Cycling in The Heart of Umbria

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  • 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.
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What To Expect

This holiday will appeal to anyone who can ride a bicycle and wants to enjoy a relaxing cycling holiday, in the rolling Umbrian Countryside, while exploring the areas medieval towns.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

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Navigation

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.

Accommodations

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.

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
  • Optional cooking course on day 3
  • Airport transfers

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

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).

Pre-Booked Taxi/Minibus

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

Getting from the End

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.

Luggage Transfer

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.

General Information

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.

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.

Equipment

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

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Starting Point: Terontola (Cortona) Day 2 Cycle to Poggio delle Corti - 45 km 28 miles / 45 km Day 3 Poggio delle Corti Loop - 23 or 30 km 18.5 miles / 30 km Day 4 Cycle to Perugia - 32 km 20 miles / 32 km Day 5 Cycle to Assisi - 25 km 15.5 miles / 25 km Day 6 Assisi Circular Loop - 35 km 22 miles / 35 km Day 7 Cycle to Spello - 25 km 15.5 miles / 25 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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