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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided cycle
Accommodation
  • 7 nights 3-4 star hotels
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1599USD

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Overview

Trip Code: UMS

Trip highlights


  • Cycling through the superb countryside of Umbria including Lake Trasimeno
  • Experiencing the fabulous hill top towns of Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto en route
  • Shopping for regional specialties such as Perugina Chocolates, Deruta ceramics and leather handbags in the markets of Florence.
  • Enjoying the fantastic cuisine of the region
  • Exploring the renowned cities of Rome and Florence

A cycle journey through the 'green heart' of Italy, from the enchanting city of Florence to the nation's capital Rome. The contrasts are very noticeable as you leave behind Tuscany and arrive in the peaceful and mystical Umbria. As you cycle approximately 290km you will see cities like Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and Terni, displaying an incredible wealth of art treasures, which take their visitors back to the Middle Ages. The cities have barely changed over the centuries and the rolling landscape dotted with vineyards and hilltop towns will give you an appreciation of why the area is so popular with painters. On mostly backroads the route winds through the valleys of the Apennines and gentle hills near to Trasimeno Lake. At the end, the Eternal City of Rome awaits you, a fitting end to this exhilarating Italian journey by bike.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Traveller Rating

 

Arrive Florence. Around 6:30pm there will be a welcome meeting with our representative. The remainder of the day is free to explore this beautiful city.

Meals:  Nil

In the morning, travel by train to Arezzo (included). On arrival at Arezzo station this morning you will receive your rental bike. Explore Arezzo's splendid churches and palaces and set off, ideally by mid morning, along beautiful trails through the wide plain of Val di Chiana and accompanied by the hilly silhouettes of southern Tuscany. Pass Cortona and continue to Lake Trasimeno, the battlefield where Hannibal fought the Romans. Enjoy wonderful views of the lake, taking time to read the information boards depicting the history of the famous battle. Continue to Passignano and your hotel.

Meals:  B

Today you cycle along the lake to Torricella, then continue along small and secluded lanes through wide fields of sunflowers and local crops, rolling hills and idyllic villages to Perugia. Here you can wander through its old centre, appreciating impressive buildings such as the San Lorenzo Cathedral, Palazzo dei Priori and the Arco Etrusco. In addition to being famous for its Perugina Baci chocolates, this is a university town and each year thousands of people travel here to learn Italian at the ‘Universita per Stranieri’ or University for Foreigners. The city mascot is the griffin, which can be seen in the form of plaques and statues on buildings around the city. There is much to see in the Umbrian capital.

Meals:  B

Departing through the old stone gates of Perugia at the southern end, you can see today's route to the town of Assisi. Cross the Tiber river, pass the beautiful sanctuary Santa Maria dei Angeli and up to the mystical Assisi, birthplace of St Francis. There's time to explore the Basilica of St Francesco containing Giotto's frescoes depicting the Saint's life, the Temple of Minerva, the Rocca Maggiore or one of the many other interesting sites this UNESCO listed town has to offer. Couple this with a relaxing coffee or aperitivo in the Piazza del Comune and you have the ingredients of a splendid afternoon or evening. Overnight Assisi.

Meals:  B

Cycle along the flanks of Subasio mountain, passing medieval monuments and vestiges of Roman days en route to the medieval town of Spello. Continue through the Valle Umbra to Spoleto. The towns of Montefalco, Trevi and Campello can be seen on the surrounding hills. Visit an 80m high aqueduct for stunning views of the Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco and the Rocca Albornoziana Fortress. Spoleto's annual Festival of the Two Worlds, including performances of dance, prose and lyrics, is between the end of June and middle of July. Overnight Spoleto.

Meals:  B

Between mountains, today's route follows stunning landscapes to Terni. The town was subjected to heavy bombing during World War II and now has a more modern feel, although the old town centre still has some impressive monuments including the Church of St Francis. The route continues to Narni, another authentically preserved medieval hilltop city with inspiring views of the Nera river. If time allows, explore the Rocca Albornoz fortress that dominates the town and the historical centre including the Duomo, Roman-Gothic churches and Priori public square. Beneath St Dominic’s monastery is the underground of Narni with its ornate frescoes - well worth a visit. The town history also suggests links with the “Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis. Overnight in Narni.

Meals:  B

The route out of Narni takes you along pleasant agricultural countryside where small homesteads dot the terrain. It is quite hilly in this section via Calvi, with the final leg being a freewheeling experience from Casperia to the train station of Poggio Mirteto. The bike support vehicle awaits you here, where your bikes are returned, in readiness for the hour long train journey to Rome. Leave behind the tranquility of the Umbrian countryside to enter the vibrant capital, with its countless museums, galleries, churches and ancient monuments. It’s an exciting end to a glorious week of cycling through the peaceful Umbrian hills. Free time to explore Rome.

Meals:  B

Arrangements conclude after breakfast. Extra nights can be organised in Rome on request.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 breakfasts – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 to 4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes not included, payable locally - allow €10-15)
  • Train tickets Florence to Arezzo and Poggio Mirteto to Rome
  • Bicycle, 21 or 7 speed with pannier and bicycle insurance for theft/damage (27 speed superior bike and e-bike available - supplement applies)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Emergency hotline and signposting of route
  • Information pack including route notes, maps and tourist information per room booked and welcome briefing (GPS date is available on request)

  • Travel to Florence and from Rome
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks daily
  • Helmet - can be purchased locally
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of luggage and parking
  • Tour guide – this is a self guided trip
  • Transfers not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel taxes (payable locally - allow €10-15 )

Bike information


Grading

moderate  

MODERATE– GRADE 3 This trip involves 6 days cycling usually along backroads and roads with minimal car traffic (although some short distances will be on main roads). The stages range from 30-60km/18.5-37mi per day. From Florence to Assisi the terrain is mostly flat, and stages after become undulating. There are fascinating stages along the banks of the Trasimeno Lake, along rivers and through the untainted Umbrian landscape. Care is required when changing surfaces - some sections may be on gravel which requires extra attention when cycling and on steep sections - these are usually short. *For safety reasons, we insist that a helmet is worn during the cycle stages although it is not a legal requirement in Italy.


Departure dates

Every Saturday from 2 Apr to 2 Jul and 27 Aug to 8 Oct

Notes

H
High Season
DN1
High season is from 14 May to 2 Jul and 27 Aug to 9 Sep - supplement applies.
DN2
This trip can easily be combined with our 'Venice to Florence Cycle'.

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Total Priceper person from

$1599USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Superior Bike SupplementUSD$70
  • Electric Bike SupplementUSD$160
  • Single SupplementUSD$440
*Prices listed are per person

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