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Tuscany by the Sea

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

  • 10 Days
  • 158 Reviews Recommended by 154 of 158 travellers
  • 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.

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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Reviews
  • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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
    # Of Trips: 1

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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.

    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
    # Of Trips: 1

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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
    # Of Trips: 1

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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
    # Of Trips: 1

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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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