Welcome to Hooked on Cycling Holidays and our fabulous cycling holiday in Marche. Marche is a wonderful little-explored region of Italy on the Adriatic coast. Our seven-night level 2-3 self-guided (extra and fewer nights is possible) biking vacation allows you to explore this quiet region. You will be based on the coast in the lovely town of Gabicce Mare in a wonderful 4-star hotel. The hotel has its own swimming pool, small gym, sauna and spa pool.
Each day you will head out self-guided following our pre-planned routes. The daily cycle tours will take you to historic hilltop villages, through beautiful scenic roads, exploring castles and stopping to sample wine and local produce. Being centre based allows you to choose your schedule, biking every day or maybe only a few. The beach is only 50 metres away with nice golden sand. In the evening relax by the pool, in the large gardens of in the nice bar over looking the swimming pool.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Cycling that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Fly into Rimini, Ancona or Bologna Forli airports. On arrival at your 4-star hotel close to the beach in the wonderful coastal resort of Gabicce Mare relax with your welcome cocktail and meeting about the cycling tour routes. If you have time, walk down to the town or beach for some exercise before dinner.
On leaving your hotel you head south along the panoramic road through the Monte Can Bartolo National Park before heading inland through the twisting minor roads through the hilltop village of Tavullia before reaching the fortified village of Gradara. Here you can explore the red-stoned castle and walled town at your leisure. Take a coffee and explore the craft shops before your return back to your hotel. It’s all downhill from here!
Today you are cycling a slightly longer route (can be shortened) to Pesaro. On route, you will have many wonderful views over the surrounding Marche landscape where the beautiful quiet roads will lead you through the historic village of Santa Maria Dell’Arzilla before descending to Pesaro. Pesaro also offers many little-cobbled streets to explore before heading back over the Panoramic road back to Gabicce Mare.
A wonderful ride today to one of the regions nicest fortified hilltop villages at Montefiore Conca. Before the gentle climb to Montefiore stop off at Moriano di Romagna. At the top of the climb, you will find the castle in a lovely little village. Now you deserve a coffee and lunch before exploring the small village and see the wonderful views. On your return, you can take a slight detour to Montescudo and see the views of the sea. You now cycle down the Conca Valley and back to Gabicce Mare.
Today you can follow another wonderful cycle tour or maybe go to the beach to relax. Maybe you wish to stay at your hotel and take a dip in the hotel pool. For those wishing to do something else, golf is nearby with its wonderful health Spa, take a bus to San Marino and indulge in the tax-free shopping! or maybe take a walk in the San Bortolo National Park not far from the hotel.
Today you head directly inland through Gradara and Tavullia and onto Montigridolfo. Here take a stop there is a lovely restaurant for lunch before you make your way back along the lovely quiet roads.
Today you cycle out to a farm at Minera through the lovely villages of Saludecio and Tavoleto. Once you arrive you will be able to sample some of the local produce and typical dishes of the region. Once you have had a nice relaxing time you can continue your journey east back to Gabicce Mare
After a wonderful week, it is now time to make your way home. After breakfast, you can take your private transfer or take a train to the airport.
Note: you can pre-book a few non-cycling activities either a boat trip on a cutter stopping at a local beach for lunch (grilled fish, wine, music) or a Friday pizza party at Castello di Granarola. These are not available within the peak summer months.
NOTE: Several other daily tours or different distances are available on the included GPS device.
To Bologna, Ancona airports where you can then take the train or we can arrange a private transfer to the hotel.
A train service also runs from Bologna or Ancona to Gabicce Mare takes around 1.5 hours and costs around 22€.