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Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventures

The ultimate Italy Adventure - drive a Tuk-Tuk, explore the country and complete challenges .

Italy

The Adventure

Our Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure is the ultimate combination of Italian adventure and cultural immersion! Plenty of people have seen Italy. But how many people have seen Italy from behind the wheel of a traditional Italian Piaggio Ape (which, as far as we can tell, is a Tuk-Tuk with an Italian accent)? We don’t know for sure, but we reckon it’s somewhere between ‘basically a few’ and ‘maybe not that many people’. 


The Tuk-Tuk you will be driving on this great Italian adventure will be a classic Piaggio Ape, as you might imagine, being Italian, it's naturally better looking and just that tiny bit sexier than all other Tuk-Tuks. Are you with us so far? Good. 

2023 sees us running more trips than ever in Italy meaning you have lots of options to consider.


We have 5 trips that are 9 days long - The original Tuk-Tuk adventure challenge.

Every weekend over the summer you have the choice of a self-drive Italian Tuk-Tuk adventure for 2 or 3 nights to Bobbio or Lake Como.

For the more adventurous of you we will also be launching our new ´Long Way Down´ and ´Long Way Up´ routes which take in Milan, Florence, Rome and Naples as well as the Amalfi Coast in one epic 13 day trip

Either way, on these Tuk-Tuk adventures you’ll drive around as part of a team of 2/3 and complete challenges to accrue points – while being dumbfounded by rugged Italian beauty and spending very large chunks of time getting wonderfully lost down idyllic country lanes.


Everything will be ready for you. You just have to get there to start the adventure of a lifetime. 


The Highlights

Adventure

Adventure

Our Italy Tuk-Tuk adventure does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s in Italy. It’s an Adventure. You drive your own Tuk-Tuk. And an Italian adventure is pretty much guaranteed. But really, there’s so much more in the tin than that: there’s vineyards, getting lost and the occasional bit of road rage.

Fun guaranteed

Fun guaranteed

Our tuk-tuk adventure is about new experiences, cultural immersion but mainly about having fun – the adventure type of fun. Where you have to work for it, get dirty but finish off indulging in a great glass of wine and outrageously delicious food while laughing about the challenges of today.

Win a Prize

Win a Prize

Join, accumulate points and win a prize. How do you get points? By nailing various challenges, we set you along the way. It’s not a race, it is an adventure challenge! So forget about setting a new Italian ground-speed record in a Tuk-Tuk.

WHY ITALY?

Though naturally little more laid-back than our Sri Lankan, Cambodian and Indian offerings, the Italy Tuk-Tuk adventure will still test your wits, endurance, navigational skills and grasp of the Italian language to the absolute maxxx (yes, three x’s). What else is there to say? As far as we’re concerned, there are two ways to see Italy: in a tuk-tuk, or not in a tuk-tuk. And we’re going with one. Who’s coming?

The Original Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Explore the lakes, vineyards and contrasting landscapes of Northern Italy for 9 days!

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

April 29 - May 7 2023 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

May 21 - 29 2023 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

July 22 - 30 2023 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

September 2 - 10 2023 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

October 7 - 15 2023 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

April 27 - May 5 2024 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

May 19 - 27 2024 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

July 20 - 28 2024 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

August 31 - September 8 2024 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Milan , Italy

September 30 - October 8 2024 · 8 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure

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

FROM$2,219 /pp

The Long Way Down and The Long Way Up

Explore the Italy like no other as you go The Long Way Down to Amalfi coast in one epic 13 day trip. The Long Way Up is exactly the same but the other way around!

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure: The Long Way Down

Italy

June 2 - 14 2023 · 12 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure: The Long Way Down

Explore the Italy like no other as you go The Long Way Down to Amalfi coast in one epic 13 day trip.

FROM$2,028.80 /pp

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure: The Long Way Up

Italy

June 17 - 29 2023 · 12 nights

Italy Tuk-Tuk Adventure: The Long Way Up

Explore the Italy like no other as you go The Long Way Up from Amalfi coast to Milan in one epic 13 day trip.

FROM$2,028.80 /pp

The Italy Weekend Adventure in Bobbio

Explore Bobbio over the weekend in your own private Tuk-Tuk for 2 or 3 nights any dates over the summer months.

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bobbio

Milan , Italy

April 7 - 9 2023 · 2 nights

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bobbio

Explore Milan and Bobbio over the weekend.

FROM$691.06 /pp

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bobbio

Milan , Italy

May 12 - 14 2023 · 2 nights

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bobbio

Explore Milan and Bobbio over the weekend.

FROM$691.06 /pp

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 Nights in Bobbio

Milan , Italy

July 13 - 16 2023 · 3 nights

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 Nights in Bobbio

Explore Bobbio over the weekend in your own private Tuk Tuk adventure.

FROM$881.26 /pp

Italy Weekend Adventure in Bellagio

Explore Milan and Lake Como over the weekend for 2 or 3 nights any dates over the summer months.

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bellagio

Milan , Italy

April 21 - 23 2023 · 2 nights

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bellagio

Explore Milan and Lake Como over the weekend.

FROM$691.06 /pp

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bellagio

Milan , Italy

June 29 - July 2 2023 · 3 nights

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bellagio

Explore Milan and Lake Como over the weekend.

FROM$881.26 /pp

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bellagio

Milan , Italy

July 7 - 9 2023 · 2 nights

Italy Tuk Tuk Weekend Adventure 2 or 3 nights in Bellagio

Explore Milan and Lake Como over the weekend.

FROM$691.06 /pp

 Training and driving lessons on arrival day.


 Accommodation for 2 or 3 people in double or twin room for the duration of your booked trip. 1 room per team.


 Delicious locally-made breakfasts.


 Welcome dinner in Milan, the first night (excluding the weekend adventures)


 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)


✘ 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

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. 

A team is made up of either 2 or 3 people. Apparently, there is no ‘I’ in it. You get one Tuk-Tuk per team.

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.

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. International Driving Permit with a category A stamp.

  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 10% deposit required to signup.

  • Outstanding amount is required 45 days before the start of the Challenge.

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

  • 44-30 days before the challenge starts: 50%

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

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