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The Tuscan Coast

Cycle into the heart of Tuscany’s fertile Costa degli Etruschi on this popular VBT itinerary.

  • 10 Days
  • 143 Reviews Recommended by 140 of 143 travellers
  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 18 - 45 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

The Tuscan Coast

Here, breathtaking vistas roll out before you, from the sweeping coast to sprawling farmland to hilltop castles. We’ll take it all in during exhilarating reels along stunning routes, including the wine road locally known as Strada del Vino. Along the way, get to know the Tuscan people who flourish amidst such beauty as we sample local wines and olive oils, share a meal in the home of a renowned expert in Tuscan cuisine, and experience the welcoming abbondanza spirit of two the region’s famed agriturismi.

Cultural Highlights

  • Savor tasty meals prepared by the world-class chef/owner of the Agrihotel Elisabetta
  • Taste the best varietals of the Agrihotel Elisabetta's wine cantina
  • Admire panoramic views and a picnic lunch at Casale Marittimo
  • View vineyards along the Strada del Vino, a beautiful wine road
  • Visit a renowned expert on Tuscan cuisine in her home and sample her delicious cooking
  • Sample olive oil at a family-owned mill
  • Cycle along one of the most picturesque routes in Europe, from Sassetta to Suvereto
  • Learn a few Italian phrases from our Trip Leaders
  • Relax on Tyrrhenian Sea beaches and in seaside towns

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance with the hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists.
Average Daily Mileage: 18-45 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2-5 hours

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels and two agriturismi
  • 11 meals – 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels and two agriturismi
  • 13 meals – 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Florence – 2 nights for only $395 • Post-trip: Rome – 2 nights for only $395

Both Vacation Options Include

  • FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
  • Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
  • FULL VAN SUPPORT
  • Daily route directions and maps
  • Welcome reception
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $365 | Land Only Single Supplement: $255

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. 2015 Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What's Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.

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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Florence

Depart the U.S. for Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

DAY 2: Arrive in Florence

Upon arrival at the Florence airport, a VBT local representative meets you outside the customs area and helps you transfer to your hotel. The representative will be holding a VBT sign.

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please have airport staff page our driver with your last name so they may be notified of your delay. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service. Our drivers are only able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands after which you would be responsible for your own transfer.

Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

At the hotel a local VBT representative will be available at a set time to answer your questions and offer an optional private guided walk to help you make the most of the city. You have the rest of the day free to explore, using VBT's City Information included in your Final Travel Booklet as your guide. Please note: To visit the Uffizi Gallery, you must make reservations in advance. To reserve online, go to www.florence-museum.com. For information on all Italian museums, go to www.italy-museum.com.

NOTE: Italian museums are closed on Mondays.

Hotel: Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci

DAY 3: Meet Trip Leaders in Florence / Transfer to Collemezzano

VBT No-Air Package guests: Your tour starts at 12 pm at our Florence hotel (Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci, via de' Tornabuoni 3, Firenze, phone +39 055 212645). Your Trip Leaders will be in the lobby wearing VBT staff garments. We will transfer by private coach to Collemezzano. During our transfer, the coach will stop so you can buy lunch. If your arrival at our Florence hotel is later than 12 pm or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi (approximately 60 minutes) at your own expense (approximately €100/$135 USD) to the Agrihotel Elisabetta. Also, if you are arriving from the city center, you must transfer at your own expense to the meeting point, which is centrally located. Contact the Agrihotel Elisabetta to advise of any travel delays or changes, and ask the front desk to pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package & Pre-Trip Extension guests: This morning, spend more free time exploring Florence's wonderful museums, shops and cafés. Discover the 14th-century Duomo, which serves as the focal point of Florence. Its structure and façade are symbolic of the Renaissance. Take a walk across the Arno River on the famous Ponte Vecchio and browse the shops of the goldsmiths and silversmiths who have replaced the butchers and grocers of centuries gone by. See works by Caravaggio, Botticelli, Raffaello and Rembrandt at the Uffizi Gallery. Or just relax and enjoy a cappuccino or espresso in the Piazza del Signoria and Piazza del Duomo, where Florence's art and history surround you.

At 12 pm, meet your VBT Trip Leaders in the hotel lobby. They will be easy to recognize as they will be wearing VBT staff garments. Once the entire group is assembled, we transfer by private motorcoach (approximately 1 hour) to Collemezzano. During our transfer, the coach will stop so you can buy lunch.

On arrival in Collemezzano, we proceed to the Agrihotel Elisabetta. This inviting accommodation and its smiling owner, Luigi, will surely enchant you. After settling in, meet your Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session before a short warm-up ride over gentle hills and past old farmhouses shaded by cypress trees. Later this afternoon, our gregarious host Luigi takes us on a guided tour of his wine cantina. Here, sample some of Luigi's varietals while sharing the day's stories with your small group. Dinner is at the hotel restaurant.

Hotel: Agrihotel Elisabetta
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 8.4 miles (13.9 km)

DAY 4: Explore Cecina and Costa degli Etruschi

Following breakfast, begin cycling in Cecina, a tiny village nestled between the sea and the mountains in Tuscany’s Costa degli Etruschi region—the Etruscan Coast. Ride through the rolling countryside, flanked by cypress trees and fertile vineyards, as you head to Casale Marittimo, one of the area’s several medieval hilltop towns. Once there, admire the medieval castle and the 12th-century Sant'Andrea Church before enjoying a delicious picnic prepared by your Trip Leaders.

Afterward, continue cycling downhill through the charming village of Bibbona, entering the fragrant Cecina pine forest as you head back to the hotel. This evening, spend the evening at leisure at Agrihotel Elisabetta where dinner is on your own.

Hotel: Agrihotel Elisabetta
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 15 or 33 miles (25.4 or 54.5 km)

DAY 5: Cycle Cecina Mare and the Strada del Vino

Begin your day by pedaling the Cecina Mare promenade en route to the Strada del Vino, one of the most beautiful of Italy's wine roads. Your route traces the Ornellaia vineyard to Bolgheri along gently rolling hills. Bolgheri is known for its Viale dei Cipressi, a cypress-lined avenue immortalized in the poem “San Guido” by Giosuè Carducci. You may want to stroll along this boulevard after enjoying lunch on your own.

This afternoon, shuttle to the Tombolo Talasso Resort, your deluxe hotel right on the Tyrrhenian Sea, or continue cycling on easy back roads. Whichever you choose, we gather together a bit later for a brief Italian language workshop with your VBT Trip Leaders. In the evening, enjoy a home-hosted experience in a typical Tuscan countryside house. Our host, Chicca, will cook dinner for us, and you are welcome to help and learn from her before enjoying the meal at sunset under the pergola. Chicca is the founder of Cooking in Tuscany, a culinary-gastronomic association that spreads traditional Italian and Tuscan cuisine in Italy and abroad. The goals of the association are to experiment with and research old traditional recipes, to use and emphasize typical products of the season, and to promote the culture and tradition of the region through the knowledge of local products. And, of course, to share the hospitality and warmth of an Italian family! Chicca will present a one-hour, hands-on cooking class, after which we will have the chance to dine on our own creations.

Hotel: Tombolo Talasso Resort
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 17 or 27 miles (27 or 41 km)

DAY 6: Visit an olive oil mill

After breakfast, continue riding along the historic Strada del Vino to the family-owned and operated Fonte di Foiano olive-oil mill. During our visit, we meet the Di Gaetano family, who lead us on a private tour of the press and workshop. Taste the oil during a degustazione (sampling) on the terrace. During your tasting, Michael Di Gaetano explains the differences among regions and how varied the flavors can be. Afterward, enjoy an included lunch—prepared by Michael himself, using organic and fragrant vegetables—on the farm grounds.

Then, we cycle on to our hotel, stopping at Daniela's great bicycle shop. Once you've returned, take free time to stretch out in the sand at the hotel's private beach or take a respite in one of the five thermal swimming pools at the Wellness Center. Tonight, your Trip Leaders can suggest a restaurant to try in the lovely seaside village of Marina di Castagneto. Dinner is on your own.

Hotel: Tombolo Talasso Resort
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 13 or 24 miles (21 or 38.4 km)

DAY 7: Cycle Sassetta, Suvereto and Maremma

Today's adventure from Sassetta takes you along one of the most picturesque routes in Europe. Cycling past cork and pine trees, medieval estates and fields of sunflowers, you arrive in Suvereto, an ancient village whose origins date to the year 1000. Situated on the slopes of hills overlooking the Costa degli Etruschi, it is a true jewel, rich in history and art, set in the green valley of the River Cornia. The town displays remarkable architectural harmony: Its ancient walls enclose paved streets lined with stone houses, historical buildings, impressive churches and shadowy cloisters. Continue on a thrilling downhill ride to Montioni. From here, relax and shuttle through the Maremma, a beautiful area of flat grazing lands, or continue riding. Then it's on to our welcoming country retreat at Agriturismo Montebelli.

Situated on immaculately maintained grounds with olive trees, vineyards and wildflowers, the Agriturismo Montebelli has tennis courts, an outdoor pool and a small spa and sauna. There is also a stable with horseback riding facilities. After (or instead of) biking, explore the grounds, go horseback riding, or take a dip in the hotel pool. Dinner tonight is on your own and you can select from the hotel menu.

Hotel: Agriturismo Montebelli
Meals: B
Daily Options: 31or 46 miles (50 or 75 km)

DAY 8: Explore Castiglione della Pescaia

After breakfast, cross the soft foothills of the high Maremma, a scenic, lush landscape traversed mostly by locals.

Later in the morning, we arrive in the lovely seaside resort of Castiglione della Pescaia. This city's layers of history extend from Roman occupation through its many subsequent rulers—the Marquis of Tuscany, the Abbey of San Germano, Perugia, the Duke Della Corgna, the Grand Duke of Tuscany and, in the 18th century, the Papal State. Inside the urban center, fortified by 15th-century walls, the town and the palace of Della Corgna Dukes remain well preserved. Seeing the four towers rising out of the Castle of Buriano is certain to be a highlight of your day. Known as one of the most remarkable examples of military art in Tuscany, this tenth-century castle once belonged to the powerful Lambardi family.

Here, do some last-minute gift shopping or sunbathing on the beach. If you prefer not to cycle, you can enjoy leisurely pursuits at the Agriturismo Montebelli, such as a walk through the vineyards or relaxing at the intimate spa.

Tonight we enjoy a memorable farewell dinner together.

Hotel: Agriturismo Montebelli
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 14 or 28 miles (23 or 46 km)

DAY 9: Transfer to Rome / Free time / VBT No-Air Package ends

VBT No-Air Package guests: After breakfast, transfer to our Rome hotel. Your trip ends here at approximately 11:30 am-12 pm. You are responsible for your own transfer to the airport for your flight home.

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, transfer to your central Rome hotel for your final overnight stay. Your hotel room may not be available until 1 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

If you have chosen the independent Post-Trip Extension to Rome, you will remain at this hotel for three nights. When you arrive today, VBT's Rome representative can answer your questions and offer optional city walks to help you make the most of Rome. VBT's City Information in your Final Travel Booklet includes recommendations for restaurants, museums and transportation in Rome, and will help you explore on your own.

Hotel: Visconti Palace Hotel Post
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for Home

After breakfast* this morning, you will transfer to the Rome airport (approximately 40-60 minutes, depending upon traffic) for your departing flight. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the designated transfer time**.

*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci

Located in two Renaissance palaces on one of Florence’s most elegant shopping streets, the Palazzo Minerbetti and the Palazzo Strozzi del Poeta are close to all the important monuments of the city. Featuring a rooftop garden with panoramic views of Florence, the hotel welcomes guests in its elegant rooms decorated with frescos and antique furniture. Typical of historical Italian palaces, each room is different in layout and size. The historic paintings, antique pieces from the 17th-19th centuries and elegant chandeliers in Murano glass are definitely part of the charm.
Free WiFi Included

Visconti Palace Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in the center of Rome, just a stroll away from the Spanish Steps and St. Peter’s, and well connected to other central historical areas of Rome by the city transportation systems. It was completely renovated in 2004. The Visconti Bar off the lobby is the ideal meeting place for a drink or a light meal overlooking the hotel courtyard.
Free WiFi Included

Tombolo Talasso Resort

The Tombolo Talasso Resort is set on its own private beach in the seaside village of Marina di Castagneto Carducci on the Etruscan Coast. This accommodation offers enchanting views of green hills, vineyards and olive yards in the typical colors of the Tuscan countryside. A large spa and wellness centre is available for guests.
Free WiFi Included

Agriturismo Montebelli

The beauty of nature suffuses this secluded estate, whose immaculately maintained grounds are dotted with olive trees, vineyards and flowers. At your leisure here, choose from a wealth of activities, including tennis, archery, bocce, horseback riding and swimming in the outdoor pool. The restaurant at this eco-friendly accommodation serves traditional dishes prepared from fresh, local produce, and you may also enjoy the spa, which offers a variety of treatments, as well as a massaging waterfall fountain, Turkish bath, sauna, and more. Your room is furnished with 19th-century Tuscan furniture and has a TV, telephone, and private bath with hair dryer.
Free WiFi Included

Agrihotel Elisabetta

Luigi Brunetti’s Agrihotel Elisabetta is situated on a splendid hill in the antique noble village called Collemezzano, today part of Cecina in the Province of Livorno. After many years as a successful chef throughout Europe, Luigi realized his dream of returning to Italy and purchasing a farm. Today, this farm and antique farmhouse surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees welcomes guests into its 31 country-style rooms. While here, perhaps you’ll enjoy wine, fruit and olive oil produced right on the premises, as well as gourmet cuisine prepared by Luigi himself and served in the hotel’s restaurant. Enjoy panoramic views from the terrace, take a dip in the pool, and retire to your comfortable room with television, telephone, minibar and private bath with shower. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.
Free WiFi Included
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    49 out of 50 travelers would recommend this tour to a friend.

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  • A Magical Experience!

    From the breathtaking pre trip in Florence, to staying at top of the line hotels, to savoring gourmet meals and the best wines, to cycling past sunflower fields, olive groves, and vineyards, to traveling with and meeting the most wonderful people...this was indeed the most magical experience of a life time!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 30, 2014
    Posted by: Ann2014
    From: Nashua, NH
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • most awesome vacanze

    Fantabulous vacanze along the Tuscan Coast. Great hotels,beautiful scenery, delectable meals, and fine wines everyday- what else can you want. Superbly organized pre and post excursions with great tours and restaurants recommended. The biking was not hard, but averaging 30 miles a day meant you had to be in fair shape, and a few challenging hills helped the appetite. The guides were fun and very informative. My wife is not an avid cyclist, but even she felt this was the best vacation ever, after our honeymoon. We can't wait to go on another VBT bike tour. We felt the price for everything was extremely reasonable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 30, 2014
    Posted by: hall
    From: Lancaster, OH 43130, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour had it all!

    This was my first trip with VBT and I anticipate it won't be my last! Everything from the trip guides, to the other travelers, hotels, meals, scenery, the quality of the bikes, and the rides, were all outstanding. I have already recommended VBT to friends and family.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 27, 2014
    Posted by: Laxref4
    From: West Newton, Newton, MA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Now, that's a vacation!

    This was my second VBT tour and my second, across the board five star rating for VBT. Great biking, with all the hassle taken out of it. You don't even have to climb those hills if you don't want to, but I'll bet you will since the difficulty ratings for the tours are quite accurate, helping you to make sure to pick the right trip. Our tour guides were knowledgeable, fun, and hard working to ensure that we were truly on vacation. This particular trip, The Tuscan Coast, is characterized by beautiful scenery and has the added benefit of exceptional Italian food and wine. VBT is an extremely well organized company and, simply put, has this down!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 16, 2014
    Posted by: Kenac
    From: Oakland, CA and Pocasset, MA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Tuscany .. heaven on earth?

    From seashore to hilltop, Tuscany is a beautiful land dotted with olive groves, grapes, sunflowers and waving fields of wheat. Even the trees along the roadways seem to have been planted with an artist's eye. On our VBT tour of Tuscany we enjoyed remarkable vistas, quiet forests, and the good company of other happy travelers. Days on the road were rewarded by overnight stays at 'agri hotels' in vineyards and olive groves, all equipped with large swimming pools (perfect for cool-down lap swims). Evening meals are served in courses, with a remarkable variety of choices (pick what you wish from a freshly prepared buffet). But our BEST meal? That was a freshly prepared pasta with bolognese sauce served on the patio of a olive farm, overlooking miles of scenic country. Our guides on each-and-every VBT tours back to 2004 have been very attentive and capable but our Tuscany guides, Paulo and Andrea were 'something special' in their teamwork, humor and consideration for their clients.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 08, 2014
    Posted by: Sckotty
    From: Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A wonderful way to visit Tuscany

    Touring by bicycle allows you to enjoy the sights & sounds of Tuscany at a slower pace. VBT supplies wonderful lodgings with the best of Tuscan dining which is such a great reward after a day of cycling. There is care taken to introduce the group to various elements of Tuscany as well. One of my most memorable travel experiences!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 08, 2014
    Posted by: lm3007
    From: Sarasota, FL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful scenery, great food, and wonderful guides.

    My husband and I enjoyed every aspect of this tour. We had great guides, who went way out of their way to please, as well as delightful traveling companions. It was one of the best vacations we have ever experienced.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 07, 2014
    Posted by: Nitsa5
    From: Charleston, SC
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful scenry, great food and wine, and wonderful new friends

    Beautiful scenery, absolutely delicious food and wine, and wonderful new friends to share it all with. Thank you VBT and especailly our guides Andrea and Allesandra for a trip of a lifetime.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2014
    Posted by: Don14
    From: Greensboro, GA 30642, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • As only VBT can do!

    Italy is Italy and wonderful. To experience it away from the typical tourist format, VBT is the way to go. Local and very well-trained guides, attention to details and safety allows you to have a true immersion experience. I cannot think of traveling any other way or with any other company. I have already signed up for my next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 27, 2014
    Posted by: Lety16
    From: Wahsington DC
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Taste all that Tuscany has to offer!

    This was our second VBT tour but first overseas cycle trip. The combination of history in Florence and Rome, combined with the learning experience of wine and olive oil making, plus throw in the beauty of the poppies, umbrella pines, olive trees, rolling hills and castles on the coast…was everything we wanted and more. Paulo was an excellent guide…the agricultural hotels quaint in decor while offering delicious food and wine. I loved my Fuji bike that VBT provided that I bought one upon my return to Nashville. Highly recommend for the novice or experienced biker, as you go at your own pace…JUST DO IT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 24, 2014
    Posted by: TNGal
    From: Nashville, TN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • We loved it

    I went on this trip with my dear friend Leo. We are both in our upper 60's so we thought twice if this would work out. The trip was rated "easy to moderate", & although I will say there were some challenging hills we did manage to ride our way into the sunset~ We loved the trip. The routes were well planned, accommodation was lovely & overall the trip was very well organized. If I had one suggestion, it would be to let people know that in addition to the gel seat supplied you could ask for more padding. This was a big plus! We liked the trip so much that this June I am headed to Ireland for another "easy to moderate" trip. I think VBT does a great job & am happy to have found them sincerely Ronna

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: Ronna
    From: Taveuni, Fiji Islands (but I am from the U.S.)
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Outstanding return to Italy

    This was a great group trip with all the girls. We had a wonderful time in Italy, touring all the majestic towns, great meals and the accommodations were perfect.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: vckb
    From: San Jose
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Relax, learn, exercise, eat! What more could you want?

    The Tuscan Coast tour was our first biking tour. In fact, we hadn't even been biking that long. The trip leaders took great pains to make sure we were comfortable and energized every step of the way. I will confess that the more "moderate" portions of the trip were pretty challenging for bikers who weren't much more than novices, but in the end we made it up every hill! The accommodations were relaxed and comfortable - a great way to see and stay in places more informal than a tourist typically encounters. And the scenery is everything Tuscany is known for.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 22, 2014
    Posted by: naran
    From: Toledo, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great tour

    Amazing food, great routes, excellent hotels…but the best part was the tour guides. Christian and Timothy were the best. They just take a great tour to the next level. Well done.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 20, 2013
    Posted by: Jordan
    From: Newport Beach, CA, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The Tuscan coast trip provided a unique adventure every day.

    The Tuscan coast trip gave us the adventure we were looking for. The riding was was typical of our rides in the hills of Vermont. The few climbs we encountered were comfortable at the temperature (70 F). The bikes were new and well cared for by the trip leaders. We were very pleased with the lodging and locations of the agri-hotels. It was nice to be able to interact with the owners of the vineyards and olive orchards. The food was fantastic at every stop, who can say no to gelato after a few hours in the saddle? We would highly recommend this trip to all who are looking for an intermediate type trip. There were a few optional rides that gave us a bit more intensity than the original rides and were well worth the climbs. I can not say enough about our trip leaders and their effort and desire to ensure we were well cared for. VBT is an experience that will not let you down.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 17, 2013
    Posted by: EandC
    From: Vermont
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent routes and and great amenities.

    Even though it started out a little damp on this trip, it was a fantastic tour. The riding options had something to suit every taste from the beginner to an experienced rider. The longer options were wonderful because I could just get out and ride with little or no traffic and enjoy the scenery. I truly didn't want the trip to end. The hotels were excellent--great accomodations and friendly, helpful staff. Andrea and Alessandra went out of their way as tour leaders to see that everyone enjoyed the riding experience. And the food! It was so good. The highlight was the dinner we helped prepare at Chicca's home. That is one of the best "extras" I have experienced on a VBT tour. I could do this trip again!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 12, 2013
    Posted by: wildcat
    From: Reno, NV
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Don't miss Florence and Rome

    We enjoyed this tour but not as much as the other 3 VBT trips we have been on. The VBT guides, of course, were second to none. VBT continues to have outstanding guides! Of the 3 accommodations on the trip, 2 are at agriturismos and 1 is in a small town. Although both agriturismos were very nice, we think it would be better to have only 1 agriturismo stay since they are not convenient for walking to a village, something we have enjoyed on other VBT trips. Both Florence and Rome are well worth seeing!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 30, 2013
    Posted by: jnjo
    From: Duluth, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This was the best vacation ever. VBT and our tour guides took great care of us.

    From start to finish this was a top-notch, well organized, wonderful experience. Our guides, Oliver and Franco couldn't have been better. They started as our guides and ended up our friends. They did a magnificent job. The hotels, meals, bikes, other ammenties were first rate. So much so that I'm looking to book the next one ... maybe the south of France or Sicily. VBT will definitely see me again I have raved about this trip to everyone who would listen and have passed the brochure around the office. You might see some of them as well. Keep up the good work.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2013
    Posted by: tgh222
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great time, beautiful scenery, great leaders

    trip was through the beautiful Tuscan countryside, with visits to the sea. it was fun staying in 3 different venues, each having their own flair. Paulo and Claudio, our tour leaders made the trip even more memorable; they continually focused on their guests and how to make the tour more memorable. we really enjoyed the pre/post options of Florence/Rome. Would use VBT again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2013
    Posted by: mah0
    From: Madison, WI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Small, delightful, off-the-beaten track towns and adventure!

    What a spectacular way to end the summer...delightful towns, excellent bicycles, the company of "like minded individuals" who are active beyond their years! What more could you expect... We got it! Gelato. amazing Tuscan food, photo opps, history, language lessons, hubby cooking school! This was one of the best adventures we have been on...looking forward to our next VBT tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 21, 2013
    Posted by: karenp
    From: Sarasota, Fl.
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • VBT Tuscan Coast exceeded expectations!

    My friends and I are still talking about the unbelievable time we had in Tuscany. Each morning started with a buzz of excitement about what the day would bring, like opening a surprise present! We could challenge ourselves with each ride if we chose to, and if not, our tour guides, Luca and Paolo, were always close to assist. They helped make the trip that much more enjoyable, with their knowledge, encouragement and introductions to our various hosts and hostesses. All senses were on overdrive; the scenery was breathtaking, the food and wine delicious and the Italian people so gracious. I continue to tell anyone and everyone about the experience, it was that good!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 14, 2013
    Posted by: MKos
    From: Annapolis, MD United States
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wonderful experience

    Being 68 I was somewhat reluctant. Thank goodness I overcame my concerns because this turned into one of the best vacations I have ever experienced. The total package was exceptional and I actually felt badly when it came time to say goodbye to the people and staff we now embrace as friends.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 11, 2013
    Posted by: TBSB
    From: Ontario, Canada
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Alot of something for everyone!

    Great Art, Food, Exercise, Fun! TheTuscan Coast Trip had it all. Wonderful tour guides, beautiful scenery, great local people. Florence & Rome were icing on the cake!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 10, 2013
    Posted by: eVal
    From: Annapolis MD
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was amazing! My best ever.

    Everything was A+! The tour guides were very friendly, fun, knowledgable and at our disposal at all times. They were so much fun! The tour was fabulous and every hotel that we stayed at was better than the one before it. All the activities that were planned were fun and interesting and I learned a lot. The food and wine was amazing! I have already recommended this tour to anybody I talk to.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 10, 2013
    Posted by: Coasterfem
    From: Silver Spring, MD, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This trip is a great combination between Tuscan hills and coastal towns.

    This was one of the best trips I have ever been on. We did the pretrip in Firenze. We were meet at the airport on time and taken to our hotel. A tour guide gave us a most informative briefing on Florence which relived our apprehension about being in a foreign country. We spent two great days in Florence. The agroturisimo hotel Elizabetta has great food and ambience. Our tour guides Franko and Sylvia were knowledgeable and fun. They were always ready to do your special requests. The combination of riding in the forests, along the coast, and then in the hills and wineries of Tuscany was mind boggling. We had great food and better wine. We made some life long friends along the way.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 09, 2013
    Posted by: PhillipInTexas
    From: Fort Worth, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The trip of a lifetime

    This was truly the best vacation I have ever been on. From the pre trip in Florence, through the fabulous biking in Tuscany, to the post trip in Rome, this trip could not have been better. Our hotel in Florence was clean, comfortable, had a great breakfast and was close to everything. We arranged a tour with Simone through VBT and were not disappointed. He was knowledgeable and funny. In our time in Florence we were able to see the David in the Academia, the Uffizi,the Duomo and its museum and climb to the top, the Pitti Palace, the church of San Croce, the Ponte Vecchio, the Bargello museum and the Palazza Vecchio among others sites. We had plenty of time for shopping, people watching and of course, eating. Once the bike tour started, we could not have been in more capable hands. Timothy and Andrea took care of everything. We had a beautiful ride up to Casale Marittimo where Timothy and Andrea prepared an amazing picnic lunch. I felt they had become my friends after only a day. This was reinforced when I had an accident with the bike after lunch. It was a hole in the road and I missed seeing it. It could have happened anywhere. I did require a trip to the local hospital. Timothy helped my husband and I through the whole process and communicated with the hospital staff. Andrea came to pick us up that evening and helped me pay my bill since it was all in Italian. The next day we road to Bolgheri and on to the Tombolo Talasso Resort. The scenery was spectacular, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pine Forest. Timothy even went on an extra ride with my husband after we finished for the day and they were able to see the BMC cycling team practicing on the same roads we had been riding that day. Amazing, but the day wasn't over yet as that evening we were treated to a cooking lesson and a delicious traditional Tuscan meal made with fresh home grown ingredients at Chicca's home. The riding got better ever day as we visited an Olive Oil Mill and then went to our last hotel, the Montebelli. Another wine tasting, (we had one at the the first hotel, the Agrihotel Elisabetta) hosted by the owners and then time to relax at the pool or get a massage. The farewell dinner was beyond great. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was hard to say goodbye to Timothy and Andrea.They had looked out for me the whole time, always making sure I felt ok to keep biking. The transfer to Rome went smoothly and then we had a great tour guide, again arranged through VBT, take us on a tour of the Pantheon and the Piazza Navona. Nicola was so much fun, we took a second tour with her the next day to the coliseum and the Roman Forum. On our last day we were able to get into see the Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's. We stayed at the Visconti Palace. It was so convenient that we walked everywhere we needed to go. I don't have adequate words to describe how wonderful this trip was.I highly recommend this trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 09, 2013
    Posted by: JimandMaryD
    From: Waukesha, WI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • What a wonderful way to see the beautiful countryside! Great food and wonderful hospitality!

    I found this trip to be a wonderful bike experience! The bicycles were very nice but I think an odometer would have been helpful. The food was outstanding and everyone in the hotels and agriturisimo were very friendly.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 08, 2013
    Posted by: Patty
    From: Naperville, Il
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour is a wonderful mix of exercise, scenery, experiencing the Tuscan country and sea shore and small towns and biking with new acquaintances.

    Wonderful trip. The guides were excellent and worked hard to make the trip enjoyable and meaningful for everyone. Franco clearly loved Tuscany and knew it's history, culture and people. He was clearly at home. Carlotta loved her job and is an incredible rider. They both worked well together-and worked hard to make the trip memorable. Franco knew everyone everywhere and it made me feel at home each place we stayed.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 02, 2013
    Posted by: Fisherman
    From: California, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Exceeded my expectations

    This trip was a wonderful combination of culture, scenery, food and cycling. Our group was filled with interesting and diverse people, and the guides were good natured and knowledgable. Although Rome and Florence were filled with tourists, much of the rest of the trip we were in quieter locales, with mostly European tourists. The food was fabulous , and the gelato unforgettable. The cycling was a combination of just right, with a few challenges. I am planning to continue my travels with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 01, 2013
    Posted by: wendyv
    From: Encinitas, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The perfect trip!

    The Tuscan Coast is the perfect trip -- well paced with just the right balance between time on the bike and time to explore and relax. The scenery is amazing, the food and wine delicious and bountiful, and the hotel settings, hosts, and guides truly memorable. It's everything we have come to expect from VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 21, 2013
    Posted by: Terry23
    From: Richmond, VA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Loved the places we visited and the Guides!

    It was a fabulous tour! Food was excellent! The vineyards, olive farms and chef's kitchen visits were unique and really fun experiences. The riding was moderatly difficult but an overall fabulous place to tour. I just wish they had put us in better hotels. That did take away from an overall excellent trip. The trip leaders went out of their way to make us happy and showed us a great time! I'd love to go back to Tuscany!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 16, 2013
    Posted by: Kathy53
    From: Chapel Hill, NC, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Incredibe scenary, exquisite accomodations, amazing leaders

    Our sixth bike trip and clearly the best. The trip leaders were a perfect combination of competence and fun. The locations were breathtaking and the food was the best we have had. This trip is perfect for all levels of bikers. There were 4 "serious" bikers of the 18 on the trip and everyone had a great time, even those who hadn't been on a bike in a while. If you want to experience the beauty, food, wine of Tuscany, take this trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 16, 2013
    Posted by: Larry21
    From: Fort Myers, FL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The countyrside, biking roads and lodgings were excellent.

    I want to commend our tour leaders on an excellent job. Alessandra and Andreas were fantastic. They were pleasant, helpful and informative throughout the trip. They accommodated all of our needs and we're happy to do the little things that made a difference. They also tried very hard to educate us on the culture, geography and the people of Italy. They really made the whole trip enjoyable. All in all, it was an excellent trip for us.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 16, 2013
    Posted by: Rick
    From: Ft. Myers
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • wonderful combination of biking trails, coastal, woods, and roads

    Leaders were great. Provided good info, were professional and entertaining. Loved the small towns especially the one where we had the picnic lunch.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 14, 2013
    Posted by: mamamia
    From: New Hampshire
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wow! What a great trip!

    The pre-trip in Florence, the cycling portion of the trip and the post-trip in Rome were all excellent. The trip leaders were entertaining and informative and took care of all of the group's needs (particularly gelato) quickly. The agenda and routes selected were scenic and allowed some time for dawdling and exploring. The small towns we visited were beautiful and timed such that we were able to take advantage of what they had to offer. The meals provided (breakfast, lunch or dinner) were all tremendous. It's a good thing we were cycling so much! The personal feel the trip provided by the owners of the agriturismo hotels, the olive oil farm, and the meal preparation evening all provided insights and stories that enriched the experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 13, 2013
    Posted by: Ed88
    From: Richmond, VA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great scenery, variety, fun guides, and unforgettable trip!

    I loved the landscape on this trip from Tuscan countryside with wild flowers, vineyards, olive tree groves to beautiful coastal towns and sparkling ocean. Our guides were a lot of fun and informative on this history of the area. The hotels were comfortable and we had wonderful afternoon time to relax and enjoy the pools after a rewarding day of cycling. I particularly loved cycling through the canopy forests! A cooking class and visit to an olive oil farm were memorable meals. I felt very taken care of and loved the cycling route and scenery. I would highly recommend this trip. It was the best way to celebrate my 60th birthday with my best girlfriends!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 12, 2013
    Posted by: Laurengf
    From: Los Angeles, CA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Just lovely, our guides pulled it all together,always supportive, beautiful weather,great routesr,

    I loved all the independence the tour allowed for as well as scheduled activities. It was all so beautiful and so fun, great chemistry. Beautiful countryside. so fun to explore the various old and rich cities.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: dankedoo
    From: San Francisco Bay, California, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Tuscan Coast June 2013

    What an amazing tour! Great trip leaders, fantastic experiences and sights, amazing food & lodging...a total home run by VBT. No, I don't work for them, but I can say with confidence that I'll travel with them again. The more training you do ahead of time the easier the biking will be, but at 25-50 miles per day it's not a huge deal even if you don't. We rode the more challenging optional extra loops some days, and took the shuttle for an earlier arrival (i.e. nap) other days. Hey, it's a vacation not a race! Tuscan countryside is among the most beautiful places in the world, and the route sheets provided by VBT take you mostly on small back roads with minimal traffic. Perfect for gazing over the olive orchards, vineyards, sunflowers, or the sparkling sea. The accommodations are just right, upscale but not snooty. The food is incredible and the hosts at each agritourismo are both gracious and appreciative for the business. And don't miss the incredible homemade soup at the olive oil farm! One of our best vacations ever, and a very good value as well. Cannot say enough good things about this company, their tour leaders, and the overall experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: Sweetman57
    From: South Portland, ME, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was excellent! It surpassed my expectations!

    This was my first VBT tour and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every aspect of the tour. Our trip leaders complimented each other very well, and I'm convinced they are the reason this was such a successful and enjoyable experience! They went above and beyond to accommodate each and every guest! The tour itself was well thought, well planned and well executed. Our hosts were animated, generous and provided us with a great deal of history of the Tuscan region of Italy. Thank you, VBT, Allesadra, and Timothy! Grazie!!

    Posted on: July 09, 2013
    Posted by: Beast
    From: Maine, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour exceeded my expectations.

    This was my first group bicycle vacation. It was well organized and exceeded my expectations. The trip leaders, Paolo and Christian, could not have been more supportive and enthusiastic. They were excellent at giving individual attention to all 19 people in our group. The lodging accommodations were excellent and much better than I expected. There was a nice balance between riding time and personal time on the trip. I can't imagine a better way to get to know a new place...and Tuscany was absolutely wonderful to experience on a bike!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 05, 2013
    Posted by: GoFarFast
    From: Boulder, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • without question an incredible trip

    This trip is for those who enjoy life and beauty. It's alll here- the wine, cheese, olive oil, organic veggies, chicken and fish. The cycling is challenging enough and one is rewarded with jaw-dropping vistas.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 29, 2013
    Posted by: JoeF
    From: Buffalo, NY, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What fun!!

    When 18 PEOPLE GET ALONG FAMOUSLY, when two leaders are tirelessly patient and helpful, and you discover that the first break was not really an early lunch, but a fruit and nut feast, what could be better! Extremely well organized rides, fun diversions, and scenic sights, meant good memories and weight reducing exercise! Don't doubt, do it!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2013
    Posted by: Tom50
    From: Illinois
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The perfect blend of scenery, biking, culture and great food and wine.

    I have had the good fortune to enjoy three VBT bike tours to date. My recent trip of the Tuscan Coast was amazing and definitely one of the highlights of my life. The hotels offered everything one could want after a day of biking the Tuscan countryside-spas, pools, comfortable rooms, great food! The proprietors went out of their way to make us feel a part of the family from Luigi's tour of his winery and special dinner that followed, to lunch at the olive mill and Alessandro's welcome on the hills overlooking his olive and wine groves at Sunset. It is the trip leaders that make the VBT bike trips so special with their knowledge of the area, love of biking, attention to detail and gusto for life. Matteo and Franco brought all of these attributes to our trip and more. They are a great team!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2013
    Posted by: Sharon000
    From: Davidson, NC, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • I absolutely loved this tour. It was the best riding as it had challanging hills as well as flats.

    I loved the different terrains of this ride. I like a little challange and we had that with some of the hills. Italy of course is beautiful. Our tour guides Timothy and Alexandra were the absolute best and they worked so well together. I would love to do another tour with them. I also have to complement VBT for the choices of hotels. They were all beautiful, different from anything I experienced in the U.S. and the food at these hotels was great, with vegies fresh from their own gardens.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2013
    Posted by: Lola
    From: Point Arena, CA 95468, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic experience: The towns and cities we visited, the Tuscany bike tours and lodgings we used were exceptional & part of a wonderful experience

    What a treat it was to be whisked away to Italy with VBT taking care of the little details. The 2 authentic "agritourismos" and the beach-front "luxury" hotel added special flavors to the relaxing yet active Tuscany bike trip. Florence was a treasure to behold. Rome felt as exciting as mid-town Manhattan on speed. We hit a patch of bad weather and even that didn't really spoil the experience. I can't stop thinking about returning to Florence and Tuscany. Technology suggestion for the future: GPS devices with bike directions and verbal turn commands...although getting a little confused in Tuscany had its own charm. https://www.facebook.com/media

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 25, 2013
    Posted by: ABCD
    From: Morristown, NJ, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Delightful, easy-ish, beautiful ride

    I chose to ride the Tuscan coast in that I had ridden the Tuscan Hills, which I LOVED, but didn't feel that I wanted to work so hard this time. This was perfect for me: the days were filled with riding and delicious meals. One of the most gorgeous, serene days was spent riding through a pine forest. Another day we had the most delicious lunch of ribollita and papa pomodoro. As a cook and a bike rider, my two passions were well tended to. I would recommend this trip to anyone. I love not having to think: all I had to do was pedal (on a great bike), talk to the nice people, eat and drink wine.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2013
    Posted by: Sylvia
    From: Connecticut, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great trip.

    Fun trip. We met interesting people, saw beautiful scenery and had a great time. With the exception of the Elisabetta, the accommodations and food were stellar and the guides were awesome.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2013
    Posted by: Cassie
    From: Colorado, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • VBT took care of everything! It couldn't have been more perfect vacation.

    This was truly a beautiful and stress free vacation. All of our transfers were taken care of, we were given guidance for our extended tours and our accommodations were unique and lovely. The rides were breathtakingly beautiful. It couldn't have been more perfect vacation.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 13, 2013
    Posted by: Calamity
    From: Maryland, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Beautiful scenery, great wine, wonderful bike group

    Second bike trip with VBT...almost as good as Sonoma Valley... highly recommend it.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 11, 2013
    Posted by: TNGal2
    From: Nashville, TN
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • plenty of activities and great riding

    This tour was a great cultural experience and just enough exercise to eat whatever I wanted! Our guides were full of fun and practical information about Italy and the route. Our group was a diverse and very well rounded group of people and from frequent VBT travelers in the group this is a common characteristic. We felt every day was full but not over programmed. The accommodations were superior- definitely nicer than I would have booked but we loved them. And the food.....maybe it was Italy but it was wonderful and generous portions.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 10, 2013
    Posted by: Annieski
    From: North Conway, NH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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