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Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike

The true spirit of Tuscany is distilled in its majestic hill towns.

  • 10 Days
  • 30 Reviews Recommended by 30 of 30 travellers
  • Activity Level: Moderate / Advanced
  • Daily Mileage: 30 - 60 mi
  • Daily Biking: 3 - 6 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Moderate / Advanced
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike

This popular VBT itinerary sets out to experience that spirit to its fullest with awe-inspiring reels through the stunning countryside. Its two medieval gems—San Gimignano and Siena—stand at the center of this cycling adventure. But oh … there’s so much more to discover! From the magical Chianti region to the perfect Renaissance town of Pienza, we’ll cycle into Tuscany’s very heart, staying in converted monasteries, visiting with a local art historian, admiring the finely wrought frescoes at a 14th-century abbey, and—of course!—sampling famed red wines.

Cultural Highlights

  • Enjoy time to explore two medieval gems of Tuscany: San Gimignano and Siena
  • Learn some Italian at a language lesson
  • See where medieval and modern Tuscany come together in Colle Val d'Elsa
  • Enjoy a Renaissance lecture by a local art historian
  • Gain an appreciation for the local wine on a ride through the scenic Chianti region
  • Explore the 14th-century Benedictine abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore
  • Savor a picnic lunch in the lunar-like landscape of the Crete region of Siena
  • Attend a wine tasting and lecture at an enoteca
  • Cycle through the Orcia valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

What to Expect

This tour offers the full range of easy terrain mixed with moderate and challenging hills. Our VBT van support shuttle is always available for those who need assistance with the hills. Ideal for more experienced cyclists.

Average Daily Mileage: 15-45 miles
Average Cycling Time: 3-5 hours

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4-star historic hotels and one country villa
  • 10 meals – 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

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  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 4-star historic hotels and one country villa
  • 12 meals – 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Airport transfers
  • And the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Florence – 2 nights for only $345 • Post-trip: Rome – 2 nights for only $345

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 with local wine and hors d'oeuvres
  • Sightseeing and cultural activities
  • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $545 | Land Only Single Supplement: $395

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 U.S. / Fly overnight to Florence

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

DAY 2: Arrive in Florence

Upon arrival at the Florence airport, a VBT local representative meets you outside the customs area and helps you transfer to your hotel (approximately 30 minutes). The representative will be holding a VBT sign. If you arrive early, your room may not be ready until 2:00 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.

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.

You have the rest of the day free to explore the city, using VBT's City Information included in your Final Travel Booklet as your guide. In the evening, relax in one of the city's restaurants and sample the local cuisine.

Hotel: Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci

DAY 3: All guests meet in Florence / Transfer to San Gimignano

VBT No-Air Package guests: Your tour starts at 12:30 pm at the Florence hotel (Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci, via de' Tornabuoni 3, Firenze, phone +39 055 212645). Please have lunch on your own before meeting your VBT Trip Leaders, who will be in the lobby wearing VBT staff garments. If your arrival at the Florence hotel is scheduled later than 12:30 pm, or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi (approximately 1 hour) at your own expense (approximately 100 euros/$150 USD) to Hotel La Collegiata. Contact Hotel La Collegiata to advise the staff of any travel delays or changes, and they will pass the message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package guests & Pre-Trip Extension guests: Explore Florence after breakfast, then meet your Trip Leaders at the hotel in Florence at 12:30 pm. They will be wearing VBT staff garments. Please plan to have lunch on your own before meeting your Trip Leaders.

Once the group has assembled, we transfer by motorcoach to our first hotel, Hotel La Collegiata (approximately 1½ hours). This hotel, located just outside the charming town of San Gimignano, was once a monastery, and was transformed in the late 1980s into a 20-room deluxe hotel. It features a large park and Italian-style garden with a swimming pool. After settling in, meet for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a short warm-up ride through the countryside. Later, gather with the group for a welcome reception on the terrace, enjoying the view of San Gimignano's medieval towers. Dinner tonight features regional specialties in the hotel's impressive restaurant, once the church of the monastery.

Hotel: Hotel La Collegiata
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 3.7 miles (5.7 km)

DAY 4: Explore San Gimignano

This morning, cycle past silvery olive groves and old fattorie (farm villas) with stunning open views of the Tuscan countryside. Our ride takes us to San Gimignano, known for its characteristic skyline visible from miles away. It's hard to believe that such a small medieval center once brimmed with 76 towers, erected in a 14th-century building frenzy by competing families. Today, only 13 remain. You have free time to explore on your own and eat lunch. Or choose an optional and challenging ride to Ulignano and San Benedetto.

Later, participate in an included language workshop with your native Italian VBT Trip Leaders. For dinner tonight, we head into San Gimignano first at the Wine museum for a glass of Vernaccia and a toast from its spectacular balcony, and then for a stroll and stop in at a trattoria for dinner on your own.

Hotel: Hotel La Collegiata
Meals: B
Daily Options: 15, 24.3 or 40.1 miles (24, 39 or 64.2 km)

DAY 5: Cycle to Colle Val d'Elsa and Siena

After breakfast, we ride to Colle Val d'Elsa, a picturesque town famous for its fine handcrafted crystal and medieval architecture. Entering the borough via the monumental Porta Nuova, we wind our way past numerous 16th- and 17th-century noble houses to the magnificent Palazzo Campana, which marks the entrance to the castle and the oldest part of Colle Val d'Elsa. We continue through several charming little towns like Strove and Abbadia Isola in the sleepy countryside of Siena, past fields of red poppies and rolling fields, before entering the walled city of Monteriggioni, an ideal stop for lunch. After lunch, shuttle or continue biking to our next accommodations in Siena.

Your hotel in Siena is a restored monastery within the complex of San Niccolo' Church. Located in the quietest part of the city, the contrada della Chiocciola, or the Snail district, it is only a few steps from a typical chiesa del cavallo, or horse church. You can only find these unique places of worship here: Churches where horses are received and blessed before the Palio race. This evening, a local art historian provides insight into the Italian Renaissance, the history of Siena and the Palio, then joins the group for dinner in a local restaurant.

Hotel: Il Chiostro Del Carmine
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 31.9 or 41.9 miles ( 51. 6 or 67 km)

DAY 6: Explore the Chianti region and Siena

Early this morning, start your day with a short self-guided walk to absorb the city as it wakes from its slumber. Students head to the nearby university. Kids clutch their mothers' hands on their way to school. Sip a cappuccino in a typical bar, take it all in, and try your Italian with some locals!

Later today, ride through the Chianti region on Via Chiantigiana, a panoramic road that runs north-to-south across the vineyards and through hilltop villages like Radda and Castellina. Back in Siena, discover the city at your own pace during your free time.

Siena is the embodiment of a medieval city. Its inhabitants pursued an intense rivalry with Florence, even with their careful attention to urban planning. Throughout history, they preserved their city's Gothic appearance, which was developed between the 12th and 15th centuries. During this period, the work of Duccio, the Lorenzetti brothers and Simone Martini set the stage for developments in Italian and, more broadly, European art. The whole city of Siena, built around the Piazza del Campo, was created as a work of art that blends gracefully into the surrounding landscape.

Tonight, dinner is on your own in one of the many local trattorias in the heart of the city. After dinner, after all the tourists have gone, take a stroll through the various rioni (the territories of each contrada) or in the quiet Duomo district.

The Palio horse race, which takes place every year on July 2 and August 16, is one of Italy's most famous and popular events. A celebration of the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary, it first took place on August 16, 1656. From 1701, it was run in honor of the Madonna dell'Assunta, the patroness of Siena. The race's history is strictly connected with the origins of Siena's contradas, or districts. Each contrada is an institution in itself, with its own headquarters, government, oratory, coat of arms, appellations, titles of nobility, emblems and colors, official representatives, festivities, patron saints, district sculptures, delimited territories and population. Today only 17 contradas exist, 10 of which participate in the race. The preparations for the race are like liturgical ceremonies, from the transformation of the Campo square into a race track to the blessing of each contrada horse. During the month of July, we are likely to see some of the festivities and decorations surrounding this famous local event.

Hotel: Il Chiostro Del Carmine
Meals: B
Daily Options: 28.7 or 42.2 miles (46 or 67.6 km)

DAY 7: Cycle Pienza and the Sienese Crete

This morning, we shuttle to the 14th-century Benedictine abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. In the cloister, we admire many frescoes painted by some of the most famous artists of the Sienese school. Then we pedal into the Crete, a lunar-like region of clay hummocks and treeless gullies. On our way we stop near the picturesque village of Trequanda for an included picnic lunch prepared by our Trip Leaders.

Later this afternoon we arrive in Pienza, a charming town set on a hill in Tuscany's Val d'Orcia. This is a perfect example of Renaissance town planning as dictated by Pope Pius II. We have free time to relax in the piazza or explore the town before finding a restaurant for lunch on our own. Late in the afternoon, enjoy an included wine tasting and talk on Tuscan wines at one of the most famous enotecas in Italy. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

Hotel: Il Chiostro di Pienza
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 14.3 or 264 miles (22.9 or 42.3 km)

DAY 8: Ride into the Orcia Valley to Montepulciano

Today's reel follows a rolling scenic road through the Orcia Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our destination is the medieval hilltop village of Monticchiello, surrounded by city walls. Then pedal toward another great walled city, Montepulciano, where you can spend browse wine shops and cobbled alleyways before lunch on your own.

In the afternoon, you can opt for a longer route over more rolling hills to Torrita di Siena in Val di Chiana. Or bike or shuttle back to Pienza on a different route. A local trattoria hosts our farewell dinner featuring typical pici pasta.

Hotel: Il Chiostro di Pienza
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 13.7, 22.5 or 31.1 miles (22, 36 or 50 km)

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

VBT No-Air Package guests: Your trip ends in Rome around 12 pm at the River Palace Hotel, Via Flaminia 33, phone +39 06 830011. You are responsible for your own transfer to the airport for your flight home.

VBT Air Package guests: Arrive at our Rome hotel around noon and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Your room may not be ready until 1 pm, but you can 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 an optional city walk to help you make the most of the Eternal City. Our VBT City Information, included in your Final Travel Booklet, has recommendations for restaurants, museums and transportation in Rome to help you explore on your own.

Hotel: River Palace Hotel
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for Home

After breakfast* this morning, 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.

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

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Hotel La Collegiata

Located just outside San Gimignano, the hotel was in the old times (1587) a monastery of the Cappuccini monks. It was turned in the late eighties into an elegant and deluxe hotel of 21 rooms and until very recently it was part of the Relais & Chateaux chain. It features a park and an Italian-style garden with a swimming pool, a rose garden, an impressive restaurant built in the ancient church, a bar on the terrace with great views of San Gimignano medieval towers. The hotel is fully air conditioned and equipped with WiFi connection. Each room has a Jacuzzi bathtub.
Free WiFi Included

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

River Palace Hotel

Located in the heart of the city, a few steps from Piazza Del Popolo and the wonderful Santa Maria del Popolo Church (with paintings by Caravaggio), this charming property is intimate and refined. It features a very good restaurant called Caravaggio, a nice breakfast room, and friendly staff at bar and reception. VBT has reserved only superior rooms, larger than the otherwise very small standard bedrooms. It’s a great spot from which to discover the Eternal City. WiFi is free throughout and an Internet point is also available in the lobby.
Free WiFi Included

Il Chiostro del Carmine

Located in the heart of Siena, far from the city noise and near the city walls, this historic property was once a 14th-century Carmelite monastery and is now classified as a holiday resort. It features 17 comfortable rooms overlooking either the internal cloister or the valley south of Siena. The atmosphere is very peaceful and familiar. Breakfast is served in the ancient “barrel room” where monks used to press and store wine in big barrels. The cloister offers seating and relaxation.
Free WiFi Included

Il Chiostro di Pienza

Set in the heart of medieval Pienza, the 4-star Il Chiostro di Pienza is housed in a former 15th-century Franciscan convent. As you relax in your comfortable accommodations, you will find its central location enables you to explore this Renaissance city, so well-preserved and rich in history. Hotel amenities include a terraced garden offering sweeping views of the Orcia and Asso valleys, an outdoor swimming pool and a refined restaurant serving Tuscan specialties. Though its air-conditioned rooms vary in layout and décor, all feature cable/satellite television, a minibar, and private bath with shower and hair dryer. Complimentary WiFi is available in the lobby.
Free WiFi Included
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  • LIked the balance between riding and free time.

    The hotels were wonderful especially those that had a pool! It was nice to take a dip after a ride. The group had varied bike riding abilities and the guides seem to make this difficult rated tour work for all.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 24, 2014
    Posted by: ridesallyride
    From: New London, NH, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Tuscany as I Dreamed it Would Be

    Great Views,Great Guides - every time I tour with VBT it is a learning experience and Claudio and Palio certainly have a flair for expressing their love of Italian culture. The route was one of the more difficult VBT tours I have done, you never go down into an Italian town it is always up. The views were spectacular. The hotels comfortable. Overall excellent experience

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 10, 2014
    Posted by: JTB1
    From: MA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent first experience with VBT!

    As a first time client of VBT I could not be more impressed with my experience in taking The Tuscan Hill Towns Tour. The service, accommodations and meals that were provided were excellent. the guides were more than accommodating, the riding directions precise and the riding was challenging.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 31, 2014
    Posted by: Motor
    From: Mexico, NY 13114, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Amazing scenery

    This tour is challenging in terms of riding. Train on serious hills before you arrive. Hotels were very nice and the scenery was amazing. Guides were charming and personable. Local wines were fabulous, as well as the food. VBT air option involves additional stops.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 30, 2014
    Posted by: Karengs65
    From: Atlanta, GA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wonderful tour but not for the "faint hearted"

    The inclines were a bit much for me! That being said, the riding was spectacular! The views, towns, churches - everything - in Tuscany is just so beautiful! Both guides, Paolo and Lucca, were very supportive, always positive and enthusiastic - they made the trip even better than I had hoped!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 12, 2013
    Posted by: Dympha
    From: Brooklyn NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wonderful...once we finally got there

    The food, wine and Tuscan villages were fabulous. Challenging biking but that made dinner even more enjoyable. Unfortunately, for the second time in 3 years, our flight connections didn't work out and we lost a day of our trip (our 1 night stay in Florence) as well as our luggage (which showed up 2 days later). Given a chance, the airlines WILL screw things up. Non-stop flights lessen would that chance. But I highly recommend the trip, especially for avid cyclists.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 12, 2013
    Posted by: Brad
    From: Reading, PA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Exceeded our expectations!

    Beautiful scenery, challenging biking, fine food, and outstanding accommodations - what more could you want? Our native Italian trip leaders did an excellent job relating the local culture and adapting the daily routes to the varied abilities of our group. We've been raving about the trip to everyone since we returned.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 08, 2013
    Posted by: Bruce44
    From: Corning, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The way to see the real Tuscany

    My husband and I booked this trip to celebrate milestone birthdays. I will say it was some of the more challenging hills I've climbed, but that's what we signed up for. The terrain was gorgeous! You can't get this from a car. You need to be on a bike and on these beautiful back roads which happened to lead to wonderful hill towns/fortresses. The food and the views at the summit made the climb worth it. Our guides were terrific and made each day a delight with their humor and ease of dealing with any situation. The towns we went through and stayed at gave a real sense of the Tuscany. The accommodations and the people that ran them completed the package.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 21, 2013
    Posted by: Susan59
    From: Oakland, Ca
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • wonderful

    Great biking, hotels, vistas, culture. don't every cut off the food in the meals you provide. we were asked to pay for additional risotto. Hotel in Rome, rooms too small. Otherwise great

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 16, 2013
    Posted by: professor
    From: chicago
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great but very hard on the quads

    Good news first. Fabulous vistas of Tuscany, wonderful hotels, great meals every day, and the pre and post trip stays were an amazing value. Bad news: for this tour, make sure you are in shape for long, very step roads with your biking. I thought I was in shape as I bike almost every day. Be sure you are in shape for mountains and not rolling gentle hills. Note angle of road my wife is on and that is just the start of a 5 km up hill ride. Good news- we did not put on a pound during this trip, despite the incredible meals!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 09, 2013
    Posted by: Talker63
    From: Boston
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Biking with VBT, a perfect way to explore the Hill towns of Tuscany!

    Wow, are we glad we decided to go on the VBT bike trip this past June! We saw a completely different Tuscany than the one we thought we knew! We have driven the hill towns of Tuscany and almost decided against this trip because "we had been there, done that" ...But,biking these hills, stopping in the little towns and grabbing a slice of pizza while browsing the shops and filling water bottles from the town fountains was such a fun way to see these beautiful places. We learned so much from our guides and we met such great people on this trip, we had challenging rides and a great sense of accomplishment at the end of each day. My husband and I speak Italian and have spent much time in Italy but this was one of the best trips we have ever had there...it is now the way we plan to see Italy 'all over again'...on bikes with VBT! We want to do Puglia, Tuscany by the Sea and the Dolomites and we WILL! Thank you for putting together such a great itinerary. The bikes were brand new, the hotels were a great value, the pools were key in the heat we had, the dinners were delicious, we had great wine tastings and our guides really knew the inside skinny on where to score the best PIZZA by the slice ( a rarity in Italy) and the most wonderful Brunello's and Beer in town! Can't wait to book our next trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: Mary3737
    From: Tucson, AZ, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A great if quick tour of major Tuscan cities.

    A delightful stay in some major Tuscan cities of Florence (pre trip recommended) and Siena. And some beautiful visits to lessor known towns of Pienza and Monteregionni. I recommend taking the day off from cycling to explore Siena. Challenging hills for cycling but you knew this was coming with hill towns of Tuscany. Only the tour of Andalucia in Spain rates higher in my opinion.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 23, 2012
    Posted by: James
    From: Boulder, CO, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Excellent!

    I chose this trip because I wanted to see the small hill towns in Tuscany; Siena, Pienza, Montpuciano; they were all wonderful. We added the pre-trip in Florence and the post-trip in Rome both of which I would recommend. On our second day of riding we did a steep but doable climb then stopped at the VBT van for a brief break. Our guides had fruit and chocolate, and filled our water bottles. After resuming our ride in the countryside we came upon an RV selling espresso, of course we stopped for another break! Later in the trip the hills became more challenging; an hour uphill climb topped off with a steeper section as you approach the little town. I particularly enjoyed the downhills. I enjoyed searching for just the right ceramics to ship home, the wine tasting and simply wandering around the cobblestone streets taking in the Italian culture. Do this trip but train up for those hills!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 10, 2012
    Posted by: thechampion
    From: Wisconsin, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • See beautiful parts of Tuscany from your bike saddle

    I loved the terrain on this tour! Every day, gentle and rolling hills sprinkled with steep grade. Hill climbing was always optional b/c of the VBT van sweeping the route, ready to give a lift when the going got tough. Breathtaking scenery. Yummy pick-me-up snacks along the way, carefully laid out by trip leaders. Most routes were on good quality roads that were not heavily traveled. I appreciated the absence of pressure to always ride with the group. We all ended up at the same destination for lunch each day. The trip leaders were full of local knowledge as we rode from village to village. They were also great sources of local food lore and customs! They worked well as a team and infused playful energy into the group. Accommodations were topnotch; two of them had a swimming pool - a welcome treat @ days end during the June heat. Hated to walk away from the bike on last day of riding. Highly recommend this tour!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 01, 2012
    Posted by: nickling520
    From: Shelburne, VT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • We could not have imagined a better trip to Tuscany.

    We had a wonderful time on the Tuscan Hill Towns Tour. VBT did an amazing job coordinating the trip and the guides brought the tour to a higher level with your knowledge, humor, kindness, understanding and patience.... Between the morning meetings that were always informative with facts and humor, to the biking in the hot temperatures and then there were the hills that always seemed to go up much more than down and the breathtaking views. The food and wine was terrific and the guides’ recommendations were excellent. We look forward to planning our next trip with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 11, 2012
    Posted by: Anonymous
    From: Massachusetts
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great tour of Tuscan scenery, food, wine and culture.

    We enjoyed all our fellow travelers, the hotels and the food! the wine! Our guides were good humored, full of information and details of every place we went. Ever helpful and lots of fun. The bikes were great, the routes well thought out, the hills challenging. The only downside was the heat and I don't think VBT was responsible for an unseasonably hot wind from Africa. We had a great time and I would absolutely travel with VBT again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 09, 2012
    Posted by: Marcey58
    From: New Mexico
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The trip of a lifetime1

    This was the best trip of my life. The routes, the towns, the Trip leaders, the entire experience greatly exceeded my expectations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: PMPDC
    From: Burlington, VT
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fantastic Trip!

    We had a wonderful time on this trip. Yes the hills were a bit of a challenge... but our guides were always there to cheer us on or pick us up as need be. Riding in the van was as much fun as the ride. We enjoyed our pre ride "tricky turn " talks, and always learned something helpful (what to order for lunch and where, what gesture not to make) The hotels were all great. Having a pool to jump into after a long day of riding was very refreshing. We decided to forgo riding one day to explore Sienna and the guides had great ideas for us that helped us enjoy our day off the bike. I loved the laid back approach that the tour gave us. Our guides kept reminding us that it was our vacation and we should "just enjoy ourselves"..... and boy did we! We are looking forward to our next trip with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: jeswes
    From: New Mexico, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wonderful route through countryside of Tuscany visiting San Gimigniano, Siena, Pienza and small towns.

    The countryside was beautiful, small towns had a wonderful ambiance (medieval walled cities on hilltops). This ride has some rather steep hills, but there are choices of mileage, and the tour leaders were extremely accommodating to customize the ride length on an individual basis (for example, by giving a lift in the van for a challenging portion of the route if needed). Overnight accommodations were very nice. Enjoyed the food and wine! I recommend this tour to anyone who has reasonable conditioning for bike riding. The VBT rating is moderate to advanced, but it seems this is one of their most challenging tours. However, you don't need to be an advanced expert to do this. The tour guides we had were really great; they were always there during the riding or in the towns to make our vacation enjoyable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Cliff
    From: Shaker Heights, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • All aspects of this trip are phenomenal

    This was our first bike trip and we were a bit apprehensive. We wondered about the accommodations, guides, equipment and of course the biking. We could not have been more pleased. This trip is phenomenal! We highly recommend it. The accommodations are top notch, the food was incredible, Tuscany is spectacular, and the guides were wonderful. They made the trip. The bike routes were well chosen and took us to the best villages! We also had a great group of fellow bikers that made the trip really fun.! There isn't anything we would recommend VBT to change about this trip.....that says it all!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2012
    Posted by: JCarp09
    From: Raleigh, NC, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The tour was an all-round hit

    The trip leaders, Christian and Claudio, were amazing, friendly. lots of great insight about all aspects of the trip. We did the pre and post-trip and loved our tour guides in Rome especially Frank, our guide for the Vatican tour. The bikes were perfect, we were a little nervous about this and were perfectly happy with the bikes. the accommodations were lovely every where.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 07, 2012
    Posted by: GandJ
    From: Burlington, VT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour takes one into the vibrant heart of Tuscany

    The VBT biking tour into the heart of Tuscany's hill towns offers an exhilarating way to gain an intimate sense of Europe's most ancient and paradisal countryside.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: OldDogSam
    From: Williamstown, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • That which doesn't kill us makes us strong

    The trip of a life time! challenging hills, amazing towns and food, wonderful leaders, great group. I live in flat, flat, flat Chicago and I never saw hills like this before. I would say to myself, "if you make it to the tree at the top of this hill, you will live!" Tuscany is a joy. When we were on the bus at the end of the vacation, going back to Rome, we stopped at a gas station. A tour bus pulled in. One of my new pals said, "Can you imagine seeing all we saw on our bikes from the window of a bus?" That about sums up the experience. Truly wonderful!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 30, 2012
    Posted by: PatinChicago
    From: Chicago IL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great trip, challenging cycling, wonderful sights.

    This tour travels through some marvelous little towns. Tuscany's finest. The accomodations were great, the leaders were very knowledgeable and the entire experience was fabulous.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 25, 2012
    Posted by: Gloria
    From: Boston, Massachusetts
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Terrrific ride, the very best food and scenery

    This was one of the better trips offered in that it was a better, more challenging ride. Plus, the food in Italy is the best. VBT should have more trips like this.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: JimH
    From: Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • There is no bad view in the hilly world of Tuscany.

    This tour was just the right length, with manageable daily mileage even through hilly terrain. The towns on the tour are all must-sees in Tuscany. The accommodations included charming villas that served excellent Italian meals, with the accommodations in the perfect town of Pienza being the best. Our Italian guides made sure we experienced the real Italy, by arranging a talk with a crystal cutter and a wine tasting. Traditional Tuscan dishes were plentiful, with our favorite being the picnic on a perch that overlooked a picturesque Tuscan hillside. I was on a personal mission to taste as many flavors of gelato as possible. The extra mileage options allowed me to do that without gaining a pound. Bravisimo VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: willcycleforgelato
    From: Atlanta, GA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Exemplary ride with beautiful scenery & knowledgeable staff!

    The Tuscan Hills bike tour is absolutely unbeatable! I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. The fact that our guides were from Italy and were a wealth of information, made the tour even more interesting and beautiful. Each stop was breathtaking and the accomodations were superb, not to mention the incredible food and, of course, the wine!! I am also an avid cyclist and was very pleased with the comfort of the bike provided by VBT. To top it off, I met some interesting people from all over the World and thoroughly enjoyed our entire group! What an amazing experience! Thank you!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: MTgirls
    From: Montana
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Best eating bike tour

    If you love history, you will love this tour. If you love wine, you will love this tour. If you love eating...you get the picture. Oh, and one more thing, the cycling is great. My wife and I were the only ones on the trip using hybrid bikes and we made it up the Tuscan hills.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: maguralni
    From: Brooklyn, NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • No better vacation to be had!

    My husband and I have just completed our third bicycle tour in Italy. Each time we have brought one or two of our adult children as well as good friends. We have reached the maturity level to know that it is important to us to exercise while on vacation. Believe me, Italy, meets that requirement! Each day provides such a good balance: the exercise almost offsets the fantastic cuisine and the immense selection of corresponding wines. Who knew every city worth seeing is built on top of a mountain. The vistas approaching each walled city forces you to stop along the way to photograph breathtaking views.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: Maggie62
    From: Traverse City, MI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Exceptional Italy Vacation Experience

    I took my son and daughter, who were in their 20s, on the Tuscan Hills Bike Tour. I was in my 50s. As a seasoned biker, I was able to enjoy the trip with the young people. But, even if I had not been able to keep up, it would not have mattered. If you want to stop biking for the day…you just stop and go back to the hotel on the comfortable van that is always just a few minutes away. Quite a few of the participants enjoyed a leisurely ride every day and relaxed a lot. The guides, Claudio and Angelo, were knowledgable and friendly. We learned a lot about Italy and its history, enjoyed well planned side trips, enjoyed fabulous food, and created memories that will last the rest of our lives. I'm looking forward to my next VBT vacation.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2012
    Posted by: Edwin
    From: Freeport, ME, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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