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Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventures

The ultimate italy adventure holidays - drive a Tuk-Tuk, explore the country and complete challenges .

Italy

The Adventure

Experience the ultimate Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure; a journey that marries the thrill of Italian adventure travel with deep cultural immersion unlike any other. Imagine exploring Italy, but not in any traditional way, but  seeing it from behind the wheel of a traditional Italian Piaggio Ape, Italy's charming take on the Tuk-Tuk, the  stalwart workhorse found in so many Asian countries, but with an unmistakable Italian flair. Few have had the privilege to experience Italy in such an intimate and exhilarating way, navigating through its heart in a vehicle that's as stylish as it is iconic.

 

The Piaggio Ape you'll drive on this captivating Italian adventure holiday is no ordinary vehicle; it's a classic symbol of Italian elegance, offering a unique twist on the traditional Tuk-Tuk experience. This adventure isn't just about transportation; it's about embracing the Italian way of life, from the cobblestone streets to the rolling countryside.

Join us for an unforgettable 8-day journey through Italy, where you and your teammate will tackle challenges, accumulate points, and immerse yourselves in the essence of Italian culture. Picture yourself as a contestant in an epic journey, but instead of rushing, you're soaking in the beauty of Italy's landscapes, getting delightfully lost in its idyllic country lanes, and experiencing the country's rich cultural tapestry firsthand.

 

Italy is a nation celebrated for its contributions to culture, cuisine, and history. From the operatic echoes of Pavarotti to the creamy delight of gelato, the artistic genius of Michelangelo to the timeless allure of its fashion, Italy is a feast for the senses. And while Vespas are often seen zipping through the streets, we offer a slightly more adventurous mode of travel—our great Italy Tuk-Tuk Italy Adventures, which promise not just a trip, but an adventure filled with discovery, taste, and the joy of the open road.

 

This Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure is your ticket to an amazing holiday in Italy that goes beyond the ordinary, offering a blend of excitement, cultural richness, and the freedom to explore Italy's beauty in the most unique way imaginable. Join us and see why the Tuk-Tuk is not just a mode of transport, but a gateway to an unforgettable Italian adventure.


Italy Adventure - 2024

Join us on an 8-day Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure through northern Italy, filled with exploration, culture, and memorable moments. Alongside travelling through breathtaking landscapes, you'll engage in unique challenges that immerse you in the local culture, from culinary quests to photographic explorations. 


Click on your preferred date below to uncover the itinerary, where you'll stay, and the exciting challenges that make this Italy Adventure travel experience truly one-of-a-kind.

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Italy

August 31 - September 7 2024 · 7 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the lakes, vineyards and contrasting landscapes of Northern Italy.

FROM$3,029.23 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Italy

October 5 - 13 2024 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the lakes, vineyards and contrasting landscapes of Northern Italy.

FROM$3,029.23 /pp

Italy Adventure - 2025

Click on your preferred date below to uncover the itinerary, where you'll stay, and the exciting challenges that make this Italy Adventure travel experience truly one-of-a-kind.

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Italy

April 26 - May 3 2025 · 7 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the lakes, vineyards and contrasting landscapes of Northern Italy.

FROM$3,029.23 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Italy

May 17 - 24 2025 · 7 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the lakes, vineyards and contrasting landscapes of Northern Italy.

FROM$3,029.23 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Italy

June 14 - 21 2025 · 7 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the lakes, vineyards and contrasting landscapes of Northern Italy.

FROM$3,029.23 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Italy

July 19 - 26 2025 · 7 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the lakes, vineyards and contrasting landscapes of Northern Italy.

FROM$3,029.23 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Italy

August 30 - September 6 2025 · 7 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the lakes, vineyards and contrasting landscapes of Northern Italy.

FROM$3,029.23 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Italy

October 4 - 12 2025 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the lakes, vineyards and contrasting landscapes of Northern Italy.

FROM$3,029.23 /pp

The Highlights

Adventure

Our Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure is the perfect choice for Italy adventure holidays. You're not just travelling through Italy; you're setting foot on an adventure, driving your own Tuk-Tuk through vineyards, getting wonderfully lost, and occasionally navigating through the Italian passion on the roads. It's an adventure that goes beyond the ordinary, offering a glimpse into the true spirit of Italy. 

Immersion

These trips are designed for those seeking amazing adventure holidays in Italy that combine new experiences with cultural immersion. It's about having fun the adventurous way—getting a little dirty, then winding down with a fine glass of wine and delicious Italian cuisine, all while reflecting on the day's challenges. It's an authentic dive into Italian culture, making every moment memorable. 

Challenges

Our Italy adventure travel experience includes daily challenges based on themes of Culture, Language, Physical, Culinary, and Photography. These challenges are fun, creative ice breakers designed to encourage exploration and local discovery, making your adventure holiday in Italy not just a trip, but a journey of cultural and personal exploration.

Tuk-Tuk Adventure sounds good...

Why adventure holidays in Italy?

Italy offers a unique, more laid-back adventure experience compared to our offerings in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Pakistan. The Italy Tuk-Tuk adventure tests your wits, endurance, and navigational skills, offering a deep dive into Italian culture. There are two ways to see Italy: in a Tuk-Tuk, or not in a Tuk-Tuk. We choose the former. Who’s with us?

 Training and driving lessons on arrival day.


 Accommodation for 2 people in double or twin room for the duration of your booked trip. 1 room per team.


 Delicious locally-made breakfasts.


 Welcome dinner


 Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure logistics & legal stuff (mechanics, support team, permits, luggage truck).


 Welcome pack (sim card, map, t-shirt, event bag, phrase-book, navigational sheets).


 Awards ceremony & farewell party. (excluding weekend adventures)

Flights, visas, airport transfers.


Day to day costs (lunch, dinner, drinks & gratuities)


Spare parts and repairs (approx. total £40-120 per team).


Fuel (approx. total £100 per team).


 Tuk-Tuk deposit (1500GBP)


Parking - At hotel, on road or in car parks


 Travel Insurance

Testimonials

Check out what others have said about our Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure.

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“As a Tuk-Tuk ‘virgin’ but an Italy ‘veteran’ I was really excited to join the inaugural Italy Tuk Tuk Adventure….and I was definitely not disappointed. From magnificent countryside to the mayhem of Milan, through the Barolo wine country and along the Mediterranean coast we had a blast! Fantastic hotels and wonderful food and wine (and the company was pretty good, too) we spent 8 days in this beautiful country amusing the locals and impressing even the most hardened Italian bikers in our 7 horsepower steeds. I’ll definitely be back….and I can’t wait.”

Mark, Team Mark

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“Went on the inaugural Italy adventure and it was great. A previous customer from Sri Lanka and Cambodia so doing a convenient week long European trip was perfect for maximal holiday time. This trip was a great chance to enjoy Western niceties whilst still having the fun of the tuktuks. The locals loved them, weather was great, as were the food and drink and the views and sites too. A great first timers option – take the plunge for something different!”

Dave, Team Can’t Catch This

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¨Yes, that was really a WOW and crazy adventure and I really enjoyed it very much. The first thing I would like to comment is about Mark and Luigi. They did a great job taking care of us. Their organisation, kindness, patience and professionalism made the whole trip a wonderful experience. Also the efficiency how you handled the ¨break down¨ , I was impressed! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!! This was my first Tuk-Tuk Trip, so for me everything was new and exciting. I enjoyed the nice hotels and the hospitality of the hosts. We lived so many great moments with local people. Unforgettable!! All in all a truly memorable Tuk-Tuk adventure. I am so very happy that I was part of it. Yeahhh!! Who knows …. maybe we will come back….. ¨

Daniela, Team Swiss Trotter Rebels

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The Italy tuk-tuk adventure was a special holiday indeed! Excellent support and communication from Richard and Niko. Lovely accommodations, plus thoughtful options like the pasta make-it-then-eat-it meal. Our fellow travelers, previously unknown to us, all brought joy, humor and positive attitudes. For us, it was just the right balance of "togetherness" and independent wandering about every day. Even the rainy days were a treat! Highly recommend this tour.

Eileen, Team Festina Lente

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What did you like most about the Adventure? ¨Absolutely everything - went beyond our expectations yet again. Perfectly organised for our group of 16. Enjoyed the daily challenges and how it created opportunities for us to explore different things. Loved the variety of accommodations and the people we met along the way. Appreciate the Large Minority team and can't wait for our next adventure. Our whole NZ team were so impressed - it was amazing to bring 12 'newbies.¨

Tania Coutts

In the Unfortunate Event of a Breakdown

The Tuk-Tuk (Italian Piaggio Ape)

Tuk-Tuks, the heart of our Italy adventure travel experiences, are distinctive vehicles that demand attentive handling and regular maintenance. Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring the safety and reliability of our fleet, emphasising that Tuk-Tuks, with their unique charm, are intricate machines occasionally susceptible to mechanical issues or breakdowns, especially when faced with challenging road conditions or less-than-careful handling.

 

We are immensely proud to offer an authentic and adventurous journey through Italy Tuk-Tuk tours, inviting you to embrace both the exhilarating moments and the unpredictable challenges of Tuk-Tuk travel. Should your Tuk-Tuk encounter any mechanical difficulties, rest assured, our skilled mechanics are on standby to offer expert advice. 


In cases where roadside repairs are not feasible, we ensure your adventure continues uninterrupted, providing alternative transportation or a replacement Tuk-Tuk, whenever possible, until your original vehicle is back in action. The responsibility for repairs, depending on the breakdown's circumstances, may be borne by the driver, aligning with our belief that navigating these challenges is a part of the adventure's allure.

 

Taking part in this unique Italy adventure holiday means more than just travel; it's about diving into an experience filled with care, caution, and excitement. By adhering to our safety guidelines and embracing the journey's inherent challenges, you're set for an unparalleled adventure.


After all, every aspect of navigating a Tuk-Tuk through Italy's stunning landscapes contributes to the rich tapestry of this unforgettable adventure holiday in Italy.

FAQs

Ah, the humble, Tuk-Tuk or “Ape” as they’re sometimes known as, is the original tin can on wheels. These are standard issue, Indian-made, Italian styled Tuk-Tuk’s. And they’re freak’n awesome!

They’ve got three wheels (don’t ask us why), an open frame, a canvas roof with drop down sides, a cabin for the driver and two seats in the back. Oh, and an engine: a 4-stroke beast that is probably slightly more powerful than 1 horse.

Tuk-tuks have a few advantages: they’re durable, easy to use and very forgiving. They’ll happily handle almost any surface, climate or level of abuse. Their cruising speed is a tasty 35kph (22mph). Their cruising altitude is about one foot.

Specifications

  • Engine: 4 stroke engine – 205 cc
  • Petrol tank: 6 litre normal capacity plus 1 litre of reserve
  • Average petrol consumption: 1 litre approx 20 to 25 Km’s
  • Top speed: 55 kmph

Driving induction and safety training session (this means you). You’ll get lots of time to practice before hitting the road. A rickshaw is a cross between a car and a scooter, so clutch control is key. If you´ve driven a scooter or motorbike before, it’ll be a breeze.

It’s worth remembering that the Italian Tuk-Tuk adventure is just that – an adventure. It’s not a race. It’s not like Cake’s seminal 90s hit The Distance. Speed should not be your priority. If anything should be, it’s probably fun. 

For Italy we organise the Adventure and accommodation for a team of 2. However if you wish to compete as a team of 3 please drop us an email: [email protected] and we will see if what we can do. The 3rd teammate will have to pay a single supplement charge for extra accommodation.

Yes, you’ve got to be at least 18 years old in order to participate. We don’t have a maximum age, but if you’re over 65 we definitely recommend checking with your insurer to make sure you qualify for the medical insurance you’ll need to take part. The Challenge is physically tough, but by no means extreme – we won’t sugar-coat it. You should really only take part if you’re in decent physical shape and your health is A-Okay.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to strap suitcases to the roof of your Tuk-Tuk. We’ve got a luggage truck that will follow us around. Each morning you’ll load it up with your heavy bags, and each night we’ll hand it back at our hotel. Job done. Simples.

Don’t stress, they’re very friendly. If you can ride a bicycle that has a clutch and an engine, you can drive a Tuk-Tuk. Besides, on the first day everyone gets mandatory Tuk-Tuk driving instructions and a chance to get used to your vehicle. You’ll have plenty of practice before hitting the open road. NOTE: We cannot teach you to drive like an Italian. Unless off-course, you are Italian.

To put it bluntly – not really. There will be an element of danger, if only because you’re sitting behind the handlebars of a three-wheeled Tuk-Tuk, on top of 200CC of raw power, and tackling unfamiliar roads in a foreign country. But don’t worry too much – if you’re sensible and cautious, you should be fine, and we have a fully trained crew to swing in if anything goes wrong.

Warning: Tuk-Tuks can easily roll and flip if not handled correctly. We take safety really seriously on these challenges, and you should know there are inherent risks involved, including potentially life-threatening situations.

Your humble steed will be handed over in a good road worthy condition and from then onwards it is your responsibility to take care of any repair costs. Our team of mechanics will be at your disposal throughout the event and will assist you with this at a cost. Otherwise you can turn to the locals to help you out. But don’t worry spare parts are not that expensive!

The cost of repairs depends on how each teams looks after their vehicle. Naturally there is a small amount of wear and tear on these type of events, but you will only be charged for parts that are damaged or need to be replaced. There will be a full vehicle inspection prior to handing over your ride. On average, the cost of repairs ranges from £40-£120 per team.

Tuk-Tuks are unique vehicles that require careful handling and maintenance. While our team works tirelessly to ensure the safety and reliability of our fleet, it's important to note that Tuk-Tuks are delicate machines that can experience mechanical issues or breakdowns due to improper handling or poor road conditions.




These wonderful machines are surprisingly fuel efficient, so unless you drive like a madman your wheels will do at least 30 km to the litre so you won’t really be spending more than £100 for the whole adventure (based on 8 days).

Whoa there, speed racer. These bad boys can’t really get over 50kph. The average speed should be around 35kph. Fast enough to get the blood racing, but not so fast you hit a Ferrari (that would not be good).

If possible, try not to do this. One of our registration requirements is to pay (or better block the amount off your credit card) a refundable deposit of £1,500 per team. This will (ideally) cover you for most touch ups and accidents, although if the rickshaw is a complete write-off the bill might increase. At the end of the adventure, we’ll inspect the vehicle, come to an agreement, and return any balance to you before you leave Italy. A pretty standard car-hire type system, really.

Travel insurance is a must-have on all our Adventures; in fact it’s a condition of entry. 

Please ensure that you have appropriate travel insurance which covers Emergency & Medical insurance for the duration of the trip as well as ensuring that you have cover to drive the Tuk-Tuk. It is also advisable to have cover for things such as luggage loss and flight cancellation etc.

We can suggest you take a look at Campbell Irvine or SafetyWing.

Third party insurance is included under the hire of the Tuk-Tuk. Scratch as many Ferraris as you want (please don’t actually do this).

Everyone who competes has to provide us with a valid International Driving Permit with a Category A stamp. It’s your responsibility to have the correct DL.

Definitely! We love to see teams going the extra mile to raise money for charity. Just be aware that the rickshaws we use have limited branding space (we take up some for our own branding purposes). If you need more info on this, just let us know.

Easy peasy. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up.

  2. Pay your initial deposit.

Once you’ve done all that successfully, we’ll send you an email with lots of exclamation marks confirming your team’s availability.

Once your registration is locked and loaded, we’ll email you and ask you to provide us with:

  1. A passport copy for each team member (we promise not to laugh at the photos).

  2. a copy of your National Driving Licence and /orInternational Driving Permit (if required for your country)

  3. Your arrival and departure details.

We’ll double check all these docs on the ground in Italy, so please bring copies with you.

30 days before the Challenge.

Nope. If we camp we’ll provide the sleeping bags and the marshmallows as necessary. However it might be good to bring a torch.

Ah visas, our old nemesis. This really depends what tribe you are. You can find out how to apply, here.

We try to stick to the original route and accommodation as much as possible, but they can be subject to change from time to time.

Google: “Is it expensive in Italy?”

All our hotels will have internet connection, but the campsites not so much.

  • Only 20% deposit required to signup.

  • Outstanding amount is required 60 days before the start of the Challenge.

  • 60+ days before the challenge starts: Loss of deposit

  • 59-45 days before the challenge starts: 50%

  • 44 days or less before the challenge starts: 100% 

For more information please refer to our Booking Terms & Conditions.