Tuscany

Cooking & Cycling

September 8 - 16

  • $USD/person

    $3,850

  • Tour Days

    9

  • Daily Miles

    30-60

  • Total Miles

    280

  • Shuttle (To/From)

    Pisa

  • Difficulty

Cooking & Cycling is one of our favorite tours. Why? We pack all our favorite routes and superb kitchen adventures into this week. We get to ride our home-town roads around Castagneto Carducci, visit our favorite cafes, farms and wineries in the area, and we learn something new every year from our cooking lessons. We’re in the heart of Bolgheri DOC, Italy’s hottest district for booming reds. Cycling, food, wine—Heaven!

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Where we Stay

We’ll pass the entire tour at a family run inn, Hotel Zi Martino. We’ve become family with the crew at Hotel Zi’ Martino, a simple inn built by a former Tour de France rider, Carlo Guarguaglini, and his wife, Isa. The Guarguaglinis understand what we’re looking for in a vacation–the best riding, a great kitchen, and a family atmosphere with fun people.

Geared For

This is our most flexible recipe for an unbelievable week in Italy. 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. Non-cycling chefs study most mornings, learning a different recipe or technique, while the cyclists spin through rolling vineyards, chestnut forests, and over the hilly countryside. For anyone looking to mix in equal parts cooking, cycling, and culture, this is the tour for you

Tour Highlights

This is a quiet, untrammeled corner of Italy and we ride the roads around Castagneto during our shorter days, with longer rides taking us to through ancient villages of the maremma and in to the wilds of the Metaliferi hills. The Mediterranean sparkles from the hill tops and we hope to be lured to the beach at least one afternoon.

Cooking classes commence while cyclists turn their legs, and chefs discover the secrets of the Tuscan kitchen most mornings or afternoons in five classes. Our cooking maestro is Chicca Maione of Cooking in Tuscany and she invites us into her kitchen for instruction . In each class she will guide us through a selection of recipes–antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno, dolce– that incorporate into our everyday lives using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Travel Details

Cooking & Cycling begins and ends with transportation to Pisa airport PSA.
Pick-up: 11:00 Saturday, Sept 8th
Drop off: Sunday, Sept 16th: 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.

Included in Tour

  • Airport and local train station transportation on the first and ninth day
  • 8 nights, 9 days accommodations
  • 8 breakfast, 7 lunches, 7 dinners—all with wine
  • Fully supported riding, mechanic support, follow vehicle
  • Food and drinks on rides
  • Transportation and admission to scheduled tastings, sightseeing & special events
  • Cooking Classes

Tour Details

  • Riding days: 8
  • Single Supplement of $300 extra, please indicate on booking form
  • Final Balance $2,850/$3,150 (single) due by June 8, 2018
  • Weather: Mid 70’s to mid 80’s and cooling off at night
  • Bike rentals available
  • On-site laundry facility

Cooking & Cycling

Tuscany | September 8 - 16

  • $3,850

    $USD/person
  • 9

    Tour Days
  • 30-60

    Daily Miles
  • 280

    Total Miles

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