From Amsterdam to Rome

Description

The first part of the route starts in Basel in the Rhine valley and then goes on to the smaller valley of the Thur towards Bodensee (Lake Constance). The route from Bodensee follows distance. allows you to regain your breath in between. The Splügen Pass is beautiful and also one of the quietest over the Alps. It is open from May until October.

Day 1 Transfer Holland - South Germany 

Travel Day from Holland to south Germany for overnight in Basel.
(You also can start this tour in Basel or Zurich).
   

Day 2 Basel / Weil am Rhein-  Waldshut (70 km)

Your start will be in Basel and from there you cycle through the Rhine Valley and along the Rhine to Waldshut at the German side of the Rhine.
   

Day 3 Waldshut – Frauenfeld (70 km)

Through Switzerland and along the curvy Rhine till the valley of the Thur and Sitter which we follow eastbound with  beautiful landscapes with impressing overviews on the wineyards. We also notice that we are not in the flatlands anymore. If you are still able to make a small detour you can visit the famous waterfalls of Schaffhausen.
   

Day 4 Frauenfeld – Sankt Margarethen (72 km)

Via Bischofszell you cycle a part of the old pilgrimsroad through a beautiful national park. In the direction of St. Gallen and after a climb you will be rewarded with a long descent to the Lake Constance  met view on beautiful Alp panorama’s. Along the south shore of the the Lake Constance you cycle via Rorschach to St. Margarethen at the border with Austria.
   

Day 5 Sankt Margarethen – Zizers (73 km)

Through small villages, a part of Austria and Liechtenstein we cycle along the Rhine slowly uphilll. Through a narrowing  valley surrounded by mighty Alps till we Zizers just a few kilometers before the Old City of Chur.
   

Day 6 Zizers – Chur / Thusis  (8 / 37 km)

          St. Moritz -  Chiavenna (50 km - desdescending)

If your legs are good you have the choice to cycle the Polenweg to Thusis high above the river. If you want to be more comfortable you also the take the famous railway of the Rhätische Bahn to St. Moritz. This beautiful railroad  is considered as one of he most beautiful railways In Europe  leading you through a breathtaking landscape.  From the  wellknown resort St. Moritz you will have a spectaculair descend using your brakes all the time and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
   

Day 7 Chiavenna – Menaggio / Bellagio (54 km Lake Como)

Today you leave the highlands and you will cycle along Lake Come in a totally differet world, still surrounded by might Alps but now in a subtropic environment.
   

Day 8 Bellagio – Bergamo (70 km)

Today we pass Lecco en along the river Adda to the old market place of Bergama and we leave the Alps definitely behind us.
   

Part 2 From Bergamo – to Florence

At this point you can choose whether to pay a visit to Bergamo, or continue southwards along the River Adda, therefore avoiding the city and steeper climbs. The route then runs along Lago d’Iseo to Brescia through the undulating landscape of the Franciacorta with its castles and abbeys. From Brescia the route goes via Desenzano on the shores of Lago Garda then along part of the valley of the Mincio river. You follow the cycle path beside the river, continuing all the way into the historic centre of Mantova. Nowadays there is a cycle path out of Mantova virtually all the way to Modena, and even further as the route also forms a section of the Eurovelo cycle network.

Leaving Modena you first join the cycle path running over the former railway to Vignola, after which the route takes the lowest route through the Apennines Mountains (Appennini). This route provides wonderful views over the surrounding landscape. It then descends again to Pistoia, the first town in Tuscany with its beautiful medieval square. You now have a choice after Pistoia. The main route goes to San Gimignano, the town in the centre of Tuscany with the amazing towers. This is followed by an excellent link to the next section towards Rome, which also means less climbing through the Tuscan hills. The other route goes to Florence and runs over a cycle path along the river Arno all the way into the city. There is also a route to Lucca that is ideal for those wanting to cycle on to Pisa and Livorno. This also has the easiest gradient when cycling in the opposite direction through the Appennini.

The route is signposted virtually all the way through Switzerland. The route is also signposted for the most part in Italy. From Chiavenna and through the Valtellina to Lago Como, and from Palazzolo near Bergamo via Brescia and Mantova to Modena and Vignola.

Day 9 Bergamo – Brescia (76 km)

After the rich history and beautiful buildings from Bergamo the route starts following a comfortable cycling path through a National Park along the river Serio an afterwards the diversified landscape existing from lakes along foothills of the Alp towards Brescia.
   

Day 10 Brescia – Mantova (87 km)

From Brescia to Descenzano at Lake Garda and from there further southbound meeting the wideness of the Po-delta. It is just more beautiful cycling towards the Hills of the east instead of crossing the flatlands of the Po-delta. Besides we now come along the beautiful fortress of Mantova.
   

Day 11 Mantova – Sorbara (77 km)

Today we cycle upon high dikes crossing through the impressive polder landscape from the Po-delta where it is beautifully wide, on our way to the Apeninnes , where you see the outlines at  the Horizon by the end of the day.
   

Day 12 Sorbara – Guiglia (54 km - via Modena and first climb)

Underneath the Apeninnes there are several cities for example Modena, famous for its expensive sportscars en delicious food.  Of course we visit this beautiful city by crossing it by bike. Before ending in Guiglia we stil have to take a climb into the Apenines.
   

Day 13 Guiglia – Pracchia (71 km climbing – descending – climbing)

Today we cross the Apenine, quite  underestimated but a real fysical separation between de rich industrial Northern part of Italy and the natural rich middle part. This part of the route is already existing as a unchanged cycling route during the last 30 years. Simply because there is no better en no more beautiful route to be found through this part of Italy.
   

Day 14 Pracchia – Lucca (65 km)

A difficult choice of riding straight to Pisa or first o Florence via a last climb before descending to the Valley of the Arno. But we finally chose for the long descend to Lucca en cycling from there 20 km extra till the banks of the river Arno in Pisa. Fortunately the next day is a resting day and we can take the train to Florence for visiting this beautiful city.
   

Day 15

Visiting Florence by train. Also the end of part 2.

   

Part 3: Florence – Rome

This part of the route takes you through the Tuscan and Umbrian countryside to Rome. The guide serves as a route to Rome as well as a guide for making several delightful trips around Tuscany and Umbria. The main route to Rome joins part 2 in San Gimignano and follows the new Via Francigena cycle paths to Siena. The Via Francigena is one of the ancient pilgrim routes to Rome and we’ve included much of it in the guide. You can also follow this route from Florence to Siena. The main route runs through the beautiful hills of Le Crete towards the Chiana valley. This is a lovely cycle path, but for those looking for better views there are also a few small unpaved roads going to Chiusi and then on to Orvieto. From Orvieto there are two roads to Soriano running around the flanks of Monte Cimino, an extinct volcano. Villages sit atop the tuff stone hills and this is also where the exotic Parco dei Mostri in Bomarzo is located. Caprarola, with its sumptuous Villa Farnese, lies further round the extinct volcano. The route then descends towards the undulating countryside around Rome and eventually continues along the cycle path beside the river Tiber all the way into the Eternal City.

If you already did part 1 and 2 or if you are starting right now the goal of this tour  Rome is coming nearer. Tuscany is accidented which makes the cycling sometimes challenging , but ou are rewarded the whole time with beautiful views and spectaculatr landscapes, anciet cities and an impressive arrival in Rome through an bike way/cycle path that leads youtill the city center of Roma ; the Eternal City.

Day 16 Lucca – Casciane Terme (78 km)

A quiet cycling day along the river to the Leaning Tower of Pisa into the country upstream along the Arno. Than we leave the plains and start cycling into the Tuscan Hills, slowly to Casciane Terme.
   

Day 17 Casciane Terme – Volterra (40 km)

Your cycling tour today starts in Casciane Terme  and slowly you climb to the pitoresque city of Volterra.  De last 5 km ‘s your have to endure  a strong climb, but no worry you have all the time of the world for it and as soon as your reach the old town of Volterra at the top of the hill you will be rewarded with  a lot of historical places of interest.
   

Day 18 Volterra – San Gimignana – Siena (73 km)

This stage  you will be enjoying the beautiful sloped and colourful Tuscan hills first to San Gimignano the famous Tuscan city with its 14 towers and the beautiful pitoresque alleys and squares. You continue through Poggibonsi an attractive route to Siena mainly through separated cycle path and quiet country roads.

   

Day 19 Siena – Valiano (66 km)

Crossing  Le Crete to Valdichiana. The landscape here is extremely empty and wide and mainly existing from acres, changing its colours every season;  You cycle along Asciano, Signalunga to Valiano on the eastern hillside of the Valle of chiana. 
   

Day 20 Valiano – Orvieto (72 km)

We continue our route along lakes and streams to Chiusi Scalo. The landscape is changing  and looks more Southern.  Through a small part of Umbria the route leads us to Orvieto Scalo. We have to climb to the historical uppercity on a tuffstone plateau, Orvieto.
   

Day 21 Orvierto – Soriano nel Cimino (56 km)

We leave Umbria and are reaching more and more to the finish of this cycling tour in Lazio. The name of Rome is appearing more and more on the roadsigns  and the beautiful old villages are no longer situated at the top of the hills but at the rims of extinguished vulcano’s. This day the tour end in the pittoresque village Soriano nel Cimino.
   

Day 22 Soriano nel Cimino – Rome (100 km)

Along Vinanello and Caparola through the old volcano landscape with sometimes some mean climbs but from Caprarola the road meanders to Nepi. From Nepi we cycle to Calcatta, Formello and Santa Cornelia to descend to Prima Porta. After Prima Porta you arrive  at a cycle track along the Tiber that you will follow  till the heart of the city center of Roma,  the Piazza San Pietro.  The last kilometres  you cycle along the imposing walls of Vatican city. Your overnight hotel will be in the surroundings of the Castel Sant Angelo.
   

Day 23 

Day free for leisure to discover all the treasures of the city of Roma.

   

Day 24/25 starting the way home

Today the coach will leave direction Holland.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hotels used will be located as much as possible directly or nearby the cycling route. It can happen that on some days there will be a coach transfer to the start or finish of the day due to lack of possible overnight hotels.  As soon as this group is confirmed we will give you the names of the hotels that will be booked for your group. The hotels will be in the category good middleclass.

Travel dates 2019

Part 1 : Holland - Bergamo starting Monday 30-09-2019   8 days € 1195 p.p. 
Part 2 : Bergamo - Florence starting Tuesday 01-10-2019   7 days €   995 p.p.
Part 1 + 2 : Holland - Florence starting Monday 30-09-2019 15 days € 1.995 p.p.
Part 3 : Florence - Rome starting Tuesday 08-10-2019 10 days € 1.295 p.p.
Part 2 + 3 : Bergamo - Rome starting Tuesday 01-10-2019 15 days € 1.995 p.p.
Part 1 + 2 + 3 : Holland - Rome starting Monday 30-09-2019 25 days € 2.595 p.p.
All prices are valid with a minimum of 15 participants    


Included 

All transport by coach with bike trailer
Services English speaking bike guide
Sharing Double/twin room room with private shower /toilet
Half board (daily breakfast buffet and 3 course dinner)
Routing map and description of tours in English
Luggage transport included insurance
GPS tracks

 

Supplements 

Single room 7 days € 175 / 8 days € 200 / 10 days € 250 / 15 days € 375 / 25 days € 625
Bike Rental  7/21 gear € 12,50 per day
Bike Rental E-bike € 20 per day

 

Departure locations

Rotterdam
Alblasserdam
Utrecht

 

Conditions

Group tour: Minimum number of participants 15

 

 

Cycle route from Amsterdam to Rome

The cycle route to Rome was originally created in 1991 and has been gradually improved since then. It is a delightful traverse through Europe where virtually every day you pass through yet another type of landscape. It follows slowly rising river valleys where possible, allowing you to cycle through the mountains without having to actually go over them. There are alternative sections for those who like the challenge of steep climbs.

Nowadays a large part of the route is over separated cycle paths and much of it is signposted in each of the regions. The passing of time has confirmed that the route taken is ideal and furthermore, the Swiss cycling network and the European ’Eurovelo’ route have in the meantime both selected the same sections.

Although Rome is the final destination, you can think of the journey itself as a series of destinations. In the Alsace, Switzerland and specifically Italy you will come across places that really make the journey worthwhile. In northern Italy the route goes along the banks of Lago Como and towns such as Mantova. In Tuscany the route takes you to Florence, but also via towns such as San Gimignano, Siena, Chiusi and Orvieto.

Cycle route in three separate parts

We chose to cycle this route consists in three separate parts, each of which can be ordered separately. A description for each part is given on this website together with an overview and any additions that have arisen in the meantime:

 

• Part 1: Basel - Bergamo

• Part 2: Bergamo – Florence

• Part 3: Florence - Rome

  • I enjoyed to Danube tour very much- the weather was beautiful- the company was enjoyable. JC. Zeyl, Canada
  • Bob and I think about our adventure frequently including all the great locations we rode thru on our bicycles. L. Carter, USA
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