Italy 19:56 – 16 November 2018

Our Umbria … | Guided 7 Nights

8 Day | 7 Night | Fully Guided eBike Safari in the very Heart of Italy

Umbria eBike Tour

A Food Focused Soft Adventure on an eBike

The art of choosing, cooking and eating good food is quintessentially Italian

Ride from hill-top village to village on your customised electric-assist bike. Hear your guide recount tales of history, mystery and myth. Bring this wonderful terrain to life and eat well.

Prices from $2,747 per person View Prices

Summary

  • Long, Wide Valleys of Umbria
  • 8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Distinctive Accommodation - Villas, Castles & Palazzos
  • Wine & Olive Oil Tastings
  • Tour a Private Tuscan Castle
  • Full Time Guide
  • Small Groups
  • Customised Pedal Assist eBike
  • On Safari Luggage Transfers

Statistics

  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy/Moderate
  • CYCLING PER DAY: 2 to 3 hrs
  • MAXIMUM DISTANCE: 165 miles
  • TOTAL SADDLE TIME: 13 TO 14 hrs
  • LONGEST LEG: 35 miles
  • CYCLE DAYS: 5
  • REST DAY: 1 in Assisi
  • AVERAGE DAY: Less than 30 miles
  • CALORIES BURENED: 4124 approx
  • View the Our Umbria eBike Safari on Google Maps - CLICK HERE

Day by day

 

Snuggle up close to Italy's local history and habitat on this food focused, fully guided, Electric Bike Safari through the broad, green valleys of rural Umbria - Our Umbria...

Starting on the Umbria/Tuscany border, this magical, seven night, eight day ebike safari is a ‘gourmet adventure’ of the Italian hills and valleys.

 

- CLICK ON EACH DAY TO DISCOVER MORE - 

 

Day 1: Arriving at Villa di Piazzano, Cortona

You honestly could not wish for a better start to the Our Umbria eBike Safari - Villa di Piazzano is simply outstanding.

Meet your eBike Leader and learn about your week ahead. Early evening drinks & eBike fitting, followed by dinner.

Highlights

★Villa di Piazzano

Accommodation

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona, Italy

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona - arrive early for time by the pool

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Four Castles, a Valley and a Vineyard

To Montone

Begin with stunning views across Tuscany as you ride towards the border with Umbria.

Wend your way through the Niccone Valley, steeped in history, modern and ancient.

Lunch at the Gritti vineyard followed by a riverside ride along the banks of the Tiber.

Arrive at medieval Montone and a spectacular celebrity chef dinner.

Highlights

★Niccone Valley ★River Side Ride ★Arrival in Montone

Statistics

29 miles | Average Speed: 12.2 mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 18min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

La Locanda del Capitano, Montone, Umbria

Chef Giancarlo Polito is the owner of the memorable La Locanda del Capitano, Montone, Umbria

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 3: Italy's Camino

To Gubbio

Pay homage to the Italy’s brave WWII partigiani ( resistance fighters ) in Pietralunga.

We lunch in the piazza trattoria taking a typical 'workers lunch'.

Welcome to Italy's Camino - we cycle the trail of St. Francis of Assisi with its rolling vistas, leading us to an unforgettable arrival into Gubbio.

Highlights

★2,000 year old Roman Theatre ★Ride the Camino of St. Francis of Assisi

Statistics

30 miles | Average Speed: 12mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 49min | Difficulty: 🚲 🚲

Accommodation

Relais Ducale, Gubbio, Umbria

Relais Ducale is a grand old building in a wonderful location. It commands a great deal of charm and gives you access to one of Italy’s most wonderful medieval hill side towns.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 4: Ancient Trails & Mountain Views

To Assisi

A day of vast views.

It begins with breakfast on the terrace and far reaching views across the Umbrian hills. Then as we ride towards the dramatic Apennine mountains. The views just get bigger and more imposing.

An unforgettable private lunch of typical Umbrian dishes precedes our arrival at Castello di Pretata, putting a seal on the days dramatic views.

Highlights

★Quiet Country Lanes ★Remarkable Views of the Apennines

Statistics

35 miles | Average Speed: 11.7mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 59min | Difficulty: 🚲 🚲

Accommodation

Castello di Petrata, Assisi, Umbria

A manor house dating from the XIV century and set in a park a few minutes away from Assisi.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 5: A Day in Assisi

If you can drag yourself away from Castello di Petrata, take the short taxi ride to Assisi. Absorb this wonderful town. The City of Peace.

There is very special atmosphere here.

Highlights

★Assisi ★The Basilica

Statistics

Rest Day in Assisi

Accommodation

Castello di Petrata, Assisi, Umbria

Ease into your rest day with a breakfast on the terrace. Marvel at the expansive views of the heart of Umbria.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 6: Crossing the Assisi Valley

To Tavernelle di Panicale

The astounding view of Assisi as we depart Castello di Petrata sets the tone for the day. The first section today is busier, as we cycle by the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli where St. Francis established his religious order.

A return to the Umbria countryside means 'wine' and the highlight of the day at the Goretti vineyard; a wine tasting and lunch to remember.

Highlights

★Views of Assisi ★Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli ★Goretti Wines Tasting

Statistics

33 miles | Average Speed: 12 mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 46min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

Villa Monte Solare, Pannicale, Umbria

Get lost in your own Umbrian escape.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 7: Lake Trasimeno, Umbria

To Villa di Piazzano

A dramatic change of atmosphere. Cycling the shores of Lake Trasimeno is captivating.

This vast expanse of fresh water hosts many surprises. And the ride to the ferry and lunch on Isola Maggiore is just one of the many highlights.

Highlights

★Views of Lake Trasimeno ★Lake side-cycling ★Ferry Ride with bike ★Lunch on the Island ★History: Hannibal; Byron; Michelangelo; WWII

Statistics

36 miles | Average Speed: 13.5 mph | Saddle Time: 2hrs 39min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

Villa di Piazzano, Cortona, Italy

Villa di Piazzano - Google Review "This place is amazing. Top notch, and the 500 year old building is straight out of a fairy tale ... we ate and drank outside, surrounded by stunning scenery and flowers growing everywhere. The food was also really good, we actually walked around and found the fresh herb and vegetables garden. The location is in the countryside, away from the bustle of Italy's cities, but it's a short drive to many beautiful things to do including Lake Trasimeno.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: Departure

Take breakfast on the terrace, drink in the solitude and gather your week long memories.

Highlights

Villa di Piazzano Breakfast

Journey Map

“Writing [the Google review] pulled on my heartstrings and made me want to do it all over again.”

Marion Clare Williams, USA - Umbria eBike Safari

Best Bits

  • Pizza, Pasta, Porcini & Pecorino
  • Wines of Umbria - Vineyard Visits, Wine & Olive Oil Tastings
  • Mystery, Myth & Tails of History from your Full Time Guide (from the region)
  • Outstanding Views & Scenery in the Heart of Italy
  • Top Quality eBikes with BOSCH Pedal-Assist power

FAQ's

“... 2 to 3 hours cycling per day.”

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

  1. Am I fit enough? The Umbria eBike Safari requires 2 to 3 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.
    •  - A 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. Your Guide 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

$2,747 per person

Your adventure includes:

Your adventure includes:

  • 8 Day, 7 Night
  • All Breakfasts | 6 Lunches | 7 Dinners some with wine
  • Morning Coffee & Water
  • Full Time Bike Leader
  • Private Tours, Events, Entrance Fees, Gratuities & Tips
  • Ferry Ride & Island Lunch
  • Private Tour of a Tuscan Castle
  • Hannibal & the Battle of Trasimeno Bike Tour
  • A Rest Day in Assisi
  • Smaller, Family-Run Hotels & Country Houses, providing an authentic experience
  • Vineyard visits with Wine & Olive Oil Tastings at Gorretti vineyard
  • Celebrity Chef Dinner by Giancarlo Polito
  • Luggage Transfers & Support Vehicle
  • Small Groups

More eBike Adventures in Umbria & Tuscany

We loved our cycling in Italy and have recommended it to so many friends since coming back - I hope some of them become future customers for you - you deserve for your business to be a great success. Fingers crossed we’ll be returning customers sometime in the future too.

Andrew Main