Bike Across Italy - Venice to Pisa

Bike Across Italy - Venice to Pisa

This is it - the classic bicycle tour that we started with back in 1972! We begin in romantic Venice, make stops in the great art cities of Ferrara, Ravenna & Florence, and end on the Mediterranean coast in Pisa. Along the way, you'll enjoy gourmet meals from two of Italy's best culinary regions (Emilia-Romagna & Tuscany), take in local markets, and discover a side of Italy seldom seen by tourists. You'll also visit "the farm" (it's been in Paola Malpezzi-Price's family for more than 100 years) for a light lunch and a close-up look at rural life in Italy. This is our most popular cycling tour.

If this sounds great but you don't have time for the full 12 days, check out our Bicycling Venice to Florence tour, which features the first 8 days of this itinerary.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Sep 9-20, 2018
USD$5095
USD$650
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Sep 23-Oct 4, 2018
USD$5095
USD$650
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May 5-16, 2019
USD$5095
USD$650
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May 19-30, 2019
USD$5095
USD$650
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Jun 2-13, 2019
USD$5095
USD$650
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Jun 23-Jul 4, 2019
USD$5095
USD$650
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Aug 18-29, 2019
USD$5095
USD$650
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Sep 8-19, 2019
USD$5095
USD$650
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Sep 22-Oct 3, 2019
USD$5095
USD$650
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* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 12 Days
  • Total Distance / 524 km (326 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / 58 km (36 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level / 2.5
  • Countries / Italy
  • Begin/End / Venice / Lucca
  • Price / From USD$5095
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Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Gourmet meals, Faenza and the Malpezzi family farm, Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Tuscany's countryside, Venice, Ravenna and Ferrara, Guided visit of UNESCO WHS villa Badoer

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    We recommend you make your museum reservations in advance. Find more information on how to go about here.
  • Includes
    12 days, 11 nights accommodation; 6 dinners with wine, 2 lunches, & 11 breakfasts; walking tour of Florence

    The Usual (Included with every ExperiencePlus! tour)

    • Superb tour leaders who are fun, bilingual and avid cyclists.
    • Help with flights, trains and pre/post tour hotels.
    • Comfortable lodging in 3-4 star hotels. 
    • All breakfasts and at least half of your dinners.
    • Use of a high quality 27-30 speed bike.
    • Full van support to carry luggage – and tired cyclists, too! 
    • Special events like wine tastings, cultural visits and chocolatiers.
    • All tips and gratuities at tour hotels and group meals.
    • Unique routes, marked with our famous chalk dust arrows.
    • Daily mileage options.
    • Detailed route map and free use of our traveling resource library.

    What's not included:

    • Transportation to and from the bicycling tour including airfare, or train travel
    • Helmets - we ask that you bring your own to ensure the best fit
    • Meals not listed in the itinerary
    • Tour Leader gratuity

    See the complete list of what's included with every ExperiencePlus! Tour.

  • Arrive / Depart
    Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) /Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport (PSA)
  • Overall Tour Level
  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance/Gain
    mi/ftkm/m

    Terrain

    Tour Level

    Notes

    1
    Test ride
    2
    74km / 265m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    3
    77km / 309m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 2.0
    4
    53km / 137m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.0
    5
    60km / 208m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    6
    64km / 1261m
    Very hilly
    difficulty level 4.5
    Shorter optional ride available
    7
    42km / 573m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    8
    Rest day
    9
    40km / 561m
    Hilly
    difficulty level 3.0
    10
    61km / 512m
    Rolling hills
    difficulty level 2.5
    11
    66km / 351m
    Mostly flat
    difficulty level 1.5
    12
    Last day

    Tour Level Note: Terrain starts out flat then builds over the Apennines. Rolling hills through Tuscany. Our most popular tour for cyclists.

Terrain Legend

Mostly flat Mostly flat

Rolling hills Rolling

Hilly Hilly

Very hilly Very hilly

Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Tour begins in Venice, Italy

Highlights: The Lido of Venice, dinner at a trattoria

Welcome to Venezia! Try to arrive a few days early to explore this incredible city before we set off cycling towards Florence. We meet at our hotel overlooking the Lido of Venice for an afternoon bike fitting, followed by an introductory aperitif before walking to a small trattoria for dinner on the Lido.

DAY 2: Bicycle Venice to Po River Delta

Highlights: Venetian lagoon, fishing villages, bicycle along the Po Delta

The Lidos of Venice and Pellestrina protect the Venetian lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. Today, you’ll follow these natural levees as you pedal your way south via flat roads, ferries, and quaint fishing villages. Along your way to Chioggia, stop for lunch in one of the charming villages as you pedal southwest towards San Martino di Venezze.

DAY 3: San Martino di Venezze to Ferrara

Highlights: Bicycle along the Po River, bicycle capital of Italy--Ferrara

Enjoy a day of leisurely riding all the way to the Renaissance city of Ferrara. Along the way we will stop at Fratta Polesine to visit Villa Badoer, here you will quickly see why this architectural feat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Villa Badoer was designed in 1554 by Andrea Palladio, who is widely considered as one of the most influential architects in the West. The entrance into Ferrara is spectacular. You will ride directly under the finest example of Renaissance walls remaining in Italy to discover other highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage town including many palaces of the Este court from the 14th and 15th century.

  • Distance: 77 km (48 mi)
  • Gain: 309 m (1014 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Tour Level: Tour Level 2.0
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 4: Ravenna

Highlights: Comacchio, lunch at farm cooperative, mosaics of Ravenna

This morning we will shuttle to the nearby lagoon town of Comacchio, this old port town was once more famous than Venice. We encourage you to visit the museum that features a Roman boat and stroll around the canals, we'll journey across the "valleys of Comacchio", through the Po Delta's rich bird habitats. Then it’s on to the Anita di Argenta where we'll stop at a local agriturismo (farm cooperative), to enjoy a lunch of local specialties including homegrown vegetables, homemade ricotta and eels. We'll then ride a short distance to Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire and home to more early-Christian mosaics than any other city in Western Europe. Spend the afternoon exploring this city’s great history as your hotel is walking distance from all the highlights including: Dante's Tomb, the mosaics of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.

DAY 5: Ravenna to Faenza

Highlights: Picnic lunch at ExperiencePlus! Headquarters and family farm, ceramics of Faenza

We'll head west from Ravenna today, stopping at "the farm" for a light lunch together. "The farm" is our European headquarters and is located on land that Paola Malpezzi-Price's (Co-founder of ExperiencePlus!) family has cultivated for more than 100 years. We continue on to Faenza, where we visit a local ceramist who will introduce us to traditional Faenza designs.

  • Distance: 60 km (38 mi)
  • Gain: 208 m (682 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Tour Level: Tour Level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Over the Apennines

Highlights: Olive oil tasting, bicycle the Apennine Mountains, small mountain villages

We head into the Apennines today. We will pass through the medieval village of Brisighella for an olive oil tasting in one of Italy's most unique olive oil producing areas and then we'll then begin climbing (easily at first!) over the Apennines. Enjoy the varying scenery as it changes dramatically when you leave the plains and enter the mountains. Just before we reach the toughest part of our climb to Ronta, there is a conveniently located train station which allows you to jump on or keep pedaling to your destination!

  • Distance: 64 km (40 mi)
  • Gain: 1261 m (4137 ft)
  • Terrain: Very hilly
  • Tour Level: Tour Level 4.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 7: Fiesole and Florence

Highlights: Fiesole and its Etruscan ruins, Renaissance Florence, Uffizi Gallery

There's a small climb this morning to Vetta le Croci, then it's all downhill to the ancient Etruscan city of Fiesole, where you'll enjoy a great view of Florence rising from the valley floor. We'll ride into town together, and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore this capital of Renaissance Italy. Our hotel lies on the banks of the Arno River, close to the Uffizi Gallery. This evening we'll enjoy a farewell dinner together.

  • Distance: 42 km (26 mi)
  • Gain: 573 m (1879 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Tour Level: Tour Level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 8: Wonders of Florence

Highlights: Walking tour of Florence and time to explore on your own

Join our guided walking tour of Florence this morning. Take advantage of free time in the afternoon and schedule your visit of the famous Uffizi Gallery or the Accademia, home to Michelangelo's David after 12:30PM. At sunset, take a walk down to the Ponte Vecchio to engage in the passeggiata (or "evening stroll").

DAY 9: Birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci

Highlights: Olive groves and vineyards, Leonardo da Vinci's birthplace and museum

After breakfast, we head out of Florence and down the Arno River valley for a beautiful day of riding in the Italian countryside. You will climb a bit as we cross Mount Albano to and spectacular view. Our destination is Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci. Here you will have a chance to visit the museum with scale models of his inventions.

  • Distance: 40 km (25 mi)
  • Gain: 561 m (1840 ft)
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Tour Level: Tour Level 3.0
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 10: Lucca

Highlights: Medici villa, bicycle countryside of Tuscany, 17th century wall

Climb the stairway to the Medici villa in Cerreto Guidi today for a great view. We will then continue west to Lucca, where we will unpack our bags for two nights. This formerly Roman town was one of medieval Italy's most prosperous city-states. Lucca retains its medieval charm with its small shops and sidewalk caf?s, as well as the beautiful 17th-century wall that surrounds the town.

  • Distance: 61 km (38 mi)
  • Gain: 512 m (1680 ft)
  • Terrain: Rolling hills
  • Tour Level: Tour Level 2.5
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Lodging:

DAY 11: Pisa

Highlights: Leaning Tower of Pisa, Piazza of Miracles

Our last day of cycling takes us to Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower and the Piazza of Miracles. After a stroll through Pisa, head back to Lucca to enjoy an evening passeggiata along the main pedestrian way. We'll celebrate our adventure across Italy with a final dinner together this evening.

  • Distance: 66 km (41 mi)
  • Gain: 351 m (1151 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat
  • Tour Level: Tour Level 1.5
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 12: Tour ends in Lucca

Highlights:

After breakfast, our journey across Italy comes to an end. Hopefully you are off to explore Rome and its many museums or the stunning Lakes District to the north. Buon viaggio!

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Day 1: Arrival Information

Tour begins in Venice, Italy

Lodging: Biasutti Hotel

Meeting time 2 p.m. - on Day 1, meet your fellow cyclists and Tour Leaders at the Day 1 Hotel specified on your itinerary.

Note:

As you are planning, remember that the hotels listed in our itineraries are our primary hotels and are - in rare cases - subject to change. Before you make arrangements, check with us if your tour departure is guaranteed. If your tour departure is out further than 6 months, please also check with us as there might be slight changes to the itinerary.

The below information will help you plan your arrival. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio. The fare and timing information listed below is approximate.

We recommend flying into the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
  1. Vaporetto (water shuttle) to the Hotel on the Lido (Lido S.M.E.) (1 hour, EUR 15); cash or a chip and pin credit card needed to purchase the vaporetto ticket at the kiosk. You may hire a private water taxi instead (30 min, EUR 100-150, agree on a price before boarding or book online www.venicelink.com or www.watertaxisvenice.com)
  2. Taxi from the Lido dock to the hotel (less than 5 min, EUR 8-10)
If you arrive at Venezia Santa Lucia train station:
  • Water Bus Line 5.1 (40 min, EUR 7.50). This is a smaller boat and takes the Canale della Giudecca
  • Or: Water Bus Line 1 (1 hour, EUR 7.50). This is a bigger boat and takes the scenic route through Canal Grande

Day 12: Departure Information

Tour ends in Lucca

Your trip ends on the final day after breakfast.

The below information will help you plan your departure. For more tips or other routes, you might like Rome2Rio.  We recommend flying out of Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa (PSA)

  • Taxi from hotel to the airport (45 min, EUR 60-70)
If you opt for public transportation:
  1. Taxi from hotel to Lucca train station (5 min, EUR 10)
  2. Train from Lucca to Pisa Centrale (30 min, EUR 5), no pre-purchase necessary
  3. People Mover from Pisa Centrale to Galileo Galilei Airport (8 min, EUR 2.70)

What's Included

For a full list of what's included before, during and after your bike tour, visit our What's Included page.

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

We recommend you make your museum reservations in advance. Find more information on how to go about here.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To do right after you booked!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Check the online itinerary of your trip and review the arrival and departure information under the "Travel Information" tab to see meeting place and time and other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program: https://www.experienceplus.com/blog/travel-planning/bicycle-tour-training/
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

What to Expect on Tour

Bicycles

Your bike comes with a pack for the rear rack, lock, cyclometer (bicycle computer), a spare tube and patch kit and pump, a rear light and in some places a bell. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so—your tour leaders will install them during the bike fitting. We have flat pedals with or without cages available. For safety and hygiene reasons you are responsible for bringing a helmet.

Daysheets

Each day you'll receive a daysheet with information on the day's activities, meals and ride. These also include Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information about sites that you may want to stop and see along the route. Your Tour Leaders will also post daily announcements in the hotel lobby with information about sightseeing in town or restaurant recommendations for dinners on your own as well as important information about breakfast, luggage down and "arrows down" time.

Navigating on Tour

Each day we will provide you with a route map with the day's ride highlighted route. Of course, we also mark the route every day with our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map! The arrows also allow you to ride at your own pace. There is no need to "keep up" with the group—this is your ride!

But what if it rains? What happens to the arrows? In a light rain, the arrows actually "set up" and become more permanent. In a heavy rain, they do wash away. If that happens, we'll re-group to cycle together for those who want to continue cycling while those who prefer to stay dry can shuttle.

For the tech-loving riders out there we offer the opportunity to download GPS tracks of most tour routes to your personal GPS device using RideWithGPS.com. Tracks are available upon request approximately three to four weeks prior to the departure.

Van Support

The van carries luggage and supports cyclists. It also has water, fruit and snacks. Though the van has snacks, we encourage you to stop and enjoy markets and find your own favorite local specialty.

Hotels

We have carefully chosen all of our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture.

We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small not all of the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour. Our itinerary lists our primary hotels. On rare occasions, listed hotels are subject to change.

Meals and Restaurants

Breakfasts: we work hard to arrange complete breakfasts but some hotels still serve continental style breakfasts; cycling is energy intensive so we do recommend you plan for a morning or mid-morning snack on the road at a local café or market.

Water is OK in almost all hotels and in country fountains; if there is a problem, we will advise you.

We'll recommend lunch locations en route and most itineraries include a few group picnics. We limit the number of picnics so you don't feel pressured to be at a certain place in the middle of your ride.

Dinners together are often pre-planned and pre-ordered. We'll ask you prior to your trip if you have special dietary requirements. Preplanned meals allow us to provide a variety of regional specialties and facilitate efficient service. Water, wine and beer are included.

Tipping Your Tour Leader Team

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler – this for the entire tour leader team, not each Tour Leader. If you’d like to show your gratitude for your Tour Leaders’ excellent service you can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your Tour Leaders did not quite meet your expectations, then we would like to know about it. You will also have the opportunity to leave your comments in our evaluation survey which we email to you after your trip.

Photos

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our guides and/or other travelers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel products and services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

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Reviews

Reviews

  • We really enjoyed the trip, the guides and the other riders. We made lifelong friends and this was an exceptional experience.

    James K., Bremerton, WA
  • I loved the trip and cannot wait to do this again! Excellent in all respects--extremely well-organized, great group, marvelous food and cultural activities..not to mention the feeling of accomplishment each day.

    Suzanne B., Santa Monica, CA
  • [My favorite part?] Can't pick just one...the tour leader's mom teaching us to make pasta, the farmers giving us gargantuan nectarines on the side of the road, trading my ExperiencePlus! hat for a sweaty Italian cyclists cap, riding in that movie set called Tuscany... I could go on and on. I had a great time.

    Sharon M., San Jose, CA
  • The tour guides were wonderful. They were the best tour guides we've ever experienced. This is our fourth tour company and our favorite so far. We loved the trip and plan to travel with ExperiencePlus! again soon.

    Tom & Cindy M., Landenberg, PA
  • All the meals were wonderful. I appreciated the special attention and focus on the regional favorites. You offer an excellent value for all you provide in your trips. I hope to travel with ExperiencePlus! to Costa Rica and France.

    Penny S., Mountain View, CA
  • I am sitting in my room in Rome resting....this is my last night here. I fly home early tomorrow morning. I can no way put into words how incredibly life changing the past 17 days have been. I challenged myself mentally by travelling alone and planning the front and end of the trip. I challenged myself physically by biking 584 kilometers!!! I biked across Northern Italy! How many people can say that 2 days after their 50th Birthday they biked across Italy? I can and I did!!! I challenged myself emotionally by stepping out of my comfort level and seeing the world through another culture and meeting new friends in the group. The leaders were so incredible and it could not have been a better trip for me! I posted everyday and all my friends comment on how the trip was a perfect blend for me and I agree! We had great food, wine, culture, art and friendship plus the biking which was such an great way to see the country and experience the culture....we were a great group and we all got along so well. I have made firiends for a lifetime along with having the trip of a lifetime! So so so so very grateful to Experience Plus!

    Teresa M., Oshkosh, Wi
  • All 3 guides were exceptional, and the chalk markings amazing. Not to mention the fabulous bikes.

    John G., Auckland, NZ
  • [Influences to take a tour?] Amount of freedom vs. guided. I did not want to be stuck with a group all the time, doing a group pace. What was really great about this tour is that it hit the sweet spot of balance between the two, in that I felt I had the best benefits of a group tour--logistics, preplanning, support during the day, luggage handling, meeting new people--and the benefits of independent travel, in that I could ride on my own, at my own pace, and see the towns we stayed at as I saw fit, without being stuck with a group if I did not want to. A hard balance to achieve, but achieved it was.

    Steve B., Asheville, NC
  • I just cannot imagine how anyone could be anything other than super happy with ExperiencePlus!

    John L., Mississauga, Canada
  • Just to let you know my daughter, Debra, absolutely loved this tour! She found the 3 tour leaders very warm towards her and inclusive, so knowledgeable about the region and life in general. She found the whole experience a personal growth experience and will remember it in years to come. She has fallen in love with the region, the people and the food!

    Kathy D., Australia
  • This was a wonderful, invigorating, challenging and sweet experience. My husband and I will always look back on this trip fondly, with pride that we did it and happy that it was so much fun!!

    Susan K., Englewood, CO
  • We love traveling with you guys. You are the best!

    Ande H., Ft Collins, CO
  • The tour leaders were wonderful, very helpful and accomodating. The group meals were very fun and the food was outstanding.

    Mary Lynn G., Mendota Heights, MN
  • I can''t get over the fact that we picked such a good company to do a cycle tour with - our first cycling tour.

    Lyndon J., Trafalgar, Victoria
  • My favorite thing was biking through all the small towns seeing the incredible scenery provided by the routes we took each day.

    Bob C., Philadelphia, PA
  • We loved every part of the trip and have told many friends that we had high expectations and you exceeded our expectations! Thank You!!

    Cindy M., Menlo Park, CA
  • Great food, great wine, great people, great wine, great scenery, great wine...The guides and the people. That is what made this my favorite tour. The route is great, but the people make it memorable.

    Michael T., Corona, CA
  • Your route selection is fantastic - we saw beautiful scenery and visited interesting towns and cultural sites, but avoided most traffic. An absolutely outstanding way to experience the culture, food and wine of Italy!

    Dennis D., Calgary, Canada
  • It was our fourth time on this trip! An amazing introduction to Italy and all it has to offer - beautiful scenery and fantastic art, history, wine and food. And yes, we would cycle this trip again! Thank you for everything!

    Dennis D., Calgary, Canada – June 2018
  • My trip to Italy was a dream come true and more. When people ask me what was my favorite thing, I have to say everything!! Our guide's were the best and made our trip very special. With ExperiencePlus they take the guess work out of where to go and what to do. They take care and think of everything for you. I ate the best food ever, saw amazing sights, and stayed fit, and met wonderful people. My best vacation EVER!!! Life is good!!

    Cheri M., Fort Collins, CO
  • Classic tour. Good group. Great weather. Most enjoyable

    Mike W., Long Sault, ONT - September 2017
  • Do you have any ideas for how the trip could be improved? You''re doing so well that it''s hard to think of ways to improve...Keep up the good work!

    Ira K., Hamden, CT
  • I love going to the ExperiencePlus! Farm for lunch and meeting all of the employees. It was the best trip ever! The 2 tour leaders are the best and the office staff was such a big help to me in deciding to take this particular trip.

    Susan C., Charlotte, NC
  • We enjoyed all aspects of this trip. The guides were fantastic with excellent local knowledge. Loved the small towns and quaint hotels. A great experience that my husband and I could share.

    Raelee H., Yarragon, VI, Australia - May 2018
  • Our trip was the best experience I have ever had! Before the trip, I thought I would enjoy myself, but we both just fell in love with Italy. Your tour organization was everything I could have hoped. The guides were invaluable and great fun to travel with. I especially liked how we were able to ride at our pace through the back roads. There were a couple of time where I could smell what someone was cooking! This was a trip of a lifetime (unless we are able to return)! Thank you so much.

    Bob C., Fort Collins, CO
  • I can't imagine a better trip. It even beats sitting on the beach and reading, which used to be my favorite.

    Deb S., Ft Collins, CO
  • It was a blast. The route was scenic. So much history to see; each city with it''s on story. had a wonderful time on this trip. It was so fun to see Italy with my sisters and meet so many great people.

    Kris G., Pasadena, MD
  • A fantastic way to see the best aspects of this part of Italy. Thanks for a great experience!

    Vic H., Yarragon, VI, Australia - May 2018
  • You are absolutely right about the perfect mixture of art, history and culture on this tour! I saw everything that I wanted to see in Firenze - Accademia D'Arte, Uffizi and we planned time in Venice before and Rome after the tour to see what we wanted there. I also agree that not having a windshield between me and the landscape is one of the best things about biking.

    Dan T., Highland Park, NJ
  • Really amazing. I have travelled a lot and this was my favorite tour ever. Impeccable. Highly recommended.

    Mandi H., Berwick, Australia
  • Fabulous. Loved seeing all the smaller, quaint towns/cities that we would never thought of exploring on our own. Great trip and tour company. Love the chalk!!

    Lesley E., Calgary, Alberta
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? This was a trip of a lifetime. You would definitely enjoy it.

    Connie D., Des Moines, IA
  • Excellent. Culture + scenery + exercise + great food + great guides = a fabulous vacation.

    Dina K., Mississauga, Ontario
  • The trip was the most organized and well thought-through adventure I have been on to date. Marking the route with chalk dust arrows was a bonus. The meals were great and our tour guides made our trip perfect.

    Kathy E., Norfolk, VA
  • Your chalk arrows are the best idea in tour riding. I would never go on a tour that did not use them. You did a great job. One of the best 12 day vacations ever.

    Michael D., Boulder, CO
  • Great value for dollar! It is worthwhile and one of the best tours I''ve been on in the past 10 years.

    Balt B., Alexandria, VA
  • [My favorite part?] Lunch at the agritourismo and lunch at the family farm. All that riding through the farmlands makes you just want to sit down and eat some of the produce! After those meals, the country seemed even more beautiful. Thank you Paola for the walk around the orchards and for having your cousin give us a pasta demonstration.

    Chris W., Eugene, OR
  • The trip of a life time. The tour guides were amazing and worked tirelessly to provide everything we needed. The routes were incredible, the food fantastic, the hotels spot on.

    Jacqueline M., Brooklyn, NY
  • Beautiful scenery, nice variety of cities to see. Excellent food, very helpful guides.

    Joe V., Boulder, CO
  • The included meals were even more than I expected; they were wonderful! Overall a great way to experience local specialities. The agriturismo stop was great! Also enjoyed the side trips (both as part of the tour and on our own time.)

    Pam B., Eugene, OR
  • Of all the tours we investigated, ExperiencePlus! offered and delivered the most complete Italian experience

    Tom & Carol H., San Francisco, CA
  • Efficent way to see new places: ExperiencePlus! does the research, selects the best routes and sights, and makes the arrangements. I just have to follow the program. A great way to travel with friends: ExperiencePlus! makes the decisions about what-when-where so we don't have to negotiate about every activity, and ExperiencePlus! provides opportunities to make new friends so we are not trapped with our old friends for the entire trip ... Overall, a good tour. I recommend it. ... I am again pleased by ExperiencePlus!'s uncanny ability to select a good group of individuals to tour with.

    Ron C., Berkeley, CA
  • We had a fabulous time. It was truly a carefree vacation where all we had to do each day was ride through the beautiful Italian countryside. Our guides took care of everything else. Our group had "met" beforehand via emails so we felt like we already knew each other.

    Sari R., Glastonbury, CT
  • Great experience. I would highly recommend.

    Marco L., Sao Paulo, Brazil - June 2018
  • One of my favorite experiences on the trip were the levee roads on the Po Delta. I had never cycled on such straight, smooth, level roads. At times it seemed like we were floating through that incredible landscape. Second would have to be climbing the Passo de Colla, although I am very slow going uphill, this was so beautiful, and I really enjoyed getting to the top. I really appreciate all the work and planning, beginning with the office staff and continuing to our guides, that gave us such a marvelous trip!

    Judy M., Lafayette, CO
  • When you go on vacation you always have certain expectations, hopes of what the experience will be like. This tour has exceeded every expectation. What really made this tour truly a terrific experience were the tour guides. They made this tour everything especially fun.

    When I went on this trip I wanted to experience Italy, not just be a tourist that passes through, but to experience the real culture and people. ExperiencePlus! made that possible. The tour took us to great places where we saw parts of Italy those other tours would never go. We ate great, great food and had a wonderful time with some of the nicest people I have ever met.

    The last day of the tour really broke my heart. I so enjoyed our guides and I hated saying good-bye. We were especially fortunate that we were able to visit the farm (ExperiencePlus! Headquarters), everyone there is so so nice. In addition to our guides we got to know the bike mechanics, office staff, some additional tour leaders, and owner, Monica Malpezzi Price. I am sorry we were not able to get to spend more time with them. They only made the trip all the more fun.

    I can't wait to go on my next ExperiencePlus Tour. I have told my wife, I will never go to another country unless it is on the back of a bike.

    Thank you for making this such a WONDERFUL experience. I have recommended this to all my friends and co-workers. I will continue to do so.

    Bill G., Lake Forest, CA
  • Thank you again for making this the trip of a lifetime. Much love to you all! :+) Final comments: Ugh! I can''t believe this trip is already over. I guess it''s time to start planning the next trip!!! :+)

    Windsor L., Issaquah, WA
  • This trip was our honeymoon vacation adventure and when we got to the Lido we found that we had been assigned the honeymoon suite! This also happened at a few more hotels and we were just stunned. This is exactly the sort of thing that keeps me coming back to ExperiencePlus! and recommending it to my friends.

    Gary B., Seattle, WA
  • The ExperiencePlus guides were terrific! The hotels were very nice, the food was absolutely yummy, and we are regarding it as the trip of a lifetime! I even made it up all three "mountains" under my own power!!! We will be recommending "our" local company to anyone who wants to listen, AND to anyone who doesn't want to listen!!!

    Barbara C ., Fort Collins, CO
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Of course for me the riding was the highlight but the visit to the Experience Plus farm and that lunch were unforgettable. The relaxed atmosphere, the homelike quality, the pasta making demonstration, were all the types of things that make for a familial feel on a long hard trip. It was like coming home. I loved that the best and meeting the team that keeps us on the road. That had to be the best experience.

    Mary G., West Tisbury, MA
  • Great tour, great leaders, GREAT group, great food, nice accommodations. I loved meeting the people behind the scenes at the Farm.

    Carol B., Mingo, IA
  • A great way to explore the east to the west coast!

    Cindy M., Calgary, Canada - June 2018
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? It was all pretty magical. Perfect combo of cycling the countryside and visiting some of more popular "touristy" sites.

    Linda J., Danville, CA
  • Every one of your tours has been great. The guides do an extraordinary job of leading while integrating into the group. I''ve always had a wonderful experience on the rides.

    Charlie P., Los Angeles, CA
  • Amazing.

    Jordan C., Corvallis, OR
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The entire experience from Venice to Pisa and I loved every minute of it. An absolutely wonderful trip that I look forward to taking again and that I highly recommend to both family and friends.

    JR M. Fort Collins, CO
  • The trip was more than I ever dreamed. The three trip leaders were so well informed, so willing to help and so much fun. Thanks to all. I loved the biking and all the stops, giving us a chance to experience the area and to rest a bit. Every detail was well orchastrated. Food was great and really fun to try all new things. Thought it was great the way the rooms were assigned, one night very special then the next night someone else got the special rooms. Loved the picnics. Day sheets are a wonderful tool. Grazie mille

    Pat F., Ft Collins, CO
  • Your travel format allows one to see and feel the country. It is easy, economical, fun, and it sure beats riding in a tour bus. Cheap travel is an oxymoron, but your trip was a vacation value.

    George B., Burleson, TX
  • Great job. Everyone from ExperiencePlus! went out of their way to make it a super trip.

    Norm H., Hammonton, NJ
  • The whole experience was awesome! Great trip!

    Shelly H., Fort Collins, CO - May 2017
  • Tour leaders were exceptional. Couldn't have been more helpful. Route was great. Other riders lots of fun.

    Kent K., Menlo Park, CA
  • There were many pleasant surprises. Rounding a bend and seeing a postcard view. Walking out of the hotel after showering the first day in Florence and realizing we were a block away from the Ponte Vecchio. The taste of a tomato and the garlic in the salami at one of the dinners. But the most memorable experience was on about Day 7, after breakfast when we were getting on our bikes and I thought, "I could do this forever!"

    Steve L., Saudi Arabia
  • How would you describe this tour to a friend? Beautiful scenery, awesome cuisine and great hotel locations. Carving a fantastic swath across Italy.

    Brian G., Calgary, Canada - June 2018
  • This was a great tour. The tour leaders went out of their way to make sure everyone was taken care of. I would highly recommend it to a friend.

    Judy G., Monument, CO
  • Best vacation ever! Go with ExperiencePlus! The Price family has done a superb job of creating a truly unique vacation experience. The combination of interesting routes, great food, geography and culture does not just happen but is the obvious result of much thought and planning. The outstanding tour guides are also no accident and show a company that is committed to excellence in quality value and service. All of that is no easy feat.

    Janet C., Eugene, OR
  • Thank you for making our 20th wedding anniversary celebration one we will remember forever!

    Carrie W., Bethesda, MD
  • Besides the wonderful food!!!! I enjoyed the private tour we had at the Medici Villa. Being able to go up in the tower was so memorable. Meeting everyone at the Farm (ExperiencePlus's European Headquarters) was great too! (And that soup....AHH pure bliss!) I was taken care of with my vegetarian meals each group lunch/dinner! The tour team was great: Christina, Sara and Damiano. They all got along so well and complemented each other. I felt very safe with them as I took on the experience as a solo traveler!

    Felicia B., Carlsbad, CA
  • Absolutely amazing! My friends always ask how my trip was...for those of you who have never been through a city, state or country on a bicycle it''s an experience you will never forget and the only way to truly feel it completely in your soul.

    Terry G., Annapolis, MD
  • A perfect trip to experience Italy and its food, wine and history. It was our third time on this trip, with a fourth planned for 2018, so I would say it is a great trip!

    Dennis D., Calgary, Alberta - September 2017
  • I was back in the Middle Ages - lying on the bed in Firenze resting after a day of riding - when from the shuttered windows I heard a low murmuring river of sound. I slowly realized that it was the sound of humans, a multitude of shopping, chatting, living life three stories down on the road filled with shops. No cars, no discordant blares, only voices and bells. Magical!

    Sheri C., Berkeley, CA
  • Beautiful countryside, wonderful cultural highlights, great mix of country-village-small city-Florence; fantastic guides; accommodations and meals all excellent! Thank you! A most memorable experience. Loved the commitment to culture and history, and the guides'' genuine love of their country and culture.

    Paul T., Fort Collins, CO - June 2018
  • I thought ExperiencePlus!and our guides did an outstanding job. Thank you!!!

    Kathy R., Ellensburg, WA
  • My favorite things were visiting all of the towns along the route, trying to speak Italian, great food and wonderful tour leaders. The tour was well organized with knowledgable staff. We will definitely travel again with Experience Plus!

    Jeff C., Pace, FL
  • Within 48 hours of our return to Colorado, we were already discussing (and planning) our next tour with Experience Plus. I guess that says (in a nutshell) how very much we enjoyed the trip.

    Jan and Alton P., Frisco, CO - May 2017
  • Really enjoyed this trip. The route was fantastic, and all three guides were wonderful--conscientious, enthusiastic, and competent. Hard to pick out one [thing we liked best]. One of the things we liked about this trip was that every day was different. You never felt 'I've done this before'. We really like the longer trips ... we like 2-week vacations, and it's fun to be biking the whole time... It was a really great trip. We love Italy, and biking is a wonderful way to see the country.

    Susan C., Berkeley, CA
  • We intended to write immediately about how great the tour was and especially note our three excellent tour leaders. Each of them added much fun to our travels, while at the same time, they were very responsible and took their work seriously. They are the #1 reason we would like to find another ExperiencePlus! tour.

    Jane O.,Leawood, KS
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? The day from Florence to Vinci, beautiful ride, very scenic, great optional ride at the end. Really enjoyed the tour, definitely thinking of going on another tour. Tour leaders had a great impact on the trip!!!

    Dean O., Calgary, Canada
  • Tour of a lifetime. Each day was incredible.

    Marc R., Shorline, WA
  • Terrific experience and fun, biking in a beautiful country with friends. Final "thank you", the organization and the leaders for an exceptional time in Italy. The trip exceeded our expectations.

    Janet S., Boulder, CO
  • Fabulous! Has everything: cities and towns to visit, wonderful routes, great food and wine, incredible culture and art. Thanks for a wonderful tour!

    Jane H., Boulder, CO
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