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Tuscany & Umbria Family Breakaway Bike Tour

Umbria to Cortona, beneath the Tuscan Sun

  • Soak up the medieval flavor and ancient traditions of charming hilltop towns
  • Enjoy gracious hotels with distinct local flavor
  • Delight in an exclusive cooking demonstration
  • Savor the area's specialties: hearty ribollita, panzanella, fresh pastas and delicious pastries
  • Get to know our favorite friends and colorful local people

No doubt you'll arrive with certain expectations of Tuscany and Umbria. But somehow the sensory feast is still a wonderful surprise. The sheer beauty of olive groves and vineyards. The slow pace of life. The symphony of flavors in traditional dishes. And the rich passione of the locals. Expectations exceeded? Just another day in the heart of Italy with your family.

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Soak up Umbrian panoramas en route to medieval Montefalco  Ride past vineyards and open fields to Torre del Colle, a picturesque hamlet in the hills  Explore timeless Spoleto, perhaps pausing to browse for ceramics, linens and olive wood pieces  Don't miss the impressive Roman amphitheater and the medieval hilltop fortress of Rocca Albornoziana  Experience warm Umbrian hospitality and hearty cuisine at an exclusive agriturismo dinner in the countryside.

Day 3 Imagine you're in a postcard as you pedal along tranquil bike paths flanked by bright red poppies, cypress trees and undulating hills Head toward the slopes of imposing Mount Subasio  Discover ancient villages and fine wines in Spello and Bevagna en route to Assisi, home of Saint Francis and a World Heritage Site  Take in spectacular views of this fascinating town over dinner at Nun Assisi Relais & Spa.

Days 4-6 Welcome to Tuscany!  Travel north to Sant'Angelo di Sorbello  After cruising past olive groves and sunflower fields, enjoy an exclusive cooking demo and lunch at the wine estate of La Braccesca  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  Taste splendid local treats at an 18th-century fattoria (farm) and wine estate in the heart of the region's vibrant and colorful agricultural center.

Designing this trip was incredibly fun—two of my favorite regions rolled into one grand adventure. You'll see some of the best that both have to offer… from small farms that have been passed down from one generation to the next, to medieval piazzas and fortresses, to scenic bike routes through valleys and forest. There's a lot to take in, but somehow time seems to stand still in Tuscany and Umbria. Especially when you pause for a delicious gelato with your family. It's all about the simple pleasures.
Jeff Cantarutti, Regional Manager - Italy
$4,298 - $4,698
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(+$950 to $1,060 for sgl. occ.)

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Hotel 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)

Nun Assisi Relais and Spa

Nun Assisi

Assisi (1 night)

This lovingly restored convent achieves an elegant and harmonious blend of ancient and modern. (spa)

Relais La Corte dei Papi

La Corte dei Papi

Cortona (2 nights)

Feel welcomed like family by owner David Papi at this refined and superbly appointed 18th-century country home, rated one of the top hotels in Italy and a Backroads-exclusive property. (pool)

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Designing this trip was incredibly fun—two of my favorite regions rolled into one grand adventure. You'll see some of the best that both have to offer… from small farms that have been passed down from one generation to the next, to medieval piazzas and fortresses, to scenic bike routes through valleys and forest. There's a lot to take in, but somehow time seems to stand still in Tuscany and Umbria. Especially when you pause for a delicious gelato with your family. It's all about the simple pleasures.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

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.

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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 10* 500 18 1500
2 18* 700 24* 2200 39 2300 46 3100
3 21* 1000 33* 1400 45 1600
4 21* 1500 34* 2200 46* 3100
25* 1100
5 20* 1700 42* 2300 52 3500
Cortona Guided Walking Tour (1.5 Hours)
6 9* 700 16 1100
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Tuscany and Umbria

With Us You Can Have It Both Ways

Backroads is the only active travel company to combine Tuscany and Umbria in a single biking trip, with a classic itinerary developed over the past 20 years as we've steadily deepened our knowledge of the best places to ride. We've also strengthened our friendships with the regions' best hoteliers – people like David Papi, owner of Relais alla Corte dei Papi, an up-and-coming boutique hotel that hosts no other biking trips but ours.

A Variety of Routes Each Day

In Tuscany and Umbria you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Tuscany and Umbria trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Tuscany and Umbria trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—both are included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders. See the bike options for this trip.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Tuscany and Umbria designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Navigate Your Way in Tuscany and Umbria

Your ride comes equipped with a Garmin Edge Explore 1000, the best bike-touring GPS device on the market. This is a Backroads exclusive, and it's included with your bike in Tuscany and Umbria. If you prefer to bring your own device, we also have downloadable GPS files and of course, our good old paper directions are always available. Read more on why our navigation options are the best.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Tuscany and Umbria—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Live in the Neighborhood

Our Trip Leaders in Tuscany and Umbria live in the area and are deeply engaged in their communities, giving them unique inside knowledge they're happy to share in making your experience that much richer. They'll introduce you to people, customs and parts of town you'd likely never encounter on your own—and teach you a few local phrases to help break the ice.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,698 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,698 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,498 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $7,198 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $8,398 pp dbl occ

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