Umbria Cycle Tour

Umbria Cycle Tour

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Explore the medieval towns nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Umbria
Perched above the lush green hills of Umbria, you will find charmingly preserved medieval towns such as Montefalco famous for its wines, Assisi dominated by Saint Frances and the “Art city” of Perugia. Cycling through the Tiber valley and the Umbrian hills means olive groves and wheat fields, great views, good wine and great Italian food where Truffles are king The broad valley that lies between Perugia, Assisi and Spoleto is one of the few flat areas in the region, however all the ancient villages you stay at are on top of a hill. On the first and last ride there are longer and more gradual climbs, the other days the climbs are shorter, but occasionally very steep, up to 15% grading. A few sections are on unpaved roads. This trip requires a basic physical condition as it mostly involving only one climb a day and the rides are short (25 to 30km a day) leaving you plenty of time for great sightseeing.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

    – Cycle along the Tiber river and in green hills covered with olive trees around Assisi
    – Beautiful medieval towns like Perugia, Bettona and Spello
    – The famous wines of Montefalco
    – The mystical history of St. Francesco of Assisi
    – Great food like Brasato with truffle and Pappardelle al Sagrantino

7 day Day by day Program Day Itinerary Overnight Daily (Km) Daily Climb (mt)

  1. Arrive in Assisi Assisi
  2. Ride from Assisi to Perugia Perugia 27.0 375
  3. Ride from Perugia to Passaggio di Bettona Passaggiodi Bettona 29.0 350
  4. Ride from Passaggio to Montefalco Montefalco 31.0 300
  5. Ride from Montefalco to Spello Spello 25.0 100
  6. Ride from Spello to Assisi Assisi 25.0 500 7+ Depart Assisi

Day 1 Arrive in Assisi -Assisi on BB basis.

Today you arrive in Assisi. If you arrive early, you can visit the impressive Basilica of San Francesco, which was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1997. It has been completely restored however. Dinner is on your own tonight. Accommodation Hotel 3 Esse Country House

Day 2: Ride from Assisi to Perugia -Perugia on BB basis.

Quiet roads through the plain lead you to the beautiful town of Perugia. Cross the Tevere River and stop for lunch in a nice picnic area. Then climb the last 7 km pretty gradually to arrive in Perugia. A last short steep climb brings you in the beautiful historical centre. The city is dominated by the long boulevard Corso Vannucci, perfect for an evening walk. Accommodation Hotel

Day 3: Ride from Assisi to Passaggio di Bettona – Bettona on BB basis.

Take more time to discover Perugia this morning. Then start cycling through the valley of the Tiber River to reach the wine village of Torgiano. You must visit the famous wine museum here, and according to many, it is the most precious one in Italy. The extensive collection contains interesting archaeological objects and ancient writings. After the visit, a small climb leads you to the beautiful village of Bettona, whose history goes back to 7000 B.C. Located in the hills near Passaggio, quietly surrounded by olive yards, you will find very comfortable agriturismo with swimming pool. The renewed 17th century complex gives you great views over Topino Valley.

Day 4: Ride from Passaggio to Montefalco – Montefalco on BB basis .

The flat road along the Topino river will take you in Bevagna around lunch time. Take a stroll around the medieval streets of this town and admire the old city walls and gates. The last section of today’s ride will be on the “Strada del Sagrantino”. As well as the famous Chianti wine belong to Tuscany so do the Rosso di Montefalco and the Sagrantino di Montefalco to Umbria. The hills where these excellent wines find their origin are around the village of Montefalco that you reach at the end of the day, after a steep climb. Montefalco is known as the “balcony of Umbria”, because of its great views over the Umbrian countryside.

Day 5: Ride from Montefalco to Spello – Spello on BB basis.

Short and easy ride through the Valle d’ Umbria. You will start with a nice descent passing through olive yards. Continue cycling along the river for a while until you arrive to the nicely located village of Spello. From distance you can already see this town on the slopes of the Monte Subasio.

Day 6: Ride from Spello to Assisi – Assisi on BB basis.

This last section around the Monte Subasio takes you back to Assisi. You will encounter nice and quiet hamlets along the way and some climbing routes around the hills. If you want you can opt for the shorter and easier alternative route to Assisi. When you arrive in Assisi, take more time to discover this beautiful medieval city.

Day 7: Departure. Arrivederci Assisi!.

The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked optional night(s) in Assisi or in another city in Italy.
INCLUDED:

  • 3 nights on BB basis in 3* hotels
  • 3 nights on BB basis in a 3* equivalent farm-houses accommodation with swimming pool
  • Luggage transfer from day 2 until day 6 – 24-hour telephone assistance (simple puncture not covered)
  • Detailed road book in English and maps

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights and public transportation – Bike rental
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Admissions and entrance fees of any kind (when not previously agreed upon)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal extras and expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, etc.
  • Any items that has not been mentioned in the program
  • Possible CITY TAX to be paid in cash on the spot (it varies depending on the city and on the hotel’s category)

OPTIONAL SERVICES:

  • 21 speed hybrid bike hire, helmet (puncture repair kit, pump, lock)
  • Airport or station arrival and/or departure transfers
  • Additional night/s at any of the accommodations on the way or any other destination in Italy

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • N. Participants Minimum 2 persons
  • Trip Grade: Easy to moderate with some short steep hills
  • Best arrival & departure airport: Rome, Florence or Ancona airport Best arrival & departure stations: Assisi
  • Trip availability: Any day from 01/03 to 25/07 and 25/08 to 31/10 Getting there and away

The best airport to fly into is Rome Fiumicino Airport, the major international airport, or Rome Ciampino Airport, smaller and serviced more by low-cost European airlines. You can also fly into Florence or Ancona airport.From Rome, Florence or Ancona airports, you can travel to Assisi by train. It takes about 2.5 hrs from all three airports. From Assisi train station, take a taxi to the first accommodation (2 km). Accommodation and meals: The accommodation selected for this trip are comfortable 3* hotels and nice farmhouses (agriturismi) with swimming pool. All rooms have private bathroom and a continental breakfast is included each morning.

Alternative accommodation.

During high season, you might sleep in different accommodation to the ones indicated in the description. In some cases it is possible that your list of accommodation differs somewhat. This means that start or end of the routes can be slightly altered. Therefore, you should check to see if your accommodation is the same as that mentioned in this program. If not, you must be alert at the start and end of the routes. In choosing alternative accommodation, we have tried to maintain the same standards and quality. We have also tried to stay in the same towns and villages, in order to change routes as little as possible.

Luggage transfer .

Luggage transfer is included in your package. Please clearly mark all your belongings with your name and put a small note with the name of the next accommodation in order to indicate where the bags should go to next (check your accommodation list). Also Ask the accommodation owner where the bags should be left in the morning. Labelling your belongings prevents mix ups, delays and loss. Bags should be ready and at the reception or store room by 9.00am when you travel with public transport you always take your luggage with you unless specified differently. If you are unable to ride, you can always ask if the luggage transporter can take you with him when transporting your baggage, but this is not always possible and sometimes you have to pay a small fee locally. In some countries there are special insurances for transporting peoples and sometimes the car is not suited for transporting persons.

A note on our self guided adventures.

Self guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!) Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of if as the vast majority of our first time travelers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7day service hotline in the event of any problems. There is a certain level of the unknown that comes with self guided trips; however with a methodical approach potential problems will be averted. The freedom of a self guided trip is something that, once experienced, is sought time and time again.

Fitness preparation.

The concept behind most of our trips is action holidays and the fitter you are the more easily you will adjust and enjoy yourself. We expect participants to take responsibility for their fitness and preparations on a consistent basis prior to departure, and INCREASE the regular weekly training schedule in the two months leading up to departure. That way, when you start walking, you will feel relaxed and comfortable and strong, having done more than sufficient preparation for the trip. You will also have more energy to enjoy the views, take photos and explore the sights in your spare time, rather than just make it to the next hotel. During the day is when the most interesting features of interest will be found, and being fit allows you to optimize every situation you encounter. As a minimum, we recommend 40 minutes of aerobic type exercise; running, swimming, biking, hill walking, or gym work two to three times a week for two to six months leading up to your walk. Note the best training is the activity that you are actually going to be doing; walking up and down hill, and cross-country. Practice this as much as possible. Training should be stepped up as you get closer to departure, to an amount you feel appropriate (you don’t want to cause yourself an injury!). Using your gear before departure (boots, daypack, clothing etc) gives familiarity and comfort whilst on the walk. It makes sense to know that all your gear ‘works for you’ BEFORE departure, rather than discovering how things work or fit (or don’t!) on the trip you have invested so much in. Use the philosophy of ‘getting fit to go walking’, rather than ‘going on a walk to get fit’, to avoid problems.

Cycling responsibility.

Bicycle touring has its inherent risks. It is a sport whose safety is dependent upon the judgment and alertness of the cyclists. As a cyclist you are responsible for the way you ride and the condition of your bicycle. We, nor the local agent, are responsible for possible damages (physical or not) to the participants due to: physical activity during the tour, not following road regulations, alcohol consumption, breaking of means or materials, lack of medical assistance in far-off places or other not predictable circumstances.

Rental Bikes.

If you have rented a bike with us, you can pick it up the next day of your arrival at the bike shop in town, near the accommodation. Our adult hybrid-bikes are provided with comfortable seats, reliable components, 21 gears and Shimano Alivio components. All bikes, before being handed out are cleaned and overhauled. All bikes are equipped with a padlock and key that must be used at all times when not riding the bike, luggage pannier attachments at the rear and 1 rear side bag per bike, 1 front bag and map compartment, front and back lights, puncture repair kit, pump and spare inner tube, all of which you should know how to use. One every 2 bikes there is a KM distance counter. You are expected to know the vary basics of bike mechanics and how to mend a puncture or change a tire. If something more serious happens to the bike that you cannot repair on the spot, call the shop and they will help you fix it or suggest the best and fastest solution. For further information please contact marco@gustocycling.com