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Tuscany in the Spring 2019

  • Arrival
  • 5/23/2019
  • Departure
  • 6/2/2019
  • Ride Director
  • George Hall
  • Ride Co-Director
  • Duncan Williamson
  • Starting Location
  • Donoratico, Italy
  • Finishing Location
  • Donoratico, Italy
  • Estimated Cost †
  • $1350
  • Deposit
  • $500
  • Number of Riders
  • 40 (min. 26 /max. 40)
  • Space Available
  • 0
  • No. of Pending Riders
  • 0

Ride Rating

2B  Warning - Read the Description Carefully

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† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.

Ride Description


Cycle the beautiful Tuscan countryside......10 nights, 9 days of cycling. The Ride Director has led this trip several times before and has cycled these roads numerous times. This is a FIXED BASE TOUR, so each day we return to the same hotel.


* 3 star cycling friendly hotel located near Donoratico, Italy, near the beautiful Tyrrhenian coast. 50 miles south of Pisa.

* Per person double occupancy room for 10 nights and 9 days (see solo supplement up-charge below).

* Daily continental breakfast.

* Dinner (Tuscan cuisine) each evening to include wine & water.

* Pickup and drop off at the Pisa airport (PSA). Travel time to/from the hotel is approximately 1 hour.

* Evening business meeting & Happy Hour prior to the evening meal.

* Commemorative article of cycling clothing.


The ride is rated 2B which translates to 35 to 50 miles with 1500-2500 feet of climbing. One ride will exceed 2500' of climbing. All roads are paved and well maintained with light traffic. You will pass numerous olive groves and vineyards on your daily travels. Each small town that we pass through will have inviting coffee shops & cafes. 11" x 17" cue sheets will be mailed by USPS. Digital GPS files will be sent by email. Both will be provided in advance of the start of your trip.


The May weather for this area is an average high of 75 degrees and the average low of 52 degrees. Average rainfall for the month of May is 4 inches.


Our 3 star cycling friendly hotel Zi' Martino ( ) is set on the edge of the town of Donoratico and is serviced by the local bus system which will take you to the marina, bike shop, train station and local shops & cafes located in Donoratico. The bus pickup and drop off location is next to the hotel. The Tuscan style hotel is equipped with TV, Wi-Fi and air conditioning. An outdoor pool is also provided for your comfort.

A continental breakfast will be served each morning. Breakfast will include cereal, yogurt, fruit, homemade cakes, coffee, juice & tea. Dinner each evening will be a varied 4 course meal and will include wine & water.


The tour starts on May 23rd 2019 in Donoratico, Italy before dinner and ends in Donoratico, Italy after breakfast June 2nd 2019.


Bus transportation will be provided for you, your luggage and bike case. Pickup arrival date is May 23rd at 3:00pm from the Pisa airport (PSA). Drop off departure date to the Pisa airport (PSA) from our hotel is June 2nd 2019 at 8:00am.


Within the town of Donoratico there is a great bike shop ( ) that will meet all your personal needs. They have an excellent service department as well as a large selection of cycling attire.   


If you prefer not to bring your own bike, the Ride Director can suggest a bike rental agency that includes as part of their service, delivery and pickup of the bike at the hotel. Arrangements for the rental bikes must be made directly with the bike rental agency and are solely the responsibility of the tour participant renting the bike. The bike rental company offers road, hybrid, & E-bikes.


We have organized rides for 4 straight days (Fri, Sat, Sun & Monday ) and the 5th day (Tuesday) will be a rest day. After our rest day we will resume organized rides for 4 straight days.  Prior to or after our cycling tour you can visit  Elba, Pisa, Florence, San Gimigano, Siena, or Cinque Terra or Rome by train or bus. There are local car rentals agencies in the area for day hire, but advanced reservations are required.      


Donoratico can be reached from our hotel by biking or taking the local bus. There are numerous shops, cafes, and ATM's. The train station is located in the center of town if you decide to visit other areas on your rest day.


In addition to the $100.00 non-refundable BAC ride registration fee, the estimated tour price is $1350 USD per person based on double occupancy. The tour price includes the items listed in the INCLUDED IN THE PRICE section above. Price is based on the average exchange rate of $1.25 USD to 1 Euro. Balance of $850 is due March 1st 2019. The solo supplement upcharge of $400 will be due at that time. The solo supplement payment must be sent via check made out to BAC to the BAC office (Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998, San Diego. CA 92193) and must include a notation of the tour name and dates. The balance of $850 which is due on March 1st, 2019 may be adjusted depending on the exchange rate at that time.


SINGLES ARE WELCOME!!!! It is recommended that singles who want a roommate try to find their own. However, after receipt of the initial deposit, a single without a roommate will be placed on the trip and given until January 1st 2019 with a full refund (minus the BAC fee and payment processing fees) or pay the $400.00 solo supplement and stay on the ride. If a single pays the supplement, they may continue to seek a roommate, but must plan to participate without a roommate if necessary. The Ride Director will assist by attempting to match singles that apply for the ride. Note that we have a limited number of single rooms available. 


The BAC registration fee and payment processing fees are non refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled. Refunds of the tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up and on the costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour participants will not incur any additional costa as a result of the cancellations. If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the cancelling participany can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense reports are completed. If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped, the cancelling roommate may also be liable for the solo supplement fee of the roommate on the tour. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.


Please remember that BAC Ride Directors are volunteers and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support. Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles. All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour. We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from the Ride Director. While on the tour, support the Ride Director with offers to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation and clean up. Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour. Please keep the Ride Director informed of any special request you may have and respect the Ride Director's decisions.


To submit a request to join the ride use the "links" display above the Ride Description. When you are accepted, the Ride Director will move you from the Wait List to the Pending List. At that time you will receive an email notification to login into the BAC website to sign the release of liability form and pay the non-refundable BAC ride registration fee and $500 tour deposit online by credit card. As soon as your credit card is processed, you name(s) will be added to the Participant List. To contact the Ride Director, click the name at the top of this Ride Description.

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