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Italy Explore & Cycle

with Keith & Michelle Baumgard in Tuscany, Italy

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6 nights in Tuscany, Italy
Sun Sep 30 - Sat Oct 06, 2018

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MESSAGE FROM THE AMBASSADOR

What better way to see the countryside of Italy than on the back of a bike with amazing people? We are so excited to use our fitness to see historical sites and taste the cuisine and culture of Italy!

- Keith & Michelle Baumgard

Highlights

A mixture of on- and off-road biking awaits on a ride through some of the most gorgeous, yet challenging countryside you’ll find anywhere. Explore beautiful hill towns, stunning lakes, and have the option to soak in thermal hot springs. When you are not riding, take in the view of the rolling Tuscan hills from your hotel rooftop and relax with a glass of wine.

What's Included

Accommodations

7 days 6 nights at Cycling in Tuscany

Meals

6 breakfasts and 2 dinners

Fitness

We won't be adding a lot of EXTRA workouts to this event due to the daily activity level. Coach Keith and Coach Michelle will be adding a training program for those attending to prepare for this adventure. Expect Coach Michelle to add some additional homework to help you process this amazing event.

Flights

Flights not included

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory and not included

For assistance with travel insurance, contact our partner World Nomads.

Getting There

  • Travelers should plan to fly into Rome Fiumicino - Leonardo da Vinci (FCO) airport.
  • We highly recommend arriving early to experience all that this iconic city has to offer.
  • If you are flying out on the last day from Rome your flight must depart no earlier than 4:00PM on Day 7
  • Airport transportation is not included.
  • By Bus from the Airport:

    Shuttle buses run from Fiumicino airport and Ciampino Airport to Termini station in the city centre approximately every half hour. Look for the Terravision stand at the arrival terminal. Cost is €5 one way and takes approximately 1 hour.

  • By Train from the Airport:

    The Leonardo Express is the name of the train that will shuttle you from Rome's main international airport, Fiumicino, to central Rome's Termini station. A Leonardo Express train leaves every half hour in each direction.

    Trains to Roma Termini Station start at 6:35 in the morning with trains running at 5 and 35 minutes after the hour. The last train of the day departs at 11.35pm. The train station is open 4am to 1am and covers 35 km in around 30 minutes. Cost is 14 Euros per person. Tickets for Leonardo Express are available at rail ticket office, newspaper seller tobacconist's, and self-service tellers, each located in the railway station atrium

Good to Know

  • Not included: flights to/from the closest airport or transportation from the airport and travel insurance. Guests are responsible for purchasing travel medical insurance and cancellation insurance which are also not included.
  • The cycling grading on this trip is moderate, with both road and off-road cycling, and some degree of experience is required. There will be occasional long days in the saddle, multiple ascents and descents daily, with cycling between 35 - 70 kilometers per day. Good fitness and skill level are recommended.
  • Intercity transport on this trip will mostly be by train and occasionally by local bus. The bus and train systems in Italy are generally good, with seat reservations and toilet/snack facilities on longer journeys. Keeping to schedules is notoriously not one of the Italian transport system's specialties, so pack your music player, a good book and some Italian phrases, and kick-back and enjoy the views with the locals.
  • Bikes for cycling days are mountain-bike style with city tires, luggage rack, front suspension with helmet included. You will also have a local guide to accompany the group on cycling days.
  • Luggage will be transferred between night stops on cycling days by private van. Please note that you MUST be comfortable carrying your own luggage as there will be a lot of up and down stairs on this trip due to the nature of station layouts in Italy (very few are equipped with escalators or elevators). Between public transport and hotels you may be required to carry your luggage short distances (up to 20 mins walk), in larger cities you may travel by metro or city bus, and occasionally the group will take taxis to and from hotels.

Itinerary


Arrive at the hotel in Rome at any time. Your guide will host a welcome meeting, to be scheduled between 5 and 7pm. If you are unable to arrive early enough for the meeting, your guide will leave a note at reception with all of the information you need and instructions for the next morning.

Enjoy a local Italian breakfast before an orientation walk around Rome. We will then arrange train transportation to Chianciano Terme, followed by a private vehicle to your hotel in this charming hilltop town.

Cycle to the classic Renaissance town of Pienza and get a taste of the quintessential Tuscan landscape. Pedal up through the winding paths that cover many of the beautiful Tuscan hillsides and through hill-lined streets before we arrive. The cycling is challenging with some uphill sections. There is time to relax and wander around the charming Tuscan town before returning to Chianciano Terme for a local wine tasting. Please note that a support vehicle is provided for this day.

Pedal around the Tuscan hills in today's cycling tour, during which we will stop in the classic medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano, which is famous for the food and wine. We will have a half-day cooking class once we arrive. Please note that a support vehicle is provided for this day.

Enjoy a full-day of cycling in the Tuscan lakes and lunch at a natural oasis. We depart by bike in the morning in the direction of Lake Chiusi and stop for lunch at a natural oasis by the Sentieri della Bonifica before returning to the hotel. Pedal around the lake and then follow a cycle path through the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Please note that a support vehicle is provided for this day.

Cycle to the beautiful spa town of Bagno Vignoni, a popular holiday spot since Etruscan and Roman times. Explore the town, opt to soak in the thermal pools, or relax and enjoy the views before returning to the hotel for one final night. Please note that a support vehicle is provided for this day.

Today is the departure day. A group transfer is arranged to Chiusi Station where your guide can help you arrange your onward travel. If you wish to stay in Chianciano, you are more than welcome to do so, but the transfer to the train station is only offered on this. If you wish to depart earlier, we can help organize a transfer at your own expense.

The Instructor

Keith & Michelle Baumgard
Fitness Ambassador

Keith and Michelle Baumgard are the dynamic duo behind My1Fit Life, One Fit Widow, Live the List Nonprofit and the new blog - Mending While Blending!

After losing her husband in 2009, Michelle became engrossed in fitness not only as a lifestyle but also as a profession. After losing 80 pounds, she decided that her love of fitness was more than just a pastime and she wanted to spend the rest of her life empowering those with loss to live their life to the fullest with the help of health and fitness. Michelle ended up leaving her corporate position to become a certified personal trainer.

Keith has been involved in fitness his entire life. Keith's degree is in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, and he enjoys studying the muscular system of the body and developing unique and effective programs. Keith started his career as a personal trainer right after college and continues to work with clients still today.

Since launching My 1 Fit Life in 2013, Keith and Michelle's virtual training programs have reached thousands of people, and they currently have close to 3,000 members worldwide. Michelle and Keith contribute for the Huffington Post, Prevention Magazine, and many other fitness outlets. Michelle just released her first book for HarperCollins on October 24, 2017. Healthy Healing offers the reader a chance to use fitness and movement as a grief coping mechanism and encourages a full and fit life after loss.

About Keith & Michelle Baumgard

UPCOMING DEPARTURES

September 30 - October 6, 2018
Travelers' Tribes
fitness
5
beach
5
hiking
5
food
5
nature
4
camping
4
sightseeing
4
food & wine
4
boating
4
cycling
4
nightlife
3
yoga
3
sustainable
2
festivals
2
running
2
photography
2
snow sports
1
world heritage
1
fishing
1

It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not built to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather "thin" walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head.

On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Staff can occasionally demonstrate less than perfect customer service. As accommodation is in short supply, especially during the summer months, hotels can charge a premium and there is sometimes little motivation to improve facilities.

Food & Beverage

Includes daily breakfast.

  • Vegetarian Meals
  • Fish & Meat

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