- Exploring medieval treasures along the Valle Umbra
- Visiting the World Heritage site of San Francesco d‘Assisi
- Marvelling over Giotto’s art in the Basilica of Assisi
- Making Italian pizza with the kids
- Meandering the narrow streets of Spoleto
- Trying the region’s gelaterias
After your arrival into Perugia airport, we’ll pick you up and transfer you to your first accommodation, set in a rural location, around 7kms from Assisi (transfer approx. 30mins). Here you’ll be met by a local representative who will chat through the trip ahead and will fit your bikes (if renting).
There are lots of facilities at your hotel which you can make use of from tennis or fishing to the hotel pool, from where you’ll have a stunning view of Assisi. Depending on flight times, you may have time to venture into Assisi, a medieval city in which history, traditions and art are harmoniously combined. Hopefully you’ll have some time to wander through the small alleys, stopping at cosy squares and of course having your first ice cream of the trip! There’s lots to see including the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, museums and the Roman Forum.
- Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast it’s time to get on your bikes as you begin to discover the green Umbrian Valley – there’s plenty to get excited about! With a lovely little downhill section, along quiet streets, you’ll reach Spello, which is fiercely situated on the slopes of Mount Subasio.
The city has preserved its medieval charm and you’ll soon find yourself exploring alleys and cheerful squares, surrounded by flowering balconies. Leaving your bikes at the foot of the historic centre, it’s a short walk uphill to visit the main sights of the city: the churches of Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Andrea, the Pinacoteca (art gallery), the Roman mosaics and the Porta Consolare (Roman Gate).
There are plenty of gelateria to choose from to re-fuel (if you need any excuses), before cycling back to your hotel through cultivated fields planted with cereals, sunflowers, vines and olive trees.
- Meals: Breakfast
This morning you will cycle to Santa Maria Degli Angeli, where there’s plenty of time visit the basilica; the impressive dome covers the Porziuncola, where St. Francis and his friends lived. If you didn’t have chance to visit Assisi on your arrival, then you can leave your bikes here and take a bus up to Assisi, which is built on a hilltop.
Back on the bikes and cycling along quiet country roads, you’ll reach Torgiano; here you’ll find some reminders of the village’s glorious past, including the Baglioni Tower and the remains of the ancient city wall. Torgiano is situated at the confluence of the River Tiber and one of its tributaries (Chiascio), making it a fertile wine region. The Museum of Wine and Olive Oil, situated in the 17th century Graziani-Baglioni Palace, is worth a visit. In the museum, the history of cultivation of grapes and olives is explained and documented by archaeological finds and ceramics.
- Meals: Breakfast
The Umbrian countryside will be your companion for the day today as you cycle to Bevagna; a rare example of a historic centre built on a plain rather than on a hill, Bevagna boasts both a Roman and medieval aspect. Piazza Silvestri is a very interesting square to visit – a cheerful meeting place for the locals, with its gothic Palazzo dei Consoli and two Romanesque churches, Roman mosaics and a medieval house.
- Meals: Breakfast
Today is dedicated to reaching Foligno, a welcoming city situated on the River Topino. Here you’ll have time to visit the Duomo and its late Gothic Palazzo Trinci, which hosts the Pinacoteca and the archaeological museum; you can go shopping in Corso Cavour or stop at Piazza della Republica for a rest and of course the obligatory ice cream!
From Foligno you will continue cycling among cultivated fields and canals to your home for the night, in Casco dell‘Acqua. The accommodation, a beautiful eco-guesthouse, is situated along the River Clitunno, a great spot for enjoying the local countryside or simply relaxing by the pool.
- Meals: Breakfast, dinner
It’s your last day in the saddle today, when you’ll reach Spoleto; which you can’t miss, even from a distance, because of its fortress which dominates the city from above. You will enter the city on a bike path and, after Porta Garibaldi, you can leave your bikes and discover Spoleto on foot.
The historic centre and its Duomo, the Ponte delle Torri (Tower Bridge), the fortress, the Roman house and the amphitheatre are situated in the upper part of the city. After you’ve explored, it’s just a short ride to your hotel, situated just outside the city in the beautiful countryside.
Tonight you’ll have the option to put your skills to the test and try out some pizza making (and ultimately eating the result!) – a brilliant way to spend your final evening in Italy!
- Meals: Breakfast
It’s time to say Ciao to your cycling adventure and to begin your journey home. We have arranged a transfer for you back to Perugia airport, but if you‘re not ready to say goodbye yet and would like some extra time in the region then just let the Skedaddle office know and we can help you with arrangements (transfer approx. 30mins).
You’ll be riding through a mixture of flat and rolling countryside, primarily on quiet country roads (around 80% of the route) and along a mixture of cycle paths and cycle lanes (where you’ll be separated from motor vehicles). Please note that some roads will be busier than others, and will have local traffic, especially leading into the towns, and so it is important that your children are comfortable riding on the road.
The majority of the route sees you cycling on well surfaced tarmac, (but watch out for some short sections that aren’t as well maintained). There will be some short sections along the way on hard-packed dirt and / or gravel roads and so we recommend hybrid bikes for this tour. (Not suitable for road bikes).
Family Cycling Grade
Distances generally of between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day
For those looking for an easy-going route
Mainly on the flat
Some undulations and the odd cheeky climb
Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!
For more information about our grading system click here.
Is this suitable for you?
Maybe you and your family have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual vacation? If you’re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet, safe roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these trips might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 trip to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, occasionally heading out as a family for some leisurely rides at the weekend.
Dates & Prices
Daily departures available. The season prices below are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.
2021 26 Mar – 30 Oct.
Season 1 – $1090 pp – 08 Apr to 21 Apr, 03 May to 26 Jun, and 02 Sep to 30 Oct
Season 2 – $1390 pp – 26 Mar to 07 Apr, 22 Apr to 02 May, and 27 Jun to 01 Sep.
2022 26 Mar – 30 Oct.
Season 1 – $1090 pp – 26 Mar to 14 Apr, 02 May to 24 Jun, and 04 Sep to 30 Oct
Season 2 – $1390 pp – 15 Apr to 01 May, and 25 Jun to 03 Sep
We can offer the following discounts for children under 18:
- 25% discount for any child travelling with 2 fully-paying passengers
- 40% discount for any child sharing a room with 2 fully-paying passengers
A) Hotel accommodation (shared twin/double rooms) in good quality 3* and 4* hotels
B) Meals as per the itinerary
C) Detailed route notes and maps
D) Local representative (with welcome meeting)
E) Luggage transfers
F) Pizza making on day 6 (as evening meal)
G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Perugia airport (PEG)
H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Perugia airport (PEG)
What's not Included
A) Bike rental (available if required)
B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)
C) Single room (available if required)
D) Travel insurance
E) Meals not stated in the itinerary
F) Personal clothing and equipment
G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)
H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions
I) Possible city tax to be paid locally in cash (amount varies)
J) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival/departure days
The Times (2019), The 50 best holidays in Italy for 2019As seen in the press...
This new self-guided cycling tour from Saddle Skedaddle offers the chance to explore the food and culture of Umbria on two wheels, on a route from Assisi to Torgiano to Bevagna, ending up in the elegant town of Spoleto. The cycling is mostly on traffic-free routes and never covers more than 24 miles a day, with plenty of stops along the way for gelato and pizza. Most of the hotels have swimming pools and run activities, including pizza-making classes.
The Guardian (2018), 20 of the best adventure travel challengesAs seen in the press...
Come on gang, you can do it! That will be the cry on Saddle Skedaddle’s new self-guided family foray into Umbria’s medieval and Roman towns, olive groves, vineyards and lush mountains. Traffic-free country lanes and cycle paths form the basis of the place-to-place route, there’s lots of sightseeing and even a pizza-making session along the way. Children must be able to cycle up to 24 miles, but there’s perennial bribe of pizza, pasta and gelato at every pitstop, and lots of swimming pool action at the 3-4 star hotels en route.