2022 Val d’Orcia and Elba Island, September 19 to September 26
- Dates: 19/09/2022 - 26/09/2022
- Tour length: 8 Days, 7 Nights
- Start / End: Pisa Airport
- Terrain: Vineyards, Coastal, Rolling Hills and Steep Climbs
- Price Per Guest:
$5,600 per person double occupancy
$800 Single Occupancy Supplemental Fee
10% Discount for returning guests
- Non-Cycling Guest: $4,600
- Sold Out
The first 4 days of this tour will take us to the Val d’Orcia where we will cycle through the famous hill towns of Montalcino, Pienza and San Quirco d’Orcia. We will also climb Monte Amiata a beautiful and challenging mountain. We will savor the beautiful forests and rolling grasslands of this magical area. The local cuisine will be paired with Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino wines.Here you will savor the breezes from the sea and the coolness of the forests in the surrounding mountains.
Our accommodations will be at Fattoria Pieve a Salti. Farmhouse with restaurant, spa, horse riding, outdoor pool, indoor pool, conference center, tennis, biking, natural truffle zone for the famous white truffle of the Crete Senesi.
The Fattoria Pieve a Salti is nestled in the rolling hills of Siena, in a beautiful natural setting, rich in history, art and sacred traditions. Its houses, inside the old village overlooking the surrounding hills, offer you hospitality in comfortable rooms with bathroom or typical apartments of various sizes .
The Estate was originally a summer residence of the Diocese of Arezzo IV century b.c. with the adjoining Pieve Farm and village dating back to the 17th Century; with more than thirty years of passion for this land, the Prandi family has created a paradise where you can enjoy the best of “Vita Toscana”, the great organic food from our farm and excellent wine; distinguished by the silence and relaxation that embrace your stay and touch your heart.
On day 4 we will transfer to Villa Ottone on the island of Elba for three nights. The hotel is immersed in a botanical oasis that ensures its tranquility and privacy. A natural environment of absolute prestige at the foot of the Castello del Volterraio, which overlooks the sea and Portoferraio from above. An elegant but at the same time less formal design characterizes the Rooms and Suites of the Hotel, all provided with large balcony or habitable terrace.
We will cycle around the coastal areas of the island as well as inland routes.
The Essentia Hotel Villa Ottone’s wellness center in Portoferraio recalls the ancient rituals of Middle Eastern hammams and the elegance of the Custom Zone Comfort Zone. Soft lines and delicate colors make the Hotel Villa Ottone’s boutique Beauty Center Essentia a haven of well-being. The entrance to the Wellness Center is located in the splendor of the secular park of Villa Ottone Hotel. From Turkish bath to Reiki, from Thai massage to the techniques that draw on the oldest roots of Ayurveda with Shirodara, Abhyangam and Swedana.
For our non-cyclist guests we will be happy to organize guided activities such as, hiking, cooking class, winery visits, cultural tours and shopping.
Food & Wine
Tuscany, like all the regions for Italy, is known for its exquisite food and wine. Below are some examples of the foods and wines we will enjoy on the tour.
FOOD: Olive Oil, Pecorino Cheese, Pici Pasta, Black and White Truffles, Cinghiale (wild boar), Cinta Sinese Pork, Seafood, Rabbit, Chianina Beef, Organic Produce, Salumi
WINE: Vino Nobile di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Rosso di Montalcino, Sangiovese, Morellino di Scansano, Super Tuscans, Vernaccia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Vin Santo
Former Professional Cyclist
Marco has an impressive resume including stage victories in the 1992, 1993, and 1994 Giro d’Italia and overall winner of the 1993 Tour de Suisse. He has also been Directeur Sportif of Team Landbouwkrediet-Colnago and Team Crelan-Euphony from 2002 to 2013. Marco has been a race commentator of the Giro d’Italia for Gazzetta Dello Sport Radio, Eurosport Television, and has had his own show, The Coach, on the Bike Channel. Marco is currently a commentator for the Italian network RAI Sports for several races including the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Strade Bianche to name a few. He was part of the RAI 2020 Tokyo Olympics commentary team for the cycling events. He is affectionately know as Il Commissario. In addition to all of his accomplishments in the world of professional cycling, Marco is a great guy with a beautiful family. We are honored to collaborate with Marco. He brings a slice of cycling history to share with our guests.
Marco is married to Lela and they have two children, Martina and Giacomo.Close
Daniele started bicycle racing at 8 years old and turned professional at age 24. He competed in the Junior category for various teams and secured several victories. His professional cycling career started with Alexia and after 3 years he participated in his first Giro d’Italia where his teammate Paolo Savoldelli won the tour. For the next 10 years, he rode with Lampre and was part of the team that participated in Michele Scarponi’s victory of the 2011 Giro d’Italia.
He has always played a support role for Lampre and participated in five Giro d’Italia, five Tour de France, four La Vuelta a Espana, Tour of Flanders, Amstel Gold, Coppi e Bartali, and the Tour of Poland. In the 2004 Giro d’Italia, he won the Piaggio Trophy for the most miles cycled by any participant that year. Literally, he has cycled almost all over the world in most of the races of the World Tour. In 2013, he retired from Lampre as a rider and subsequently was a Director Sportive with with UAE Team Emirates. He is currently a Director Sportive with Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli.
Daniele is married to Francesca and they have two children, Chiara and Alessandro.Close
Massimo had a short career as a professional cyclist then joined his father, Mario, at the Cicli Boglia bike shop near Milano. He also appeared on the Bike Channel with two time Giro d’Italia winner, Paolo Savoldelli. Massimo brings with him great experience as a cyclist along with his perpetual smile and acoustic guitar.
Massimo is married to Francesca and they have a daughter, Olimpia.Close
Founder & President
I combine nearly 30 years of experience in international logistics planning with a quarter-century of cycling experience in Italy. My expertise allows Willie’s World Cycling to offer some of the finest cycling tour experiences in Italy. From the choice of simple elegance and intimacy in accommodations, to the delectable regional cuisine of carefully chosen local chefs, (we) my wife Margarita and I impart international style and pay careful attention to detail.
I accompany every Willie’s World Cycling tour, sharing the extensive knowledge I have gleaned from 25 years of cycling in Italy. This storehouse of information includes: Italy’s premier cycling regions, scenic wine-growing regions and small wineries, unique and private accommodations, and fine regional cuisine.
Prior to establishing Willie’s World Cycling, I spent 29 years in cross-border logistics services along the U.S.-Mexico border. Throughout my business career, I have focused on providing my clients with the very best in professional and personalized service. I have instilled this commitment to the client into the values of Willie’s World Cycling.
I have been an avid cyclist for more than 35 years and regularly start my day cycling up and down Mount Lemmon, a 6,800-foot climb from my home in Tucson, Arizona. Fluent in English, Spanish, and Italian, I have a great passion for the cycling, food, and wine unique to Italy, and take great pleasure in sharing that passion. I am a believer in the health benefits that flow from regular exercise such as cycling, fresh and wholesome local food, and fine wine. A consummate host, I make certain that each of my cycling tours inspires treasured memories.Close
Beatrice lives in Verona and spends much of her time helping manage four family hotels.
She has been riding bicycles since the age of 10 and had a professional career with Northern Italian teams. She continues to race as an amateur and loves races with climbs. Fortunately, we have plenty of climbs on our tours.
Bea also collaborates with 2002 and 2005 winner of the Giro d’Italia Paolo Savoldelli, Alessandro Ballan and Marco Saligari on the Sky Network Bike Channel. She loves being around nice people and sharing her passion for cycling and life. That sounds like a perfect fit for Willie’s World Cycling, doesn’t it? We are truly blessed to have Bea as part of our team.Close
Monday, September 19
We will pick you up at the Pisa Airport at 10:00am and drive to Fattoria Pieve a Salti.
After lunch final bike adjustments. Ride from Pieve a Salti to Abbazia di Monte Oliveto to Chiusure to San Giovanni d'Asso to Tonieri to Pieve a Salti. 42.81km and 601m elevation gain. Dinner at Pieve a Salti
Tuesday, September 20,
After breakfast Pieve a Salti, Montalcino, Seggiano, Castiglione d'Orcia, San Quirico d'Orcia to Pieve a Salti. Pack lunch. 95.27km and 2,037m elevation gain.
Dinner at a restaurant in Buonconvento.
Wednesday, September 21,
After breakfast Pieve a Salti to Buonconvento to Torrenieri to San Quirico to Monticchiello to Montepulciano to Petroio to Castelnuzio to Montisi to S. Giovanni d'asso to Pieve a Salti, Lunch on the road. 83km and 1,487m elevation gain.
Dinner at Pieve a Salti
Thursday, September 22,
After breakfast Pieve a Salti to Asciano to Monteroni d'Arbia to Murlo to Pieve a Salti. Lunch on the road. 61km and 1,079 meters elevation gain. For those that would like extra kilometeres we will add another 40km and 593m of elevation gain which will include about 10km on the Strade Bianche, for a total of 104Km and 1,672m elevation gain. Dinner at Pieve a Salti with a wine maker.
Friday, September 23
Transfer to Elba Island and rest day. Options are to relax, go the beach or both! Dinner at Villa Ottone.
Saturday, September 24,
After breakfast Villa Ottone to the Vincenzo Nibali training route. Lunch on the road. 78km and 1,317m elevation gain. Visit Porto Azzurro for shopping and dinner.
Sunday, September 25,
Villa Ottone to Elba Island Coastal Route. Lunch on the road. 58km and 1,110m elevation gain. Dinner at Villa Ottone.
Monday, September 26,
Transfer to Pisa Airport.
**Please book return flight after September 26
$5,600 U.S. Dollars per cyclist Double Occupancy
$4,600 U.S. Dollars per non-cyclist Double Occupancy
$800 U.S. Dollars Single Occupancy Supplement
10% Discount for returning guests.
4 cycling guides and van support
Lodging 7 nights
Wine pairings with dinners
Wine tastings as part of the tour
Colnago Bicycle (Guests are responsible for any damages)
Cycling kit (jersey and shorts)
Snacks and water on bike rides
Cycling guide, driver, and mechanic services
Tips for cycling guides
Travel and cancellation insurance. (Consult with your travel agent)
Any rental car or train service you may use outside of tour activities.
Any purchases of a personal nature including bar and hotel mini-bar and purchases at the hotel bar.
Any incidental expenses associated with non-cycling activities, such as cost of guide, museum entry fees, spa services, archaeological site entry fees, etc. Guides for non-cycling guests will be charged based on the activities the guests desire and are paid directly to the guides. Guide fees range between 200 and 300 euros plus tips per day.
A *non-refundable deposit of $1,000 per person must be paid in order to assure availability of hotel rooms. At the time of deposit please advise Willie of the type of room you desire to determine the total cost of the tour. The balance is to be paid in full 60 days before the start date of the tour. Tour prices are based on double occupancy per cyclist or non-cyclist. A single occupancy supplement applies to those traveling alone and requesting their own room. If your party includes a non-cyclist, please notify us when you submit your deposit so we can put you in contact with our tour guide to plan stimulating and rewarding activities while cyclists are on the road.
Please note that a check or wire transfer is preferred. We also accept, ZELLE Quick Pay or Apple Pay. We do not accept payment by PayPal.
Willie’s World Cycling prefers payment by check payable to:
Willie’s World Cycling LLC
4231 E. Pontatoc Canyon Dr.
Tucson, Arizona 85718
Wire transfers, Quick Pay or Apple Pay please contact us.
Our prices are in U.S. Dollars and are based on exchange rates in effect at the time of publication. While we make every effort to avoid adding surcharges, Willie’s World Cycling reserves the right to do so should the U.S. Dollar lose substantial value against the Euro.
After your deposit is received, you will be sent more information regarding the sizing for your bicycle, liability waiver, and general information that will be helpful for your visit to Italy.
We recommend obtaining travel or trip cancellation insurance. Please speak to your travel agent for further assistance.
Willie’s World Cycling reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason. We will refund any payment received by Willie’s World Cycling which will constitute full settlement.
Although we make every effort to contract the very best in outside services, we do not guarantee services provided by third parties.
Please make sure you have a valid passport.
We count on our clients to ensure they are healthy and adequately fit for this tour. This tour is rated Activity Level C – Challenging.
Deposits are non-refundable if a guest cancels. If the guest signs up for a tour during the year of the cancelled tour or the following year then the deposit will be credited to the tour. After 1 full year the deposit is forfeited to Willie's World Cycling. Final payments are not refundable. Exceptions to this policy will be considered in cases of illness or family emergency.
45 Days or less: Cancellation charge of 100% of the total cost of the tour.