano - Volterra (approx. 19 - 47 km)

Cycling along dirt tracks and some short sections of tarmac road, we will arrive in Volterra, perched panoramically atop its hill. The town is a hotbed of art and culture, presented in the numerous museums and buildings conserved within the ancient 13th-century, with the ruins of the imposing Roman Amphitheatre just outside.

Day 7: Volterra - Villetta di Monterufoli (approx. 70 km)

Leaving the walls of Volterra behind us and cycling past the Church of San Giusto, we will cycle along the panoramic dirt track which runs through the rolling landscape of le Balze, leading gently on to Val d’Era, at the foot of the medieval village of Montecatini Val di Cecina. Here, we will stop to visit the Mining museum and what remains of the copper mine which was once the largest in Europe. After a long downhill ride to Val di Cecina, we will tackle the uphill slope to Libbiano and the Monterufoli nature reserve. We will then continue along a track through the middle of the woods to the former station of the mining railway in Villetta di Monterufoli, where we will spend the night.

Day 8: Villetta di Montrufoli - Marina di Bibbona (approx. 32 km)

Cycling through the trees, we will cross Caselli forest, with its small lake, reaching the crest of the hill, where we can enjoy an incredible view over the islands of the Tuscan archipelago: Elba, Gorgona, Capraia and, in the distance, Corsica.
We will then head downhill along the track which crosses the Macchia della Magona reserve, heading back towards the sea, where our journey began, bringing our tour to delightful end.

 

Prices 2019

 
GUIDED group TOUR
Package price per person in a double room with breakfast and dinner  1.100 €
Surcharge single room  200 €
ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Weekly E-bike rental   200 €

The prices per person are valid for a minimum of 8 people per tour.

In case of failure to reach the minimum number of participants, within 30 days from the date of departure will be formulated a new participation fee and submitted to the customer, who will be free to join the proposal or, otherwise, to renounce the participation in the tour, recovering the advance paid.

Starting dates 2019

  • Tour 1: arrival Saturday 30 March and departure Saturday 6 April;

  • Tour 2: arrival Saturday 28 September and departure Saturday 5 October.

    By request, we can organise dates for groups of min. 8 – max. 15 people at any time of year.

General informations:
 

The price does NOT include

  • journey to/from Marina di Bibbona;
  • tourist tax, where applicable (depending on time of year);
  • drinks and extras at dinner;
  • lunches;
  • admission to museums and venues not mentioned in the programme;
  • E-bike hire.

For logistical reasons, only E-bikes can be used for the excursions.

E-Bike hire

For those that do not own one but would like to rent it, there will be available, according to the tours, some Winora Trekking Y 420 X and some KTM Macina Sport 9 SI-CX5I, in the sizes S-M-L.

Every E-bike is furnished with the following accessories:
- a waterproof bag to be attached to the back carrier;
- a dismantling and tyres repairing kit;
- a pocket-sized pump;
- an anti-theft cable padlock;
- a helmet, whose use is strongly recommended during the excursions.

The delivery of the E-bike, that must be booked upon signing up to the tour, will happen after the signature of a rental agreement which provides for entering a credit card number, to cover for possible thefts or damages caused to the bike (the various refunds are specified in the agreement), for possible insurance cover of which the agreement signer shall directly provide for, in the event he would consider it to be appropriate.

The weekly cost for renting an E-bike is of € 200.

 

 

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