Bike, Hike and Ski in Northern Italy with Italiaoutdoors: Personalized Active Adventures That Match Your Style and Interests

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January 31, Vicenza, Italy - Italiaoutdoors, a provider of private, recreational vacations in Northern Italy, introduces a unique program called “Chefs on Bikes,” an active culinary tour for bikers and hikers who want to explore Northern Italy while enjoying their favorite outdoor activities. Italiaoutdoor programs, each individually designed and led by Vernon McClure and Kathy Bechtel, are personalized guided tours tailored to each group’s favorite leisure activities, cultural interests and fitness levels. Unlike traditional biking and walking tour companies that offer standardized itineraries, Italiaoutdoors caters to guests of all ages, interests and fitness levels to ensure that everyone experiences Italy in a way that is most enjoyable for them.

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A remarkable week of new sights, new foods and new friends. Perfectly planned and executed, not a detail left to chance. I can't imagine a better vacation, spending time in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy.

Bike Tours with a Master Chef.

This past bike season, Italiaoutdoors hosted Master Chef Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts on two culinary bike tours of the Veneto.

Ms. Adams described the experience, “There are so many beautiful back roads and hidden treasures in this wonderful area of Italy. Exploring by bike with Italiaoutdoors provided a nice pace that gave more opportunity for discovery and conversation. Each evening, we gathered round the table to share a wonderful meal, spectacular wines and plenty of laughter. This trip was the perfect mix of adventure and fun.”

Our Personalized Private Programs Are Designed Around You
Our Chefs on Bikes program is just one example of the personalized itineraries Italiaoutdoors can create for small groups who want to experience Italy at their own pace. Our tours cater to guests of all ages, abilities and interests. Each of our itineraries can include your cultural interests, favorite activities, as well as great food and wine.

We offer bike routes for the more relaxed cyclist, or more challenging rides, including aggressive hill climbs and longer days in the saddle. We accommodate many levels of bikers, with optional daily loops to keep even the strongest riders busy.

Our ski itineraries include lessons for all levels of skier or snowboarder, guided resort skiing or backcountry explorations, as well as alternate activities for the non-skier or a rest day.

Hikers can enjoy a hut-to-hut trek across the spectacular Dolomites, or more leisurely day hikes with 4-star accommodations each night. On all of our tours, each day we make time to discover and enjoy the amazing culture and foods and wines that have made Italy a favorite destination for so many travelers.

Our cooking classes and culinary programming run the gamut from basic cooking skills to gourmet meals. We offer lessons on basic cooking techniques, explore the amazing regional cuisine, or learn ways to address specific dietary needs, such as healthy cooking, vegetarian recipes, or salt-free or gluten-free diets. Or if you just want to eat well during your vacation, we can guide you to the best in the local cuisine.

Hosted by Recreational and Culinary Experts
Owner Vernon McClure is the recreational programmer and fitness expert for Italiaoutdoors. Vernon is an ex-army ranger and four-time ironman with 15 years of experience leading active tours of Northern Italy, including biking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, scuba diving and sailing. Originally from Kentucky, Vernon has resided in Italy for the last 19 years where he has instructed thousands of bikers, hikers and skiers of all levels and abilities. With a master’s degree in European literature, Vernon continues to be an enthusiastic student of the history and culture of Italy.

Co-owner Kathy Bechtel joined Italiaoutdoors to share her culinary and wine expertise, passion for the outdoors, and love of Italy. A former Bell Lab telecommunications engineer with an MBA in Strategic Management, Kathy left the nine-to-five world to attend culinary school, where she graduated first in her class. An avid hiker, biker and skier, Kathy works as a ski instructor at Sugarloaf, Maine, leads cooking classes in Italian cuisine, researches Northern Italian food history and wines and develops food recipes which can be found on her blog at

Regional Specialists Offer An Insiders’ View
Most biking and walking tour companies offer standardized group itineraries in a wide variety of areas and countries. Italiaoutdoors prefers instead to offer its clients the opportunity for in-depth explorations of the unique regions of Northern Italy from the Dolomites to the sea, and from wine roads of Valpolicella to the cities of Verona and Venice.

Ms. Bechtel, tour host and culinary programmer, describes the Italiaoutdoors experience, “By offering a unique blend of guided recreational and cultural activities, culinary classes and wine tastings we are able to provide personalized tours that take full advantage of our knowledge as well as the climate, beauty and distinctive character of the region. Because we provide a multi-faceted experience, our tours are ideal for small groups of friends or families, or for corporate getaways searching for that very special vacation experience.”

For more information about upcoming trip itineraries and highlights from past trips including guest comments, go to or check out our photos on the Italiaoutdoors Facebook page.

About Italiaoutdoors
Italiaoutdoors is an owner-operated specialty guide service that offers individualized programs for small groups who want to explore the beauty and diverse culture of Northern Italy while hiking, biking and skiing.

Guests of Italiaoutdoors share a passion for a healthy lifestyle and an appreciation for the region’s history, beauty, culture, wines and culinary delights. Tours geared around hiking, biking, and skiing are adaptable to various fitness levels and interests of individual guests.

Owners Vernon McClure and Kathy Bechtel are certified recreational and culinary professionals who lead all of the tours personally allowing them to offer each group highly personalized service, the benefit of their experience and knowledge, and great value for their vacation dollar.

For more information, contact Kathy Bechtel
In the USA: 978-270-5774


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