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Skedaddle Twaddle about our Italian holidays

Cross Country VS Enduro-Style

Eager to escape to the hills? We take a look at two of our most popular biking experiences to find out more…

Best for: A classic cross-country journey taking in remote Scottish landscapes
Trip: Highlands Coast to Coast, UK | Duration: 7 days
You say: 
Tomintoul to Ballater had some superb technical single track and a great fast decent. Mount Keen is also worth a mention for its challenging climb and technical singletrack. I would recommend this holiday to any keen mountain biker as a must-do trip! ” Simon, Hereford, UK
Why a Cross-Country Challenge? For the chance to experience a rewarding place-to-place route exploring unspoilt wilderness and varied landscapes on a range of diverse trails.

For more Cross-Country Challenges click here.

Best for: Thrilling, technical trails exploring Sardinia’s idyllic coast and mountains
Trip: Sardinian Enduro, Italy | Duration: 8 days
We say: 
Our new Enduro tour has been specifically designed to put you through your paces on some of Sardinia’s most challenging and exhilirating trails – prepare for endless technical  singletrack set amidst stunning backdrops.” Matt, MTB Product Manager at Skedaddle
Why Enduro-Style? A great way to put your trail centre skills to the test in more exotic climes. These are holidays, not races, but our expert guides will help you make the most of the local terrain.

For more Enduro-Style tours click here.

Cycle Umbria: Italy at its most charming

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.

Pedalling pilgrimages fit for the bucket list!

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.

The Verdict…
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!