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Umbria’s Green Valleys From the Pilgrimage Town of Assisi

  • 4.8

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  • 6 nights | 23 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 2
  • Self-guided from: €520
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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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  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

This is cycling on quiet country roads among the colourful fields, with a beautiful backdrop of hills covered with silver-green olive groves and fertile vineyards. Umbria has been praised for its pure beauty since Roman times, because of its greenness, many lakes, rivers, refreshing springs, mountain streams and waterfalls.

This not-too-strenuous cycle tour since it take place mainly in the valley with only a few rolling parts will bring you to lively, medieval villages and towns of the green valley 'Valle Umbra', such as Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Spoleto, Bevagna and Perugia. Thanks to the reduced daily distances you will have enough time to visit these towns.

The tour starts and finishes close to Assisi, which rises on a mountainous branch of the Monte Subasio, and its highest point, where the castle is located, is 505m. This beautiful pilgrimage town with its narrow alleys, cosy squares and many medieval monuments will make an unforgettable impression.

On the first day the scenic route winds its way through the fertile valley till Campello sul Clitunno, famous for its refreshing springs, immersed in an enchanting oasis of peace. The second day you will make a short circular tour among olive groves to Spoleto, so you will have enough time to visit this interesting town, full of life, with many squares, lovely little streets and a lot of sights to visit, such as the Duomo with the frescoes of the Florentine painter Filippo Lippi, the Roman Theatre and the medieval bridge and aqueduct Ponte delle Torri.

The second part of the tour will bring you to Torgiano and Perugia, the capital of the province, with its solemn Renaissance palaces, museums, impressive churches and tightly winding shopping streets. A short ride along the quiet country roads of the valley will bring you back to Assisi, which you will already see from afar.

Note: In the beginning weeks of July, Spoleto holds its music festival ‘dei due mondi’ and booking your tour during the festival will incur a supplemental fee due to increased hotel rates.

It's also possible to make this tour a bit more leisurely over 7 nights/8 days. Please inquire for further details.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Assisi
Today you arrive and collect your bikes, route briefing and instructions. The tour starts near the Middle Age city of Assisi, the pilgrims’ town built against the slopes of Mount Subasio. Many monuments have been erected here in honour of the saints Francis and Clare.
Overnight near Assisi

Day 2: Assisi – Casco dell'Acqua (16 miles/26 km)
The day starts when you leave your hotel and cycle along the slopes of Mount Subasio to Spello. There is enough time this morning to wander around this charming ancient town, pleasantly situated on the southern slopes of Mount Subasio. In urban, architectural and artistic terms, Spello is an extremely interesting town, containing many features dating back to the Roman and medieval times. Spello is also called the town of flowers, because of its many colourful little alleys embellished with plants and flowers. The town is well known for its special flower festival (‘infiorata’) for Corpus Domini.

After Spello you descend to Foligno, which is in the valley. You pass along the main square with its beautiful ‘duomo’ which still has a Romanesque façade. Continuing along the lively main shopping street you will leave the town to cycle the remaining distance of your route, across the fertile valley with its colourful fields and various waterways.
Overnight in Casco dell'Acqua

Day 3: Circular route to Spoleto (28 or 24 miles/51 or 44 km)
This morning starts with a short tour among olive groves, which will take you to Spoleto. You can already see Spoleto from afar, with its castle dominating the hilltop on which the medieval part of the town is built. The center is still largely inside the medieval town walls. Spoleto is very famous for its music festival ‘dei due mondi’, held in the beginning weeks of July (booking your tour during the festival will incur a supplemental fee due to increased hotel rates--please inquire). There is a lot to see in Spoleto, including the cathedral with its famous frescoes by the Florentine painter Filippo Lippi, the Roman house and the Roman theatre with an annexed archaeological museum. Leaving Spoleto you cycle among the fields.
Overnight in Casco dell'Acqua

Day 4: Casco dell'Acqua – Torgiano (33 miles/53 km)
Today you bike to Torgiano, passing Bevagna and (optionally) Montefalco. You will bike through a slightly undulating landscape, with Montefalco looming from a distance. At the foot of this town you have the option to continue along the valley directly to Bevagna or to visit Montefalco, but to reach this lovely town you first have to conquer a steep climb.

Montefalco (1,548 feet/472 m a.s.l.) is also known as the ‘balcony of Umbria’, because of the fantastic panorama. The Franciscan church, now a museum, is decorated with magnificent 15th and 16th century frescoes by artists such as Benozzo Gozzoli and Perugino. Montefalco is well-known for its excellent wines, Rosso di Montefalco d.o.c. and Sagrantino d.o.c.g , produced on the sunny slopes around the town, and of course it is almost impossible to leave the town without tasting them in one of the many wine bars.

From Montefalco you go downhill to Bevagna. This town has a lovely medieval square with a fountain and two Romanesque churches. The square is a real meeting place for the friendly inhabitants of the town. After a last hill you will reach Torgiano, at the confluence of the rivers Chiascio and Tiber (Tevere). Your hotel is in the quiet town centre.
Overnight in Torgiano

Day 5: Optional Roundtrip Rides (15, 21 or 30 miles/24, 32, or 47 km)
Visiting Perugia short trip (15 miles/24 km)-- This trip takes you to the neighbouring town of Perugia, which is the capital of the province. A short cycle tour takes you to the station in Ponte S.Giovanni at the foot of Perugia. From here a local train will take you into the historical centre of Perugia. The centre, with its little alleys and characteristic town squares, is a lively vibrant place. The renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums and many galleries will make a lasting impression. After your visit you return by train and bike to the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.

Visiting Perugia long trip (21 miles/32 km)This trip takes you to Perugia, which is the capital of the province. Cycling along quiet country roads you reach Perugia. A climb will bring you to the old town centre, with its little alleys and characteristic town squares. There is a lot to see like renaissance palaces, medieval churches, museums and many galleries. After your visit you return cycling to the peaceful, hospitable town of Torgiano.

Or trip in the surroundings of Torgiano (30 miles/45 km)-- Close to Torgiano (4 miles/6 km) is the village of Deruta which has, in part, managed to retain the highly distinctive features of its medieval buildings. Deruta is universally famous for its ceramics. The origins of this ancient art go back as far as the Etruscan times and nowadays the many local workshops still make excellent quality ceramics. Numerous Italian and foreign museums have pieces of Deruta ceramics on show, including the Victoria and Albert Museum.The town hall hosts the art gallery and the ceramics museum.

The next stop is the sanctuary of Madonna dei Bagni, which has built after a miracle, which took place in the year 1657. Inside the church there are more then 600 votive tiles, all testimony to the tradition of the Deruta ceramics. Cycling through a beautiful hilly landscape you pass typical Umbrian hamlets like Casalalta. Your cycle back to Torgiano is through the Tiber valley. Torgiano, like Montefalco, is famous for its excellent red and white wines and when you have you can visit the interesting wine museum. Next to the museum you can taste the wines of the Lungarotti family in the ‘osteria’.
Overnight in Torgiano

Day 6: Torgiano – Assisi (16 miles/25 km)
Today you will cross the valley, cycling on quiet country roads. You will already see Assisi from afar as, like many other Umbrian towns, it is built on a hilltop. Before reaching Assisi, however, you can stop for a moment to visit the Franciscan basilica in S.Maria degli Angeli. Under its impressive dome still lies the humble little chapel ‘Porziuncola’ where Saint Francis came to pray.

To reach the beautiful historical centre of Assisi you have to make a short steep climb, but wandering through the town you will agree that it was worth the effort. You will have enough time to visit the main monuments of the town, like the basilica of Saint Francis with its beautiful frescoes by the painters Giotto, Simone Martini, Cimabue and Pietro Lorenzetti. Your overnight stay will be in the hotel where you started your tour (1.8 miles/3 km from Assisi).
Overnight near Assisi

Day 7: Departure from Assisi

Dates

Daily: Year-round, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€520
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€140
Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party, in addition to single room surcharge)
€35
Optional dinner package
€148
Bike Rentals
Hybrid touring bike
€75
Electrically assisted bike
€150
Child's bike
€45
Bike trailer
€45
Discounts
Third person, sharing room with 2 full-paying adults (on base package price)
€-145
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  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
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  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
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  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
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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

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 8
  • 4 Star 2
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    4.8

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 2.9
  • Value 4.6
  • Included meals 4.6
  • Bikes & equipment 4.6
  • Hotels or boat 4.8
  • Scenery 4.9
  • Ease of navigation 4.2
  • Tour documents 4.2
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4.6
  • Guides (if applicable) 3

Reviews

Sandyp May 4, 2018

Fun week in Umbria!

This was our third self-guided bike tour with Bike Tours and once again they did not disappoint. The Umbrian countryside was beautiful, the food and wine the best and the people very friendly. We especially enjoyed the Country House and Carla’s hospitality. Her meals were wonderful and we enjoyed meeting her family. Paulo (local tour rep) was also great and he and his wife were able to make some last minute changes for us to take advantage of the weather. Only a couple of climbs all week although the last one into Assisi is a doozy.

KVWright October 16, 2017

A wonderful tour of Umbria Valley

My friends and I have completed two similar bike tours (bike rental, luggage moved, etc). This was our first tour in Italy. Previously we had done a point A to point B ride. This tour consisted of only three location bases with day trips out and back. The routing was done in an attempt to keep us off as many of the main roads as possible. There were times when going onto busy streets was unfortunately necessary. The area does have some hills. None of us are avid riders and we managed the journey which did include walking up some of the grades. The maps provided mostly clear directions (we had a couple missed turns). It's a good idea to have a phone with a map as a back up. The accommodations were excellent: clean rooms, friendly staff, and great food.
The owner of the tour company personally met with us, went over the maps, and made any needed adjustments on the bikes before our journey. The bicycle were of good quality (mine was a 27 speed hybrid) and we were provided with one pannier for each bike.
Overall a great experience.

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany May 22, 2018
Karen, we're so glad to hear you all had a great time in Umbria! The Umbrian towns are full of history and if walls could talk I can only imagine the stories they could tell. We hope to help you with another bike vacation!
jmain October 9, 2017

Great way to explore this wonderful part of Italy

Self guided tour with a lot of useful information about places to investigate. Clear route instructions and maps. One bike had a problem with the gears but was quickly sorted by the agents, who were very attentive. A good selection of hotels, and BikeTours was able to negotiate a different hotel for our last night, which was helpful (our request to change not due to the quality of the hotel originally offered, but for some personal practical reasons)

Responses from Biketours.com

Brittany May 22, 2018
It's great to hear you enjoyed all of the aspects about this tour. Umbria is such a beautiful region to explore. Thank you very much for your review!
Cosmo September 28, 2017

great way to see Umbria at a great value

the tour staff were competent, friendly, helpful and responsive. the tour itself gave plenty of options and instructions were usually good although with a very few glitches. hotels were very good three stars. Casco d'Aqua was really a treat and very peaceful. all the towns included were just great.

Responses from Biketours.com

Jim Johnson, Founder and president May 22, 2018
Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed Umbria--a real treasure.
Bigbluesea14 August 17, 2017

Fabulous self guided tour at a great price!

Bike Tours.com always provided prompt and clear communication in preparation of the trip overseas. The tour company in Italy provided excellent service and great bikes. We were a group of 10, including kids, and were impressed with the quality of hotels chosen and loved the dinner package option. Stress free and enjoyed by all.

Jonathan M March 23, 2017

Beautiful ride in an interesting part of Italy

This tour of Umbria combines delicious food and wine, beautiful scenery, and wonderfully preserved medieval towns like Assisi, Spello, Spoleto, and Bevagna. The tour operators (Petra and Paolo) are very organized and personable. A highlight was the guest house (Country House Casco Dell'acqua) operated by Carla and her brother Luigi. Not to be missed!

UdiA July 23, 2016

Great Trip

Hotels (upgraded) + Maps and Navigation Story + Overall service (Paulo) were good. That plus the charms of Umbria (in particular during the Jazz festival in Perugia made our trip very enjoyable

ullabulla July 7, 2016

Umbria The green Valleys a pleasant surprise

The area was absolutely wonderful. The local bike company charming and most helpful. Every one of the hotels had its own charm and uniqueness. the bike tour itself was just one adventure after another going through the small villages and beautiful towns. Umbria still has a feel of virginity and less crowded with tourist as in other parts of Italy. The local food was delicious and the local people more than willing to help if you had a problem. We finished the tour with a lot of taste for more.

Emlaf November 5, 2015

Solo trip in Umbria

Very great trip in beautifuls places, with greats accomodations and people, even in november.