Posts Tagged ‘wine tours’

Reasons to Check out a Cycling Tour

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Smithsonian Journeys has been offering cycling tours for a year or two now. We love traveling this way and we think you will, too. Here are a few reasons to give them a chance:

Riding the quiet roads of Rioja, Spain

1) Top food and wine without the guilt. A day of cycling through Tuscany, Rioja, or Burgundy provides all the excuses you need to indulge yourself in local specialities.

2) See the countryside from the inside. Those tiny back roads provide unique insight into less-traveled parts of Europe.

3) Stay in unique accommodations. Once you’re off the beaten path, converted wineries, olive mills, and monasteries open up their doors, offering unique settings for your travel dreams.

4) Travel with inner peace. Leave the roar of the plane, bus, or boat for the quiet of travel by bike. Stop to smell the flowers, listen to the birds, and take in the view. Slow down and take it all in.

What’s your favorite part of traveling by bike?

Looking for a little travel zen this year? Check out our cycling tours today.

Glorious Tuscany: Wine, Biking, and Philosophy

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Andy Levine is a true bon vivant with a real passion for adventure travel.  As president and founder of DuVine Adventures, Andy has led and created deluxe bike trips all over the world for over 14 years. Andy’s work comes highly recommended by top travel expert and best-selling author Peter Greenberg, travel editor for NBC’s Today Show. Click here for Andy’s bio.

Tuscany biking tour

Travelers experience the picturesque Tuscan countryside during a biking tour

I had never really thought about the philosophy of wine. Then I met Vittorio Innocenti. Not only is he a vintner-extraordinaire; he’s also very much a thinker, and not the barstool-type. I first met this remarkable man as I planned our cycling vacation through Tuscany, and recently had the chance to visit him again when I joined our guests on that same trip.

In the hill town of Montefollonico, our group strolled the narrow cobbled streets to Vittorio’s cantina to sample his Vino Nobile, one of the world’s rarest wines because it can only be made in Tuscany’s Montepulciano region, which we had been exploring by bicycle that day. (more…)