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San Marino and The Adriatic Riviera Self-Guided Bike Tour

Discover the Romagna region, the heartland of Italy's homemade pasta

Tour Duration

5D / 4N

Trip Style

Self-Guided

Activity Level

3

Hotel Level

Explorer

Bikes

Trek Émonda SL 5 Disc

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Starting from

$1,599.00 per person

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Pedal your way through picturesque valleys and villages in the Romagna region, and stay in one of the best beach towns in Italy.

Welcome to a self-guided bike tour through Italy's renowned foodie region, where you'll be greeted by a cozy boutique hotel on the Adriatic Riviera. Pedaling through a variety of routes, you'll traverse from the captivating sea to the enchanting hinterland, immersing yourself in picturesque towns, ancient castles, and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Romagna's rolling hills create a cycling paradise, unveiling the heartland of homemade pasta and the birthplace of delectable delights like the famous piadina romagnola. With flexible options for shorter or longer rides, relish the freedom to discover the breathtaking scenery, art, and history at your own pace, while experiencing the legendary hospitality of the locals. Avid cyclists will particularly appreciate the opportunity to explore the roads where Marco Pantani, the legendary Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner, trained and honed his remarkable skills. As you soak in the atmosphere, don't miss the chance to enjoy an unforgettable seaside holiday in Italy's most welcoming region.
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Trip Wows
  • Ride through beautiful, picturesque valleys in the Romagna region, sprinkled with towns and villages that contain a wealth of historical and artistic treasures

  • Discover the Medieval-era fortified hilltop villages of the region including Gradara, San Leo, and the UNESCO site of San Marino

  • Delight your culinary taste buds with freshly made pastas from the region — tagliatelle, lasagna, and piadina romagnola

  • Relax and unwind at one carefully selected hotel perfectly located in the center of the coastal town of Cattolica

  • Lounge on a private beach on the Adriatic Riviera as your daily post-ride relaxation

Medieval fortress atop a hill in Italy

Medieval hill-top fortress of San Leo, Italy

Perched on a limestone and sandstone spur, it resembles a fairytale castle rising from the mists.

Inside the old gate, the sand-colored stone buildings create a tranquil, other-worldly mood with alleys and corners laced with history.


What Guests are Saying
Four people smile for a photo in the doorway of an Italian cafe

This is a terrific trip concept and an incredible bargain. It's one of our favourites that we have done, and first self-guided with Trek Travel. For experienced riders, it is a great alternative.

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Jay, Trek Travel Guest

Man in cycling clothes taking photo of sea view

Filippo, our local guide, is very integrated in the cycling community. He checked on us daily, asked if we needed anything, and is hugely passionate about making the experience first class. Filippo is a huge asset for Trek onsite.

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Kay, Trek Travel Guest

Cyclist couple smiling in front of view

My husband I had truly had a vacation of a lifetime. This Self-Guided Tour gave us everything we wanted, amazing bikes, great routes, wonderful hotel, and incredible food. This was the perfect trip for us because we were able ride our bikes up to beautiful castles and medieval towns and had the freedom to explore those locations. Our host Filippo was unforgettable, his passion for cycling and caring for others was so heartwarming. Thank you, Trek Travel, for creating this extraordinary trip!!!!!!

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Ashleigh, Trek Travel Guest

Staff were friendly and greeted us entering and leaving the hotel. Our Trek Host and Hotel manager picked us up and dropped us off at train station which was very helpful. Breakfast buffet provided everything I needed/wanted and more. Location was central and convenient. Bike room, pool, spa were all great.

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Cathy, Trek Travel Guest

Group of local cyclists pedalling on the Panoramic road

Alberto, the (hotel) owner, was a terrific host. He was always enthusiastic, and is a huge biking enthusiast. He made us feel welcome and the staff were attentive and pleasant. Location was great. Breakfast was solid, and the spa and available massages were a great feature.

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Jay, Trek Travel Guest

Smiling cyclist on a bright day with Tuscan landscape in the background

Filippo was absolutely fantastic. He was completely available for us and checked on everyone every day. He’s a great reflection of Trek Travel.

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Carla, Trek Travel Guest

NO:aperitif at Torvis hotel

The host, Filippo, was amazing. Really helpful and knowledgeable and very friendly. We even hung out with him one night after riding.

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David, Trek Travel Guest


Castle overlooking a vast valley with mountains in the background

Great Ride

Cattolica to San Marino

A classic climb in the region, this route will take you to the ancient Republic of San Marino, the fortified city characterised by three famous castles.


Dates & Pricing

Book early for the best price

  • Guaranteed

  • Join Waitlist

  • Private

  • Limited Availability


Itinerary
Rider Information

Hotels
Outside view of Hotel Monetti exterior and pool
Double room in hotel monetti
Spa facility with lit candles and blue lights
Two wooden lounge chairs in hotel room
Waiter serves two people
Breakfast buffet with fruit and pastries
Cattolica, Italy
Hotel Europa Monetti
Explorer

Perfectly located in the central and pedestrian area of Cattolica and just a few steps from the sea, this elegant 4-star hotel is furnished in a contemporary and refined style. The hotel entrance and terrace overlook the main promenade and the on-site restaurant BiancoSale awaits to delight your senses with local specialities. The hotel features newly renovated rooms, elegantly furnished in a minimalist style with neutral tones. Other amenities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, a spa, a private beach exclusively reserved for guests, plus all the comforts and services you expect from a bike hotel.
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Bikes & Gear
Ride the Best Bikes in the Industry
Trek Emonda SL 5 Disc Road
Trek Émonda SL 5 Disc

The Trek Émonda SL 5 Disc is the perfect bike for your self-guided trip. Its lightweight aerodynamic frame will have you cruising with ease throughout your day. The Shimano hydraulic brakes give you consistent stopping power and control in any weather. The Émonda SL 5 is equipped with Shimano 105 components, the workhorse group of Shimano’s lineup that will keep your focus on enjoying the hills with its buttery smooth shifting. We think you’ll like this bike so much, you’ll want to get one of your own!

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Additional Gear
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Bontrager saddle
  • Bontrager helmet
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Garmin Edge 830 or 1030 GPS computer with pre-loaded routes
  • Shimano SPD-SL road style pedals, Shimano SPD mountain style pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • For the most comfortable ride, we recommend you bring your own saddle. If you prefer, you can bring your own pedals and helmet on the trip and your host will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.
A collage of cycling gear guests will use on a Trek Travel Self-Guided Bike Tour.

Trip Inclusions

Additional Details

Your Day. You Decide.

Our self-guided vacations are designed to fit all types of travel styles. Whether you like to spend your time relaxing or on a non-stop adventure, you get to decide what your day looks like. Choose your mileage, itinerary, and experience level and leave the rest to us!

Your Trip Need to Knows:

  • We do our best to avoid busy roadways as much as possible, however, urban riding and sections of busy roads are unavoidable for some segments of your rides.
  • Good fitness and good bike handling skills are required to ride bikes in this region because the terrain is consistently hilly with some sustained climbs. You must also be comfortable riding in traffic, especially when approaching town centers. For this reason this trip is recommended for our Level 3 and Level 4 riders only. E-bikes are not available in this region.
  • Avid cyclists (Level 4) can retrace the roads where the famous professional rider Marco Pantani used to train. Those routes are not described in the itinerary as they will only suit expert riders. However, your Trek Travel host will be happy to provide you with GPX tracks of Pantani’s favorite routes, including the legendary ride to Monte Carpegna. Additionally, your host can be available to shuttle you to the start of the rides upon request (for an extra fee).

Before and After Your Trip

Weather

Average monthly temperature and precipitation

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High (°F) 47.0° 50.0° 56.0° 63.0° 72.0° 79.0° 84.0° 84.0° 76.0° 67.0° 57.0° 48.0°
High (°C) 8.3° 10.0° 13.3° 17.2° 22.2° 26.1° 28.9° 28.9° 24.4° 19.4° 13.9° 8.9°
Low (°F) 33.0° 34.0° 40.0° 46.0° 54.0° 61.0° 66.0° 66.0° 59.0° 53.0° 44.0° 35.0°
Low (°C) 0.6° 1.1° 4.4° 7.8° 12.2° 16.1° 18.9° 18.9° 15.0° 11.7° 6.7° 1.7°
Rain (in) 0.29° 0.44° 0.59° 1.06° 0.69° 0.67° 0.42° 0.59° 1.05° 1.07° 0.85° 0.56°
FAQs

The Adriatic Sea has a lot of influence on the climate in Cattolica. The spring months are mild and you can expect a great deal of sunny weather. April is a comfortable month with an average high-temperature of 62°F (17°C). During the months of May, June, and September the temperatures are pleasantly warm, with an average that falls between 68-79°F (20-26°C). From September through to November, the climate is generally quite warm and favourable. Rain is always a possibility any month of the year as the weather can be quite changeable, particularly as autumn draws to a close. Be prepared with wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. A jacket or wrap will be useful in the evening. View our Packing List

To reserve your space on a trip, you can either call us at 866-464-8735 to speak with an expert Trip Consultant or book online any time by clicking the “BOOK THIS TRIP” icon near the upper right of each destination’s overview page.* Once you have submitted your reservation online, a Trip Consultant will contact you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and to confirm space, bike, and room availability on your desired trip. Your booking will be finalized once your no-risk deposit is paid. If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to the trip, a $750 no risk deposit is due at the time of booking.** If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking. Once your booking is complete you will receive an email confirmation with important information pertaining to your trip.

*Please note that select trips cannot be booked online at this time. For those trips, please call a trip consultant at 866-464-8735.

**Deposit amounts vary for all Race, Cross Country, Special Edition, Ride Camp, Discover, and Self-Guided tours. Please confirm deposit amounts for all trips with your Trip Consultant at time of booking.

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation letter is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start, you’ll receive an email containing your trip start meeting location reminder and any last-minute information that you’ll need to know before you go. Once you arrive at your destination, your Trek Travel host will brief you on the day-to-day plan for the trip and give you an overview on the daily route information and detailed maps within the Ride with GPS app. Your host will also review with you the preloaded Garmin GPS computer that allows you to ride with complete confidence and independence.

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your tour.

Read our Cancellation Policy

Our Trip Consultants are available to assist and can answer your questions. Please call us at 866-464-8735.

Trek Travel recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help safeguard you and your travel investment against the unexpected. We offer a travel protection plan through Arch RoamRight that provides coverage for unforeseen events that could affect your ability to travel with us. Learn more about our Travel Protection

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Your Self-Guided trip price is per person based on two guests sharing a room. If you are a solo traveler or if you want to stay in your own private room while traveling with other people, you will have a Single Supplement Fee added to your trip price at the time of booking.

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip. See Self-Guided FAQs


Guaranteed Trips

Our trips are guaranteed to run once we have one confirmed booking on the trip. Click here to view our full guarantee policy.

Trek Travel reserves the right to cancel trips with zero guests, therefore you must book with Trek Travel before making travel arrangements for the trip. We are not responsible for travel arrangements made prior to confirming your Trek Travel Trip. Select trips are not guaranteed.

Sold Out/Waitlist

This trip is currently sold out, but you may be added to the waitlist in the case of availability.

Limited Availability

If a date is marked with Limited Availability, there are few spots left to book. We will secure additional rooms from our hotels before confirming your reservation.

Looking to travel with a small group? Ask our trip consultants about private trips and learn more.

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discovor:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Private

If a date is marked as Private, it is reserved for a private group.

Looking to travel with a small group or looking for a custom date?
Call our trip consultants at 866-464-8735

What is the Difference?

Ultimate Luxury:

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Luxury:

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

Explorer

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

Combined

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of hotel levels, from Explorer to Luxury to Ultimate Luxury. Rest assured, no matter which level of hotel you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Activity Level

Level 1:

Road: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Level 2:

Road: 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Level 3:

Road: 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Level 4:

Road: 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel: 4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

What are your trip styles?

Classic - Reserve:

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discovor:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Ride Camp:

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

Pro Race:

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

Single Occupancy

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself