Overview for Cycling the Tuscany Coast: Pisa to Elba
This is a tour that combines the typical hilly landscape of Tuscany with its mixture of colours and scents and the striking scenery of the Etruscan coastline. The local cycle paths will take you through Pisa, Livorno, Piombino, feeling the warm Mediterranean sea breeze and enjoying beautiful white sandy beaches. You will also explore the fine vineyards and silvery olive trees of the hinterland along the wine route of Costa degli Etruschi. You will be able to celebrate the completion of your cycling adventure on the historic island of Elba.
- Cycle around the leaning tower of Pisa
- Beautiful views across the Etruscan Coast
- The medieval wine village of Bolgheri
- The Island of Elba
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Day 1: Arrival in Pisa
In the evening, you will have your welcome briefing and get your bikes. Depending on the timing of your arrival you will also have some time to explore the charming old part of the town.
Accommodation: Hotel Repubblica Marinara
Day 2: Trip to the Sea
From the Piazza dei Miracoli, home of the Leaning Tower, there are lovely trails winding through the national park Macchia Lucchese directly to the sea. Along the sandy beach, you will reach the charming seaside spa-town of Viareggio. On the way, you might be tempted to tke a swim break in the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Short train ride takes you back to Pisa.
Accommodation: Hotel Repubblica Marinara
Cycling for the day: 30 km
Day 3: Pisa – Castiglioncello
In the morning you take a train ride to Livorno. The historic harbour has a lot to offer including the well-known quarter of Venezia Nuova with its many canals. Once you cycle past the Belle Epoque villas along the river promenade, the route continues deep into the hinterland. A long ascent takes you through the national park Monti Livornesi, passing through traditional Tuscan villages along the way after which you descend towards the coast, enjoying the magnificent sea views.
Accommodation: Hotel Miramare
Cycling for the day: approx. 40 km
Day 4: Castiglioncello – Marina di Castagneto
Today’s section is all about the Etruscan coastline. You cycle through the famous white sandy beaches of Vada entering an impressive pine forest. After that, a cool cycle path in the shade leads you through the nature park of Tomboli and then on to Bibbona from where you continue to the famous wine region of Bolgheri. It is there where the top Tuscan grapes are pressed! After passing the longest Italian avenue lined with cypresses, you get closer to the sea again and continue to Marina di Castagneto, a classic Italian seaside town with its many beach cafes and promenades.
Accommodation: Hotel Alta La Vista
Cycling for the day: approx. 50 km
Day 5: Marina di Castagneto – Piombino
The day starts with an ascent towards the medieval town Castagneto Carducci. After a well-deserved break over a cup of cappuccino and some stunning views you continue on a curvy mountain road through romantic cork oak forests. On the way, you can enjoy a few breaks in little traditional villages with the characteristic stone-built houses before descending through olive groves to the well-known beach of Golfo di Baratti, where you can also explore the local Etruscan excavation sites. After a few kilometres, you reach Piombino, an impressive seaside town where you can relax on the Piazza directly by the sea.
Accommodation: Hotel Esperia
Cycling for the day: approx. 60 km
Day 6: Day trip to the Island of Elba
A ferry ride takes you to Portoferraio (duration approx. 1 hour). As you get on the ferry you will be able to enjoy the sea scenery and first glimpses of the island of Elba. A short cycle path along the panoramic route will lead you to several secluded bays and coves. There is also a longer option for the day taking you through the hilly hinterland with its characteristic island vegetation of Macchia Mediterranea. On the return journey to Piombino, you will be able to enjoy a picturesque sunset and reflect on your cycling adventure in Tuscany.
Accommodation: Hotel Esperia
Cycling for the day: approx 30 km
Day 7: Departure
Departure or extension upon request
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3-star hotels during the trip, most of them located by the sea, 4-star hotel in Pisa. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast buffet is included. When no restaurant is available on the route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. Dinner is available either from the restaurant in your accommodation or the restaurants in the town where you stay for overnight.
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Our recommended arrival/departure airports for this holiday are the ones in Pisa and Florence.
The best-connected train station is in Pisa. There are good train connections from Piombino to Pisa for your return journey.
Public garage in Pisa costs approx. €15 per day, payable locally, no reservation possible.
Language: Italian. In big cities and resorts, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where we stay speak English and are ready to help you. Many people also speak German. You can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.
Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages we visit.
Up-to-date travel advice on Italy is available here.
Detailed travel information and hints will be provided in your holiday information pack.
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Difficulty Grade: Moderate
The terrain is mainly flat to slightly hilly. The only two strenuous stretches are during the two legs in the hinterland. Nearly all cycle paths are asphalted and some segments along the sea will be on dirt but well-maintained trails. Due to a lack of cycle paths along some sections, cycling for short stretches on roads with moderate traffic is unfortunately unavoidable (read more about difficulty grades).
Upon arrival, you will receive detailed travel information with route maps or overview maps, route description, tourist attractions and important telephone numbers.
When to Go
This trip is available from April until October, departing each Sunday. Departure on other days of the week is possible upon request.
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- Accommodation in 3-star hotels along the route and a 4-star hotel in Pisa
- Breakfast buffet or extensive breakfast
- Welcome briefing by our local representative
- Luggage transfer between the hotels
- Holiday information pack including GPS-checked and regularly updated route notes and maps (digital copy sent by email and a hard copy delivered at first hotel)
- Train journey Viareggio – Pisa and Pisa – Livorno incl. your bike
- Return ferry to Elba on Day 6 including your bike
- 24/7 phone support by our local office/representative
Options and Extras
- Single-room supplement (this applies to members of a group who require single-room accommodation)
- Solo traveller supplement (includes single room accommodation)
- Bike rental, including bike insurance
- Additional nights in Pisa or Piombino
- Return transfer by minibus to Pisa, payable on the spot
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- Flights and connecting land transfers
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme
- Local tourist taxes