Cycling holiday in Umbria, Italy
Description of Cycling holiday in Umbria, Italy
This cycling holiday in Umbria is an independent, self guided trip following the itinerary below which wends its way through this stunning green heart of Italy, connecting two of its most exquisite cities.
We will organise your luggage transfers for you, as well as your accommodation in charming, locally owned three or four star hotels in Umbria. There is no shortage of beautiful places to stay, all perfect for your cycling trip through historic gems such as Assisi, Perugia, Spoleto and Terni”. You may want to extend your trip and take a day to relax in all of these spots, all boasting world renowned cultural heritage, architecture and art treasures. Many of them feeling utterly unchanged with time.
Our bikes have changed with time, however, with quality rental bikes included in the price of your holiday, with an option to upgrade to an electric bike if you prefer. This is a moderate cycling holiday, where you will cover around 290km in total, with daily distances varying between 35-65km and a couple of train journeys in between. Enjoy cycling at your own pace, on mainly quiet roads enveloped by the Tuscan Hills, Umbria’s vineyards and the valleys of the Apennines, with many wonderful lakes along the way for lunch stops.
1 Reviews of Cycling holiday in Umbria, Italy
Reviewed on 10 Aug 2018 by Natalie Ross
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Riding up into each ancient castle village at the end of each day. Beautiful and super challenging.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Don’t go in July or Aug due to heat. Would rate a 4 out of 5 vs a 3 out of 5
due to hills, heat and 8 days straight of cycling.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. The lodging appeared to be all locally owned and operated. Loved being in towns not swamped w tourists.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
4/5 - A few of the accommodations were somewhat rustic, uncomfortable beds
PlanetA cycling holiday such as this cycling holiday in Italy is the ideal way to explore the natural and cultural highlights of a region, travel under your own steam and minimise the impact on the environment.
The natural landscapes we explore on this cycling holiday in Italy are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions. For us, it is critically important that such wilderness travel experiences do not diminish the natural values of the environment.
Our environmental sustainable principles: True sustainability is a guiding aspect in all aspects of our business planning and operations. Specifically our tour operations should be managed in a way where the natural and cultural values of the host region are undiminished in the long-term.
Where possible, we engage in partnerships with local environmental groups and/or land managers to actively campaign for conservation or promote environmental protection and/or rehabilitation.
Our Responsible Travel Guidebook: Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.
Global Warming and Carbon Balancing: The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely!
PeopleAfter a thoroughly rewarding day’s cycling you will be warmly welcomed into a small, locally owned pension, hotel or B&B which has been chosen for it’s charm and local character. A delicious and hearty evening meal is definitely the order of the day and you’ll be introduced to small, locally owned provincial restaurants. All meals provided use locally-grown produce from neighbouring farms and vineyards, such is the way of small businesses supporting other small businesses within the rural communities you’ll visit.
Friendly local staff are ideally placed to give you a knowledgeable insight into the local terrain, flora and fauna and an authentic account of the history of the region.
Our responsible travel principles: Our company aims to maximise the positive benefits of tourism for host communities. This includes training and employment of local staff, using local suppliers and assisting in the development of sustainable local businesses.
We actively minimise the negative effects that tourism can have by ensuring that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices on local resources.
We provide opportunities for real cultural exchange, where locals and visitors alike can share and learn from each other in an environment of mutual respect.
We contribute to the welfare of the host community. This is epitomised in our Community Project Travel program where we organise for our travellers to spend time in disadvantaged villages upgrading basic facilities such as health, education and water access.
We strive to educate our travellers about the destination and its local cultures as well as providing guidelines on appropriate behaviour to minimise impact.
No local payments policy: Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.
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