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Umbria Road Cycling: Loop Tour Through Lush and Scenic Landscape

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  • 7 nights | 51 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €780
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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
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  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 Type: Guided Self-guided

Tour description

This tour is for those who would like to discover Umbria in all its aspects, thanks to this combination of nature, history and local traditions. In the beautiful Umbrian landscape you will find rolling hills covered with woodland, vineyards and silver-green olive grooves alternated with colourful fertile valleys. The nature in the North of Umbria becomes more rough and unspoilt. Here friendly hills change into a mountain landscape with scenic views of the Apennines.

But everywhere after the tranquillity of nature you will find friendly, lively little towns. Atmospheric town squares surrounded by monumental palazzo's, little alleys and many impressive churches and castles will take you back to a time long-gone.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Assisi
The start of this cycle tour is in Assisi, belonging to the UNESCO world heritage. In Assisi many places and monuments have a strong unbreakable bond with the saints Francis and Clare, who lived here in the 13th century. The medieval character of Assisi is well-preserved.
Overnight in Assisi

Day 2: Assisi – Torgiano (40 miles/65 km or 65 miles/104 km)
Today's longer route crosses the valley of Spoleto. You will pass many little towns like Montefalco, built on a hilltop and famous for its excellent wines, and Bevagna with its medieval square.

Today's shorter route passes the small medieval towns of Spello-Montefalco-Bevagna-Torgiano. You start 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.
Overnight in Torgiano

Day 3: Torgiano – Passignano (50 miles/80 km)
Today you cycle through a fantastic Umbrian scenery. You will bike through an undulating landscape with a few steep climbs to conquer, to be rewarded with a magnificent view of Lake Trasimeno. You will pass small, typical Umbrian ‘borghi’ built on a hilltop such as Castiglion del Fosco, Pietrafitta and Panicale, which has still a good preserved 13th century Palazzo del Podestà.
Overnight in Passignano.

Day 4: Rest Day or Ride around Lake Trasimeno (62 miles/100 km)
Today you can have a rest day or choose to cycle around the lake. Lake Trasimeno is the fourth largest lake in Italy. It is surrounded on three sides by a backdrop of gentle rolling hills covered with olive trees. On the side facing Tuscany, a wide open plain stretches out. You will cross this plain going to the Tuscan town of Chiusi, which has an Etruscan origin. After your visit you return to your hotel at the lake.
Overnight in
Passignano

Day 5: Passignano – Umbertide (54 miles/87 km or 28 miles/45 km)
Today's longer route passes Cortona in Tuscany and is a very nice ride through the valley of the Tesse, which brings you to Cortona. This lovely Tuscan town is built on a hilltop. Leaving it you will cycle over a ridge through a mountainous terrain with magnificent views over the surrounding mountains.

Today's shorter route also goes from the lake to Umbertide. It goes through unspoiled scenery to the quiet little town of Umbertide, whose town center is dominated by a majestic tower. The remains of a castle dating back to 1385. A steep climb brings you to Castel Rigone from where you will have a magnificent view over the lake, then it goes undulating to Umbertide.
Overnight in Umbertide

Day 6: Umbertide – Gubbio (59 miles / 95 km)
Today you will reach the fortified hill town of Gubbio. You will cycle through the mountains. It is a beautiful tour through the green hills of the lower Apennines. You visit Montone, a quiet little town built (1,582 feet/482 m) on a hilly ridge, situated between the Lana and Carpina streams, which are both tributaries of the Tiber. It’s going slowly uphill to Pietralunga with its old partially, walled-in centre and the Long bards Castle (8th century). You will pass Cagli in the region Le Marche and from there you arrive to Gubbio, where you will stay in a hotel in the center of town.
Overnight in Gubbio.

Day 7: Gubbio – Assisi (44 miles/70 km)
On this last day of the tour, you will cycle through a beautiful hilly landscape passing quiet mountain villages. The first stretch begins with a steep climb, but after that, the road undulates gently until it brings you to the bottom of a valley. The last stretch brings you through characteristic little villages and finally you will see Assisi from afar, built on a spur of mount Subasio. 
Overnight in Assisi

Day 8: Departure from Assisi

Route map

Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route. Maps are for information purposes only and reflect typical routes between overnight locations. They may not reflect your actual route.

Dates

Daily: Apr 1-Nov 1, 2018 (other months upon request)

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€780
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€258
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party, in addition to single room surcharge)
€55
Bike Rentals
Road bike, carbon frame
€200
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!

Ecologico Tours Umbria Terms and Conditions

If you cancel your booking:

For a cancellation received more than 49 days before the start date of the holiday the deposit will be forfeited, whilst any other payment towards the cost of the holiday will be refunded. For later cancellations, the deposit will be forfeited and any payment towards the holiday will be refunded less the following charges:

  • More than 49 days Deposit: 20% of tour cost
  • 48-35 days before the starting date 30% of tour cost
  • 34-15 days before the starting date 50%of tour cost
  • 14-5 days before the starting date 80% of tour cost
  • 4-1 days before the starting date 100% of tour cost

Modifications of the booking:
Any changes after the booking has been made will be subject to a fee Euros for administration costs. The decrease of the number of participants will be considered as a cancellation and will be refunded according to the above charges. The modifications requested by the clients may not always be possible and the tour operator is not under obligation to carry out any modifications requested.

Rules of law enforceable:
This contract is regulated by rules of law which follow the legislative decree n° 206 ‘Codice del Consumo’ (code of consumption) of 6th September 2005, the directives 90/314/CEE and in particular the L27/12/1977 n° 1084 of ratification and implementation of the international agreements related to the contract of travelling (CCV) signed in Brussels on 23/04/1970

Booking and Payment Terms and Conditions:
After full and final payment for your holiday has been received, you will be sent the accommodation details, route instructions and other information relevant to the holiday in question. This will be sent by post to the address of the party leader. Maps will be handed over by us at the place of your first overnight accommodation.

Groups:
When making a group booking, the booking form must be signed by the person first named on the booking form (the party leader), accepting these booking conditions on behalf of all your party. The confirmation invoice and tour pack for the group will be sent to the party leader. Any questions concerning the holiday from members of the group should be sent to us by the party leader only.

Changes or cancellation by us:
Very occasionally we have to make changes to a holiday after a booking has been confirmed or cancel confirmed bookings. Whilst we always endeavor to avoid changes and cancellations we must reserve the right to do so. We feel responsible to give you what we offered, but unfortunately sometimes changes are inevitable. It can be possible that the hotel of your choice hasn’t anymore availability, restaurants can be closed, train timetables can change.

If we have to cancel your holiday or make a significant change before departure (such as a change of accommodation to that of a lower official classification or standard for the whole or a major part of the time you are away, a change of accommodation area for the whole or a major part of the time you are away or a change to the date of departure) we will tell you as soon as possible and you will have the choice of:

  1. accepting the changed arrangements or
  2. taking the alternative holiday we offer you (and where this is of a lower price we will refund the difference) or
  3. cancelling or accepting the cancellation and receiving a full refund of all payment made.

The tour operator will not, however, be liable to refund any incidental expenses you may have incurred as a result of your booking, such as flights, travel insurance, visas, additional travel arrangements, etc.

Force majeure:
We regret we cannot accept any liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by, or you otherwise suffer any damage or loss as a result of, force majeure. Force majeure means any event which we, or the supplier of the service(s) in question, could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, terrorist activities, industrial disputes, fire, natural or nuclear disasters, adverse weather conditions and all similar events outside our control.

Prices:
Prices may change at any time due to changes in exchange rates, increases in transport, accommodation or other costs, or if government action forces us to do so. Once a confirmation invoice has been issued we will endeavour to abide by that price. Once the holiday has been paid in full we will absorb any subsequent price increases or surcharges.

Complaints:
We are committed to providing excellent care for our guests. However, any complaints regarding a guided tour should be made to the tour leader who will normally take the appropriate action. If at the end of the tour you feel that your complaint was not dealt with satisfactorily you must notify us of your complaint in writing within 15 days of the completion of the tour. On self-guided tours, any complaint regarding accommodation, food, etc. should be made at the time of your stay to the owners or manager of the establishment concerned and to us, the tour operator. Subsequently a letter outlining the complaint should be sent to us on your return. All complaints received are thoroughly investigated and guests are kept informed. We aim to settle all complaints amicably.

Liabilities:
The tour operator shall not be held liable for any damage caused by the total or partial failure to carry out the contract if such failure is

  1. attributable to the customer
  2. unforeseeable or unavoidable and attributable to a third party unconnected to the Company
  3. as a result of unusual unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control such as strikes, war, civil or political unrest or government action or what is usually known as "force majeure".
  4. a result of an event that we, with all due care, could not foresee or forestall
  5. due to the theft of bicycles
  6. due to the client choosing an inappropriate level of activity, or due to poorly maintained equipment. Our tours have different levels. Every participant should inform himself or herself before departure about what equipment will be necessary for the holiday booked and whether he or she is in the right physical condition for the level of the booked tour. We are not responsible for injury as a result of health conditions or lack of fitness, injuries incurred cycling or walking either on- or off- road and in particular injuries as a result of inadequately maintained and serviced personal equipment or failure to wear the correct safety equipment, most notably cycle helmets.

Where the Company is found liable for damages in respect of its failure to carry out the contract, the amount is limited to the price of the tour.

Insurance:
We strongly recommend that you protect yourself, your equipment and luggage with a suitable holiday insurance policy. This insurance should also be arranged to cover non-returnable costs should you have to cancel your trip due to unexpected personal circumstances.

Data Protection and Privacy
In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements, we need to use the information you provide (such as name, address, any special needs). We take full responsibility for ensuring the proper security measures are in place to protect your information. We must pass the information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements (e.g. hotels). The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them, or as required by law (Informativa ex. Art 13 D Lgs. 196/03).

Comunicazione obligatory:
According to the law article 16 of the legislative degree 269 ofl 3/10/98: the Italian law punishes the violations related to prostitution and pornography with minors, also when the are committed abroad.

All prices are in Euro and are calculated on the exchange rate of january 2010.

All photos used by permission. ©Ecologico Tours Umbria

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Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3
  • Value 5
  • Included meals 4
  • Bikes & equipment 5
  • Hotels or boat 4
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 5
  • Tour documents 5
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 5

Reviews

Jarusha October 20, 2016

PERFECT 7 DAY TRIP THROUGH UMBRIA

BEST WAY TO EXPLORE A COUNTRY!
SUCH a wonderful trip!
My husband and just finished a 7 day road bike trip through Umbria and it was fantastic! BikeTours.com hooked us up with the most wonderful local bike tour company (Ecologico Tours) and we loved it! Everything from Paolo delivering and setting our bikes up for us, the the beautiful side roads we cycled on, to the gorgeous hotels every night - all fantastic! We were even well taken care of when we accidentally left our passports at a hotel and had to call Petra for help. I can't say enough good things about our trip with BikeTours.com and Ecologico Tours and will not only recommend them to friends but we are already planning another trip with them :)
Thank you so much!

Jarusha + Colin