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Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Treasures of Tuscany and Umbria | Self Guided

Iconic Italian countryside with fine wines and gastronomic delights

Pedal your way gently along quiet side roads and tracks; travel the ancient 'via Flaminia' highway of the Roman empire; and feast on wondrous Italian fayre and delicious Italian wines. Take a tour around a genuine, traditional Tuscan castle on Day 2 and around the historic town of Assisi on Day 5.

Our Tuscan e-bike tours are the perfect way to discover the rolling hills of the region. Gone are the days of huffing and puffing your way to the top, e-bikes make light work of the undulating terrain leaving you free to take in the spectacular scenery with the wind in your hair.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

• Premium bed and breakfast accommodation
• Expert on the spot support
• Luggage carried between your hotels
• Fully serviced electric bikes
• 100% financial security through ABTA and ATOL

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Treasures of Tuscany and Umbria | Self Guided

SUGGESTED SELF GUIDED 7 NIGHT TOUR

DAY 1 | Arrive at Perugia, Florence or Rome airport and transfer to Cortona
Set up in the hills of southern Tuscany with spectacular views of the surrounding valley and Lake Trasimeno, the Tuscan jewel of Cortona is where you’ll begin and end your safari. At your villa you’ll be fitted out with your e-bike and briefed on how to use it before enjoying drinks and dinner.

DAY 2 | Cortona to Montone | Cycle time 2 hours 20 minutes
After breakfast, begin your journey towards the Tuscany and Umbria border to visit ancient castles of the Niccone Valley, then stop mid morning for a delicious coffee. You'll then get to experience a fantastic private tour of a genuine, traditional Tuscan castle. Enjoy lunch in the Upper Tiber Valley before taking the riverside path and country roads to medieval Montone where you’ll enjoy a fabulous dinner, prepared by none other than celebrity chef, Giancarlo Polito. 

DAY 3 | Montone to Gubbio | Cycle time 2 hours 50 minutes 
Take a typical workers’ lunch in the piazza-side trattoria. Here, we pick up the trail of St. Francis of Assisi to continue our journey, on which spectacular vistas are abundant. Stopping off to explore the second-largest theatre of the Roman Empire, we’ll then arrive in Gubbio, a pretty town set on the slopes of Monte Ingino, known for its medieval palaces and cathedrals.

DAY 4 | Gubbio to Assisi | Cycle time 3 hours
After breakfast on the terrace, ride through the city gate towards the rolling foothills of the Apennine and the Via Flaminia, Rome’s ancient highway to the north. Stop for a coffee break at a lovely cafe, before you savour an unforgettable lunch of typical Umbrian dishes before cycling to Assisi, the birthplace of St.Francis.

DAY | 5 Rest day in Assisi 
Although your e-bike has helped you effortlessly glide up every hill, it’s still nice to rest your legs today, and explore this beautiful town. There is an optional private tour, or you can simply wander the cobblestone streets, drinking in Assisi’s medieval architecture and artistry.

DAY 6 | Assisi to Tavernelle di Panicale | Cycle time 2 hours 40 minutes
Descend into the broad Assisi valley, heading west, and recharge mid morning at a local cafe. Then head to Cantina Goretti, where you can taste L’Arringatore, the wine of the Pope and a light lunch. The afternoon gentle ride continues towards the rolling hills of Panicale.

DAY 7 | Tavernelle di Panicale to Cortona | Cycle time 2 hours 40 minutes 
A short ride soon reveals the shores and expanse of Lake Trasimeno. Enjoy a delightful mid morning coffee, then lunch in the vineyard with local wine tasting. Then meander back to Cortona via the battlefield where Hannibal routed the Romans in 217 BC.

DAY 8 
After your final caffè latte this morning, we say “Arrivederci”.

The distances may seem a little further than our usual tours, but thanks to the power assisted e-bikes which are provided as standard, the hills will be a breeze!

Not to be missed:

  • Celebrity chef, Giancarlo’s dinner with fine wine tasting throughout.

  • Lake Trasimeno, stunning views at Italy’s largest peninsular lake.

  • Gubbio’s ancient Roman theatre.

  • A traditional Italian lunch made from ingredients taken from the café garden in Umbertide.

  • The four stunning historic castles in the Niccone Valley, with a private tour of a Tuscan castle.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Treasures of Tuscany and Umbria | Self Guided

Hotels

A fine selection of hotels to choose from

  • Hotel Ideale, Assisi

    Hotel Ideale, Assisi

    3-star

    A beautiful hotel overlooking Assisi. It is ideally located at a 5-minutes' walk from the historic centre. Note this hotel is bed & breakfast only.

  • Villa di Piazzano

    Villa di Piazzano

    4-star

    Dating back to 1464, the Villa di Piazzano is an elegant Historic Estate set on the border between Umbria and Tuscany. Cardinal Silvio Passerini originally built the villa as a hunting lodge. It is located close to Cortona, tucked away in beautiful Italian countryside and a protected natural reserve. 

  • Villa Monte Solare

    Villa Monte Solare

    4 star

    Originally the home to 18th century aristocrats, this stunning traditional Italian villa is nestled away in the rolling Umbrian countryside in Tavernelle di Panicale. With its antique and original decor, the hotel houses just 25 rooms, a deluxe spa and wellness facility, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court.

  • La Locanda del Capitano

    La Locanda del Capitano

    4 star

    Nestled away in the wall village of Montone, La Locanda del Capitano is a small but perfectly formed hotel and restaurant. The restaurant is run by celebrity chef Giancarlo Polito, serving traditional dishes with a contemporary twist of the highest standard.

  • Relais Ducale

    Relais Ducale

    Symbol of the town history for being the house of the Duke Federico da Montefeltro, the Relais Ducale, is located in the heart of Gubbio, on the square Piazza della Signoria, considered one of the most beautiful suspended squares of Italy.

  • Villa Marsili

    Villa Marsili

    4 star

    Famed for its spectacular breakfasts, the hotel Villa Marselli is a real gem in the charming town of Cortona. It’s frescoed walls and antique furniture are quintessentially Tuscan, just like the stunning views of the valley you will see from the garden area.  

Your Cycling Holidays in Italy

Treasures of Tuscany and Umbria | Self Guided

2018 Departure Dates

Self-Guided

Tour Only Prices
2018 Departure Dates Nights Board Basis Adult Price
28th April 2018 - 27th October 2018 7 Bed & Breakfast £1485
28th April 2018 - 27th October 2018 5 Bed & Breakfast £1125
28th April 2018 - 27th October 2018 7 Half Board £1695
28th April 2018 - 27th October 2018 5 Half Board £1335

Guided*

Tour Only Prices
2018 Departure Dates Nights Board Basis Adult Price
On Request 7 Full Board £2195
On Request 5 Full Board £1995

*These departures are guided tours. You will be amongst a group with a leader. This pricing includes extra services such as morning coffees and lunches.

Single Occupancy (7 Nights): £40 per night

Single Occupancy (5 Nights): £50 per night

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