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Unknown Umbria | GPS Guided 7 Nights

8 Day | 7 Night | An Easy eBike Adventure around Lake Trasimeno, Umbria

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What could be easier than cycling around a lake? Cycling around a lake on an eBike!

Ride Together | Cycling to be Enjoyed, not endured

With a circumference of around 37 miles (60Km), Lake Trasimeno is the largest lake in the Italian peninsular and is pedal perfect for very simple cycling!

What do Hannibal and his elephants, Ed Sheeran the singer songwriter, Hans Christian Anderson, George Lucas and St. Francis of Assisi have in common? Lake Trasimeno! Ed Sheeran has a house 10 mins drive from the lake shore. While George Lucas has a summer house near Passignano. We'll tell you more about the others when you arrive.

Prices from $1,287 per person View Prices

Summary

  • 8 Day & 7 Nights
  • Very Easy Cycling
  • Perfect first time Bike Tour | Ideal for Families
  • Quiet Country Roads
  • 3 & 4✩ Accommodation
  • Cortona - Castiglione del Lago - Pannicale - San Feliciano - Passignano sul Trasimeno
  • Follow in the footsteps of Hannibal, St. Francis of Assisi & Ed Sheeran
  • GPS Guided Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Smaller, Family-Run Hotels & Country Houses
  • WhatsApp Guide 24/7 Support

Statistics

  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: Very Easy
  • CYCLING PER DAY: 2 hrs or less
  • MAXIMUM DISTANCE: 104 miles
  • MAXIMUM SADDLE TIME: 9 hrs
  • LONGEST LEG: 31 miles
  • CYCLE DAYS: 3 +2 optional days
  • REST DAYS: Cortona | Castiglione del Lago | Villa di Monte Solare
  • AVERAGE DAY: Less than 20 miles
  • CALORIES BURNED 2900 approx
  • Discover Italy’s Unknown Umbria, 7 Night, GPS Guided eBike soft adventure on Google Maps - CLICK HERE

Day by Day

Cycling to be Enjoyed, not endured!

 

Choose your own start date.

 

- CLICK ON EACH DAY TO DISCOVER MORE -

Day 1: Arrival

Pinch yourself as you approach Villa di Piazzano. Stop the chat, and take note of the cypress lined drive. It is truly stunning.

It is indeed a fitting arrival. As the atmosphere of Villa di Piazzano eases you into your time away.

Highlights

★Villa di Piazzano ★Swimming Pool ★Gardens

Accommodation

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona, Umbria

Villa di Piazzano - this extraordinary hotel was once the weekend home and hunting lodge for Cardinal Silvio Passerini, a protegè of the Medici’s. Today it offers an truly remarkable atmosphere and place to relax. A special mention for the staff at Villa di Piazzano - extraordinary service! The swimming pool at Villa di Piazzano, set in open countryside.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Under the Tuscan Sun - Visit Cortona

By Taxi or eBike

Known as the 'Balcony of Tuscany', Cortona is the setting for the book and Hollywood film, Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes. (watch the film trailer - CLICK HERE)

Cortona is a must visit. Dating from 5th century BC, founded by the Etruscans.

Should you decide to eBike, there is a good climb to Cortona. This is very manageable on your eBike.

Highlights

★Cortona ★Swimming Pool ★Gardens

Statistics

11 miles | Average Speed: 12.4 mph | Saddle Time: 55min

Accommodation

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona, Italy

Enjoy your dinner at Villa di Piazzano on the wonderful al fresco terrace

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 3: To Castiglione del Lago

Very easy rolling rural countryside taking you to the edge of the Montepulciano wine region.

The micro climate that surrounds Lake Trasimeno moderates the climate both in cold and warm conditions.

Highlights

★Val di Chiana ★Rolling Countryside

Statistics

16.5 miles | Average Speed: 11.4 mph | Saddle Time: 1hr 27min

Accommodation

Antica Gabella, Castiglione del Lago, Umbria

This is not a hotel. This is an experience of Italian lifestyle with all possible comforts of modern living. Set in the very heart of the ancient town of Castigleone del Lago, Antica Gabella dates back to 1200’s. The accommodation is arranged as apartments each with separate sitting and/or dining areas. Lie on your bed and marvel at the 800 year old vaulted ceiling; lean from the window to say buongiorno to your neighbour and step onto the street to walk to the piazza a few meters away and watch the town come to life and melt away after dark.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 4: To Avignonesi vineyard

Take a Rest Day and explore Castiglione del Lago. Maybe take a gentle bike ride down to the lake shore and choose a restaurant for lunch. You could take a ferry to the islands.

- or - 

Take an easy ride through rolling agricultural countryside to the famous Avignonesi vineyard. This famous vineyard produces extraordinary wine and provides a wonderful tour with lunch. Your will need to book - www.avignonesi.it

 

Highlights

★Castiglione del Lago - or - ★Avignonesi vineyard

Statistics

21 miles | Average Speed: 12.7 mph | Saddle Time: 1hr 39min

Accommodation

Antica Gabella, Castiglione del Lago, Umbria

Evening at Castiglione del Lago on the shore of Lake Trasimeno

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 5: To Villa Monte Solare

After your slight descent from Castiglione del Lago, the route flattens to follow the shores of the lake.

A stopover in Panicale is highly recommended as a lunch stop. Ed Sheeran lives just along the hill.

Leaving Panicale, you leave the lake behind and travel the valley through the villages of Tavernelle and Tavernella before taking the road to another wonderful villa hotel.

Highlights

★Pannicale ★Views back to Lake Trasimeno

Statistics

16.5 miles | Average Speed: 11.7 mph | Saddle Time: 1hr 26min

Accommodation

Villa di Monte Solare, Tavernelle di Panicale, Umbria

Villa Monte Solare - once the home of a local aristocratic family dating back to the 1780s, the hotel retains many original features such as marble fireplaces, authentic cotto flooring, and antique furniture decorate the hotel. There is a spa, two swimming pools and a tennis court. There are only 25 bedrooms which are dotted throughout the estate and include rooms in the main villa.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 6: Villa Monte Solare - Rest Day

Why ride all this way and to such a wonderful place and not spoil yourself?

Villa Monte Solare is a private estate with two swimming pools, tennis, a spa all set in wonderful in the depth of the Umbria countryside.

Highlights

★Two swimming pools ★Tennis ★Spa ★Walks

Statistics

Rest Day

Accommodation

Villa di Monte Solare, Tavernelle di Panicale, Umbria

Villa Monte Solare

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 7: To Villa di Piazzano via the ferry

Returning the lake shore just before San Feliciano, today’s route gets you on Lake Trasimeno.

Take the ferry from the Passignano to Isola Maggiore - with your bike - and lunch at one of the island shore side restaurants.

Then after lunch, take the ferry to Tuoro sul Trasimeno shortening the route by some 10k and gaining wonderful watery experience.

Highlights

★Lake side rides ★Coffee in San Feliciano ★Ferry

Statistics

31.5 miles | Average Speed: 12.7 mph | Saddle Time: 2hr 38min

Accommodation

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona, Umbria

Villa di Piazzano, Umbria near Cortona

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: Departure

Take your morning cappuccino on the terrace. It is time to depart. We know that you will have discovered some wonderful corners of Umbria.

Journey Map

“We were always a little hesitant because of the hills, but eBike from Inspired Italy solved that problem and then some! We felt like we were in Tour d'Italia without the effort. The bikes are fantastic, and all the equipment is first-class.”

John Sweazey on an Umbria eBike tour

“The Umbria eBike tour was fantastic, the bike technology, sat nav and organisation brilliant. Dee said she would book it again next year, which is the best endorsement”

Robin Welch, Umbria eBike Tour

Best Bits

  • Lake Side Cycling
  • Luggage Transfers
  • WhatsApp Guide
  • Exclusive Accommodation
  • Two Rest Days
  • 3 Cycle Days
  • Very Easy Cycling

Italy's Unknown Umbria - FAQ's

“Stunning Hotels, amazing dining, breathtaking scenery and all enabled by the fantastic team at Inspired Italy and their outstanding e-bikes! ”

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

  1. Am I fit enough? Italy's Unknown Umbria eBike adventure requires less than 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 on quiet, country roads.
  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

Price

$1,287 per person

Your adventure includes:

Your adventure includes:

  • 8 Days, 7 Nights
  • 3 & 4☆ Accommodation
  • On-Tour Luggage Transfer
  • All Breakfasts
  • Custom Inspired Raleigh Electric Trekking eBike
  • Welcome Drinks, Briefing, Bike Set-Up
  • Bosch GPS Turn-by-Turn Directions
  • Pace Notes, Map & Historical Information
  • 24/7 WhatsApp Guide

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Cannot speak highly enough of their planning and organising of this first class way to experience Tuscany and Umbria - loved by both our 13 year old son and my wife and I.

Andrew Main