Giro d’Italia - 3 weeks
Italy (Tuscany, Umbria and the Italian Lakes)

On this page, you'll find a description of the trip, a thumbnail itinerary with links to more detailed descriptions of the regions that it follows, and the prices and departure dates.

Italy has only been a nation since 1871, and in many ways, her regions remain as different and varied as many of Europe’s countries.  Reflections of Roman and Etruscan history unify the land more than politics, and in passing make Italy a favorite destination for the travellers that we are.

Soft Tuscan scenes delight with their velvet hills and signature cypress trees espousing the contours of the land.  Harmonious cities and towns are the jewels that they set, each cut of the same stone, and frozen in time.  An aesthetes delight!

On to Umbria. Landscapes and cuisine rival those of Tuscany, but undiscovered Umbria’s warm welcome has no rivals.  Hilltop citadels, built over the ages from Roman times, rise in jumbles from silver groves of olive trees.  Their oil, and the region’s black truffles, reign supreme in one of Italy’s most varied and creative cuisines.

On to the lakes....  A perfect combination of man and nature, the Alps’ southern slopes spring from laughing lakes with a distinctly Latin flavor.  A brief incursion into Italian Switzerland provides a respite from late trains, and a surprising juxtaposition of cultures.

Through it all, a beautiful language and an expansive people, at the root of European civilization.

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Summary Trip Itinerary
For details within each region, including ride difficulty, click on the name under “Region Visited”...
Days of the Week
Region Visited
1 - 7
Trip assembles in Brig, on the Swiss / Italian border.  Follow the link for hints on getting there.
Su & Mo

The Simplon Pass & the Ossola Valley

Tu - Th
Lago Maggiore and Ticino
Th - Sa
Lago di Como
  Afternoon train to Pisa, Tuscany.
8 - 14
Su - Tu
San Gimignano, the Elsa Valley
Tu - Th
Siena, Colline Sienese
Fr & Sa
Chianti, to Florence
15 - 21
Su & Mo
Spoleto, the Umbrian Apennine
Tu - Th
Valle Umbra, Assisi
Fr & Sa
Perugia, Lago Trasimeno.
Trip disbands in Terontola at the end of a full day. 
Ongoing travel to Florence, Rome, Milan....
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2017 Dates
Baggage Services Offered**
Trip not currently scheduled
$4,895 US
$6,395 C
Daily, Half, Lite
* Prices in $ and € do not include precisely the same things.   Click here for details.

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$ 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 (except for Lite, which always operates on this trip).  Services already confirmed to be operating appear in boldIf the “Daily” service is confirmed, the “Half” service may no longer be offered to future sign-ups, though it will be provided to those to whom it has previously been confirmed.

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

Pisa or Empoli

Specific information on departing from your trip’s end... Chiasso (Como)