2018 Val d’Orcia and Chianti, September 14 to September 20
- Dates: 14/09/2018 - 20/09/2018
- Tour length: 8 Days, 7 Nights
- Start / End: Florence Airport
- Terrain: Vineyards, Rolling Hills and Steep Climbs
- Price Per Guest:
$5,600 per person double occupancy
$800 Single Occupancy Supplemental Fee
10% Discount for returning guests
- Non-Cycling Guest: $4,600
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The first 3 days of this tour will take us to the Val d’Orcia where we will cycle through the famous hill towns of Montalcino, Pienza and San Quirco d’Orcia. We will also climb Monte Amiata a beautiful and challenging mountain. We will savor the beautiful forests and rolling grasslands of this magical area. The local cuisine will be paired with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino wines.Here you will savor the breezes from the sea and the coolness of the forests in the surrounding mountains. Our accommodations will be at Fattoria Pieve a Salti.
Then we will transfer into the Chianti region of Tuscany for the next 3 days. The Chianti region is known for its world famous Chianti Classico and Riserva wines. We will ride the quiet rodes of the beautiful Chianti region. Accommodations will be at Castello La Leccia, a beautiful castle with 12 rooms near Castellina in Chianti.
For our non-cyclist guests we will be happy to organize guided activities such as, hiking, cooking class, winery visits, cultural tours and shopping.
Food & Wine
Tuscany, like all the regions for Italy, is known for its exquisite food and wine. Below are some examples of the foods and wines we will enjoy on the tour.
FOOD: Olive Oil, Pecorino Cheese, Pici Pasta, Black and White Truffles, Cinghiale (wild boar), Cinta Sinese Pork, Seafood, Rabbit, Chianina Beef, Organic Produce, Salumi
WINE: Vino Nobile di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Rosso di Montalcino, Sangiovese, Morellino di Scansano, Super Tuscans, Vernaccia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Vin Santo
Former Professional Cyclist
Marco has an impressive resume including stage victories in the 1992, 1993, and 1994 Giro d’Italia and overall winner of the 1993 Tour de Suisse. He has also been Directeur Sportif of Team Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and Team Crelan-Euphony from 2002 to 2013. Marco has been race commentator of the Giro d’Italia for Gazzetta Dello Sport Radio, Eurosport Television, and has his own show, The Coach, on the Bike Channel. In addition to all of his accomplishments in the world of professional cycling, Marco is a great guy with a beautiful family. We are honored to collaborate with Marco. He brings a slice of cycling history to share with our guests.
Marco is married to Lela and they have two children, Martina and Giacomo.Close
Daniele started bicycle racing at 8 years old and turned professional at age 24. He competed in the Junior category for various teams and secured several victories. His professional cycling career started with Alexia and after 3 years he participated in his first Giro d’Italia where his teammate Paolo Savoldelli won the tour. For the next 10 years, he rode with Lampre and was part of the team that participated in Michele Scarponi’s victory of the 2011 Giro d’Italia.
He has always played a support role for Lampre and participated in five Giro d’Italia, five Tour de France, four La Vuelta a Espana, Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold, Coppi e Bartali, and the Tour of Poland. In the 2004 Giro d’Italia, he won the Piaggio Trophy for the most miles cycled by any participant that year. Literally, he has cycled almost all over the world in most of the races of the World Tour. In 2013, he retired from Lampre as a rider and has been a Director Sportive with Lampre-Merida now known as TJ Sport Consultation.
Daniele is married to Francesca and they have two children, Chiara and Alessandro.Close
Massimo had a short career as a professional cyclist then joined his father, Mario, at the Cicli Boglia bike shop near Milano. He also appears regularly on the Bike Channel with two time Giro d’Italia winner, Paolo Savoldelli. Massimo brings with him great experience as a cyclist along with his perpetual smile.
Massimo is married to Francesca and they have a daughter, Olimpia.Close
Founder & President
I combine nearly 30 years of experience in international logistics planning with a quarter-century of cycling experience in Italy. My expertise allows Willie’s World Cycling to offer some of the finest cycling tour experiences in Italy. From the choice of simple elegance and intimacy in accommodations, to the delectable regional cuisine of carefully chosen local chefs, (we) my wife Margarita and I impart international style and pay careful attention to detail.
I accompany every Willie’s World Cycling tour, sharing the extensive knowledge I have gleaned from 25 years of cycling in Italy. This storehouse of information includes: Italy’s premier cycling regions, scenic wine-growing regions and small wineries, unique and private accommodations, and fine regional cuisine.
Prior to establishing Willie’s World Cycling, I spent 29 years in cross-border logistics services along the U.S.-Mexico border. Throughout my business career, I have focused on providing my clients with the very best in professional and personalized service. I have instilled this commitment to the client into the values of Willie’s World Cycling.
I have been an avid cyclist for more than 35 years and regularly start my day cycling up and down Mount Lemmon, a 6,800-foot climb from my home in Tucson, Arizona. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, I have a great passion for the cycling, food, and wine unique to Italy, and take great pleasure in sharing that passion. I am a believer in the health benefits that flow from regular exercise such as cycling, fresh and wholesome local food, and fine wine. A consummate host, I make certain that each of my cycling tours inspires treasured memories.Close
Farmhouse with restaurant, spa, horse riding, outdoor pool, indoor pool, conference center, tennis, biking, natural truffle zone for the famous white truffle of the Crete Senesi.
The Fattoria Pieve a Salti is nestled in the rolling hills of Siena, in a beautiful natural setting, rich in history, art and sacred traditions. Its houses, inside the old village overlooking the surrounding hills, offer you hospitality in comfortable rooms with bathroom or typical apartments of various sizes .
The Estate was originally a summer residence of the Diocese of Arezzo IV century b.c. with the adjoining Pieve Farm and village dating back to the 17th Century; with more than thirty years of passion for this land, the Prandi family has created a paradise where you can enjoy the best of “Vita Toscana”, the great organic food from our farm and excellent wine; distinguished by the silence and relaxation that embrace your stay and touch your heart.
Four years of careful and conscientious restoration of the 1700’s Castle and its surrounding gardens this estate has once more been filled with life and shines in new splendor.
We will be welcomed by the owners to share their home and sincere love for this corner of Tuscany.
The twelve bedrooms all enjoy splendid views over the surrounding countryside. Elegantly furnished, the rooms have been designed to render your stay intimate and comfortable. magnificent memories of the past.
Breakfast is a warm and appetizing welcome with homemade cakes, fresh fruit, honey, yogurt, jam, eggs, cheese, cold cuts and Tuscan bread. All exclusively locally produced.
For dinner, the Castle kitchen prepares dishes and flavors that are typical of Tuscany and its traditions with some innovations and always accompanied by wine exclusively from the Chianti Classico area.
Castello La Leccia produces Sangiovese based wines and small quantities of Malvasia Nera, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot. The vineyards are positioned in five different spots surrounding the Castle.
Friday, September 14
We will pick you up at the Florence Airport at 10:00am and drive to Fattoria Pieve a Salti.
After lunch final bike adjustments. Ride from Pieve a Salti to Abbazia di Monte Oliveto to Chiusure to San Giovanni d'Asso to Tonieri to Pieve a Salti. 50km. Dinner at Pieve a Salti
Saturday, September 15
After breakfast Pieve a Salti to Montalcino to Castiglione D'Orcia to San Quirico D'Orcia to Torrenieri to Pieve a Salti. Lunch on the road. 75km. Dinner at a restaurant in Buonconvento.
Sunday, September 16
After breakfast Pieve a Salti to Montalcino to Castel del Piano to Seggiano to Monte Amiata to Castiglione D'Orcia to Pienza to Pieve a Salti. Lunch on the road. 130km. Dinner at Pieve a Salti with a wine maker.
Monday, September 17
After breakfast ride to Castello La Leccia. Lunch at Monteriggione. 74km Check in to Castello La Leccia. Relax. Dinner at Castello La Leccia.
Tuesday, September 18
After breakfast Castello La Leccia-Siena-Pianella-Gaiole in Chianti-Radda in Chianti-La Leccia. Lunch on the road. 71.91km. Late afternoon visit Fattoria Montermorli producer of Vin Santo. Dinner- Daniele Righi's I Boceri in Poggibonsi
Wednesday, September 19
After breakfast La Leccia-Colle di Val d’Elsa-San Gimignano-Poggibonisi-La Leccia. Picnic Lunch. 71.21km . Visit La Leccia winery and Dinner at La Leccia
Thursday, September 20
After breakfast transfer to Florence Airport
$5,600 U.S. Dollars per cyclist Double Occupancy
$4,600 U.S. Dollars per non-cyclist Double Occupancy
$800 U.S. Dollars Single Occupancy Supplement
10% Discount for returning guests.
3 cycling guides and van support
Lodging 7 nights
Wine pairings with dinners
Wine tastings as part of the tour
Colnago Bicycle (Guests are responsible for any damages)
Cycling kit (jersey and shorts)
Snacks and water on bike rides
Cycling guide, driver, and mechanic services
Tips for cycling guides
Any rental car or train service you may use outside of tour activities.
Any purchases of a personal nature including bar and hotel mini-bar and purchases at the hotel bar.
Any incidental expenses associated with non-cycling activities, such as cost of guide, museum entry fees, spa services, archaeological site entry fees, etc. Guides for non-cycling guests will be charged based on the activities the guests desire and are paid directly to the guides. Guide fees range between 200 and 300 euros plus tips per day.
A *non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person must be paid in order to assure availability of hotel rooms. At the time of deposit please advise Willie of the type of room you desire to determine the total cost of the tour. The balance is to be paid in full 60 days before the start date of the tour. Tour prices are based on double occupancy per cyclist or non-cyclist. A single occupancy supplement applies to those traveling alone and requesting their own room. If your party includes a non-cyclist, please notify us when you submit your deposit so we can put you in contact with our tour guide to plan stimulating and rewarding activities while cyclists are on the road.
Please note that a check or wire transfer is preferred. If you choose to pay via PayPal there will be an additional fee of 3% on the deposit and final payment.
Willie’s World Cycling prefers payment by check payable to:
Willie’s World Cycling LLC
4231 E. Pontatoc Canyon Dr.
Tucson, Arizona 85718
Wire transfers please contact us.
Our prices are in U.S. Dollars and are based on exchange rates in effect at the time of publication. While we make every effort to avoid adding surcharges, Willie’s World Cycling reserves the right to do so should the U.S. Dollar lose substantial value against the Euro.
After your deposit is received, you will be sent more information regarding the sizing for your bicycle, liability waiver, and general information that will be helpful for your visit to Italy.
We recommend obtaining travel or trip cancellation insurance. Please speak to your travel agent for further assistance.
Willie’s World Cycling reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason. We will refund any payment received by Willie’s World Cycling which will constitute full settlement.
Although we make every effort to contract the very best in outside services, we do not guarantee services provided by third parties.
Please make sure you have a valid passport.
We count on our clients to ensure they are healthy and adequately fit for this tour. This tour is rated Activity Level C – Challenging.
Deposits are non-refundable if a guest cancels. If the guest signs up for a tour during the year of the cancelled tour or the following year then the deposit will be credited to the tour. After 1 full year the deposit is forfeited to Willie's World Cycling. Final payments are not refundable. Exceptions to this policy will be considered in cases of illness or family emergency.
45 Days or less: Cancellation charge of 100% of the total cost of the tour.