Tahoe Wilderness Medicine and Thomson Bike Tours bring you Tuscany. Smooth roads, beautiful scenery, challenging climbs, and historical sites and vineyards.
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Guest Reviews for this trip
Incredible scenery, riding, safety, food, hotel, town. The staff at the hotel fantastic. The routes amazing. I would love to see a social afternoon/cultural event to add a little local flavor to the week. You could do a cooking class (optional), visit to a winery, castle or olive oil. Lots of cool options in Tuscany.
Trip leaders with some encouragement arranged alternative last day—riding into Siena along Strada Bianche race route. Then we had lunch in Campo plaza in Siena. That ride was amazing: road, gravel, Siena views then 20% climb into Campo. We appreciate the extra effort to allow for world class finish to trip
This was an outstanding trip. Radda was a great choice of a location as it is small, intimate and picturesque yet had shops, restaurants etc. The hotel was first class, great location and clean. The dining setting was sublime with its view of the valley and outdoor atmosphere. Food great, meals took a while but I understand, it’s Italy! The riding was fantastic, great roads, minimal traffic and quite challenging terrain. I underestimated it a bit as there were no huge climbs but the continuous nature of the up and down was quite a workout. And of course the scenery was breathtaking. With nothing modern in sight you felt transported back to the Middle Ages with villas and castles on distant hilltops surrounded by vineyards. Thomson guides were first class. Chris ran a great trip and Dani, Saul and Lilbert each encouraged me to finish rides strong. Did I mention I enjoyed the trip? I give it six stars on a five star rating system.
I was so inspired I crashed so we could have a demo of cycling first aid
I have just finished my first dedicated supported bicycle trip. Thomson Tours provided the ultimate support. We had small manageable groups, each supported by a support van and a guide. Everyone of the crew was an accomplished cyclist and they knew when to teach and when to leave us to the climb, which was of course frequent. Although the rides were planned and ridden in advance, they were also amenable to ideas and equanimous under pressure. The food and accommodations were five star, knowing just what to provide and when. The rental Canyon bikes were excellent especially with the electronic shifting with all the hills. I realize that it is difficult to go wrong in Tuscany and Chianti, but we saw other bike tours with large groups with stragglers who appeared lost because the groups were so large. Our guys kept an eye on us and never left us to figure out an important turn in the road on our own. I was also impressed with the cliental that Thomson Tours attracts. Although we had two groups, everyone was intelligent, personable, and a good rider. I feel that I have made some new friends. Thanks for the experience. I feel that the price of the trip was definitely appropriate to the services provided. I’m looking forward to my next trip with Thomson Tours!
Thomson put on a great tour through Tuscany. How fun to ride a week and have all of the details sorted by a top notch staff.
Known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy and its influence on high culture, Tuscany is also one of the most beautiful places to ride in Italy.
This trip takes you on an intensive week of riding through the Chianti region of Tuscany, including some of the famous Strade Bianche or un-paved “white” roads.
You will be staying in Radda in Chianti at a fully refurbished manor house from the 1700s, complete with heated outdoor pool, its own ancient wine cellar and restaurant with panoramic terrace. This beautiful location means you will be able to completely unwind in the evening over a glass of Italy’s finest red wine.
Physicians and other medical professionals who engage in wilderness activities, who counsel individuals who take part in such activities, or who are likely to encounter illness or injury in remote or resource-limited settings.
We do offer a non-CME course option which is available for non-medical participants to enjoy the trip with a medical professional registered for the course. The non-CME option does not include the Summer Wilderness Medicine training and education and is priced at $4,320 USD. Please let us know after booking if you would like the non-CME option.
- Introduction to Wilderness Medicine
- Wilderness Patient Assessment
- Heat Related Illness
- Wound Management and Burns
- Drowning/Submersion/Dive Injuries
- Bites, Stings, Animal Attacks
- Cold Related Illness
- Wilderness Trauma - Case Based Workshop
After attending this conference, the participants will be able to:
- Demonstrate increased awareness of medical problems unique to the wilderness and austere environments
- Prevent, diagnose and manage illnesses or injuries in the wilderness and/or remote location
- Promote increased awareness of safety and accident prevention in wilderness surroundings
The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8- AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, LLC. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Hour for hour instructor based California Continuing Education credits are available for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
For more information about Tahoe Wilderness Medicine, click here.
Welcome to beautiful Tuscany!
Our trip starts at Florence airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the transfer to our hotel in Radda in Chianti.
After lunch, an orientation meeting, and bike build-up, we’ll head out on an afternoon warm-up ride through the Chianti vineyards.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 9:00am - either at Florence Airport or at the Hilton Garden Inn Florence Novoli
Our ride today focuses on the Chianti region, famous for its wine and rolling hills. After leaving our hotel in Radda we’re quickly climbing through the vineyards that belong to the famous Poggerino winery. More short, steep climbs follow as the ride continues through Lucolena, Greve in Chianti and Castellina in Chianti.
The road continues through vineyards and typical Chianti landscapes before the final climb through Lecchi in Chianti and back to our hotel in Radda.
Chianti is home to the L’Eroica Vintage Gran Fondo which features the famous Strade Bianche gravel roads. We couldn’t come to Chianti and not include an opportunity to ride these famous roads.
So today, our ride follows the “percorso corto” route of the L’Eroica with a total distance of 79km, most of it on gravel!
Those who prefer a longer ride can attempt the “percorso medio” (135km) or the “percorso lungo” (209km).
Today we explore the hills on the eastern edge of Chianti. Our first climb takes us up to the Castello di Brolio, one of the most famous castles in Tuscany - believed to be where the recipe for Chainti wine was invented. After a short stop at the castle our route continues on a loop around the eastern border of Chianti.
Eventually we arrive at the town of Mercatale Valdarno which signals the start of the 8km climb to Monteluco. From Monteluco it’s downhill just about all the way to our hotel in Radda.
Tuscany is so overwhelmingly beautiful that it is hard to pick out places that delight above all others.
Today we’ve chosen two places that are exceptional, even for Tuscany: the town of San Gimignano and the medieval, walled town of Monteriggione. We’ll have short stops in each location to give you a chance to discover these magnificent towns - and enjoy a gelato!
A tough finale
Our last day in Chianti and we’ve saved a tough ride for last. We’ve already ridden to the south, west and east of Radda, today our ride takes us north towards the city of Florence.
Save your legs for the final 40km which features no less than 4 climbs. Enjoy!
Unfortunately, our trip must come to an end. Our shuttle will take you to Florence Airport, arriving at approximately 9:00am.