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Tuscany Chef on Wheels Bike Tour

A Hero Food Ride Retreat with Chef Seamus Mullen

7 days / 6 nights Level: 4Price from: $6,295Collection: Challenge, Specialty

Tour Highlights

  • Unpack once and enjoy an incredible week of riding from the same luxurious home base
  • Take on Tuscany’s classic and challenging rides, including a climb up Mount Amiata—the region’s most famous feat
  • Watch Chef Seamus Mullen at work and taste his creations that are both delicious and performance-friendly
  • Recover from your cycling accomplishments with massages provided by pro-team soigneurs

Eat

Hand-rolled pici pasta, pecorino cheese, olio nuovo (fresh-pressed olive oil), truffles, chestnuts, porcini mushrooms, Chianina beef, and cinghiale (wild boar)

Drink

Famous local wines, including Brunello, Chianti Classico, and Vino Nobile

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  • Day 1

    Benvenuti!

    Your guides will meet you at the Chiusi train station for a transfer to our villa in the Tuscan countryside, a stylishly renovated farmhouse and our home for the rest of the week. Chef Seamus Mullen is waiting to meet us—taste his delicious, healthy cooking at a welcome lunch designed to fuel our first ride. We’ll set off on a warmup route along the ridges of the Crete Senesi, climb to the heights of Collalto, then return home via Trequanda. Back at the villa, a soigneur is waiting to work on your legs while Seamus works his magic in the kitchen, preparing a satisfying and nutrient-dense dinner.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Asciano, Collalto, Trequanda
    Accomplished: 26 miles / 43 km, elevation gain: 623 meters
    Accommodations: Podere Ferranesi

  • Day 2

    An Epic Day on Amiata

    There’s an epic day ahead beginning with the climb to Mount Amiata, one of the area’s most dominant landmarks. At 1,738 meters, this dormant volcano turns into a ski area in the wintertime, with an access road to reach the runs. As a cyclist, you’ll soon understand why this road is a must-ride. At the top, we’ll warm up and refuel in a gem of a restaurant, then cruise a straight 22 kilometers to the bottom. From here, you can either complete the loop back to our villa or transfer and reserve your legs for another day.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: San Quirico, Castiglione d’Orcia, Seggiano, Abbadia San Salvatore
    Accomplished: 55 miles / 90 km, elevation gain: 2,205 meters
    Longer Option: 83 miles / 136 km, elevation gain: 2,858 meters
    Accommodations:  Podere Ferranesi

  • Day 3

    The Crete Senesi

    Today we tackle a classic loop over the low, cypress-punctuated hills of the Crete Senesi. This area is historically known as the breadbasket of Siena, an identity that comes to life as we pedal up and down the ridges of open grassland. You may also recognize the region as host of the Strade Bianche each March, particularly when we cross the race route multiple times. Return to the villa in time for lunch by the pool, recover with a massage from the soigneur, then join Seamus in the kitchen for a firsthand look at how he conceives and crafts another cyclist-friendly dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Asciano, Monteroni, Buonconvento
    Accomplished: 48 miles / 79 km, elevation gain: 1,432 meters
    Accommodations: Podere Ferranesi

  • Day 4

    Cinematic Val d’Orcia

    Another day, another beautiful ride through the parts of Tuscany beloved by Hollywood as blockbuster backdrops. First up is Montepulciano, recently featured in Twilight and Masters of Florence, then out into the Val d’Orcia, where Gladiator’s iconic wheat field scenes were filmed. Our last stop is for lunch is Pienza, the setting for The English Patient. Dine on the terrace of a former cloister before completing the loop back to our villa. This evening, our friend Vittorio welcomes us into his home and cellar for a tasting of his wine, followed by dinner right next door at a charming local restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Montepulciano, Montichiello, Pienza
    Accomplished: 48 miles / 79 km, elevation gain: 1,415 meters
    Accommodations: Podere Ferranesi

  • Day 5

    Roman History and a Brunello Renaissance

    This morning will find us pedaling past the Abbey of Monte Oliveto, onto the ancient Roman road, the Via Cassia, and up to the perched town of Montalcino. Nearly abandoned during the post-war economic boom, Montalcino has enjoyed a renaissance due to the popularity of Brunello wines that, by law, can only be produced here. We’ll ride the entire length of this now-famous wine region, climbing up to Castiglione d’Orcia before looping back home via San Quirico. A post-ride lunch and massage are a welcome reward. Tonight, we’re treated to a truffle-themed dinner at a hole-in-the-wall osteria.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Montalcino, Castiglione d’Orcia, San Quirico
    Accomplished: 51 miles / 83 km, elevation gain: 1,555 meters
    Accommodations: Podere Ferranesi

  • Day 6

    Chianti Loop

    No trip to Tuscany is complete without a visit to Chianti. To get there, we’ll ride one of the most-photographed roads in the world, once again crossing into Strade Bianche territory. You’ll know you’re in Chianti when the wheat fields give way to vineyards and deep, cool forests. At our friend Max’s innovative bistro in the village square, we’ll pause for lunch before finishing the ride home through Rapolano. Tonight, our final dinner celebrates a successful week—prepared with love by Seamus.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Montaperti, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Rapolano
    Accomplished: 52 miles / 85 km, elevation gain: 1,255 meters
    Accommodations: Podere Ferranesi

  • Day 7

    Farewell

    It’s your last day in Tuscany, so how to spend it is up to you: sleep in, or elect to take a final ride through the surrounding hills. Your guides will return you to the Chiusi train station, bidding you farewell as you head on to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: San Giovanni d’Asso, Chiusi

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrival / Departure

Airport City: Rome or Florence, Italy
Pick-Up Location: 11:00am at the Chiusi Train Station

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2018Single Supplement From: $950

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region in ideal riding locations
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, and 6 cyclist-friendly dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Nutritious energy snacks, hydration, and shakes to support endurance and recovery
  • Local wines and beer with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line Cannondale carbon fiber road bike
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS with pre-programmed route maps

Support

  • Expert bilingual guide with extensive cycling experience and local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Laundry service provided mid-week
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Additional Inclusions

  • Daily massage by pro-team soigneurs
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