How do I get to Tuscany easily?
The tour starts in the hills of Lucca. An amazing location, just 25 minutes away from the Pisa Airport (Galileo Galilei). In case you come by plane, you can easily book a shuttle for only €15 p.p. which will bring you directly to the villa. In case you come by car, you can easily park your car at our first villa for the whole week.
What about dinner?
Dinner on the first night is included, and you are free to go whatever you want for the other nights. I have good contacts to organize, for example, a cooking class or eating in local restaurants nearby or the restaurant next to the hotel.
Can we book 2 Vespas instead of one Vespa?
Yes, this is possible for an additional fee of €275 (€137,50 p.p.).
Do I need experience riding a Vespa?
That would be great! But if you can ride a bike, I can also teach you how to ride a Vespa. It will be exciting at first, but I will calmly explain the basics to you. It would be best to practice in your home country at some point before the tour, this will probably makes you more comfortable once you are in Italy. Note: the roads in Italy are of course more curvy and we do go up and down sometimes. At the end of the week you are definitely going to be a PRO and you also want a Vespa 125cc in the home country!
What kind of Vespa’s are we driving?
125cc. This means that there is a lot of power in it, but you will notice that you really need it. In other countries you need a motorcycle license for this, but in Italy a normal driver's licenseB is sufficient.
What about insurance for the Vespa?
Insurance for the Vespa. You are insured for damage to third parties through the Vespa rental. However, if damage, scratches, dents, etc. occur to your own Vespa, you can be charged for this. The following options are available with regard to insurance:
- €89 deductible excess €200
- €49 deductible excess €500
- €0 deductible excess €2500
An Example: This means if I dropped my Vespa and you have chosen an insurance policy of €49 and the costs of the damage are €800 so you pay €500 for this yourself. If the Vespa has damage at €200 you pay this €200. You will of course not be charged for damage that is already on the Vespa. This will be thoroughly checked in advance and photos and videos will be taken on the first day when you get your Vespa. This extra insurance can be taken out upon arrival, so that you can also see the condition of the Vespa for which you are taking out the insurance.
What about COVID?
Since we do not know what will happen this year, we also need to make sure that we think about what if travelling abroad is not allowed? As I have to make costs, and pay deposits for the rooms and Vespa’s, I would kindly ask you to pay a deposit of €300 p.p. too. In case, 30 days prior to the tour it is not allowed to travel, the tour will be cancelled, and you will get your €300 deposit back. Of course, I hope you will use it as a voucher for next year, but I understand that you want your money back.
How big are the groups?
I think it is important that all guests receive personal attention. That is why I have chosen to keep the groups small. The maximum group size is 16 guests. This also makes it easier to do a wine tasting + tour with a group, visit a cute village or go to a restaurant. In addition, thelocations where we stay are not large hotels but small family businesses. Say bye-bye to masstourism; say hello to small groups! Exceptions are only possible if you book with a large group.
Do I have to stay with the group when we ride?
No, you are entirely free to go wherever you want. It is certainly fun to ride with a group. It ensures that you have to pay less attention to the routes, and therefore have more time to lookaround at all the beauty. Also, I know all the highlights by heart, which is easy. Going by yourself is also really great, it is a bit more adventurous on your own and certainly fun to do during this week, you will definitely come back at night with spectacular adventures!
UHHH, you say routes? How does that work?
I have already made the routes for you via Google Maps, but again you are free to add or remove something yourself. The Vespa has a sturdy holder where you can put your phone in. Google Maps can also be used while being offline, if downloaded before.
And my phone? What if it is dying if I use it for my navigation?
Each Vespa has a charger in the front, so you can easily charge your phone while driving, or if you stop somewhere. This way your phone is never empty!
How much to calculate for gasoline?
Another advantage for choosing a Vespa: it is an enormously economical vehicle, the Vespa drives 1:35 while a car quickly drives 1:13. Total costs for petrol are therefore around 15 to 20 euros for a week. And you never have to pay for parking!
Can I carry luggage with me on a Vespa?
Yes, underneath the seat (called buddy), you can stock some things. Another option is in thebasket if you have booked one Vespa for two persons. You can also leave the helmets in this basket, so no need to carry around your helmet.
What if our group consists of 3 people?
What if our group consists of 3 people? In case you want to share the room, the additional costs for the Vespa will not be calculated. However, if you wish to book two rooms, an additional fee will be added for this extra room. For your specific situation, please contact [email protected]
Is it possible to book just for one person?
Yes, it is possible, however, keep in mind that the prices are based on two persons. Please contact me to ask for the possibilities: [email protected]
Is it cheaper to book everything by myself?
Definitely no, since I have good relations with my partners, I can offer lower prices than a tourist can get. Besides that, your luggage will be transferred to different locations, so it is much easier to travel on your Vespa.
Is this Vespa holiday something for me?
Well, I believe it is the perfect way to explore and enjoy a region. If you like a tour guide with a flag and a microphone, this is probably not the tour you like. I will for sure tell you things about the scenery, wines, but rather let the locals tell you, or even better experience it yourself. If you do not fully enjoy driving a Vespa, this is not an issue, since there are plenty of other things to do in the area. My quote is “The Vespa should be used as a means, not an end”; it should be fun so no long boring drives.
I am too excited! Sign me up, how does that work?
To claim your spot, I ask for a down payment of 300 euros p.p. During the booking procedure you can opt for one or two Vespas and the total price will be shown to you. After, you will receive a mail about your reservation, and to have to turn into a booking the down payment should be paid. You can easily pay through bank transfer. 5 weeks prior to the start of the tour, the remaining amount should be paid to join the tour. Again, in case of a negative travel advice, the decision will be made 5 weeks prior to the start whether the tour will continue.
7 days too long? Maybe the 4 day Vespa Tour is something for you?
In addition to the 7-day Vespa Tour, there is now also this special tour where you stay at one location. Also with the 4-day tour you will stay in Villa Michaela, just a few kilometers away from Lucca and Pisa. This great villa is the ideal location to discover this part of Tuscany by Vespa. Excited? Click here for the brochure.
I have another question, where can I ask this?
Is In Vespino affiliated with a guarantee fund?
Yes, it is required by law to be affiliated with a guarantee fund as a travel organization. In Vespino is affiliated with GGTO, guarantee fund for specialized tour operator. GGTO guarantees that you will get back the already paid part of your travel sum if the tour operator goes bankrupt. This can be before your departure but also during your stay on location. Inaddition, GGTO Guarantee Fund guarantees your return journey during your stay if the tour operator can no longer take care of this due to bankruptcy. The tour operator will charge the consumer a fixed amount of€ 7.50 per traveler for this guarantee. This is how the guarantee fund is built up and maintained. https://www.stichting-ggto.nl/html/Welkom.asp