Cycle Parma to Bologna8 Days & 7 Nights 4 Read 1 reviews
- Cycle the old ’Roman Road’ from Parma to Bologna
- Enjoy lunches of Parma ham and Parmigiano cheese
- Explore Piazza Maggiore and the Due Torre in Bologna
- End each day in stylish historic 4* hotels
- Discover UNESCO Modena, home of balsamico & gnocco fritto
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Cycling | A classic point to point cycling holiday, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Foodie Adventures
- Wine, Whisky & More...
- Luxury & Unique Stays
- Historical Journeys
This cycling route follows a combination of cycle paths, quiet country roads, stretches of rolling terrain and busier routes when approaching and departing towns and cities. Please always be mindful of other roads users at all times, especially when cycling on routes shared with traffic. The tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your self-guided adventure.
Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.
During this trip you will stay in a selection of 4* hotels. We regularly use the following properties but will accommodate in a hotel or of equal standard should any of the following hotels be unavailable. Each stay at the listed accommodation is based on a standard room.
Included are 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners. Breakfast usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yoghurts, cheeses, meats and granola. Dinners will be in local family trattorias and serve local rustic dishes of the region. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking.
Lunches and 4 dinners are not included. Your route notes will suggest a number of local places to dine and of course, being in the heart of Emilia Romagna means you're never too far from a bowl of freshly folded pasta.
If you're travelling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists.
- 7 Nights in 4* hotels
- 7 Breakfasts & 3 dinners
- Baggage ransfer
- Information pack and route notes with maps
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
- Travel to Parma / from Bologna
- Bike hire (upgrade to e-bike hire)
- Lunches, 4 dinners, drinks & snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Additional nights along the route
- Bike hire (upgrade to e-bike hire)
- Optional cooking class
- Arrival or departure transfers
When To Go
This trip is available to start on any Saturday from March to October and we suggest that you contact us as soon as possible if you are considering a departure during the peak season of May-June and September.
Getting to the Start
Parma does have a small airport and has connections through to regional services in Italy.
Other airports are Milan Linate or Milan Malpensa. Both airport have a wide range of airline services to major international cities.
From Milan Linate a 20 minute airport shuttle connect through to the main Milan train station. From here there are regular, direct services to Parma (approx 1 hour journey).
From Milan Malpensa it is possible to connect through to Parma by train (changing once at Milan Centrale). Journey time is around 2hrs 15mins).
Bologna Airport does have a number of services across Europe. Journey time is just over an hour from Parma with train services connecting through approximately every 30 minutes from Bologna Centrale.
For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com
Getting from the End
Bologna Airport is only a 20 minute shuttle bus link from Bologna Centrale.
Alternatively it is possible to return to either Milan Linate or Milan Malpensa airport via train to Milan Centrale Train Station. Journey times are around 2 hours to Linate and 2 hours 30 minutes to Malpensa.
All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.
All bike tours are unescorted. The distances listed are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, cycle clothing and personal medications etc.
21 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.
EBikes are also available for hire if you would like a power assisted ride. For more information on EBikes please click here.
If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such as Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar.
If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time book as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.
If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride, along with any other specific requests you may have. We’re always happy to answer any questions regarding hire bikes.
If you would to bring your own road bike please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
This trip is graded moderate with daily distances of 55 km— 70km. You will encounter some stretches of shallow hills, but these usually dont last for too long. Its a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead up to your holiday so you get used to riding back to back days. However, it’s not all cycling. Each day there are plenty opportunities to stop and sample local foods and explore the rich history of this region.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this region is extremely popular especially May to June and September.
Of course! We understand the relationship between rider and bike and know many cyclists would never consider riding another steed. If you are unsure, we are happy to discuss bike hire options with you.
March and April offer fresh days, cooler evenings and are generally much quieter in the cities. Into May and September the days are warm, with the Po Plains in full bloom (May only) and piazzas buzz with life. During June, July and August you may encounter one of the regions many music festivals in the bustling piazzas. During these months days are gloriously long and hot so you may decide to cycle earlier in the day or take an extra long lunch to savour the local foods and avoid the midday heat! No matter when you go, the piazzas of Emilia Romagna are always perfect for savouring the local foods and wine.