Essential Italia

Essential Italia – 2 weeks
Italy:  the Italian Lakes and Tuscany

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Italy’s most storied destinations, and not without reason.  From the drama of the alpine lakes to velvet Tuscany, the scenery is idyllic.  From Bellagio, surrounded by nature’s towering Alps, to San Gimignano, whose man-made towers rise inexplicably from medieval streets, towns and villages are set like jewels.  From the delicacy of northern lake fish and woodland herbs to the hearty flavors of tuscan truffles and powerful wines, the pleasure of the palate matches that offered by the scenery.

These are the settings for countless films, novels and dreams.  And there is no better way to view them than from a bicycle, with nothing standing between you and their beauty.


Our Cycle Trips

Overview Map
of the places we stage trips

Departure Calendar
of our scheduled trips

Trips by Length / Title

Short Trips from Paris

What's Included
... the Trip Cost

Additional Services...
...which you can add to your trip.

Other Trips We Offer


Thumbnail view of the trip’s itinerary

For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days of the Week
Region Visited
Meet in Brig, Simplon Pass
Our trip assembles in Brig on Sunday afternoon.
2 - 7
The Ossola Valley, Lago Maggiore
Tu - Fr
The Lakes, Ticino
Como, train to Pisa
8 - 13
Su - Tu
San Gimignano, the Elsa Valley
Tu - Th
Siena, Colline Sienese
Fr & Sa
Chianti, Florence
The trip disbands upon arrival in Florence, at the end of a full riding day on Saturday.  Access Package options include a night’s lodging for ongoing travel on Sunday.
Ongoing travel date

Essential Italia — Facts & Figures
2017 Dates
Baggage Services Offered**
Schedule Pending
Follow this link to help choose the trip dates
$3,850 US
$4,795 C
Daily, Half, Lite
* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.  Click here for details.

Prices of Optional Extras
(links lead to explanations)
$ prices include
the bike.
See here for information on bringing your own.
** At least 4 riders must subscribe to a given baggage service for it to operate. The services listed are those currently offered on the departure in question. Services which appear in bold already have at least 3 subscribers (so, one more would ensure their operation).

Reaching & Leaving Your Trip:  General Information on Access Packages
Specific information on reaching your trip’s start in... Brig
Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Florence