Explore Tuscany's most beautiful roads in signature Rapha style.
For Rapha's most indulgent mix of spectacular riding, world famous wines and gourmet cuisine, Tuscany has it all. Enjoy this gentle and easy-going Randonnée though the Italian heartland for a chance to experience cycling at its very best.
Single occupancy — A$8,000 per person
Let us challenge and inspire you, and fuel your passion for cycling. Using our vast experience of road riding and our love of the history of the sport, we have created Rapha Randonnées: point-to-point itineraries in cycling’s classic territories, and in select destinations across the world. Take on mythical climbs in the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites, or cycle the road less travelled through the beautiful landscapes of Japan, California or Corsica. Whichever you choose, you will experience the same levels of service and support. Rapha Travel team cars and experienced guides will be on hand with local knowledge, a morale-boosting chat or a full bidon every pedal-stroke of the way. And, at the end of the day, you’ll simply hand your bike over to our mechanics, who will return them in top condition the next morning. In the evenings all you have to do is enjoy your appointment with our pro-level soigneur, sample the regional wines and cuisine, and relax in our carefully chosen accommodation.
Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included
Single occupancy as standard - Double occupancy on request only
Randonnées are a real challenge, often climbing the same cols used in the biggest races in the world. But because they’re fully supported, they can be enjoyed by everyone from veteran riders with years of experience to relative newcomers who have put in the training and committed themselves to achieving something special.
*Please note that all routes are subject to change depending on local conditions.
|Day 0, Arrival Day The sights of Lucca|
|Day 1 Lucca to Castelfalfi||63km||800m|
|Day 2 South to the Palio di Sena||85km||1600m|
|Day 3 Strada Bianche to Bagno Vignoni||87km||1500m|
|Day 4 Bagno Vignoni to Castel Monastero||95km||1400m|
|Day 5 Chianti Classico country||75km||1500m|
|Day 6 Mangaicane to Montecatini Terme||70km||1000m|
|Day 7, Departure Day Farewell Breakfast|
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An early afternoon arrival to Pisa airport to be greeted by a member of the Rapha Travel team, followed by a short transfer to our hotel in Lucca. We’ll spend some time exploring this historic Tuscan city, whilst our pro mechanics set up everyone’s bikes for the week - whether Canyon hire bikes or your own. Relax and enjoy some of the region’s finest food and wine during our first dinner together.
A genteel start to the week heading south from Lucca circumnavigating the Monte Cascetto then crossing the agricultural plains of San Donato. We gain some altitude via the gradual wooded slopes of Chiecinalla to arrive at our hotel for the night in Castelfalfi.
The second day of this Italian adventure takes us deeper into the rolling hills of the region, meandering through the back roads of the Riserva di Castelvecchio towards our rest point for the evening in Siena. Be sure to take a stroll through the labyrinth of streets and gasp upon the Piazza del Campo, the site of the world famous, and quite bizarre, horse race Palio di Siena.
We continue our journey south from Siena. In contrast to yesterday’s riding we move away from the wooded areas to a classical Tuscan vista of undulating vineyards and stunning hilltop villages. Some sectors of Strada Bianche (white roads) make for a truly memorable day.
The Queen Stage of our Randonnée takes us back towards the north, with stunning views of Monte Sante Marie. With the hard work done in the early part of the day, enjoy winding descents towards our hotel for the night. A special dinner awaits.
Continuing north, we pass through the Chianti Classico region, world renowned for producing award-winning wines. Take some time in the medieval town of Radda in Chianti and enjoy the amazing ceramics of the area.
Our final day of this spectacular ride takes us to the west of Florence through some of Tuscany’s most iconic landscapes. But for a couple of minor bumps in the road, today’s ride will feel suitably relaxed, a fitting way to conclude a week of inspiring cycling, food, wine and good company.
After a leisurely breakfast, transfers to Pisa airport will be available throughout the morning where your Rapha Travel team will bid you a fond farewell, until the next time.
It truly was an adventure and a testing one at that. Your companionship made the trip pure pleasure. To sit and eat (steak after steak after steak) and laugh with you all after what were very challenging days will make the trip live long in my memory. Our greatest thanks goes to the Rapha Travel Team. Thank you Ben, Greg, Joe and Francois. I know it's very calm on the surface but I also know that so much goes on behind the scenes. Not only on the trip but back in the office as well. I knew what to expect. But even knowing that my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much guys.
— Randonnee Pyrenees rider, July 2016
The team.. James, Nico, Vicki and Livio just blew my mind and exceeded my expectations. They were sooo patient even at my lowest energy point when I perhaps wasn't at my finest the team was always there for me!
— Randonnee Dolomites, July 2016
We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.
All our trips are physically demanding, but some are harder than others. Randonnées and Cent Cols Challenges are among the toughest, and Retreats are among the most relaxing. Our guides, soigneurs and mechanics will support every rider to go beyond their usual level of riding. Each individual trip is rated for difficulty, and each trip type page gives rough guidelines on who the trip is for, to help you decide if it’s right for you.
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Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)
Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175
Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)