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CICLISMO CLASSICO - Biking & Hiking
 
Bicycling in Italy
 
 

Biking, hiking, architecture, art history, cooking & wines, Italian… pick up a little of everything Italian. Full-service biking and hiking tours with our favorite Italy specialists are perfect for adults and families of all ages, and all levels of athletic ability. Experience full immersion in the landscape, traditions and local cultures of Italy.

Biking and hiking tours cover different regions of Italy, varied types of terrain, and many areas of special interest. Well-organized routes, detailed maps, knowledgeable guides and van support (for tired bicyclists, luggage, snacks, etc.) make it easy. Cycling clinics and coaching help you improve your technique and skills. Rental bikes include 21-speed hybrid or road bikes, or byob, bring your own bike. Tour lengths run from 6 to 15 days.

Each tour offers a special focus and theme to bring you inside Italian culture. If you want to combine Wine & Italian Cuisine with your Biking or Walking tour, consider the following: Land of Barolo and Truffles, Puglia - Best of Southern Italy, Venice to Bologna, Amalfi Stroll & Roll- hiking too, Tuscan Fantasy for the Family. Family options include not only the Tuscan Fantasy, but also Best of Southern Italy, Sud Tyrol Roll and Venice to Bologna.

If Architectural Highlights turn you on, then try one of the following Biking or Hiking tours: Villa and Gardens of Veneto, Tuscany & Elba, Tuscan Wanderlust- hiking.

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ciclismo@eduvacations.com

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10% of package price

Bicycle tour lengths & prices:

range from 6 to 15 days, and prices range from $2495 to $4095.

Hiking tour lengths and prices:

range from 6 to 8 days, and prices range from $2495 to $3295.

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none See “What’s It Like” text above for family trips.

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Assagio Toscana - Biking
Tuscany and Elba - Biking
Giro della Toscana - Biking
Tuscan Training Camp - Biking
Venice to Bologna - Biking
Best of Southern Italy - Biking
Sud Tyrol Roll - Biking
Villas and Gardens of Veneto - Biking
The Land of Barolo and Truffles - Biking
Apennine Splendor - Biking
Bike Across Italy - Biking
Giro d’Italia - Biking
Monte Bianco - Biking
Verona to Salzburg - Biking
La Bella Sicilia - Biking
Mediterranean Island Hopping - Biking
Isola Bella – Corsica - Biking
Giro della Sardegna - Biking
Tuscan Fantasy - Biking
Dolomite Adventure - Biking
Cinque Terre - Hiking
Tuscan Wanderlust - Hiking
Amalfi Stroll and Roll - Hiking and Biking
Dolomite Hiking
 
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Special offer when booking at eduVacations: $50 off package price.

 
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What People are Saying

“Your guides are the greatest in the history of bicycle tours.” Bill, USA

“This was our third cycling trip with you, and each one has been perfect. We owe it all to Ciclismo Classico. We tell many people about your single greatest quality- the roads that you choose! By picking the best routes, everything else falls into place. We just can’t imagine riding without your guidance.” Susan, USA

“Exquisito. I could never have planned a trip like this on my own... the
restaurants, hiking trips and cultural activities... grazi mille!” Julie, USA

Cultural & Recreational Activities

All tours offer a complete immersion experience to fully enjoy the life and culture of Italy: optional cocktail hour Italian lessons, musical evenings, wine-tastings, and cooking demonstrations (each tour includes at least one).

Accommodation Choices

A variety of family-style hotels, from rustic farmhouses to elegant villas. Choose from single or double room.

Program Details
 
Assagio Toscana - Biking

Tour of an olive oil press, vineyard; views galore, cooking lesson at a Tuscan farmhouse, visit to a renowned Florentine silver artisan, architectural tour of Siena, exclusive visit to Chianti wine cellars, walking tour of Cortona.
Level: Athletic beginner.
Length of trip: 6 days/5 nights.
Dates for 2004: May 8, 22; June 5, 19; July 3; September 4, 18; October 2.

Tuscany and Elba - Biking

Exclusive four-star hotels and family-run B&B’s, authentic Tuscan cooking demonstration, memorable ride along the historic Sette Ponti road, visit to Tuscan olive oil press, visit to Italy’s largest wine library, housed in Siena; walking tours of Siena and Volterra with local guides; visit to the medieval towers of San Gimignano.
Level: Athletic beginner.
Length of trip: 9 days/8 nights.
Dates for 2004: May 27; June 10, 24; August 26; September 9, 23.

Giro della Toscana - Biking

Visits to Renaissance gems: Siena, Pienza, Orvieto and Cortona; tastings of classic Tuscan wines, exploring Etruscan underground tunnels in Orvieto, roller-coaster rides on silky smooth roads, fresh bruschetta drenched in olive oil.
Level: Advanced.
Length of trip: 10 days/9 nights.
Dates for 2004: May 20; June 3, 17; July 1; September 2, 16, 30; October 14.

Tuscan Training Camp - Biking

Eight days of the world’s best riding; excitement of mountain stages; nourishing snacks and drinks en route, abundant all-you-can-eat feasts, bilingual and native guides, daily cycling clinics, Ciclismo Century, meetings with professional cyclists, small groups.
Level: Advanced
Length of trip: 9 days/8 nights.
Dates for 2004: exact dates to be determined by race dates, Giro d’Italia.

Venice to Bologna - Biking

Unparalleled cycling along Venetian lagoons, tranquil riding on the level terrain of Po River Delta nature reserve, sparkling gold and colorful mosaic dome of Byzantine basilica of St. Apollinaire in Classe, lunch at the home of our farm friends Ellero and Alba, visit to Bologna’s open produce market and cooking lesson with master chef, walking tour of Ferrara with local guide, strolls through lively fruit and vegetable markets, end at the beautiful spa town of Castocaro Terme.
Level: Beginner
Length of trip: 9 days/8 nights
Dates for 2004: May 13, 27; June 10; August 26; September 9, 30.

Best of Southern Italy - Biking

Boat ride to limestone grottos with Giovanni, our local fisherman friend; lunch feast with local music and dancing in historic farmhouse; abundant local crafts: ceramics, wood carving, woven baskets; captivating clusters of conical trulli structures, spectacular fields of huge ancient olive trees, hands-on cooking lessons, rolling terrain along tiny backroads; savory cuisine: grilled vegetables, handmade pasta, dense bread, crisp white wines.
Level: Beginner
Length of trip: 9 days/8 nights
Dates for 2004: April 12; May 3, 14, 28; June 14; September 10, 27; October 8, 22.

Sud Tyrol Roll - Biking

Stunning Alpine cycling; hiking in the Tessa Mountain Range; delicious mountain cuisine; exclusive wine tastings; drinking Tyrolean beer with locals; walking tours of historic Bolzano and Lazise; overnights in romantic castles and elegant mountain lodges; quiet routes along Ciclopista del Sole bike path.
Level: Beginner
Length of trip: 9 days/8 nights
Dates for 2004: June 26, July 10; September 4.

Villas and Gardens of Veneto - Biking

Trip starts in Venice, Italy’s fantastic floating city; inspiring spins along the quiet foothills of the Dolomites; ceramic demonstration in Maraostica; Venetian cooking lesson in Asolo; winetasting along the Strada del Vino Bianco (White Wine Road); walking tour with local guide in Asolo; exclusive two-wheel tour of Palladian villas with local guide; visit to the 12th century Benedictine Abbey of Follina.
Level: Athletic beginner
Length of trip: 7 days/6 nights
Dates for 2004: June 19; July 3; August 28; September 4, 18; October 9.

The Land of Barolo and Truffles - Biking

Daily feasts of Piedmont’s sophisticated cuisine and fine wine; emerald valleys and vineyard-laden hillsides: Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera; private winetastings and talks given by our local hosts and extended family of sommeliers; peaceful smoothly paved roads leading to ancient villages and castles; two nights at the elegant four-star Sant’ Uffizio and Villa Pomela; visit to a spa town with curative waters; cooking lesson of traditional Piedmontese cuisine; picnic lunch al fresco with sweeping views of the Alps and countryside.
Level: Athletic beginner
Length of trip: 8 days/7 night
Dates for 2004: May 22; June 5; August 21; September 11, 25.

Apennine Splendor - Biking

A Ciclismo Classico original through three untouristed regions with spectacular beauty; ancient culture and hearty cuisine; pristine Alpine scenery; crisp, fresh mountain air; day hike to the Gran Sasso and Europe’s southernmost glacier, Calderone; off-the-beaten-track villages of Norcia, Ascoli Piceno, Scanno and Gaeta; Rocca Calascio, an abandoned village perched at over 4,000 feet; visit to Castelli, ceramic capital of the south; visit to the Piccolomini castle in Capestrano.
Level: Intermediate
Length of trip: 10 days/9 nights
Dates for 2004: June 26; July 10; September 4, 18.

Bike Across Italy - Biking

Exclusive four-star hotels and family-run B&B’s; medieval hilltowns, castles and ancient abbeys; authentic Umbrian cooking lesson; visits to a Roman spa and underground Etruscan tunnels; a walk through Italy’s largest known cave; distinctive wines and cuisines from four regions; historical visits detailing threads of Italy’s past from east to west; architectural treasures dating from the Roman era; walking tours of Assisi, Urbino and Orvieto with local guides; chairlift ride to Monte Ingino above Gubbio.
Level: Intermediate
Length of trip: 11 days/10 nights
Dates for 2004: April 19; May 10, 24; June 7, 21; July 5; August 30; September 13, 27; October 11.

Giro d’Italia - Biking

An excellent value: more miles, more sights, more of Italy for less; Tuscan cooking demonstration in Florence; visits with local bike craftsmen; visits to ceramic capitals: Faenza, Deruta and Castelli; stays at Italy’s fourth-largest lake and an idyllic seaside resort; visits to some of Tuscany and Umbria’s most charming hill towns; a stay at the base of Gran Sasso, the highest Appenine peak; overnight sojourns at cultural gems: Venice, Ravenna, Florence, Arezzo and Spoleto.
Level: 15 days
Length of trip: 15 days/14 nights
Dates for 2004: April 26; May 17; June 7, 28; September 6, 27.

Monte Bianco - Biking

Three-country tour of the world’s most famous Alpine resorts; unparalleled scenery in an Alpine paradise; two nights in Chamonix; legendary hikes with expert guides; rides over the world’s famous passes; rides along the classic Route des Grandes Alpes; cycling clinics, hearty mountain feasts.
Level: Advanced
Length of trip: 10 days/9 nights
Dates for 2004: July 24; August 7.

Verona to Salzburg - Biking

Best of mountain culture along the borders of Italy and Austria, varied roads, rolling lakeside spins, wine roads, bike paths and famous mountain passes; stays in the romantic villages of Verona, Zell am See, Salzburg; two nights in enchanting Cortina; daily backdrop of soaring spires, waterfalls, cool forests and apple orchards; day hikes in the Dolomites and the Austrian Alps; rest days on Lake Caldaro and Lake Zeller; gourmet dinner at Austria’s finest restaurant, daily climbing and descending clinics.
Level: Advanced
Length of trip: 12 days/11 nights
Dates for 2004: June 27; July 18; August 22.

La Bella Sicilia - Biking

Ascent up Mt. Etna to see Italy’s only active volcano; intriguing Greek ruins of Piazza Armerina and Morgantina; three days on exotic volcanic islands; walking tour of Baroque Ragusa; delicious Sicilian feasts; visit to a vast archaeological park; expert local Sicilian guide; boat ride with local fisherman to desolate turquoise coves.
Level: Athletic beginner
Length of trip: 9 days/8 nights
Dates for 2004: April 23; May 7, 21; June 4; October 1, 15, 29.

Mediterranean Island Hopping - Biking

Catalan-inspired coastal town of Alghero, rustic lunch in a typical farmhouse in the Sardinian countryside, island-hopping boat excursion, visit to the 5,000-year-old archaeological site of carved menhirs.
Level: Intermediate
Length or trip: 11 days/10 nights
Dates for 2004: May 12, 26; September 22; October 6.

Isola Bella – Corsica - Biking Name

Sojourn in Calvi, a jazzy island getaway; overnight in Bonifacio, one of Europe’s most distinctive ports; sea-kayaking on the Mediterranean; unforgettably stunning rides through a Mediterranean island wonderland; hiking through pine groves, past steep gorges and along pristine lakes; exploring antique citadels and fortresses that line the cities’ cobbled streets; savoring a French-Italian blend in culture and cuisine.
Levels: Intermediate
Length of trip: 9 days/8 nights
Dates for 2004: May 15; October 2.

Giro della Sardegna - Biking

Peaceful pedaling along the turquoise Mediterranean; archeological explorations at a 3,000-year-old village; open-air barbecue with modern-day shepherds; viewing rare animals such as wild boar; cycling through spectacular limestone mountains; savoring fresh seafood and other local specialties.
Level: Intermediate
Length of trip: 10 days/9 nights
Dates for 2004: April 24; May 15, 29; June 12.

Tuscan Fantasy - Biking

Varied program designed for active people of all ages; renovated Tuscan farmhouse with swimming pool, tennis courts and horseback riding; overnights in charming apartments with kitchen, bath and living room; cooking lesson with an expert Tuscan chef; visits to the Renaissance gems of Siena and Arezzo; beginner cycling clinics; lectures on Tuscan history of art; children’s interactive games and projects.
Level: Athletic beginner
Length of trip: 8 days/7 nights
Dates for 2004: April 10; June 12, 26; July 10, 24.

Dolomite Adventure - Biking

Seven nights at a four-star family-run hotel set in the heart of the Dolomites; indoor/outdoor pool, tennis, mini golf, horseback riding and rock climbing; Sud Tyrolean musical evening; visit to WW1 tunnels at Lagazuoi; exhilarating daily hikes for all abilities with experienced Alpine guides; optional advanced bike rides over spectacular mountain passes; activity day – bocce, soccer and tennis; traditional mountain specialties and five-star cuisine by renowned chef Markus Baumgartner.
Level: Athletic beginner
Length of trip: 8 days/7 nights
Dates for 2004: July 3; August 21.

Cinque Terre - Hiking

Terraced vineyards and dramatic coastal scenery; colorful postcard-perfect fishing villages; cooking lessons with expert Ligurian chefs; village walks and visits to ancient abbeys; crisp white Ligurian wines; spectacular seafood dishes; visits with local craftsmen and fishermen; boat ride to islands near Portovenere.
Level: Intermediate
Length of trip: 8 days/7 nights
Dates for 2004: May 15, 28; September 4, 18; October 2.

Tuscan Wanderlust - Hike

A stay in Cortona, home of “Under the Tuscan Sun”; stays in classic Tuscan inns and family-run hotels; a stroll down memory lane: Etruscan medieval and Renaissance villages; quintessential Southern Tuscan moonscapes; sampling Tuscany’s finest vintages; classic Tuscan fare including fresh pasta and vegetables; a delightful series of farm roads, fire trails and hillside tracks; bathing in therapeutic spa waters.
Level: Beginner
Length of trip: 8 days/7 nights
Dates for 2004: April 24; May 8, 22; June 5; September 11, 25; October 9.

Amalfi Stroll and Roll – Hiking & Biking

Multi-activity: hiking and biking; dramatic coastal scenery, fresh fish and homemade mozzarella; Roman Emperor Tiberius’ summer villa on Capri; boat ride along the Amalfi Coast; exclusive tasting of limoncello, Amalfi’s lemon liqeur; Neapolitan cooking lesson in Cilento; exquisitely preserved Greek temples of Paestum and Velia.
Level: Athletic beginner
Length of trip: 9 days/8 nights
Dates for 2004: April 16; May 7, 21; September 17; October 1, 15.

Dolomite Hiking

A variety of easy to challenging hikes in some of the world’s most beautiful mountains; craft demonstration by a local Ladin wood-carver; music performance by the Cortina choir; WW1 museum visit; traditional Ladin meals; cooking lessons; optional horseback riding and spa treatments; Tyrolean music events.
Level: Advanced
Length of trip: 8 days/7 nights
Dates for 2004: July 17, 31.

 
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