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Tuscany & Umbria Family Breakaway Bike Tour New!

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  • Soak up the medieval flavor and ancient traditions of charming hilltop towns
  • Enjoy gracious hotels with distinct local flavor
  • Taste splendid wines like Sagrantino, Montefalco Rosso and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
  • Delight in the area's specialties: hearty ribollita, panzanella, fresh pastas and delicious pastries
  • Get to know our favorite friends and colorful local people

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Undiscovered Umbria to Cortona, Land of the Tuscan Sun

No doubt you'll arrive with certain expectations. After all, artists and writers have sung the praises of Tuscany and Umbria for centuries. But somehow it's still a surprise, the sensory feast that surrounds you. You're still floored by the beauty of silvery olive groves and endless acres of vineyards. By the slow pace of life. By the symphony of flavors in traditional dishes passed down through generations. By the chefs and vintners who are proud to share their talents. And the sheer passione of the locals. Expectations exceeded? Just another day in the heart of Italy.

Days 1-2 Medieval flavor and ancient traditions await in charming hilltop towns  The only hill town on the valley floor, Montefalco is a great spot for soaking up views of Assisi to the north and Spoleto in the south  Coast downhill to a bountiful picnic lunch in the heart of the Sagrantino wine (Umbria's "big red") production zone Dine and wander in timeless Bevagna, perhaps pausing to browse for ceramics and silver Taste splendid wines, like Sagrantino, Montefalco Rosso and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  Beauty abounds in Assisi, from the stunning Basilica of Saint Francis to the verdant valley below.

Day 3 Welcome to Tuscany!  Imagine you're in a postcard as you pedal along a winding road flanked by bright red poppies, cypress trees and undulating hills Spin through the Orcia Valley, where fortified towns and distant Mount Amiata provide a dramatic backdrop Explore Pienza, the Renaissance utopia of Pope Pius II - and birthplace of heavenly pecorino cheese  Join our friend Vittorio in his cozy cantina for a private degustazione We're welcomed like family at La Chiusa - you'll understand why we've been coming here for years!

Days 4-6 Cruise past olive groves and sunflower fields to La Braccesca wine estate for an exclusive cooking demo and lunch  Pedal through the Chiana Valley, where white Chianina cows graze Bike to historic hilltop Cortona, surrounded by 3,000-year-old Etruscan walls, and the setting for Under the Tuscan Sun Giovanni, our longtime local guide, leads us through this celebrated town  Savor a classic Tuscan tableau during an easy ride past ancient farmhouses, vast wheat fields and cypress-lined roads.

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Relais Villa Zuccari
Relais Villa Zuccari

San Luca (2 nights) In the Zuccari family since the 1500s, this gorgeous villa is surrounded by expansive rose-filled gardens and the vineyards of Montefalco. (pool)

Relais La Chiusa
Relais La Chiusa

Montefollonico (1 night) Enjoy inspiring views of medieval Montepulciano at this family-run country inn, whose restaurant is renowned throughout the region for its unique and delectable cuisine.

La Corte dei Papi
La Corte dei Papi

Cortona (2 nights) A superbly appointed 18th-century country house, rated one of the top hotels in Italy. (pool)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

This trip introduces you to two fantastic regions: Umbria and Tuscany. While dramatically less traveled than Tuscany, Umbria offers many if not all of Tuscany's famed physical and cultural qualities. In both areas, you'll experience charming hill towns that have maintained their medieval flavor and ancient customs. You'll witness classic tableaus of rolling fields, vineyards, olive groves, old farmhouses, cypress-lined roads and nonne (grandmothers) strolling arm-in-arm. And you'll enjoy some of the most pleasant biking in the Backroads lineup of worldwide trips, with shuttles to help you up the bigger hills.
Carlos Martinez Abad - Regional Coordinator, Italy

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 19 200 26 900
2 26* 600 41* 700
50 800
3 18* 1200 27 1600 37 2500
4 21* 500 32 600
39 900
5 20* 1000 35* 1300 43 2300
Cortona Guided Walk (1.5 Hours)
6 9* 300
16 400
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Tuscany tour experts. See our award-winning Europe Italy biking tours, Europe Italy walking and hiking tours and Europe Italy multisport tours.

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Arezzo, Italy/Florence, Italy

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All meals included except 2 lunches, 1 dinner

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