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Florence to Rome: Calm, Mystical and Unexplored Countryside

  • 4.4

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  • 7 nights | 28 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €859
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Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
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  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

Discover a new side of Italy: quiet, sometimes almost mystical! On this tour you will see cities like Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto, or Narni, which have incredible art treasures and carry visitors back into the Middle Ages. The overall appearance of the cities has hardly changed and the landscapes are harmonious and inviting.

On generally isolated roads, the tour takes you through the valleys of the Apennines, over the softly curved hills of Lake Trasimeno, and through the solitude of small Umbrian villages. Raging rivers, fascinating gorges, and the flocks of sheep roaming through the countryside shape this part of Italy. Traveling by bike is one of the best ways to explore this area. You can smell the sweet aromas, rest in a tavern, and prepare yourself for the next stages. We cannot guarantee it, but the probability is high that Italy will welcome you with sunny weather.

At the end of your trip, the "Eternal City" of Rome will welcome you. There, you can put your bike aside and enjoy the liveliness of the city and its people while drinking a cup of cappuccino or glass of red wine. If you want to leave the stress of a hectic world completely behind you, then you will love this trip and keep lots of great memories.

Daily program

Day 1: Florence
Personal tour information briefing and distribution of the rental bikes. We recommend that you visit the beautiful Florence city center.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 2: Florence – Passignano sul Trasimeno (37 miles/60 km + train)
In the morning, you will take the train to Arezzo. There, you can visit the beautiful churches and palaces of the city of antiquities and gold. With your bike you will cycle on beautiful trails through the vast plains of the Val di Chiana, constantly accompanied by hill and mountain silhouettes of the southern Tuscany.

You will pass Cortona and you will finally get to Lake Trasimeno, the battlefield of Hannibal against the Romans. Moreover, you will have a gorgeous view of Lake Trasimeno.
Overnight in Passignano.

Day 3: Passignano sul Trasimeno – Perugia (22 miles/35 km)
You will cycle along the lake to Torricella. From there you will continue through open fields, rolling hills and idyllic places to Perugia. Stroll through one of the nicest shopping streets of Italy to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Palazzo dei Priori, or the Arco Etrusco... the Umbrian capital will fascinate you!
Overnight in Perugia.

Day 4: Perugia – Assisi (19 miles/30 km)
After having crossed the river Tiber, it is only a few kilometres by bike to the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. However, before you cycle up to the mystical city, you will take a trip to one of the most beautiful sanctuaries of Umbria: S. M. degli Angeli! In Assisi, you can immerse yourself in the colourful world of medieval frescoes by Giotto.
Overnight in Assisi.

Day 5: Assisi – Spoleto (37 miles/60 km)
Your way leads you along the foot of the mighty Mount Subasio to the still entirely preserved medievaltown Spello. Afterwards, you will continue through the Valle Umbra to Spoleto. Cities, such as Montefalco, Trevi, and Campello can be seen on the surrounding hills. From the more than 80 m high aqueduct you can enjoy a vertiginous view of the Tessino Canyon, Mount Luco, and the Rocca Albornoz (papal fortress).
Overnight in Spoleto.

Day 6: Spoleto – Narni (28 miles/45 km)
Between mountains, accompanied by the beautiful countryside, you will cycle to Terni and further to Narni. Do you want to treat yourself? Terni is known for its excellent pastries and for having the most creative cuisine of the region! Narni and its medieval streets will take you back to ancient times.
Overnight in Narni.

Day 7: Narni – Rome (37 miles/60 km + train)
In the middle of the green heart of Umbria, you will pass huge mountains until you reach Calvi, the last major town in this region. You can still enjoy the quiet and solitude of the Sabine mountains before you take the train to immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Rome.
Overnight in Rome.

Day 8: Rome
Individual departure or extension.

Dates

Saturdays: Mar 24-Jun 30; Aug 25-Oct 13, 2018
Low Season: Mar 24, 2018 - Apr 27, 2018, Sep 29, 2018 - Oct 13, 2018
High Season: Apr 28, 2018 - Jun 30, 2018, Aug 25, 2018 - Sep 28, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€859
High season surcharge
€40
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€255
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed unisex frame
€80
Hybrid touring bike, 21-speed men's frame
€80
Hybrid touring bike, 7-speed unisex frame
€80
Electrically-assisted bike
€180
Helmet (for purchase only)
€35
Extra Nights, Florence
Per person, double occupancy
€110
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€195
Extra Nights, Rome
Per person, double occupancy
€75
Single room (1 person/1 room)
€124
Discounts
Child, ages 0-5 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base tour price)
100%
Child, ages 6-11 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base tour price)
50%
Child, ages 12-14 sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base tour price)
25%
Person, ages 15 and older sharing a room with 2 full paying adults (on base tour price)
10%
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Eurobike Terms and Conditions

I. Cancellation through the customer/substitute participant/change in booking
1. The Customer may withdraw from the agreement at any time prior to the start of travel. We recommend that the Customer communicate his or her cancellation in writing. In the event of a cancellation or no-show, we shall be entitled to charge the following fees (percentages refer to the price of travel):

  • Up to the 28th day before the beginning of the journey: 20%, at minimum €50
  • From the 27th to the 14th day before the beginning of the journey: 30% of the travel price
  • From the 13th to the 8th day before the beginning of the journey: 50% of the travel price
  • From 7th to 4th day before the beginning of the journey: 70%
  • From 3rd day to no-show: 90% of the travel price
  • By travel expensen 100% of the travel price.

In each case a cancellation insurance is recommendable. We recommend a travel withdrawal insurance, please note that the insurance doesn't work for travel expenses. For that case you shall take an additional insurance.

For bike and boat tours offered through the tour operator, the following cancellation penalties apply:

  • Until 84 days before start of the journey 20%
  • From 83 days to 42 days 30%
  • From 41 days to 28 days 60%
  • From 27 days to 4 days 80%
  • From 3 days and no-show 90%
  • By travel expensen 100% on the travel price.

2. Each registered travel participant may allow a third-party to take his or her place if he or she notifies us thereof in writing up to three days prior to the start of travel. The tour operator may refuse the third party's participation for good cause. The conditions of cancellation above shall apply. If a substitute person takes the registered participant's place, this shall not affect the original contract. We shall be entitled to charge €50,- for change fees.

3. Changes to the booking in terms of number or types of rooms, hotel category and type of board shall, providing such is possible in the hotels and there is sufficient capacity available, is basically possible up to 14 days prior to the start of travel. Nonetheless, we will however have to charge you for the time and effort involved. For each change, we shall charge you € 50,-.

II. Signing the travel agreement
1. By registering, the Customer undertakes to enter into a travel agreement with the tour operator. Registration shall take place in writing on the form designated for this purpose. A telephonic, oral or other form of registration with us or one of our partner agencies shall be equally binding. Registration shall be carried out by the registering party for all co-named participants. The registering party firmly agrees to these conditions of travel, including on behalf of and for the co-named participants.

2. The agreement shall come into being upon acceptance by the tour operator or its partner agencies upon sending the booking confirmation.

3. Subsidiary agreements and amendments to the concluded travel agreement shall require our written confirmation.

IV. Services
1. With regard to the scope of the contractual services, the descriptions of service provided in the current tour operator catalogue shall be authoritative, but not however any differing statements or promises by intermediary travel agencies, town or hotel brochures or other third parties. The stopover locations are the most frequent and main stopover destinations on the cycling tours.

Under certain circumstances, we must require your consent to be placed in towns in the immediate vicinity without any deductions.

2. The price of travel listed is per person based on occupancy in a double bed room. If available, a single bed room can be booked for a surcharge. In some hotels however there are only a limited number of single bed rooms meaning that you may if necessary have to make due with a simpler room or, under certain circumstances, have to go to another hotel or private bed and breakfast. If, exceptionally, no single bed room can be made available, you will have to share a room in a two bed room. In this case you will of course receive a prorated refund.

3. For families, we grant the following discounts off the basic price and extra nights as a third person in a double room with two full paying guests: 0 to 5.99 years old: 100% (any costs incurred shall be paid on site), 6 to 11.99 years old: 50%, 12 to 14.99 years old: 25%, age 15 and up: 10%

V. Liability and restriction of liability
1. The tour operator shall be responsible for making pre-travel preparations, careful selection and monitoring of the service providers as well as for the accuracy of the descriptions of service valid for the period of travel at the time our catalogue is printed.

2. Travelers shall take part in our cycling journeys at their own risk. Minors may only participate in a journey when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

3. Every travel participant shall be responsible for ensuring that his or her health is suitable for the requirements of travel.

4. In addition, every travel participant shall be responsible for the observance of traffic regulations.

5. The conditions of carriage of the particular transport companies shall apply to all means of transport (bus, boat, airplane, etc.).

6. If, due to reasons beyond our control (adaptations, renovations, etc.) a scheduled tour cannot take place, we cannot assume any liability.

7. In the event of damage caused solely by one of the service providers selected by us or which is not due to premeditation or gross negligence on our part, then our liability shall be limited, regardless of the legal basis, to three times the price of the journey.

8. In the event of loss or damage to travel luggage, we shall only be liable if the loss or damages is caused by us and is communicated to us immediately after the occurrence. In this event, we shall only be liable for up to a max. of EUR 200.00 per person. We assume no liability for: items which are not usually transported in travel luggage, means of payment of any sort, for visual damage and damage to handles and wheels or damages to pieces of luggage weighing more than a total of 20 kg. We recommend that you take out a travel security package to cover these risks.

Transportation of customer bicycles before, during and after our cycling journeys is possible at the customer's own risk only. The settings of our cycle carriers are fitted to our rental bicycles, therefore minor damages (e.g. scratches to the paintwork) can occur. Consequently, we cannot be made liable for damages originating from transportation. Above mentioned limitation of liability is also applicable for partner tours and transportation via third parties.

9. If a journey is cancelled due to reasons beyond our control (strike, natural disaster, etc.) or if the minimum number of participants of guided group tours (8 people) and bike & boat tours (15 people or as listed in the offers) is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the journey up to 25 days before the planned travel date. In this event you shall be notified without delay and will be refunded any amounts already paid to us. You shall not be entitled to any compensation beyond this.

VI. Warranty
1. Remedies: If the travel service cannot be performed as specified in the agreement, the Customer can demand redress. What is contractually specified shall be based on the one hand on the description of service and on the other on what is customary in the destination country. The tour operator can refuse a remedy if it requires disproportional costs and efforts but shall also be entitled to provide a remedy in the form of services of equal or greater value. Substitute services can only be refused by the Customer for a significant, objectively identifiable reason. The demand for a remedy shall be communicated directly to us or to the guide. The guide shall have no authority to recognize claims.

2. Travel Price Reduction: The Customer may, after returning from the journey, request a reasonable reduction in the price of travel (discount) for the duration of the contractually non-contractually compliant portion of the journey until a remedy is provided by the tour operator. The reduction shall not apply if and to the extent that the traveler, through his or her fault, fails to communicate the deficiency to the parties listed in Item VI (1) in a timely manner so as to enable them to provide a remedy.

3. Any claims must be lodged with us no later than one month after the contractually scheduled end of travel.

VII. Cooperation Obligation
1. If the traveler does not receive the travel documents in a timely manner, he or she must inform the tour operator without delay.

2. The traveler is required, in the event of any issues disrupting the provision of the services as described in the agreement, to take all reasonable steps to contribute to remedying the disruption any to minimize or avoid any damage. The Customer is, in particular, required to lodge his or her complaints without delay to the parties named in VI (1). These parties shall be in charge of providing a remedy if such is possible. If the Customer fails, through his or her fault, to communicate a deficiency, than he or she shall have no claim to a reduction in price.

VIII. Miscellaneous
1. The Customer shall be responsible for complying with all passport, visa, customs and health regulations.

2. We must reserve the right to make changes to prices and services and to correct any mistakes and typographical errors.

3. The invalidity of individual provisions in the travel agreement shall not invalidate the rest of the agreement.

IX. Legal domicile/applicable law
1. The agreement is governed by Austrian Law.

2. The Customer may only bring legal action against the tour operator at its registered place of business.

3. The Customer's place of residence shall be authoritative for actions by the travel against the customer unless the action is directed against general merchants or persons without a general place of jurisdiction in Austria. In this case, the registered office of the tour operator shall be authoritative.

 

Insurance of customer funds
Pursuant to the Travel Agency Guarantee Decree [Reisebürosicherungsverordnung (RSV)] for all-inclusive journeys offered by the tour operator (registration number 1999/0035 in the Directory of Tour Operators of the Federal Ministry of Economics, Family and Youth, customer funds are secured subject to the following conditions: any payments exceeding those indicated in Item II or previously paid down payments and payments of balances owing may not be demanded nor are they secured.

The guarantor or insurer is Volksbank Braunau, 5280 Braunau (bank guarantee no. 5746). Filing of any claims must be done with the liquidator (Europäische Reiseversicherung AG, Kratochwjlestestraße 4, 1220 Vienna, Tel. no. +43(1) 317 25 00, Fax. no. +43(1) 319 93 67) within 8 weeks insolvency being declared.

Applications for refunds must be submitted, duly documented within 8 weeks of the claim arising. You shall receive a corresponding insurance certificate along with your booking confirmation.

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Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 5
  • 4 Star 5
  • 3 Star 1
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.4

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.4
  • Value 4.5
  • Included meals 4
  • Bikes & equipment 3.6
  • Hotels or boat 3.6
  • Scenery 4.7
  • Ease of navigation 4.1
  • Tour documents 3.9
  • Local tour company services 4.2
  • Route selection 4.6
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Steven October 13, 2017

Fun trip

Great way to see Medeval towns not jammed with tourists. Nice hotels, excellent local cuisine and sights. I wish the roads were better maintained with less car traffic and the bikes were lighter.

David C September 22, 2017

Well supported trip

This is the best way to see a country. We experienced the pace of life in the countryside and found wonderful stops along the way. We used our own sense of time and always found our room and luggage waiting for us with no complications. The distances and destinations were well thought out and offered lots of variety for us. Breakfast was served every morning and it was a great way to fuel up and meet with other riders before the day begins. The trip was just as advertised. We rode along quiet country roads and lanes and we didn't get lost-the guide book and signage were very helpful and easy to spot.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president February 18, 2018
David, thank you for your review and ratings. We're glad you had a great tour, and we couldn't agree more that "This is the best way to see a country!"
Clint September 9, 2017

A great trip through the countryside of older towns starting and stopping at two great cities

Great trip through wonderful old hilltop towns I wouldn't normally have put on my list. So happy to do this tour and visit these towns. The riding was great with an excellent variety in landscapes. The route was marked the whole way and included turn by turn directions that were easy to follow.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president February 18, 2018
Clint, I'm glad you had a great time! It's so much fun exploring off-the-beaten path destinations! And the Tuscan and Umbrian regions are indeed magnificent!
Patrick June 15, 2017

Beautiful and challenging

A great way to experience Tuscany and Unbria regions of Italy. At first we thought the bikes were somewhat heavy and cumbersome, but after a week we realized they were the right bikes for the road conditions. the road routes were carefully selected to get away from as much traffic as possible. The secondary roads were often not in the best condition, so we appreciated the stability of the bikes. Be prepared for hills. Intermediate rating was definitely on the upper side of intermediate, so prepare for the trip. Eurobike route stickers were very useful. We wish the bikes had water bottle cages.

pizza June 5, 2017

Italy tour

We have done two other Eurobike tours and this was very similar. The roads in Italy are a bit less tended than in other parts of Europe and we were often on traffic roads but the scenery and the route was lovely! The weather was fantastic. I would suggest that you be sure to book your sightseeing in Florence and Rome ahead of time because they are both very busy and exciting cities. There were also some long difficult hills but well worth the climbs.

Jeri April 12, 2017

Lovely spring countryside

We did the self-guided version of this tour, and loved cycling through the Umbrian countryside. The routes were well-planned to avoid traffic. Bikes were adequate. Baggage transfer and all such arrangements were handled very well. Trip notes/gps were mostly good with a few glitches, but we were the first riders of the new season, so I would imagine the divergences will soon be cleared up, and we never lost our way. The tour company also uses a system of small trail markers that were very good. What we did not enjoy: the overnights. Towns were generally pretty dead other than touristy things--and not a lot of that. Little along the route days as far as nice places to stop (parks, cafes, or the like) either. Hotels were okay, but nothing special.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson February 18, 2018
Thanks so much for your feedback. We're sorry you didn't enjoy the towns along the route. I think you're absolutely correct that touring so early in the season played a role in your experience, as the towns, cafes and other settings are quite lively later in the season. We'll note that for advising future clients. I've done the tour and loved it, but it was early September and quite lively.
Timr October 18, 2016

Fascinating Rides Through Medieval Towns and Beautiful Countryside

Every day the itinerary took us to multiple medieval cities with storybook characteristics and fascinating histories. Accommodations were very good. Navigation (self guided) was reasonably easy, with thousands of stickers on signposts to help confirm the written instructions. Bikes provided were good, sturdy touring bikes without problems. All went smoothly for a wonderful tour.

Dottie September 26, 2016

First bike trip and it was wonderful

We took this tour about 6 years ago and it was wonderful then. Can't say anything bad about the trip. We went in May and there was a heat wave, it reached 37C the day we arrived in Perugia.

Kiwisabroad September 24, 2016

Bike trip recommended

The scenery was great - how could rural Italy be otherwise! The maps and instructions - and especially the 'E' stickers posted along the route, were excellent. The bikes were fine - no suspension but certainly good seats.

We only saw our contact person briefly at the beginning and end of the ride and didn't feel especially well supported although I'm sure if we had had a major problem, someone would have stepped up. (I'm comparing with a Czech Bike Tours 5 day trip we did last summer.)

We sought a gradient map of the route before booking it and only got a fairly hard to read and un-useful GPX one. Again, last year in the Czech Rep we found good gradient maps for each day on the website. It's quite nice to know when there's a big hill coming up! That said, the maps which were provided in the briefing the night before we set out had arrows in 2 colours showing steep uphill and steep downhill.

We are 4 relatively fit 60-year-olds. The biking was tough at times but we certainly managed it. We WOULD recommend it. (As an indication, with a coffee mid-morning and a picnic lunch and photos taken along the way, we were on the road from about 8.30am-4pm, perhaps a little less.)

The hotels were great, more charming than they looked on the website, although not always easy to find! (There are no more E stickers to follow). And - as we'd expected - accommodation was invariably in a town on a good sized hill! Hotel staff were great.