† 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.
and you can request to participate in this ride.
This is the fixed based cycling trip in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, a BAC classic. The trip is being offered again this year by Stephen and Linda Kiel.
Our routes are in a region of Tuscany called the “Costa Degli Etruschi” (Etruscan Coast), an area rich in history, known for its vineyards and wineries, a producer of premium olive oil, and a favorite area for cyclists. Our routes will take us past the many wineries on La Strada Del Vino during the exciting harvest season, and through the hilltop towns of Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci, Sassetta, Suvereto and Montescudaio, to name a few. We will visit, tour, and have lunch at an olive grove during one of our rides. The Aurelia Highway running through nearby Donoratico was first built during Roman times. We will ride past pre-Roman Etruscan archaeological sites as well. An annual bike race that runs each February, the G.P. Costa degli Etruschi, shares some of the roads that we will be riding as well.
You may walk, bike, or take a short bus ride from the hotel to numerous shops in Donoratico to include quaint coffee and pastry bars, banks (ATMs), a book shop, clothing stores, grocery stores and a supermarket. The local bus service stops close to the front of our hotel. If you choose to stay close to the hotel there are nice shops and places to get a bite to eat, a gelato, or an Italian Espresso.
RIDE RATING: 2B
The weather is Mediterranean. September weather in Donoratico and surrounding areas ranges from highs in the mid 60's to mid-70's. Low temperatures range from the mid 50's to mid-60's. Average wind speed is 5 MPH, and average rainfall is less than 1 inch.
LODGING AND MEALS
The trip begins and ends at the Hotel I Ginepri in Marina di Castagneto Carducci near Donoratico, Italy, which is in the Tuscan region along the Mediterranean Coast.
The train station Donoratico-Castagneto Carducci is about 3km from the Hotel.
Airport Pickup and Drop Off
If you wish to arrive early or decide to stay in Italy after the trip there are several sightseeing possibilities that you might want to investigate. Some possibilities would include Pisa, Florence, San Gimignano, Siena, Volterra, Lucca, and Livorno. The drive (or train) to Rome is approximately 3 1/2 hours. Another popular destination is Cinque Terre, a series of 5 seaside villages within a National Park directly on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region of Italy, very close to the city of La Spezia.
If you wish to take a day trip during your stay, taking the train to Florence, Pisa, or Lucca is a possibility, as well as Elba Island via ferry. The train station is a short distance (2 miles) from the hotel in the town of Donoratico. Local bus service is available from our hotel. Note we will have a day off in the middle of our stay which will offer the option of a short, day trip in the area, or you can also simply take a bike ride on a route of your own design. Car rental is also available.
You may bring your own bike with you or avoid the worry about your bike altogether by renting. We can suggest a bike rental agency we have used for several years that will include, as a part of their service, delivery and pick up of the bikes directly at the hotel. Arrangements for bike rental must be made directly with the rental company. Additionally, there is a local bike shop in Donoratico for shopping or repairs.
Whether you rent or bring your own bike, the safety and mechanical integrity of the bike is the individual rider’s responsibility.
The Ride Leaders will publish a web page with detailed information about bike rentals, route descriptions, and a calendar of events. Tuscany on the Med 2019 link to web page:
COST AND ADMINSTRATION
Included in the estimated price of $1650 per person, double occupancy, based on an exchange rate of 1 Euro to 1.30 US Dollars)
Note: The non-refundable BAC Ride Registration Fee of $100 is not included in the $1650 cost of the ride. Depending on currency exchange rates, there may be an adjustment in the amount of the final payment.
SINGLES & SOLOS POLICY
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 ride and given until 2 weeks from the date of signup to find a roommate. If they are unable to find a roommate, they will have the option to receive a full refund (minus the BAC fee and payment processing fee). Singles who are signing up as roommates are asked to send an email to the Ride Director indicating which participants are rooming together. The Ride Leader will assist by attempting to match singles who apply for the ride. The number of Solos (a single person in a room) is limited due to room availability. The single supplement fee for Solos is $300. Solo supplement payments need to be sent to the BAC office. Checks should be made out to “BAC” with a notation of the tour name included on the check. They should be mailed to: Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998, San Diego, CA 92193.
The BAC ride registration fee and payment processing fee is not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled. Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report 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 remaining on the tour. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
RIDE PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY
Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders 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 Ride Leader. While on the ride, support your Ride Leader 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 Leader informed of any special request you may have and respect the Ride Leader’s decisions.
To submit a request to join this ride use the "links" displayed above this Ride Description. When you are accepted, the Ride Leader will move you from the Waitlist to the Pending List. At this time you will receive an email notification to login to the BAC website to sign the release of liability form and pay the non-refundable BAC ride registration fee ($100) and the initial tour deposit of $1000 by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. Final payment of $650 will be due on April 1, 2019. To contact the Ride Leader, "click" the name at the top of this Ride Description.
If you have questions about the ride, please contact the Ride Leader listed above.
Ciao and Happy Cycling!
Stephen and Linda Kiel
Bicycle Adventure Club
PO BOX 23998 San Diego, CA 92193
Telephone (858) 715-9510 firstname.lastname@example.org