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Italy

Tuscany Randonnée

5th - 12th August 2018

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 — SEK49,500 per person

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Who is it for?

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.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Randonneés include

  • Airport transfers (excludes Japan)
  • All meals including alcohol
  • On-road food
  • Daily massage
  • Laundry

Single occupancy as standard - Double occupancy on request only

How Hard is it?

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 Distance Climbing
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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Day 0, Arrival Day

The sights of Lucca

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.

Day 1

Lucca to Castelfalfi

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.

Distance

63km

Climbing

800m

Day 2

South to the Palio di Sena

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.

Distance

85km

Climbing

1600m

Day 3

Strada Bianche to Bagno Vignoni

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.

Distance

87km

Climbing

1500m

Day 4

Bagno Vignoni to Castel Monastero

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.

Distance

95km

Climbing

1400m

Day 5

Chianti Classico country

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.

Distance

75km

Climbing

1500m

Day 6

Mangaicane to Montecatini Terme

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.

Distance

70km

Climbing

1000m

Day 7, Departure Day

Farewell Breakfast

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.

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Customer Testimonials

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

So, you could say the odds were against me having one of the most rewarding and inspirational experiences of my life - yet that is exactly what the Randonnée proved to be.

— Rider, Randonée Corsica 2016

FAQ

Can I rent a bike?

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.

Am I strong enough for the trip?

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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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)