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The Tuscan Coast

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

  • 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

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Florence
Apr 68°  May 75°  Jun 84°  Jul 89°  Aug 88°  Sep 81°  Oct 69°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Florence
Apr 2.9  May 3  Jun 2.7  Jul 1.5  Aug 1.9  Sep 3.3  Oct 4

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.

Itinerary & Map
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DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Florence

Depart from home 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 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.

Please 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 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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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.
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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.

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    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.

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    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
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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
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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.

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    Posted on: August 01, 2013
    Posted by: wendyv
    From: Encinitas, CA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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    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
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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.

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    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
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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
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  • Made my first trip abroad a fabulous experience.

    There were only a couple of surprises that I mentioned to the trip leaders and they said I'd need to put them in my review. The "lunch" stop on the way out to the first hotel from Florence was not described as a gas station market. Had I known I would have packed a lovely lunch from one of the shops in Florence and brought it with me on the bus, instead I waited to eat until we were at the hotel. Very disappointing.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 04, 2013
    Posted by: ckisaacs
    From: Chicago, IL
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • This tour met all our exectations and more.

    Althought my wife and I always wanted to take a bicycle tour in Europe this was our first attempt and we were uncertain on how to pick the right tour offering. We were very happy with the result. All elements came together and provided an experience that went beyond our expectations. Italy in April and the Tuscan coast locale were beautiful. The route and attractions along the way provided many satisfying and interesting details. Lodgings were pleasant and comforttable and offered excellent dining. The other members of the tour were exceptionally fun and engaging. Topping it off were our two gudies who provide an expert combination of easy going humor, knowledge of the area and seemingly effortless assistance with the bicycles, luggage,etc. all along the way.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 29, 2013
    Posted by: Ken2013
    From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
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  • Biking in Tuscany-magnificent!

    The pre- and post-trips in Florence and Rome were marvelous, serving as bookends to the bike ride in Tuscany. When I returned to Chicago a neighbor asked me " could you keep up"?, since I was the oldest (74) biker. I assured her that I not only could keep up I led the group of 19 at one point, preferring to be in the middle to take photos. The new bike fit me perfectly, was very comfortable, and every morning, before we were up, the two wonderful leaders, Tim and Christian, checked all our tires and our water bottles, adding a slice of lemon each morning! Two of the top cultural events for me were the wonderful lunch at a small, outstanding, olive oil producer, where we tried 4 different oils and ate a great meal. The other top event for me was our going to a fine Italian cook's home for her to teach us about Italian food preparation, then eating all that we helped prepare. I loved the whole 2 weeks!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: May 29, 2013
    Posted by: ConnieJ
    From: Chicago, IL USA
    Age: 65 or over
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  • A wonderful way to explore Tuscany and it's marvelous shades of green.

    From the pre trip in Florence to the last day in Rome this trip had it all: great food, great accommodations, great guides( Franco and Timothy), great attractions ,and wonderful people. The rides were spectacular. Of all the trips I have taken they were some of my favorite. It is amazing that VBT can continually come up with such great trips.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: December 28, 2012
    Posted by: Slash
    From: Schofield, WI, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Magical Experience

    On one morning ride the weather report said it was a good chance of rain. As my wife would say, "only the fool hardy would ride today". So there I was with about half the group (less my wife) biking that morning. After a brief shower at the beginning of the ride I was riding through one of those mystical Italian vineyards. The road and soil of the vineyards were damp, but the sun began coming out enough to start evaporating the moisture causing it to what seemed to be, sizzling from the ground and going skyward. There I was riding my bicycle through this dreamlike setting, by myself and saying "This is truly a magical experience!"

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 18, 2012
    Posted by: Larry27
    From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • "Best vacation ever"

    My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary with the Tuscany Coast trip and he raved- "it was our best vacation ever!!" It was!! Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable, the people on our trip were all great with the same preferences,the accomodations were excellent not extravagant, the food was awesome and just the right amount of biking for everyone!!! May was an excellent time to go as far as temperatures and sunny skies!! The flowers were worth stopping for to photogragh! We loved our visit with Chica to make gnocchi and sauce. I have told our friends and a few have taken our advice and also enjoyed their times. They want to go on another with more of our friends! Now we just have to save our money!! VBT ROCKS!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 07, 2012
    Posted by: Angie2011
    From: Bedford
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Unforgettable

    We had high expectations for this trip and were not disappointed. Tuscany is beautiful from the seat of a bike and our leaders made sure that we had everything we needed to enjoy every day. Can't wait to take another trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 27, 2012
    Posted by: BeachRider
    From: Florida, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Very good tour. Accurately described (easy/moderate). The routes were great--scenic and just challenging enough.

    The Tuscan Coast tour is a great trip. The cycling is rewarding--physically and visually. The side attractions (winery, olive oil, cooking) were interesting and culturally varied. And, even though you don't want to learn it, "Ho bucato" (I have a flat tire.) is a useful phrase. The trip leaders were warm, helpful and generous with their experiences. The other riders in our group must have been hand-selected for their friendliness.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 21, 2012
    Posted by: JohnD
    From: Longmont, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The best way to visit Tuscany.

    VBT and our leaders took wonderful care of us on our visit. Thte group we traveled with were happy, seasoned, energetic travelers. All the food and wine was memorable. This trip has my highest recommendation. Kate

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 19, 2012
    Posted by: ksb717
    From: Madison, WI
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • First trip with VBT to the Tuscan Coast

    We just arrived home from our honeymoon in Tuscany. Needless to say, our expectations were very high when we signed up for the VBT tour to the Tuscan Coast. We can honestly say that all of our expectations have been surpassed. This was by far the best vacation we have ever experienced. Some of our best memories include: Delicious fresh food expertly prepared and served in a casual home like atmosphere. Great wines and olive oil from local vineyards. The owners of each hotel were gracious and made us all feel welcome. Just the right amount of biking everyday. For us that meant breaking a sweat, burning calories and stimulating our appetite's for the next guilt free great meal. Great Gelato every afternoon. Our tour group looked forward to gelato so much that we started calling the group Team Gelato! We are now convinced that riding a bike is the best way to witness the breathtaking views of the Tuscan countryside. There seemed to be a magnificent landscape or quaint village around every turn and over every hill. The memories of the people we have met on this vacation will last a lifetime. Starting with the VBT guides, Tim and Matteo, they truly bonded with our group. In fact our group chipped in and gave them each a thank you gift for their outstanding effort. These young men were enthusiastic, knowledgable, and hardworking. Lastly, the members of team gelato are now our friends. We will stay in touch. Also, we now understand why so many people have been on multiple trips with VBT. We're already talking about where we want to go on our next VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 16, 2012
    Posted by: Jack27
    From: Dedham, MA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What a great way to explore the Tuscan Coast!

    I went on this tour with my dad who turned 73 the day we landed in Florence. After a great first day exploring Florence, we met at noon the next day and our tour began. There were 18 people on the tour plus our two tour guides, who took turns biking with us one day and driving the sag van the next. Our guides did an amazing job of making sure everyone in the group was accounted for and on the right path (no one got lost incidentally). The routes were very well designed and a perfect length each day. I truly enjoyed meeting our new friends (including both guides and all 16 other guests) and had a great time with my dad and am left with nothing but great memories of the entire trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 31, 2012
    Posted by: creiss1
    From: Denver, CO
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great exposure to Italian culture, wine,food and landscape!

    This tour gives you great exposure to the Tuscany lifestyle, it's people, their culture, food and wine. And as if that isn't enough, you cycle through beautiful countryside, seeing ancient Etruscian villages, pine forests, olive groves, and vineyards. All of the lodging is spectacular, each one demonstrating it's own unique style. Paulo anad Matteo weren't just "guides", they were friends. The love and passion they have for their country was unmistakable and contageous giving us the opportunity to experience Italy through their eyes. We are in our 60's and since this was our first biking vacation we were apprehensive about doing so internationally, and if we would be able to meet the physical challenge. VBT handled all details of the trip seamlessly, leaving nothing to chance. In addition, their experience with dealing with all levels of cycling gives everyone on the trip the challenge suited to their ability, thereby guaranteeing a great experience for all cyclists. Bonnie & Ken, NJ

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 29, 2012
    Posted by: Bonnie
    From: Sparta, NJ
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • A bike tour is the way to go.

    Beautiful routes with easy maps and directions. A variety of settings for lodging and excellent food choices. Our tour guides were helpful, knowledgeable about the area, and quite entertaining. Overall an excellent experience and great way to see the countryside. Looking forward to another VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 27, 2012
    Posted by: John56
    From: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great vacation for busy people

    We love a vacation where you just show up and someone else really takes care of you for the week, while you get to be physically active and engaged and learning the whole time. The VBT trip was just that - the tour leaders (Marco and Sylvie!) were warm, knowledgable and organized, the routes were varied and at times challenging but never impossible, the food and wine terrific of course since it's Italy, and the activities thoughtfully presented. For couples with mixed abilities, the leaders were adept at making each feel they had good options. Perhaps most fun of all was meeting the other people, and sharing this experience together. Definitely a wonderful break from a busy, overscheduled life!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2012
    Posted by: Susan6005
    From: Portland, ME
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Beautiful routes, great hotels, some heavy traffic a couple of days

    Several days had excellent routes on back roads and through the pine forest. Hotels were top-notch, and the trip leaders were excellent. But one or two days had heavy traffic for stretches of the route, and only two or three of the towns made for outstanding stops.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 17, 2012
    Posted by: Buul
    From: Newton, MA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Beautiful part of the world to see from a bike

    We thoroughly enjoyed this trip, which was our first with VBT. The accomodations were comfortable, casual, and in beautiful settings. The included meals were typically quite good, and of course the selection of wines in the region is plentiful. The biking portion of the trip offered some more challenging options for more experienced riders, but everyone in our group felt they could participate in each day's ride. And finally, our Italian guides, Paolo and Matteo, were a joy to spend time with, very diligent in their duties but also very informative and friendly. They are clearly proud to be Italian without making clients feel bad that they're not!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2012
    Posted by: Suzetta01
    From: Sherwood, WI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • The best vacation I ever have taken.

    My fiancée (we got engaged on the trip) and I have travelled all over the world. The VBT trip to Tuscany exceeded our expectations. Beautiful scenery, great accommodations, wonderful meals, knowledgeable tour guides. I know I sound like an ad for VBT, but it truly is how we felt. Thank you so much.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 11, 2012
    Posted by: JeffB
    From: Scarsdale, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was everything I hoped it would be!

    What a wonderful experience - from the friendly and knowledgeable guides to the beautiful and comfortable accommodations to the delicious and plentiful food - it was all above and beyond my expectations. The bike riding through the Tuscan countryside was spectacular; everywhere I looked there were gorgeous views and scenery to behold! The wine and olive oil tastings and the personal cooking class were great experiences as well. I am a relatively new cyclist and with the support and instruction from our wonderful guides I was able to complete most of the routes making this trip a great confidence builder! My friend and I also took the pre and post trip extensions to Florence and Rome. Florence is a lovely city and I would enjoy visiting again. Rome was a bustling metropolis with many historical sites to see. I would highly recommend this tour!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 10, 2012
    Posted by: Jan01
    From: Goffstown, NH, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • The best of two very different experiences

    This was my first VBT trip and I would not hesitate to take another. Not only was it a great value, but the experiences were amazing. While on the Tuscan Coast, we had a good blend of biking and relaxing. We biked the "roads less travelled" through endless fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves and through the Pine Forest along the Tyrrhenian Sea. The food was all it was hyped up to be and more so be sure to work up an appetite! One would think that it would be hard to leave all this beyond, but then we motored to Rome for an experience of a totally different kind. To stand in the middle of the Roman ruins, with an extremely knowledgeable guide, was like reliving history. Everywhere you turned, in the entire city, you were surrounded by amazing architecture. Certainly the Coliseum, the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain are more than you could ever imagine! VBT even provided guides for the post-trip experience. Although we lost the use of our bicycles in Tuscany, our hotel was centrally located and we walked everywhere! The city really comes alive at night; dinners, in the open air, allowed you to watch all that was going on around you. VBT was first class all the way. The guides, Andrea and Mateo, never tired of our endless questions for which they always had the answers. So, if you want a vacation that is affordable, active and diverse, this is the trip for you. Thank you VBT for helping me explore the Tuscan Coast and Roma.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 09, 2012
    Posted by: Maria2012
    From: St Johnsbury, VT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The perfect trip!

    Our Tuscan Coast adventure was the perfect getaway this last June. VBT is top notch and our tour guides really went out of their way to make this trip a memorable experience. Everything was well organized and no details were overlooked. I was anxious to try a group travel experience as we normally do self-guided tours. I can easily say VBT lived up to all the positive reviews you see on their site. We will definitely use them again in the future as we are already planning our next trip!! Bravo VBT!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 08, 2012
    Posted by: Woods67
    From: New Orleans, LA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • The best vacation EVER!

    This was my first VBT vacation. Always a dream of mine to travel to Italy. I had the opportunity to cycle the Tuscany Coast with my mother this summer. Our leaders were incredible. The itinerary couldn't be any more spectacular than it was. The best way to see Italy is by cycling. It was beautiful! We stayed in the nicest hotels, ate delicious food, rode through the most stunning countryside and coast lines I have ever seen. I would do this same trip again and again. Definitely the way to travel and I plan on doing another trip next summer. Thanks VBT for making my first impression a lifetime of memories and things to look forward to on my next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: dunlap04
    From: Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Good value and well coordinated. Nice way to travel.

    Good trip for the money. The trip leaders Luca and Timothy made me feel safe knowing they were always present in case something went wrong. They were friendly and fun. The agriturismos and the hotel were comfortable and clean, though the air conditioning was poor considering the heat wave in Tuscany at the time of our trip. Food was average to good, though not excellent, except for the lunch at the olive oil mill. I didn't prefer to always have to sit at a group table since my partner and I are not extremely extroverted. We would have preferred having the "option" of sitting at the group table for dinner, for example. Anyway, all in all, good trip. I would do one again but not for my next vacation.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Damian
    From: San Francisco, CA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great biking, food and cultural attractions.

    This was a great tour for both first timers and more experienced riders. The food was outstanding and the cultural attractions, such as the wine tasting and olive oil mill were great. We loved the agri-hotels and found this a fabulous way to get to know more about Italy.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Debi
    From: Washington, DC, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • The views were spectacular

    I didn't want for anythng on this trip! Every last detail was taken care of by VBT and this made it possible for me to truly maximize my relaxaton time. One of the more memorable times of the trip was cycling in the pouring rain to our destination, our tour leader still smiling and wanting to know if we wanted to stop for gelato. Now that's spirit!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 31, 2012
    Posted by: BarbP
    From: Granger, IN
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Beautiful Tuscan countryside. Exceptional accommodations at the agritourismos. Amazing VBT guides.

    The Tuscany bike tour vacation was amazing. I will remember the biking in Tuscany as much or more than the pre-trip to Florence or the post-trip to Rome. Yes, seeing the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel was a memorable experience. It was amazing to think I was seeing the paintings of Michelangelo. But, the beauty of Tuscany was comparable. The biking immersed us in the countryside, the community, the culture, and the people. We passed through and stopped at a dozen small towns in Tuscany. On our first night in Tuscany, we stayed at the Agrihotel Elisabetta. The owner’s son took us on a private tour of the wine cellar, and served us some of their wines along with some traditional Tuscan appetizers. The next evening, we got to meet the owner of the property. He is a self-made multi-millionaire, but very hospitable. He talked to us about his career starting out working in a restaurant kitchen, graduating to chef, finally starting his own restaurant and growing that to multiple restaurants before opening a hotel. He now owns several hotels and restaurants in several cities in Italy. At the Agrihotel Elisabetta there was an open air patio area (about 200 feet long by 75 feet wide). I looked up and noticed what looked like a mini-version of tank tracks laid just inside what looked like a tongue and grove construction between the inside of the roof and the outside (upper side) of the roof. It was a retractable roof over the whole patio area. Later that night when the temperature dropped, I got to see it in action when they closed the roof panels. In the dining area of the Agrihotel Elisabetta, there were hundreds of pictures of the Italian and US celebrities the owner had met or who had visited his restaurants. The meals were amazing. The wine was enjoyable. And, we started to develop friendships with some of the other 14 people on the biking tour. Every night was great food, wine, and storytelling about the day’s bike ride; what we saw, where we missed a turn, what interesting stuff we found in the Tuscan towns. The next night, VBT arranged for the tour group to have dinner at a nearby resident’s home; Chicca. Chicca (pronounced key-ka), is a chef, author of a cookbook, and a sort of celebrity chef of local renown. She opened her home to the 16 of us in the bike tour group and allowed us to help prepare the meal. There were folding tables set up in her living room. Plain but nice table clothes laid out, with a pitcher of local wine on every table. (That is not something one would normally experience on vacation). Chicca’s home was apparently typical of the area, built shortly after WW2, small but comfortable inside, family pictures on the wall, paintings Chicca and her daughter had painted. She had a wonderful porch out back and some acreage outside with plants and gardens. It was an experience I won’t forget. Two days later we had lunch (these were all part of the VBT bike tour package) at a wonderful olive farm. The owner and his two son’s gave us a 15 minute history of his farm and how they had resurrected it from previous owners 40 years ago and made it into an internationally known prize winning olive oil producer. The owner spoke in Italian, and Franco, one of our bike tour guides, translated. We bought a couple of small cases of their olive oil and brought it back. VBT saved the best for last. The Agrihotel Montebelli was the most beautiful and lush place we stayed. The farm was a little over 250 acres of olive trees and vineyards. There were majestic views over the valleys below. There was a 500-year-old Oak tree at the highest point on the property with benches in its shade. Teresa and I took a bottle of wine and did the climb one afternoon with Carla. Carla was on the bike tour with her friend Janet. Carla was in her early 50’s. She was in great shape, but she said she was not an avid biker. We made friendship’s with another couple John and Patty. John is an avid biker, but Patty was not. John said he does 40-50 mile bike outings about 3-4 times a year. His wife Patty just rides with him occasionally and never for those same distances. There was a group of three couples from Burlington Vermont. One of the wives, Tia, a mother of three boys all of whom were of college age or older, had not ridden a bike in years. If you asked Tia and her husband Peter what the best part of the trip was, I am sure they would say biking in Tuscany. Teresa and I enjoyed the biking. It was not overly difficult. The first full day in Tuscany was a long ride, 33 miles I think. I had never biked that far in a day. At the end of the day, I was tired and little bit sore from sitting on a bike seat, but I was fine the next day (it was a shorter ride the next day 27 miles I think). There was one day where we decided to take the van from the morning starting point to the mid-morning break location, because our guides said it was 16 kilometers of uphill to get to the mid-morning break location. Then it was 18 kilometers of downhill from that point and level riding for the rest of the trip that day. It worked out perfect. The downhill was a blast, and we still got to see all the towns and sites from the break location on. Our guides Franco and Matello were wonderful. They knew the terrain. They quickly gauged the capabilities of everyone in the group. And, they did everything they could to make each day’s experience good for each individual. I can’t say enough about how wonderful Franco and Matello were. Around 6:00pm on our first might at the Montebelli, the owner Allessandro took the whole group of us (16 in the bike tour and our two tour guides) up to his “outdoor office.” It was a group of benches strategically placed at a high point on the property looking out over vineyards on one side and olive trees on the other (picture attached). Allessandro and our guides opened a couple of large coolers and pulled out plates prepared with prosciutto, melon, bread, and olive oil. They opened several bottles of Allesandro’s top wines and served it too us. All the while Allessandro is describing the history of Montebelli. His parents were from Italy, but travelled the world. Allessandro was born in South Africa. At some point, I think he said about 25 years ago, they decided to go home to Italy and bought the property in Tuscany. Allessandro said the property was in very bad shape when they bought it, and it took 5 years before they had grapes of decent quality to produce wines. At that point, I looked at one of the bottles of wine he had served us and recognized the label Fabula Riserva. I told Allessandro that I had tried his wine before, but I had no idea it was grown in Tuscany at Montebelli. He said he only had four distributors in the US. He mentioned Total Wine, and I said that is where I shop. He said I have been to the store in Chantilly Virginia. I said that is where we live. Montebelli was our favorite spot. Great food, good wines, ample breakfasts, and beautiful property that we could wander about. Teresa spent a few hours at the pool one afternoon. I enjoyed the sauna one afternoon. Montebelli has horses available for riding. Our room at the Montebelli had an amazing view of the vineyards and mountains in the distance. The first night at Montebelli, they prepared a huge barbeque with all kinds of locally grown and raised foods. The chef personally served all the guests dining that night. It was very memorable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 28, 2012
    Posted by: Wayne
    From: Virginia
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • As VBT tours go, I would rate this one below average.

    All VBT bike tours are fun. I think I have been on about nine now. On the bright side, the day riding from Tombolo Talasso Resort to Agritourismo Montebelli was one of the best ever. Magnificent! Unfortunately I found other rides disappointing as compared to riding in the interior of Italy. Seacoast towns are the same the world over; I prefer venues unique to the country. I was also disappointed with some of the accommodations as they were too ritzy for my taste. This was particularly true of Tombolo where I could never get oriented. It was a maze of rooms. Food was more than adequately good. How can you miss in Italy? This was particularly true at Agrihotel Elizabeth. The dinner where we assisted with the cooking at a private home was also wonderful. I swear to God the hybrid bike gets heavier with each trip. Yeah, yeah, I'm getting pretty old. The hills chosen for our routes were not particularly formidable-not even on the optional legs-but I sometimes thought I'd never get that tank to the top. I notice the guides have nice light aluminum road bikes. Not fair. I've rated the trip leaders in comparison to other VBT trips. These chaps were fine, but I felt that at least one had perhaps done the trip too often. Finally I should add that my enjoyment (and probably this review) was certainly tempered by the fact that my companion of all previous bike trips (VBT and others) had to cancel at the last moment due to a medical emergency. Bummer.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 26, 2012
    Posted by: Kristof
    From: Newcastle, ME
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • FANTASTIC ITINERARY IN ITALY

    MY HUSBAND AND I ARE SEASONED INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS AND ALWAYS MANAGE OUR OWN ITINERARIES. WE SIGNED UP FOR A VBT TRIP TO THE TUSCAN COAST BECAUSE MY HUSBAND'S SISTER HAD SUCH A GREAT EXPERIENCE WITH VBT THE PREVIOUS SUMMER IN HUNGARY. WE ARE DELIGHTED TO REPORT THAT OUR BIKE TRIP TO ITALY RANKS AS ONE OF OUR GREATEST ADVENTURES EVER. THE LEADERS WERE EXCEPTIONAL AND COMPLETELY KNOWLEDGEABLE, AS WELL AS FUN AND RELIABLE. THE DAILY ITINERARY WAS WELL THOUGHT OUT AND INCORPORATED SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE WE'VE EVER ENCOUNTERED. WE'VE RARELY HAD SUCH OUTSTANDING MEALS AND THE ACCOMMODATIONS EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS. WE FULLY INTEND TO COMMIT TO ANOTHER TRIP WITH VBT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 17, 2012
    Posted by: DEBRA
    From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Simply Wonderful!!

    Everything about this trip was absolutely wonderful. VBT handled everything very professionally and the timing was like clockwork. Our tour leaders were very experienced and personable and went out of their way to maximize our enjoyment. The scenery along this route was spectacular as well as the village stops along the way. The accommodations were great and the food and the wine outstanding. This was my first biking vacation but it won't be my last!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 13, 2012
    Posted by: Lorhelen
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The tour leaders were really great, mainly because we were lost all the time and they never gave up on us!

    I wish this tour had included Cinque Terre as everyone talks about it all the time and we have not been there. It is hard to see much of Italy when you are only covering 20 - 30 miles a day. We did add a Trafalgafar bus tour to that trip so we would see the rest of Italy but we are not bus tour people so we will just have to figure out another way to get to Cinque Terre.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 13, 2012
    Posted by: MaryMac
    From: Denver
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A trip of a lifetime

    My son and I took the trip as birthday celebrations and we loved it! The countyside was breathtaking, the food and the wine delicious, and the places we stayed were fabulous. The VBT group was incredibly fun and our guides were attentive, knowledgable, and a delight to get to know. We should have trained more for the hills, but we loved everything about the trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 10, 2012
    Posted by: BC66
    From: Atlanta, GA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Trip leaders are excellent. Bikes were geared perfectly. Routes were very good.

    Agrihotel Elizabetta is very good, food was over the top for quantity and quality. Room was good, location also good. The bikes were geared just right. Tombolo Talasso Resort is a beautiful resort. Our room however was not of a five star quality. First, our bed was one foot off the floor, no box spring, getting up out of it was a real chore. The shower was a mess, water everywhere after each use. We had both bathrobes and all towels used to mop up the water. No other guest had a bed on the floor. One guest on the trip complained bitterly about the room he was given and was rewarded with an upstairs room overlooking the pool. (higher rated room) Agriturismo Montebelli is a fabulous Hotel. The food was very plentiful and the quality was superb. Room was okay, maybe complaining is the way to go, as the same guest from the previous hotel was given the biggest room with a large balcony again. Except for the showers leaking and the bed on the floor, this trip was really very good. Guides were terrific, routes good, food and olive oil talks at other farms were good. Lunches and dinners also very good. I would recommend this tour to anyone. We will be looking at the brochure for a trip in 2013.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Corvette01
    From: Greenbrae, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great time with great people in Italy!

    We had never been to Italy or on a VBT trip before. We quickly learned that we were the only people on the trip that had not been on a VBT trip before and one couple had been on 11 previous VBT TRIPS. In fact, several couples on the trip had met on a previouis VBT trip and this trip was a reunion on sorts. The trip leaders and accommodations were first class and we mlade many new friends. We are looking forward to our next VBT trip, hopefully to Nova Scotia.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 07, 2012
    Posted by: Dave127
    From: North Carolina
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The perfect way to enjoy the Italian countryside

    The Tuscan Coast tour was an amazing experience! I enjoyed seeing all the small towns and rolling hills of Tuscany. The olive oil mill and cooking dinner with Cicca were highlights of the trip. The tour leaders were excellent and made the trip so much more relaxing and fun. I would highly recommend this tour to any level cyclist.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 07, 2012
    Posted by: Bella44751
    From: Longwood, FL, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great vacation investment.

    I thouroughly enjoyed the tour. We found the guides to be very knowledgeable and accomadating for the different age groups on the tour. The accomadations and cuisine WOWED me since it was much more than i expected. I am looking forward to having another tour with VBT

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 07, 2012
    Posted by: CheesecakePlus
    From: Santiago, Panama
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • First time to Italy and first time to travel single

    This was my first group tour and the first time to travel as a single - I had the time of my life - every day was better than the previous one and I can't wait for the next trip! I loved the freedom of being able to ride at my own pace, taking in all the sights and sounds, and never feeling rushed to be anywhere at any certain time. As a single, I enjoyed each day and each new discovery with new friends, many of whom plan to travel together again next year on another VBT trip. From the accomodations, the food, the excursions, and the trip leaders - they far surpassed my expectations. This is the best way to really see Tuscany!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: susan02
    From: Broomfield, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

    From start to finish, this vacation exceeded all my expectations. Our tour guides Luca and Matteao were first rate...EXCELLENT! They took such good care of our every need. We were pampered and protected without feeling smothered. There was plenty of time to wander on our own and really feel the experience of Tuscany. The food, the hotels, the spa services were all incredible. The scenery and the rides we took every day were simply a breath taking experience. This was not at all a typical "tour." I felt like I was visiting with lovely family members and getting a very "real" experience of The Tuscan coast. I'd take this trip again in a heart beat. Bellissimo!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Contessa
    From: Memphis, TN, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • GREAT TOUR

    Everything about this tour was first class. The accomidations, the trip leaders, the chosen route and the evening and day activities. The bicycling portion of this trip was as good as it gets. My wife and I loved every minute of it

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: IKE98
    From: Longmont, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Spectacular tour of Tuscany from a new perspective - on a bike!

    This tour was the most fun trip that i have ever taken , and i have been to Italy several times in the past. Seeing it from a bicycle brought the countryside up close and personal. Our daily routes took us through forests and vineyards and mountains and coastline - Bellisimo ! Our accommodations were first class as well as our food. Magnifico! Our tour guides were personable and quite knowledgable. And our 'adventures' such the olive oil mill and the private dinner and cooking lessons were so special. I am very fortunate to have been able to do this tour with VBT and look forward to my next one! Thank you for the memories :)

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: patty523
    From: Memphis, TN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Our first VBT tour but not the last.

    To celebrate our 20th, we decided to check off one of the items on my wife's bucket list; cycling in Italy. As our first cycling trip, we compared other tour companies but thought (correctly) that VBT offered the best value. We booked this trip to coincide with our actual anniversary date in October. The entire tour was nothing but outstanding in our opinion. Food, fun, and of course some wine made for an unforgettable trip. From pick up to drop off, everything was top notch and the attention to detail was great. However, the trip leaders were the topping for the trip dessert. They worked together well and would bend over backwards to assist you. We had such a wonderful time, we will book another trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 03, 2012
    Posted by: CaptainFixit
    From: Huntsville, AL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • VBT's Tuscan Coast tour was an exceptional experience on every level

    From my very first contact to book the tour by phone I was confident I would be in good hands for this trip and found myself more pleased every step of the way. The accommodations were far beyond my expectations: Every person, every room, every bed and every meal were of the highest quality. The daily rides were just the right amount of challenge and fun and the tour guides, Christian and Paolo, besides being wicked fun just to be with :)) seemed to know what I needed before I did; ever present, caring, and enthusiastic. I can't wait to go again !!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 02, 2012
    Posted by: MimiR
    From: Southern Maine
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Well worth the time and money.

    Great scenery, good food, very helpful guides, well organized. In retrospect we should have spent more time in Florence and Rome.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 01, 2012
    Posted by: Clyde
    From: Delaware
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Best downhill ride I ever had.

    This was our first VBT trip and was fantastic! Our trip leaders were very knowledgeable of the area and very friendly and helpful with any tricky turns. The biking was not too strenuous, but we had one day where we did a lot of climbing and used ALL our gears. Rolling down for miles was a real highlight. The Tuscan scenery ranged from rolling hills to forest to castle and beach towns. We especially appreciated the lovely agriturismo places we stayed, the wine tasting, the parmesean cheese tasting, the olive oil making, and all the Italian food wherever we went. I'd definitely recommend this trip to anyone, including pre-trip to Florence and post-trip to Rome.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 30, 2012
    Posted by: Kedgren
    From: Dexter, Michigan
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Tuscany Trip

    trip of a lifetime !! I had a blast !! The riding was challenging at times, but that is what I was looking for. Never more than I could handle. The weather and the food were perfect. The group was fun and diverse. The places we stayed ... especially the AgraTourismos, were superb. Mario and Claudio, our guides, were super. Fun , funny and just the best they could be. I'm saving my pennies to get back as soon as I can and take another trip with VBT !! Maryann

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 30, 2012
    Posted by: mako
    From: Thetford Center, Thetford, VT 05075, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A real memory maker!

    Figured this was the last opportunity for a father-daughter experience before her wedding, and what an experience it was. On any measure you use -- scenary, hotels, food, guides -- it was off the charts. Even the weather, which "promised" rain on several days, was perfect with cloudless skies; how the guides managed that one remains a mystery. I have traveled with VBT before, so my expectations were high, and I was not disappointed. In addition, the Rome add-on was exceptional -- we loved the excitement of the city and the variety of options to explore. We're already talking about our next VBT experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 28, 2012
    Posted by: Furgsoft
    From: Houston, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • All that we had hoped... and more!

    This was our first tour and we were left wanting to do another. Cycling through Tuscany was amazing as were all the hotels we stayed at. Our tour guides, Alessandra and Andrea (better known as the "A" Team), were incredible; always there when you needed them. The food was fantastic (and, of course, so was the wine). VBT made traveling so easy, moving luggage from hotel to hotel and always supplying you with everything you need to have a truly wonderful vacation. The mix of riding, eating, and sight-seeing was clearly well thought out. For our first tour the Tuscan Coast was perfect... in fact, so much so, we just might make it our second tour as well.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2012
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    From: Los Angeles
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A great way to experience Tuscany

    This was a wonderful way to travel through Tuscany and visit with the locals. Being able to ride at your own pace, stop where you want, talk to who you want makes this a better value than a simple guided tour. The guides are incredible, they seem to know someone in every place we stopped on the itinerary and even in those that were a bit off the beaten path. They were very patient with my wife who was a definite beginner and she successfully completed each day's ride with no problems. The accommodations were excellent and the side activities well thought out. We would recommend this trip to anyone who wants the chance to see Tuscany outside of the formal guided tour and just needs a bit of assistance from knowledgeable locals.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2012
    Posted by: Robert
    From: South Florida Metro, FL, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • this tour has great sightseeing and great small towns

    I really enjoyed everything. the routes we took, we went through forest, beaches, hills, olive groves, vineyards, small towns. the routes we easy and challenging.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2012
    Posted by: rbjp50
    From: laval, quebec
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • An excellent bike tour experience, left us with a great memories of the Tuscan Coast

    This was our first bike tour, and only second time in Europe. Everything was first class, we took the options of the pre and post trip which allowed us to see much of the great art of the Tuscan area. Our trip leaders were always there for us, the itinerary was well thought of, and we really appreciated the fact much care was used when deciding on the bike routes each day. Safety first. We will be trying another tour in September this year, the Puglia trip. We are really looking forward to another rewarding trip. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys biking, eating great food, drinking fine wine, and gaining a better understanding of awesome people of the area! Thanks, Marilyn & Tom

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 25, 2012
    Posted by: Marilyn55
    From: Port Alberni, BC, Canada
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This is a stunning part of Tuscany with an endless coastline worth riding, even if you have done Tuscany already!

    The guides are always the absolute best and knowledgeable. You cannot beat the price and value, always the best price around. The guides always surprise you daily with something unexpected which is such fun. Loved the home-made Gelato stop on about the 4th day in this little city on the coast! Ending up in Rome (by bus of coarse into the city) the guide who did the city tour the next day was amazing and worth paying extra for!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 23, 2012
    Posted by: KConklin
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wonderful sites and fabulous food and wine

    This was one of the best vacations that we have ever taken. We are still sharing our experiences with friends and plan to continue taking the bike tours. It is definitely the best way to see a country, to meet people and to experience the culture of the country.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 21, 2012
    Posted by: barbj
    From: phil,PA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Spectacular scenery, food and wine

    From Florence to Rome, and the stunning country- and sea-side in between, this tour was filled with spectacular scenery. Visited many quaint and beautiful villages along the way with time to explore the shops, eat and - of course - sample the Italian wines. Bicycling was easy to moderate - the fun and fantastic guides can point out more challenging optional routes, if inclined. Great way to tour the Tuscan Coast!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 20, 2012
    Posted by: erin11
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great trip-hosts, places to see and stay, good proportion between time on bike and time off.

    Would recommend this trip to advanced beginners. Overall a great value for the money. Great VBT hosts, places to see and stay. Good proportion between ride time and time off. Felt well taken care off by the staff from the very beginning of the trip to the end. Lack of GPS was a short coming.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: Rob29
    From: Rock Hill, SC, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Loved the 'extras' included on this tour

    I expected to see beautiful scenery and enjoy amazing food, but I was delightfully surprised by the extra's -- like the olive oil tasting and lunch on the olive farm, the Tuscan cooking class held in chef Cicco's home, and the knowledgeable guides who couldn't do enough to make the trip pleasant for everyone. These extras are what made the trip so memorable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: Stella19
    From: Hamilton, ON, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Italy is the best

    Scenery was outstanding with the food to match. Luca and GiGi (our guides) provided a jovial and entertaining atmosphere. The variety of inns, hotels, and agriturisimos was a pleasant surprise. I would highly recommend this particular trip to all.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: Ernie43
    From: Illinois
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Tour with a diverse variety of adventure & scenery

    What made this tour outstanding was the diverse bicycling through the hill top towns, farnlands and seacoast areas. The options for bicycling routes and included narrated events gave the freedom to chose out of a variery of activies each day. The included meals at the hotel stays were of the best quality of fresh local ingredients, rooms very suitable & confortable, & the wine tasting an exciting attraction. Every need you could possibly have was taken care of so you could immerse yourself in the pleasures of the trip's ammenities. Loved every minute of it!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: rosebuck
    From: norwich,ct
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • An excellent "appetizer" for Tuscany

    The hills were gorgeous in April, the weather was perfect, the routes were superbly designed, descriptions of the area were exceptionally crafted, the group was excellent and ready for this area, and the trip's leaders were just superb! The food? Memorable evern four years later! Book-ending the trip in Florence at the onset, and Rome at the conclusion, were also high points. Might just do this same trip again in the future.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: TomNorthwest
    From: Seattle, WA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • June 2011 Tuscany Trip

    This was our first foray to travel abroad with a group and to cycle. We wanted the experience of guides who knew the country, the language, the customs, and the added ability to eat and drink with an activity that would allow us to exercise it all off. We could not have asked for a better introduction to cycling and through beautiful countryside. VBT allows for every physical level to enjoy their time and they also take care of the mechanical needs of all equipment. The guides are superb which allows for a jovial atmosphere to exist as the group gets to know one another and all the amenities are top notch. Highly recommended, especially for first time cyclists - highly recommend the road bike over the hybrids as well as they are of high quality and well maintained. Have fun!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Stiz
    From: Ashburn, VA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was everything I had hoped for and more!

    From the moment we met our trip leaders to the tearful good byes to our fellow bikers and leaders this trip was amazing. Great biking, accommodations, wonderful food and an authentic introduction to the Italian culture. This was a great trip to do with a group of friends and we made memories that will last a lifetime.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Denice
    From: Hood River
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was awesome!

    This was my first organized cycling vacation. Choosing VBT was an excellent choice. All details of the trip were handled by them, including my round-trip air. The price of the entire trip including air was good and we stayed at awesome places. The cycling experience was unbelievably wonderful. I have recommended VBT to friends and will definitely use them again for future cycle vacations. This was my first trip to Europe and I have happy memories. Tour guides and accommadations were excellent!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: RJDBOCA
    From: Delray Beach, FL, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fantastic trip

    We had a great time during the entire trip. The degree of dificulty was perfect. Nothing too hard. Excellent tour guides, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Perfect weather. Interesting places. Great food.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: mumma
    From: Atlanta, GA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Our First VBT Experience

    After much research on biking vacations in Europe, my boyfriend and I decided on The Tuscan Coast VBT Tour. We normally vacation aboard luxury cruise ships since we like to see many interesting places while on holiday. VBT offered many of the same things we love about the cruise ship experience--nice accommodations, great food and wine, airfare included and wonderful tour guides. We are experience travelers and wine enthusiasts, so this tour looked like it would hit all of our interests. Many of our group of 18 now stays in tour via Facebook, and we hope to have a reunion VBT tour of France next year. Bravo VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Laura
    From: NJ
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Could not ask for a better vacation! New friends, great food and some exercise!

    This was a great trip made better with fabulous guides, amazing scenery, incredible food and wine plus some very nice people to get to know. The extra time in Florence on the front end was excellent. We hired Simone (local VBT guide) to give us a crash course on history, art, architecture and all things Florentine like the special little shop that makes mosaic paintings using the old, traditional techniques. We have fond memories of Florence because of Simone who made us feel very much at home. The time in Rome after the biking was also very special. Again we hired a guide for a crash course so that we could learn as much as possible in the short time that we had in such a lovely city. I have recommended this trip to others a number of times and look forward to the next trip that we book...maybe Croatia!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Lupo
    From: Golden, Co
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Tuscan Coast

    Great cycling. Great sights. Fun and competent guides. We loved it.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Lori
    From: Philadelphia
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • beautiful, well-organized, great hotels and charming guides

    this was our 2nd vbt trip-brought my sister and her husband along this time. we went at the end of the season-so it was a little cool and quiet. We loved the daily wine-tastings, and the meals were amazing. We enjoyed the group's variety with some surprising dinner conversations.The bike routes were beautiful. The extra features- cooking class, olive oil tasting added, and the delightful italian charm of our guides were what made this more than just another bike tour. we will be back- spain?

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Katrina
    From: michigan
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Fantastic

    One of the best vacations I've ever taken! I loved everything about this tour; the food, the people, the sites and locations... And the tour guides were wonderful. I highly recommend this tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Jan8765
    From: Annapolis, MD, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Good selection of beautiful rides

    A very enjoyable trip. The rides were varied -- a nice mix of easy terrain and rolling hills. This is a section of Italy that I would probably never see except on a bicycle tour. The scale of the countryside is perfect for viewing from a bike. There are lovely rural vistas and tiny villages as well as historical towns that are not on the itinerary of most Americans. The group was simpatico. There were riders of varying levels, but the excellent guides insured that everyone had a great time

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: EspressoEric
    From: Hudson Valley
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Visiting the Italian Wine Country in Tuscany was thrilling!

    When we decided to spend our 40th wedding anniversary biking the Tuscan Coast in early summer, we never dreamed our return to Italy would so wonderful. The great rides on country roads were well organized to visit many local vinyards and vintage hillside towns. This was our third VBT bike tour and it turned out to be most outstanding. The other riders on our tour (19) were fun and interesting to be with during our tour. Our pre and post tour visits to Florance and Rome were the frosting on our vacation treat. We had local cycling guides who were well organized and safety conscious. We would take another VBT tour if we could take our tandem bycycle which we are currently riding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Steve40
    From: Palmer Lake, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Marvelous tour!

    I'd love to do this one again, next time in May, rather than October. That would give me a chance to experience Spring in Tuscany, with all of those fresh young greens (I'm a foodie!). Timothy was an outstanding guide. I hope he does the May tour, as well! The scenery, people (with a chance to use my on-line-earned, if halting, Italian), food, nicely paced cycling, and comfortable bikes, make this tour a winner for me.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Susanna
    From: Burlington, VT
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wonderful vacation experience.

    The slow paced, up-close and personal style of seeing Italy was great. I am not a avid biker, but the tour allows you to go or not go at your own pace. I would and have recommended the tour to others.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: golfer
    From: iowa falls, iowa
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • It became the trip of our lifetime so far with many more to follow!

    Florence and Rome were wonderful but the real memories are on the bikes riding through the countryside. The Inn keepers all own their wineries and share their passion - like characters out of a novel. Lunchtime in the midevil towns was always delicious. They are always uphill but worth it. Fellowship with the other riders was great. The food was fabulous except for the liver pattee that I kept ordering by mistake. We are hooked and plan to do more trips soon.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Drew76
    From: Bangor, ME, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great start and middle but a lousy ending

    My wife and I totally enjoyed the trip, met a lot of great people and our trip leaders were wonderful. The plane ride home ruined the trip for me. We left Rome an hour late, had to fly 10 hours to Atlanta, right over Phila. were we live, run to our connecting flight and then had to fly another two hours back to Philly. The whole ride home ruined the trip for me.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Nellvince
    From: Phila, PA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wonderful scenary, accommodations, and service from start to finish

    We joined a private group tour literally weeks before the trip. VBT staff were very accommodating, arranging our flights to match those of the others in our group. Elena and Andre met us in Florence and provided wonderful suggestions for the few hours we had to visit the beautiful city. We enjoyed wending our way through the towns and villages, learning about the history, people, flora and fauna. Our meals were delicious and beautifully prepared, with many healthy options for the vegetarian in our group. At first I thought this might be a once in a life trip adventure, now I hope that it is the first in a series of travels.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Ladybiker
    From: Newport, VT 05855, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Amazing trip, amazing people, AMAZING FOOD!

    If you're a foodie, love meeting interesting people from around the country, love adventures and experiencing the italian countryside up close and personal, this trip is for you!! The accommodations were outstanding, from olive tree orchards, wine tasting picnic lunches, and dinner extravagances, it was a feast for the eyes and the appetite!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: ivagodiva
    From: Hallandale Beach, FL
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A culturally rich tour that will please your senses.

    The Tuscan Coast tour is a beautifully balanced combination of cycling and cultural experiences. The route takes you through classic tiny Italian villages, with elderly men in lively discussion around the central fountains. At the end of the day, accommodations in the midst of vineyards and olive groves, with rich country cuisine contribute to the sense of being "hosted" by the Italians. Finally, the educational and cultural sessions, learning about wine and olive oil making, having lunch at a family home, all contribute to making this a very well rounded tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Catherine
    From: Massachusetts, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Simply amazing - not only met but exceeded expectations

    I would do this trip every year if I could. Really. Such a beautiful place, such wonderful food, such a great trip, so well organized, kudos to VBT, Luca and Luigi. Thanks for a trip of a lifetime!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Michael
    From: Sarasota, FL, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • a wonderful intimate look at Italy

    this still resonates with us several years later: Paulo and Claudio, twins who led our tour, gave us so many "pearls" that we talk about so often, like the time we felt (erroneoulsy)we had gotten lost, ending up in a field where we weren't sure which way to turn, talking with body language only to an italian farmer who had no English, we no Italian, but managed to communicate. when we got back, we told the brothers, "we got lost!" but Paul told us excitedly, "oh, you lucky people, you are the only ones who had an ADVENTURE!!!!" To this day, when faced with some challenge, we tell each other, "oh, another ADVENTURE!!!" and are both transported back to Tuscany and VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: candy
    From: sacramento, ca
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • great trip

    well planned, exceptional leaders, nice accomodations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: love2bike
    From: carson city
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • I cried when it ended

    The trip leaders, my fellow travelers- it was truly the trip of a lifetime. From the time I was picked up from the airport by a very wonderful VBT representative until the time I left, I felt like a catered to ROCK STAR. The only problem was despite it being a cycling tour, I GAINED weight from eating so much delicious food! The knowledge, the activities provided, the breathtaking views...my next trip will be with VBT again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Onechiquita
    From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Dynamic, supportive leaders and spectacular vistas of Tuscany

    The Tuscan Coast is a marvelous adventure -- tasty Italian cuisine including fresh, home-grown vegetables, distinctive wine, great views, quaint medieval villages with fun, helpful leaders. This was such a memorable vacation. The tourismos were comfy, relaxing and picturesque. I loved every minute. I found the others on the trip to be congenial and friendly, even when 6 of us got separated from the group and no one spoke Italian. The challenge of getting back on the route was certainly an adventure. Even with our detour, we arrived for the olive oil tasting and lunch on time. All I can say is a perfectly marvelous adventure!!!! You have to go with VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: DoxieLover
    From: Houston, Texas
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • What a way to see Italy!

    This was my first VBT trip and it was excellent. So much so that I have taken 2 additional and am waiting to go on another to Croatia. It is great to see parts of the country that the average tourist would not see and to learn about the different areas. At the first lodging we were treated with fresh figs from the fruit trees.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Anita12
    From: Bentonville, AR, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour was spectacular!

    This was a wonderful tour. The lodging was exceptional, the food was delicious and the guides were pleasant, accommodating and fun!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Kurly
    From: Bedford, NH
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • An anniversary worth waiting for!

    Our trip to the Tuscan coast was indeed the celebration of 25 years of marriage we felt worth waiting for! Sunny days, warm evenings and long,luxurious rides thru the Italian countryside made for a truly incredible celebration of our lives ! We have never done anything like this VBT tour but put ourselves in their hands for a trip of a lifetime! The inns were unique and special,each a welcome rest station after a fun, sun-drenched day of cycling. We always say the best part of cycling is how good it feels when you stop and these accommodations made stopping oh so much sweeter! Comfy beds in clean well appointed rooms we felt like family more than guests at each of our hotels. Our guides became friends, offering encouragement, good humor and tips for finding GOD (Gelato Of the Day) which made for great commraderie with our fellow travelers! We started planning our next trip as soon as we got back and hope to book our 28th anniversary trip next summer with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Vanclan85
    From: Cincinnati ohio
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Amazing trip- dream of Italy daily.

    Beautiful scenery, excellent food, (best food ever, thank you our Italian hosts), guides were a delight, and so much fun. Accommodations were lovely. This was our first tour with a group, so we were a bit apprehensive, but as it turns out, that worrying and thought was for naught. VBT even had a suggestions for our post trip in Rome. If offered, do not miss the walking tour of Rome with Frank! Money well spent for this tour, we learned so much. We anxiously await our trip this fall to Provence. I'm not sure if it will be as amazing as the Tuscan Coast, but I have absolute faith in VBT offering a trip equally special as the Tuscan Coast trip. We can't wait. We are truly fortunate to be able to travel with them once again for our 30th wedding anniversary this October. Thank you VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Linda
    From: Grafton, WI, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A wonderful experience on a well guided tour.

    My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our Tuscan biking holiday. We had wonderful rides and our guides made each day special. Thanks VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Marie5
    From: Ontario, Canada
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour is made for memories!

    I loved this trip ! The savory meals at Chicca's casa, the olive mill, and at Montebelli were highlights of our culinary experiences. Our guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and accommodating. The Tuscan scenery made every day magical ... cycling through the Cecina pine forest or viewing gorgeous sunsets on the Tyrrhenian Sea .

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Tommy
    From: cornwall-on-hudson
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Very enjoyable tour; lots of lovely countryside and good food.

    We particularly enjoyed the extension options for a pre-tour stay in Flornece, and post-tour stay in Rome. As always, VBT staff and independent contractors employed by VBT were wonderfully helpful, and accommodations were excellent!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Marcia15
    From: Long Beach, CA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Magical...met our dreams and expectations for our first trip to Italy.

    Our first trip to Italy, but not first trip with VBT, we truly enjoyed every moment of the trip. Starting at the Airport gate, being met by the VBT rep. gave us the comfort that we would be taken care of on our trip. From the cab ride to our hotel in Florence to our final ride to Rome, we felt special. Our guides were so helpful and knowledgeable and entertaining with humor and local trivia. They truly cared about everyone on the trip and met every request with a smile and helpful answer. We not only booked another trip, but have recommended VBT to over 6 couples who also booked amazing trips in the last year. Our friends traveled from New Zealand to France to Vietnam.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: LOrij
    From: Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • We loved the gorgeous Montebelle Agriturisimo and the fabulous, fresh dinner buffet we had the first night. Every bite of every dish was exquisite

    This was our first VBT tour and we liked it so much that we are taking another tour in early Sept to the Italian Dolimites. TheTuscan Coast tour leaders were outstanding and we can't imagine any better. Claudio and Tim were a major part of why this trip was so enjoyable! You really felt like they wanted to give you the best vacation ever, and they seemed like they were having as much fun as we were too! The olive oil tasting and wine tasting are two unforgetable memories, as well as the references to finding G.O. D., or -"gelato of the day". There's nothing like enjoying a delicious ricotta fig gelato after a day spent biking the hills of Tuscany! We love being active on a vacation, and while the biking was challenging, we never felt pressured to do more than we were able . We look forward to exploring many more places with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Rutkom
    From: Syracuse, NY
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This was the best vacation I have ever had.

    From being met at the airport to being dropped back off, and everything in between was fantastic. Our tour guides, the scenery, the itinerary, the food, and the experience of meeting new people and making new friends made my husband and I want to do a cylcling tour every year. It was a pleasure to have someone else worry about the details of the trip. All we had to do was pack, the rest was easy. A no stress vacation, what a concept!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Andrea
    From: Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The lodging was very nice and the biking was just the right level for my friends and me. The food was excellent

    I would certainly recommend doing this tour with the pre and post trip especially if this is your first time to Italy. All in all the bike trip was a chance to see part of the Tuscan area and coast. The biking was moderate and the tour guides were charming. The food was very tasty. I do remember that the last night seemed very long and the food took forever to arrive. I don't think we would have enjoyed the tour as much without the pre and post trips to Florence and Rome. It sometimes looked just like we were biking in the California wine country..which is beautiful, but that is where we are from, so it is more fun for us to bike in more unique settings like New Zealand.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: ddub
    From: Saratoga, CA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Fantastic trip - great guides and people

    Fantastic trip. It was good for the average as well as more adventurous bikers. Most important - best food in my life. The poeple were very compatable

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Charlie
    From: Tucson, AZ, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This tour was a lot of fun and a great experience.

    Our trip leaders were amazing. The whole vacation was well organized and completed without any flaws. The accommodations were outstanding as well as the meals. Absolutely one of the best vacations we have ever had. We never realized what a beautiful country Italy was until we saw it by bike. The post trip in Rome left us wanting to stay longer. We would highly recommend this tour

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: AliJim1
    From: Oxford, PA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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