Welcome to your Austin Adventures Tuscan Tour!
Six full days of mouth-watering food, rolling vineyards, weathered hillside villas, and vibrant cities brimming with art, history, and old-world charm. Except this time, you get to spend it with Dan, the president of Austin Adventures, and his wife, Carol!
- Pedal the vineyard-clad hills of Chianti Classico, soaking up a quintessential golden-green Tuscan landscape dotted with sheep,castelli, cypress trees, and olive orchards
- Visit the marbled Duomo in Siena on a guided walk and savor a homemade lunch served by Mamma Licia in the village of Chiusure
- Bike to Monteriggioni, a village surrounded by 14 medieval towers, and explore the quaint streets, art galleries and gelaterie in San Gimignano
- Dine as the Medici family once did on crostini ai funghi porcini (a Tuscan specialty: toast with mushrooms), ossobuco alla Toscana and homemadetorta, washed down with a glass of bold Chianti or crisp Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
Born in California, Dan first ignited his passion for adventure travel in the 1970’s as partner of a rafting company in the Pacific Northwest. His lust for travel soon took him to Alaska, where he saw opportunity as the owner of a construction company developing projects from remote Alaskan villages to military bases in Hawaii and The Azores. In 1994, seeking a new challenge, Dan and a partnership group bought Backcountry Tours of Bozeman, Montana. The purchase turned out to be the catalyst for things to come. In 2000, Dan partnered with retired industrialist and financier Paul Lehman and Austin-Lehman Adventures was born. In 2013, Dan chose to sell Austin Adventures to Xanterra Parks and Resorts, renaming the company Austin Adventures to bring the focus back on those who built the brand.
Along the path to founding one of the world’s most recognized active travel brands, Dan founded the non-profit Wheels of Change organization dedicated to empowering rural Africans through mobility via donated bicycles.
Born and raised in Montana, Carol grew up exploring the Rocky Mountains and Canada. Even after all of these years, Yellowstone is her favorite place on earth! She didn’t actually branch out into traveling the world until she was much older. Through Austin Adventures she’s had the chance to visit many wonderful places, but her bucket list is still very long, and of course it grows every year. Working along with her husband Dan, the summer of 2017 is her 19th season with Austin Adventures. When asked the favorite things about her job, it would have to be working with both guests and operators from around the world. From that one can learn something new every day.
Top-notch Wine, rich culture, impressive history, pastoral countryside, and world-renowned cuisine await you on this 6-day bike tour through Tuscany.