Bike the Villages and Castles in Riccione, Italy. Photo by Hennie

Tagliatelle with some great Italian wine! Photo via Flickr:kochtopf

Riccione - Villages & Castles

Italy Bike Tours

Bike Riccione and explore Italy’s most beautiful coast!

Interested in the Adriatic bike tours? No need to be intimidated by the mileage and the climbs of other Riccione cycling tours, now there is something for the more leisure minded cyclist.

Cycling Riccione allows escape from everything, take your time and follow itineraries that gently take you away from the chaotic traffic of the coast, from noisy and crowded places to submerge yourself in nature. The air is cool and lightly-fragranced with the smell of damp earth in the fields, of cut grass, of haystacks and the sweet and persistent scent of trees in bloom.

This is why Riccione can be defined as a cycling tourist's paradise”. Numerous paths of all kinds, varying in length and difficulty, attract thousands of enthusiasts each year, thanks also to the diverse scenery in this area. There are numerous different itineraries to choose from, ranging from a peaceful ride on flat terrain cycling along the coast and streams, to more demanding routes with steep slopes that lead to a host of medieval castles. If you desire a day trip by train, you can easily reach Tuscany which is only 38 miles (60 km) from Riccione.

If you prefer more mileage, challenge and road bike cycling, please take a look at our road bike version, Riccione.

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Skill Level

Routes are along side roads and some times cycle paths that are of dirt. There are five guided itineraries a week.covering between 25 to 38 miles. The terrain varies from flat to hilly with some slightly longer climbs that alternate with delightful descents. Ideal for "fair weather"cyclists with normal fitness and training. You will cycle bout 4 to 5 hours on your daily excursions.

Where You’ll Stay

The comfortable, modern Hotel Dory

What’s Included

  • All inclusive Services
  • Welcome drink, presentation of routes
  • Super half board: (Breakfast buffet, lunch buffet from 2 - 4 pm, dinner buffet
  • Water, wine, soft drinks with dinner
  • Every Monday, barbecue in the country house with wine and desserts
  • Sandwiches, bananas, water during rides
  • Traditional Romagna dinner with tasting of local homemade products and limoncino tasting session
  • Admission to the Aqua Wellness Area complete with swimming pool, whirlpools, Turkish bath, and sauna
  • Nirvana Spa (massage chair)
  • Transfer service from Rimini airport and railway station (8 am to 10 pm)
  • 15 touring cycles available for around town
  • 15 Nordic Walking carbon poles for hiking
  • 5 Guided excursions
  • Laundry service for biking gear and shoe dryer (must purchase laundry bag @ €8)
  • Shoe drying facilities
  • 50 detailed cycling routes
  • Mechanical assistance
  • Replacement bike if needed
  • In house mechanic for small repairs and fine tuning
  • Fully equipped workshop and washing area
  • Storeroom for personal bikes
  • Internet point and wireless connection
  • Idea formula, accommodations in "Dorine" room (12/14 m square) or mini apartments (27 - 31 m square), 50 m. distance from main hotel
  • Includes all of the above, plus:
  • €10 Euro Token to be spent at cyclists’ market (minimum stay of 5 days)
  • Style formula, accommodations in Superior room (15 - 19 m), Junior suite (23 - 27 m square), or Fashion and Feeling Suite (Attic rooms of 50 m square)
  • Includes all of the above, plus:
  • Draft sodas and hot drinks, all you can drink all day
  • Complimentary T Shirt
  • € 20.00 token to be spent at cyclists’ market (minimum stay of 5 days).
  • Transfer service from Forlì, Ancona, Bologna, Rimini airports and Riccione train station from 8 am to 10.00 pm)
  • Daily admission to Riccione Swimming Municipal Pool
  • Assistance in case of falls
  • Special services for none biker / accompanying person
  • One cooking lesson on how to make pasta
  • Transfer to the barbecue Vecciano
  • Nordic walking sticks
  • 2 weekly Nordic walking excursions: 3/4 hours, 7/8 km each
  • Boat excursion from April to September aboard an authentic "Goiter Sorrentino"
  • Transfer to and tasting of oil, wine, and cheese
  • One balsamic vinegar tasting

What’s Not Included

  • Helmet rental
  • Hybrid bicycle rental (Leicester Comfort Aluminum 6061 PG, Shimano 8 speeds)

Extra Stay

Because this is a hotel based tour, you can shorten or lengthen your stay

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length8–15 days
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Tour Dates

Arrival daily, February through June, and September through November 2016

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Riccione - Villages & Castles Map

Bi weekly excursion programs:

  1. Arrival to Hotel Dory
  2. Santarcangelo
  3. Albereto Castle and Vecciano
  4. Tour of the Malatesta Castles
  5. Rest day
  6. Roman Rimini and Tasting of typical products
  7. Gradara Castle
  8. Departure or extension of stay

* Routes cover between 25 and 38 miles. (40 - 60 km) a day

SATURDAY:  Arrival to Hotel Dory
Individual arrival to Hotel Dory. Riccione is known as the “Green Pearl” of the Adriatic, precisely for the lush greenery that distinguishes it. Whoever chooses this location not only finds himself in the most renowned, fun and fashionable spot along the Adriatic coast, but also has the chance to combine enjoyment with passions for sport, nature and open air. In fact, apart from being by the sea, Riccione is surrounded by a scenic countryside, ideal for cycling. 

SUNDAY: Santarcangelo
Our first destination is the unique village of Santarcangelo, an ancient medieval village in the heart of Romagna, with its fortress, ancient
town center, caves and old press. We will follow a stretch that was where the tracks of the old Rimini-San Marino railway once lay.

MONDAY: Albereto Castle and Vecciano
This route follows narrow roads that wind their way through vineyards to the municipal tower of Montescudo (13th century) for a brief visit to the ancient medieval ice house and a well-earned coffee break.The small castle of Albereto is only a short distance away and offers excellent views of the ancient republic of San Marino and the sea.  You pass through Marano Nature Park, a habitat favored by majestic white herons, buzzards and birds of prey. After a short climb, you reach Vecciano for a well-deserved lunch break at the family house in the country.  Grilled meat, typical local cheeses, pasta served with tomatoes from the vegetable garden and lots of good wine will be served. You will also pay a visit to the old vinegar cellar to try some balsamic vinegar.

TUESDAY: Tour of the Malatesta Castles
Through corn fields, fields of sunflowers and olive groves, you will see some of the castles built by the powerful dynasty of the Malatesta –Montefiore, Mondaino and Saludecio – and also try some delicious “fossa cheese”.

WEDNESDAY: Rest day

THURSDAY: Roman Rimini and Tasting of typical products
You  visit Rimini, Tiberius’ Bridge and the Arch of Augustus, built by mighty Roman emperors. Then it is off  to the hills near Rimini to try some local products; a taste experience of the typical flavors of the land.

FRIDAY: Gradara Castle and the love story between Paolo and Francesca
After passing through the village of San Giovanni, the ancient granary of the Malatesta,and trying some traditional country-style bread, you head to Gradara, with its imposing fortified walls, the first outpost in defense of the coast.

SATURDAY: Departure or extension of your stay

  1. San Bartolo Park
  2. The Concha Valley and Vecciano
  3. The Ancient Republic of San Marino
  4. Rest Day
  5. The Great Marechhia Valley and tasting of local products
  6. Onferno and the nature reserve
  7. Departure

*Routes cover between 25 and 38 miles. (40 - 60 km) a day

SUNDAY:  San Bartolo Park
Heading south, through the countryside of the Marche, with its fields of intensely-fragranced onions and cabbage, you reach Mount San Bartolo, on a cliff top that drops down to the sea, to follow the panoramic route with its extraordinary views of the coast.

MONDAY: The Concha Vaolley and Vecciano
An easy and gently-rolling route along the Concha Valley with a visit to an ancient “wash-house” and then on to Vecciano for an outdoor barbecue, a visit to the family’s vegetable garden and the old vinegar cellar, with an opportunity to taste the famous balsamic vinegar.

TUESDAY: The Ancient Republic of San Marino
You scale Mount Titano, with its traditions and well-preserved mediaeval sites, taking the easier route. We’ll have enough time
to visit the 3 towers and the narrow streets of one of the oldest republics in the world.

WEDNESDAY: Rest Day

THURSDAY: The Great Marechhia Valley and tasting of local products
Dominated by the ancient castles that overlook it, the Marecchia Valley helps you relive the emotions of ancient wayfarers heading to Rome. On the return journey, you stop to taste some local cheeses, olive oil, wine and typical products.

FRIDAY: Onferno and the nature reserve
On the border with the Marche region, under wild and majestic ravines live numerous species of animals, some protected others living wild: boars, porcupines, foxes and bats. You follow a road with little traffic and from the crest of a ridge, the wind and silence accompany you throughout the journey….

SATURDAY: Departure
Your bike tour in Italy will end after breakfast 

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Customer Feedback

  • Mary B 2 years ago

    This was my second biking holiday. Like the first one to Croatia, Hennie and her staff took care of all the details. All I had to do was enjoy.

    With five riding-group levels to choose, those who wanted to do extreme riding could. Those of us with lesser ambitions could still enjoy challenging rides interspersed with photo stops and cappuccino breaks. My group, Bikeness, rode along the Adriatic coast, through the rolling hills of Emilia-Romagna, and up the mountainous terrain to San Marino.

    Each day we returned to Hotel Dory to fabulous food and fellowship.

    This trip was a delight.

  • susan muldoon 2 years ago

    This was my first bike tour and I cannot wait to book my next tour with TripSite!!! The hotel and staff were wonderful, I also liked that the cyclists were divided into groups with people with similar abilities. Met very interesting people enjoyed the proximity to the beach and shopping. The sights were beautiful and the food, well the food and cocktails were never-ending! Absolutely loved this tour and Hennie and her staff made sure everything ran smoothly. Thank you, Hennie!!!

  • Bonnie 2 years ago

    Wonderful experience! The biking was great and such a good way to see the countryside. The food was fresh, typical Italian, and delicious. I had a terrific time.

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