FOOD AND WINE LOVER'S RIDE WITH COOKING CLASS
New in 2016! Here is your chance to experience in one unforgettable day the "BIG THREE" of Tuscany's top attractions: Biking, wine tasting and cooking class. That's right -- no more tough decisions to make. No more sacrificing one for the other due to time or budget limitations. Now, we're happy to say, you can have it all!
We start out bright and early with pick up at or near your hotel and transfer by van to one of Tuscany's most lovely medieval villages in the breathtaking Chianti countryside. While we prep your bikes you'll have a chance to stroll its historic center, maybe grab a cappuccino in the piazza. Before taking off, there's time for a quick visit to a small but prestigious winery right there in town. You'll enjoy a tasting not just of their esteemed wines, but their own production of Tuscany's famous olive oil. Once on our bikes, we'll be pedaling quiet roads through picture postcard vineyards and olive groves, past cypresses and stone farmhouses. With scenery this stunning you'll wonder how it can get any better. And then we arrive at our destination: a charming agriturismo set in a magical landscape; its ancient stone buildings (some dating back to the 11th century) restored with great care and in keeping with their original character. It's like something out of a movie or a fairy tale, and it's here where we'll say goodbye to our bikes and hello to our accomplished chef and teacher who, over the next few hours, will show us step by step and hands-on how to prepare mouth-watering Tuscan dishes, including a delicious dessert (using the highest quality local ingredients that are mostly organically grown). And yes, this will be lunch (paired with wines of the Chianti, of course)! Beginner or not, we're willing to bet it will be one of your best meals in Italy, and definitely one of your best days.
Highlights: Chianti Classico wine tasting, quiet country roads, vineyards, olive groves, visit to a beautiful medieval village and cooking class performed by a professional English speaking Italian chef.
€ 250 per person
- Duration: Full day
- Distance traveled: 8 miles
- Area: Chianti Classico wine region of Tuscany
- Nearest city: Florence
- Places visited: Castellina in Chianti
- Tour type: Road touring
- Bike type: Hybrid
- Skill level: Intermediate
- Season: Year round
- Number of participants: 2-6
- Minimum age: 14
- Fully guided: yes
- Support vehicles: yes
- Transportation to start site: yes
You'll be picked up at your hotel (or nearby) in Florence and transferred by van to the medieval village of Castellina in Chianti in the heart of the gorgeous Chianti Classico wine region of Tuscany. From here, after a visit and a wine tasting at the cellar of one of the top wineries of the region, we set out on our bikes to our destination where you'll learn all the secrets of handmade (hands on!) pasta, sauces, dessert and what not to amaze your friends and family when you get back home. In the afternoon, you will be taken by van back to your hotel in Florence.
- Fully guided tour totally van supported
- Pick up/drop off at your hotel (or nearby) in Florence
- Van transfers to/from the tour starting point in the Chianti wine region of Tuscany
- High quality 27-speed hybrid bikes
- Helmets and water bottles
- English speaking tour leader
- Wine tasting at one of the best Chianti Classico wineries in the area
- Cooking class and lunch
If you stay outside Florence we will be happy to pick you up/drop you off directly at your location. Please send us an email for further details and personalized arrangements.