Italy: Southern Tuscany & Giglio Island

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This original cycling tour of southern Tuscany has had its share of copycats. We’re flattered—but don’t be fooled; reproductions are never authentic as the original. With 20 years of experience cycling the Tuscan coast, we know the best seaside routes, award-winning vineyards, and masserias that reflect the Maremma’s unique character. Our local Tuscan trip le...
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Extreme
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Savor fresh farm cuisine during stays at fattorie lodgings
    • Dip your toes, lounge in the sand, or swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea
    • Learn from a Tuscan chef how to prepare cantucci almond cookies
    • Taste locally pressed olive oil at a local oil mill
    • Walk a panoramic trail with a local guide on Giglio Island

What's this trip about?

    This original cycling tour of southern Tuscany has had its share of copycats. We’re flattered—but don’t be fooled; reproductions are never authentic as the original. With 20 years of experience cycling the Tuscan coast, we know the best seaside routes, award-winning vineyards, and masserias that reflect the Maremma’s unique character. Our local Tuscan trip leaders will take you to secluded swimming coves—including a delightful beach on Giglio Island where you can cool off after an afternoon’s guided walking tour. Pedal the shores of the Orbetello lagoon, learn to prepare Tuscan cantucci during a cooking class, and enjoy a tasting of Tuscany’s “liquid gold” at a local olive oil mill. This incredible cycling vacation has it all.

Details

Itinerary focusActive
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 20 people
Age range13 to 80 years
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityOrvieto
End CityRome

Travel Themes

  • Culinary & Wine
  • Cultural
  • Cycling & Biking
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Italy

Attractions

  • Capalbio
  • La Parrina
  • Magliano
  • Orvieto
  • Pereta
  • Rome
  • Scansano
  • Tuscany

Activities

  • Cooking
  • Culture
  • Cycling
  • Educational/ learning
  • Nature
  • Winetasting
  • Guided Group

Trip includes

    • Custom VBT Bike and Helmet
    • Two Local, Bilingual Trip Leaders
    • Support Vehicle
    • Luggage Transportation
    • Ride with GPS and Daily Route Notes
    • Welcome Reception
    • Facilitated Cultural Experiences
    • Your Choice of VBT Branded Gear for Your Adventure

Itinerary

Travel Map
DAY 1: VBT Bicycling Vacation begins / Travel to Parrina / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception and dinner

Meet your VBT trip leaders inside the Orbetello-Monte Argentario train station at 2:15 p.m. Your trip leaders will be wearing VBT staff garments. Please plan to buy lunch on your own before this meeting.

If you prefer, you can meet your group at the hotel in Or...

DAY 2: Cycle by the Maremma Park / Talamone / Cooking class

After breakfast, you’ll leave La Parrina and cycle to the coast and Talamone, where you’ll discover the many Greek legends linked to this little fortress village. There’ll be time during the morning’s ride to swim in the glittering blue sea. The medieval hilltop town ...

DAY 3: Cycle to Feniglia and Orbetello

This morning, ride through the countryside toward the coast and Ansedonia, passing elegant villas and gardens and enjoying splendid views of the sea and the old watchtower that once defended this coast. Enjoy a picnic lunch along the way at a typical Maremma family-ru...

DAY 4: Porto Santo Stefano / Ferry to Giglio Island

Today, take a pedaling break from your Tuscany bike tour to enjoy the tranquility of the Giglio island. You’ll start this morning with a warm goodbye to your hosts at La Parrina before traveling to the bustling harbor and quaint village of Porto Santo Stefano. From th...

DAY 5: Capalbio / Wine tasting

After breakfast, cycle to the medieval town of Capalbio. Dating to the 11th century, historic Capalbio is surrounded by massive walls. Stroll along these ancient ramparts above the city and take in the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Then enter the his...

DAY 6: Follow the Wine Road / Magliano / Olive oil tasting

After a leisurely breakfast, set off 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 stop at the Magliano olive oil shop and forme...

DAY 7: VBT Bicycling Vacation ends / Travel to Rome

After an included breakfast, complimentary transportation is provided back to the Orbetello-Monte Argentario train station by private motorcoach, arriving at approximately 9:30 a.m. If you prefer, you are welcome to board our coach to Rome and continue with your own travel plans from our Rome hotel.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Availability

Price From $3,645
Price per day$521
Last Updated: 2/23/2024
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$3,895
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Check Current Availability, prices, specials with VBT Bicycling Vacations.

The total tour cost includes the tour price (regular or promotional) and the compulsory local payment. The promotional price is subject to change. Check directly with the operator for the latest price offer. The tour operator requires you to pay only the tour price to purchase your travel. The compulsory local payment will be paid when you join the trip. All prices are based on double, twin or triple share occupancy. Solo passengers will be accommodated in a double, twin or triple room according to availability with a passenger(s) of the same gender. Single supplement only needs to be paid if the passenger does not want to share and requests their own room. Discounts can only be applied at the time of booking and cannot be added at a later date, regardless of any changes made to the original booking.

Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

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Absolutely stunning scenery with relatively easy cycling.

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Nov 2023

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Fantastic intro to a bike vacation!

VBT came highly recommended by several friends and family so we took the plunge and did our first guided bike trip. We were never disappointed. Guides, hotels, bikes...

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life at its fullest

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Tour Operator

VBT Bicycling Vacations

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Since 1971, VBT has crafted immersive and authentic biking vacations for active travelers. When you travel with VBT, you’re not just another tourist—you’re a traveler. With us, you’ll experience your destination with the help of a local, bilingual trip leader with a passion for sharing their home with you. You’ll eat in local restaurants, stay in accommodations that have been family-owned for generations and cycle through vineyards, olive groves, and medieval villages. 


With VBT, you won’t just visit a place—you’ll immerse yourself in it. You might follow a centuries-old pasta recipe while taking a cooking class in Rome—or learn a folk dance in Croatia, followed by sharing a bottle of locally-produced Grk wine with your new friends. Exploring the world on two wheels lets you experience your surroundings on a deeper level.

 

VBT offers exceptional value without compromising on quality. Simply put, no other US-based active travel company offers an experience this rich for such a reasonable price. On our tours, you can see more sights, have more local experiences, and enjoy more delicious, authentic meals—all while staying in high-quality, boutique hotels and charming, family-run inns.

 

All you have to do is show up at the airport—we’ll handle the rest! From tour consultants who help you find the perfect vacation to expert local trip leaders who show you the best place for gelato, we take care of all the little details that make your trip memorable. We book your flights, arrange all your transportation and accommodations, and move your luggage between hotels. Our support vans are available to give you a lift up a hill or quickly fix a flat tire. VBT takes care of your travel details and creates unique itineraries so you can relax and enjoy your small-group vacation from start to finish.

 

Friendly camaraderie, cultural immersion, and casual comforts are the hallmarks of our vacations. Discover delightful people, beautiful hotels, foreign cultures, and fascinating lifestyles that will enrich your life and provide memories for years to come.

Why we love this operator
Their unique emphasis on immersive cultural experiences combined with active exploration with personalized cycling experiences.
What they’re known for
VBT Cycling are renowned for offering exceptional guided and self-guided bicycle tours worldwide.

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Accommodation

,6 nights in small country estates
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Meals Included

14 meals: 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners

Age Requirements
13 to 80 years
Additional Information
This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills, ideal for beginners and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support vehicle is always available for those needing assistance with the hills. The accommodations on this tour are on country estates that are not in or near towns, but in peaceful surroundings. The roads are well paved, and the total unpaved terrain is 3%. Please note: there is one non-biking day to explore Giglio Island. Daily Mileage: 15 - 47 miles| Biking: 1 - 4 hours| Group Size: 20
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