Picture yourself enjoying your ideal active adventure in Italy
You bike and hike along the spectacularly beautiful countryside or challenge yourself on mountainous routes selected just for you. Afternoon and evening activities are tailored for your interests, and you enjoy world-class food and wine along the way. You feel as though you're visiting friends in Italy, not on a tour with a fixed itinerary. Sound perfect? Let us plan your ideal, active adventure in Italy.
"We can hardly find the words to explain what a fantastic trip this bike tour has been. We were looking for a memorable way to spend our anniversary and indeed we found it. The biking, cooking, eating and touring were all incredible." -BH, guest of Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine
How do you start designing your custom tour?
Are you organizing a trip for a small group of 4-12, or a bike or ski club? We can provide discounts for trip organizers. We can also design a tour as a fund raising vehicle for your organization. Contact us to learn more.
Vernon McClure and Kathy Bechtel, owners and expert guides, will personally design and lead your trip, and be there to ensure everything runs smoothly. They'll work together to handcraft your itinerary, answer any and all of your questions, and take care of any special requests -- no detail is too small.
Vernon McClure, our expert in recreational programming, will personally design and lead the cycling, hiking or skiing on your tour. His personal coaching will make you a better biker, hiker, or skier at the end of your holiday. Vernon has lived in the region for over twenty years and has been creating and leading adventure tours as an independent guide both leading tours and performing staff training for several major multinational bike tour companies. Vernon is highly valued for his thorough knowledge of this beautiful region of Italy, extensive program design experience and risk management and training skills. Vernon is also an avid student of Italian history and culture, and will have a story to share about every venue we visit.
Joining Vernon in the program design on the culinary side is Kathy Bechtel, an avid cyclist and ski instructor, as well as a professionally trained chef, cooking instructor, and food blogger specializing in the cuisines and wines of the area. Kathy believes that there is no better way to restore oneself after a challenging day in the outdoors than to savor the amazing foods and wines of Italy.
Every meal - breakfast, fine dining in the evening, and even our roadside snacks - will be an occasion to enjoy the best of local fare. Each day there will be new regional specialties to try, as we learn that each locale has its own cuisine that reflects its history, culture and traditions. Daily wine tastings will be a celebration of wonderful native wines rarely found outside of the region.
We can arrange for cooking classes for any level or interest, including vegetarian, gluten free, or just good healthy eating.The emphasis of our classes is all about fun, eating local, seasonal products, discovering new foods and learning new skills.
Please feel free to contact us to learn more about our services, and how we can work with your group to create your perfect bike, ski or hike holiday adventure in Italy!
To learn more, or to inspire your own private travel adventure:
Tell us how your group wants to experience Italy and we'll make it happen!
Our owner, expert recreational programmer Vernon McClure was recently named one of "Italy's Best Local Tour Guides" by Dream of Italy. Click here to plan your trip of a lifetime, exploring the best of Italy - outdoors, food and wine - with Vernon and Kathy.
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