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Leisure Cycling Holidays in Umbria

Posted on March 10, 2015 by

Italy’s unbeatable combination of scenery, culture, cuisine and cycle friendliness make it one of the best places in Europe to enjoy a cycling holiday. But where to start? We’ve already talked about the different cycling regions of Italy but now its time to talk a bit more about one of its most celebrated cycling regions – Umbria.

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Umbrian countryside

Umbria forms the heart of Italy, and it’s certainly the Italy of many people’s imaginations. Here you’ll find a rolling countryside, dotted with cypress trees, where every other hill seems to be crowned with an achingly beautiful medieval settlement. Along with its neighbour, Tuscany, it is the cradle of the Renaissance, and the region is packed with more statues, fine architecture and artistic masterpieces than most other countries can dream of.

What’s the cycling like in Umbria?

The terrain in Umbria is characterised by short, rolling hills, separated by flat plains and there’s no getting away from the fact that any ride in this region is likely to include regular ups and downs. It’s a price worth paying however as many of the climbs ascend to magical and ancient hilltop villages, offering wonderful vistas across the surrounding countryside. There’s no rush, these are leisure cycling routes after all and not Giro d’Italia stuff, so take your time and stop regularly at local cafés for refreshments and to recharge. The routes follow an extensive network of quiet lanes that criss-cross the countryside and you’ll only rarely venture onto busier roads, usually when approaching, or leaving larger towns. Italians love cycling and despite their reputation for rather ‘excitable’ driving you will find them to be remarkably considerate towards cyclists.

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Admiring the view

Which Umbria cycling holiday will suit me best?

Flexitreks has a range of great cycling holidays Umbria. It’s a large region, so you won’t be able to cover it all in one trip but one of our 4 cycling holidays in Umbria is bound to fit the bill. Here’s a precie of what each has to offer.

Short Cycle Breaks in Umbria

If you can’t spare a whole week then our Umbria Cycle Break may well appeal. This 4 night circular cycle tour starts and finishes in the delightful, hillside town of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. Three days of cycling will lead you around the breathtaking Umbrian valley, overnighting in the charming towns of Spoleto and Bevagna before returning to Assisi for your last night. Alternatively, if the delicious food and wine of this region appeals as much as the cycling then our Umbria Wine and Gourmet Cycling Break could be the holiday for you. On this 4 night trip you will cycle from Assisi around the Umbrian Valley stopping in idyllic little villages where you will enjoy wonderful meals that showcase Umbrian cuisine at its best.

Spoleto - Umbria


6 and 7 Night Cycling Holidays in Umbria

Our Umbria Classic Cycling Holiday is available in 6 and 7 night durations and is our most popular cycling holiday in Umbria. On this tour you will see the region’s main highlights whilst cycling a very manageable 40kms per day on average. Starting and finishing in Assisi, this tour leads you on a gentle clockwise loop around the stunning Umbrian Valley. You’ll visit the gorgeous medieval walled towns of Spello and Bevagna and Torgiano as well as the bustling regional capital, Perugia. You’ll also have the option of taking on a challenging climb to the hilltop village of Montefalco where you can admire the view across the Umbrian Valley from the Balcony of Umbria.

Perugia - Umbria - Italy*


If you’d like more information on any of these tours then get in touch as we know the area well and have cycled many of the routes ourselves.


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Our easy cycling holidays offer short daily rides on mostly level terrain. A typical day’s ride will take 2 – 3 hours at a leisurely pace and the remainder of the day will be free for you to explore further or simply relax. These rides are particularly recommended for newcomers to cycling holidays and for families.

Our leisurely cycle holidays will suit those who are reasonably fit through regular exercise of one kind or another – not necessarily cycling. On the whole, the terrain will be level but there may also be a few small hills to contend with along the way too. Daily rides will typically take around 3 – 4 hours to complete.

Our moderate cycle holidays are for regular cyclists, who are used to longer rides with regular climbs. A good level of fitness is needed and you can expect to be in the saddle for between 4 and 5 hours each day.

These holidays are for seasoned cyclists who cycle long distances regularly and who enjoy the thrill of long days in the saddle. There will undoubtedly be some challenging climbs along the way and you can expect to cover between 55 and 75 miles each day.

Simple 2 star hotels, pensions inns and B&Bs. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Typically a mix of good quality 2 & 3 star hotels and in some cases all 3 star hotels. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.
Tours that have a mix of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels are also included here. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

A mix of 3 and 4 star hotels & or in some cases excellent 3 star hotels.

High standard properties offering well-appointed guest rooms and good facilities. All rooms feature en-suite facilities.

Basic: Cabins with bunk beds and shared facilities.

Simple: Cabins with bunk beds and en-suite facilities

Comfort: Twin bedded cabins and en-suite facilities.

Superior: Well appointed en-suite, twin cabins.

Deluxe: Very high levels of comfort & service. All cabins are en-suite.

theme-icon-familyFamily: Cycling holidays that are suitable for families.

theme-icon-riversRivers & Lakes: Cycling holidays alongside rivers and/or lakes.

theme-icon-coastalCoastal: Cycling holidays that follow a coastline.

theme-icon-wineWine Lovers: Cycling holidays through well known wine regions.

theme-icon-gastroGastronomic: Cycling holidays through regions renowned for their cuisine.

theme-icon-ebikeE-bikes: Cycling holidays where e-bikes are available as well as regular bikes.