- Rome: Coliseum, Vatican City & More
- Bike: Small Roads & Medieval Towns
- Hike: Best of Rural Tuscany
- Culture: Sights and Cooking Class
- Experience Italian Countryside
- The Best Home Cooked Italian Food
- Small Group = Authentic Italy
- No Experience is Required
2018 Dates & Prices
14 Days: $4888.00
July 1 - July 14
July 16 - July 29
July 31 - August 13
Biking in Tuscany: Montepulciano & Italian Countryside
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. Over the course of our four biking days (broken up with rest days), we’ll cycle 100 miles for a total of 25 miles on average per day. A support van will travel with us to keep us comfortable throughout our biking adventures!
Trekking in Tuscany: Chianciano & Lake Castiglion
We spend four days hiking in the Chianciano region of Tuscany. Known for its incredible rivers, lakes, hot springs, forests, and bridges, we explore Tuscany’s most famous trekking region. Our hiking days are interspersed with other activities, including learning about slow food, sustainable agriculture, soaking in thermal pools, and relaxing with an Italian cooking class.
Rome & Florence: The Best of Italy’s Cities
The two city highlights of Bike Hike Tuscany are Rome and Florence. We have a full day and a half at the 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. From our home in Tuscany, we take a full day trip to Florence to explore the Duomo, San Lorenzo Market, food, culture, and sights.
- Rome: Coliseum, Vatican City & More
- Florence: Duomo, Ponte Vecchio & More
- Tuscany: Authentic Village Stays
- Bike: Chianciano Terme
- Hike: Lakes, Towns, & Waterfalls
Bike Hike Tuscany is Buenísimo!
From start to finish, Bike Hike Tuscany 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 Tuscany 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 Tuscany 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 Tuscany will be your greatest summer ever.
• 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 Tuscany 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. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic.
Bold Earth spends countless hours securing incredible, perfect and amazing accommodations for Bike Hike Tuscany.
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: • 2 Nights in Hotels • 12 nights in Agriturismo
Agriturismo: Italy’s best kept accommodation secret! Bike Hike Tuscany stays at one Agriturismo in Tuscany. Our accommodation is a 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 Tuscany 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 Tuscany Packing List to include everything a participant needs to be comfortable on the trip. Click to view: Bike Hike Tuscany 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 Adventure Advisor team is always available to help answer packing questions or provide gear recommendations.
Small group size = SUCCESS!
Group size matters! A small group puts YOU right in the center of the action and success. Bike Hike Tuscany 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 European partners 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 Tuscany 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 Tuscany is fully included. Please view Bike Hike Tuscany 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 Authentic Italy!
Sorprendente! (Meaning AMAZING!)
Summer in Italy is the best! A mediterranean climate, summer in Italy is hot with very little rain.
Bike Hike Tuscany
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.