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Independent Cycling Tours from Genius Loci Travel – Pedal at your own Pace

Genius Loci Travel offers a wide range of independent cycling tours, featuring the most beautiful regions of Italy, with plenty of choice for all ability levels and all seasons, from gentle cycling breaks to rewarding biking holidays.

These tours, also often called ‘self guided’ tours, offer the best selection of cycling routes in Italy, which you can do with whom you want, at the pace you want, at the time you want. You are the guide! With our detailed road book, including maps and route notes you will be able to find any route.

A Genius Loci independent cycling tour takes you along carefully selected routes through an area, making sure that you see the best of this area, avoiding the busier roads and with the optimal mix between cycling & sightseeing. In addition, for the real cyclist, who likes to cycle through beautiful landscapes, but as well wants to make his kilometres and climb a few challenging mountains, we have developed a number of great road bike challenges.

Choose from the best selection of tours around Italy!

Italy’s Coasts & Islands

Cycling tours along Italy’s Coasts & Islands

Paestum & the amazing landscapes of the Cilento National Park - BCIL

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Discovering the Cilento National Park, one of the biggest and most diverse of Italy
  • Visit the impressive Greek Temples of Paestum, among the best preserved in the world
  • Cycle along deserted beaches, into wild mountain scenery and through pretty rural landscapes
  • Stroll through small medieval villages and charming fishing harbours
  • Enjoy amazing views over the Mediterranean all around
Days:9 days - different bases in charming hotels and agriturismi 
Starting from: 760 € 
Paestum & the Cilento National Park - Best Value Tour - BCILBV

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
  • Visit the Greek Temples of Paestum, among the best preserved in the world
  • Discover the Cilento National Park, visit small medieval villages and fishing harbours
  • Taste fresh buffalo mozzarella and enjoy typical hearty Cilentan cuisine
  • Cycle along deserted beaches, into wild mountain scenery and through pretty rural landscapes
Days:7 days - different bases in charming hotels and agriturismi  
Starting from: 595 € 
The Amalfi Coast: a divine mix of Nature & Culture - BAMA

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Cycling along the world’s most beautiful coast, from Salerno to Sorrento, with visits of Ravello and Capri
  • Explore the backstreets of intriguing medieval villages
  • Enjoy the most spectacular Mediterranean land & seascapes
  • Discover the secret corners of Amalfi, Ravello & Positano
  • Cycle some of the most beautiful stretches of the Giro d'Italia, on the traces of Coppi & Bartali
Days:6 Days 
Starting from: 730 € 
'La Via Silente', the 'Silent Way' - a unique journey of 600 km. through the Cilento (14 days-13 nights)

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
La 'Via Silente' - the Silent Way - is a unique journey of 600 km.,along the coast and through the mountains of the Cilento,one of Italy’s largest and most diverse National Parks
  • Do the 'full loop' of the Cilento National Park, one of the biggest and most diverse in Europe
  • Enjoy encounters with the local population, artistst, artisans and farmers alike.
  • Cycle along deserted beaches, into wild mountain scenery and through pretty rural landscapes
Days:14 days - inn-to-inn cycling with bases in charming hotels & agriturismo's 
Starting from: 710 € 
'La Via Silente' - Exploring the 'Cilento Antico' (6 days-5 nights)

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
La 'Via Silente' - a unique journey along the coast and through the mountains of the Cilento National Park
  • Cycle along deserted beaches, into wild mountain scenery and through pretty rural landscapes
  • Immerse yourself in the real authentic southern Italy
  • Enjoy encounters with the local population, artistst, artisans and farmers alike.
Days:6 days - inn-to-inn cycling with bases in charming hotels & agriturismo's 
Starting from: 300 € 
'La Via Silente' - il 'Cilento Antico' tra Velia ed il Monte Stella (6 giorni)

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
La ' Via Silente ' - un viaggio unico lungo la costa e attraverso le montagne del Parco Nazionale del Cilento
  • spiagge deserte, boschi di faggio, pianori, valli fiorite, grotte e corsi d’acqua limpidissima
  • pedalare per gustare il tempo, per avvertire la realtà con tutti i sensi
  • pedalare per scoprire quel Silenzio che non è assenza di suoni ma qualità di ascolto
Days:6 giorni - tour itinerante - soggiorni in hotel caratteristici ed agriturismi 
Starting from: 300 € 
'La Via Silente', un percorso di 600 km nel Parco Nazionale del Cilento (14 giorni)

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
La ' Via Silente ' - un viaggio unico di 600 km , lungo la costa e attraverso le montagne del Cilento, uno dei più grandi Parchi Nazionali Italiani.
  • percorso ad anello che attraversa l’intero Parco Nazionale del Cilento, una delle aree protette più estese e varie d'Europa
  • esperienza d’incontro con un popolo semplice ed orgoglioso, legato indissolubilmente a questa straordinaria terra e alle sue tradizioni
  • pedalerete lungo litorali deserti, in selvaggi scenari montani e attraverso paesaggi rurali di straordinaria bellezza
Days:14 giorni - tour itinerante - soggiorni in hotel caratteristici ed agriturismi 
Starting from: 710 € 
The Sardinian West Coast: From Alghero to the Costa del Sud

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Cycling along the Savage Coast of Italy’s Most Genuine Island
  • Discover the quiet hidden, but always spectacular West Coast of Sardinia
  • Visit ‘Spanish’ Alghero, medieval Bosa and Phoenician Nora
  • Admire the flocks of flamingos roaming the wetlands of the Sinis Peninsula
  • Stay in beautifully located family-run hotels and agriturismo's
Days:12 Days 
Dates & Prices on request. Please contact us 
The Amalfi Coast Bike Challenge - BRAM

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Cycling along the world's most beautiful coast, all around the Peninsula, from Salerno to Sorrento and back
  • Make a number of amazing rides, retracing some of the most beautiful stages of the Giro d'Italia
  • Enjoy the most spectacular Mediterranean land & seascapes
  • Discover the secret corners of Amalfi, Sorrento, Ravello & Positano
Days:5 days road cycling tour - bases in charming hotels. 
Starting from: 615 € 
From Venice into Croatia - BVEC

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Cycling along the beautiful sandy beaches of the Adriatic to the stunning Croatian coast
  • Take time to visit Venice, the most romantic of all cities, and Trieste, capital of central Europe
  • Discover beautiful small towns like Caorle, and magnificent Portogruaro, more Venetian than Venice !
  • Visit the site of the former Roman city of Aquileia, and discover the amazing archaeological heritage
  • End your trip on the beautiful peninsula of Istria, and enjoy its crystal clear waters
Days:8 days cycling tour - different bases in beautiful hotels 
669,00 
Eastern Sicily: cycling along amazing Baroque cities in the shadow of Mount Etna

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
The best of Sicily: great cycling routes in unforgettable scenery
  • Discover the beautiful baroque cities of Ragusa, Noto, Modica and Palazzolo
  • Cycle to Europe’s southernmost point, the ‘Isole delle Correnti’ at Pachino
  • Stop at charming fishing villages like Marzamemi, and other spot famous for the Montalbano movies
  • Visit the Greek heritage of Syracuse, and stroll through marvellous baroque cities
Days:7 Days 
Dates & Prices on request. Please contact us 

Divine countryside

Landscapes of outstanding beauty, scattered with history

The Best of Tuscany and Umbria

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Cycling through enchanting landscapes along medieval pilgrims’ ways and into the home country of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Head off into a coffee table book Tuscan landscape
  • Explore the green fields, plains, forests and meadows of the Umbran Apennine Mountains
  • Stay in beautifully located family-run hotels and agriturismo's
Days:10 Days 
Starting from: 925 € 
'La Via Silente', the 'Silent Way' - a unique journey of 600 km. through the Cilento (14 days-13 nights)

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
La 'Via Silente' - the Silent Way - is a unique journey of 600 km.,along the coast and through the mountains of the Cilento,one of Italy’s largest and most diverse National Parks
  • Do the 'full loop' of the Cilento National Park, one of the biggest and most diverse in Europe
  • Enjoy encounters with the local population, artistst, artisans and farmers alike.
  • Cycle along deserted beaches, into wild mountain scenery and through pretty rural landscapes
Days:14 days - inn-to-inn cycling with bases in charming hotels & agriturismo's 
Starting from: 710 € 
'La Via Silente' - Exploring the 'Cilento Antico' (6 days-5 nights)

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
La 'Via Silente' - a unique journey along the coast and through the mountains of the Cilento National Park
  • Cycle along deserted beaches, into wild mountain scenery and through pretty rural landscapes
  • Immerse yourself in the real authentic southern Italy
  • Enjoy encounters with the local population, artistst, artisans and farmers alike.
Days:6 days - inn-to-inn cycling with bases in charming hotels & agriturismo's 
Starting from: 300 € 
The Paestum & Cilento Bike Challenge - 6 days - Tripcode: BRCI6

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Discovering the Cilento National Park, one of the biggest and most diverse of Italy
  • Discover the unknown Cilento National Park, one of the biggest and most diverse of Italy
  • Visit the impressive Greek Temples of Paestum, among the best preserved in the world
  • Cycle through villages where time stands still, and enjoy the warm hospitality and genuine food.
  • Cycle along deserted beaches, into wild mountain scenery and through pretty rural landscapes
  • Test yourself on the Cilento’s many strenuous climbs and exhilarating descents
Days:6 days road cycling tour - bases in hotels & agriturismo’s 
Starting from: 640 € 
The Paestum & Cilento Bike Challenge - 9 days  - BRCI9

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Discovering the Cilento National Park, one of the biggest and most diverse of Italy
  • Discover the unknown Cilento National Park, one of the biggest and most diverse of Italy
  • Visit the impressive Greek Temples of Paestum, among the best preserved in the world
  • Cycle through villages where time stands still, and enjoy the warm hospitality and genuine food.
  • Cycle along deserted beaches, into wild mountain scenery and through pretty rural landscapes
  • Test yourself on the Cilento’s many strenuous climbs and exhilarating descents
Days:9-day road cycling tour - bases in hotels & agriturismo’s 
Starting from: 840 € 
South of Siena by Bike - 5 days

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Classic Views of Val d’Orcia. Cycling along quiet roads, through the famed Tuscan landscape.
  • Discover the genuine side of Siena and Montepulciano, incredibly well preserved hilltop towns
  • Stay at a quintessential Tuscan Estate, with onsite wellness resort and organic food production
  • Visit the natural, artistic and cultural treasures of the Val d’Orcia, on the UNESCO heritage list
  • Cycle through wonderful landscapes, wide open fields, cypress lined hills and vineyards
Days:5 day cycling tour - bases in hotels and agriturismo's 
Starting from: 500 € 
South of Siena by Bike - 8 days

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Classic Views of Val d'Orcia. Cycling along quiet roads, through the famed Tuscan landscape.
  • Discover the genuine side of Siena and Montepulciano, incredibly well preserved hilltop towns
  • Stay at a quintessential Tuscan Estate, with onsite wellness resort and organic food production
  • Visit the natural, artistic and cultural treasures of the Val d’Orcia, on the UNESCO heritage list
  • Cycle through wonderful landscapes, wide open fields, cypress lined hills and vineyards
Days:8 days cycling tour - bases in hotels and agriturismo's 
Starting from: 725 € 
Puglia, the Heart of the Mediterranean

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Discover the south-eastern ‘heel' of Italy, unique countryside between the Adriatic and the Ionian Sea
  • Discover Alberobello, the capital of the Trulli and Ostuni, the 'white town'
  • Enjoy the friendliness and hospitality of the southern Italians
  • Cycle through timeless landscapes with centuries old olive trees
  • Stay in beautiful villages and small towns, like Gallipoli, and the Moresque Otranto
Days:8 days cycling tour - beautiful hotels and agriturismo’s 
Dates & Prices on request. Please contact us 
Basilicata: the fascinating Nature of the deep South

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Discovering the cultural highlights & natural treasures of Italy's least known region
  • Cycle through the intriguing landscape of the ‘gravine', the great Italian canyons
  • Stay in the heart of the amazing city of Matera, one of the most fascinating places in Italy
  • Visit the unknown countryside and villages, staying in carefully selected agriturismo's
Days:8 Days 
Dates & Prices on request. Please contact us 
Magical Umbria, cycling on the traces of St. Francis

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
  • Visit beautiful small towns like Perugia, Montefalco, Bettona and Spello
  • Cycle along the Tiber river and through green hills covered with olive trees
  • Discover the genuine side of amazingly beautiful Assisi, after the crowds have left
  • Enjoy the genuine Umbrian food and its great wines
Days:7 days cycling tour - bases in beautiful hotels and agriturismo’s 
Dates & Prices on request. Please contact us 
The essence of Tuscany: Via Francigena & Val d’Orcia

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Along the medieval pilgrim’s road to Rome, through the famed Tuscan landscape
  • Discover the genuine side of San Gimignano, Siena, Montalcino & the Val d’Orcia
  • Stay at one of Tuscany's most beautiful agriturismo's and spend one night in a wonderful monastery
  • Cycle through wonderful landscapes, past monasteries, fortresses and medieval hilltop towns
Days:8 Days 
Dates & Prices on request. Please contact us 

Alpine & Lake Scenery

Alpine Scenery with an Italian flavour

From the Dolomites to Venice

Self Guided Cycling Holiday
Cycling along the trail of the old Dolomites train, through fairy tale landscapes
  • Stay in the Italian ‘capital' of the Dolomites, Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Cycle through several of the most beautiful mountain ranges (like the ‘DreiZinnen')
  • Discover beautiful small towns, like Bassano del Grappa, Belluno, Treviso and of course Venice !
Days:8 days cycling tour - different bases in beautiful hotels 
Starting from: 589 € 

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Why a cycling tour with Genius Loci Travel?

One of the strengths of Genius Loci Travel is the design of each tour. A Genius Loci independent cycling tour takes you along carefully selected routes, making sure that you see the best that each area has to offer, with an optimal mix between cycling & sightseeing, culture & nature.  A type of tour which we in Italy call ‘cicloturismo’. According to the area, on some tours the focus is more on the nature, on others on the cultural aspects. But all our tours provide the best possible mix between culture & nature.

Of course on our ‘bike challenges’ the focus is more on the cycling itself, but also here we’ll lead you through the most amazing scenery ! Not one single day is the same on our cycling tours!

Many of the tours we have developed over the last decade, have been sold and are still being sold by specialised tour operators worldwide. In fact, it’s likely that you’ve been on one of our tours already!

Type of tour

Our tours find the right balance between continuous routes and tours that are centrally based. Usually you change accommodation about every 2/3 days on our tours. This avoids the hassle of having to change hotel every day, while allowing you to follow a continuous route through the area, without having to cycle the same road each day at the start of your route.

On our independent cycling tours, you are free to follow the route at your own pace. We transport your luggage on to the next hotel on the days you move to a different place, so you can enjoy your ‘light’ ride, knowing that your baggage will be waiting for you at your next night’s accommodation. No need to carry much more than your camera, water and perhaps a picnic lunch.

Each of our tour programmes is flexible, you can normally start your ride on any day during the season, and you can add on extra days where and when you desire, for resting or sightseeing, as well as to opt for tour extensions in nearby areas.

Moreover: independent cycling does not mean unsupported cycling! In case you need help,technical assistance can be provided on any place along the route. Our qualified staff is always only a phone call away!

And for those who prefer to cycle in company, with a professional tour leader and vehicle support, we have developed a number of great group tours. Also here with the choice between relaxed cycling holidays, and beautiful road bike trips, real bike challenges.

Please note that bike rental is not included in our tour prices, offering you the possibility to bring your own bicycles.

For those who wish to rent a bike we offer good quality  bicycles at the best prices for the duration of the tour. You can have a look at our bikes at our rental bikes page.

Where exactly in Italy are these tours? Genius Loci Tours

 
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