Italy’s heartland or ‘Green Heart’, Umbria has an unrivalled beauty in this beloved country. Its lush landscapes are a pristine patchwork of woodland, olive groves and wildflowers, punctuated by refreshing springs and medieval hill-towns that are steeped in tradition and works of art. For lovers of Italian food, wine and culture, our new cycling holidays in Umbria are a must.
Best for: Leisure cyclists seeking a gentle place to place journey
Holiday: Green Heart of Umbria
Duration: 8 days | Trips: April to October | Grade: 2
Cycle from one medieval treasure to the next along the Valle Umbra, visiting the World Heritage Site of Assisi and marvel over Giotto’s art in the Basilica of San Francesco. Sounds good so far? This gentle trip leaves you with ample time to explore each stunning town and treat the taste buds in the process.
Best for: Families looking for plenty of fun on and off the bike
Holiday: Spirit of Umbria
Duration: 7 days | Trips: May to October | Grade: 2
Our brand new family cycling holiday offers the best of both worlds on and off the bike. Our routes are gently undulating and mostly traffic-free through the Valle Umbra’s gorgeous green and mountainous landscape, stopping at the hilltop towns along the way for gelattos galore. Accommodation has been carefully selected and we’ve even included a pizza making evening!
Looking for more Italian gems to push the pedals?
Explore all the incredible corners of Italy by bike with us in 2018. Take a peek at our amazing range of tours here.
Pedal one of the world’s best-loved pilgrimages, a unique way to experience an inspiring ancient journey! Having cycled both the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena, Marketing Manager Fran Wilson gives us the lowdown…
Trip: Camino de Santiago, Spain
The basics: 5 days cycling | 144 miles
Trip highlight: The Camino’s popularity is evident by the number of pilgrims walking the trail. This, combined with the almost constant Camino arrows counting down the mileage to Santiago city, adds an extra special dimension to the journey.
A note on the cycling: Expect a route packed full of surprises, from a challenging mountain pass, to peaceful valleys and fairytale-like woodland trails.
Top tip: Use the phrase, buen camino when passing fellow pigrims en route – it’s a great ice breaker.
Watch the video | Read Fran’s full review: Buen Camino!
Trip: Via Francigena (Tuscany to Rome), Italy
The basics: 7 days cycling | 227 miles
Trip highlight: Welcome to Europe’s historical treasure trove! Whether exploring ancient amphitheatres or winding through medieval streets (not to mention the final ride into St Peter’s Square) the ancient wonders en route cannot fail to impress.
A note on the cycling: Idyllic landscapes make up for a few cheeky climbs along the way. Expect to be gliding past plenty of cypress tree-lined trails and endless fields of golden corn.
Top tip: Don’t be afraid to try the local dishes, this fresh food is delicious and just as good as the pizza.
Watch the video | Read Fran’s full review: Top 10 highlights.
For me the pilgrim package is hard to beat and both holidays featured above have provided rewarding adventures that will be hard to beat. Time to get them on your bucket list!
Kick off the Grand Tour season in style and join us for a one-off special in Sicily. This is a unique chance to follow the pros as they take on the fight for pink, in the 101st edition of the exciting Giro. Take a closer look at this thrilling new cycling holiday in 2018:
A note on the destination…
Italy’s culturally alluring island, boasts some incredible riding opportunities and our Giro special lets you explore some of the most stunning countryside. Cyclists can expect rolling hills covered in vineyards, fruit groves and quaint villages. All this brought to life by the heart-pumping Giro action!
Your chance to reach pro-rider heights…
One of thew undoubted highlight sof this tour is the opportunity to conquer Mount Etna, your chance to retrace the steps of the 2017 Giro! This challenging route will also feature in Stage 6 of this year’s route and sees gradients averaging 8%, ramping up to 15% on sections too. A challenging ascent with big rewards…
“On a special ‘one off’ trip there is always going to be a quantity of unknown variables. These were all dealt with exceptionally well by the guides, who made small adjustments to our rides and transfers in order to make the Giro d’Italia stages in time. I would like to thank Skedaddle for making this happen!”
Lindsay, Lincolnshire, UK
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