Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Headwater - Cycling the Wine Trails of Umbria, Self-Guided tour
Assisi Perugia Headwater - Cycling the Wine Trails of Umbria, Self-Guided Trip
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Headwater - Cycling the Wine Trails of Umbria, Self-Guided

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 2,349 $ 261 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy totally unspoilt cycling through Italian countryside
  • Visit medieval Montefalco, Spello and Assisi
  • Relax in friendly, high quality hotels, most with swimming pools

Short Description

The sun-drenched Umbrian countryside is an enchanting place to blend cycling with food, wine and cultural highlights. The riding is idyllic through olive groves, sunflower fields, vineyards and apricot orchards. There is plenty of time to absorb the timeless atmosphere of the hilltop villages and hamlets and uncover the cultural highlights of Spello, Montefalco and Assisi. Each evening you can unwind in our specially selected hotels and enjoy the wonderful food and wine of the region.Enjoy totally unspoilt cycling through Italian countryside

Stride Take

Experience the Italian countryside from a bicycle for the perfect active travel experience combined with comfortable accommodations and delicious food and wine.

Umbria is a fantastic region for foodies, and wine enthusiasts interested in exploring an underappreciated region. This tour is easily paced, and you even have the option of choosing an electric bike to make it go even smoother. Active older travelers in the 50 plus range should have no trouble keeping pace on this tour.

Ideal for: Travelers who love being active, but value a good meal and comfortable hotel at the end of the day.


Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Spello
End City Spello

Destinations

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Cities & Attractions

Assisi Perugia Umbria

Activities

Cycling

Age Requirement

8

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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All luggage transfers
  • Route notes and maps
  • Local bike hire

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Start Spello.

If prearranged a transfer will pick you up from Foligno station and take you (25 mins) to picturesque Spello in time for dinner in your hotel's atmospheric restaurant. Please see the joining information for more details. *Premium Hotel*

Day 2 Gentle ride along the Teverone Valley with an optional uphill detour to Trevi; continue through to Spoleto.

  */Option: 1/* 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. The ride then takes you to the centre of Spoleto to a really friendly 3-star hotel situated in a quiet area next to the Menotti Theatre and the contemporary art Museum. There are two bars , a reading room and Sauna/ massage Centre. Breakfast can be taken indoors or Al fresco. As its quite central there are plenty of restaurants and trattorie nearby. *Comfortable Hotel*   */Option: 2/* /https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original... alt="" class="media-element file-default panopoly-image-original" data-delta="1" width="127" height="38">/  A gradual climb out of the vale of Spoleto towards the Apennines, following a stunning road passing pretty villages. Sellano is lovely lunch spot, the town renowned for its water. After Sellano you head towards the Valnerina the 'black valley' and follow an idyllic road through this dark lush green valley and a long downhill into Spoleto. This route finishes at Albornoz Palace Hotel, customers staying at Hotel Charleston should leave the route at 80.6km turning right.

Day 3 Free day to enjoy Spoleto.

The historic city of Spoleto, apart from from being a great city of art, has buildings seemingly reflecting every major architectural style in history, including a Roman arch, a 10th Century church, 12th Century Duomo and a 80m high 14th Century aqueduct. The castle here was a former prison and now houses an impressive art museum. The archaeological museum houses many treasures and sculptures found in the Roman theatre as well as artefacts dating back to the Etruscans. The tourist office in Piazza Liberta can provide you with lots of useful information in English so it may be worth planning your day from here with what interests you. Of course, there are many lovely cafes and trattorie for lunch.   */Optional ride /* /https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original... alt="" class="media-element file-default panopoly-image-original" data-delta="1" width="127" height="38">/ Leaving Spoleto behind, a couple of short steep climbs takes you on an idyllic quiet wooded road through to the Naia valley and to the medieval town of Acquasparta. The town served as a spa retreat in Roman times due to its many water sources (the thermal baths remain open to the public today). Continuing running parallel to the Martiana mouintains and on to one of the slow food capitals, Todi, a historic Roman town on the banks of the Tiber river. After Todi a gentle climb through undulating countryside takes you to Marcellano. There are two alternate TCX files which start at both hotel options in Spoleto, named accordingly. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4 Climb up to Montefalco for views and wine tasting; continue on to Marcellano.

This morning we will climb up to Montefalco, the 'balcony of Umbria', it is a fair climb but well worth the effort! The town occupies a marvellously scenic position and on a clear day you can see as far as Perugia in the north. The town has retained its mediaeval atmosphere and structure. The church of San Francesco, now a museum, houses a fabulous 15th Century art collection. The town is perhaps most famous for its wine, you should arrive in plenty of time for lunch  (the climb here is 5% up to 444m). There are lots of cheap trattorie or osterie serving the local wine. The Rosso di Montefalco is a popular choice, but by far the most intriguing vintage is that of the sagrantino. This is made using the sagrantino grape which is only found in Europe. It is well worth a taste while you admire the spectacular view. From here continue 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, with fabulous panoramic views across the entire valley. *Premium Hotel*

Day 5 Free day to visit Bevagna, relax by the pool, or ride to Ceralto Castle.

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 (10mins by taxi; or you can cycle) - Umbria's hidden gem. Visit the 13th Century Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli, the golden mediaeval theatre, or the 2nd Century Roman temple and baths that include a spectacular lobster mosaic. Alternatively, you can opt for a circular cycle to Ceralto Castle. Optional ride approx. 22km. *Premium Hotel*

Day 6 Ride through picture perfect countryside to Gualdo Cattaneo; finish the day in Torgiano.

Not long after leaving Bevagna you will find yourself in the picturesque medieval village of Gualdo Cattaneo with its imposing 15th century castle and 13th century crypt. You can then enjoy some freewheeling before flat riding across the plains. There is a final ascent into the old wine town of Torgiano with its famous Lungarotti cellars. The local tipple, Rubesco Riserva, is now considered one of the best wines in the country. There is a museum dedicated to the history of wine making in the town and also one that is dedicated to the production of olive oil   /https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original... alt="" class="media-element file-default panopoly-image-original" data-delta="1" width="127" height="38">/ Today explore the Vale of Spoleto passing some the medieval jewels Umbria is quite rightly proud of. From the hotel head through pretty Gauldo Cattaneo with its imposing castle, then onto Montefalco home to the superb Sagratino wine, then pass the Roman springs of Clitunno, before a climb towards medieval Trevi sitting on a hill with outstanding views. Crossing the agricultural flatlands you pass beautiful Bevagna, before making your way to Torgiano for a glass of its famous wine. *Comfortable Hotel*  

Day 7 Free day to visit the wine and olive oil museum at Torgiano, or ride to the panoramic towns of Deruta.

Today is free to explore the tastes of the wine and olive oil production in Torgiano. Alternatively, if wine and olive oil don't take your fancy today, perhaps the renowned Baci chocolates of Perugia might tickle your taste buds? You can take the local bus or taxi (approx. 15 mins) to the university town, which is also famous for one of Italy's finest art collections. The town is picturesquely located on top of a commanding hill, high over the Tiber. For the more energetic there is an optional cycle ride to the capital of painted ceramics, Deruta. Optional ride approx. 15 km. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8 Cycle the 'Wine and Art Road' to Brufa; take time to explore Assisi before riding back to Spello.

Your last day's cycling takes you along the ‘Wine and Art Road’ to Brufa, with lovely views of Perugia and Assisi. The cycling then takes you through the Chiasco Valley, on country lanes passing sunflower fields, ochre-coloured farmhouses and meadows redolent with wild apricots and figs. You will enjoy spectacular views of Saint Francis' Basilica as you approach Assisi. It is worth setting some time aside to explore the fascinating streets of Assisi and enjoy an authentic lunch. Founded by the Umbrians and later taken over by the Romans it became Assium, from where its modern name derives. The most famous monument of the town is St Francis' Basilica, which ranks second only to St Peter's Basilica in Rome as a place of Catholic pilgrimage. The historic centre of the city is compact so it is easy to cover the main sites in an afternoon. The beautiful Piazza del Comune, the 13th Century Giotto frescoes and the well-preserved temple of Minerva are all well worth taking the time to look around. Once you are ready to leave you will cycle along the lovely traffic free Via degli Ulivi and through olive groves back to Spello. *Premium Hotel*

Day 9 End Spello.

Leave Spello after breakfast. If you have pre-booked your transfer you will transfer back to Foligno leaving at 10:00.



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Day 1 Start Spello.

If prearranged a transfer will pick you up from Foligno station and take you (25 mins) to picturesque Spello in time for dinner in your hotel's atmospheric restaurant. Please see the joining information for more details. *Premium Hotel*

Day 2 Gentle ride along the Teverone Valley with an optional uphill detour to Trevi; continue through to Spoleto.

  */Option: 1/* 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. The ride then takes you to the centre of Spoleto to a really friendly 3-star hotel situated in a quiet area next to the Menotti Theatre and the contemporary art Museum. There are two bars , a reading room and Sauna/ massage Centre. Breakfast can be taken indoors or Al fresco. As its quite central there are plenty of restaurants and trattorie nearby. *Comfortable Hotel*   */Option: 2/* /https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original... alt="" class="media-element file-default panopoly-image-original" data-delta="1" width="127" height="38">/  A gradual climb out of the vale of Spoleto towards the Apennines, following a stunning road passing pretty villages. Sellano is lovely lunch spot, the town renowned for its water. After Sellano you head towards the Valnerina the 'black valley' and follow an idyllic road through this dark lush green valley and a long downhill into Spoleto. This route finishes at Albornoz Palace Hotel, customers staying at Hotel Charleston should leave the route at 80.6km turning right.

Day 3 Free day to enjoy Spoleto.

The historic city of Spoleto, apart from from being a great city of art, has buildings seemingly reflecting every major architectural style in history, including a Roman arch, a 10th Century church, 12th Century Duomo and a 80m high 14th Century aqueduct. The castle here was a former prison and now houses an impressive art museum. The archaeological museum houses many treasures and sculptures found in the Roman theatre as well as artefacts dating back to the Etruscans. The tourist office in Piazza Liberta can provide you with lots of useful information in English so it may be worth planning your day from here with what interests you. Of course, there are many lovely cafes and trattorie for lunch.   */Optional ride /* /https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original... alt="" class="media-element file-default panopoly-image-original" data-delta="1" width="127" height="38">/ Leaving Spoleto behind, a couple of short steep climbs takes you on an idyllic quiet wooded road through to the Naia valley and to the medieval town of Acquasparta. The town served as a spa retreat in Roman times due to its many water sources (the thermal baths remain open to the public today). Continuing running parallel to the Martiana mouintains and on to one of the slow food capitals, Todi, a historic Roman town on the banks of the Tiber river. After Todi a gentle climb through undulating countryside takes you to Marcellano. There are two alternate TCX files which start at both hotel options in Spoleto, named accordingly. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4 Climb up to Montefalco for views and wine tasting; continue on to Marcellano.

This morning we will climb up to Montefalco, the 'balcony of Umbria', it is a fair climb but well worth the effort! The town occupies a marvellously scenic position and on a clear day you can see as far as Perugia in the north. The town has retained its mediaeval atmosphere and structure. The church of San Francesco, now a museum, houses a fabulous 15th Century art collection. The town is perhaps most famous for its wine, you should arrive in plenty of time for lunch  (the climb here is 5% up to 444m). There are lots of cheap trattorie or osterie serving the local wine. The Rosso di Montefalco is a popular choice, but by far the most intriguing vintage is that of the sagrantino. This is made using the sagrantino grape which is only found in Europe. It is well worth a taste while you admire the spectacular view. From here continue 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, with fabulous panoramic views across the entire valley. *Premium Hotel*

Day 5 Free day to visit Bevagna, relax by the pool, or ride to Ceralto Castle.

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 (10mins by taxi; or you can cycle) - Umbria's hidden gem. Visit the 13th Century Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli, the golden mediaeval theatre, or the 2nd Century Roman temple and baths that include a spectacular lobster mosaic. Alternatively, you can opt for a circular cycle to Ceralto Castle. Optional ride approx. 22km. *Premium Hotel*

Day 6 Ride through picture perfect countryside to Gualdo Cattaneo; finish the day in Torgiano.

Not long after leaving Bevagna you will find yourself in the picturesque medieval village of Gualdo Cattaneo with its imposing 15th century castle and 13th century crypt. You can then enjoy some freewheeling before flat riding across the plains. There is a final ascent into the old wine town of Torgiano with its famous Lungarotti cellars. The local tipple, Rubesco Riserva, is now considered one of the best wines in the country. There is a museum dedicated to the history of wine making in the town and also one that is dedicated to the production of olive oil   /https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/styles/panopoly_image_original... alt="" class="media-element file-default panopoly-image-original" data-delta="1" width="127" height="38">/ Today explore the Vale of Spoleto passing some the medieval jewels Umbria is quite rightly proud of. From the hotel head through pretty Gauldo Cattaneo with its imposing castle, then onto Montefalco home to the superb Sagratino wine, then pass the Roman springs of Clitunno, before a climb towards medieval Trevi sitting on a hill with outstanding views. Crossing the agricultural flatlands you pass beautiful Bevagna, before making your way to Torgiano for a glass of its famous wine. *Comfortable Hotel*  

Day 7 Free day to visit the wine and olive oil museum at Torgiano, or ride to the panoramic towns of Deruta.

Today is free to explore the tastes of the wine and olive oil production in Torgiano. Alternatively, if wine and olive oil don't take your fancy today, perhaps the renowned Baci chocolates of Perugia might tickle your taste buds? You can take the local bus or taxi (approx. 15 mins) to the university town, which is also famous for one of Italy's finest art collections. The town is picturesquely located on top of a commanding hill, high over the Tiber. For the more energetic there is an optional cycle ride to the capital of painted ceramics, Deruta. Optional ride approx. 15 km. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8 Cycle the 'Wine and Art Road' to Brufa; take time to explore Assisi before riding back to Spello.

Your last day's cycling takes you along the ‘Wine and Art Road’ to Brufa, with lovely views of Perugia and Assisi. The cycling then takes you through the Chiasco Valley, on country lanes passing sunflower fields, ochre-coloured farmhouses and meadows redolent with wild apricots and figs. You will enjoy spectacular views of Saint Francis' Basilica as you approach Assisi. It is worth setting some time aside to explore the fascinating streets of Assisi and enjoy an authentic lunch. Founded by the Umbrians and later taken over by the Romans it became Assium, from where its modern name derives. The most famous monument of the town is St Francis' Basilica, which ranks second only to St Peter's Basilica in Rome as a place of Catholic pilgrimage. The historic centre of the city is compact so it is easy to cover the main sites in an afternoon. The beautiful Piazza del Comune, the 13th Century Giotto frescoes and the well-preserved temple of Minerva are all well worth taking the time to look around. Once you are ready to leave you will cycle along the lovely traffic free Via degli Ulivi and through olive groves back to Spello. *Premium Hotel*

Day 9 End Spello.

Leave Spello after breakfast. If you have pre-booked your transfer you will transfer back to Foligno leaving at 10:00.

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Headwater - Cycling the Wine Trails of Umbria, Self-Guided

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ANTARCTIC CIRCLE QUEST

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Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals5.0
I was introduced to Antarctica in the most amazing way. When we arrived there
was a blanket of heavy fog the team got us on the zodiac and navigated on
compass bearings. Suddenly like the curtain of a stage being pulled back we
sat in sky of blue surrounded by a wild and pristine environment.
See above. Watching whales breech. Smelling penguins before you could see
them. Filming Leopard seals with my gopro. You truely need to be awake 24hrs
a day and have eyes in the back of your head for this trip.


Shelly and the team were amazing. Their passion and commitment and tirless
effort to show what they love and care about the most was amazing


Do take European travel plugs for Ushuaia as well as American.


Enjoy everything this trip has to offer. Remember this is an expedition and
not a five star hotel as some travellers on my trip thought. Things can go
wrong and weather is unpredictable. A real once in a lifetime trip.


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ANTARCTIC CIRCLE QUEST

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Another fantastic trip to the wilderness that is Antarctica. Brilliant from
start to finish with awesome scenery and wildlife experiences throughout on a
fantastic ship.
Experiencing the beauty of both Oraca's and Humpback whales upclose to to
zodiacs and a brillient night spent camping on the Ice of Antartctica.


Woody was excellent from start to finish, extremely knowledgeable and
passionate about Antarctica, friendly, open and worked brilliantly with
the Ships Captain/Crew to get us lots of fantastic landings and cruising
opportunities. He was ably assisted by the rest of his expedition crew who
were all also fantastic.


Go... A definite must do atleast once in your life. Antarctica is awesome.


Although some people might conside this type of trip as being expensive,
I'd qualify it by saying this was my second trip to Antarctica and
althought it is not a cheap holiday it is great value for money, I
wouldn't have returned otherwise.The Ship is fantastic, food was
excellent and all the crew were so friendly, helpful and ofcourse
knowledgeable.


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ANTARCTIC CIRCLE QUEST

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A holiday that exceeded all expectations. Stunning scenery, abundant
wildlife, a great team and a superb boat and crew
Seeing that being a penguin parent is true dedication!


"Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of
shape....." A quote from a member of the group that sums up Woody.
Excellent does also.


Book it NOW!


I knew we'd see a lot of wildlife and had hoped I'd see an albatross
- there were 6 gliding around the boat on the first day! The excesses just
got greater each dayafter that!


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An absolutely amazing trip!  It had been a long time coming as I booked
it 18 months previously, but it did not disappoint.
There was so much that was fantastic....the sheer beauty and enormousness
(don’t know if that is a real word) of it all, unspoilt by humans, but
the most inspiring moment was watching an iceberg calve, and then because
its’ centre of gravity had changed, virtually turn over.......and I
think I was the only one sitting there watching it!   And yes,
Paul, I do have photographic evidence!!


Kirsten was professional, and made the best of the weather conditions.


Travelling to Ushuaia is very long and tedious, especially if you are on the
early flight from Gatwick to Madrid (8 hour wait at Madrid), and even if you
have been checked straight through to Ushuaia, you need to collect your
baggage, even if you have the domestic flight from the international terminal
(very confusing....nearly left my luggage at BA airport). 3 days
travelling on board without setting foot on land, can seem a long time, but
there are presentations given by various members of the expedition staff that
give you an insight to the Antarctic region, its wildlife, and history. You
can also go on deck if weather permits, or up to the bridge viewing platforms
to pass the time of day and take pictures of the birdlife, or icebergs on
your journey south.Once you make your first zodiac trip though, everything
previously is forgotten, and take Paul’s advice....don’t have
your viewfinder surgically implanted to your eye, make sure you take stock of
where you are, and enjoy every moment of it.We were lucky with the weather,
and only missed 1 landing, but be prepared that if the weather is bad, you
will not be able to go ashore or do the zodiac cruises, and be prepared for
some ‘iffy’ moments on the zodiacs if the sea is a bit
rough.  It was my first time on zodiacs, and now feels that I could cope
with anything. It didn’t happen to me, but remember the Aerolineas
 Argentinas weight restrictions for hand-luggage; 5kg.  If you can
put your camera equipment in a backpack and have it on your back, they
don’t seem to mind.  Also, leave room in your case/bag for the
Quark Parka.  I wore the inner fleece for flying and packed the outer
shell, but still fairly cumbersome.


Just book it!!  You’ll not regret it.  This was my first
polar trip, but certainly not my last!!


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A fantastic trip encompassing magnificent scenery and wildlife viewing.
The whole trip was an incredible experience from start to finish, but for me
the highlight was the afternoon spent kayaking in Paradise Bay.  Imaging
360 degrees of snow capped mountains, blue skies, sea ice and perfect
mountain reflections in the sea and you still won't be close to
experiencing how beautiful the place was.


Kirsten was professional throughout and made sure we experienced the best
that the Antarctic Peninsula has to offer. 


Be prepared for the fact that you have 3 days at sea from Ushuaia before you
reach the Peninsula and 2 days on the way back. There are plenty of
presentations on the ship to help pass the time and prepare you for the trip
but it can seem like a long time since you have left home before you are able
to leave the ship and do some landings.  Having said that, the sea days
are forgotten in an instant as soon as you reach the peninsula and the trip
starts properly.We were incredibly lucky with the weather; there was only 1
landing which we were unable to make as the conditions would not allow it.
 You need to be aware though that if weather conditions aren't
favourable you won't be able to do all of the landings or zodiac cruises
which could potentially detract from the overall enjoyment of the
trip. Aerolinas Argentinas can be quite strict with their luggage
allowances; there is a 5kg limit for hand luggage on the internal flight. If
you are carrying a lot of photographic equipment then your hand luggage will
be way over this.  However, if you have your backpack on your back when
you check in then they do not seem to weigh it; if it is on a luggage trolley
then they will weigh it and potentially ask you to pack some of your hand
luggage into your checked luggage. Do not wear expensive jewellery in
Buenos Aires and leave your valuables locked in the safe in the hotel. 


Go ahead and book the trip - it is truly an experience of a lifetime.


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Lovely country, people, and food.

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This review describes the revised, Lombok-less itinerary. So, no Rinjani,
sadly, but Sumeru is a decent (and difficult) substitute if one is willing to
ascend it (the summit is optional).

For me, this trip was a fine mix of culture (food, people, history, temples)
and hiking, with photographic opportunities wherever one looked. We had three
fantastic sunrises, some dynamite sunsets (especially Merbabu), and we got
very lucky with weather, being barely affected by rain. Our only real
disappointment came at Ijen where the gases from the crater would not clear
enough for a good view - but we got a good workout in while testing our
strength against that of the miners whose loads sulphur are very heavy.

There are some long drives, but most of our group found it easy to sleep on
the bus.
Ascending Sumeru. It's a difficult and frustrating climb (like summit day on
Kilimanjaro) but the view from the top is special.


Our guide (Wira) was attentive, helpful, fluent in four bazillion Indonesian
languages, and a damned good multitasker.


Most of the hiking is gentle but very dusty (we were there in the dry season)
so a buff is recommended to avoid "volcano nose" and care is needed to
protect camera mechanisms. The extension at Candidasa was a perfect and
relaxing way to end (I recommend staying as long as you can :)). Indonesians
are very friendly and you will be asked to pose for THEIR travel photographs,
so be prepared to feel like a rock-star.


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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Age Notes

Min. Age: 8

Additional Information:

  • 8 nights hotels
  • 7 days cycling (including 3 optional rides) with luggage transfers
  • Optional electric bikes
  • 90% quiet tarmac roads, 10% easy tracks
  • Undulating terrain but distances are kept relatively short
  • GPS route navigation provided 

Trip ID#:

exodus-C08UM

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts and 6 dinners included. Umbria represents Italian home cooking at its best and the region's cuisine reflects its landlocked location. The distinctive taste of the region's olive oil and black and white truffles flavour many of the dishes. The origins of many of the dishes derive from thrift, for example, bruschetta comes from toasting stale bread, covering it with olive oil and rubbing it with garlic. Similarly, crostini are thin slices of toast with a smear of pate, usually made from chicken liver, anchovies and capers. Cooked and cured meats also have a fantastic reputation in the region. You will get to try many of these famous and delicious antipasti, which will then be followed by a 'primo' (a first course). In Umbria this is usually a pasta dish oozing with flavour. Wild asaparagus is popular in the spring and truffles feature more strongly in autumn. Secondi (second course) will then follow, the Umbrian preference is for grilled meats. Rapidly grilled spatchcocked rabbit and guinea fowl remain favourites. Desserts do not feature strongly on the Umbrian menu, cheese is often the post dinner preference and you will find the option to dip them in oil or honey. Meal times are usually later throughout the day (08:00-10:00 for breakfast; 13:30-15:30 for lunch; 20:00-22:00 for dinner). Wine also has a strong history in this region. It has been produced in Umbria since Etruscan times, when vines were first planted. Possibly the most unusual wine of the region is the Vernaccia di Cannara, a desert wine which is unlike any other as it is red.

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