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Umbria to the Adriatic Bike Tour

Italy's Assisi to Le Marche

From $3,699 - $3,849 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

(+$640 for sgl. occ.)

Rolling bike routes through the incandescent Umbrian countryside. Cappuccino breaks in Montefalco and Bevagna. Discover the World Heritage city of Assisi. Ride onward but step back in time as you approach the ancient stones of Gubbio. Then cross the wild Apennine mountains to the coastal wonderland of Le Marche. Olive groves and vineyards roll down to the Adriatic Sea. The food. The people. The landscape. It's Italy at its finest.

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Start Arezzo / End Bologna

Southern Tuscany Biking Map

Highlights

  • Experience a different side of Italy in the magnificently lush and undiscovered regions of Umbria and Le Marche
  • Bike through timeless towns and enchanting farms nestled in Umbria's rolling landscape, Italy's so-called Green Heart
  • Dive into an old-world atmosphere and then into the sparkling Adriatic as you reach Le Marche's sun-drenched coast
  • Treat yourself to a post-ride massage at Borgobrufa's decadent spa and take in the unbelievable views over Perugia
Italy

Start Arezzo / End Bologna

Southern Tuscany Biking Map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Discover the quiet roads and rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside by bike | Meet our local friends at their farm and enjoy lunch fresh from the garden | Arrive at our elegant retreat in Brufa di Torgiano | Soak up a dazzling 360-degree view over Perugia | Ride tranquil backroads flanked by bright red poppies, cypress trees and picturesque hills | Follow a route through timeless towns like Montefalco and Bevagna | Hearty Italian cuisine awaits in the Valle Umbra | Join a guide for a tour of Assisi, a World Heritage site and one-time home of St. Francis | Pamper your muscles at our hotel's decadent spa – it's one of Umbria's finest!

Day 3 A scenic climb brings you to lost-in-time lands where shepherds still tend their flocks | Follow breathtaking forgotten roads to hilltop Gubbio, an ancient stone village and the cradle of Umbrian civilization | Visit the Palazzo dei Consoli Museum and witness the Iguvine Tables, bronze inscriptions from the 2nd-century BC | Savor traditional fare at a ristorante in one of Gubbio's impressively preserved medieval buildings.

Day 4 Pass through the magnificent Furlo gorge as you bike along the Via Flaminia, an ancient Roman road | Cross over the Apennine mountains – Italy's geographic spine – to Le Marche | Enter an off-the-beaten-path landscape filled with sprawling vineyards, silver-green olive groves and golden wheat fields | Arrive on two wheels to the sun-drenched Adriatic coast | Unwind at a 17th-century villa in the village of Trebbiantico. 

Days 5-6 Cycle along the sparkling Adriatic Sea | Ready for a swim? Do as the locals do and head to the beach | Ride up to San Bartolo mountain and regional park for spectacular coastal views high above the shore | Enjoy a sunset cruise, aperitivo in hand, before dinner in the seaside resort town of Pesaro | Take one final spin through the area's postcard-perfect hills.

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. View cancellation policy.

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Prices

From $3,699 - $3,849 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

(+$640 for sgl. occ.)

Casual & Casual Plus Hotels*

Borgobrufa Spa Resort, Brufa di Torgiano
Borgobrufa Spa Resort

Brufa di Torgiano (2 nights)

* Casual Plus
Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini, Gubbio
Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini

Gubbio (1 night)

* Casual Plus
Villa Cattani Stuart
Villa Cattani Stuart

Pesaro (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Tuscany and Umbria

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Casual & Casual Plus Hotels*

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Borgobrufa Spa Resort, Brufa di Torgiano

Borgobrufa Spa Resort

Brufa di Torgiano (2 nights)
* Casual Plus

Sweeping panoramic views over the Umbrian countryside, classic Italian décor and the region's most impressive spa are just a few of the reasons to fall in love with this beautiful resort. (pool, spa)

Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini, Gubbio

Park Hotel Ai Cappuccini

Gubbio (1 night)
* Casual Plus

This ancient stone monastery, a Small Luxury Hotels of the World Member, has been transformed into a serene retreat nestled into the hillside above Gubbio's historic town center. (pool, spa)

Villa Cattani Stuart

Villa Cattani Stuart

Pesaro (2 nights)

The classic Italian gardens and olive groves that were once part of this 17th-century villa enhance the already picturesque setting of this elegant family-owned hotel. (pool)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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 (drag to see full )

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 14* 800 19 1300 30 2200
2 19* 400 23* 600 35 1200 41 1800
Assisi Walking Tour (1 Hour)
3 11* 1400 40 3100 47 4300
21* 1700
4 20* 800 29* 2100 35 2600 44 3800
5 9* 1000 14* 1400 25* 2300 40 3400
22* 1600 26* 2600
35* 3100
39 3100
6 10 900
 

Note:

* Includes shuttle.

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

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Cannondale Pro Carbon Upgrade ($400 rental fee) – Available 7/1/19

We’re excited to announce that beginning July 1, 2019, we’ll offer the new and much-anticipated Cannondale 2020 Synapse Hi-MOD pro carbon upgrade on Biking Trips in Europe, United States and Canada. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package, the Synapse is built for experienced cyclists, men and women alike, who are looking for a high-performance bike that doesn’t sacrifice comfort. The Synapse will be offered in a complete range of sizes; detailed bike specifications will be announced in February 2019.

Cannondale 2020 Synapse Hi-MOD

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Traffic

Our exploration of Umbria and Le Marche brings us from rolling countryside to the Adriatic coast. Most routes travel along beautiful country roads but, on occasion, you can expect to encounter increased traffic as we pass through larger historic towns like Assisi, Perugia and Gubbio. Along the coast near Pesaro, a summer destination popular with locals, we ride on urban bike paths that sometimes intersect with busier roads. Of course, the van is there to support you if you want a lift.

Why Travel with Backroads in Tuscany and Umbria

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.

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.

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.

Great Bikes Included

Our custom-designed titanium bikes are best in class. From avid cyclists to easygoing riders, we believe that everyone deserves a seriously great bike to match their riding style. Learn more about our bike fleet.

Navigate Your Way in Tuscany and Umbria

Your ride comes equipped with a GPS device, preloaded with all the routes and route options for your trip. 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.

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.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for one or two people (or a family of three or four), 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.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Tuscany and Umbria, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politic—and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Traffic

Our exploration of Umbria and Le Marche brings us from rolling countryside to the Adriatic coast. Most routes travel along beautiful country roads but, on occasion, you can expect to encounter increased traffic as we pass through larger historic towns like Assisi, Perugia and Gubbio. Along the coast near Pesaro, a summer destination popular with locals, we ride on urban bike paths that sometimes intersect with busier roads. Of course, the van is there to support you if you want a lift.
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