TOURS PRESENTS MERAVIGLIOSA UMBRIA
through lush countryside; breathing fresh air; getting to know
places near and far, different cultures and new people: these
are the ideas behind the cycling and walking tours of
describe the activities of this company, founded in 2000 by
Dutch entrepreneur Petra de Lind Van Wijngaarden, is to talk
about the region of Umbria: a multifaceted land of uncontaminated and
unspoilt nature, of human warmth and hospitality, a mystical and
serene place brimming with artistic heritage of incomparable
Our tours are designed to take you walking or pedalling along
safe trails in the hills, plains and mountains. You can admiring
the impressive jutting rock crags, the gentle profile of the
woodlands, the sinuous streams which wind through the valleys,
the blue lakes (such as Lake Trasimeno) and the open vistas over
centuries-old olive groves and grand vineyards (such as those of
Spello and Montefalco). Our routes take you to medieval villages
and towns (like Assisi) with a wealth of art and history: towns
which have remained intact over the centuries. Our itineraries
are designed to allow you well-deserved rests when you can
savour a glass of red or white wine (perhaps a Sagrantino di
Montefalco or a Grechetto) along with appetizers of cold meats
and cheeses (such as those produced in Norcia).
of our itineraries are checked by the team and by competent
guides who are accredited by the Region of Umbria. For every
trip both telephone and face to face assistance are provided and
all of our tours, both cycling and walking, can be undertaken by
either groups or individuals. There are routes of various
levels, so they are appreciated both by fit experts and by those
who are looking for a welcome break for themselves and their
became part of Ecologico Tours, an Umbrian
tour operator which organises cycling and walking tours all over
Italy and in the rest of
In 2015 Ecologico Tours moved to Switzerland to develop new opportunities in a beautiful country, ideal for lovers of winter sports and
for walking and cycling holidays. For our tours in Umbria we have our local management: experience, service and professionalism
at the service of our customers who are discovering the beauties of Umbria
main characters in this enterprise are:
– Founder and CEO.
Petra, Dutch by birth and in spirit,
visited various parts of
during the '90s to enrich and
complete her studies in history of art. However, she was
Umbria: by the characteristic medieval
towns like Assisi, by the eclectic and cosmopolitan
atmosphere in places like Perugia, and by the uncontaminated and
unspoilt nature she discovered during her journeys from
one place to the next in this region.
worked for a long time with Eigen-Wijze Reizen, a Dutch
tour operator. Then, putting to use the knowledge and
skills she had built up through her studies and
travelling, she founded first Meravigliosa Umbria
then Ecologico Tours.
is the mind and soul of the company.
She designs the tours in
Umbria and personally checks all the
itineraries for these, as well as contacting hotels,
local bodies and co-operators in order to plan with care
all the tours to be enjoyed by our clients. She is available
for our clients throughout their
holiday to deal with any queries or requirements they
– Technical expert .
is an expert and meticulous technician, thanks to his
years of work in a manufacturing company taking care of
every aspect of the functional reliability and
maintenance of the equipment. He has 'golden hands', as
they say in Italian. He checks over, test rides and
prepare the city bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes of
Meravigliosa Umbria. If something breaks, needs
repairing or simply isn't working quite as it should he
manages to put everything right.
loves the outdoors and has an in-depth knowledge of
paths, tracks, roads and places in
and in many other regions of Italy.
also has a creative spirit: with a little scrap wood and
his outstanding craftsmanship he made all the display
stands for our office.
– Area Manager Umbria
a marketing and tourism expert and an interpreter and
translator for the following languages: English, German
and French. She has a master degree in foreign languages
and literatures and graduate studies in hospitality and
tourism subjects. She is our Area Manager in Umbria and
our representative on site. She has a long experience in
hospitality management and tourist information in
She has a
great passion for travel: she has been travelling to
many countries in the world, getting to know different
cultures, peoples, languages and traditions; she can
understand immediately what the expectations and needs
of tourists and travellers are.
Umbria, her birthplace, very much: she knows the
territory very well and always injects enthusiasm and
energy when she talks about it.
- Responsible transport luggage and customer support
Elessar is an integral part of our team, offering assistance in Umbria.
He is of Italian - Dutch origin, young and dynamic,
caring and attentive. He speaks good English and is dealing with the care of your luggage, allowing you to fully enjoy the journey, effortlessly and
unpacked. Elessar will make sure that you find your luggage at your arrival, in every hotel in which you are going to stay.
He also takes care of the bike rental, offering complete and professional assistance to our customers, both by telephone and on-site. Courtesy and competence characterize his profile.
– Tour escort and Expert Guide,
accredited by the Region of Umbria.
An enthusiastic walker, who began planning and
carrying out short excursions around the Perugia area when
he was young.
Today, as well as being a trusted member of our team,
he is a voluntary guide for local walking groups and for
the Club Alpino Italiano, for whom he is a hill walking escort. He
accompanied many individuals and groups in the Sibillini mountains and
in central Italy in general.
passion for walking is combined with an
insatiable curiosity for history and anthropology, which
is reflected in his deep knowledge about the areas he
also his proposals for lovely walking day trips !