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Strade Bianche

The Famed White Roads of Tuscany

These white, dusted roads are home to one of pro racing's biggest dates, with steep climbs and full blown attacks at every bend.

The Strade Bianche of Italy are truly something special. In addition to live race action, the region's rolling vistas and fine wines make this a must-see destination. Try your hand at the challenging “Terre di Siena” Gran Fondo with full support from our world-class guides. Then on race day, watch the dust-covered pro riders finish their 200km campaign from the comfort of the Trek Travel exclusive viewing area under Siena’s tall spires.

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Day
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Day
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Today's Ride:

Siena Loop
Approximately 35 miles with 3,545 feet of climbing

Description:

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Hotel Albani in Florence at 11:00 AM. A one hour shuttle 
will bring you to Hotel Athena in the beautiful town of Siena, your home for the next four nights. After a light lunch your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips before familiarizing you with your Trek Domane to ensure a comfortable fit. Then it's time to take to the open road and warm up your legs as you spin through rolling woodlands and enjoy your first expansive Tuscan vistas. Tonight we'll enjoy a social hour and dinner overlooking the picturesque valleys below.

Hotel:

Hotel Athena
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Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
2
Day
2

Today's Ride:

L'Eroica Gaiole Loop
Approximately 50 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

L'Eroica Short Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

L'Eroica Gaiole Avid Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 6,000 feet of climbing

Description:

"Strade bianche" is Italian for "white roads," and today we'll test our wheels on these famed routes for the first time. The name comes from the color of the dry limestone gravel that lifts into a fine white dust under Tuscany's summer sun. We will ride on the traditional L’Eroica course, which starts in the town of Gaiole and covers some of the most beautiful roads in the area of chianti, winding among historic vineyards leading to the cypress-lined entrance of Castello di Brolio. You'll feel like a pro today as our guides support you in a battle against the same steep climbs that challenge the world's best. Tonight we will join the Trek-Segafredo team for an aperitivo and get a firsthand race report to cap off this exciting, once-in-a-lifetime evening.

Hotel:

Hotel Athena
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner


Day
3
Day
3

Today's Ride:

Bike around the race course

Today's Activity:

Live Race Viewing at the finish of the UCI "Le Strade Bianche"

Description:

Today you will spectate racing like a true Italian cycling fan. The 122-mile Strade Bianche race begins in San Gimignano, finishes in Piazza del Campo, and includes 28 miles of white gravel roads along the route. We will start our morning on bikes and get to the first gravel action, where we will wait for the women's race to pass by and then we will continue to see the pros on another gravel section. After the on-course viewing, we continue our ride back towards Siena, where we will enjoy lunch, soak up the race atmosphere and watch the last sections on TV at our exclusive Trek Travel viewing spot. Then it's time to watch the finish unfold in the center of Siena at Piazza del Campo. Tonight, this beautiful town is yours to discover and to enjoy a dinner at your leisure.

Hotel:

Hotel Athena
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch


Day
4
Day
4

Today's Ride:

Strade Bianche Gran Fondo
Approximately 77 miles with 4,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Strade Bianche Medio Fondo
Approximately 54 miles with 3,200 feet of climbing

Description:

Did all of that live race action give you inspiration to test your own legs? Today is your chance to tackle this Tuscan classic at the Terre di Siena Gran Fondo, a dusty challenge you can choose to ride for time or at your own pace. We will begin in the center of Siena for the start of the Gran Fondo where you will pin on your number for a true Italian cycling adventure. Much of today's terrain is featured in the Strade Bianche itself, which means this course has the gravitas of a pro challenge. The finish line is at Piazza del Campo where a huge crowd welcomes the arrival of all participants. Tonight we will dine together in the hotel restaurant and relive the day over a hearty dinner.

Hotel:

Hotel Athena
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Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day
5
Day
5

Today's Activity:

Departure

Description:

It’s sadly time to bid farewell today. Rise bright and early this morning to make the most of the stunning light and watch a bright new day rise over the Tuscan countryside. Or choose to linger awhile over a hot cappuccino and enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel. After breakfast the group will shuttle back to Hotel Albani in Florence.

Included Meals:

Breakfast


Dates & Pricing

The earlier you book, the greater the rewards

We reward our guests with lower pricing and more dates to choose from the earlier you book. Rest assured, once you book, your price and date are guaranteed.

2018


Mar
1st - 5th / 5 days / 4 nights
$2999 / Person, $500 / Single Occupancy
Guaranteed *

What is Single Occupancy?

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself.

Hotels

Stay at Hotel Athena on a Strade Bianche pro race bike tour

Hotel Athena

Siena, italy

This 4-star hotel is nestled among the heart of the old town, with the Cathedral and Piazza del Campo only steps away. It has been designed with luxury and rustic sensibility in mind, as each room comes equipped with a range of modern amenities. Enjoy panoramic views of the Tuscan countryside from a rooftop terrace adjacent to the hotel bar.

What's Included

We Include More

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that’s how we help you create more memories.

  • Gratuities for all scheduled special events, restaurants, hotels, local guides and transportation during your trip.
  • Private tours
  • Entrance fees to all group events and activities
  • All transportation during the trip, including private coaches
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • In every region we travel, we uncover the area’s best, and most delightful accommodations. On our Strade Bianche trip, you will stay in an historical and charming palace, situated in the center of medieval town of Siena.
  • Daily breakfast, 4 lunches, 2 social hours, 3 dinners, and all snacks and drinks for each day
  • On our Strade Bianche trip in Tuscany, the cuisine is characterized by fresh, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a simple, classic style.
  • The knowledge, support, and camaraderie of experienced guides
  • Daily route support
  • Paper route guides also available upon request
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • The use of a Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting
  • The use of GPS cycling computer
  • The use of Bontrager bike helmets and other gear and equipment to make your ride comfortable
  • Trek Travel water bottles
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Contact us for details.
  • Trek Travel Bontrager RL jersey and cycling socks
  • Trek-Segafredo team kit and customized Road ID

Thank your Guides, by tipping

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

FAQs

Trip Changes

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

  • Rider Type | 3&4
  • Average Daily Mileage | 50
  • Terrain | Hilly
  • Average Daily Elevation | 5,000 ft

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Strade Bianche is best suited for Type 3&4 Riders. The terrain is consistently rolling, with quiet, narrow, and winding roads. The Strade Bianche course is on gravel roads with steep climbs. See Itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Enjoy the atmosphere of the race
  • Discover why Tuscan wines and olive oils are so renowned during our private wine-tasting
  • Discover centre of Siena - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Enjoy gourmet Tuscan cuisine

The Italian say that March is “pazzerello“, “somewhat crazy“. It could be a proper winter month with cold, windy and often rainy days or the first month of spring, with warm and sunny days. Average temperatures range between 40-60F. High wind warnings are not unusual. Dress in layers, to be prepared for shifts between daytime and evenings and make sure to bring a wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your bike tour. We want to make it as easy as possible to do so and below you will find our timeline. If you ever have a question, just give us a call, 866 464 8735. Read our cancellation policy.

If you’re going we’re going on almost all our trips. Trips with 1 guest booked are guaranteed to run. Select trips like Cross Country, Race and Special Edition trips require a minimum number of guests to run and are not guaranteed until that number is reached. Contact your Trip Consultant for more details.

In the event that a departure has low enrollment, we will notify guests at 60-90 days before departure to give the option to select a different date with more guests booked. Please do not reserve airfare before confirming your Trek Travel trip.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start you will receive an email containing a trip start meeting location reminder and any last minute information that you will need to know before your trip. Once you arrive at your destination Trek Travel staff will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and provide you with daily route guides and a detailed map allowing you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

Please review our packing list page for more details.

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Meeting & Departing

How to get there

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Florence’s Amerigo Vespucci Airport (FLR). The Florence airport is about 3 miles from the town center. You can take a taxi (~20 euros) directly to the hotel, or a bus which departs hourly.

Rome and Milan also offer flight options. From Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO), you may take a direct train to Rome’s central station, Roma Termini. Follow the “Stazione/Railway Station” signs. Trains depart twice hourly. Tickets can be purchased at a Biglietteria office or from ticket machines. All tickets must be validated before getting on the train: do this by stamping your ticket at the yellow boxes near the platform. The ride takes 30 minutes. From Roma Termini, transfer to a train for Florence. The Eurostar trains depart frequently and are the quickest. The trip takes 1-1/2 hours and costs between 44-62 euros one way per person. In Florence, taxis are available to take you to your hotel. Taxi service is available from Rome Fiumicino Airport to central Rome for ~50 euros.

Hotel Albani | Florence, Italy

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hotel Albani (via Fiume, 12, 50123, Florence, Italy) at 11:00 AM on the first day of the trip. A 1 hour shuttle 
will bring you to the Hotel Athena in the beautiful town of Siena, your home for the next four nights. After a light lunch your guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific cycling tips before familiarizing you with your Trek Domane to ensure a comfortable fit. Then it's time to take to the open road and warm up your legs as you spin through rolling woodlands and enjoy your first expansive Tuscan vistas.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call the hotel and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.

Hotel Athena | Siena, Italy

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at the Hotel Athena. You’ll depart by private shuttle for Hotel Albani, Florence, arriving close to 11:30 AM. The hotel is a five minute walk from Santa Maria Novella train station where trains connect to many European cities. Please do not book seats before 1:00 PM to ensure enough time for arrival. The airport in Florence (FLR) is 3 miles from the city. You can reach it by train, taxi, or shuttle bus; please do not schedule a flight prior to 3:00 PM. Visit www.TrenItalia.com for train information.

Before & After: Florence, Italy

Florence is the majestic heart of Renaissance art and intellect. Several days can be spent wandering the streets in the shadow of Brunelleschi’s Duomo and strolling beside the Arno. Along with the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi gallery, a pillar of the Renaissance and Medici eras, merits a visit. Michelangeo’s David in the Galleria dell’Arte is not to be missed. Keep in mind while exploring Florence that opening hours vary and are quite often inconsistent. Different museums are open on different days and lines can be very long. It’s worthwhile to pay a few extra euros and pre-book your tickets—this will enable you to bypass long lines of visitors at the entrances. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel.

Hotel Palazzo Vecchio

This charming 3-star hotel boasts an ideal location in the heart of the historic center of the city, just steps away from the Santa Maria Novella train station. Built in the early 20th century and recently renovated to provide modern amenities,the PalazzoVecchio is the perfect choice for those seeking a comfortable and convenient option.

via Cennini 4, Florence | +39 055 212182 | www.HotelPalazzOvecchio.it | ~$130

Hotel il Guelfo Bianco

This patrician home of the 16th century is close to the old market in the heart of downtown Florence, just a short walk to the Cathedral and principal museums.This 3-star hotel recently re-opened its doors to guests after having undergone a complete restoration.The Renaissance architecture and the refined furnishings reflect the Florentine character.

via Cavour 29, Florence | +39 055 288 330 | www.IlGuelfoBianco.it | ~$190

Hotel Albani

Hotel Albani is a stately and impeccably restored early 20th century townhouse.A serene atmosphere completes the setting—perfect for those wishing to find an exclusive hideaway within walking distance of the Santa Maria Novella train station.

via Fiume 12, Florence |+39 055 26030 | www.HotelAlbani.it | ~$200


* Hotels listed above are local properties we love. We do not have special rates available.

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