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Bicycling Umbria, the Green Heart of Italy

Classic Self-Guided - Perugia to Orvieto

Umbria is the birthplace of St. Francis, the heart of Roman Italy and home to some of Italy's best preserved medieval towns. Bicycle past vineyards, chestnut and oak forests, and across rolling hills to monasteries, castles, and hilltop villages unchanged since the Middle Ages. Start in Perugia the ancient and modern capital of Umbria, continue to Assisi, the home of Saint Francis, Deruta, famous for its pottery, Torgiano, known for its wines, and hilltop towns such as Spello, Montefalco, Spoleto, Todi and Orvieto.

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2021 Early Bird Booking Discount available!
Book by May 15th, 2021 to receive €100 off per person.

Free premium bike rental!
Available on all departures through July 31st, 2021, the rental fee for our premium titanium-frame road or hybrid bikes is waived.

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For more detailed tour information download the Tour Factsheet

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Perugia and Umbria

    Highlights: The well-known artistic centre of Italy: Perugia

    Arrive in Perugia today, the ancient and modern capital of Umbria. Perugia is famous for Perugina chocolate and its vibrant old town! Take time to explore it today or tomorrow morning. We'll meet you for bike fitting and briefing in the afternoon. Daily Mileage: 0-12 km (0-7.5 miles).

  • Day 2

    Bicycle from Perugia to Assisi

    Highlights: Assisi, the town of Saint Francis

    Leave Perugia to enter the Umbrian Basin and arrive to Assisi. You'll want to explore the church of Saint Francis, the second most important pilgrimage destination in Italy after St. Peter's in Rome. If you arrive early you might enjoy an extra ride to the hermitage just outside the village where Francis often retreated for meditation. Daily Mileage: 31-38 km (19-24 miles), optional extra ride 13 km (8 miles).

  • Day 3

    Assisi - Loop ride to Deruta and Torgiano

    Highlights: Ceramics in Deruta and wine in Torgiano

    Your ride today takes you to Deruta where you can enjoy scores of ceramic studios. Deruta is one of the most important ceramics towns in all of Italy. Your route continues on to Torgiano, a major wine producer. The famous Lungarotti winery has a wine museum in the centre of the town. The route back to Assisi takes you through the hamlet of Brufa. Distance: 53 km 33 miles).

  • Day 4

    Bicycle from Assisi to Bevagna

    Highlights: Roman ruins in Spello, medieval wall and Renaissance buildings

    You leave Assisi behind you this morning and head south to Spello, a puzzle made of Roman, Medieval and Renaissance pieces. 13th century town walls connect Roman gateways dating to the 1st century BC and AD. Take time to explore and you'll find the 13th century town hall dominating the Renaissance town square. From Spello you pedal to Foligno another Roman town but with fewer Roman ruins. Enjoy lunch in the square and then head across the Umbria valley to Bevagna. Bevagna is the picture of a well-preserved Medieval village. It, too, dates from Roman times and is centered on the 13th century square and town hall. Unlike most Medieval towns, Bevagna is located on the flat of the Umbrian Basin. Mileage: 35 km (22 miles)

  • Day 5

    Loop ride from Bevagna to Montefalco

    Highlights: The Roman Via Flaminia, Trevi, and Montefalco

    Yesterday and today you will parallel the historic Via Flaminia, a Roman road, built in 220 BC by Consul Gaius Faminius. The road allowed Roman soldiers and their families access to the region around Rimini where they settled. With the road came all the Roman settlements and military garrisons in the area. Foligno and Spello were Roman towns while Trevi and Montefalco, our lunch destination, were Medieval towns that developed on nearby hills hundreds of years later. Take time to explore these hill towns as they capture the essence of Italy. A variety of routes allow access to the hills south of Montefalco. Plan on a picnic or restaurant lunch in the village, though as it affords a spectacular view across the entire Umbrian basin where you just spent two days cycling. (And plan to pick up a bottle of Sagrantino in Montefalco, one of Italy's most famous wines, for your dinner tonight.) Mileage: 45 km (28 miles) depending on how far you venture into the hills south of Montefalco.

  • Day 6

    Bicycle from Bevagna to Spoleto

    Highlights: The preserved town of Spoleto, its fortress, the Roman aqueduct

    Your ride todays takes you to the well-preserved medieval town of Spoleto, famous throughout the world for the Festival dei due Mondi, a three week dance, music and opera festival. Arrive early to discover the hidden corners of this fabulous town that dates back to Roman times. Don't miss the Cathedral and a walk to the fortress Fortezza Albornoz on top of Colle Sant' Elia. Mileage: 34-39 km (21-24 miles). Optional Extra 17 km (11 miles)

  • Day 7

    From Spoleto to Todi

    Highlights: Off the beaten track to the medieval Todi

    You're route today takes you away from the busy heartland of Umbria to the beautiful hilltop town of Todi. Todi's history is one of the region's oldest: three thousand years of continual inhabitance by Umbrians, Etruscans, and Romans. Today its main square "Piazza del Popolo" is often described as the most perfect medieval piazza in Italy. Discover why. Mileage: 56 km (35 miles)

  • Day 8

    Todi to Orvieto

    Highlights: Orvieto and its Duomo

    A quiet ride along the shoulders of the Tiber Valley takes you to the spectacular Renaissance city of Orvieto. Perched on the remnant of a volcanic plateau, Orvieto is one of the most beautiful cities in Umbria. Its cathedral, a transition style between Romanesque and Gothic architecture, is richly decorated with a variety of colored marble and bright mosaics. Orvieto is also famous for its white wine. Mileage: 47 km (29 miles

  • Day 9

    Loop ride to Civita and Bolsena

    Highlights: "Ghost town" of Civita di Bagnoregio and Bolsena Volcanic Lake

    We suggest a loop ride today to one of several volcanic lakes in this part of Italy, the Lago di Bolsena. Before getting to the lake the ride will take you to the "ghost town" of Civita di Bagnoregio. Take time to explore this interesting village. Daily distance: 65 km (41 miles)

  • Day 10

    Tour ends in Orvieto

    Highlights:

    After breakfast your cycling experience in Umbria ends. We hope you have enjoyed cycling with us! Orvieto is conveniently located on the main rail line to Florence or to Rome. It is also beautiful enough to warrant a relaxing rest day if you are so inclined.


    PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.

Includes Includes 9 nights in 3- and 4-star lodging; all breakfasts; bike fitting and briefing in English by our professional staff at tour start; GPS device with pre-loaded navigation routes (one for every two cyclists); access to smartphone app with tracks and digital "roadbook"; printed roadbook with detailed daily information, maps and more; luggage transfers.

Not Included Travel to and from the tour start and end; bicycle rental (see Prices tab); entrance to museums or other activities not indicated as included; city hotel tax (2 to 5 euro per night per person, to be paid locally by traveler); Any meals or beverages not indicated as included.

Solo Traveler and Private Group departures available & - please inquire.

Lodging Upgrade: Room upgrades are possible in some hotels - please inquire for prices and availability

Extra nightsPlease inquire about adding nights along the itinerary or before/after the tour. Rates for extra nights as follows


PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.
Countries Italy
Begin/End Perugia / Orvieto
Arrive/Depart Florence Airport (FLR) / Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Total Distance 201- 435 km (163- 272 miles)
Daily Distance 0 - 64 km (0 - 40 miles)

Difficulty description: The tour starts easy then it gets hilly, but distances are moderate so take your time! For an easy option you can end in Spoleto.
Rating 201 to 301
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Notes Navigation and roadbook:
On our CLASSIC self-guided tours, detailed daily information and route navigation are provided through a GPS device (one included for every two cyclists), a smartphone application, as well as a printed roadbook with thorough daily descriptions and maps. Our app allows you to download the information into your smartphone, where you can the daily routes even in offline mode. Hotel itinerary, daily ride descriptions, cultural information, visit suggestions, elevation profiles, and emergency numbers are all stored in one organized place. Downloading maps and routes also allows you to navigate in offline mode. If you prefer, you can download the routes into your GPS device and print the detailed route notes before leaving home and use them on tour, or rely on the detailed roadbook that we will print for you and delivery before the tour start

For more information on the smartphone app, visit RideWithGPS Experiences.

For more information on the GPS tracks and roadbook, please see the Tour Factsheet .

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Luggage transfers are included in your package.
The luggage is normally collected from 09.00 at the reception of the hotel and is delivered at the following hotel by 15.30. Every piece of luggage must be marked with a visible luggage tag. Please make sure yours have correct tags. If your luggage is not ready by the time the driver comes to collect it, you may have to pay a local taxi for the service.

Please consider that the luggage is not insured during the transport. You need to have your own insurance. Do not leave valuables or fragile items in your luggage.
Normally, the luggage transport service cannot be used by participants to skip the cycling stage. In case you need help to skip the cycling stage, please contact our emergency number and we will arrange it for you.
Terms Terms & Conditions
Dates Prices Single Supplement
Dates Available March 1 to October 31, 2021

Starts every Sunday*

* Other start days available by request

Per person price based on double occupancy with 2 participants per departure minimum; Single rooms and Solo Traveler departures available - see supplemental fees on the right.


2021 Early Bird Booking Discount available! Book by May 15th, 2021 to receive €100 off per person.

Free premium bike rental! Available on all departures through July 31st, 2021, the rental fee for our premium titanium-frame road or hybrid bikes is waived.

Group Discounts for 6 or more participants booking together on the same departure! Please inquire for details through our contact form below.

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If you don't have 10 days available, please inquire about a shorter version of this tour, still offering great cycling and all the highlights.
If you have more time available, join this with our our Southern Tuscany Classic self-guided tour, for a Grand Cycling Tour of central Italy!

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Bike Rental options:
We offer quality bikes in different styles, all great options for this bike tour. Our bikes are maintained and delivered in optimal working condition.

The prices below are per bike for the duration of the tour, including delivery to starting point in Perugia and collection from ending point in Orvieto.

Bike rental rates

Aluminum hybrid: €150
Premium Titanium road or hybrid: €200
E-bike (hybrid with straight handlebar): €300
Tandem: €350 (price per bike, for 2 cyclists)
Tag-along or kid trailer: €90

For detailed specs and photos of our bikes, see our website - Bike Rentals Italy.

High-Season notes (May, September and early October):
Hotels: may be subject to availability, and a hotel supplemental fee may be applied.
Bike Availability: our premium (titanium-frame) bikes are also subject to availability.

Prices €1345 per person

2021 Early Bird Booking Discount available now!
Single Supplement €300 fee for private, double room

€805 solo traveler fee (only one person on departure)
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  • We appreciate the detail and attentiveness that your staff gave to our trip. we received good phone and text support by several of your staff including Igor, Monica, Marco and Giovanni. good briefing and fitting at the beginning. the road books were well put together. We appreciated having the maps of each of the towns provided and recommended restaurants. the hotel selection were in good locations for biking and were accommodating for bicycles. the routes, GPS and GPS tracks were easy to follow. communication/ customer service by Stefania prior to the trip was excellent.

    Andrea C.
    USA
    May, 2019