Tuscany by the Sea
Discover by bike where Tuscany pours into the Tyrrhenian Sea, tranquility washes over Italy’s unspoiled Maremma region and Italian hospitality overflows in ancient towns and at locally-owned agriturismi.
- Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
- Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
- Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
- Small Groups: 20
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Pre-Trip Extension - Orvieto
2 nights for only $245
- 2 nights at the Hotel Duomo
- Daily breakfast
- City Information
- Airport transfers
- Half-day guided tour and visit of the Duomo
Orvieto is situated in Umbria atop a large platform of volcanic tufa. Surrounded by defensive walls, it is among the most dramatic cities in Europe and is easily explored by foot. The Etruscans founded Orvieto. Artifacts from their civilization are on display at the Archaeological Museum, and their ancient necropolis is accessible via a popular two-mile hike. Relics of the Roman Empire are also here, and the famous St. Patrick’s Well, with its one-way double-helix ramps for water-hefting mules, was built for the popes in the 16th-century. Remarkably, an underground city—a labyrinth of tunnels and caves long kept secret—lies beneath Orvieto’s streets. The city boasts many medieval palaces along narrow cobblestone streets, such as the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and Fortezza dell’Albornoz. Another notable monument is the Gothic cathedral, or Duomo, with its striped façade of white and green stones and remarkable sculptures. On our included walking tour, you will visit the cathedral and San Brizio Chapel, adorned by Luca Signorelli’s masterful fresco, Last Judgment, inspiration for the more famous work by Michelangelo. Other highlights include hiking on nearby trails, shopping for fine pottery and crafts and enjoying delightful dinners at simple trattorias, featuring local delicacies such as truffles and mushrooms. Only available with the Air Inclusive Package. Single supplement: $195
DAY 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Rome
Depart from home for Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.
DAY 2: Arrive in Rome / Begin your Trip Extension in Orvieto
Upon arrival at the Rome Fiumicino Airport, meet your VBT representative outside the customs area in your arrival terminal. The representative will be holding a VBT sign. Then transfer by private car (approximately 2 hours) to your hotel in Orvieto. The rest of the day is free to explore the city, using VBT's City Information as your guide. Choose a restaurant for dinner on your own. Tomorrow morning, a local guide will meet you for an orientation tour. If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please let our Airport staff know by calling or sending a text message to +39 335 12 06 921. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer. However, they might be able to reschedule your transfer if they are aware of the delay. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay and they will contact our transfer service. Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 1 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk. Hotel: Hotel Duomo
DAY 3: Orvieto Tour / Independent exploration
After breakfast, meet your local guide at 9 am at the hotel. She will take you for an orientation tour of the city and a guided visit to the remarkable cathedral—the Chapel of San Brizio—and share insider tips on what to see and do in Orvieto as you explore on your own. Perhaps you’ll take a two-mile hike to the Etruscan necropolis or join an optional guided visit to the underground caves. The rest of the day is free for your own discoveries and shopping. Hotel: Hotel Duomo Meals: B
DAY 4: Independent exploration of Orvieto / Join VBT Air Package guests
Continue your discovery of Orvieto, perhaps with a visit to Saint Patrick's Well. A masterpiece of engineering, this well was constructed in 1527 by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. It is 203 feet (62 meters) deep and has double-helix spiral staircases with 248 steps each. This ingenious design allowed mules to cart water up the stairs without having to pass those who were going down for more. You may return to your hotel by funicular. VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day. Hotel: Hotel Duomo Meals: B
Post-Trip Extension - Rome
2 nights for only $345
- 2 nights at Hotel Giulio Cesare
- Daily breakfast
- City Information
- Airport transfers
Discover the Eternal City at your leisure as you spend two nights in Italy’s timeless capital. History, art and architecture abound, from Greek sculpture to Roman ruins. Marvel at the grandeur of the Vatican, where St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel await. Stroll through the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. Take time to walk up the Spanish Steps, toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to Rome, or just spend a relaxing afternoon at a quiet outdoor café. Many attractions are within walking distance of your centrally located hotel. Only available with the Air Inclusive Package. Single supplement: $195
DAY 1: Begin your optional extension
Today's opportunities are endless. You might visit the Forum, the political and commercial center of ancient Rome when the empire was at its greatest power. Various emperors constructed the temples, monuments and other buildings here over a period of nine centuries. Today, you can still see the Curia where the Roman Senate met. Take a walk up the Palatine Hill, where tradition says the first settlers of Rome built their huts under the direction of Romulus, and which was later the home of Caligula, Nero, Tiberius and Domitian. Or you can step out of Italy while you're still in Rome with a visit to the Vatican, an independent state. The Vatican museums are filled with magnificent art that goes far beyond such well-known pieces as the Pieta and Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling. Tour Rome's famous Catacombs, located in tunnels carved out of rock along the Via Appia (Appian Way). Or spend an idyllic afternoon in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, one of Europe's most elegant parks. And by all means, do as the Romans do—sip espresso, savor Italian wine and take the time to enjoy la dolce vita. After a full day of independent exploration, retire to your hotel or perhaps enjoy one of Rome's fine restaurants. Please note: Italian museums are closed on Mondays. Vatican museums are closed on Sundays, since they are in Vatican State. Hotel: Hotel Giulio Cesare Meals: B
DAY 2: Independent exploration of Rome
Continue your independent exploration of Rome today. Hotel: Hotel Giulio Cesare Meals: B
DAY 3: Depart for home
After breakfast* this morning 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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