Self Guided Walking Holidays & Cycling Holidays


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Highlights

  • Pedal through the impossibly beautiful landscapes of Umbria.
  • Experience true Italian hospitality in a typical Umbrian farmhouse.
  • Marvel at Giotto’s frescos in the Basilica Di San Francesco.
  • Make sure to sample the delicious regional cuisine along the route.
  • Explore the UNESCO site of Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis Italy's patron saint.

Take time to explore the most famous hill towns of Cortona, Perugia, Assisi and the charming Spello. Stop en route to visit one of many wine cantinas and sample their delicious local wine.

On this relaxed cycling tour pedal through the mesmerising and beautiful Umbrian countryside. Your journey begins at the medieval and bustling town of Cortona and takes you south to the enchanting Lake Trasimeno with its pretty lakeside towns. Unwind as you cycle in the beautiful silvery green landscape of olive groves, west of Perugia. Cycle among vineyards and medieval hamlets before heading to the marvels of Perugia and Assisi. The tour ends with an unforgettable ride to reach the flower-filled cobbles streets of Spello - one of the best preserved medieval towns in Umbria.

The combination of warm Umbrian hospitality, unforgettable local food and wine and medieval hilltop towns, together with the relaxed pace of the tour, makes this an unforgettable biking trip in the heart of Umbria.

Day 1 - Arrive in Terontola, Cortona

We recommend flying to Rome, Florence, Pisa or Perugia and taking the train to Terontola rail station from where you can take a local bus or taxi the short distance to Cortona. After checking into your hotel you can explore the bustling town of Cortona. Originally founded by the Etruscans, Cortona is a well preserved town that enjoys a spectacular situation overlooking the Umbrian countryside.There is an excellent museum, rich architecture and several gelateries, shops and restaurants for you to enjoy.


Overnight: Hotel San Michele


Hotel San Michele is located inside of one of the oldest buildings of Cortona, the old Baldelli Palace, and is ideally located right in the heart of Cortona. The hotel has 42 rooms, each one different but all with antique furniture and equipped with modern comforts. Expect a warm welcome in this beautiful hotel.


Day 2 - Cycle to Poggio delle Corti, 45 km

Your bike will be delivered to your accommodation shortly after breakfast along with your detailed route notes and information pack. On leaving Cortona you follow a serpentine road winding down from the town towards Umbria. Cycling through the olive grove-covered countryside to reach Lake Trasimeno, known for the lovely lakeside villages, and the pretty Isola Maggiore which you can visit by boat for a delicious lunch of freshly caught lake fish. You then leave the pretty lake side, heading inland on quiet roads through farmland and a few small hills until you reach Corte delle Poggio where you will spend the next two nights.


Overnight: La Corte del Poggio


A traditional Umbrian farmhouse set in idyllic surroundings. Your host Cristina, along with her family, will ensure you have an enjoyable stay and show you Italian hospitality at its very best. Evening Meal included.


Day 3 - Poggio delle Corti loop ride, 23-50 km

Today you have the option to take it easy with a short loop on the quiet country lanes to Panicale and then back to the farmhouse for a cooking lesson in the afternoon. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to cook the local dishes in a relaxed and authentic environment.


Or you could forgo the cooking lesson and cycle the longer loop which allows you to visit Deruta, a town famous for its ceramics. You will pass through olive groves, vineyards and ancient hamlets providing many opportunities to stop and enjoy a cold drink or, better still, a visit to one of the local wineries.


Overnight: La Corte del Poggio-Evening meal included


Day 4 - Cycle to Perugia, 32 km

You will enjoy a relatively short cycle to the medieval town of Perugia, following a route which winds through an endless silvery green landscape of rolling farmland and the joyous sight of fields brimming with sunflowers.


Inevitably, as with most of the hill towns, as you reach Perugia you will experience the usual incline to reach the town. With the added effort, be sure to treat yourself to a delicious gelato or an aperitif in one of the many chic cafes and bars.


Originally founded by the Etruscans, Perugia is a well preserved town that enjoys a spectacular situation. There are a number of excellent museums, rich architecture and a self-guided archaeological tour exploring the history of Perugia dating back to the Etruscan Times.


Overnight: Hotel Fortuna


Exclusively located in the heart of the historical centre of Perugia, Hotel Fortuna is housed in a building that dates from the 1300s and still boasts numerous original features.


Day 5 - Cycle to Assisi, 25 km

You are now in the heart of Umbria and can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable cycle following the Tevere river towards Assisi. Cycle past fields of sunflowers, ochre coloured farmhouses and thickly wooded countryside. Suddenly you will be greeted with the most spectacular views of Assisi and the Basiillica Di San Francesco sitting majestically on the hillside.


Overnight: Country House TreEsse


Enjoying a peaceful location 400m outside Assisi, this traditional country house has been sympathetically converted to offer comfortable accommodation. The dining terrace, swimming pool and most rooms enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.


Day 6 - Assisi Circular Loop, 35 km

Today you have the opportunity to explore the areas around Assisi, famed for pottery and wine. You will cycle a loop past the famous Deruta pottery village and then the Torgiano - Lungarotti winery's home town. If you think a wine tasting may be dangerous for your safety (!) why not visit the wine museum. Or if you prefer, enjoy a free day exploring Assisi, a designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. Its churches, monuments and the very fabric of the town are much as St Francis would have seen it in the 13th Century and the Basillica de San Francesco is quite spectacular.


Overnight: Country House TreEsse


Enjoying a peaceful location 400m outside Assisi, this traditional country house has been sympathetically converted to offer comfortable accommodation. The dining terrace, swimming pool and most rooms enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.


Day 7 - Cycle to Spello, 25km

A lovely last day cycling among olive groves to reach Spello past the charming villages of Cannara and Bevanga. Spello is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Umbria. Much quieter than Assisi, it's a pleasure to wander the cobbled streets and quiet squares decorated by hanging baskets.


Overnight: Albergo Il Cacciatore


The Cruciana family have owned and run the Albergo II Cacciatore for over 50 years and take pride in the warmest welcomes and outstanding food and service.


Day 8 - Onward Travel

From Spello you can catch the local bus or taxe a taxi to Assisi rail station for onward travel or further afield. Travel to Florence/Pisa/Rome/Perugia takes 2hr30, 4h10, 2hr30, and 30mins respectively. 


Additional nights and extensions

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the route to sample more of the area and attractions available. You may wish to request an extra night in Cortona, Perugia or Corte delle Poggio for another cooking lesson!


At the start, or end, of your holiday you may consider a night or two in the beautiful cities of Florence, Rome or even Venice.

Accommodation

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels and agriturismo (country hotels) to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm Italian welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food and drink. Details of the lovely local hotels we normally use are detailed below.


Accommodation Details

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed below, but because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location of the same or better standard. Alternative details will be noted on your accommodation sheet.


Single Rooms

This independent walking holiday is not available to solo walkers. If you require single rooms in your party we will of course try to accommodate your request, subject to availability and payment of a single supplement.


Meals

The delicious Italian food and wine available locally is undoubtedly a highlight of this holiday. The price of your holiday includes a hearty breakfast each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively your route includes details of local shops and convenient lunch stops on the way. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby restaurants.



 

 

 




Hotel San Michele - Cortona

Hotel San Michele is located inside of one of the oldest buildings of Cortona, the old Baldelli Palace and is ideally located right in the heart of Cortona. The hotel has 42 rooms, each one different but all with antique furniture and equipped with modern comforts, expect a warm welcome in this beautiful hotel.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Hotel Fortuna - Perugia

Exclusively located in the heart of the historical centre of Perugia, Hotel Fortuna is housed in a building that dates from the 1300’s and still boasts numerous original features.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Country House Tre Esse _ Assisi



Country House Tre Esse - Assisi

Enjoying a peaceful location 400m outside Assisi, this traditional country house has been sympathetically converted to offer comfortable accommodation. The dining terrace, swimming pool and most rooms enjoy wonderful views over the surrounding countryside.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Albergo Il Cacciatore - Spello

The Cruciana family have owned and run the Albergo Il Cacciatore for over 50 years and take pride in offering the warmest welcomes and outstanding food and service. The hotel enjoys wonderful views overlooking the valley.


 

 

 

Availability

Our Cycling in the Heart of Umbria Holiday is available from April to October. You can start your holiday on any date in the season. Please note that July and August are the hottest months. Make sure to always take plenty of water to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen or sun-protective clothing, especially on very hot days. To make a provisional reservation select "Book" and select any options required.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

The route is well signposted and way marked and your info pack along with maps will be suffice for directions to your each destination.  There will be the occasional other cyclist around in case you are looking for help. A detailed information pack including route notes, local information and maps will be included in the trip.


Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be collected from your accommodation each day and moved onto your overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.


Bike Rental(not included)


Question


Answer (example)


Brand


Bianchi/FRW


Bike Type


Hybrid,Road


Frame types


gents,
ladies, unisex


Sizes


Xs,S,M,L,XL


Front suspension


No


Stand


Yes/no


Mud guards


no


Luggage rack Rear/Front


Ye


Paniers


Yes


Handle bar Bag/ map holder


Depends
on the bike


Bottle holder/Water bottle


yes


Computer meter


yes


Interchangeable pedals


yes


Front gear set


3


Back gear set


9


Brakes


V-brake


Helmet included


No


Puncture repair kit


Yes


Spare inner tubes/ how many


Yes


Pump


Yes


Lock


Yes




Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sun screen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

By Air

We recommend you fly to Rome, Florence, Pisa or Perugia and take the
train to Terontola rail
station from where you can take a local taxi the short distance to
Cortona. If you phone our local partner on arrival they can arrange this taxi for you.


Trains run
regularly and take 2h00, 1h30, 2h30, or 1hr respectively. Tickets can be booked on arrival, or
online prior to departure. You can also fly directly to Perugia with the low cost airline
Ryanair, from London Stansted.


From Florence
Airport

Buses and taxis from the airport to the City
Centre take around 25 or


15 minutes
respectively and cost 4.50/20 euro. From Florence main train station (Firenze M Novella) take the
train to Terontola rail station (1hr30 approx).


From Pisa Airport

There is a train station at Pisa Airport which can
be used to reach Pisa Central station
from where you can catch the train to Terontola (2hr30 approx).


To
Florence/Pisa/Rome/Perugia

From Spello our local
partner will transfer you back to Assisi or Foligno station
for onward travel by train or Perugia Airport.


Travel to
Florence/Pisa/Rome/Perugia takes 2hr30, 4hr10, 2hr30, and 30mins respectively.


Pre-Booked
Taxi/Minibus

We can pre book airport transfers for you, please
ask us for a quote.


Included

  • Personal briefing and support from our local representative
  • 7 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • Dinner on day 2 and 3
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed info pack, route notes and map
  • Emergency telephone support from our local representative and UK office in the event of a problem

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Bike and helmet hire
  • Travel to Cortona
  • Lunches and dinners (other than dinners on days 2 and 3)
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Optional cooking course on day 3
  • Taxi transport or public transport should you need to skip a stage

Extras

  • Single room supplement
  • Optional cooking course on day 3
  • Airport transfers

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more advice from our clients and team.

How fit do I need to be?

This cycling holiday is graded moderate and involves 4-6 hours of cycling each day so you should enjoy an active lifestyle to get the most from this holiday. 

What happens if I can’t cycle a stage?

We use a dedicated local service to transfer your baggage and they can normally move you, your bike and baggage to the next stop in case of emergency. Local buses can also sometimes take bikes.

When is the best time of year?

Spring in Italy is sublime and April, May and June are absolutely lovely. Autumn is probably my favourite time of year as the landscape is made up of a gold and red pallet so September and October are unmissable. July and August can be very hot so you will have to start early to miss the heat of the day, although the towns and villages are buzzing which is great. You can view weather details for the region here.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised Umbria is extremely popular especially during July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans so just ask.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need normal cycling clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers and some warmer cycling clothes, a full detailed kit list will be included in your info pack.

Which is the best airport?

Either Perugia, Florence, Pisa or Rome are convenient and you can reach the start/end of the tour by train in an hour or two.

Cycling in Umbria

5

On the whole a fab holiday but some of the accommodation wasn't to our taste. The first night in Cortona was lovely. A lovely town with nice restaurants and bars. After this we had two nights in an Agriturismo we have stayed in an agriturismo before but this was more like a bb. It was in the middle of nowhere and after dinner the family we were staying with went upstairs to watch tv leaving us downstairs with absolutely nothing to do but go to bed early and unfortunately as we were on holiday we expected better. We told the family we were of Italian descent but it fell on deaf ears and we did find one member of the family patronising. Perugia was fab and should really have 2 days here instead of at the agriturismo. Assisi was lovely maybe one day here might be enough with 2 days in Spello instead. Micele was a very professional and very helpful rep we didn't need to pester him for anything. On the whole we would thoroughly recommend this trip the cycling was great and it was very well organised. This was our second trip with MACS adventure and by far the best.

Chrissy

Yorkshire

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5

We had terrible weather. But our local trip organizers (Michele and Beppe) were very accommodating, with back up, alternative ideas and recommendations. We felt in good hands. And Macsadventures were totally responsible in answering our questions.

Nancy and Richard

New York City

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Food, wine, and Fiats

3

The Umbrian countryside is beautiful, but look up from the road at your peril. Trips we've done in France featured mainly bike paths, tow roads, or little traveled lanes. But in Umbria, no matter how remote the road, there was traffic, with Fiats driving very urgently and in packs, even in October! The country roads are not well maintained and riven with cracks and potholes. At the end of the day my wrists were aching, but fortunately several glasses of the region's excellent Montefalco Sagrantino took the edge off and set us up for the next day. We found tremendous restaurants in the most unlikely towns and villages, and the local tour operators are very knowledgeable and helpful in making recommendations. The trip is rated a difficulty 2, but be prepared that wherever is says 'great view', it is preceded by a tough climb. Most days ended on a hilltop town with a steep ride up, and the destinations are worth it, but be aware that there are a few cycling challenges.

Sea Haggish

Toronto

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Amazing experience of beautiful countryside and Italian life

5

Great way to see and experience Italian countryside and way of life. Umbria is very quiet and unspoilt - perfect for this type of holiday. The Italian farmhouse was a great place to stay - we enjoyed living and eating with the family who made us so very welcome - it was our privilege to be able to stay with them. We also enjoyed the optional cooking lesson - although making pasta was quite an education! All other accommodation was great too. Maps and directions also very good. We were met by Michele on the first day who was very helpful - going through our daily directions and giving extra advice on places to visit. He also arranged to get our bike cases taken to the last destination. At the end of the holiday he picked us up from Spello and took us to the railway station - first class service from Via del Sole! Would highly recommend this trip, Via del Sole and Macs Adventures!!!

Gill & Phil

Bristol

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A very enjoyable experience

5

We had a great time. Loved the authentic atmosphere at every stop.

Cyclismo

Australia

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Experiencing the real Italy

5

Well paced for moderate middle aged cyclists! Excellent maps and directions. Although self-guided we felt in safe accessible hands. A particular highlight was staying 2 nights in a family envitonment - delightful, friendly informative hosts with wonderful food. We took an extra rest day in Assisi to visit it thoroughly and that was a good decision. Perhaps we should have made a bit more time to look around Perugia. This absolutely delivered what it promised in a very professional and friendly way.

The Bish

Merseyside

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Cycling in the heart of Umbria

5

Great activity break with comfort and fantastic food in heart of Italy. Fantastic for anyone who loves Italy. Gorgeous, inspiring medieval towns. Great bikes and service, Great friendly local guides and reps.

Gill and John

Lancashire

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WHAT AN ADVENTURE!

5

This was all and more than I expected!!! It was such a nice way to see Umbria and meet the amazing people! We particularly like staying at the farm house as everyone was so welcoming and friendly! The cycling was tough but doable and a great challenge. The directions and tips for stops where fantastic aswell! We loved it that some how we always passed a local gelato shop that I have to was the best we tried in all of Italy!!

Shelley & Shaun

Sydney Australia

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Truely an adventure

5

We had a brilliant holiday from the off. Easy instructions to go with the easy cycling. Perfect for us. Even getting to our start point was an adventure, planes, trains and automobiles. The local people were great and we enjoyed fantastic food and wine throughout our journey. I would recommend this holiday to everyone..have a go, you'll love it.

Michael

South Tyneside

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Best holiday ever

5

This was our first cycling holiday and we cant wait to book the next one, it was great. We went in mid June, the weather was exceptionally hot for June which made cycling up the few steep hills quite hard work. Would recommend going a bit earlier or later in the year. Although there are a few steep hills the views are well worth the climbs. There were some main roads to cycle on, especially earlier on in the holiday, but they were not particularly busy and ALL traffic gave us a wide berth and priority at roundabouts etc. The accomodation was all of a good standard and varied in style from a rural farmhouse to a country hotel to town hotels. We received a warm friendly welcome from all. We hired bikes through Macs, they were nearly new and very good quality and were supplied with a carrier, pump, puncture repair kit, waterproof jacket and water bottle. The daily directions were clear and easy to follow.The daily distances of cycling on this holiday are not extreme which allows plenty of time to explore places of interest and towns along the way.[...]Overall we highly recommend this holiday if you are looking to do moderate amounts of cycling combined with sightseeing.

Neats

Dorset

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