Italy 09:30 – 19 December 2018

Italy’s Rural Heart

GPS Self Guided Cycle Touring through Umbria

The Rural Charm of Central Italy

Umbria's Food: Renowned amongst Italian's

Explore the wide valleys of Umbria from the gel seat saddle of your eBike. Uncover remarkable history, the exuberant personality and rural charm of central Italy. Umbria's food (wine is considered a food in Italy) are renowned, even among the Italian's. Consider 2,500 years of road side history. From Cortona, setting for the book and film 'Under the Tuscan Sun' by Frances Mayes to by-ways once used by Hannibal and his troops, where St. Francis of Assisi walked and Michelangelo, Galileo and Byron passed by.

Umbria is Italy's Rural Heart.

 

- 5 Night Itinerary Available -

Prices from $1,367 per person View Prices

Summary

  • This Itinerary & Price 8 Days | 7 Nights
  • Quiet Country Roads
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 3 & 4✩ Accommodation
  • Assisi - Montone - Lake Trasimeno - Niccone Valley - River Tiber - Gubbio
  • Follow in the footsteps of Hannibal, St. Francis of Assisi, Byron, and Michelangelo
  • Wine Tasting Options - Gritti, Wine Museum, Goretti
  • WhatsApp Guide 24/7 & Support
  • POOLS & SPA itinerary | Every Hotel has a pool or spa ✤

Statistics

  • 8 DAY | 7 NIGHT ITINERARY ...
  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy/Moderate
  • CYCLING PER DAY: 2h to 3h
  • MAXIMUM DISTANCE: 165 miles
  • TOTAL SADDLE TIME: 13h to 14h
  • LONGEST LEG: 35 miles
  • CYCLE DAYS: 5
  • GPS: BOSCH NYON Turn-by-Turn navigation
  • REST DAY: 1 in Assisi
  • AVERAGE DAY: Less than 30 miles
  • CALORIES BURNED: 3,957 approx
  • 6 Day | 5 Night Itinerary Available

Day by day

Your Italy's Rural Heart, GPS Self Guided e Bike Tour of Umbria, 7 Night eBike soft adventure starts and and finishes close to Cortona, Tuscany.

While your Bosch GPS guides you through rural Italy on your customised Inspired Raleigh Electric Trekking Bike, your luggage is transported to your next destination, leaving you free to ride without a load!

Choose your own start date.

 

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Day 1: ARRIVAL

Early evening welcome drinks and itinerary briefing. Your bike is set-up for you and you will be fully briefed so that you know how everything operates.

It maybe an electric bike, but it is still just a bicycle!

Highlights

★RELAIS PARCO FIORITO ★Pool & Spa

Accommodation

RELAIS PARCO FIORITO & SPA

"Wonderful agri hotel deep in the Umbrian countryside. Roberto and Claudia do a fantastic job. Nothing is too much trouble for them. The whole family are so warm and friendly, they make you feel part of their home.The food is stunningly good. Excellent pool and fitness facilities."

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: Boundaries & Borders

To Montone

Boundaries and borders have separated the north and south of the Niccone valley for centuries. Tuscany vs Umbria; Pope vs Grand Ducato; WWII Frontline.

Today the Niccone Valley - our base - is delightfully peaceful. Enjoy lunch in the I Girasoli di Sant'Andrea vineyard. A ride through Umbertide to Montone. Arrive through the medieval gate into Montone will live with you forever!

Highlights

★Freewheel descent into the Niccone Valley ★Pierle Castle ★Niccone Valley ★Umbertide Old Town ★Arrival at Montone

Statistics

29 miles | Saddle Time: 2h 18m | Difficulty 🚴🏻‍♀️

Accommodation

Hotel Fortebraccio, Montone, Umbria

"The Hotel Fortebraccio staff were very helpful when we arrived and throughout our stay. Everything worked efficiently and the atmosphere was very relaxed."

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Travellers Tales article

Day 3: A View of Italy's Backbone

Descend to the Carpini valley and along towards Pietralunga. Take a moment to pay homage to Italy’s brave WWII partigiani (resistance fighters). Here you join the trail of St. Francis of Assisi with stunning vistas leading you to an unforgettable arrival into Gubbio.

Highlights

★Cycling through the gates at Montone ★Arrival in Gubbio ★Camino of St.Francis of Assisi

Statistics

30 miles | Saddle Time: 2h 49m | Difficulty 🚴🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️

Accommodation

Park Hotel ai Cappuccini, Gubbio, Umbria

"High class spacious hotel in old monastery outside of very clean Gubbio. Hotel renovated 10 years ago in perfect old style. Highly recommended."

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 4: The Camino of St.Francis

To Assisi

Ride towards the rolling foothills of the Apennine where again, you follow in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi because today, you arrive in his home town.

Highlights

★Remarkable Views of the Apennines ★Lunch

Statistics

35 miles | Saddle Time: 2h 59m | Difficulty 🚴🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️

Accommodation

Hotel la Terrazza, Assisi

"Hotel Ideale is the best place to stay. Sit and enjoy a bottle of wine in the best location and with a view of Assisi. The breakfasts are wonderful, rooms clean and quiet, with new bathrooms. Some rooms have a private verandas."

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 5: Hotel la Terrazza, Assisi

Rest Day

Take breakfast on the terrace and watch Assisi come to life.

Enjoy your day in Assisi.

Highlights

★Rest Day in Assisi

Statistics

Rest Day

Accommodation

Hotel la Terrazza, Assisi, Umbria

Not only outstanding views of Assisi but also easy walking into the centre of the old town.

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Travellers Tales article

Day 6: Crossing Valleys

To Tavernelle di Panicale

From the Hotel Ideale breakfast terrace, look west to the horizon. You can almost see your destination.

Highlights

★Views back towards Assisi ★Goretti Wine Tasting (not included)

Statistics

31 miles | Saddle Time: 2h 36m | Difficulty 🚴🏻‍♀️

Accommodation

Villa Poggiolo Country House, Umbria

"Beautiful 18th-century villa converted into a 4 star Spa. Immersed in the greenery and olive groves of the Umbria hills, great class and elegance ... absolutely recommended".

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Travellers Tales article

Day 7: Along Lake Shores

To Cortona

Soon after departure, you arrive on the shores of Italy’s largest peninsular lake, Trasimeno, an extraordinary site.

Lunch by the lake in Passignano. Take note of the Battle of Trasimeno, when Hannibal routed the Roman legions in 217BC.

And then, return to Cortona.

Highlights

★Lake Side Cycling ★Ice Cream Stop ★Lake Side Coffee

Statistics

31 miles | Saddle Time: 2hrs 43min | Difficulty 🚴🏻‍♀️

Accommodation

RELAIS PARCO FIORITO & SPA

Roberto is incredibly welcoming. He takes real pride in his food, his farm and his home. He welcomed us into his home, he cooked and served us an amazing dinner and he sat and talked to us. A great spread from breakfast, a lovely pool.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: Parting is such great sorrow ..

You could stay an extra night?

If not, take your breakfast and, if time allows, take a quiet wander around the lovely town of Cortona before your transfer.

Journey Map

“Out of interest, Christian and I rode our ordinary bikes up to Castel Rigone a few days later. The difference was astonishing: I felt the hill would never end”

Deborah Maby, UK. 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

  • All Hotel's have Pools and/or Spa
  • Quiet Rides through Rural Italy
  • Visit Assisi - the City of Peace
  • Lake Side Ride
  • Wine Museum
  • Day off in Assisi
  • Outstanding Cuisine

Italy's Rural Heart - 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? Italy's Rural Heart eBike adventure 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.
    •  - 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

$1,367 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
  • Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation - BOSCH GPS
  • Pace Notes, Map & Historical Information
  • 24/7 WhatsApp Guide & Support

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