E-MTB Tour Tuscany

RIDE INTO THE GOOD LIFE ON THIS E-MTB TOUR TUSCANY, ITALY

In the coastal hills of Tuscany, a fierce pride for local tradition meets a growing passion for embracing the new. The result? A spectacular, week-long E-MTB tour in Tuscany, riding on coastal and island singletrack, and indulging in the most fabulous food + wine, and generous hospitality that this region of Italy has to offer.

With our expert local E-MTB guides on-hand to share their pride and passion, you’ll discover how past and present come together to create the good life in Tuscany!

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Fitness level: 5/7
  • 7 nights / 8 days
  • £2,195 / $2,964/ €2,634
  • Max. group size: 8

Euan, Catherine and Douglas spent a week working hard riding trails, sampling local dishes and wines, and soaking up the sunshine to gather photos and video of our Tuscany E-MTB adventure. You’re welcome…

Trip Highlights

  • Experience past and present working in harmony in this vibrant community
  • Immerse yourself in island life riding the rust-red trails of Elba
  • Stay in a beautiful agriturismo, complete with private pool
  • Discover the incredible network of trails built by our local guides
  • Indulge in the finest Tuscan cuisine and world-class wines
  • Pedal on natural singletrack along the Tuscan coastline
  • Enjoy an espresso in the piazza of Massa Marittima

Tour Dates 2023

  • 16 – 23 September
  • 7 – 14 October

Private groups

Travelling as a group of friends or family? Contact us to create your own private trip.

Is this e-mountain bike tour Tuscany for you?

We want you to have the best experience in Italy, so it’s important to be sure that this is the perfect E-MTB tour, with the right level of challenge, for you.

You’re a regular e-mountain biker, riding once a week through the season and comfortable on: long double track climbs; singletrack descents with some tight corners; loose, rocky singletrack; rooty forest trails. Read more on our intermediate skill level.

We have a fleet of full suspension e-mountain bikes available to rent in Tuscany, making it easy for you to travel to your E-MTB tour in Italy.

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E-MTB tour in Tuscany Itinerary

This e-mountain bike tour in Italy will immerse you in the rich culture, cuisine and landscapes of Tuscany. From the man-made singletrack around the hilltop town of Massa Marittima, to the burnt orange island trails of Elba, and rolling olive groves of the coastal inland.

+Arrival in Italy - refresh + prepare for your adventure

If you’re travelling a long way or across time zones to Italy, we advise arriving a day or two early to allow your body to adjust to local time and to make sure any flight or luggage delays don’t spoil your trip.

We will be happy to recommend a pre-trip hotel at Rome Fiumicino airport.

+Day 1 - Welcome to Tuscany! warm-up ride

Your guide will meet you at your airport hotel at 09:00am and transfer you to your beautiful home-from-home in Tuscany. Your accommodation is a renovated 18th-century farmhouse in the grounds of an olive grove, complete with its own private pool and bike room.

When we arrive we’ll have a delicious lunch of Tuscan favourites where your guide will go through the all-important pre-trip briefing, answer any questions and lay out all of the highlights of your week under the Tuscan sun.

Suitably fed, we will get everyone fitted on their e-mountain bikes and head out straight from our accommodation on our first warm-up ride on Tuscan trails. Our ride will take around 2 hours and will give you the opportunity to get tuned into your bikes, warm up your legs after travel and to get acclimatised to the trail style and environment.

This evening’s dinner will be a feast of delicious local food and wine in one of our guides’ favourite restaurants in the old town of Massa Marittima. Salute a tutti!

Distance cycled: app. 15km (app. 2 hours)
Accommodation: Charming agriturismo, Massa Marittima
Meals included: Lunch


+Day 2 - Local trail heaven - Monte Arsenti

After a typical Tuscan breakfast we will start our first big day of riding directly from our accommodation. Our destination today is Monte Arsenti, and the astounding network of fantastic singletrack trails that have been built on this mountain by your local guide team.

These trails are just perfect for E-MTBs and your guide will craft the perfect day for you on these trails, showing you the best lines and combination of trails, so that you get the most fun out of your ride and time on each side of the hill.

After a few trails we’ll stop to have a special kind of lunch on trail at the ‘meeting hut’ buried deep in the forest. Your support guide will have kindly prepared this for you before you arrive, with some great music playing and the smell of coffee hanging in the air, it is Italy after all.

After lunch we will slowly winch our way back up to the top and the viewpoint overlooking your accommodation and the valley that reaches all the way to the coast.

What goes up must come down, and as we reach the valley bottom on our way back to our agriturismo we’ll stop at Massa Marittima for a leisurely walk around the town and an aperitivo.

We’ll have time to freshen up at the lodge before heading back to Massa for another delicious meal in a local Osteria.

Distance cycled: app. 30km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Charming agriturismo, Massa Marittima
Meals included: B, L

+Day 3 - Lago dell'Accesa - hidden history + wine tasting

Now that we’re fully settled into Tuscan life and have had a good taste of the riding here, we’re going to venture a bit further into the interior of the region and take on a full-day adventure ride, steeped in history, to Lago dell’Accesa Archaeological Park.

The area around Accesa Lake has been excavated, periodically, since the 1980s, and remnants of ancient settlements, tombs and metallurgical activity have been found. It’s also said that the lake submerged a whole town.

After a morning of tremendous riding we’ll stop for lunch at a gorgeous agriturismo and sample their produce to re-fuel for the remainder of our ride.

We’ll end the day in true Tuscan style at a small enoteca where we will get to taste a selection of their wines, accompanied by some delicious local bites, over-looking the vineyards and cypress trees. Our shuttle will be ready and waiting to take us back to our home-from-home when we’ve had enough!

Dinner this evening will be a more chilled affair at a local pizzeria, where you can eat as much or as little as you want.

Distance cycled: app. 40km (app. 5 hours)
Accommodation: Charming agriturismo, Massa Marittima
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 4 - Piombino - coastal singletrack + medieval forts

After our big pedalling day yesterday we have a bit of an easier start, and can enjoy that second coffee under the breakfast canopy before we set off with a 30-minute shuttle to the town of Piombino.

Once here we’ll ride on two different hillsides, stopping at the centuries-old hamlet of Populonia for a delicious lunch in the middle. Populonia is a pretty medieval ‘borgo’ sitting within a 15th-century fortress, built to defend the town from Barbary pirates. The view from the top is spectacular!

Your riding today is on a warren of singletrack trails that criss-cross these hills hugging the cliffs of this rugged coastline. Ever-present in the distance is the impressive Elba Island, your destination tomorrow.

You will be joined today by a local guide to this region, he is the architect of the trails, and he also knows the best bays to go swimming, so pack your swimming clothes!

When we get back to your accommodation you can relax as we’re having dinner here this evening, in their restaurant set amongst the olives.

Distance cycled: app. 30km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Charming agriturismo, Massa Marittima
Meals included: B, D

+Day 5 - Mini-adventure Elba island

Today we start our adventure on the Island of Elba. We have a short transfer to the ferry terminal at Piombino, then we can relax and enjoy the 1-hour sail across the channel to Elba, spotting other islands in the Tuscan Archipelago, and Corsica further in the distance.

You’ll arrive in the hustle and bustle of Portoferraio, the main town of Elba, but we’ll soon leave that behind as we drive inland to the start point of our first of two island rides.

Nature and history co-habit amicably here on Elba, with ancient fortresses and more recent remnants of the mining industry peppering the mountains and bays of the island. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled here on Elba between 1814 and 1815, when he was, briefly, sovereign of the island before escaping back to France.

We’ll be riding above Capoliveri, using our E-MTBs to follow the rugged coastline around the south of the Island, we’ll climb high above the town to reach the trails that take you through the long-forgotten mine trail networks that cross the island.

Spectacular views across turquoise waters will accompany you for most of this ride, contrasting with the deep red of the earth beneath your tyres, stopping off in hamlets that dot the landscape throughout this landscape.

As we finish off our ride at our island accommodation for the night, we can settle down to a glass of wine while watching the sun set on another perfect mountain biking day in Tuscan heaven.

Distance cycled: app. 35km (app. 5 hours)
Accommodation: Small agriturismo, Elba island
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 6 - Arrivederci Elba + afternoon at the pool

Our Elba adventure isn’t over just yet. We’ll take on another awesome ride this morning, exploring the west part of the island and enjoying the singletrack there, with views over a secluded harbour with the odd super yacht moored up.

You’ll ride a completely different terrain from yesterday, a little bit more technical and rocky, that will take you from the high point of the Island all the way to the sea with crazy scenery that seems to go hand-in-hand with this part of the world!

We’ll have just enough time to enjoy our last island lunch before catching the ferry back to the mainland.

This afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure beside the pool, strolling through the olive groves, or enjoying a massage at the wellness centre. It’s up to you.

We’ll have dinner at another of our favourite restaurants, after our relaxing afternoon.

Distance cycled: app. 25km (app. 3 hours)
Accommodation: Charming agriturismo, Massa Marittima
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 7 - More Monte Arsenti treats - your choice

On our last day of e-mountain biking in Tuscany we’ll take you back to the Monte Arsenti area for another chance to ride your favourite trails of earlier in the week. Back to something you know, taking the unknown out of the equation, you’ll have some plain, old good fun with your new crew of riders and friends!

Lunch will be in a typical osteria close to the trails so that, after lunch, we can head back to your Tuscan home-from-home in time to pack, remove pedals from rental bikes and freshen up before dinner, which will be a big celebration at our favourite local steak house in Massa.

This will mark the perfect end to our week of living the good life riding e-mountain bikes in Tuscany with your newly found friends and locals, but we are pretty sure this won’t be your last visit to the area… it gets into your blood!

Distance cycled: app. 30km (app. 4 hours)
Accommodation: Charming agriturismo, Massa Marittima
Meals included: Breakfast

+Day 8 - Departure

Sadly, today we must bid our farewells. We’ll pack up our belongings and transfer you back to Rome airport for your flight back to reality, but packed full of memories and flavours from this stunning part of the world.

We would ask you to book your return flight for no earlier than 14:00 on departure day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: Your E-MTB tour in Tuscany is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail conditions, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Italy and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience on our e-mountain bike tour Tuscany.

+Tour price

E-MTB Tour Tuscany Price

£2,195 GBP / $2,964 USD / €2,634 EUR per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

Price includes:

  • Services of professional, English-speaking expert e-mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in a charming Tuscan agriturismo
  • 1 night’s accommodation in a guest house on Elba
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • Return ferry tickets to Elba island
  • All ground transport throughout the tour
  • All group safety equipment
  • Airport/ H+I recommended hotel pick-up on day 1 and drop-off on day 8 of tour (specified times apply)
  • Global Rescue medical and evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned as included
  • International/ domestic flights
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • E-MTB rental – we can arrange rental of a good quality full suspension e-mountain bike at a cost of £330/ $445/ €396 for the week
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry services
  • Single supplement* £420/ $567/ €504 (subject to availability)
  • Tips in restaurants and hotels
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned as included

*Single supplement is only applicable if you are travelling solo and do not wish to share a room with another rider of the same sex. If you’re happy to do that, you need not add the supplement.

H+I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe.


+Skill + fitness levels required

Does this sound like you? our vacation time is precious and we want to be sure that you’re making the most of it with the perfect e-mountain bike tour.

On our E-MTB tours the e-bike is not a skill or fitness compensator. It is an aid to exploring the world, riding further, or giving you that one final run down a trail that we might otherwise have missed.

During our e-mountain bike tour in Tuscany you will deliver around 75% of the effort required on an average day and your E-MTB will help you with the other 25%. You will occasionally encounter terrain or a situation where you will need to run the bike in Boost mode for short periods. Most of your ride will be spent between Eco and Trail modes, sitting in Eco mode on most climbs to manage your battery life through the day.

Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.

Skill level: Intermediate

  • You have been e-mountain biking regularly for at least two years
  • You can brake, use gears and corner with confidence
  • You have good e-bike handling skills, and are confident riding rough double track and non-technical singletrack
  • You are competent at riding undulating trails with moderate climbs and descents on both double and singletrack, but tend to get off and walk technical singletrack sections
  • You e-mountain bike approximately twice per month throughout your biking season

Fitness level: 5/7

  • You have a good level of bike fitness, exercising at least three times every week throughout the year, for an hour at a time
  • You can ride an e-mountain bike for up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three or more consecutive days
  • You can tackle two or three fairly significant climbs a day, up to 600 metres each

Typical trails you’ll be riding

  • The trails on our E-MTB tour Tuscany are a mixture of man-made singletrack trails through forests and along the coastline, and natural ‘rustic’ ancient walking paths
  • Double track: undulating and sometimes steep forest tracks, made up of a mixture of hard-packed and loose surfaces, and quiet country roads
  • Singletrack: you will encounter some roots, fixed and loose rocks, and loose, sandy singletrack
  • The surface will most likely be very dry and loose
  • Trails in the forest will have roots crossing them and may be narrow through the trees


+Arrival + departure details

Your E-MTB tour in Tuscany will start and end in Rome.

Your e-mountain bike tour Tuscany will start on day 1 at your H+I recommended hotel at Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino airport. Your guide and/or driver will meet you in the hotel lobby and he will be holding an H+I Adventures sign.

The trip will end back at Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport on day 8, and we ask you to book your return flight for no earlier than 14:00 that day.

Ideally, you should arrive in Rome the day before the tour start date, to allow for any flight/ luggage delays before the start of E-MTB tour Tuscany.

On arrival we will transfer you by private shuttle to our fabulous home-from-home at an agriturismo near Massa Marittima, complete with its own private pool.


+Travelling to Tuscany

Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport is well-served by international airlines, including: British Airways, American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Qantas, EasyJet and Ryanair.


+Preparing yourself + your bike for your adventure

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your E-MTB tour in Tuscany, so that you have everything you need!

The ideal bike for our e-mountain bike tour in Tuscany is a good quality full-suspension e-mountain bike with around 140mm of travel front and rear.

If you are flying to Italy we can arrange rental of a good quality full-suspension E-MTB for the duration of your trip.

To get the most out of your e-mountain bike tour in Tuscany you should plan some training in advance of your tour.


+Your e- mountain bike guides in Tuscany

Our local e-mountain bike guides in Tuscany are of the very highest standard. They are qualified in first-aid, and have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely around coastal and inland Tuscany.

Our guides have years of experience in the saddle on their home trails and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna. They’re also genuinely nice people and will do their best to make sure that everyone in the group has a great time.

Meet your expert e-mountain bike guide in Tuscany, Francesco.


+Accommodation + food

We understand that when you’ve had a big day in the saddle in Italy, you want a warm welcome, hot shower and a comfortable place to relax and unwind – because that’s exactly what we’re looking for too.

The accommodation we use on our E-MTB tour in Tuscany is family-owned and operated. We’ve spent time researching these areas extensively to select the most comfortable and authentic accommodation in the region, and we have carefully planned the itinerary around these.

You will spend six nights in a beautiful Tuscan ‘agriturismo’, surrounded by olive groves and complete with its own private pool. There is also a wellness centre, indoor swimming pool, and two restaurants on the estate.

You’ll also spend one night in a small agriturismo on the Island of Elba.

Another highlight of our Italian adventure is the abundance of exceptional local food and drink you’ll enjoy in every town and village along the way. Tuscany is famous for its exceptional local food and wine, and you will be spoiled by an abundance of delicious home-cooked dishes, in a variety of different restaurants and ‘osterie’.


+Health + safety

There are no specific vaccinations or anti-viral medication required for travelling to Italy.

It is wise to carry basic medicines such as paracetamol or aspirin for fever and pain and Pepto-Bismol for stomach upset.

You should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

Your health and safety is on tour our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.

+Currency + foreign exchange

The currency in Italy is the Euro. Most international credit cards will be accepted in main towns, but for meal expenses etc. in smaller towns and villages it is advisable to carry cash.

TIPPING

It is not compulsory to tip in Italy, however if you have had a fantastic experience on your E-MTB tour in Tuscany with us, we suggest a tip of 5% of the cost of your tour should be paid to your guide at the end of the trip, which will then be divided between all drivers, support staff and fixers.


+Travel insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for e-mountain biking and we advise that you take out a policy which covers trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage.

We work closely with WorldNomads who specialise in adventure travel, and you can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.

Please note: Our e-mountain bike tour in Tuscany is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in Italy and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible on our E-MTB tour in Tuscany.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs) E-mountain bike tour in Tuscany

  • Q. How many people will be in the group?

We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, so we only have a maximum of 8 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our E-MTB tour in Tuscany is 6.

  • Q. Is this e-mountain bike tour in Tuscany for a novice?

In short, no. This E-MTB tour in Italy is designed for reasonably experienced riders who can mountain bike on varied terrain/ singletrack, and have been using e-mountain bikes for a few years.

  • Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?

Our e-mountain bike tour Tuscany caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 65-years-old.

  • Q. What style of e-mountain biking vacation is it?

This E-MTB tour in Tuscany is a guided e-mountain biking tour, ideal for intermediate e-mountain bikers. Riding here, in coastal Tuscany you’ll ride for between 4 and 6 hours per day. The trails are generally very dry and loose, with most climbing done on double track and descents on varied singletrack.

  • Q. How far will we be e-mountain biking each day?

The distances we cover each day range from 20km to 45km, in accordance with the difficulty of the terrain. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s e-mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

  • Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?

No, you only need to carry a 16 litre day pack with you whilst riding. On your mini-adventure to Elba island you will be able to have an overnight bag with you in the van.

  • Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?

Your guide will be very happy to give you some e-bike skills advice during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your e-mountain bike tour in Italy. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s an e-mountain biking holiday!

  • Q. Who will be guiding us?

Your e-mountain bike guides are local to this part of Italy and experienced professionals who have a real passion for e-mountain biking and for the culture and landscape of Tuscany. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. Meet your e-mountain bike guide in Tuscany…

  • Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

On this e-mountain bike tour in Italy you will be able to make yourself comfortable in a traditional Tuscan agriturismo, surrounded by olive groves and with its own private pool. This will become your home-from-home in Tuscany. You will also stay in a small agriturismo on the island of Elba for one night.

  • Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?

All breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner are included in the tour price.

  • Q. What type of e-mountain bike is best for the trip?

A good quality full suspension e-mountain bike with 140mm travel will be ideal for this E-MTB tour. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you will feel more comfortable on a full suspension bike for the duration of the trip.

If you are planning on flying to Italy and therefore cannot travel with your own e-bike, we have a fleet of full suspension e-mountain bikes to rent in Tuscany.

  • Q. What will the weather be like in Tuscany?

The weather during our E-MTB tour in Tuscany will typically be dry and sunny, with daytime riding temperatures around 22C/70F to 25C/72F. We have scheduled our mountain biking adventure at the best times to e-mountain bike in Tuscany. The climate is very temperate and not too hot, as in the summer months.

  • Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?

Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your E-MTB tour in Tuscany.

  • Q. Can I bring a drone with me?

Unfortunately not. We are working hard to provide each and every customer who rides with us an unparalleled e-mountain bike experience in every destination we ride. This takes years of experience, riding and planning to get right, and a drone adds a very real danger to the group’s riding experience and health & safety.

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