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Tuscany by the Sea

Where Tuscany pours into the Tyrrhenian Sea, tranquility washes over Italy’s unspoiled Maremma.

  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking
  • Easy / Moderate
  • Plane

Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Tuscany by the Sea

It’s a breathtaking and serene coast made for riding, picnicking, and swimming. We’ll do all that, plus follow cycling paths along nature reserves, into medieval towns whose ramparts invite leisurely walks, and out to an island torn from the Middle Ages. Along the way, gracious hosts share the bounty of their beloved farmland—and a bit of themselves—during olive oil samplings, wine tastings, and pastry-making. What’s more, we end each glorious day as guests at a classic agriturismo farmhouse and a stunning secluded villa. Join us on this VBT favorite!

Cultural Highlights

  • Stay at a charming agriturismo that produces their own wines, olive oils and more
  • Enjoy an Italian pastry lesson at our agriturismo
  • Cycle along a stunning route offering views of the countryside, elegant villas and gardens, and the sea
  • Take advantage of many opportunities for a refreshing swim
  • Ferry to Giglio Island and enjoy a day at leisure exploring (March and late Sepember and October departures visit Tarquinia instead)
  • Find a warm welcome at an olive oil mill, where you'll enjoy a tasting and a picnic lunch
  • Enjoy a tasting of wines produced right at our villa in Magliano
  • Discover Magliano, a fortified city whose intact walls date as far back as the 14th century
  • Admire fabulous views from the ramparts of an ancient castle in Capalbio
  • Sample genuine Italian gelato, a rich ice cream

What to Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support van is always available for those who need assistance with the hills.

Average Daily Mileage: 15-35 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2-5 hours

Climate Information

Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Rome
Mar 59° Apr 64° May 72° Jun 78° Jul 83° Aug 83° Sep 79° Oct 71°

Average Rainfall (in.) – Rome
Mar 2.6  Apr 2.1  May 1.2  Jun .6  Jul .6  Aug 1.3  Sep 2.7  Oct 3.7

What’s Included:

Bicycle Tour Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 3- and 4-star hotels and a country resort
  • 13 meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

Air Package Plus

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 8 nights in 3- and 4-star hotels and a country resort
  • 15 meals – 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Orvieto – 2 nights for only $245 • 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
  • Special Good Buy Discount
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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $495 | Land Only Single Supplement: $345

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 Rome

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

DAY 2: Arrive in Rome / Transfer to Orvieto

Upon arrival at the Rome airport, claim your luggage and clear customs. VBT's local representative will meet you outside the customs area in your arrival terminal and will be holding a VBT sign. Your local representative helps you transfer by private car (approximately 2 hours) to your hotel in Orvieto to begin your trip. If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 1 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 this wonderful, historic city. Situated in the Paglia River Valley atop dramatic volcanic rock, Orvieto boasts centuries of history and architecture, including towers, palaces and noble houses. It began as an important Etruscan center and became prosperous in Roman times thanks to its production of ceramics. After being overrun by several invasions, Orvieto enjoyed the status of a free state in the 11th and 12th centuries. In 1354, it became a city of the Church Estate until 1798. After brief Napoleonic domination, it was finally annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1860. During your stay, be sure to visit Orvieto's impressive Gothic cathedral and Archaeological Museum.

In the evening, relax in one of the city's restaurants and sample the local cuisine.

Hotel: Hotel Duomo

DAY 3: Meet Trip Leaders / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception

VBT No-Air Package guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders and the rest of the group in the Orbetello-Monte Argentario train station at 2:15 pm. Please plan to buy some lunch on your own before this meeting. Your Trip Leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments. If your arrival at Orbetello-Monte Argentario train station is scheduled later than 2:15 pm or if you are delayed, you must take a taxi at your own expense (approximately 30 euros/$45 USD) to Antica Fattoria La Parrina (approximately 10 minutes). Please contact Antica Fattoria La Parrina to advise of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package guests & Pre-Trip Extension guests: Meet your VBT Trip Leaders at the hotel in Orvieto at 11 am. They will be wearing VBT staff garments. We will transfer by motorcoach (approximately 2 1/2 hours) to Antica Fattoria La Parrina. The coach will make a stop to buy lunch on the way to the hotel in Pitigliano.

Antica Fattoria La Parrina is a welcoming 4-star country resort that has been featured in Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it produces its own wine, cheese, yogurt, vegetables, oil, balsamic vinegar and flowers. Organic pasta, delicious jams and sauces and cosmetics are also partly prepared and marketed here. All products are made with natural and healthy ingredients. In the afternoon, we join our Trip Leaders for a safety and bike-fitting session followed by a short warm-up ride over the Tenuta along quiet country roads. Later, gather with the group for a welcome cocktail reception on the terrace. Dinner is at the hotel.

Hotel: Antica Fattoria La Parrina
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 5.5 miles (98.8 km)

DAY 4: Cycle through Maremma Park / Explore Talamone / Cooking demonstration

After breakfast, we leave La Parrina and cycle to the coast and Talamone, where we'll discover the many Greek legends linked to this little fortress village. There'll also be time to swim in the glittering blue sea. This medieval hilltop town overlooking the Mediterranean is set in the rolling countryside of the Maremma, one of the least-developed areas of central Italy. Its skyline is dominated by an ancient Sienese castle. This little town of fishermen originally stood on Talamonaccio Hill and served as an ancient Etruscan port. Currently, Talamone is set inside a World Wildlife Fund nature reserve known as Parco Regionale Della Maremma (Maremma Park), which features an incredible variety of protected flora and fauna. Lunch today is a delicious picnic prepared by our Trip Leaders.

In the afternoon we cycle back to our hotel, where we can relax at the wonderful pool or take a walk on the mapped trails that weave through the estate. Or you may opt for horseback riding in the area, well-known for its local breed of Maremma horses.

Tonight our hosts at La Parrina conduct a cooking class. Out on the terrace, learn how to prepare typical Tuscan cantucci—delicious almond cookies that are best when dipped in sweet Vin Santo wine. Enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Antica Fattoria La Parrina
Meals: B, L, D
Daily Options: 17.5 or 31 miles (28 or 53 km)

DAY 5: Cycle to Porto Ercole and Orbetello / Enjoy swimming / Meet local fishermen

This morning, ride through the countryside toward the coast and Ansedonia, passing elegant villas and gardens and enjoying great views of the sea and the old watchtower that once defended this coast. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way at a typical Maremma country farm that grows its own organic vegetables and breeds cattle. This afternoon, we cycle through a thick pine forest, and then roll alongside a sandy beach where you can take a refreshing swim. This is one of the most beautiful routes of the week. After a short visit in the fishing village of Porto Ercole, we continue to the old town of Orbetello, traversing a cycling path built on the lagoon. We explore the lush byway around the lagoon, then rejoin our Trip Leaders and follow them to a great gelato spot. A short shuttle will take us back to our hotel.

Tonight we meet some local fishermen and join them on their fishing boat on the lagoon for a taste of local fish and wine. Dinner is on your in Orbetello; you can opt to remain at your hotel if you prefer.

Hotel: Antica Fattoria La Parrina
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 21, 33 or 39 miles (34, 53 or 62 km)

DAY 6: Porto Santo Stefano / Ferry to Giglio Island

This morning, we say goodbye to our hosts at La Parrina and transfer to the bustling harbor and quaint village of Porto Santo Stefano (except during March and October—see note below). From this port town, we board a ferry to Giglio Island, arriving in the village of Giglio Porto. With our Trip Leader , we shuttle to the walled hilltop town of Giglio Castello, dominated by a fortress called the Rocca Pisana, and explore the site. This town is the oldest inhabited center on the island and still retains much of its medieval atmosphere.

After, we continue westward to Campese Beach for an informal lunch in one of the restaurants. You have free time to swim or relax on the beach. If you prefer, opt for a hike along the Faraglione cliffs; 700 different species of wildflowers and plants grow in this remote little corner of Tuscany. On our way back to Giglio Porto, stop for a gelato before ferrying back to the mainland.

Please Note: Alternate Itinerary in mid-March, late September and October:
Due to the seasonal ferry schedule, guests on March, late September and October departures spend this day exploring historic Tarquinia, a vibrant, welcoming town with medieval towers and Etruscan necropolises. From La Parrina, we transfer by shuttle to this city, about 45 minutes from the hotel. Then, we meet a local guide for a short presentation on Etruscan history and culture. The Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2004. Afterward, we visit some of the most beautiful and well-preserved painted tombs from the ancient world comparable in their magnificence only to Egyptian tombs.

After visiting the necropolis, we stroll to the city center of Tarquinia, where you have free time to explore this medieval Etruscan capital. Known as the heart of ancient Tuscany, Tarquinia gently rises to breathtaking views overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. You can visit the Archaeological Museum, stroll through the medieval district, or have lunch in the beautiful city center. In the afternoon, we cycle along the coast from Tarquinia to Montalto di Castro. In Montalto, board a coach to our next hotel, Fattoria di Magliano, where we have time to swim in the hotel pool before dinner.

If you prefer, you can opt for a bike ride to the Argentario promontory, or spend the entire day playing golf at the scenic Argentario Golf Resort & Spa in Porto Ercole, magnificently set on the hills of the Argentario peninsula with a view of the sea. Our Trip Leaders will facilitate your choice.

Dinner is at the hotel tonight.

Hotel: Fattoria di Magliano
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: Only for Tarquinia departures 13 miles (21 km)

DAY 7: Follow the Wine Road / Explore the medieval city of Magliano / Wine tasting

After a leisurely breakfast, we ride on quiet country roads, passing fields of poppies and sunflowers and vineyards gently sloping down to the sea. Tour the wine roads south of Scansano, famous for red Morellino wine. Then, we join the Andreini family for a picnic lunch at their olive-oil mill. Before lunch, we tour the facility and participate in an interesting olive-oil talk and tasting. After lunch, cycle through Magliano, a walled city that in the Middle Ages housed the Aldobrandeschi mobile court in winter. Some of the 14th-century city walls are still intact.

From Magliano, cyclists who wish to have a taste of hilly Tuscany can take an optional, gentle-but-steady climb to the lovely villages of Pereta and Scansano. Back at the hotel this afternoon, relax or swim in the pool before sipping local wines—produced right on the farm—during an included wine tasting. Dinner is on your own. You can opt to follow your Trip Leaders to Magliano, where you can choose an area restaurant, or dine at the hotel.

Hotel: Fattoria di Magliano
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 16.9, 19.4 or 36.1 miles (27, 31 or 57.8 km)

DAY 8: Discover Capalbio / Farewell dinner at a local organic farm

Today we bike to the medieval town of Capalbio. Dating to the 11th century, historic Capalbio is surrounded by great walls. Stroll along these ancient ramparts above the city and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Enter the historic center through one of two gates—the Sienese or the Porticina—and visit the city's Romanesque Castle of Saint Nicholas, with its dramatic bell tower. The tower features two rows of mullioned windows dating to the 12th century. Explore the town's winding cobblestone streets, medieval churches and shops. Finish your week with a rewarding bike ride all the way back to the hotel, or hop in a van shuttle.

Tonight, enjoy an aperitivo watching the sunset. Our festive farewell dinner at a local farm features organic vegetables from the garden and local wines.

Hotel: Fattoria di Magliano
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 18, 30 or 42 miles (29, 48 or 67 km)

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

VBT No-Air Package guests: After breakfast, transfer back to Orbetello-Monte Argentario train station by private motorcoach, arriving at approximately 9:30 am. Important: Flight departures from the Rome airport prior to 3:30 pm are not recommended. If you depart earlier, you must make transfer arrangements from the last hotel at your own expense. Taxi cost to the Rome airport is approximately 300 euros/$450 USD (travel time approximately 3½ hours). Taxi cost to the Orbetello-Monte Argentario train station is approximately 40 euros/$60 USD (travel time approximately 30 minutes). If you prefer, you are welcome to board our coach to Rome and get off at our Rome hotel.

VBT Air Package guests: After breakfast, we transfer by private motorcoach (approximately 3 hours) to our centrally located Rome hotel for our final overnight stay. We arrive at approximately 11:30 am and have the rest of the day to shop or relax in one of the city's outdoor cafés.

If you have chosen the independent Post-Trip Extension to Rome, you remain at this hotel for the next three nights. Upon your arrival, a VBT Rome representative will be there to answer your questions. An optional walking tour of Baroque Rome will be offered.

Hotel: Hotel Giulio Cesare
Meals: B

DAY 10: Depart for U.S.

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

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

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

Meals: B

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Accommodations

Hotel Giulio Cesare

The Giulio Cesare is a family-run hotel in Rome, quietly located a few steps from the Tiber River and a 10-minute walk from Piazza Del Popolo. Once a patrician villa, this hotel has been recently redecorated in an elegant, classical style. You’ll enjoy the garden, where breakfast is served, and a quiet lounge with an antique fireplace. These and other touches keep this 4-star hotel feeling very much like a family home. Breakfast is said to be one of the best in Rome, because many of the products are grown by the owner in his fields north of the city. Internet is available for guests at the reception desk and a free WiFi connection is available throughout.
Free WiFi Included

Hotel Duomo

This historic property, centrally located and set off of a quiet side street, is just steps from the city sights and local restaurants. With only 17 rooms, the hotel is tastefully decorated. Some rooms look out toward Orvieto’s famous Duomo.
Free WiFi Included

Fattoria Di Magliano

This ancient villa, set in a secluded location in the Maremma, boasts many amenities for its visitors—even its own cantina! Converted into a comfortable hotel, the property has a warm, welcoming feel, with terra-cotta tile work and designer furniture. The Fattoria offers extensive park grounds for exploration, well-manicured gardens, and an outdoor swimming pool to refresh you after the day’s ride.
Free WiFi Included
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  • Experience towns and country side not available on large tours. Cycle along side vinyards, olive groves and fields of sunflowers.

    Put this on your Bucket List. Not being a very experienced rider, I was a little anxious about this holiday. No worries. Every day was enjoyable, a little challenge along the way, but what a sense of accomplishment at the end. Everything about the tour met or exceeded my expectations from leaders, locale, accommodation. It was a treat to stay in the country side, to ride through the medieval towns, to experience a quiet side of Italy. One of my absolute favourite holidays.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 08, 2014
    Posted by: cita
    From: Ontario, Canada
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Our first but not last tour with VBT

    This was our first biking vacation but not our last. To experience Tuscany under the warm summer skies at 5-miles (9-Kilometers) per hour was so special. The ENTIRE experience was so well planned by VBT. The food, views, history, people and new friends are life long treasures. On our flight home we began planning for our next biking vacation with VBT. Can't wait! Pete W

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: September 02, 2014
    Posted by: Pete3049
    From: New Jersey, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great trip at a reasonable cost

    This was a great trip in one of the more remote parts of Tuscany. The leader were great and accommodating with making alternative arrangements if you did not like what was being served as far as food or the activities for the day.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 29, 2014
    Posted by: KathyH
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great experience!

    Just a great experience. The leaders were fantastic -- warm, funny and knowledgeable. The daily options provided allowed bikers of all levels to really enjoy and challenge themselves. We had division 1 athletes as well as senior citizens and expectation were met. Local people were charming, the countryside was breathtaking, the food was delicious, the accommodations were always attractive and varied. The other activities beyond biking were interesting and provided a welcome change of pace. I can't see how we could not have done this vacation on our own at the price we paid. Great value!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 19, 2014
    Posted by: Carolann
    From: Reston, VA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • PRICELESS

    This was my first VBT trip and my first vacation outside of the US (and traveling alone). As a single, from the moment I got off the plane, the group and trip leaders made everyone feel as though they have known you for years. It was an unbelievable experience to see Tuscany on a bike. It wasn't too hard, but challenging enough for riders at all levels. As the hours passed by and the scenery continuously changed.... I was in awe!! Although they say a picture is worth a thousand words...images of Tuscany left me speechless.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 18, 2014
    Posted by: Leftie8787
    From: Middle Village, NY
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Tuscany by the sea

    This trip was much more than my daughter and I expected. We met great people, visited beautiful places, ate delicious food, drank lots of wine and had a lot of laughs . Because we were on bikes we visited places we would never see in a car or bus. The trip leaders were exceptional. We were lucky to share this trip with great people.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 14, 2014
    Posted by: hairyellen
    From: Albany, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • So thankful for these memories!

    I don't travel much but when I do I like it to be a memory I will never forget. This was definitely that! I shared this trip with my college age daughter & am so happy that I did. We will never forget the amazing time we shared in Italy. Our guides were knowledgeable and fun! The other VBT'ers were the best! We're already planning to see each other again. The best thing I can say is that we are already planning our next VBT trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 13, 2014
    Posted by: Rachletcof
    From: Austin, TX, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Exceeds all Expectations!!!!!!

    Trip of a lifetime!!! Words can not explain how amazing this trip was. The entire trip was run so well you didn't have to think about any details we just enjoyed every moment. Elena and Luca could not have done anything more for us, they were wonderful:) My daughter and I have memories that will last forever.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 13, 2014
    Posted by: JudyM
    From: Ocean Gate, NJ
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Delightful trip in every respect

    We would rank this trip among the best of our VBT adventures. Our accommodations were first-rate, the trip leaders outstanding, the scenery lovely, the food and wine exquisite, the cycling enjoyable, and the tours and non-biking activities interesting and informative. A memorable holiday, indeed.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: August 06, 2014
    Posted by: Tada
    From: New Jersey, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Great time

    This was our second trip with VBT. As usual everything was taken care of, so all we had to do is enjoy ourselves. A few of the hills were challenging but the guides were more than happy to let us hop on the van. We got a chance to buy "extra room" seats on Alitalia for about $95 per segment. I am 6'1" tall so the extra room was great for this 8 to 9 hour flight. The food was very good and we got to try a couple of unusual dishes. Soon, we will start planning our next VBT trip for 2015.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2014
    Posted by: Phil47
    From: Berlin, CT, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Lift your spirits.

    Tuscany by the Sea is the perfect way to rejuvenate the spirit after a long New England winter. Bike through fields of wild flowers, past beautiful harbors, and into small Tuscan villages on routes that combine "Tuscan flat", slow climbing hills, and well-earned downhills. Awaken the taste buds with locally grown fruits, regional wines, and a daily serving or two of gelato. Retire each night to an extremely comfortable bed in lodgings featuring quirky art, grandmother's antiques, and expansive views. Guides share their love of Italy's culture, food, and language. Together with the helpful VBT office staff, they make sure that you are well taken care of.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 25, 2014
    Posted by: sisterone
    From: Darien, CT, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Each day was a great mix of cycling, sightseeing, relaxing and exploring.

    I loved the mix of activities from cycling, baking cookies, touring the olive oil mill, wine tasting, talking to locals, swimming and the list goes on. Our guides, Timothy and Angelo were phenomenol-taking care of our every need, answering all of our questions, keeping the bikes in tip top shape while maintaining a great sense of humour.The scenery was even more spectacular than I imagined it could be-- I felt like I was riding in a postcard.The post tour trip in Rome was an great value and was the icing on the cake.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 20, 2014
    Posted by: inmotion99
    From: RI
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was very well organized and implemented

    I led backpack trips and one-day bike rides for my friends for more than 40 years. So, I have first-hand experience on what constitutes a successful outing. Planning, detailed route descriptions, logistics, and implementation were always important ingredients of these outings. I was greatly impressed by the organization of the bike tour my wife and I took last summer in Italy via VBT. The planning and logistics of the bike tour were outstanding, and the knowledge and assistance of the tour leaders greatly contributed toward the success of the tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 07, 2014
    Posted by: castoaks37
    From: Lincoln, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Simply Amazing Time!

    Considering how fabulous the food and wine was, and how much I consumed… this was the first vacation I actually lost weight on, and I was thrilled! I had never traveled internationally and was a bit nervous about not knowing Italian, and also nervous about not being able to keep up with the group on my bike. Everything was planned, yet flexible – which made for such a stress free experience! Our tour guides were always available yet they allowed us to have the freedom so we did not feel pressured or rushed. Tuscany was beautiful - the food was outstanding and the scenery from the bikes on our routes was breathtaking. Each time we got back from a riding break our bikes were cleaned up, water bottles refilled and a granola bar ready to snack on for the next leg. I didn’t even have to change a flat tire! I met fabulous people in our group from all over the world and our guides, Elaina and Marcello were knowledgeable, helpful and so much fun! It was an extraordinary vacation and I am planning on Cost Rica for my 50th birthday, right around the corner!

    Posted on: May 03, 2014
    Posted by: SusanS8
    From: Alaska
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Trip of a lifetime!

    The VBT Tuscany by the Sea biking tour far exceeded my expectations! The hotel accommodations, the food and wine, the guides, the cultural experiences and guided tours of castles and walled cities, the beautiful scenery, and the biking were first-class! Being able to spend time in the Italian countryside without the hustle & bustle of tourists and the big city was relaxing for the body yet invigorating for the soul. I loved Italy and there are so many tour choices in Italy I would go back in a heartbeat, but I also can't wait to explore other countries by bike.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 01, 2014
    Posted by: Laura3
    From: San Antonio, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fabulous trip!

    The trip was the perfect combination of activity, great food, great accommodations, and fun people! We had so much fun and bonded so well that the whole group, except three people, is taking another trip together this fall!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 30, 2014
    Posted by: Leslie77
    From: Indianapolis, IN, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great vacation and mix of moving and siteseeing

    This was a fabulous trip! The guides, the cycling, the food, were all excellent. Even better, was sharing this experience with my daughter and we have memories we will both cherish forever!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: superbocamom
    From: Boca Raton, FL, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Most wonderful vacation of our lives!

    We bicycled through Italy on the Tuscany By The Sea tour about five years ago. Though it's been awhile, there has not been a day that has gone by that I don't think of those joyful and happy memories. I have never felt more alive. My husband and I loved every single moment of the trip. I'm not a writer and I'm not trying to sound cliche, but it was the time of our lives. Where do I start and where do I stop writing! We truly experienced Italy: we 'discovered' a thousand year old church off the road, simple as that. We just headed down a dirt road by ourselves and there it was, in the tall grass, an abandoned thousand year old church! We felt the air against our skin, we walked on the shores of the Mediterranean. We walked through vineyards, we laughed like children at an Olive Oil factory. We stayed in places that we can not believe 'we' actually stayed in! We meandered on our bikes down country lanes, we huffed and puffed biking up a small hill to an Italian village. We ate at a restaurant that nearly dated back to biblical times! It was the big things that mattered, but it was also a million little experiences that have planted themselves in our hearts! I would probably have to say that better than any part of the trip were the guides, Marcella and Elania! They had the whole group doubled up laughing nearly the whole time. Funny, informative, and patient, very patient! Another thing my husband and I enjoyed was the option to stay with the group or meet at a point for lunch with the group. There simply could not be a more perfect experience. The only thing we are disappointed and regret was that we did not buy the weekend package to extend the trip. We can not wait until our next vacation.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: happyKim
    From: Lancaster, CA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great first biking tour

    This was a great first biking tour! The guides, the scenery was spectacular! Cooking class and wine and olive oil tasting immersed you into the culture. Biking options were always great to suit all levels.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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

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  • Above and beyond our expectations!

    Our trip of a lifetime began with the help of our VBT travel guide "Amy." She was very helpful, answering all of my questions and concerns, thanks again Amy! Tuscany by the Sea was everything we hoped for and more. The accommodations were amazing at every place we stayed. We never could have chosen these places on our own. The food, the staff, the amenities were all fantastic! Our guides did such a good job taking care of of us, all we had to worry about was getting on the bike! Each day our bike routes offered such beauty and diversity from hillsides to the sea. Our guides could not have been more attentive to each and every travelers needs, just wonderful! We recommend the pre and post trip. Orvietto was a great introduction to Italy, Rome at the end completed our trip of a lifetime. This trip was an incredible value, above and beyond our expectations. We look forward to planning our next vacation with VBT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2014
    Posted by: Gail13
    From: Syracuse, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great variety of terrain, food, and activities

    This particular tour is phenomenal if you're looking for a variety of terrains (both flat, hilly, and in between), settings (coastal, forest, countryside, farm, etc), and food. There are so many choices of activities besides cycling. There is a cooking class, horseback riding, pool, etc. We toured etruscan tombs and tasted cheese, wine, etc. Something for everyone. I give this tour the highest marks for everything except value because Tuscany is not by any means the cheapest part of Italy. The cost of the tour (flight included) is a great value. However, some meals are not included and this has to be factored into the cost of the trip. Overall, an excellent trip. We made many friends on the tour and still keep in touch!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 16, 2014
    Posted by: Aimee
    From: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • magnifico!

    VBT outdid itself with this wonderful tour. The lodgings were special, the food amazing, the cycling lovely, the guides were great--what more could one ask for on a cycling vacation.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 20, 2013
    Posted by: Spinner2243
    From: New Hampshire, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Surpassed my expectations!

    I was convinced to try a bike vacation in Italy by my sister, and although apprehensive as I don't typically ride -- I said yes. This trip was so much fun. Everything from the funny and very interesting and knowledgeable guides that VBT provided us, to the places we stayed and learned about; The biking and food was top notch. I enjoyed Italy having never been, but mostly I enjoyed all of the many different aspects of this vacation. I highly recommend it.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 19, 2013
    Posted by: Jacks
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Second time around is even better!

    Been on 8 VBT tours since 2004. All so good that we have enticed 20 other "virgins" to VBT to join us over the years. They in turn have enticed lots of others as well as returning often themselves. It is exponential! This last trip we joined with all 4 of our "kids" (46-53 ages) for another special and fabulous time...very special thanks to Franko and Angelo. Keep up the good work! (Photos coming soon)

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 13, 2013
    Posted by: BillyB
    From: Lake Placid, NY 12946, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • I had a very enjoyable trip and it was both educationall and culturally rewarding

    The only downside, which really did not distract from the overall enjoyment, was an attempted pick-pocket of my wallet!!! They did not get my wallet but would like to suggest that the tour guides give folks some warnings about this while riding the subways in Rome on post- or pre-tour visits. It was a great experience.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 13, 2013
    Posted by: none
    From: Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Top five vacation experience

    We have traveled quite a bit, and I would call this an experience more than a vacation. Meeting the tour guides and Hoteliers was great, oh yeah and then there was the other travel companions..there was nothing not to like about this tour Tuscany by the Sea. We did the pre and post trip, both great- even the many places we had never heard of before like Orvieto, it was delightful. The bicycling was great, as were the bikes. We are hoping our friends will go on another tour this Spring, if they can't go, we will go anyway! Thinking about the bike and barge in Holland.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 13, 2013
    Posted by: Nancy1
    From: Omaha, NE, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Amazing

    From start to finish our Tuscany by the Sea was amazing. Our leaders Marcello and Angelo were perfect. Fun, Funny, caring, knowledgeable. They helped meld our group of riders and semi riders into a team. I felt a real bound with each and every person on our tour and my husband and I had not met any of them previously. The Agroturismos we stayed in were fantastic, as was the food and the wine. This trip was a dream and not only lived up to my expectations but surpassed them. Thanks VBT, Marcello, and Angelo

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 28, 2013
    Posted by: Jillp
    From: Park City, UT, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • A great combination of cycling, scenery, and sea.

    This was a great way to experience the beauty of Tuscany. Though some of the routes were challenging due to hills, there was always a reward for the pedaling: great food, an idyllic swim in the Meditteranean Sea, or a hilltop town with old charm and spectacular views. The trip leaders, Marcello and Elena were top notch. We were well cared for and ably guided.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 25, 2013
    Posted by: Cycler61
    From: MA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fantastic experience in every way

    Although I have travelled extensively, this was the first time I travelled with VBT. I can't say enough positive things about it. The leaders were clearly experienced, knowledgable, caring, very organized, had wonderful senses of humor and great people skills. The activities were varied and plentiful, with options to relax or do do do. Every place we went was interesting and the intimate knowledge the leaders had and their rapport with the locals couldn't be replicated. Just an all together fabulous trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2013
    Posted by: Marciabike
    From: Framingham, MA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Loved the trip!

    Loved the accommodations and food. Guides were wonderful. Tour itself was great area and relaxing bicycling. Alitalia was awful, nasty people, poor food, wouldn't honor our seating assignments we had and gave us middle seats not sitting together.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2013
    Posted by: Tekla
    From: Arizona
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • tour was more than i expected really enjoyable

    This was my first VBT trip and it was really nice, everything was organized perfectly, the tour guides where excellent and fun to work with and they where also very knowledgeable about the area and the different places we visited. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Have already started planning what my next trip will be.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2013
    Posted by: 1sttimer
    From: Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Well done

    Tour guides are the perfect cross between local color, great bikers, and thoughtful and humorous individuals. VBT seems to have created a critical mass that shows in its contacts, its facilities and its resources. Well done.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2013
    Posted by: Leo2013
    From: Boston, MA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The bike tour had so much variety

    The 12 days spent on this tour were more enjoyable and fulfilling than I ever imagined it would be. We were very fortunate to have gorgeous weather, a congenial group and excellent trip leaders. The biking was fun and rather challenging for me (I'm not young), but it was perfect because I knew the van with a helpful and smiling driver was behind me. We did so much more than biking! The sunset boat cruise, the olive oil plant, the cantucci we made, the picnics, the excursion to Giglio Island, and so much more. I could go on and on. And then to end with Rome, a city I had not visited, was frosting on the cake.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 19, 2013
    Posted by: Jeanne80
    From: Newport Beach, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • good trip, lodging selections could have been better

    over all, had a lot of fun and enjoyed the trip. Tour leaders were great, thoughtful and energetic. Equipment was good and the rides were well mapped and easy to follow. Degree of difficulty was as described... easy to moderate. The days were filled w/ varied activities and we were all kept engaged. However, lodging was definitely the weak area of the trip. room size, available water for showers, a/c problems all detracted from the experience. some of the food selections and wines provided were barely acceptable, at best. I was expecting to be blown away by the food in Tuscany... and the wines of the region.....not so. perhaps someone needs to look into upgrading the selections, I think future tours would appreciate that.

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    Thank you for sharing your feedback. We are disappointed to hear that the accommodations and food provided, and the wine offered, did not meet your expectations. The vast majority of guests on this trip have had a positive experience with 89.61% rating their dinners as “excellent” and 77.23% rating their accommodations as “excellent”. We hope that you will give us the opportunity to serve you again.

    Posted on: October 04, 2013
    Posted by: Jonnie
    From: Washington, DC, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • The best adult vacation I've been on

    This trip held the perfect mix of activity, shopping, new experiences, great food and congenial people. Franko & Marchello were fabulous guides. They took good care of us as well as providing entertainment and guidance. The bike rides were well planned with clear maps and directions and the right amount of stops to make it more than just another ride. We stayed at or visited farms which were charming and hospitable. I can't imagine I will soon forget the Tuscan hills, the Mediterranean Sea or the laughter from our trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 17, 2013
    Posted by: SFECPA
    From: Greensboro, NC, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fabulous Italian Experience

    I felt immersed in Italian culture. The beauty of the countryside slowly drifting by and then all the fun activities made the trip a joy.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 14, 2013
    Posted by: RacingBarb
    From: Virginia, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wow! A trip of a lifetime

    We were entirely satisfied with our Tuscany bike trip. We don't know how we could have improved on it. The lodgings, food, transfers, sights, extensions. It was all very good. The trip leaders were exceptional and very hard working. Definitely good value. We are already planning our next trip with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 09, 2013
    Posted by: Hrheather
    From: Calgary, AB, Canada
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Bravisimo! What else can one say?!

    Grazie for a fantastic trip in every way---the land, the people, the food, the accommodations, the itinerary and of course, our fabulous guides who had the right mixture of attentiveness, knowledge of the history and area and wonderful sense of humor! All our hosts went out of their way to welcome us, feeding us fine FRESH Italian foods and wine and sharing their fattorias! Tuscans repeatedly proved to be the friendliest and most passionate hosts around. Definitely a dream come true and I will have to add more VBT trips to my "bucket list" now!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 26, 2013
    Posted by: Susan28
    From: Greensboro, NC, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Good fun, exercise, food, wine and new friends!

    The trip exceeded expectations. Accommodations were comfortable, charming and well located. The food was excellent and the local venues were interesting. The rides were exhilarating with beautiful vistas at each turn . This was the perfect trip for me. I'm looking forward to more VBT in the near future. With so many to choose from, I'm not sure which trip will be at the top of my list.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 25, 2013
    Posted by: Maddie
    From: Fairfax, VA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • What a fantastic trip!!!

    The rides, the countryside, the leaders, the group, the accommodations and the food...spectacular! The guides were attentive to every detail. There is little more to say except that we are already talking about our next VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 20, 2013
    Posted by: LindaG
    From: Portland, OR, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • A truly awesome experience!

    We loved everything about this trip. The pre trip to Orvieto was like finding a hidden gem of a town and a great way to meet the others before the bike trip began. The biking was very "doable", as our trip leader said many times. The scenery was beautiful and we loved the variety of activities. It was not just biking. We swam in the Mediterranean, toured an olive oil factory, made cookies and pizza, had a tour of the castle on San Giglio Island, ate picnic lunches, tasted wines to die for, and all our needs were taken care of. Knowing the support van was available made us more relaxed. The people were fun, personable and great to be with. What more can we say?

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 17, 2013
    Posted by: BarbaraGP52
    From: Hardwick, MA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • incredible trip

    I would highly recommend this trip. As this was my first one, I was a little leary but it was great. since I have gotten back, everyone has asked me my favorite part and I can't answer that as every day was great. The 2 guides were fantastic as well. can't wait to take another VBT trip next year.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 11, 2013
    Posted by: Warren
    From: NH
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Tuscany By the Sea - exceeded my expectations

    Our recent bike trip with VBT - Tuscany By the Sea was wonderful. The accommodations were lovely set in vineyards and working farms. The lodging was private and you felt like the hosts wanted to make it special for us. The biking was great and our guides, Elena and Robert were very encouraging and supportive. I was one of the least experienced bikers in the group of 18 and the guides were willing to help in any way. I thought the tour had a nice mix of biking and culture. We were treated to wonderful Italian food. It was fun meeting others from around the country. I hope that some day we can do another trip with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2013
    Posted by: PatD
    From: Fremont, MI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Highest Rating

    This was our 6th tour with VBT. We followed this with the VBT Italy, Slovenia, Austria tour with a stop in Prague prior to the second trip. The Tuscany trip is great. The roads and routes are wonderful. I am an avid cyclist and while VBT doesn't cater to this group, I love their tours because I can make them whatever I like and still enjoy the social aspects the tour. The leaders are sensitive to each guest. The back to back approach turned out to be the best decision. We did our pre/post trip at the start and finish of the second tour. VBT planned everything including the air reservations from Rome to Prague. We are planning another back to back tour either later this year or next.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 25, 2013
    Posted by: Jackson7
    From: Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • My first Cycling vacation and I would do it again in a heartbeat

    Everything was taken care of from booking the air travel and all accomodations, including the add on trip at the end, making it a truly stress free vacation. Each day was well planned with interesting, one of a kind things to do and experience. I was never bored. It was my first time with a tour vacation and my first cycling experience and it turned out extraordinarily well. I will go back to VBT for my next cycling vacation for sure.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2013
    Posted by: Judymaine
    From: Maine
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Fantastic Experience! We want to go again!

    We had a fabulous time on this trip. Wonderful scenery, great towns to visit. Wished we could have done a little more area than just tuscany but you can only bike so far. The hills were not something we were used to but adapted quickly. Trip leaders Andrea and Silvia were fun and they learned all our names amazingly within the first few hours. They were very helpful and accomodating to all people in our group. Accommodations were nice and we really had no complaints but a few others on the trip did. Food was wonderful, all the meals included were excellent. Even all the places we ate that were recommended were good. It wasn't fun to get picked up in Rome at 3:20am on our departing day though!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2013
    Posted by: julied
    From: San Antonio, TX, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Could not have been better!

    The second day of the trip, I turned to my traveling companion and said "I am loving this; I'm sold." I think that about says it all.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 15, 2013
    Posted by: Phoebe
    From: Central Coast, California
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Great cycling in Toskana!

    Springtime in Tuscany is magical. Discover vibrant poppies, fragrant Eucalyptus, shimmering olive orchards, sprawling vineyards, the glistening Mediterranean Sea, warm, bright colors of tiny Medieval villages dotting the green countryside, and tasteful organic bounty from the agriturismos. Cycle the famous rolling hills of Tuscany and make new friends from afar hosted by excellent VBT Trip Leaders. Bellissimo! Come experience Tuscany with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 08, 2013
    Posted by: Anne16
    From: Lincoln, VT, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This tour must rank as the best of the three VBT tours I have taken.

    What I especially enjoyed about this tour were the pacing and variety of the activities, beginning in the unique little city of Orvieto (I took the pre-trip extension) and ending in Rome. Highlights in Orvieto were the Duomo (Signorelli's Apocalype in the Chapel of San Brizio was actually studied by and gave inspiration to Michelangelo), Saint Patrick's Well, the Etruscan caves, and the open-air market. The three days and nights at the charming Antica Fattoria La Parrina were a pure delight with fine Italian cuisine, free wine!, optional horseback riding, and a cooking lesson. Every day while there, and later at Fattoria Magliano, was filled with a variety of events, including a dip in the Tyrrhnian Sea, a tour of a winery and a wine tasting, a tour of an olive oil mill, a ferry ride to Giglio Island (our captain swung wide to within a hundred yards of the ill-fated Costa Concordia!), a refreshing nature walk on the island, and walking visits through several medieval hill towns. For the most part the biking was easy; countryside scenery and sea vistas were indescribably beautiful, enhanced by five straight days of perfectly clear skies and relatively mild temperatures. Group members were exceptionally compatible, the tour leaders were great. A tremendous value for the money, this VBT tour was the best I've taken!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: May 14, 2013
    Posted by: Sumner46
    From: Vermont
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Unbelievable!

    Words can not explain the amazing experience that I had on this tour. Firstly, the tour guides, Marcello and Christen did everything for you but peddle the bike. The tour was extremely well organized from morning through evening. The hotel accomodations were top notch including their delicious fresh food. I truly beleive that after spending 6 days in Tuscany riding, eating and drinking the outrageous wines, I was able to get a true feelng for the culture in a way I would not have been able to experience had I went on my own.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2013
    Posted by: Lisa123
    From: Harrisonburg, VA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Everything I hoped for

    Though I am not a "biker", I've always wanted to go to Tuscany and found this tour online for the time I could travel. I went with some other friends whose husbands also could not go. We had a blast! Loved our small, friendly group and our guides, Marcello and Christian...I cannot rave about them enough!! They absolutely made the trip from wonderful to spectacular! They are funny, kind, informative, and could not be better company or more accommodating! As far as the biking, it was ok to get in the van to avoid some more difficult hills, which I appreciated. I prepared for the trip with a few months of spinning classes, which were most necessary and helpful for me. The actual biking though not always "easy", was MUCH more enjoyable than those spinning classes for me :). Still gained a couple of pounds from all that delicious food, but it was completely worth it! All the accommodations were extremely comfortable and top notch...Everything was as described and more!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: April 23, 2013
    Posted by: Beth22
    From: NJ
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • "Under the Tuscan Sun"

    My husband and I took our first VBT tour in Tuscany. It was the most fun we have ever had. I am not a cyclist by any means, but this trip through the gently rolling hills of Tuscany, past olive trees, sunflower fields and grapevines was breathtaking. Our guides Luca and Elena were fantastic giving us lessons in Italian and even pushing me the last little bit up a hill into a winery for lunch. The food was was spectacular. Making cantucci at La Parinna was a highlight; so was eating it. VBT does a first rate job. I look forward to the next trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: January 01, 2013
    Posted by: Kjk51
    From: Cold Spring, NY 10516, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Perfect combination of food, culture, history, and exercise

    Everything about the trip was well-coordinated. Lodging, food, drink, bike routes, side tours, fellow travelers, were all great. The trip leaders were wonderful and were what made the trip special.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 31, 2012
    Posted by: VirginiaGal
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • beautiful scenery, incredible food and wine

    The tour guides were wonderful and know whatever you need to know about each town we visited. For me, it was 'the location of best gelato shop'. Each hotel was charming and special in it's own way. The option of taking the van at any point is nice, since i'm not an avid bicyclist (I hardly ever ride!) But, I was surprised how many miles I was willing/able to pedal...perhaps because of the comfort of the bicycles! The daily routes appear to be hand-picked according to the scenery and lack of traffic. In terms of value, it was worth every penny. I'm going on and on, and I haven't even mentioned the wonderful food and wine yet! I could go on and on.....

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: December 06, 2012
    Posted by: jamesjr
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This trip lived up to ALL of our expectations!

    This trip was a 50th birthday gift from my husband. I'm now 54! Life happens and somehow we just couldn't commit to the trip. Well, we finally just booked it and travelled in October 2012. It was fantastic! The weather cooperated (sunny and 70's), the accommodations were wonderful, the towns we visited were charming and each day the bike routes were well thought out and lovely. We were there during the olive harvest and enjoyed fresh pressed olive oil and a wonderfully planned lunch. All the meals that were provided were great! Having planned this trio for so long, we jokingly thought it could never live up to our expectations...we were SO wrong. It was everything we could have expected and more. Thanks VBT for making this an incredible experience for us. Every detail was thought out and we could truly just relax and take in the whole experience without worrying about a thing!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 20, 2012
    Posted by: Sue54
    From: South Burlington, VT, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was fantastic!

    We had a great time. The scenery was amazing (like being in a picture postcard of Tuscany), the biking was just the right combination of relaxing and challenging, the food was incredible, and our guides were first rate. We had enough time to explore the beautiful villages, swim in the ocean, and eat in the local restaurants. All in all, it was one of the best vacations we have ever had.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 14, 2012
    Posted by: Paula55
    From: New Ulm, MN
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Have it all....

    You can eat, drink, exercise and be merry during you Tuscany by the Sea vacation. Start your trip in a small mid-evil city where you walk walk walk to absolutely everything. Relax and ride in the country side and rolling hills of Tuscany white inhaling the fresh Mediterranean air. Enjoy the fresh organic delights at each tattoria you grow to love. Savor the delicious Tuscan wines and olive oils. Be educated by Elena and Marco, the most amazing leader. Finish with time in Rome, a city that never ends or sleeps. Meet wonderful people from around the world and plan your next VBT trip, because VBT does all the work for you.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 14, 2012
    Posted by: BuzzardsBayBikers
    From: South Coast, MA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This was a perfect vacation!!!

    My husband and I both had a fantastic time biking through the beautiful, gentle rolling hills of Tuscany. Every ride was so unique and well planned out. The group leaders were great and the other participants felt like family. We're already planning on doing the VBT Ireland bike trip next year.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: November 14, 2012
    Posted by: Tish
    From: Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Incredible riding experience. I could not think of one thing that I would have changed on this tour.

    The local guides were the best. Always thinking of what they could do to help each person on our tour. The lodging, food, and wine were all superb. We had an incredible group with such concern and help for each other. We are already thinking of our next VBT tour.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 13, 2012
    Posted by: Bea2012
    From: Connecticut
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Best vacation ever!

    The Tuscany by the sea tour was absolutely the best, stress-free way to have a European vacation. The trip had scheduled stops and opportunities to meet local people but I never felt rushed for time. The morning meetings with our guides were informative and fun to learn about Italian life and some quirks, too. The accomodations were really great and the food fantastic. I've visited Europe before on my own but this trip gave much more of a feel for real-life in Tuscany.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 09, 2012
    Posted by: Janet18
    From: Salem, Massachusetts
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • A trip of a lifetime

    There is no better way to see the countryside of Tuscany. Another advantage of a biking vacation in Italy - how else can you see the country while eating as much pasta as you want and indulge in a little wine and not gain weight on a vacation! The guides were knowledgable and great fun. Even as a novice biker, I was made to feel comfortable.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 09, 2012
    Posted by: Gayle
    From: Walton, KY, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was the experience of a life time

    Wow, what an experience. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to experience Tuscany this way. Our guides, Marcello and Oliver were incredible, their knowledge of the area was unsurpassed. The views from the bike ride were awesome and there was nothing about this trip that was sub-par. This was truly the vacation experience of a life time. This was my first trip with VBT and I would love to take another.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 06, 2012
    Posted by: SuziS
    From: Walton, KY, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • GOOD TRIP ( in need of another name )

    Fun leaders, friendly-off the beaten path accommodations, good home cooked meals. Overall a decent trip EXCEPT for the fact that the name of the trip is completely inaccurate. You will ride through the rolling hills of Tuscany but if you had your heart set on riding BY THE SEA (like I did) you will be sadly disappointed. PLEASE make another choice if this is the reason for picking this specific trip. Buyer beware...

    Posted on: November 06, 2012
    Posted by: GMAN
    From: New York, NY, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Buonissimo

    What a wonderful way to explore Italy! We loved Tuscany - the scenery, the food, the people, the wine, the many experiences that were made available to us. Our leaders: Robert and Elena were phenomenal. They put a lot of effort into making our trip seamless, yet made it seem easy. They were fun, knowledgeable and very helpful. After biking a few hours, we were met with a wonderful snack and refilled water bottles. A few more hours and a picnic lunch and a dip in the Mediterranean, or a homemade lunch at an olive oil mill...... The places we stayed at were lovely, the food was amazing. We were also lucky to have a fun group and enjoyed the comraderie. We truly felt immersed in Tuscany. A few days in Rome in the end was the icing on the cake - so glad we decided to do that. We would love to take another VBT trip in the future.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 04, 2012
    Posted by: Felice
    From: Paoli, PA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Post trip in Rome

    The bike tour and guides on the trip of course were outstanding. But what really set this trip over the top for me was the VBT recommended tour guide who showed us the city on a walking tour one day and the next took us on an insider's tour of the Vatacan Museum and Sistine Chapel. The guide knew the best time to visit the Vatacan, the top rooms of priceless art to view, detailed art critic level information of the art we were viewing and above all the best time to be in the Sistine Chapel. We were in the chapel as it was virtually empty then given views into the pope's private chambers when the chapel was closed for the evening. You wouldn't see or experience Rome with such enthusiasm from any guide. Thanks VBT for offering the best guide for your tour groups.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: November 01, 2012
    Posted by: DonHo
    From: Madison, WI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Tuscany by the Sea was Spectaculor!

    This was our first VBT trip and it was wonderful. I can't say enough about how fabulous the trip leaders were, how well the bike routes were mapped, the beauty of Tuscan countryside, and the fun trip companions! We are looking forward to future trips now that we've had the VBT experience. We are recommending to anyone/everyone who asks! The add on trip to Rome was great too. Charming hotels everywhere!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 31, 2012
    Posted by: karmoyer
    From: Cleveland, OH
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • The hotels & food were amazing. The biking was good for all levels.

    I really enjoyed all aspects of this trip. The biking was definitely intermediate but for those of us that were beginners it was fun and we knew we could get in the van at any point. The places we stayed were a great representation of the local areas. All were definitely 4 stars. Some small rooms but very clean and the most hospitable places that I have stayed. Always had our own bathroom. I can't tell you how wonderful our trip leaders Eleana and Marcello were. They were very knowledgeable and also very much fun. I highly recommend this trip for anyone. Italy is a beautiful country with nice people and when they hear you are VBT you are definitely treated as a VIP.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 31, 2012
    Posted by: PamR
    From: Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Top of the line tour in all categories of the trip

    My career in the Air Force took me all over the world and as an active sports lady I sailed for 7 years, skied in many countries & USA, joined long distance walkers for 9 years and walk for general exercise, did scuba diving and climbed a few mountains. This was my first group biking trip to Tuscany by the Sea. For my age I am in good physical shape but this was a challenge.Believe me this was one of the top trips I have ever taken based on the super organizational skills & planning of the VBT staff. The biking group was so compatible and our Leaders were top notch. Great food/lodging/equipment/roads traveled/tours and care. I rate this activity and VBT as #1.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 29, 2012
    Posted by: onthego76
    From: Virginia
    Age: 65 or over
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  • A better experience than I ever imagined.

    Memorable is the best way to describe our Tuscany by the Sea adventure. I've traveled a lot, but this trip stands out as something really special. Staying in the countryside in such unique places is something you just can't do on you own. Our leaders, Marcello and Elana were absolutely fabulous. They really made the trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 28, 2012
    Posted by: Pat48
    From: Cincinnati OH
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Great Italien Adventure

    Our gang of twenty friends and acquaintances - all first time travelers with VBT, with bicycling backgrounds ranging from less experienced to expert - had a wonderful time on our "Tuscany by the Sea" adventure, Individually we came away with countless great memories of Tuscany, Orvieto and Rome The fabulous Agri Tourism accomodations had all the creature comforts including fabulous breakfast buffets and some very memorable dinners and let us experience the Tuscan way of life. Our two wonderful guides not only saw to it that all our needs were met and that we stayed on track with our ambitious biking and sight-seeing schedules, they took us off the beaten path and shared their rich heritage with us. They made the experience fun, meaningful, and it will forever stand out in our memories. The trip included a pre and post trip to Orvieto and to Rome where we stayed in very nice and conveniently located hotels and made the most of sightseeing. For me it was the trip of a life-time, physically and mentally challenging and a lot of fun.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 24, 2012
    Posted by: Lisa48
    From: Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Like living in a movie or a dream ...

    I have wanted to take a trip to Italy for so very long. Sometimes reality can not live up to expectations, however, this trip exceeded my expectations. It was everything I had hoped for and dreamed about and more. Each hotel provided a different and wonderful experience. The bicycle tour leaders were so personable that we were all sad to leave them behind. Additionally, they did their jobs so well that you hardly noticed until you looked around for your water bottle only to find it had been filled while you weren't looking. Tuscany and Umbria - well just imagine that Italian hand gesture for "molto bene".

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2012
    Posted by: Maria
    From: Cincinnati, OH, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Tuscany by the Sea - fantastico!

    Marcello and Elena were fabulous! Our parting memory of them waving us off from the porch of the agritourismo will linger long after other memories have faded. As true Italians, most photos have them with fuzzy hands - since they can't talk any other way! I hope to have the chance to travel with them again!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2012
    Posted by: Cinzia
    From: Cincinnati, Ohio
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A most excellent experience

    Everything was extremely well-organized and all the details were taken care of. From the moment I left home until the moment I got back VBT had thought of everything. The trip leaders, Elena and Angelo, were fun an extremely knowledgeable. The pacing of the riding was excellent -- we had the opportunity to ride long rides for two days, then a break the third day to visit a museum in the morning and just ride in the afternoon. Then two more days of long rides. Very well done. The van was always there with snacks and to offer a ride. I would have no hesitation recommending this tour. Truly wonderful!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 23, 2012
    Posted by: Beth52
    From: Sterling, VA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • I want to go on another! SOON!!!!

    Tour leaders Marcello & Angelo were the best! They really made the trip. Of course along with the awesome food, wine and (G)ellato (O)f the (D)ay..!! Scenery was what I was hoping for and the small towns perfect to experience rural Italia. Accommodations were really picturesque! I will be going again & again!! Life is Good!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 19, 2012
    Posted by: Louie
    From: La Grande, OR, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • We didn't want to go home!

    My husband and I have been wanting to incorporate our love of travel and cycling together for a long time and Tuscany is the place we have always talked about going to. We are so glad we finally just did it! What a beautiful place to go and the perfect way to see the country side while enjoying the incredible views without being rushed. We thought that if we biked each day we would not have to worry about the amount of pasta we ate or the wine that we drank, whoops! We did not lose any weight on this trip and it was well worth every bite and sip! We have discussed our experience, a lot, and are so glad that we extended on both ends of the trip. VBT made it so easy with the transfers and all of the logistics of the entire trip. We were able to see and do things that we would not have on our own. It took all the stress out of our vacation. We are among others that are trying to decide where we want to go on our next VBT vacation!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 18, 2012
    Posted by: Dawn
    From: Oregon, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Tuscany by the Sea

    This was my first overseas biking experience and I was completely satisfied with the entire trip. Tuscany is a beautiful area, so riding there on the country roads and experiencing the wonderful food was a delight. The leaders were exceptional which made the entire trip outstanding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: October 18, 2012
    Posted by: Rara
    From: North Port, FL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Serenity in a trip that takes you back in time

    It has been about four weeks since my September biking adventure, "Tuscany by the Sea". I am still haunted by the beauty of the rolling hills, the views of the blue Mediterranean, and the charm of the medieval walled towns that graced the mountain tops. I still smell the grove of eucalyptus trees as I pedaled the narrow country road. Riding a bicycle gave me the opportunity to navigate the tiny cobblestone paths within the Etruscan built towns and taste the grapes ready for harvest in the field. I had traveled to the Tuscany tourist areas years ago. This trip was special and very different. My senses were awakened each day with a route that not only expanded my historical perspective, but transported me to a simpler time. The smells of the sea and the farms, the taste of olive oil and spaghetti at the Andreini Mill, the feel of the cork bark on a cork tree, the sounds of church bell towers, and of course the sights of the Sea and Giglio Island ....overwhelmed me on my VBT journey. I will always remember the exhileration from pedaling miles, the bond of new friends, and most of all the feeling that I had been transported to the true heart of Tuscany. This was an amazing trip....well planned and designed....a true taste of Italy past and present.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: October 18, 2012
    Posted by: Bonita13
    From: Summerville, SC, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Wonderful trip, great food and wine and the scenery was the best part!

    This bike tour of the three that I have taken was the best one so far. The biking was changelling, the other guests were very welcoming and fun, the tour guides were very helpful and fun to be with and the food and wine were the best. I loved the small island and towns that we visited which gave you a really good insight to small town life in Italy.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: October 16, 2012
    Posted by: Mary1116
    From: Tiverton, RI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • What an incredible trip.

    Every morning I wake up and dream about the beautiful places that we biked in Tuscany by the Sea. The discovery day on Giglio Island was my favorite. As I speak Italian I was able to talk with the various merchants on the Island and truly learn so much more about the little resort of Campese. That evening was so special as we chose a local restaurante which only served fresh fish from the sea. The accomodations on this trip were extrordinary.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 11, 2012
    Posted by: Rachelle
    From: Ojai, California
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great Food and Accommodations

    The cycling part of this tour is not for people who have only ridden on trails. The Italian drivers and bad surfaced roads make the riding on this tour scary. For a rider who does ride on the road and is a fairly strong rider, there are not many challenges. Aside from the cycling, this tour is fabulous with outstanding Tuscan food and great places to stay. The organization of the tour and the tour guides are also fantastic. The guides are fluent in Italian and English and help you learn Italian expressions and the language. The agri-tourism "farms" provide luxurious accommodations along with a country feel. This tour is really fun and well worth the price.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: October 05, 2012
    Posted by: cyclewig
    From: Springfield, IL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
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  • Amazing and memorable experience with VBT!

    We can't stop thinking about our trip to Tuscany with VBT! My wife and I have done extensive bike touring, including a 4000 mile cross country trip sleeping in corn fields and camping in the woods. We weren't sure if a guided trip would be for us. Well, as I mentioned, we can't stop talking about what an amazing time we had. Our Italian guides, Marcello and Angelo, were the most friendly people imaginable. They took us to places that we would never have found on our own, and kept us laughing the whole time with their fabulous personalities. The biking was spectacular, with just the right amount of mileage to leave the rest of the day to relax by the pool or explore Magliano, a nearby fortified mountaintop town. Tuscany is an amazing and magical place and we were given the royal treatment there. For three of the days we stayed at the most amazing agriturismo farm where they grow and make almost all of the food they serve...and what a feast!!! I don't have enough space to explain how amazing the food was (and we even got to make our own biscotti). At another place we stayed, they had their own vineyard with amazing wine. There was wine tasting and swimming in the pool surrounded by gardens after a day of riding thru the Tuscan countryside. All I can say is AMAZING! We will definitely be going with VBT again!!! Thank You VBT for making out 20th anniversary PERFECT!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 23, 2012
    Posted by: Scotto
    From: Burlington, VT, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • Five stars+

    Tuscany By the Sea was an exquisite experience -- precisely described, meticulously planned, flawlessly implimented -- the food, lodging, counryside, guides, built an atmosphere we didn't want to leave. You cannot go wrong with VBT and we can't wait to do it again!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 18, 2012
    Posted by: Norcoh
    From: Rutland, VT, USA
    Age: 65 or over
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  • Excellent bike routes with gorgeous views interspersed with fantastic food and awesome leaders.

    This was my 4th bike trip with VBT but this time I brought along 11 of my friends to share the experience with us. We all had a fantastic time biking, talking, swimming, and eating together. The bike routes were extremely scenic, climbing to the top of the hills and then enjoying the wind in your face as you plunge down the hill on the other side. Our trip leaders were extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area, were on top of every detail, and were a joy to be with. What is not to like--good friends, food, and biking!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 14, 2012
    Posted by: Lele
    From: Philadelphia, PA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • What more can one ask for? Great food, great wine and beautiful rides everyday. Oh, the folks are the trip were also so much fun.

    Italy holds a special place in my heart since I was married in Florence many years ago. I have returned a few times, but I never experienced the food, wine and scenery in such a wonderful manner as biking thru this beautiful country. Tuscany by the Sea offers amazing views on or off the bike. I think my favorite ride was thru the Pine Forrest then swimming on the prettiest beach I have ever been on with really warm, clean water. I wish I were still in Tuscany! Karen

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 10, 2012
    Posted by: KarenO
    From: Boston, MA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Outstanding tour leaders, unique accommodations and picturesque rides

    It was another wonderful trip with VBT. Our tour leaders were fabulous, such fun to be with and always so helpful. I loved the agriturisma and the fattoria where we stayed. Both had excellent food and we had time to relax with our group. And our day at Giglio Island was so memorable. Do not miss the pre-trip to the charming town of Orvieto with its Duomo, its underground caves, its ceramics shops and many fine restaurants. This trip was capped of by 3 days in Rome where our guide, Frank, filled us with the history of the city. He was an added bonus! I recommend this trip to anyone who wants the complete experience - great biking, great meals, great beaches, great leaders, great accommodations and lots of culture!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 09, 2012
    Posted by: Mary66
    From: Oklahoma City, OK, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Trip of a lifetime

    What do you say about a trip that you and your husband went on with 8 of your very best friends? What do you say about a trip with glorious weather, accomodations, food, wine, and scenery? What do you say about 2 of the most fun, outstanding guides, ever? You say it just may have been the trip of a lifetime!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 09, 2012
    Posted by: FourEyes
    From: Tipler, WI
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • a wonderful way to experience italian culture

    This trip was a wonderful blend of experiences from small coastal towns to Rome. For one of the routes, the cycling was challenging, yet do-able for a recreational rider. I wished the trip had a bit more cycling - we had 4 days of riding.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 08, 2012
    Posted by: bikerchick
    From: WI
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour was the perfect exposure to local Tuscan charm

    After having been to Vermont and Maine with VBT, my wife and I were excited to experience Italy through the same personalized approach. Our tip leaders, Robert and Elena, did a wonderful job of looking out for us, connecting us with local treasures, and sharing their love of the countryside and biking with the group. From our bikes, the hill-top Tuscan towns were both tantalizingly close and majestically distant. The food at the agriturisimos was delicious and fresh.....and the tours of the wineries, olive oil tasting, and the grounds of Fattoria di Magliano were unique experiences and quintessentially Tuscan. Bravo !

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 08, 2012
    Posted by: BrianB
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Amazing experience!

    My husband and I wanted to do something special this summer and last minute jumped in to the Italy by the coast tour. I couldn't be happier we did. The VBT team took care of everything, the last minute air reservations - and still got us great itineraries-, the transportation, the lodging... The bike rides were amazing and so were the views, the food and the group. The bike rides were amazing and ver much doable. Our Italian tour guides: Marco and Marcelo were out of this word. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an different and more active Italian vacation.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 08, 2012
    Posted by: DianaK
    From: Portland, OR, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This was our first biking vacation and it won't be our last!

    This tour exceeded our expectations. We were pampered by our VBT tour guides. The scenery was breathtaking. The food was fabulous. The daily trips were carefully planned to accommodate all riding levels. The bikes were extremely comfortable and were versatile to all terrains covered on the tour. It is apparent that VBT is very selective when choosing hotels, daily excursions, menus and experienced tour guides. A biking vacation is an experience like no other. This is my first vacation where I could eat and drink to my hearts content and not gain an ounce.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 08, 2012
    Posted by: BJJCHAP
    From: Fox Lake, WI 53933, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • well planned trip

    This is a great trip,nice variety of scenery and places to stay.Enjoyed the break from biking in the middle of the tour.A delightful trip all around.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: dido
    From: great falls mt
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Bellissima

    I had a great time on this trip. After bicycling several hours each day, I indulged myself with all the beer, vino, pasta, and gelato that I wanted. The group was fun and the trip leaders were, well, a trip. Sometimes we were on roads that were a bit busier than I would have liked, but never for very long before we turned off onto more peaceful and scenic venues. Oh, and an added delight of this trip was the fine swimming pools and the three Mediterranean beaches we visited.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: TallTchr
    From: Lake Arrowhead, CA, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great Trip, Good Value

    Our tour was held during one of the hottest weeks in Italian history, yet it is still one of the most memorable. Our trip leaders were knowledgeable and made everyone welcome. So welcome that I forgot to get my usual twinge of homesickness. The accommodations selected by VBT were great. The tour, pre and post tour hotels were some of the best we have visited ( Europe or USA ) and very well staffed. Any one of them would have been a destination vacation in itself. Thank you VBT Staff,

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Dianski
    From: Southbay Caliorna
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • WOW ! ! !

    Incredible scenery, excellent guides, and a most compatible group to bike with...what more could you ask for on a bike trip? Oh, I forgot to mention the wonderful Italian food, far-beyond-comfortable lodging, great selection of extensions, sites and landmarks to see and good back road routes and bike paths on which to ride. We greatly appreciated the way we were assisted at every point of the trip while preserving our own independence...airport transfers, helpful and knowledgeable biking and city guides and the always-available bike sag van. Having native Italian guides without doubt enriched our trip experiences significantly. Staying in every hotel/inn for three nights minimized packing and handling time and increased the opportunities for activities and site visits. A fabulous trip at a great dollar value! WOW !

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Ross14
    From: Springfield, IL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • This trip was one of the best vacations I have ever taken.

    At first the biking was harder than I thought it would be. However, on the last day of the trip I was sorry to see it end. The Tuscan countryside left indelible images in my mind. The fields of wheat and sunflowers were awesome. The walled hilltop cities were a pleasure to tour and spend time in. Swimming in the Mediterrean Sea was great as well. Each day was well thought out and filled with one adventure after another. Everyone in our group came away with positive perspectives.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Chuck
    From: Louisville, KY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • I would go again tomorrow!!!

    Tuscany by the Sea VBT Tour exceeded all my expectations for a family vacation! The lodging and food were superb! The bicycles and ride routes were appropriate and provided daily diversity with wonderful vistas of the Italian countryside! And we loved our guides! Thank you VBT for a wonderful trip!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Stephanie
    From: Albany, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Outstanding organization and leadership

    Our lodging was always far nicer than expected. The cycling conditions (bicycles, roads, driver courtesy, scenery, terrain) left nothing to be desired. Our two leaders (Franco and Angelo) were superb: organized, personable, hard-working, and efficient. I don't recall a single snafu - everything went smoothly, and the small details such as airport and hotel transfers were a great convenience. The last two cycling days were among the best riding experiences I have had in forty-plus years.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Eric445
    From: Vermont
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • This was the best trip I've ever been on!!!

    Being a single woman on a trip, I was a little hesitant to go on this trip. But, I had many friends that encouraged me to go. Right from the start, I was greeted in Rome by a very friendly guide. I even met two couples there that I became friendly with. The transfers were timely and very clean. The hotel accommodations proved to be excellent. Our two tour guides, Sylvia and Andrea were outstanding. They were there to help and motivate every bike rider. The countryside was magnificent! I can't wait to go again next summer!!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: August 07, 2012
    Posted by: Liz10
    From: Longmeadow, MA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • This was a GREAT trip!

    This was a great trip--my second with VBT! Beautiful setting, inspiring views of Tuscany, and great bicycling. The routes were fun and challenging (maybe more moderate than easy), although every day there were easier options for those who wanted. The argiturismo settings varied from "resort-like" to rustic and authentic. The tour leaders were terrific, supportive, and easily accessible for any needs. I'd recommend that anyone taking this trip train enough to do the "gradual" 11 mile ascent to Scansano---it's challenging (especially in 95 degrees!), but well worth it for the views and the accomplishment!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 26, 2012
    Posted by: Doreen
    From: Western Massachusetts
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Best vacation ever!

    Just arrived home yesterday and am already thinking about which VBT tour my wife and I will take next year! Our group of 16 was more than ably led by two outstanding individuals -- Marco and Marchello. Their patience and sense of humour kept our crew together during some very warm days of riding. The hotels VBT booked were outstanding, and the pools in Tuscany were a welcome site every afternoon after the day's ride ended. Great fun and a truly memory experience

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 17, 2012
    Posted by: bstellick
    From: Toronto, Canada
    Age: 45 to 54
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  • Tuscany by the Sea

    This was an amazing adventure!! The trip of a lifetime !! This was our 1st VBT tour and as my husband says..we're never going on another vacation unless it's VBT!! We travel every year and always stay at 5 star resorts and this tour certainly fit the bill but included more fun! Every aspect of the vacation was exceptional! Each day was packed with something new and exciting with wonderful,friendly guides and superb service wherever we were. We love to experience any country we visit and VBT allows you to do this in the most unique way possible.We saw unbelievable sites and spectacular,breathtaking country. Every inn and hotel we stayed at were just beautiful,immaculate,and conveniently located with delicious meals and friendly, helpful staff. Our bike tour leaders were always there to help ,inform, and accommodate any need. They became our friends as did the other members of our great tour group. We miss them!! We felt very pampered and taken care of. We did the Rome extension on our package and were so glad we did. A VBT quide mapped out an itinerary for our 3 days there that allowed us to see all the sites and it was so helpful. We just can't say enough good things about this trip! Only that we wish we'd stared VBTing a long time ago!!! Can't wait to book our next adventure!!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 17, 2012
    Posted by: Ann55
    From: Barre,VT
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • This tour is perfect for those wanting to experience Tuscany

    From the time we met our tour leaders until we left them, everything happened smoothly without feeling rushed. The rides were sufficiently challenging for all but not too easy either. The hill towns were wonderful and the trips to the coast provided time to cool down in the sea. Learning to make some local foods was especially fun. The swimming pools were a delight at the end of the day.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 15, 2012
    Posted by: Ray1084
    From: Chicago, IL, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A trip that provided lifelong memories and many new friends.

    The VBT Tuscany by the Sea trip was exceptional. The attention to detail, unique experiences, beautiful countryside, and outstanding food make this a must do trip. Our guides, Silvia and Robert, made the trip extra special. My mom and I made many wonderful new friends with each and every person in our group. We also have lifelong memories of Tuscany and the wondeful Italian people. Thank you VBT for making this dream trip a reality.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 13, 2012
    Posted by: Tribling
    From: Middleton, WI, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
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  • My first tour bears repeating

    Tuscany by the Sea was my first tour with VBT. My desire to visit Tuscany was a result of the appreciation for good, fresh and healthy food that I've developed from growing my own produce. Tuscany was a wonderful melding of bicycling (my favorite exercise), great food and a relaxing pastoral setting. Add to that 2 warm and always helpful VBT guides and my anticipation of a great time was realized. We finished the trip in Rome before our airport departure.We managed to see a lot of the city with a minimum of Euros. Our VBT tour guide in Rome shared the his expertise on getting around so we could make the most of our short visit. I am planning and looking forward to my next VBT trip. I recommend adding on the tour extension to make the most of your trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 12, 2012
    Posted by: Sunshine365
    From: Milwaukee, WI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
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  • Overall outstanding tour with great riding and scenery.

    Could not have asked for more -- the lodging, the food, the guides, the touring were all we hoped for. Great location with great scenery and intriguing history. We've taken three trips with VBT and this was the best yet (although Croatia was a very close second!).

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 11, 2012
    Posted by: Dick
    From: Big Sky, Montana
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Such a great time!

    I had a fantastic time on this tour. The guides, scenary, hotels, and everything else was absolutely fantastic. I have already recommended this tour to multiple people and am looking at doing more VBT tours in the near future.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 10, 2012
    Posted by: LSmith
    From: Canada
    Age: 25 to 34
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Quiet and quaint

    This tour showed us the personality of the Italian countryside and coastal region as it truly is...simple, beautiful and delicious.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 08, 2012
    Posted by: Kathy19
    From: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Excellent from start to finish

    There is so little to criticize that saying all that is excellent would be a very long list. Beyond the obvious: great accomodations, incredible food, terrific tour leaders; the pacing was perfect. We were never rushed and always had down time every day. There was an extra something every day also. We loved that we were not going to tourist traps all the time. We were thrilled to met Tuscans who were as happy to see us as we were to see them. Those are some of the best memories. I am sure we experienced a part of Tuscany that would be difficult to experience an any other way. We already have a reservation in for another tour for next year.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 07, 2012
    Posted by: Mary60
    From: Chesapeake, VA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A fantastic introduction to Europe!

    I was both a first time VBT tour participant and traveler to Europe and the trip was wonderful. The biking was challenging but took us through beautiful landscapes -- my only trip regret is that I really couldn't stop often enough to take advantage of all of the photo ops. VBT arranged a stop at an olive oil factory, which was a highlight. We learned a lot (and ate a lot) and thoroughly enjoyed a memorable visit. I'll never look at olive oil casually again, and I'll always wish I could make pasta and bruschetta that compares with our lunch that day.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: MaryfromOhio
    From: Columbus, Oh
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Time of my life.

    This was an outstanding trip. Cycling was appropriate for easy/moderate. The accomodations and food supplied by VBT partners were great. Trip leaders were genuine, funny, expert and engaging.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Jumo
    From: Arkansas
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was everything we hoped for.

    This tour was everything we hoped for : well organized with excellent biking loops each day, fine accomodations, great food, and a fun group of people to share it all with. Our guides were super.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Francesco
    From: Orono, ME, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Another Great VBT Bike Trip!

    Our third VBT tour....................They get better and better each year! Keep up the great work.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: Eddie
    From: San Luis Obispo, CA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • beautiful slice of Italy to enjoy on a bike and with great food and fine wine what is not to like?

    this was our second tour with VBT. We consider our tour companions a very important part of any trip. We were not disappointed. Again we found ourselves with a great cross section of people all of whom we enjoyed sharing this adventure with. The biking terrain had something for any level. However, i would point out the "rolling hills" of Tuscany have a few more cork screws than Iowa's rolling hills. Our informed and friendly leaders were a bonus. We are glad we went and are looking forward to another VBT trip.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: July 06, 2012
    Posted by: hawkeyebob
    From: Cedar Rapids Iowa
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Italian food & wine...what could be better

    What could be better than riding a bicycle through a countryside that offers yummy food and fantastic wine? No better way to taste or see Tuscany by the Sea.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 30, 2012
    Posted by: Leslie21
    From: Sunnyvale, CA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The Wonders of Agroturismo

    This tour sets the standard for all bicycle tours. The leaders were very knowledgeable and helpful and the other folks on the tour were all eccentric and fun. The working vineyards and farms were fascinating and beautiful-as was the wine and the food. The beauty of the Tuscan coast is unparalleled.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 28, 2012
    Posted by: grouchy
    From: Griffin, GA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Exceptional VBT Value Every Time!

    Tuscany by the Sea was my second VBT trip, following California Wine Country last summer. Both wildly exceeded my expectations from the scenery, cycling opportunities, immaculate organization and direction from the guides, wonderful accomodations, and incredible food, to my tripmates. These trips have been the best vacations of my life because they combine relaxation, as all your needs are cared for, with healthy outdoor activity and exploration with 19 of your new best friends, plus the guides. I would highly recommend a VBT biking trip to anyone who wants the opportunity for activity with little responsibility, and permission to eat whatever you want because you've earned it!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 27, 2012
    Posted by: hgb11
    From: Cambridge, MA, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • I loved Tuscany and everything connected to this trip.

    This was my second VBT Biking vacation. Tuscany was beautiful and the food, wine and accommodations were terrific. Our trip leaders Elena and Elena were fabulous which made this one of the best vacations I have eve taken.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 26, 2012
    Posted by: Nickgolf
    From: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Tuscany by the Sea

    We truly enjoyed the biking and had wonderful tour leaders. I wish we had biked every day and not taken the ferry to the Island for example. I don't think that was worth it; we spent too much time there. If there was a way to shorten time involved in the excursion trips and biked more we would have enjoyed it much more. However, we are taking another trip and certainly felt well cared for by staff and tour arrangements (such as being picked up at the airport). Thank you.

    Posted on: June 24, 2012
    Posted by: Sharon
    From: Chatham, NY
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • A Wonderful Vacation

    We had a wonderful experience on this tour, and on the Rome extension. Robert and Sylvia were excellent tour guides, very patient and friendly. Our tour group was exceptionally friendly, fun and fit! We had a great time together, on the tour and in Rome. The hotels were very nice. The two city hotels, the Duomo in Orvieto and Giuliocesare in Rome were very well located. Our trip to Giglio and our ride to Capablio were among the highlights. A word about Rome: our VBT recommended guide, Frank, was a big factor in making our three days in Rome a success. He is very knowledgable about Roman history, and provided a lively and informative narrative. He is a real intellectual, speaks 11 languages and is a master of Roman logistics. We will recommend him to all of our friends who travel to Rome.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 23, 2012
    Posted by: BabsBiker
    From: Buffalo, NY, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Italy at its best as seen over the handlebars! ,

    Great views, luscious meals, funny and supportive guides for an adventurous trip up the rolling hills of Tuscany and down to the sea. Evenings at agriturisimos provided a unique perspective to the rural Italian life. An olive mill at the top of a hill set out a spectacular spaghetti lunch made with the freshest ingredients . . . better than any four-star restaurant. And the pre-trip stay in Orvieto was a great introduction to the relaxed pace of the Italian lifestyle. We've enjoyed several VBT tours but Tuscany by the Sea was the tops!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 22, 2012
    Posted by: Nancy11
    From: Peoria, Arizona
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Greatest Guides

    The accomodations, food, landscape and entire experience were exceptional, but I have to mention the outstanding conduct of our guides. Our group was subjected to rain after a particularly dry spell. The limestone streets were terribly slick. Two people fell and broke bones. Our guides handled the situation, and the ensuing complicated logistics over the next few days, with superb compassion, grace and aplomb. Kudos to VBT for finding, hiring and retaining this level of professional guide.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 21, 2012
    Posted by: Natalie
    From: Seattle
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • great food, great friends one hundered percent perfect

    My trip to Italy was the first trip I took alone. It was truly an adventure. In the airport (in Rome) I met two couples who have remained friends since this first meeting. We have biking in common and a love of good food. Biking and great food were an important part of the Italy trip. I am not a super biker but I do enjoy good food and wine and there was plenty of it on our trip. My trip also included really comfortable guests houses, a visit and lunch to an olive factory, cooking a delicious meal with an Italian cook (translated by our bi-lingual guide) and many hours of interesting conversations with people who love to travel. Most of the other travelers had done VBT before and has many suggestions for future trips. This was such a great experience I booked another trip the following year.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: sally83
    From: Phoenix, MD and Bradenton FL
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Great trip leaders

    Elena and Elena were the best. Always there for support and to answer questions. They made us laugh everyday. I hope to go on another tour and would be thrilled if they were the leaders again.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: LisaB
    From: Spokane, WA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A dream come true

    After being laid off from my job several years ago, I decided to put my severance check to good use....I bought a ticket to ride with VBT in Italy. It turned out to be a dream of a trip and worth every last cent I spent. The scenery, the food, the accommodations and the guides were beyond any expectations I could have imagined. I met some amazing folks on the tour, and still keep in touch with several of them to this day. VBT really puts together outstanding trips and takes care of pampering their guests at every stop along the way. I hope to be able to take another trip with VBT and friends in the near future. Costa Rica dreaming...

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 19, 2012
    Posted by: spokeperson
    From: Washington, DC, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Excellent value!

    I am still talking about this vacation to my friends and family. I decided that I wanted to do something a little different from my normal vacation and I started looking around for some ideas. I ran across VBT on the internet and it looked exactly like what I was searching for. The whole experience was amazing. The hotels, the food, the guides, the rides, everything! I have to say, I don't think there was anything negative about this trip. I have recommended this tour group to many of my friends and family so far. I am looking forward to taking another trip with VBT in the future, maybe to Croatia!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Dawn41
    From: Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This was a trip of a life time.

    VBT provided a trip of a life time. VBT representatives and tour leaders provided excellent service throughout the pre trip, post trip and the tour itself. Our tour took us by fields of sunflowers, olive tree groves and old Tuscan villages. The accomodations and food were exellent. The tour leaders were so much fun. Everyone on the tour spent evenings laughing while dining over local cuisine.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: SusanM
    From: San Antonio, Tx
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Wonderful Tuscany

    This tour was an excellent taste of Tuscany, Italy. Every day was a new adventure to somewhere different. The scenery was outstanding. The Tuscan countryside is amazingly beautiful! We visited charming hillside towns along the way. We went to an olive oil mill and were served a delicious lunch there. The places we stayed provided wonderful hospitality. It left me with such fond memories of Tuscany and definitely wanting to experience more.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: TravelTrey
    From: Long Island, New York, USA
    Age: 35 to 44
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Buon Appetito!

    My first trip to Italy could not have been more memorable! Biking the Tuscan countryside, where vineyards are endless and sunflowers drape the hillsides, created an indelible memory of the beauty of Italy! Visiting wineries and olive groves to sample some of the best wines and olive oil as well as staying at an two agrotourismos (working farms) provided us with both a taste of Italy and the flavor of Italian culture. As a decendent of Italian immigrant grandparents, this was a dream come true!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Mazie
    From: Lawrence, Massachusetts
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • I loved swimming in the med and the day trip on the ferry to Giglio Island

    It has been awhile since I took this trip - would have to look back through my pictures to be more specific.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Lisa
    From: Reston, VA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This review is for the Croatia bike trip from May 20 to June 1, 2011. I did Tuscany by the sea in 2007.

    Our guides, Mattej and Lada were absolutely excellent. The trip surpassed my expectations, which we quite high, having done a VBT trip in 2007 (see note above). I particularly enjoyed the evening dining at Sophia or Sandra's home. The chance to have have a meal in a Croatian home was really special. The only criticism I have is that the water bottles this year are a bit tricky and have a tendency to "pinch" my lip. Not good when drinking and riding. Of course this is a very minor point, overall VBT again scores 10 out of 10.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 18, 2012
    Posted by: Jbuss
    From: Middleton, WI, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Tuscany by the Sea is a tour of a lifetime

    My wife and I went with two good friends, one of which was celebrating her 40th birthday. We came home with 18 other friends whom we met on the tour! The food, riding, scenery, wine, comaraderie, peace, wine and olive tours, leadership, friendliness of the locals, flavor of the countryside, all made us want to move to Italy... we still dream of going back some day and show it to our children. Our guides were fantastic and the logistics perfect. Our perfect vacation! We really can't say enough about it... Ciao, bella!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Paolo67
    From: Denver, CO
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Our first VBT tour but will not be our last.

    The tour offered a lot of everything. Great scenery, excellent accommodation and food, lots of history with moderate but every now and then some challenging cycling. The overall organisation of transportation and accommodation was excellent but the leadership and our fellow adventurers made the trip a wonderful lasting memory.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: JandJ
    From: London, ON, Canada
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Tuscany by the Sea

    For the best bang for your buck, these tours can't be beat- they are one of the few tour operators to include airfare. That being said, they may not include quite as many meals as other tours, but this is a minor consideration. The guides were outstanding and they can really make or break a trip. They were easy going, personable and fun to be with. They were also extremely knowledgeable about the area, the bike routes, the bikes themselves and pretty much everything else. I would highly recommend VBT to anyone looking for an active vacation with excellent accomondations and fabulous food.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 17, 2012
    Posted by: Anne
    From: New Canaan,CT
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was "so-so".

    I took this tour about 3 years ago, so I don't remember many specifics. However I thought that the itinerary was underwhelming and the rides were not awe inspiring. Unfortunately the weather was hot and dry and the vegetation reflected this. However, as usual the guides were excellent as were the accomodations.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: sailor
    From: Centennial, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • A simply beautiful, historical place with friendly people, great food, wine & culture

    This tour had everything--great biking, beautiful scenery, delicious meals & wine, interesting places to visit & experience & the weather was great too. Our guides were adorable & helpful as can be. We certainly would reccomend this to any biking type of people out there..

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Janyce
    From: Millis , Ma.
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • This tour was fun every single day!

    The Tuscany by the Sea biking adventure was a treat from start to finish. Our Italian guides were helpful, kind, funny, organized, enthusiastic, and always available no matter what. They spoke beautiful English, but provided a truly Italian touch. They went above and beyond on every issue. The food was excellent at every meal. the wine plentiful and delicious, and the sights spectacular. The accommodations were top drawer but not luxurious. When I did this trip, we had some unexpected hot weather; extra cold water was provided, as was, for some, a ride back in the van. I had a wonderful time on this trip, and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good bike ride in beautiful terrain.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: BobbiGB
    From: Denver, Colorado
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Everything as promised

    Had a wonderful time! The bike rides were just challenging enough. The bicycles were adjusted to fit me just right and they were new. The trip leaders were beyond helpful and encouraging. They were always there when you needed them with smiles on there faces. The places we stayed and activities provided were fun and interesting. The food was exceptional. I would definitely recommend the pre and post trips. I can't wait to go on another VBT tour! I recently re-read the brochure and it depicts the trip with great accuracy.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Travellovingwoman
    From: San Diego, CA, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Unforgettable sights such as Ptigliano! Leaders were outstanding.

    Problem we encountered - one day there was a very steep climb. My husband almost collapsed at the top; should have been recommended he take the van which I did. It was very hot and since he is a senior citizen as I am it would have been appreciated. We are traveling with VBT in Sept. to Austria, Slovenia & Italy.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Armadillo
    From: Shell Beach, Pismo Beach, CA 93449, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This tour was great with the best leaders.

    The tour Tuscany by the Sea was wonderful with great accomadations, really delicious meals and wine. Our two guides, Marco and Marcello, really made the trip special with their knowledge,,sense of humor, and help. They really seemed to go the exrtra mile for the group. The bikes and equipment were first rate. The route was spectactular. The weather was warmer than we expected and we would have preferred cooler weather for biking but do not think we can hold VBT responsible for that! On the other hand, if VBT could have influenced the weather, they would have! We have only high praise for this trip and the people who run and organize VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Kathy
    From: Denver, CO, USA
    Age: 65 or over
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • Great pace!

    I loved it all, the accommodations, the leaders, the bikes but what really made it a super tour was the pace. We visited many fascinating places and I learned a lot. There was no "up in the morning to the olive groves, then cathedral, then city tour ... then lunch." We rode, then we toured, then we ate, then we rode some more - and we always ate gelato! It was a perfect way to see Italy.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Phillybikegirl
    From: Swarthmore, PA, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • We made great friends on this trip, biking, eating and laughing through Tuscany

    This was the most fun! We were in Orvieto for the pretrip and had a great orientation with a local guide provided by VBT. What a lovely town and so walkable. This acclimated us to Italy and when the rest of the group and our guides arrived, the laughs began. The two women guides taught us some Italian each morning at the route review. The rides were beautiful to small towns and through poppy filled fields, olive groves and vineyards. We were given the inside scoop on the best GOD, gellato of the day, and had cultural experiences toward the end of the day. These included learning to taste wine at a vineyard, taste olive oil at an olive press and made biscotti. We all had signed up for the post trip in Rome, which was a superb experience, seeing many architetural, cultural and art treasures. It was so much fun that many of the group are regrouping for Valley of the Dolomites Italian ride in the summer 2012!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Ziggy17
    From: Iowa City, IA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • The Best Way to See Italy

    Fabulous routes, friendly guides, fantastic food and gelato every single day--not much more you need to know!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Maggie
    From: Fox Lake, WI
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Loved the farm country and ancient hill towns.

    The combination of ancient hill towns, beautiful farm country and spectacular shorelines on the azure sea were unbeatable. Our guides were delightful. They helped us get a real feel for the people and the land. We met great traveling companions in our group.Top it all off with an incredible tour in Rome and you have a vacation that can't be beat.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Deb55
    From: Pittsburgh,PA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Return customers find that VBT service is consistently excellent.

    After having a wonderful time bicycle touring in Ireland with VBT we knew we'd be repeat customers. The following year we took this beautiful trip to coastal Tuscany and found that the people we met and the places we went were fantastic, just as they had been the year before. Our leaders, Franco and Angelo, were remarkably attentive to everyone's needs.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Bernie
    From: Essex Junction, VT
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • Exceeded my expectations

    Our first VBT experience, now we are hooked, just completed our 7th trip. This trip offers the charm and romance of Italy, beautiful countryside, nice rides, history, great food and wine and knowledgeable and fun guides. Fabulous!!!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Susie
    From: New Jersey, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Truly Italian with wine aplenty!

    Our trip to Italy on the Tuscany by the Sea tour with VBT was again unique- all have their own specialties and a must to be had! We went in April which was a bit early for poppy fields and settings if you are into pictures, but our Grandson was going to be born and we decided to accomplish our European trip prior so we wouldn't miss out. This trip is more of a challenge for those who aren't accustomed to longer, harder hill rides. I loved every one, although it seemed like you were always climbing to the next town more so than gentle rolling hills going up and down. By the third day you feel your strength and power in your legs to make every hill and forget the "Van support", if only the Italians didn't drink so much vino so late into the evening. All the places we went were so different and interesting. Our pre-trip into the city of Duomo, city on the hill had the most fantastic host hotel. We still keep in contact and her family love all my comments and pictures that I posted of them and their beautiful city on my blog. Still would like to get my own Vespa- it makes you think our American vehicles are way too big!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: DRTCPA
    From: Flagstaff, AZ, USA
    Age: 45 to 54
    # Of Trips: 5 or more

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  • Loved everything about the trip

    This was a great trip. It was our first trip to Italy and didn't want a typical tour. We enjoyed great company, exercised at our own pace, enjoyed wonderful food and saw awesome sights. We will be using Vbt again!

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Kkatmoon
    From: Birmingham, AL, USA
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 1

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  • This was the trip of a lifetime!

    The cycling was challenging but enjoyable on this trip. The pace was perfect and we were able to see a lot but also had time to just enjoy the people and places. The tour leaders were excellent and we felt well taken care of. When you add in great food and tour features this is a trip not to be missed.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
    Posted by: Fifi
    From: London ON, Canada
    Age: 55 to 64
    # Of Trips: 2-4

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  • It was an outstanding trip!

    We never signed up for a biking vacation before. Our guides were very helpful and friendly. There was always an amazing snack waiting for us on the road. If you didn't want to make a climb they were happy to have you jump in the van and no one made fun of you. We had a great group of people which made it very enjoyable. The sights, meals and, the wine was amazing! We would book another trip with VBT.

    Yes, I recommend this tour.

    Posted on: June 16, 2012
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