Self-guided bike touring in Italy

May 5, 2004
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Self-guided bike touring in Italy
Question: I have friends who will be honeymooning in Italy (mainly Tuscany) from mid-October through mid-November. They would be very interested in doing some cycling while they're there. Are there any organized tours (even better than a group tour would be an independent tour--the kind with bikes, routes, hotels, luggage transfers, etc., but you're on your own for the actual cycling) that they could do during that period?

Paula DeBeck
Victoria, BC
[email protected]

Tuscany's scenic countryside:
Grab a bike and go.

Adventure Adviser: Plotting a two-wheel route through the hill villages of Italy on your own can definitely be daunting. Heck, plotting a route to the nearest Sunday brunch spot can be a bit of a mind-bender. Luckily for your newlywed friends, the bike tour experts at Experience Plus! Outfitters can relate. They also know that not everyone likes to be crammed into a group tour with a bunch of total strangers. That's why the Colorado-based company offers a variety of self-guided cycling tours through the Tuscany and Romagna regions of Italy. Talk about ideal: these seven- to nine-day spins come complete with accommodations, most meals, bikes, and predetermined routes--without the hassles of group logistics. Better yet, they'll even cart your gear around. All you need to do is arrive with bike-ready quads in tow. Your friends can jump on the nine-day Tuscany tour any Wednesday; the tours are available April through October. Bike pick-up is in Lucca, about an hour from Florence, and from there it's a moderate 15 to 40 miles a day through the hill towns of western Tuscany and back to Lucca. Price per person is $1,150. For details on the company's other self-guided tours in Italy or a catalog of fully guided group trips throughout Europe, call 800-685-4565.
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