Few places can stir emotions quite as intensely as Umbria. To visit here is to embark on a journey into a timeless world of sun-drenched landscapes, ancient hill villages and some of the friendliest people we've ever met.
This 8-night self-guided cycling holiday combines scenic pedalling through olive groves, sunflower fields, vineyards and apricot orchards with the chance to explore some of the most fascinating towns and historic villages in the country. You'll freewheel along the stately Roman Via degli Ulivi and follow in the footsteps of emperors at the sacred springs of Campello sul Clitunno.
Highlights include the lovely hilltop wine village of Montefalco, 'the balcony of Umbria', and the fascinating historic city of Spoleto crammed with exciting Roman remains including Emperor Vespasian's mother's house, baths and mosaics. Of course, no trip here would be complete without spending time in magical Assisi. Be sure to visit St Francis' Basilica with its beautifully ornate frescoes, and his peaceful forest retreat on Monte Subasio where he'd stroll and preach to the birds.
The hotels we've selected for this holiday are pretty special too, ranging from a stunningly restored ancient hamlet, set in its own manicured gardens, to a panoramic 4 star hotel in Spello with its own spa and one of the most prestigious wine cellars we've ever stumbled upon!
Arrive in picturesque Spello in time for dinner in your hotel's atmospheric restaurant.
You stay at La Bastiglia Hotel (breakfast and evening meal)
Today is level cycling most of the way along the Teverone Valley with some of the best views of the week. We strongly recommend the short uphill detour to Trevi, a beautiful hilltop village dating back to Roman times and capital of the Umbrian olive oil industry. Finally, travel Into Spoleto where our hotel is situated in the centre of town.
You stay at the Hotel Charleston (breakfast included)
The fascinating historic city of Spoleto, apart from being a great art city, Spoleto has buildings seemingly reflecting every major architectural style in history, including a Roman arch, a 10th century church, a 12th century Duomo and an 80m high, 14th century aqueduct. The castle here is a former prison and now houses an impressive art museum. For lunch, you'll find lots of lovely cobbled squares filled with traditional trattorie.
You stay at the Hotel Charleston (breakfast included)
The wines of Montefalco are known throughout the world, in particular the fine red, Sagrantino. There is a climb up to the old village itself, 'the Balcony of Umbria', but you are well rewarded with wine-tasting, magnificent views and beautiful medieval streets. Continue from here past lush green fields, poppies and buttercups before your last climb up to the mediaeval village of Marcellano. Your 4 star hotel is set within its own lovely gardens, in a hilltop location, with fabulous panoramic views across the entire valley.
You stay at the Grand Relais Laurenti (breakfast and evening meal)
It's tempting to spend the day relaxing by the pool in the hotel's tranquil grounds, but it would be a shame to miss the Roman walled town of Bevagna (10 mins by taxi; or you can cycle) - Umbria's hidden gem. Visit the 13th century Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli, the golden medieval theatre, or the 2th century Roman temple and baths that include a spectacular lobster mosaic. Alternatively, you can opt for a circular cycle to Ceralto Castle.
You stay at the Grand Relais Laurenti (breakfast and evening meal)
It's picture-perfect views all the way this morning as you arrive at the impossibly photogenic, mediaeval village of Gualdo Cattaneo with its imposing 15th century castle and 13th century crypt. There's a downhill whizz before gentle, flat cycling across the plain and a final short ascent into the old wine town of Torgiano, famous for its Lungarotti cellars.
You stay at the Hotel Al Grappolo d'Oro (breakfast at the hotel, evening meal at a local restaurant)
There is a dedicated wine and olive oil museum - with tastings - in Torgiano's pretty centro storico. Alternatively it's a short bus or taxi ride (approx 15 mins) to the university town of Perugia, famous for one of Italy's finest art collections and home to the renowned Baci chocolates. For the more energetic we provide route notes for an optional cycle ride to the local capital of painted ceramics, Deruta.
Staying at Hotel Al Grappolo d'Oro with breakfast and evening meal at a local restaurant included
Your last day's cycling takes you along the 'Wine and Art Road' to Brufa (with lovely views of Perugia and Assisi) and on through the Chiascio Valley, along country lanes passing sunflower fields, ochre-coloured farmhouses and redolent meadows of wild apricots and figs. There's time to visit spectacular Assisi - the beautiful Piazza del Comune, the 13th century Giotto frescoes and of course, the UNESCO-recognised St Francis' Basilica - before cycling on along the lovely traffic-free Via degli Ulivi and through olive groves back to Spello.
You stay at La Bastiglia Hotel (breakfast and evening meal)
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £ per adult per day and £ per child per day.
The La Bastiglia Hotel boasts a beautiful setting at the foot of Mount Subasio, the enchanted mountain of Saint Francis. Originally an ancient mill the hotel has been lovingly restored and transformed into an unforgettable place to stay. There are 33 rooms divided into three categories, many overlooking the typical Umbrian landscape of cypress trees and olive groves. The restaurant serves a mix of ancient recipes and modern creations using the freshest ingredients. On display inside the hotel there is a collection of ceramics, antique furniture and important paintings from the private collection of Schifano and Norberto.
Room upgrades: Deluxe Room or Junior Suite
Deluxe rooms are larger with a balcony and bathroom with a bath. The Junior Suite includes a Jacuzzi in the bedroom and a panoramic terrace with solarium.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.
NEARBY:Completely renovated in 2011, Hotel Charleston is set in a 17th century building in Spoleto's historical centre, next to the Modern and Contemporary Arts Museum. Its elegant, individually-decorated rooms feature a modern design. Wi-Fi is free in all public areas. Rooms are individually decorated, and come with exposed wooden beams on the ceilings. Each is equipped with a minibar, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A buffet breakfast is available each morning, and is served out on the terrace in warm weather.
Room upgrades: Junior Suite.
Junior suites are spacious and elegant with seating area, parquet floors and exposed wood beams.
Extra nights: Please contact us for details.
Just outside the walls of the pretty hilltop village of Marcellano lies the supremely welcoming Grand Relais Laurenti, where nothing seems to be too much trouble. A recently restored former convent (formerly known as the Palazzo Gradoli), parts of the hotel date to as far back as 1516. Opened in 2006, the owner Laurenti Torrello spent thirteen years restoring the premises in order to ensure that all work was done to a suitably high standard. The well put together rooms have a distinctly cosy feel to them and retain original features such as the wooden beams on the ceilings.
NEARBY:Situated in the centre of the medieval town of Torgiano is Al Grappolo d'Oro (The Golden Bunch of grapes), a recently restored 19th century residence. The hotel has 15 rooms, each individually decorated in a modern style with warm colours and furnished to a high standard, offering a cosy, welcoming stay. The art filled reception/lounge area gives the hotel character from the start but features such as the pool in the garden to the rear and the downstairs bar (along with the well-stocked breakfast buffet) mean that despite the B&B nature of the hotel, there is still the possibility to spend time relaxing here during the day.
Room upgrades: Junior Suite.
Junior Suites are more spacious with ample and bright, classic furniture and wooden floors.
If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.
The traditional 3 star Hotel Fortuna is set right in the heart of the historic city. The building itself dates to the 14th century and was tastefully renovated in the early 1990's. There are still some original features - look out for the arched windows downstairs. All rooms are en suite with satellite TV, telephone, minibar and radio. There is a roof garden terrace - great views over the city and a bar/ lounge area. The hotel has also recently added a gym
The 3 star Hotel Astoria Garden has a most unusual feature: an internal garden complete with banana and orange trees! Centrally located near the main railway station, but in a quiet residential street, this is a really good base from which to explore. There are 34 rooms, all air-conditioned and recently refurbished. They have telephone, television, and ensuite bathrooms.
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An excellent combination of cycling culture and Italian cuisine. The routes are well chosen with good views and interesting places to visit each day. The layers of history and architecture in the hill towns and churches is astonishing. You can see 5 epochs of architecture in an hour. The backdrop of the Appennines in the distance and cycling through olive groves and vineyards in warm weather (20 - 25 deg in mid Sep - one afternoon of rain only). was a pleasure. And we ate and drank extremely well. The choice and richness of food and the Sagrantino grape are a revelation to first timers to Umbria.
Lovely landscapes and comfortable accommodation. Hotels in great locations and Umbrian people are very welcoming. E-bike is a real bonus/must for less active/experienced riders, but care also needed in handling these bikes, as they offer significant power when the battery is activated. Overall this is a beautiful itinerary on immaculately prepared bikes supported by very helpful and responsive local reps.
A memorable experience. Visiting the lovely hilltop villages made so pleasurable with e bikes
First time we chose E-Bikes and on this holiday we were glad we did. Probably use E-Bikes on future holidays.
Overall, this was a good trip. Umbria was very scenic and the September weather wonderful. Staff in hotels were pleasant and helpful and although my Italian was virtually non-existent, language was never a problem. None of my hotel rooms was luxurious but all were clean with air-con and good bathroom facilities. I was delighted that all beds had sheets instead of, or as well as, duvets! Dinners were very good overall but there was a disappointing paucity of fish and few options for vegetarians - the locals appear to enjoy their red meat! Local wines weren't too expensive. Breakfasts were adequate with the usual pork products and cheeses and usually an extensive array of cakes and tarts - so much for the much-vaunted Mediterranean diet!
I had an e bike for the first time and it was a godsend - I don't think I would have survived without it. Some of the gradients were formidable and the road surfaces sometimes rough and treacherous on descents. Not a trip for an inexperienced or unfit cyclist - other than with an e bike.
I am a huge fan of Ride With GPS and, as usual, it performed well although I experienced a couple of glitches which caused some anxiety. At times some extra detail would have been useful to avoid the dreaded "Off course" admonition. On one occasion, because of some ambiguity, I had initially gone wrong and then, after exhausting every alternative option, found that the system had frozen!
Finally, rep Glyn was extremely helpful. and informative.
Cycling through Umbria was highly enjoyable. The area is beautiful, and the food is fresh simple and delicious. We did not have a bad meal. The wines are also different to the mass produced stuff and it was great trying some different styles.
Overall the cycling is challenging with some tough hills and I would advise to ensure one has trained and is fit (unless using E-bike). Other travellers have commented on the day trip to Bevagna and we would also echo their sentiments. Unless you have an e-bike (which we did not) or a good light road bike, this is a very tough ride! We are both fit and regular cyclists and had to get off and push! Many of the roads are also in a poor state of repair, with many potholes, and the dirt tracks can be slippery in dry weather so vigilance needed.
However, it was still an enjoyable trip and the area worth visiting.
Very enjoyable. Hotels and scenery excellent. Italians very helpful and friendly. Route interesting but E bike essential for a 75 yr old who doesn't ride much back at home.
A lovely journey through Umbria - challenging cycling ; beautiful views of the countryside; delicious food and interesting historical sights.
Excellent holiday - particularly in a group environment.
Headwaters always provide an excellent service from booking through to the actual holiday. The guides and reps you have are extremely helpful and very informative. We have travelled with Headwaters on 4 previous occasions and the service is always of a high standard, which is rare to find nowadays. Thank you for great holiday
Great way to see the real country, plenty of opportunity to meet local people.small ,friendly hotels.Have recommended you to loads of people over the years. the scenery and cycling were excellent , just the right balance of quiet villages and then busier towns (but never overcrowded).
Glyn the rep was always at the end of the phone if needed (we went wrong a couple of times) to offer advice and support which is a strength of Headwater. We used e bikes for the first time and we were glad we had them for the hills in the extreme heat.
Already looking to see where to go next.
Overall, we had a really enjoyable 8 days. Umbria is very like Tuscany, wonderful scenery but without the crowds of tourists, and offering really good value for money. The rides were a good mix of hill climbs to scenic ancient towns and villages, and valley routes through sunflower fields and olive groves. Beware the road surfaces though - much worse than ours in many places. Also, many Italian drivers show little respect for cyclists and frequently, and unnecessarily, pass far too close for comfort. It is not a holiday for nervous or inexperienced cyclists.
Our local Rep, Glyn, and the provider of our e bikes, Paulo, were untiringly helpful and supportive. Our thanks go out to both. The bikes were good quality and easily coped with the terrain. Our 4 hotels were all very different to each other eg one was in the very middle of a big busy town, another on the outskirts of a very small peaceful village, but each had its charms. All had reasonably good a/c in our bedrooms, essential in the sultry heat of late June! We must mention the host at the Hotel Relais Laurenti, Diana, who made us feel so welcome (a lesson to other, seemingly quite indifferent, hoteliers).
One last thought, whilst we ate well on our holiday, Umbrian restaurants rarely offer much in the way of fish, so be prepared for menus dominated by meat dishes.
A great holiday. Fabulous rep. Great e bikes to tackle the hills.
The bikes were good and the rep took time to set them up just as we wanted them. The RideGPS system worked well and we enjoyed the routes, which were as described. We liked being able to set our own pace and being able to stop when we wanted to.
The main disappointment of the holiday was the quality of the accommodation, two out of the four hotels were really well below the standard we were expecting.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to contact us with your holiday feedback, whilst overall we were pleased to see that you enjoyed your holiday we are truly sorry the standard of accommodation did not live up to expectations. Rest assured your hotel feedback has been passed on to our Programme Management team. Thank you.
Cycling the Wine Trails of Umbria was a great holiday for us. The mix of easy cycling on the flat plain and a few challenging climbs was just right, in particular the ride up to Assisi was worth every hard fought breath. We travelled in late September/early October when the weather was cooler , but I may have found the climbs more uncomfortable in the heat of summer. On the 'rest' days we adapted the suggested routes as they often involved big climbs; in particular our excellent local reps, Luke and Eleanor (one of the main reasons we use Headwater) suggested we visit Bavagna en-route to Spoleto instead of on the later day cycle ride, this proved to be really good advice. The evenings were quite cool and we didn't have the opportunity to eat outside, except for one breakfast in Marcellano. We also made little use of the outdoor pools owing to the cooler weather( the one in Spello couldn't be used as it wasn't clean). The welcome in Marcellano was fantastic and as we were more or less the only guests for the weekend it felt quite special.
A generally very enjoyable activity holiday in a beautiful part of Italy. The cycling was generally flat with occasional steep gradients which as two cyclists in their mid 60s used to cycle tracks at home we would have been unable to complete without the e-bikes, this is particularly true of the optional route to Bevanga which my wife was unable to complete even with e-bike (gradient up to 15%). All the hotels as you might expect had their strengths and weaknesses, La Bastiglia best food,Relais Laurentia warmest welcome, al Grappolo best room, but overall they were all acceptable. Headwater organization was excellent and our local reps Luke and Eleanor, who were also with us in Piedmont in May, were once again outstanding.
Overall an enjoyable experience. Underpinning the whole holiday was the comfort of knowing the good quality of each hotel. In particular the food and dining experience at Albergo La Bastiglia was outstanding, definitely the best food we had! All the hotels offered a different experience; a town centre -Hotel Charleston; a warm welcome at Grande Relais Laurenti (shame about the area it is in - nothing much there and slightly shabby on the approach); the lovely room and pool area at Al Grappolo d'Oro and the nice food at their restaurant down the road although there was some confusion over what we were allowed to eat; and it was great to return to Albergo La Bastiglia with its wonderful food and setting in the lovely town of Spelo.
The bikes are robust but quite heavy but do the job. Ride with GPS guided us well but would benefit from some refinement such as the ability to listen to a repeat of instruction as in traffic (especially in towns) it was often difficult to hear and sometimes information was missed.
Circumstances meant that we had a rep with little experience or knowledge of the area as she had been drafted in from Tuscany at late notice. This meant that we had no hints or tips about places to see/eat along the routes, or any guidance about the routes. We did the optional ride from Marcellano to Bevagne and it pushed my wife to her limits (and she is fit ) as the route was extremely steep. We felt that 'insider' knowledge may have prepared us for this. At each of the destinations she was there to meet us with our luggage which was good. She also quickly replaced a broken phone holder.
On the whole we enjoyed the routes we went on. most being on quiet country roads and cycling paths although some of the latter were difficult to ride on if they were stoney and downhill such as part of the route down from Trevi and one down from Eggi. The highlight was reaching Assisi which we really enjoyed despite a strenuous climb up coming at the end of a 33km ride.
A great experience all round.
Umbria offered great routes and food options, accommodation could have been stronger.
Fantastically well organised and great hotels. Interesting and sometime a little challenging cycle routes with some of the best view you will see. Routes pass many land marks with detour options as well. Will be using headwater again .
Good route - beautiful landscapes, pleasant cycling through a mix of agricultural scenery and hilltop villages. A few tough climbs, - timing them around lunchtime means you are rewarded with an opportunity to explore and eat in a great spot! Usual mix of individual hotels, although one fell far short of expectation and was substandard. Bikes brand new and easy to use.
A good introduction to a cycling holiday, easy going but with a few challenging climbs. Good hotels,food and wine
We had an excellent cycling holiday in Umbria. The cycling was a bit tougher than we had expected but this is probably a factor or our age and the general geography of Umbria where destinations are generally on top of hills. The hotels were generally good and well located and our on the ground representative was very helpful.
To get away from the crowds (especially those that like to sit on a coach for hours on end) and to enjoy the natural countryside and historic villages. The exercise in cycling helps to justify our enjoyment of the amazing food on offer in the evening.
Interesting area to visit; good Italian food
Sometimes challenging, but great fun,lovely wine and food.
Great combination of healthy exercise, excellent hotels and high quality food and wine!!
This was a really lovely holiday experience. Beautiful countryside and wonderful views throughout our trip. This was our second Headwater holiday which lived up to our expectations.
Excellent holiday, great hotels, efficient transfers and electric bikes were brilliant. Please extend use of electric bikes to other holidays as this will be a priority for us in the future.
Organisation and customer care was excellent. Our rep--Jen Toy--was brilliant and extremely helpful
Headwater picked a fine selection of independently run hotels that were a joy to stay in. The cycle routes were well selected on safe quiet roads and the GPS made them easy to follow. We had a great time
Less hilly overall than expected with long very flat rides in between long climbs and some big steep hills. Challenging in the heat. Stunning scenery all the way with beautiful picturesque hill top towns. Wonderful region to visit with friendly locals, great food and wines.
Umbria is a beautiful part of Italy and it is well worth visiting all of the hilltop towns as they each have their own unique atmosphere - but be aware that there is a lot of climbing! The hotels, especially the Grand Relais Laurenti, are very welcoming and the standard of accommodation in all of them is excellent.
Our first Headwater holiday and we can really recommend Umbria as a destination. We worried about whether the bikes would be up to scratch and the potential restrictions of half-board, but on both counts we were pleasantly surprised. The week's route circling the valley meant that the long views often included hill towns we'd visited or would be visiting. This created a real sense of achievement! And most of all, the fantastic cycling meant we could indulge in all that amazing food and wine and still come home only a couple of pounds heavier!
Cycling in Umbria- need to review road going down from Gualdo Cattaneo down the hill to Torre del colle. Steep 15% average with turns .High risk even for reasonably experienced cyclist.Could an alternative route be looked at even if the roads are busier?
Great experience but slightly inconsistent and ambiguous route instructions which are very difficult to relate to the overall large maps
Beautiful scenery. Cycling hard at times - some demanding hills. Hotels very good with individual attractions. Pools a great asset at end of a hard day cycling or on day off. Lots of good (and cheap) cafes on route. Interesting places to visit including Montefalco. Assisi very busy and expensive.
Overall a great holiday.
A wonderfully well planned holiday in the most beautiful surroundings with quality accommodation.
Nice balance of luxury, activity and historical interest. We like the alternate days of rest/ cycling, and the independence of travelling on our own.
Many unspoilt cycle routes with stunning views
Hotel pools all very welcome after a hard day's cycling
We expected 4 star hotels but got small 2 star rooms . Food was mostly not impressive and service poor . Staff were friendly and cycle agents excellent . Umbria lovely but route would have been very demanding without the power assist cycles which were excellent for ladies but ran out of steam for gents towards the end of each day
Interesting cycle tour with plenty to visit.
A delightful area for cycling, mostly great locations for hotels, overall an excellent holiday. Our only reservation is Torgiano, where the hotel was anonymous and the little town uninteresting and the Tourist Office useless in our queries about buses.
We were a family group of four. Mum ,Dad and two grown up children, son aged 27 and daughter aged 30. We had a really enjoyable trip, exploring all the towns and villages along the route. We really enjoyed a totally relaxing and stay put day at the Grand Relais Laurenti. We had the place to ourselves! Wonderful setting, fantastic views. The 'city centre' Hotel Al Grappolo was our least favourite and it was not the sort of place that you would want to spend the entire day (like Grand Relais Laurenti). The food was excellent especially for vegetarians. Four courses was to much! And the wine was very good and very reasonably priced.
Great holiday - cycling was wonderful through a picture perfect valley; a few climbs to hill-top towns but views compensate enormously. Well chosen hotels. Only minor gripe was that two hotels had a full menu (one with minor 2 euro mark-up for some dishes), while two have a very fixed menu with 2 and 3 choices respectively. On return to Bastiglia we had the same menu which had rabbit which we don't eat (just a promise we made as we keep rabbits !). This would have been just OK but we stayed two more nights and had the same menu given to us. To be fair we negotiated a slight change although our starter was still based on parma ham each night. The hotel was lovely but it did make us feel like we were second class diners who couldn't afford the full menu, which I am sure is unintentional but the created effect. We nearly dined elsewhere on the last night to get some variety of choice but this is probably our fault for staying 4 nights here - wonderful hotel but wouldn't half board in future if stay extra nights.
A great way to see and experience the parts of a country that other travel companies often don't reach.
Welcome at La Macchia by the older couple felt off hand. Staff, however, were helpful and appeared over worked in the dining room. Food was good at Grapolo d pro but service was slow and we left before being offered a last course. Cycle routes good and notes clear Only got lost once.
Wonderful countryside, good cycling, plenty to see and stop at, so the routes filled the days with lots of interest. It was 30oC in the first week of May, and would be best when temperature was 25ish, which is what we had hoped by booking an early holiday. I don't know how it could be enjoyable in August.
trouble free and relaxing
Very enjoyable. You don't feel that you are part of a crowd but have the reassurance of the back up provided by a local representative, if required.
The routes were well put together but you need to be reasonably fit before you go.
Although you are travelling to a warmer country you need to be prepared. We had one very wet day and would have been lost without decent waterproof tops and trousers..
It wasn't the relaxing biking holiday I was hoping for. Some parts were, but the published route involved too many busy main roads. There were a lot of mistakes in the notes, which added stress. I do wonder if anyone had actually rode it from Headwater? It could have been a lot better - for instance leaving La Macchia, instead of going down the busy main road, we went into town on the back roads, over the railway, then along a parallel road, then onto a cycle track - easy to do and much less traffic.
The hotels were not brilliant. We didn't eat the four courses offered at meal times, as it was just too much. I would have rather paid a bit less and just had two courses.
I may sound churlish, about the birthday cake, but the reason we went on this week was because we had a family tragedy the year before on my birthday, and I specifically wanted a totally un-birthday normal day. It worked fine, and I had genuinely forgotten about it, so was very angry and embarrassed about what happened. They should not have been looking at my passport - the only reason they had it was for legal reasons.
Excellent hotels and food in lovely locations. Italian roads lack signage and the camber on some roads is bad especially when trying to ride and navigate in heavy thunder storms. The maps issued are of too small a scale and our trip involved two maps. It would be preferable to order special maps based on a 30 mile radius of Spello with a bigger scale. From the Headwater book in each hotel, it is clear that most people get lost. We did on each of our transits but perhaps that is the fun of it.
A great holiday for cycling enthusiasts who like good food and wine, a few historical and cultural sites to visit, and time to relax after getting off your bike.
We enjoyed the holiday but the directions were probably the worst we have ever had. They are not clear and some directions referred to signs/cafes etc that no longer seemed to be there. In Gualdo Catanneo the instructions sent us all round the village back to where we started but the road had collapsed and we had to go back. In fact we could have pushed the bikes 50m down the hill back to where we started! Often directions are given in distances but when you have no means of judging distance it is hard to know if you are in the correct place. There should be more information on how to get to places on the off days. We went to Perugia but found out how to get there on our own. It was simple and this information could be made available on your website. The bikes are very heavy and poorly maintained. I could only use 18 of the 21 gears until my husband fixed it after 3 days - not great on the Umbrian hills.
We had a wonderful holiday (our second with Headwater) and consistently hot weather in July; although it was too hot really and quite debilitating at the end of each travel day when having to cycle up hill to reach the next hotel. Each hotel was of a high standard with a pleasant welcome and the food was amazing. We look forward to trying another Headwater cycling holiday but will take more consideration of the cycle rating and likely weather conditions next time.
Cycling was fabulous along mainly quiet beatiful roads with some climbs which were all rewarding and enhanced the riding. Hotels were great, all small family run and so friendly. Food and wine was fantastic. Our 2 teenage girls (ages 16 and 15) hardly complained at all for the duration! Great family holiday!
The holiday was a fantastic way to enjoy this beautiful area. An Italian feast!
There was 5 in our family party. 2 x over 65 1 x over 40 & 2 x 36 to 39
All enjoyed the trip very much. However I have sent an e mail to Lisa regarding the representative.
The hotels , staff & food were excellent & we were made most welcome.
Stimulating and sufficiently challenging to arrive home with a sense of achievement as well as enjoying the local culture, history and scenery. Whilst we are still fit, we will consider taking another Headwater Cycling trip again.
We cycled every day and enjoyed being in the area; our trip had some changeable weather, including warm sun, heavy rain and strong winds. If you had another cycle route in the area, we'd certainly like to consider returning!
Harder cycling than expected, mainly due to wind.
Javier, the rep, was excellent! He had so much local knowledge, he knew and updated the routes, and he gave much useful advice on safe cycling and
cycle maintenance. He also made it clear that if we had any problem he was only a phone call away! Well done!
A great way to explore Umbria, including the interesting towns of Spello, Spoletto, Motefalco, Bevagna and Assisi. The cycling is challenging enough and the well chosen hotels provide welcome refuge and refreshment at the end of the day. On the stay-put days it's good to have the opportunity to sight-see or relax, depending on your mood. We enjoyed the regional food and wine and our dinner at the Trattoria di Oscar in Bavagna was a particular highlight.
We really enjoyed our cycling holiday. The route instructions were excellent and easy to follow. The Rep Javier was great, welcoming friendly and extremely helpful. He knew all the routes really well and checked them daily with some revisions where roads were closed or signs changed.At the start of the holiday he would turn up on a route ,unexpectedly, to check if we were alright so this was very reassuring when we were getting into the swing of things. The routes were on quiet roads or cycle paths and we felt we saw the real Italy with picturesque medieval towns and villages. We liked all the hotels, each with a different character and with lovely local food. The towns were full of Italian culture and we enjoyed exploring the narrow streets and tasting local food and wine. Well done Headwater, we can't wait for our next holiday.
You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.
This 8 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:
Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
All breakfasts and 6 evening meals
Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
Headwater Wine Collection Service
GPS route directions and maps
Headwater navigation app
High quality bikes
Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (if booking inclusive flights)
Luggage transfers between hotels
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Please contact us for child prices.
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.
Every two days from 22nd Jun 2021 to 8th Oct 2021, for 8 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.
All breakfasts and 6 evening meals
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £150 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Foligno train station at 17:15, and back to Foligno train station at 10:15.