Umbria Road Cycling: Loop Tour Through Lush and Scenic Landscape

    5/5 (2)
    7 nights | 51 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 842
    Rider Level: Active
    5/5 (2)

    7 nights | 51 miles/day
    Self guided from EUR € 842

    Rider Level: Active

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    • Umbria Road Cycling

      7 night self guided bike tour in Italy

      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.

      Highlights

      • Historic cities such as Assisi, Montefalco, Cortona, and Chiusi Gubbio
      • Art and architecture throughout Umbria and Tuscany
      • Magnificent countryside with rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and cliffs
      • Long Bards Castle

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    • 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 (42 miles/68 km or 67 miles/108 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 (58 miles/94 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/88 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 (57 miles/91 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 (42 miles/68 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

      Surface and terrain

      The route is hilly and mountainous, with several steep climbs. Most of the tour takes place on paved, quiet country roads.

      Some of the days of this tour give cyclists two distance options. Should a cyclist choose the shorter option, the routes are between 28-40 miles (45-65 km). The longer routes are 56-71 miles (90-115 km).


      Hotels

      These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.

      3- and 4-star hotels

      Hotel Dal Moro Gallery, Assisi
      www.dalmorogalleryhotel.com

      Hotel Tre Vaselle, Torgiano
      www.3vaselle.it

      Hotel Lido, Lake Trasimeno
      www.hotellidoperugia.com

      Poggiomanente Country Hotel, Umbertide
      www.poggiomanente.com

      Bosone Palace Hotel, Gubbio
      www.hotelbosone.com

      Local hotel taxes are not included and are to be paid directly to each hotel (approximately €1-5 per person/night).

      Interested in visiting other areas before or after your tour? Visit our hotels page to learn more about lodging options.


      How to get there

      Tour start and end
      Nearest airport: Sant' Egidio Airport (PEG), Italy
      Nearest train station: Assisi, Italy

      Tips on getting to and from your tour

    • Dates

      Daily: Apr 1-Nov 1, 2022 (other months upon request)

      • Low season:
      • Apr 01, 2022 - Jul 31, 2022, Aug 27, 2022 - Nov 01, 2022
      • High season:
      • Aug 01, 2022 - Aug 26, 2022

      Prices

      Tour package

      Per person, double occupancy € 855
      High season surcharge € 15
      Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room) € 249
      Solo traveler surcharge (1 person in party, in addition to single room surcharge) € 304

      Bike Rentals

      Road bike, carbon frame € 190

      Included services

      • 7 nights accommodation
      • Breakfasts
      • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel
      • Route descriptions, sightseeing information, and maps
      • 7 days emergency support hotline
      • Route briefing on arrival day
      • GPS tracks, upon request, for personal device
      • GPS device available and recommended for this tour, upon request, included in tour cost

      Local hotel taxes are not included and are to be paid directly to each hotel (approximately €1-5 per person/night).


      Bike rentals

      Bikes available to be rented (in advance at the time of booking) include:

      • Road bikes, carbon frame (Model Wilier van het GTR team met Shimano 22 velocities)

      All above bike rentals will be equipped with the following at no additional charge:

      • Small saddle bag
      • Helmets
      • Tool kit (spare inner tube and pump)
      • Map holder (one per party)
      • Odometer (one per party)

      GPS use is recommended on this tour. You can request the GPX files to use on your personal device, or you can use the local tour operator's unit for no additional charge. Indicate at the time of booking which option you prefer.

      Pedals:
      The bikes will have flat pedals. If you want to bring your own pedals, please bring your own shoes and also the necessary equipment to change the pedals.

      Helmets:
      Helmets are included in the bike rentals. We recommend, for safety and hygiene reasons, that you bring your own helmet.


      Tour Company Terms

    • Route Map

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

      • Aging Cyclist October 27, 2019

        Great countryside, food and hotels

        We had a tremendous trip. The hill towns and mountain views were superb, our rental bikes were of excellent quality, and the hotels and breakfasts were terrific.

        What was the date of your tour?
        October 2019
        How many tours have you completed?
        this is the first
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • 5/5 Value
        • 5/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 5/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 4/5 Ease of navigation
        • 3/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection
      • 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

        What was the date of your tour?
        Sept 29- Oct 6, 2016
        How many tours have you completed?
        this was my first
        Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
        As expected
        Do you recommend this tour?
        Yes
        • On top of a beautiful climb in Umbria!
        • Relaxing after a day of riding!
        • One of many water refills in a little medieval village
        • 5/5 Value
        • 4/5 Included meals
        • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
        • 4/5 Hotels or boat
        • 5/5 Scenery
        • 5/5 Ease of navigation
        • 5/5 Tour documents
        • 5/5 Local tour company services
        • 5/5 Route selection