Italy 16:38 – 12 November 2019

Source of the Tiber: A River Ride

Easy Cycling | 7 Nights GPS Self Guided Ride following the Tiber

☀️NEW for 2020 | Visit the Villages of the Upper Tiber Valley

Cycle Through Tuscany & Umbria

The Tiber rises from Mount Fumaiolo on the Tuscany border and flows on through Umbria, eventually reaching Rome and the Tirreno Sea. Your ride follows the Upper Tiber Valley from Sanepolcro, Tuscany, south along the Valtiberina, to Perugia where you veer to Assisi and beyond to the fabled wine country of Montefalco, described by Forbes as one of the 5 Of The Most Beautiful Villages In Italy

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● Cycling to be Enjoyed, Not Endured

Summary

  • 8 Days & 7 Nights | GPS Self Guided
  • The Upper Tiber Valley through Tuscany & Umbria
  • Quiet Country Roads & Cycles Tracks
  • All Luggage Transfers
  • Sansepolcro | Citta di Castello | Montone | Assisi | Bevagna | Montefalco
  • Wine Tasting in Montefalco
  • Memorable Meals including Chef Giancarlo Polito
  • 3 Cycle Days | 3 Optional Days
  • WhatsApp Guide 24/7 & Support
  • ☀️INDULGENCE Itinerary | Guarantee of Quality Accommodation

Statistics

  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
  • AVERAGE CYCLING PER DAY: 1h 57m
  • MINIMUM DISTANCE: 83 miles
  • TOTAL SADDLE TIME: 10h
  • LONGEST LEG: 34 miles
  • GPS BOSCH NYON Turn-by-Turn navigation
  • MAXIMUM CYCLE DAYS: 5
  • OPTIONAL REST DAYS: Sansepolcro | Assisi | Montefalco
  • OPTIONAL RIDES: Sansepolcro | Montefalco
  • AVERAGE DAY: Less than 24 miles
  • CALORIES BURNED: 2,657 approx
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Day by day

90 or so minutes south east of Florence is the small, off the radar Tuscan town of Sansepolcro.

The atmosphere is tangibly Tuscan, yet unspoiled by the tourist touch. Among its streets are valued treasures, particularly the art of Piero della Francesca, who’s painting the ‘Resurrection’ is described by English writer Aldous Huxley as "the greatest painting in the world”.

It is here that you start your Tiber River Ride.

 

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Day 1: Arrival

Relais Palazzo Di Luglio is an easy 3 kilometres drive from Sansepolcro, and Giuliano, the owner and his friendly staff will welcome you.

The commanding views of the Tiberina Valley stretch away before you from Relais Palazzo di Luglio, providing some sense of your wonderful week ahead.

Highlights

⭐️Relais Palazzo Di Luglio ⭐️Views of the Upper Tiber Valley

Accommodation

Relais Palazzo Di Luglio | Sansepolcro ✩✩✩✩

"Beautiful setting, fabulous buildings and grounds ... Authentic Tuscany

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Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Lago di Montedoglio

A wondrous ride around Lago di Montedoglio, a man made lake and the power behind the Tiber.

The landscape of pines and greenery evoke a sense of Switzerland while the lake side ride offers quiet roads and unexpected vistas.

TOP TIP: Take a picnic lunch!

Highlights

⭐️Lago di Montedoglio

Statistics

Miles 24 | Saddle Time: 2hrs 13min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

Relais Palazzo Di Luglio | Sansepolcro ✩✩✩✩

"..high on the hill with a great view over the Tiber valley and the town of Sansepolcro; olive groves and a garden all around.

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Travellers Tales article

Day 3: Knowing the Tiber

Leaving Sansepolcro heading south along the Upper Tiber Valley you’ll become intimately acquainted with the waters of the Tiber itself.

The purpose built cycle track along the banks is just wonderful ride, nothing could be easier.

Divert into Citta di Castello for lunch and return to the banks of the Tiber, eventually to veer to the hilltop village of Montone, a well kept Umbrian secret.

Set in the heart of this small, intricate village is La Locanda del Capitano, a 10 bed hotel with an extra ordinary kitchen.

Highlights

⭐️The Banks of the Tiber ⭐️Citta di Castello ⭐️Montone

Statistics

Miles 34.5 | Saddle Time: 3hrs 6min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

La Locanda del Capitano | Montone ✩✩✩

"A beautiful relaxing location and lovely staff. Good size room and bathroom with everything we needed

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Travellers Tales article

Day 4: A Ride through Rural Italy

Burst from the medieval gate and walls of Montone to start your day with a memorable 4½ mile roll into Umbertide and a return to the banks of the Tiber.

Discover the local agriculture, fruits, sunflowers and tobacco plants that line this easy ride.

Assisi is unmistakable!

Highlights

⭐️Freewheeling from Montone ⭐️Quiet Riverside Ride ⭐️Arrival at Assisi

Statistics

Miles 33 | Saddle Time: 2hrs 58min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

Hotel la Terrazza | Assisi ✩✩✩

"Wonderful welcoming hotel. We had a poolside room which was so comfortable, clean and quiet. A dip in the pool in the moonlight is just magical...

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Travellers Tales article

Day 5: A Day in Assisi

A day out of the saddle spent wandering the streets and history of Assisi, a town that surprises many first time visitors.

The World’s City of Peace conveys a unique aura.

Maybe it is the pilgrims, but there is a spirituality here.

Enjoy your day.

Highlights

⭐️Assisi ⭐️The Basilica

Statistics

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Accommodation

Hotel la Terrazza | Assisi ✩✩✩

"What a wonderful place to stay. Top notch! Love the roses and manicured lawn, swimming pool, hammocks ❤️. Very relaxing. The food is very good too.

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Travellers Tales article

Day 6: Umbria Secret Villages: Bevagna & Montefalco

Slip from the slopes on Monte Subassio upon which Assisi sits and freewheel into the valley.

For a time ride along the banks of the Topino, a tributary to the Tiber.

Lunch in Bevagna, another Umbrian secret. This astounding town breaks the usual Italian rules in that it is built on the valley floor!!

Your arrival at the wonderful Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel & Spa, Montefalco, located in the central piazza, provides a marvellous sight!

Highlights

⭐️Quiet Riverside Ride ⭐️Bevagna ⭐️Montefalco

Statistics

Miles 16 | Saddle Time: 1hrs 27min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel | Montefalco ✩✩✩✩

"Amazing hotel and views from the windows are like a Renaissance painting. Restaurant is good too. This little village is a hidden jewel.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 7: The Sagrantino Wine Loop

Visit the following vineyards - Montioni - Frantoio & Cantina, Cantina Colle Mora, Cantina Colle Ciocco, Antonelli San Marco, Perticaia and return to the splendour of the Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel & Spa, Montefalco on a short 10 mile ride aided by the local Sagrantino wine.

Highlights

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Statistics

Miles 10 | Saddle Time: 48min | Difficulty: 🚲/ 🍷

Accommodation

Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel | Montefalco ✩✩✩✩

"We were wandering around the town and came across the piazza. A wedding party arrived. We were desperate for a late-morning coffee. Standing outside this beautifully appointed hotel and spa when the young waiter invited us to sit and sample his coffee. It was a most enjoyable experience. One can only imagine what it must be like to stay in this special place.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: DEPARTURE

That's it then! Its all over baring a fabulous final breakfast and a longing last look across the piazza and the Umbria countryside!

 

BaciAbbracci, Saluti e Arrivederci !!!

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“Inspired Italy - it is their first-hand personal experience and knowledge which allows you to eat and stay at the most amazing places ..”

David C, UK

“The cycling was fun and I felt calm and exhilarated at the same time with a chance to feel the breeze, take in the views of the beautiful countryside”

Mary Thomas, UK

“We had a terrific week in Umbria and Tuscany. The 'e' was certainly popular on the steeper hills. Nothing was too strenuous.  ”

Jonny Woods & Family

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FAQ's - Source of the Tiber: A River Ride

“..with the marvellous e bike I needn’t have worried. I am 60 years old, not a cyclist and fairly fit, though not mega fit”

 

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Here, we try to cover some of the more often asked questions ...

  1. Am I fit enough? Source of the Tiber: A River Ride eBike adventure requires 1 to 2 hours cycling per day. eBikes do not give you a free ride. You need to pedal. While the eBike makes things much easier, you still require a reasonable level of fitness. The fitter you are, the greater your enjoyment. The oldest person that we have had is Geoffrey who at 84 years of age. The youngest was 12 years.
  2. How busy are the roads? Italian roads tend to be much quieter than people are used to. The vast majority of your itinerary is along quiet country roads. There is one exception - crossing the Assisi valley. The first 3 or 4 miles (30 mins maximum) is through a small town.
  3. I haven't ridden a bike for a while, but I'd like to come on an eBike trip. That's fine. We strongly recommend that you put in a little time on a bike before you come. The fitter and more comfortable you are on a bike, the more you will get from your vacation.
  4. My Luggage - whats happens to it?  Each transfer day see your luggage moved by our support vehicle from one hotel to the next. We provide you with luggage labels.
  5. What should I wear? Our eBikes have a very comfortable Gel Saddle and a suspension seat post. Despite this, you might choose to wear padded cycling shorts/skirts for extra comfort. Our eBike Leaders wear padded underwear, which we think is more flexible than the padded short. You can then choose to wear this with your favourite shorts. And yes, there are ladies versions too! You do not need a whole wardrobe of special cycling clothes! A few well chosen items will help keep you cool/warm and comfortable on your eBike trip. Sun cream and a neckerchief or scarf are a very good idea.
  6. Footwear - You need a pair of shoes that are resistant to weather and have a good grip. They should also be comfortable for walking. Our eBikes do not use the cleat system.
  7. Do you provide Helmets? Yes, we provide helmets. Its included in the price.
  8. Do I have to wear a helmet? No, you don't. It is not a legal requirement to wear protective head gear. If you choose not to wear a helmet, that is entirely your own decision and choice.
  9. What is provided with the bike?
    •  - Water Bottle & Holder - Each bike is equipped with a handle bar mounted water bottle holder and water bottle.
    •  - Rear View Mirror is fitted on the bike to help you keep the group together and improve safety.
    •  - Pannier - each bike is fitted with a single safari pannier. There is sufficient room for wallet, cameras, sun cream etc.
    •  - Wet Weather Cape - yes, it does rain, occasionally. We provide a high-quality bike cape for each rider.
    •  - Battery Charger - each bike has a battery charger.
    •  - Power Adapter - to make charging easier.
    •  - Spare Inner Tube - we don't expect you to fix punctures. We provide a replacement inner tube.
    •  - Pump - you have a small, portable pump for road side emergencies. Each hotel keeps a large air pump.
    •  - Hi-Visibility Jacket - in case of road side maintenance, we provide you with a Hi-Vis jacket.
    •  - Security Cable - to lock your bike.
  10. The Lead Guest also carries...
    •  - BOSCH Nyon GPS
    •  - Tool Kit
    •  - Basic First Aid Kit
  11. What should I carry with me?
    •  - Passport
    •  - Insurance Documentation
    •  - Cash for the day
    •  - Credit/Debit Cards
    •  - Change of clothing to anticipate changes in weather
  12.  What is the best time of year to take an eBike Safari? Great question. We have written a whole piece on this - CLICK HERE

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We had never ridden an e bike before yet we quickly came to grips with the controls and GPS system for navigation. We set off the next morning on the first of our four 30/40 mile legs of our five night trip

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