- Rome: Coliseum, Vatican City & More
- 4 Days Biking in Tuscany
- 4 Days Hiking in Chianciano Terme
- Experience Italian Countryside
- The Best Home Cooked Italian Food
- Small Group = Authentic Italy
- No Experience is Required
2017 Dates & Prices
14 Days: $4888.00
July 1 - July 14
July 16 - July 29
July 31 - August 13
ROME & Tuscany: The Best of Italy’s Cities
Welcome to Italy! The two city highlights of Bike Hike Italy are Rome and the small villages of Tuscany. We have a full day at the beginning and end of the trip to experience Rome. We explore the Coliseum and venture to Vatican City, marveling at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Bold Earth explores Rome by foot, experiencing the culture through food, museums and the incredible plazas. Traveling from Italy’s capital to Tuscany, it’s cultural heart, we experience the authenticity of rural tuscany – traveling by food and bike. Eating our way through olive groves, and pasta makers, every meal, every peddle and every step is pure joy!
Biking in Tuscany: Montepulciano
Experience the beauty of Tuscany from the seat of a bicycle. Tuscany is a cycling capital of the world. Four days of easy cycling in the Montepulciano region of Tuscany brings us off the tourist track and into small Tuscan villages. Stopping frequently to visit olive groves, vineyards and ancient churches, the biking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After a day of biking we end by swimming in crystal clear lakes, soak in a hot spring and enjoy Tuscany’s best food.
Walking in Tuscany: Garfagnana
In Tuscany’s northern reaches, we spend three days hiking in the Garfagnana region of Tuscany. Known for its incredible rivers, lakes and bridges, we explore Tuscany’s most famous trekking region. Our hiking days are interspersed with other activities, including volunteering at farms, learning about local agriculture.
- Rome: Coliseum, Vatican City & More
- Tuscany: Authentic Village Stays
- Bike: Chianciano Terme
- Hike: Garfagnana & Waterfalls
Bike Hike Italy is Buenísimo!
From start to finish, Bike Hike Italy is a carefully crafted trip blending adventure, cultural immersion and authenticity. For 20 years, Bold Earth has scouted this itinerary to enjoy the best of Italian culture, adventure, food and life!
Campers are guided through Italy by two Bold Earth trip leaders and a local guide. Traveling by bike, foot, train and private van, campers learn to navigate public transportation and gain the confidence to plan and embark on their own trips in the future.
Bike Hike Italy is an action packed exploration of Italy! For 14 days, campers bike and hike through the backroads of Tuscany to experience cultural immersion, adventure sports, arts and history and DELICIOUS FOOD!
Bike Hike Italy is a fun, cultural, and enriching Italian Bike tour experience – designed specifically for teenagers. Not only do we explore Europe on two wheels, but we will also tour the cities, museums and cafes that illustrate Europe’s beauty. Plain and simple – Bike Hike Italy will be your greatest summer ever.
Bike Hike Italy is fun, cool and active. Only teenagers who want to join a fun, cool and active program should pick Bold Earth.
• ROME! Coliseum, Vatican City & More
• Florence: Duomo Markets & Ponte Vecchio
• Biking: Touring Tuscany like a local, 25 miles per day average, great exercise & great adventure
• Hiking: World famous hikes around pristine lakes, amazing bridges and the best lodging
• Italian Food: Eat AMAZING food!
• Adventure, Museums & Sightseeing • See the ADVENTURE side of Italy
To receive a list of Bike Hike Italy references call us in Colorado at 303-526-0806 email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programing and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like.
We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth. Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.
Bold Earth spends countless hours securing incredible, perfect and amazing accommodations for Bike Hike Italy.
Summer is the busiest season in Italy – Bold Earth plans trips 12 months in advance to ensure we have the BEST accommodations. YES, you will be comfortable!
Breakdown: • 4 Nights in Hotels • 8 nights in Agriturismo
Agriturismo: Italy’s best kept accommodation secret! Bike Hike Italy stays on two different Agriturismo’s – one in Chianciano Terme and one in Garfagnana. Our accommodations are both traditional Tuscan stone homes, located in a field in the countryside with wonderful views.
On the ground floor there is a kitchen and dining area which we will use to eat our meals (and have our cooking demonstration). We also have our own private swimming pool to enjoy. The rooms are very simple with a homely and welcoming feel. If you expect a rural Tuscan property, rather than a modern hotel, you will not be disappointed. Some rooms do share a bathroom (maximum 3 people sharing all from our group). The real highlight of our stay is our wonderful hosts, who will go out of their way to highlight their local area for you and make sure you have a wonderful stay.
Bike Hike Italy is carefully crafted. Where, how and why we pick every night’s lodging is why you select and put your trust in Bold Earth and we honor that trust.
Do NOT pack your bike! Bold Earth provides bikes and helmets!
Over the last 20 years, Bold Earth has carefully crafted the Bike Hike Italy Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Bike Hike Italy Packing List for a detailed description of exactly what to bring. Anything not included on the list is provided by Bold Earth.
Checking Bags? On airport day, campers will check the large duffle bag. We recommend using the small daypack as a carry-on. Most airlines do not charge a checked bag fee for international travel. We recommend asking the airline for their specific policy – campers are responsible for checked bag fees.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. The Bold Earth Trip Advisor team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
Small group size = SUCCESS!
• Maximum of 10 incredible and enthusiastic campers • 2 adult trip leaders (1 male and 1 female)
Group size matters! A small group puts YOU right in the center of the action and success. Ciao Italy will include a maximum of 15 Campers and 2 Adult Trip Leaders. You should expect knowledgeable and experienced guides to make the trip safer and 100% solid.
Sí! Traveling in Italy with an Italian guide is buenisimo. Speaking Italian and helping us to get off the tourist path, out Italian guide will show us the heart of Italy.
Since 2004, Bold Earth has worked in coordination with a European partner to provide authentic and carefully crafted Bold Earth programs in Europe. The result is a more authentic, action packed trip with real depth and superior content.
People who know Europe know the difference. Interestingly, it is not unusual for one or two Europeans to join us in Europe. We consider this the ultimate compliment.
Bike Hike Italy is designed to be efficient (not waste too much time traveling) while maximizing the sights we can see. Campers travel by train, bike, foot and private van. Bold Earth wants to teach you adventure travel skills for a lifetime.
All travel is carefully planned and coordinated to provide smooth travel and maximize time experiencing Italy. All travel while on Bike Hike Italy is fully included. Please view Bike Hike Italy Trip Blogs to get a better idea of travel and day to day activities.
Yes, for all non-Europeans, a valid passport is needed to enter Italy.
Italy is shaped like a boot – Need More? Ok – fine!
With 4,722 miles (7,600 kilometers) of coastline, Italy is the ideal location to spend a summer. Italy shares a border with France, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland and has towering mountains AND endless beaches.
The 4th largest economy in Europe and the 9th largest in the world, Italy is developed, beautiful and safe. Italy’s capital (and largest city), Rome, has been a leading political and religious center of Western civilization for many centuries. Rome served as the capital of both the Roman Empire and Christianity and has since boomed into the cosmopolitan world class city of today.
Italy is known for an infinite number wonderful things: Culture – Art, Fashion & Religion, History and Food – plus the most passionate people on our Bold Earth! From the beginning of the Roman Empire in 27 BC to now, Italy’s culture is sophisticated, welcoming, interesting, warm and delicious!
Many of the world’s greatest thinkers; da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo & Machiavelli were Italian and helped change the world. Shaped by art, architecture, literature, politics, science, religion and food, Italy has always been at the forefront of Western history and culture.
Italy today is a masterpiece! Dedicated to preservation and progress. Walking through Rome or Florence is an experience in history and modernity. Versace billboards stand next to ancient architecture – this is modern Italy. Walking the streets of Rome or Florence, you feel connected to the heritage and fully immersed in the Italian lifestyle. This is summer – a time for exploration and fun – and that is Bike Hike Italy!
Sorprendente! (Meaning AMAZING!)
Summer in Italy is the best! A mediterranean climate, summer in Italy is hot with very little rain.
Italy and the Mediterranean Sea will leave you happy, healthy, full and freshly bronzed. Perfetto!
Bike Hike Italy
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.
"The trip leaders were exceptional and attentive, fun but very responsible at the same time."
- Parent: Lissette
"Amazing. It was a new experience and we got to meet new people and try new things that we cant always do at home."
- Bryn S.