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Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany & Umbria

Umbria and Lake Trasimeno | Self Guided

There is no better way to enjoy the delights of the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside and the Italian lifestyle than by e-bike.

This laid-lack tour takes you around the beautiful Lake Trasimeno through rolling countryside, olive groves, vineyards and sunflower fields and taking in ancient Etruscan towns such as Cortona and Casteiglione del Lago. You’ll be able to swim in the lake, visit one of the finest vineyards in Montepulciano and enjoy quintessential Italian cuisine whilst staying in unique and stunning hotels and one guesthouse.

What's included

• Number of nights half board or B&B accommodation as specified
• Expert on the spot support
• Luggage transfers between your hotels
• Fully serviced Raleigh Motus electric bikes
• 100% financial security through ABTA and ATO

Please note that this tour is available in two versions, with different levels of accommodation, Classic and Indulgence. With the indulgence package, you may find some minor changes to the suggested itinerary displayed. Speak to our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7760 for more details.

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany & Umbria

Umbria and Lake Trasimeno | Self Guided

Classic Tour

Day 1 | Arrive at Perugia, Florence or Rome and transfer to Cortona.

Check in to your stunning hotel in the southern hills of Tuscany and Umbria and relax with a quintessential Italian cappuccino or a glass of the local Sangiovese. You’ll be fitted out with your e-bike and briefed on how to use it before enjoying dinner.

Day 2 | Cortona to Castiglione del Lago | Cycle Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Leaving Cortona today, the route takes you south into rolling countryside on the edge of the Montepulciano wine region to Italy’s fourth largest lake, Lake Trasimeno. Your destination is the ancient town of Castiglione del Lago built on a limestone promontory on the west of the lake, with its old town centre surrounded by medieval walls and overlooked by its castle, Rocca del Leone. There is a beach next to the town enabling you to enjoy a dip in the lake before discovering your unique and elegant lodgings for the night, set a short cycle from the town centre, in a peaceful, lakeside location.

Day 3 | Castiglione del Lago to San Feliciano | Cycle Time 2 hours

Cycling alongside the lake makes for an easy ride, and passing through small villages offers plenty of opportunity for coffee and cake stops. On the lake, serenely accompanying you and guiding you towards your destination, fishermen can be seen casting their nets throughout the morning. If you're lucky, you might even find some of the catch on the menu when you arrive in the quaint harbor town of San Feliciano.

Day 4 | Rest Day

Today relax in the comforts of your luxurious hotel and enjoy the swimming pool or book a spa session. For an excursion, why not take a ferry to one of the lakes islands or rent a boat and explore for yourself.

Day 5 | San Feliciano to Cortona | Cycle Time 2 hours

Today you’ll cycle  the east coast of the lake to Passignano. From Passignano, you can take the ferry (payable locally) to Isola Maggiore with your bike for lunch on shore at one of the lovely restaurants such as our favourite Ristorante L’Oso. Then it’s on towards Cortona, passing the scene of the Battle of Trasimeno where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 217 BC.

Day 6

After your final caffe latte this morning, we say “arrivederci”.

Please note that our itinerary may vary slightly for our indulgence accommodation category. For details, speak to one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7760.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany & Umbria

Umbria and Lake Trasimeno | Self Guided

Classic Tour

Day 1 | Arrive at Perugia, Florence or Rome and transfer to Cortona.

Check in to your stunning hotel in the southern hills of Tuscany and Umbria and relax with a quintessential Italian cappuccino or a glass of the local Sangiovese. You’ll be fitted out with your e-bike and briefed on how to use it before enjoying dinner.

Day 2 | Optional Round Trip to Cortona | Cycle Time 1 hour

On the first day of your holiday you may choose to relax at your hotel and make the most of the lovely swimming pool, spa or even a cooking lesson, but we recommend the short cycle to nearby Cortona. Cortona is a hilltop town with spectacular views of the surrounding Val di Chiana and Lake Trasimeno. Cortona was founded by the Etruscans and still enclosed by ancient walls. The town, featured in Frances Mayes popular book and film ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, has many excellent restaurants. Well worth the visit is The Etruscan Academy Museum of Cortona, one of the finest displays of the Etruscans in Italy.

Day 3 | Cortona to Castiglione del Lago | Cycle Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Leaving Cortona today, the route takes you south into rolling countryside on the edge of the Montepulciano wine region to Italy’s fourth largest lake, Lake Trasimeno. Your destination is the ancient town of Castiglione del Lago built on a limestone promontory on the west of the lake, with its old town centre surrounded by medieval walls and overlooked by its castle, Rocca del Leone. There is a beach next to the town enabling you to enjoy a dip in the lake before discovering your unique and elegant lodgings for the night, set a short cycle from the town centre, in a peaceful, lakeside location.

Day 4 | Avignonesi Vineyard | Cycle Time 2 hours 20 minutes

You may choose to take a rest day and explore Castiglione del Lago, perhaps taking a short ride to the lake shore for lunch or take a ferry to one of the charming islands. Alternatively, you could enjoy the round-trip cycle to one of the region’s best known and favourite vineyards, Avignonesi, which is steeped in history, tradition and of course wondrous wines. The magnificent estate has introduced organic and biodynamic winemaking methods, producing the superb Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. A tour of the vineyard and lunch is highly recommended and can be organised by your local representative.

Day 5 | Castiglione del Lago to San Feliciano | Cycle Time 2 hours

Cycling alongside the lake makes for an easy ride, and passing through small villages offers plenty of opportunity for coffee and cake stops. On the lake, serenely accompanying you and guiding you towards your destination, fishermen can be seen casting their nets throughout the morning. If you're lucky, you might even find some of the catch on the menu when you arrive in the quaint harbor town of San Feliciano.

Day 6 | Rest Day

Today relax in the comforts of your luxurious hotel and enjoy the swimming pool or book a spa session. For an excursion, why not take a ferry to one of the lakes islands or rent a boat and explore for yourself.

Day 7 | San Feliciano to Cortona | Cycle Time 2 hours

Today you’ll cycle  the east coast of the lake to Passignano. From Passignano, you can take the ferry (payable locally) to Isola Maggiore with your bike for lunch on shore at one of the lovely restaurants such as our favourite Ristorante L’Oso. Then it’s on towards Cortona, passing the scene of the Battle of Trasimeno where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 217 BC.

Day 8

After your final caffe latte this morning, we say “arrivederci”.

Please note that our itinerary may vary slightly for our indulgence accommodation category. For details, speak to one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7760.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany & Umbria

Umbria and Lake Trasimeno | Self Guided

  • Parco Fiorito, Cortona

    Classic - 4 Star

    A charming luxury 'agriturismo' nestled in a tranquil portion of the countryside outside Cortona. The hotel has a lot of outdoor space for enjoying the fantastic Umbrian weather, complete with a large outdoor pool. Back inside, you'll find a great restaurant and a selection of wellness facilities.

  • Country House Podere Lacaioli, Castiglione del Lago

    Classic - 3 Star

    This spacious property offers a mix of apartments and hotel rooms, set amongst large gardens with a great outdoor swimming facilities. Originally a medieval hamlet, the restoration work and development has focused on maintaining the rural charm of the architecture, without compromising on comfort for our guests.
     

  • Ali Sul Lago, San Feliciano

    Classic - 3 Star

    This lakeside resort is the perfect spot to explore San Feliciano and the surrounding area. The garden and pool are perfect for soaking up the Umbrian sun and the location is only a short stroll from a handful of restaurants, cafes and shops.

  • Villa di Piazzano, Cortona

    Indulgence - 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 which has now been lovingly restored into a luxurious hotel. It is located close to Cortona, tucked away in beautiful Italian countryside and a protected natural reserve. This family run hotel has an elegant swimming pool, landscaped gardens, wine cellar and a terrace with panoramic views. The lovely restaurant specialises in serving Tuscan cuisine using fresh local ingredients. The chef and sommelier host wine tasting and pasta making lessons for our guests on this fabulous single centre break. (Please note that the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays).

  • Antica Gabella, Castiglione del Lago

    Indulgence - Luxury B&B

    Set in the very heart of this ancient town, the unique guesthouse Antica Gabella dates back to the 1200s. This property offers a true slice of traditional Italian lifestyle with all the comforts of modern living. The accommodation is arranged in apartments, each with their own separate sitting areas where you can marvel at the 800-year-old vaulted ceiling. Step out onto the street and wonder to the piazza a short walk away. 

  • Villa Monte Solare, Tavernelle di Panicale

    Indulgence - 4 star

    Once home to 18th century aristocrats, the Villa Monte Solare sits in the Umbrian countryside, surrounded by olive trees and rolling hills and valleys. Its 25 rooms have period, antique decor and it boasts a wellness centre and deluxe spa, outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and a gourmet restaurant.

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany & Umbria

Umbria and Lake Trasimeno | Self Guided

Tour Only | 2019

Departure Date Nights Category Board Basis Adult Price  
April - October 5 Classic B&B £715 Enquire Now
April - October 5 Classic Half Board £830 Enquire Now
April - October 5 Indulgence B&B £950 Enquire Now
April - October 5 Indulgence Half Board £1125 Enquire Now
April - October 7 Classic B&B £945 Enquire Now
April - October 7 Classic Half Board £1125 Enquire Now
April - October 7 Indulgence B&B £1265 Enquire Now
April - October 7 Indulgence Half Board £1495 Enquire Now

Package Price (Flights & Transfers Included) | 2019

Departure Date Nights Category Board Basis Adult Price  
April - October 5 Classic B&B £1025 Enquire Now
April - October 5 Classic Half Board £1145 Enquire Now
April - October 5 Indulgence B&B £1265 Enquire Now
April - October 5 Indulgence Half Board £1435 Enquire Now
April - October 7 Classic B&B £1245 Enquire Now
April - October 7 Classic Half Board £1415 Enquire Now
April - October 7 Indulgence B&B £1575 Enquire Now
April - October 7 Indulgence Half Board £1815 Enquire Now

Single Supplements

5-Nights Classic: £175 pp

5-Nights Indulgence: £255 pp

7-Nights Classic: £225 pp

7-Nights Indulgence: £375 pp

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany & Umbria

Umbria and Lake Trasimeno | Self Guided

Your Cycling Holidays in Tuscany & Umbria

Umbria and Lake Trasimeno | Self Guided

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