Orvieto to Argentario & Rome

From € 670

Italy: Cycle from Orvieto to Argentario & Rome

Discover the Italian bike tour of your dreams. Cycle through jade-tinged Umbria—the land of the Etruscans, stopping along the way in peaceful hill towns and idyllic villages. Combine with gorgeous countryside, majestic lakes and wild stretches of Tuscan coastline and you have the makings of a cycling trip of a lifetime.

Orvieto to Argentario & Rome

Orvieto

Guided / Self guided | Intermediate |  7 / 8 days

Take a bike trip in Umbria and Tuscany, between towns rich in history and ancient ruins, beautiful landscapes, stunning seaside routes and beautiful lakes.

Description

Perched high upon a tufa rock, the ancient city of Orvieto is our inspirational starting point. Enjoy unbelievable cuisine, world-class wines, archeological marvels and jaw-dropping art. As we head to our final destination of Argentario—a peninsula tethered by three ribbons of land off the pristine coast of Tuscany—relax on the shores of a volcanic lake, explore culturally significant sights and inhale Tyrrhenian Sea breezes. All the while experience the ever-changing landscape of the two loveliest regions of Central Italy.

Dates 2020

Self-guided
Saturdays  July 11 to October 24

Guided
On request

Dates 2021

Self-guided
Saturdays March 20 to October 23

Guided
March 13, 20, 27,
April 3 , May 1, 8,
June 19
September 4, 11

Prices 2020

  7 day 8 day 8 day R
Self-guided * € 670 € 740 € 830
Extras and Supplements
Bike rental € 108 € 126 € 126
E-bike € 180 € 210 € 210
Single room supp. € 240 € 280 € 280
Half-board supp. € 210 € 245 € 245
Solo traveller € 210 € 240 € 240

Prices 2021

  7 day 8 day 8 day R
Self-guided * € 770 € 850 € 895
Guided * € 1340 € 1560 € 1750
Extras All tours
Bike rental € 120 € 140 € 140
E-bike € 186 € 217 € 217
Single room supp. € 270 € 315 € 315
Extras Self-guided
Half-board supp. € 228 € 266 € 266
Solo traveller € 224 € 256 € 256

* Price per person based on double occupancy.

What's included

Self-guided tour
6 / 7 overnight stays with breakfast
Luggage transport
Tour information & maps
Route briefing in first hotel
7 Day Service Hotline
GPS tracks available

Also in Guided tour
5 / 6 dinners
1 wine-tasting
Multilingual guide on bicycle
Support vehicle
Technical assistance
Guided tours in main attraction points
City/Tourist taxes

Not Included

All tours
Travel to/from the start/end point 
Drinks and Lunches
Entrance fees to museums and parks
Gratuities
Travel insurance

Guided tour
One dinner

Self-guided tour
Dinners
Tourist taxes (approx. 2-4 eur per night)

Day 1:  Orvieto
You are expected at your hotel at the heart of the old historical center starting 2PM. Take the time to enjoy the city and riches it offers, don't miss the Duomo one of the most stunning Italian Gothic cathedrals XIII c. with famed mosaic facade and frescoes by Italian Renaissance painter Luca Signorelli. Late afternoon bike fitting and briefing at 6PM. Overnight stay in Orvieto.

Day 2:  Orvieto-Bagnoregio-Bolsena  ca. 35 km | 22 miles
In the morning we wonder through quaint cobblestone streets, discovering medieval Orvieto once under Papal rule.  We then cycle to Civita di Bagnoregio, the dying city, castled on a rock from witch you will be amazed by the view. We will resume our cycling to descend pleasantly towards Lake Bolsena, the largest volcanic lake in Europe, whose banks were already inhabited in prehistoric times. Here you will enjoy sightseeing Bolsena, a Roman-Etruscan city, by the lake on the Via Francigena, a pilgrim's road leading to Rome. In the evening enjoy the medieval quarter. Overnight stay in Bolsena at your hotel at the shores of the lake. 

Day 3: Bolsena-Tuscania  ca. 45 km | 28 miles
Coasting Lake Bolsena we bike among cozy beaches and fisherman's villages following the path or Sentiero dei Briganti. A  journey through the countryside will take us then to Tuscania, a citadel of Etruscan-Roman origin founded according to the legend by Aeneas' son, Ascanius. Today populated with medieval and Renaissance palaces, it houses two magnificent examples of Paleochristian Basilicas. San Pietro dating from the VIII c. was set for films by Passolini and others including Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet and St Maria Maggiore (V c.) boasts frescoes from the Giotto school. Overnight stay in Tuscania.

Day 4: Tuscania-Vulci-Capalbio  ca. 50 km | 31 ml
Following the ancient roman road via Clodia we depart from Tuscania on our way to Vulci.  The ancient Etruscan-Roman city of Vulci practically unknown until the 19th century was discovered by chance when part of the land sank with the passage of a herd of cattle. The finding was a sensation and excavations, that continue even today, were once patronized by the younger brother of Napoleon, Luciano Bonaparte during the residency of the latter in the nearby city of Canino. We traverse the borders of Lazio and enter Tuscany to reach Capalbio and your agriturismo/hotel. Overnight stay in Capalbio.

Day 5: Capalbio - loop tour  ca. 30 km | 19 ml
Morning bike ride to the ‘Tarot Garden’ by world famous french sculptor Niki De Saint Phalle. Colossal sculptures dressed in bright colors and scales of mirrors blend with the surrounding nature and reflect it, a magic world in an unexpected place to feed your imagination. Time to visit this enchanting and unique sculture park. We continue our cycling to the coast. Afternoon at leisure biking to the beach or inland. Overnight stay in Capalbio.

Day 6: Capalbio - Ansedonia – loop tour ca. 45 km | 28 ml
Morning bike ride to the ancient Roman city of Cosa perched upon Cape Ansedonia and strategically overseeing the Thyrrenian sea. Cycling across the pine forest of Feniglia, last resting place of the painter Caravaggio, we take a dive in the mediterranean sea. We also offer an optional excursion to the WWF Oasis. Back to our agriturismo/hotel, overnight in Capalbio.

Day 7: Rome - circular tour  ca. 20 km | 13 ml
Our bike trip continues in Rome. A transfer will take you directly to the beating heart of the capital, for a guided tour of the Eternal City. Pedaling mostly on low-traffic roads, enjoy the historic center of Rome, its monuments, alleys and hidden corners, from a privileged point of view. Rome will appear to you as you've never seen it before, in a succession of emotions, colors and flavors all to discover.

Day 8: Rome
After breakfast, the tour is officially over.


7 day tour
Day 1-6: As program above.
Day 7: Capalbio After breakfast, the tour is officially over.

8 day tour
Day 1-5: As program above.
Day 6: Capalbio-Porto Santo Stefano ca. 45 km | 28 ml Morning bike ride to the ancient Roman city of Cosa perched upon Cape Ansedonia and strategically overseeing the Thyrrenian sea. Cycling across the pine forest of Feniglia, last resting place of the painter Caravaggio, we take a dive in the mediterranean sea. Bike ride to visit Orbetello, cozy tuscan coastal town in the middle of the lagoon. Overnight in Porto Santo Stefano.
Day 7: Porto Santo Stefano-Monte Argentario loop tour – ca. 25 km | 16 ml Discover Monte Argentario's hidden coves, clear sand and crystal clear water for a morning with some climbs rewarded by a fabulous dive in the Tyrrhenian sea. Possibility to visit to the village of Porto Ercole and Stella Fortress (XVI c.) Alternatively, for an easy day by bike, cycle to the Feniglia pine forest and afternoon by the beach. For complete relax, leave the bike and day trip to the Island of Giglio or to the Island of Giannutri (two-way ferry costs not included). Return to your agriturismo/hotel in the evening. Overnight in Porto Santo Stefano.
Day 8: Porto Santo Stefano After breakfast, end of services.

All distances are approximate. Due to circumstances beyond control, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday.

Highlights

Each day of the Orvieto to Argentario tour is packed with heart-stirring places to see and things to do. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

  • Cycle the Calanchi Valley to hear the stories it tells of long ago.
  • Amble charming fishing hamlets rimming volcanic Lake Bolsena.
  • Ride to Tuscania's Marta valley to see early Christian basilicas.
  • Immerse in nature on rural roads leading to the magnificent coast.
  • Witness vestiges of Vulci—once an Etruscan stronghold near river Fiora.
  • Be amazed by Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot sculpture garden in Capalbio. 
  • Climb to the city of Cosa with its cyclopean walls and timeworn acropolis.
  • Catch your breath on Spiaggia della Feniglia where Caravaggio died.
  • Birdwatch on Orbetello's lagoon wetlands.
  • Rome: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps), Pincio Terrace, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant'Angelo, St. Peter's Square, Trastevere.

Map

From € 670

Duration: 7 / 8 Days

Start Point: Orvieto

End Point: Argentario or Rome

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