About the Tour
Our unique and exclusive Italy Cycle Xperience Tours - which have been designed for cycling clubs in particular - The 7 night tour start from mid February until end of November. Our tours have been specially designed to be very flexible - please drop us a line! We can accommodate mixed groups - cyclists and non cyclists if desired. You will find us very willing and ready to be of assistance in planning a cycle experience of a lifetime in every possible way.
Our tours are unique in that teams of cyclists, with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20, will be collected on arrival at the airports of Pisa/Florence/Bologna/Rome and Perugia. This service is courtesy of a coach with individual's cycles in travel bags, or if you prefer, you can have the option of renting a bike, which Italy Cycle Xperience will personally organise, having provided advance notice. Groups will be transported directly to their accommodation, as well as returned to the airport for their departing flights. This greatly spares any hassle and stress that so often accompanies trying to catch a train/bus to the destination in a foreign country with all the language problems that can arise.
Cyclists can relax and look forward to the beautiful accommodation in Cortona, Tuscany at 19 century Villa Nobile and the cycling adventure that lies ahead in the stunning Tuscan and Umbrian countryside. We are based in Cortona, Tuscany and that makes life a lot easier for you !
Mission Statement - We are committed to ensuring ICX Tours attains the highest level in making sure that your cycling experience tour is enjoyable, memorable and successful.
Packages for Non Cyclists
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We also can cater for your non cycling friends or partners with specifically designed packages that would include cooking lesson, spa day, wine tasting tour, a visit to 1 or 2 medieval hill towns and take in the culture and of course retail therapy to just relaxing at the beautiful pool at Villa Nobile and its grounds. Prices on request,
Arrival at 19th century Villa Nobile, Cortona, after having been collected by coach from the airport. There will be a briefing, bike fitting and details of the week's itinerary of the ICX Tour. Depending on arrival time, either lunch or 3 course dinner will be available at the villa.
Etruscan-medieval Cortona, sitting high on its hill at 1000msl at the top and made famous for the film Under the Tuscan Sun Stunning views of the Chiana valley as pedal and meander up to the top, passing the beautiful Santa Margherita Sanctuary, patron of the city, and Girifalco Fortress. Coffee break in Cortona at one of its many cafe bars. Continue riding into the forest clad hills and mountains and much needed pasta lunch at Ristorante Mencuccio near Citta di Castello.
Mystical Lake Trasimeno, Umbria- nestled between rounded hills and olive groves and true natural paradise, home to wild ducks, cormorants, kites and kingfishers. Coffee break at Castiglione del lago - the 12 century Pentagonal castle known as the Fortress of the Lion which lines the shores of the Lake. Mostly flat terrain that covers a distance of 64 miles and 2616 elevation. Time out for lunch at Passignano, where there are spectacular views of the lake.
Montepulciano and Pienza - One of the most beautiful regions of Tuscany is the Val d'Orcia - which is a UNESCO world heritage site and it will seem you will be driving through a postcard with cypress lined roads, This route has a lot of gentle undulating which is enjoyable on a bike especially with the spectacular views to savour. The route covers 54 miles/elevation 4215 ft. Coffee break at Montepulciano with brunch at Pienza - famous for its Pecorino cheese and Porchetta - roast pork with herbs. Pienza was created the ideal city by Pope Pius II in 1405 and hard not to see why!
A rest day and will include an afternoon visit to a local winery for tastings and to hear about the famous Tuscan wines from this region, namely Vino Nobile from Montepulciano and Brunello from Montalcino. In the morning you will be dropped off in Cortona for shopping/sightseeing for a few hours. After the wine tasting - back to Villa Nobile for a barbecue!
Giro Cornetto Route - This route includes a 3 hill climb over a distance of 100 miles into the mountains and forests with an elevation of 7280 ft. Stopping at Castiglon Fiorentino for coffee - a medieval hilltop town which lies between Arezzo and Cortona, Tuscany, enjoy the surroundings - a stunning renaissance loggia which frames fantastic views of the Val di Chio. Half way through the route, a great and hearty pasta lunch will be served at Ristorante Mencuccio near Citta di Castello. There is also a route covering 70 miles and a 2 hill climb - pasta lunch again at Ristorante Mencuccio. - see Trestina 2 Route
Tuoro - Located on the northern shore of Lake Trasimeno and site in 217 BC of the biggest ambush in history when Hannibal defeated 15,000 Roman army after travelling over the alps on elephants. Coffee break at Passignano with stunning views of the lake. The route encompasses 3 hill peaks, and distance of 60 miles and elevation of 4633 ft. Lunch stop will be at Tuoro on the hill, with fabulous views over the lake.