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Self-Guided Umbria Bike Tour

Self-Guided Umbria Bike Tour
Umbria is located right in the center of Italy. To the north lies Tuscany and beautiful Florence, to the south is Lazio home of bustling Rome. High speed trains zip tourists between Florence and Rome leaving many Umbrian towns delightfully off the beaten trail. Umbria offers a collection of misty green valleys and picture-perfect hill towns laden with centuries of history. The region has a rich culture strongly linked with the past that centers around food, wine, and art. This bike tour highlights the best of Umbria. In Assisi tour the Basilica of Saint Francis. The Basilica is a powerful place, attracting art-lovers and pilgrims alike. Pedal to Montefalco and savor their Sagrantino red wine. Wander the medieval streets of Todi. At 1,300 feet Todi offers a splendid vantage point for viewing the surrounding hills. Explore underground Orvieto, a labyrinth of ancient caves carved beneath the town. Visit scenic Civita, an ancient village precariously perched on a crumbling hilltop. Discover the best of Umbria at your own pace on this six-day bike tour.
Day 1 Assisi  We meet in Florence and shuttle to Assisi. Lunch in Assisi with your tour coordinator who reviews the tour and provides route notes, maps, and a cell phone. Marvel at the frescoes in the Basilica of Saint Francis. Cycle to nearby Spello for a warm-up ride.

Day 2 Bevagna  A flat ride along quiet farm roads takes you through vineyards and fertile farmland. Ride to Bevagna, a small village where you can find Roman mosaics and the remains of a Roman theater. For a longer ride, pedal to Montefalco, also known as the "the balcony of Umbria" due to its lofty position and views over the vine covered plains below. Umbria's flagship wine, the Sagrantino di Montefalco, is produced here. To learn more about the local wines an optional tour is available at the Arnaldo Caprai winery.

Day 3 Todi  Cycle into the Umbrian countryside past silvery olive groves and endless acres of vineyards. You ride to Todi, a timeless hilltop village founded in the 8th century BC. Umbrians, Etruscans, and Romans embellished Todi with unassailable walls, crenulated palaces, and magnificent piazzas. Todi's main square, the "Piazza del Popolo" is often described as the most beautiful medieval piazza in Italy.

Day 4 Orvieto  A rolling ride takes you from the Tiber Valley to magnificent Orvieto. Orvieto rests atop an enormous plateau of volcanic rock high above a green valley. The location is one of the most dramatic in Europe. Ancient people carved deep into the soft volcanic "tufo" stone below the town. Today you can tour underground Orvieto and see the remains of an olive press, a cement quarry, and a massive well.

Day 5-6 Orvieto  An optional loop ride takes you to the quirky village of Civita. The population of this town swells from a dozen people in the winter to 100 in the summer. The village is precariously perched atop a plateau of friable volcanic stone, in constant danger of destruction as its edges fall off. The access road collapsed years ago. Today the town is reached via a steep pedestrian path. Orvieto sits on a main north-south train line making for an easy departure on Day six.

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US$ 1,400 per person
(Single Supplement)

Traveling alone?
Join a self-guided tour that has already been scheduled. We can't run self-guided trips for one person, but we may have already booked a self-guided tour that works for you. More info

Group of three?
Tour prices are based on double room occupancy. Groups of three on self-guided trips have two options:
Option 1: Request a triple room. With a triple there is no single supplement. Option 2: Pay a single supplement (US$ 50/night) for the single room.

Save US$ 200 per person
Use our bike bags (panniers) instead of the luggage transfer
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Any date from March 1 to October 31
6 Days, 5 Nights
Route Rating
Moderate: 15-30 miles (25-50 km) per day cycling over hilly terrain.

Meet / Finish
Florence / Orvieto
  • Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
  • Enchanting hill towns including Assisi, Todi and Orvieto
  • Underground Orvieto caves
  • Civita, a fairy tale village
  • Beautiful Umbrian scenery and peaceful country roads

What's Included
  • All lodging (3 and 4 star hotels)
  • All breakfasts
  • One lunch
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Private van transfer from Florence on day one
  • 4 beautiful rides. Extra miles available.
  • Use of high-end hybrid bicycle

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Tour Summary
Map and Distances

Wineries and Castles
What if it rains?

On self-guided bike tours there is no van support. However, we do move your luggage from hotel to hotel. In the event of rain you can catch a ride with us when we move your bags, just and make arrangements for a lift.

Why a Self-Guided Bike Tour?
Explore Umbria at your own pace. We provide detailed route notes, luggage transfers, great accommodations, restaurant suggestions, and sightseeing notes. You choose the dates. We take care of the details.