• Dates: Sep 23 - 23 2017
  • Trip Length: 8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Activities: Hiking & Biking
  • Guides: Giovanni & Kerry
  • Cost: $3,197
  • Optional Single Supplement: $800
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Other Info: Bicycle Rental €100

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi

From the art-saturated city of Florence and the lush, rolling hills of Tuscany to the breathtakingly blue waters of the Cinque Terre coastline, from the mouthwatering cuisine to the exquisite wines, from the incredible architecture to the stunning natural scenery, it’s easy to see why Italy is one of the world’s top destinations. We visit the beautiful regions of Tuscany and Cinque Terre in the fashion of the locals – by bike in Tuscany and on foot in Cinque Terre, allowing us to experience both areas via “human-powered” transportation, by far the best way to immerse ourselves in the Italian culture. 
Tuscany’s lovely wheat-covered rolling hills are beautiful to behold and even better to bicycle, as we make our way from one of our favorite cities (Florence) all the way to the Ligurian coast. What a wonderful backdrop for cycling this astonishing countryside, from one medieval town to another, and with many opportunities to talk to the locals and sample the flavors of the area (particularly the gelatos and vinos!).
Cinque Terre means “the five lands” so it is not just one destination, but five small fishing and wine-making villages dramatically perched along a stretch of the Italian Riviera. Dating back to the 11th century, the inhabitants of Cinque Terre have carefully built out terraces and buildings on the steep, rugged landscape right to the edge of the cliffs that overlook the sea. A big part of its charm and allure is the lack of commercial development — the atmosphere remains charming and quaint. The Cinque Terre is also well known for hiking paths that link the five villages and are mostly inaccessible except to pedestrians like us. They’re spectacular! The rocky coves, dramatic cliffs, terraced vineyards and olive groves that climb straight out of the sea are a sight to behold as we hike between the wonderful villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.

Daily Itinerary

DAY 1: Our adventure begins in the legendary city of Florence, considered by some to be the “cradle of the Renaissance” due to its stunning museums, palaces, and churches that house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. Our guides meet you in the lobby of our hotel before heading out for a fun (and tasty!) gourmet walk of the town …SEE FULL ITINERARY

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“I loved it. This was my 10th Zephyr trip and it was my favorite. I loved the hiking & biking, it’s a great way to come back in fantastic shape! The workout was inspiring knowing that up ahead there’s always another great villlage with fantastic vistas, food and wine. I called this my FIT-aly trip! The scenery along the trails was spectacular.” – Jeff F.


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Trip Highlights

>> Take in the beautiful landscapes of rolling hills, sea views, quaint villages, and waving wheat fields.

>> Indulge in absolutely incredible cuisine: pastas, pizza, and bruschetta...Pecorino cheese...olive oil like you have never tasted before...all capped with a little gelato or limoncello!

>> Explore picturesque “jewel box” hilltop towns of Cinque Terre embedded with history throughout their winding streets and inviting shops.

>> See this amazing country the way the locals do – by foot and by bike!

Trip Accommodations

Night 1 >> Hotel Orto de Medici / Florence

This elegant and warm hotel is set in an idyllic location, nestled right in the vibrant center of Florence where the glamorous historic background of the city perfectly blends with a genuine Florentine hospitality.

Nights 2 & 3 >> Hotel Luna / Lucca

This old-world comfortable hotel is located in the heart of the picturesque old city within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, and beautiful historic monuments.

Night 4 >> Hotel President / Viareggio

Just across the street from the beach, this tastefully modern hotel offers spacious rooms with outstanding service.

Night 5 >> Hotel Florida / Lerici

With stunning views of the bay, this tranquil hotel is the ideal place to rest after a long day of exploring.

Nights 6 & 7 >> Hotel Oasi / Levanto

This beautifully furnished, cozy hotel is located only a few minutes away from the harbor, shopping, and restaurants, and acts as a perfect base for our last few nights on tour.

Travel Details

We meet you in Florence in the lobby of the Hotel Orto de Medici the first afternoon of the trip. On the last day of the tour, we transport you to the Levanto train station, where you can return to Florence or continue on to Rome. We highly recommend arriving at least a day early and also extending your vacation in Italy if possible! We will provide more specific travel information upon your booking.

What's Included

>> Two Zephyr guides accompany each trip, with a third added as necessary.
>> Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
>> All of your dinners and breakfasts are included. Gratuity for these meals is also included. In general, we leave lunches open so that you have time to explore and enjoy the local flavors en route.
>> All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
>> All group activities are included.
>> NOT INCLUDED Beverages, desserts, lunches, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.