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Biking Vacation La Bella Toscana: Lucca, Montecatini and Pisa ​

Activity Level: Easy / Moderate  |  Daily Mileage: 18 - 40 mi  |  Daily Biking: 2 - 4 hr
Air package plus
10 days from only
Price includes roundtrip airfare.
Land only
7 days from only
Pre-trip Extension
Florence • 2 nights $345

Post-trip Extension
Rapallo • 2 nights $295* 
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Post-Trip Extension - Rapallo

2 nights for only $295*

  • Two nights at the Excelsior Palace Hotel Rapallo
  • Daily breakfast
  • City Information
  • Airport transfers
Rapallo is located at one end of the beautiful Tigullio Gulf in Liguria. It is a lively little city with its own character and sights, built on a strip of land between the mountains and sea. Enjoy a stroll along the alleyways—known as  caruggi—by houses with frescoed facades and along the sea promenade, or take the 7 minute funicular ride to the peak of Montallegro and take in breathtaking views of the gulf. The city is also one of the gateways to Cinque Terre National Park (southeast of Rapallo) and Portofino to the southwest, which can both be reached from Rapallo via ferry or train with frequent rides all year round. Travelers can go on beautiful panoramic walks in Rapallo, Portofino and the abbey of San Fruttuoso, and in Cinque Terre National Park. Or spend a day visiting the nearby harbor city of Genoa which can be easily reached by train. Its main sights are the Old Town, the Porto Antico—home to  the largest sea-life aquarium in Europe—and the Galata Museo del Mare, the first Mediterranean maritime museum. Our local guide will help facilitate your excursions and organize your time in Rapallo.

Only available with the Air-Inclusive Package.

Single supplement: $145

*Please note: For those traveling in 2015, the Post-trip is $345. Single Supplement: $195.

Day 1 - Remain in Rapallo for your optional extension

Start your exploration of Rapallo by making your way to the sunny seaside Promenade Vittorio Veneto. Stroll along the palm and olive tree-lined street while admiring the expansive view of the bay. Enjoy the lively ambience and the colorful shops, cafés and restaurants. From here you can also view the picturesque landmark of Rapallo, the Castle on the Sea, constructed in the 16th century to defend the city from frequent pirate invasions.   

Day 2 - Independent exploration of Rapallo

This morning you may want to explore the ancient medieval old town of Rapallo. Make your way through the narrow pedestrian streets stopping to view the many shrines and frescoes dedicated to Our Lady of Montallegro, an important part of the culture of Rapallo. This afternoon, take the cable car ride up to the Sanctuary of Montallegro. Climbing about 600 meters in altitude, enjoy breathtaking views of Rapallo and the bay. At the top, admire the architecture of the sanctuary, built in the 19th century. There are several walking trails that offer peaceful hikes along the top of the mountain. This evening, don’t forget to try the delicious seafood that this town is famous for at one of the many great seafood restaurants. 

Day 3 - Rapallo Extension concludes / Depart for Home

After breakfast* you will transfer to the Genoa airport (approximately 40-60 minutes depending upon traffic) for your departing flight. Please ensure you are waiting in the hotel reception area at the designated time**.
*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures, breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk to verify the times that breakfast is served.

**Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to the airport will be at your own expense.

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