Umbria is often called The Green Heart of Italy. Pedal through olive groves and past vineyards, wonder at Etruscan burial chambers, Roman ruins and splendid churches. Pedal through olive groves and past vineyards, wonder at Etruscan burial chambers, Roman ruins and splendid churches. Pause in medieval villages perched on the hillside and lose yourself in the tales that ancient stones tell. Italy’s “green heart” offers you food for body and soul. Medieval villages perch on hillsides cloaked with dark forests hiding truffle secrets. Nourish your soul with a splendid history of painters and saints.
2017 Price: €1150 Euros /double occupancy
Single Supplement: €275 Euros
International flights, bike rentals, (hybrid bikes / €145 Euros, road Bikes / €180 Euros, Electric bikes / €250 Euros), lunches, 4 dinners.
Distances average 25 – 30 miles each day.
Umbria Self Guided Biking Tour begins in Cortona, Lake Trasimeno. Continue to magnificent Perugia, rich and dense like the Perugino Bachi chocolates. Pass the ceramic workshops of Deruta, then arrive in Assisi and let the spirit of St. Francis fill you. Savour the beautifully preserved towns of Spello, Bevagna, Spoleto and Todi. Let the great colored cathedral of Orvieto be your beacon across vineyards producing a winning white wine. Umbria offers broad valleys lined by rolling hills, and is not as demanding as Tuscany.
Arrive in Cortona, the setting for Francis Maye’s best seller, Under the Tuscan Sun
Enter Umbria and cruise by Lake Trasimeno, whose shores shelter bamboo, migratory birds and lovely villages surrounded by olive groves. Take a boat to Isola Maggiore where old ladies weave lace and fisherman mend their nets. Today’s destination is a B&B in a the countryside near Perugia.
As you cycle through the heart of Umbria, pause to visit Deruta, famous for its ceramics, and Torgiano, home of Umbria’s finest wines, produced by Giorgi Lungarotti. Visit their wine museum, which also includes medieval machinery. Settle in for two nights in Bevagna.
Enjoy the day ride into Assisi and tour the city’s artistic highlights. (The Basilica of St. Francis is still being repaired and only the upper part will be open to visitors.) Take the time to immerse yourself in its life as you explore the winding streets of the pink city. Continue on an easy ride along the Subasio slopes to the small town of Spello, a perfectly preserved town still encircled by Roman walls.
Cycle into the heart of the wine country to Montefalco, nicknamed “the balcony of Umbria” because of its spectacular views. It’s also famous for its wine. Don’t miss the dazzling Renaissance frescoes painted by Benozzo Gozzoli in the 15th century in the huge church of San Francesco. Continue through the Umbrian hills to the hilltop town of Todi. Visit the impressive Piazza del Popolo, one of the most striking squares in Italy, designed so that narrow exits at each corner could be closed off and the square defended. Be sure to see the Palazzo as well, one of the oldest surviving public buildings in Italy.
Wind through the rugged, beautiful landscape. Pause to enjoy the views over Lake Corbara before reaching the Etruscan town of Orvieto, perched atop reddish-brown cliffs of soft, volcanic tufa stone. Visit the Duomo, considered the finest cathedral of its period in Italy and home of some amazing frescoes by Signorelli.
Catch a train from Orvieto to your next destination
** Shorter itineraries available.
Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks are recreational riders and all seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this trip.
Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.
This region has earned its reputation of having the best cuisine and wine in all of Italy. You will be staying in hotels and inns that serve gourmet meals with enough variety to please everyone.
Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Daytime temperatures are 60º to 85º F. and nights are 50º to 70º F. There is always the chance of rain, so to ensure your personal comfort please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with a hood and rain pants, too. For the sunny days, we recommend using SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen. If you are really sun sensitive, we suggest sun-blocking clothing.
Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.
The currency of Italy is the Euro. You will need Euros for beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest exchanging a minimum of €200 EUR (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).
We suggest 10% for exceptional service in restaurants (most restaurants include a service charge) and a small amount for baggage and taxi service.
US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.
U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Italy. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!
Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.
Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.
To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!
Umbria (Italian pronunciation: [ˈumbrja]), is a region of historic and modern central Italy. It is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a border with other countries. It includes the Lake Trasimeno, Cascata delle Marmore, and is crossed by the River Tiber. The regional capital is Perugia. Umbria is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and influence on culture. ~ Wikipedia