Few places can stir emotions quite as intensely as Umbria and, to visit here is to embark on a journey into a timeless world of sun-drenched landscapes, ancient hill villages and some of the friendliest people we've ever met.
This 8-night independent cycling tour combines gentle pedaling through olive groves, sunflowers fields, vineyards and apricot orchards with the chance to explore some of the most fascinating towns and historic villages in the country. You'll cycle along the stately Roman Via degli Ulivi and follow in the footsteps of emperors at the sacred springs of Campello sul Clitunno.
Highlights include the lovely hilltop wine village of Montefalco, 'the balcony of Umbria', and the fascinating historic city of Spoleto crammed with exciting Roman remains including Emperor Vespasian's mother's house, and fascinating original atrium, baths and mosaics. And, of course, no trip here would be complete without spending time in magical Assisi. Be sure to visit St Francis' Basilica with its beautifully ornate frescoes and his peaceful forest retreat on Monte Subasio where he used to stroll and preach to the birds.
The hotels we've selected for this holiday are pretty special too, ranging from a stunningly restored ancient hamlet, set in its own manicured gardens, to a panoramic **** hotel in Spello with a its own spa and one of the most prestigious wine cellars we've ever stumbled upon!
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Foligno train station 17:15 pick up (transfer to hotel, 15 mins, provided).|
|Tour Ends||Return to Foligno train station at 10:41.|
|Rail Options||Rail Rome Termini to Foligno 15:35/17:15. Return: Foligno to Rome Termini 10:41/12:35.|
|Rail Supplement||Second Class Italian Rail $59 per person, round trip. First Class Italian Rail $98, per person, round trip.|
|Singles||Add $27 per night.|
|Other details||Room upgrade from $22 per person, per night. Extra nights: We recommend Perugia, Spello or Rome. Prices from $92 per person, per night B&B, based on 2 people sharing. E bike rental: Inquire for prices.|
|Hotels||**** (4 nights) *** (4 nights)|