view the picture album of this tour made by one of our clients !

 

 

 

 

DISCOVER UMBRIA BY BICYCLE

an 8 or 10 day individual cycling holiday

 

This cycle tour is perfect for those looking to personally experience the unique and unspoiled region of Umbria with its beauty and hospitality. Umbria, nestling between Tuscany, Marche and Lazio, is maybe one of the smallest regions of Italy, but is has a wide range of different landscapes: from harsh gorges, to sweet green hills, wild woods to fertile plains transformed by varied cultivations; oases of fresh, crystal clear spring water and enchanting lakes. This cycle tour combines the beauty of nature with sightseeing in quiet little medieval towns. The trip starts and finishes in the surroundings of the beautiful and fascinating town of Assisi, the pilgrims’ town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio. Many monuments have been erected here in honour of the saints Francis and Clare. But Assisi isn’t the only highlight of this tour. You will pass many other interesting small towns such as Spello, which has Roman origins, as we are reminded by several features including the Porta Venere and Porta Consolare town gates, Montefalco, famous for its delicious wines and Bevagna, which has a lovely medieval square with two Romanesque churches. Two nights you will spend in Torgiano allowing time to visit the county-town of Perugia. Its magnificent old town centre is certainly worth visiting, with renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums and galleries, but of course it is also nice just to wander around the evocative alleys, the characteristic squares and the fashionable shopping street Corso Vannucci. During the second part of the tour you bike through a beautiful unspoiled scenery. The biker-friendly roads, the lovely towns and the green hills with cypresses, vineyards and olive trees make this tour unforgettable.

 

 

 

 

 

8 day /7 nights tour 


 

Programme in short

1. arrival Viole di Assisi (3 km) or Assisi                          

2. to Torgiano  (68 km / 42 miles)

3. roundtrip to Perugia (34 km / 21 miles) or day of rest

4. to lake Trasimeno (53 km / 33 miles)

5. to Umbertide (46 km / 28 miles)

6. to Gubbio (56 km / 35 miles)

7. to Assisi (54 km / 33,5 miles)

8. departure

 

 

 

Programme

Day 1

Individual arrival at Assisi

Collect cycles, route briefing and instruction.

The start of this cycle tour is in the lovely medieval town of Assisi, the popular pilgrimage town built on the slopes of Monte Subasio. Its impressive ramparts, towers and palace roofs of the town are visible from afar. Assisi has a strong unbreakable bond with the saints Francis and Clare. On the day of your arrival you might want to explore the town with its little alleys and squares. Worth seeing are the famous basilica of St. Francis and the Roman temple of Minerva in Piazza del Comune. Your overnight stay is in a hotel between Assisi (3 km) and Spello, another beautiful fortified town with old town gates and an amphitheatre. (on request a hotel in Assisi is possible)

 

Day 2

Passing the small medieval towns Spello-Montefalco-Bevagna-Torgiano (68 km)

This morning there will be time to wander about in Spello. After continuing your journey through the valley of Spoleto, passing Foligno, your route goes up to Montefalco; also called ‘the balcony of Umbria’, because of its fantastic panorama. The Franciscan church, now a museum, is decorated with magnificent frescoes from the 15th and 16th century by artists like Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino. The next town you will visit is Bevagna, whose characteristic medieval square still hosts two Romanesque churches. Your overnight stay is in Torgiano, which in medieval times was a fortified village and is situated on a hilltop above the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber. Interesting to visit are the wine museum and the ‘osteria’ of the Lungarotti family, where you can taste their excellent wines.

 

Day 3

Visiting Perugia (35 km)

Today you can visit the neighbouring town of Perugia: the provincial capital and a lively, vibrant place. The medieval town centre with its little alleyways is at the highest point of the town. The renaissance palaces, churches, museums and many galleries make a lasting impression. You will spend the night once more in the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano  

 

Day 4

From Torgiano to lake Trasimeno (53 km)

On the fourth day you will bike through a hilly landscape to be rewarded with a magnificent view of the lake and its islands. Your hotel is in the centre of the little fishing village of Passignano, a town made of history and nature, art and folklore, peace and vitality.

 

Day 5

From the lake to Umbertide (46 km)

Today’s bike is through unspoiled scenery to the quiet little town of Umbertide , whose town centre is dominated by a majestic tower, the remains of a castle dating back to 1385. There will be some uphill and downhill cycling. Your hotel is a lovely country hotel just outside town.

 

Day 6

From Umbertide to Gubbio (km 55)

Today you will reach the fortified hill town of Gubbio. Worthwhile visiting are the palaces, the Roman theatre and the monastery of S. Ubaldo, which is built at 827m altitude and can be reached by cable car. Your overnight stay will be near the historical centre.

 

Day 7

From Gubbio to Assisi (km 60)

At the beginning of this last leg of the tour you still have some hard climbing to do, through a rolling still-life landscape, but after that you have a well-deserved easy descent to Assisi. Cycling through the centre of this little town you will pass its most important monuments, like the Basilica of St. Francis, the temple of Minerva and the basilica of St. Clare.

 

Day 8

departure after breakfast

 

 

 

10 day / 9 nights tour

 


 

 

This tour has an extra night in the town of Spoleto, famous for its yearly cultural 'festival dei due mondi' . You also have an extra overnight stay at lake Trasimeno, where you could do a nice tour around the lake or visit one of the islands. 

 

 

 

1. arrival Viole di Assisi or Assisi

2. to Spoleto (58 km / 34 miles)

3. to Torgiano (58 km / 34 miles)

4. roundtrip to Perugia (ca. 40 km / 25 miles) or day of rest

5. to lake Trasimeno (ca.48 km / 30 miles)

6. day of rest or tour around the lake (65 km / 40,5 miles)

7. to Umbertide (ca. 43 km / 27 miles)

8. to Gubbio (ca. 55 km / 34 miles)

9. to Assisi (ca.54 km / 33,5 miles)

10 departure

 

 

 

This trip includes:

  • Overnight stays in good *** star hotels on the basis of B&B (start hotel Assisi, upgradings and half board is possible)

  • luggage transportation

  • detailed descriptions (English, German, Italian or Dutch) and maps of the routes (also gps)

  • local back up service

  • tour information

  • route briefing on arrival day

 

 

 

Period

All year round (best period April - November)

Level 3

Hilly landscape with average distances of 35-65 km. Cycle experience and physical condition needed. Cycling over quiet asphalted or dirt country roads. Some noteworthy descent and ascent. Not suitable for children under 12 years.

Participants from one people

Prices p.p. 2017

8 day tour: in a double room with breakfast     € 605,00 

8 day tour: single room with breakfast     € 725,00 

8 day tour: travelling alone with breakfast    € 780,00

8 day tour: 3rd person in triple room with breakfast     € 375,00 

8 day tour: half board supplement     € 130,00 

10 day tour: in a double room with breakfast     € 725,00 

10 day tour: single room with breakfast     € 875,00

10 day tour: travelling alone with breakfast     € 930,00

10 day tour: 3rd person in triple room with breakfast     € 470,00

10 day tour: half board supplement     € 173,00

On request

bike rental (city bike, hybrid or road bike), tracks for gps, extra overnight stays, wine-tasting and upgradings to **** star hotels & superior rooms

                                                    

                       

      

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