To give you an idea of exactly what goes on in the day of a Solo Bike tour we have included an account of a typical day in both Tuscany and the Dolomites. This includes an itinerary for riders and non-riders.  We have so many riding photos on our site that we have decided to include photos that depict some of the post-ride activities!

Day 4: Brunello Trail: 100km
From 8am: Breakfast 

Guests are free to arrive at breakfast at their own leisure. Enjoy a buffet breakfast of local specialties including fruits, pastries, eggs, cereals, drinks etc. 
9.15am: Pre-ride meeting to discuss itinerary for the day.
9.30am: Depart for ride (non-riders depart at 10am)
1pm: Group Lunch in winery
5pm Approx return to estate 
5-7pm: Free time. Relax by one of the two spectacularly placed pools, visit the wellness centre, have a hit of tennis or read a book in one of the many tranquil settings on the estate.
7.30pm: Dinner Group dinner in the estate’s ristorante, cooked by chef Antonio. The food here is incredible and comes with award-winning wines made from the estate. Our only complaint from guests is “too much food”!! 
Today’s ride is into the heart of the World Heritage listed landscape of the Val d’Orcia. The route takes us to visit the ancient thermal village of Bagno Vignoni; tranquil castle topped village of Castiglione d’Orcia; and Monastery of Sant’Antimo – one of the most beautiful in Italy. The day’s itinerary includes a memorable lunch. Immersing within a small cellar of a local ‘Brunello’ producer, we enjoy local food products along with the legendary wine of Montalcino. Non-riders: Will visit the ancient thermal village of Bagno Vignoni then onto the Montalcino, the home of some of Italy’s most famous wines where you will explore the town and wines. Following Montalcino you will visit the Monastery of Sant’Antimo before meeting the riders in a small cellar of a local ‘Brunello’ producer for lunch (including fabulous wines). Meals: B, L, D
One of Solo Bike’s ardent Tuscan enthusiasts writes about his day from the above itinerary:
Last day in Tuscany saw us cycling the roof tops of the Tuscan country side. 100 km with 1,700 m of climbing with two climbs of 10km.
The objective was the Cellar of a home in Castiglione d’ Orcia where a 2008 bottle of Brunello waited.
We went via the thermal village of Bagno Vignoni and númerous hill top villages. I think the General (Darren) saved the best to last.
After drinking a bottle of 2008 Brunello and eating the best meal that the region has to offer in the Cellar, the Captain attempted the 9 km climb to Montalcino. Darren insisted with riding with the Captain to finish him off for the day!
Did I mention the scenery?
After gelato at Montaclino 40 km to Trequanda with the Captain dropped completely leaving Iron Mike to save the MCCC honour.
A wonderful day to finish our tour of Tuscany.

The Captain: Lindsay Harvey

DAY 8: Mont Sciliar & Alpe di Siusi: 100km
From 7.30am: Breakfast: Guests are free to arrive at breakfast at their own leisure. Enjoy a buffet breakfast of local specialties including fruits, pastries, eggs, cereals, drinks etc. 
8.45am: Pre-ride meeting to discuss itinerary for the day.
9.00am: Bike Departure from Hotel; non-riders depart for guided hike
2.30pm: Non-riders return from hike
5pm: Approximate arrival time back at hotel
5-7pm: Free time to explore local village, get a massage, enjoy the wellness spa or just relax 
7.30pm: Dinner in hotel restaurant: Dinner as a group in the restaurant. Here we enjoy a 4-course meal of local specialties.
Riders: Today’s ride passes under the peaks of the Sciliar national park. Enroute we are privileged to breathtaking views of the grasslands of the Alpi di Siusi, Europe’s largest Alpine plateau. The ride also includes 3 Dolomite Giro d’Italia passes: Passo Nigra, Passo di Costalunga, and Passo di Sella.  Our drivers and buses will be with us for the rides so there will be ample opportunity to take a break if needed. Lunch will be together in a typical mountain ristorante.
Non-riders: Enjoy a half-day private guided hike of the area with a local guide.  This includes a leisurely walk in this magnificent and famous hiking territory, history, legends and folklore..and a walk and talk around Castelrotto.
Meals: B; D