n Europe, active holidays don't come much better than a guided or self-guided adventure cycling in Italy with a small group of friends or family.
Italy is a recognised destination for soft adventure and great cycling.
And choosing an electric bike tour in Italy means that YOU get to choose just how active you are! But it's not just cycling, it is the food, weather, culture and Italian wine all add to this being a wonderful active holiday proposition!
Here's why ...
CYCLE HOLIDAYS IN EUROPE - ITALIAN's ❤️CYCLISTS
If you love to be active and you like to cycle, Italy is an outstanding destination.
Italian’s Really Do Love Cyclists! Italy is home to the worlds oldest and most revered cycle manufacturers, Bianchi and Pinarello, and is one of the top destinations to consider for cycle holidays in Europe.
Italy has produced many of the worlds greatest cyclists - Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali and Mario Cipollini to mention but three of the greats and of course, Italy hosts the famous Giro d’Italia, one of the worlds greatest cycle races.
And it is because of Italian’s love cycling so much that they are very sympathetic to cyclists!
Cycling in Italy is pure joy!
ELECTRIC BIKE TOUR - ACTIVE HOLIDAYS FOR ALL
All the best experiences are shared and electric bike touring means riding 'together'.
Whether you're an Olympic athlete, former American Road Race Champion or casual holiday cyclist, small group cycling on an electric bike tour means that you share the same experience and create the memories, together!
Electric bike tours are some of the very best active holidays in Europe!
"The e-bike's we used in Italy allowed us to travel over a wider range of terrain and gave us the opportunity to venture into the hills and mountains to take advantage of the amazing views."
e-Bikes … "are still demanding physically to ride but being able to use the power settings to assist your climb up steep inclines is brilliant."
"Allows me to cycle further and doesn’t limit where I can cycle because of terrain. If I want more of a “workout” I can turn the motor off."
SMALL GROUP CYCLING WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS
Make sure that you select the type of cycle holiday and bike that best suits you and your group.
You can choose from a fleet of bikes that includes a kids Lombardo eGarda, the Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step, the Lapierre eXelius carbon road race or the HAIBIKE eCross, there is a lot to choose from.
Bring your friends and family on a small group cycling adventure and experience one of the best active holidays in Europe!
CYCLING ROUTES IN EUROPE - TUSCANY & UMBRIA
Whether you prefer the rural cycling routes of 'unknown Umbria' or you choose Siena, San Giminiano and Chianti in Tuscany, Italy has some most scenic cycling routes in Europe.
The villages of the Upper Tiber Valley, Assisi, the Niccone valley and the renowned wine area of Montefalco, all await you in Umbria while cycling through Tuscany and the UNESCO world heritage Val d’Orcia, the rolling hills and vineyards of Chianti and Montalcino, and the Siena skyline offer truly spectacular vistas and a setting for some of the very best active family holidays Europe has to offer.
WHO LEADS THE WAY?
Take a guide or go self-guided! The Bosch Nyon GPS gives the lead rider turn-by-turn navigation, even telling you your estimated time of arrival. Your route is carefully pre-planned with advice on coffee and lunch stops along the way.
On a guided electric bike tour, hand everything to the guide who will share with you local stories, gossip, history ancient and modern and general knowledge of the area. Taking a guided bike tour adds so much more to your experience. See more than the view - Go Guided!
WATCH: GO GUIDED
MY LUGGAGE. WHAT HAPPENS TO IT WHILE I AM CYCLING?
While you ride your bike, your luggage is transported ahead of you to your next destination and is waiting for you when on arrival. All you need are the essentials for your cycle day!
WHAT TO PACK FOR AN ACTIVE CYCLE HOLIDAY?
It is all about your comfort and there are two main things to consider - time in the saddle and temperature.
In summary, take some padded pants, your favourite shorts and make sure that you have a light, windproof top should things get chillier than expected!
HOW FAST ARE THE BIKES?
It's not about speed. It's all about pace and tempo - the amount of time you spend 'in the saddle' each day and a steady, average pace. After all, this is a holiday, not the Giro!
Our easiest electric bike tours average an hour a day saddle time up to around 3 to 4 hours for the keener riders on the longer distance tours.
In the end, though, the pace is entirely in your hands!
CYCLING FOOD, WINE & CULTURE
In Italy, wine is considered food! And when you are cycling, food is important!
Whether you choose Umbria or Tuscany, these Italian regions boast excellent wines, unrivalled cuisine and top cycling terroir for some of the best active holidays in Europe!
SPRING, SUMMER OR AUTUMN - THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TAKE AN ACTIVE HOLIDAY
We all want sunshine on our active holiday ( even when we are skiing! ) but exactly when is the best time to book your active holiday?
That depends upon your personal preference but the difference between May/June and September/October might be greater than you think. In June you get so much more daylight and in September.
ACTIVE HOLIDAYS IN EUROPE FOR FAMILIES
On your self guided electric bike tour, Dad takes the lead, Mum and kids as young as 9 and Grandparents as old as 84 can follow along enjoying the Italian countryside and without a care.
Dad has his easy-to-follow Turn-by-Turn GPS showing the estimated time of arrival for the lunch or the final destination. On an electric bike tour, each cyclist selects the assist level to suit them and the pace is casual and relaxed.
An active holiday for the whole family!
LUXURY ACTIVE HOLIDAYS EUROPE
Tuscany and Umbria offer some outstanding Luxury accommodation, amazing restaurants and a fleet of high-end bikes to choose from.
In Tuscany, you can relax amongst the vines of the Livernano estate in sumptuous and peaceful accommodation, while the four-star accommodation of the Palazzo del Capitano in the heart of San Quirico d’Orcia provides access to this wonderful hilltop town.
These carefully curated quality hotels, restaurants and the very best bicycles make Tuscany and Umbria a top destination for some of the best luxury active holidays Europe has to offer.
THE BEST ACTIVE HOLIDAYS?
The very best active holidays Europe has to offer whether active adventure holidays or a more casual leisure active summer holidays, they are shared with those that you care about and where together you create some lifetime memories.
Electric bike tours mean you get active together with your friends and family, and you share experiences.
Whether you want a full work out, a long lunch, a dusty white gravel ride or to push the watts on a high-end carbon race bike, Italy has some of the worlds top cycling terrain!
In Europe, active holidays don’t come much better than a guided or self-guided small group cycling in Italy adventure!