Dream Italy Bike Trips

Sun-Splashed Imperia Cycling Vacations

Come and discover the Italian Riviera and classic Italian cycling with your Imperia bike trip. The Liguria region is a narrow land squeezed between the mountains and the sea with a mild climate, breathtaking views, and spectacular cliffs.  Passing fishing villages with tall and slender houses in vivacious colors, secluded bays, and hidden treasures around each corner.
This is the perfect place to live the Italian “dolce vita” by bicyclette. Soak up the atmosphere in the typical alleyways of San Stefano al Mare by letting yourselves be guided by the sound of the sea.  The Mediterranean coast with vineyards and olive groves on the terraced hillsides and panoramic Italian winding roads Riviera cycling is picture-perfect!

Imperia cycling vacations are designed to make you feel like a different person. In this region of Italy, streets aren’t measured by kilometers, but by emotions…perfect for cycling.  You want to experience great Italian flavours with amazing lunch stops, immerse yourself in the best of Italy at a comfortable cycling pace.  Experience both with your Imperia bike trip and Italian Riviera bike tour package.

Have a taste for more cycling?

Challenging bike toursWe also offer challenging Italy bike trips with our Liguria Cycling Tours Why not lift the bar and head inland beyond the terraces for a big week of cycling on the Riviera.

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Luxury Bike Tours

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Comfortable – 50 km/31mi per day

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Rides Only:
Without Accommodation $2145 per person

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3* Hotel Accommodation $2559 per person
4* Hotel Accommodation $2648 per person

Or make it custom, from $3059 per person

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Santo Stefano al Mare, Italy

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March – October

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5 Days / 4 Nights

Small Group Size

4 to 6 people

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Single Room – $248
Half Board – $166
Bike hire – $300

Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday

Discover classic Italy cycling the Italian Riviera!

The picture-perfect Italian Riviera, crescent-shaped strip of the Mediterranean coastline straddling between the south of France and Tuscany the classic Italian cycling destination.
Imperia bike trips explore Italy’s Liguria region dotted with charming villages alongside the shimmering ocean the ideal stay for cycling and authentic Italy.
With the perfect Riviera dei Fiori cycle path start each day with the sun rising over the sea exploring a stretch of Liguria.  Beaches and rocky headlands and the interior terraces of medieval villages, luxuriant gardens, and pristine valleys.
Typical of the Riviera dei Fiori is the extremely mild climate, little rain it’s time to dream together in Italy!

Another custom premium short bike trip experience to Italy with Paul & Bridget, They are masters of everything, from bike hire to variety of rides, their level of safety, beautiful eating spots, time to savour the delightful towns we stopped in, the town of Santo Stefano is a very short walk to fantastic choice of local restaurants and is a delight to walk by the sea, another wonderful biking experience.
Testimonial by L Davis & M Osterfoss – USA
L Davis & M Osterfoss – USA

Dates

Below are our scheduled small-group departures for Italy bike trips, we can’t wait to share Italy with you soon.

Low Season

2022

Mid Season

2022
  • 25 April — 29 April Enquire
  • 23 May — 27 May Book Now Enquire
  • 15 June — 19 June Book Now Enquire

High Season

2022
  • 18 July — 22 July Enquire
  • 06 August — 10 August Book Now Enquire
  • 03 September — 07 September Book Now Enquire

Low Season

2022
  • 03 October — 07 October Enquire

Looking for specific dates?

If you want to travel on different dates, don’t hesitate to contact us about arranging a custom Imperia Bike Trip!

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Itinerary

Take a look at the sun splashed Imperia cycling vacation that is waiting for you!
Imperia Bike Trip Arrival Day – Dolcedo
Comfortable Ride Route:
Distance 40km/25mi
Ascent 490m/1600ft
Includes: Transfer Nice Airport (France) or Sanremo – Imperia Train Station (Italy), Welcome Drinks & Dinner
Arrival Day on the Ligurian coast, welcome to the start of your dream Imperia bike tour experience on the Mediterranean! Your private transfer will end the stress of your travels and have you relaxing in Santo Stefano al Mare your perfect one location cycling vacation. Amazing panoramic views await you and the blue Italian Riviera with a stunning ride along the coast of Italy and a twisting adventure among the terraces of the Italian Riviera. This evening enjoy drinks as we welcome you to Italy, followed by a classic Italian dinner, you may wish to try one of the specialties of the region Trenette (or Trofie) al Pesto and finish in true Italian style with a Grappa and Gelato!
Imperia Bike Trip - Dolceacqua
Comfortable Ride Route:
Distance 40km/25mi
Ascent 200m/650ft
Includes: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch
Our cycling adventures begin with the “Riviera dei Fiori” cycle path and the spectacular blue Mediterranean Sea as our backdrop. The converted old railway line from Genoa-Ventimiglia is now one of the most enjoyable bike paths in Europe and the perfect start to your cycling day. Our choice ride route takes us west along the coast towards the frontier with France and the valley road to our destination, the unforgettable charm of Dolceacqua.
The French Impressionist painter Claude Monet made Dolceacqua the subject of some of his famous paintings and called it a “jewel of lightness.”
This region is also known for its terraces formed over many years with the hard work necessary to utilise this unique landscape for olive and wine production.
Enjoy a leisurely lunch with the local flavours of this unchanging medieval village and one of the gems of the Italian Riviera.
Imperia Bike Trip - Sanremo
Comfortable Ride Route:
Distance 47km/30mi
Ascent 430m/1400ft
Includes: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch
Today we ride on some of the most famous cycling roads in all of Italy, the final kilometres of the Primavera Classic “Milano – Sanremo” route and the final two decisive climbs of the Cipressa and Poggio. Many of the greats of professional cycling historically have raced and won on these very same roads…enjoy the spectacular coastline views and feel the ‘tifosi’ cheering you all the way!
Once in the city of Sanremo it’s time to join the ‘chic’ as we relax over lunch in typical Italian style! Fully refreshed we can enjoy a very leisurely ride back to our hotel on the cycling riviera pathway.
The beauty of the Italian Riviera by Bike…flowers covering rock walls, ocean breezes, citrus scents surround us, sandy beaches everywhere…endless vineyards and olive groves on the terraced hillsides… the Riviera is picture-perfect!
Imperia Bike Trip - Cervo
Comfortable Ride Route:
Distance 50km/31mi
Ascent 200m/650ft
Includes: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch
We will feel like the wind is on our backs today as the bike wheels turn easier than normal on the smooth bitumen of the coastal roads to Imperia. In this region of Italy, streets aren’t measured by kilometres, but by emotions… perfect for cycling! With coastal villages and glitz towns on offer we are truly on the Italian Riviera with an ideal place to take a break amongst the cafes and palms of this coastal playground of the rich and famous.
Luxury cycling holidays in Italy must surely deserve equal portions of both wonderful food and the enjoyable cycling to discover such deserving rewards.
Cervo one of Italy’s most beautiful medieval villages on the hill top will be the perfect lunch stop today, enjoy lunch together and savour more great times in Italy.
After the perfect ride, reward yourself by spending the afternoon relaxing on the beach, watching the world go by Italian style or spot of shopping in Sanremo.
Imperia Bike Trip Departure Day
Includes: Breakfast, Transfer Nice Airport (France) or Sanremo – Imperia Train station (Italy)
It’s time for your Italy bike trip to draw to an end and so must the dream as we transfer you to the Côte d’Azur International Airport or Sanremo – Imperia Train station for your onward travels.
Until the next time ‘Arrivederci’ from Practice Bicycle.
*As with all the Practice Bicycle Tours planned rides you always have the option of taking it easy and enjoying the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace.

Our ‘Rides Only’ package allows you to enjoy the Imperia bike trips without any add-ons or arranged accommodation.
You prefer to choose and organise all your own holiday details, then our Rides Only option is perfect for you!
Offering complete flexibility for you and your family to stay where you prefer and join us at a central meeting point in Santo Stefano al Mare just like you would for a ride back home, for the best guided cycling on the Italian Riviera.
What’s included:
* 4 Superb guided rides exploring the Italian Riviera
* 3 Italian restaurant long lunches in a variety of unique settings
* Highly experienced cycling guides every pedal stroke of the day
* Support vehicle, ‘on the go’ assistance and a selection of sports drinks & nutritional bars

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bike, you will experience the very best cycling of your life with these 40 – 50km / 31mi ride routes each day.  If you love cycling and eating this trip is for you!

Each cycling route during your Imperia bike trip will be tailored specifically to you with a selection of spectacular comfortable bike rides ideal for the leisure cyclist. All rides start and end in the same place, so there are no targets to make each day and you cannot be left behind.

If you are looking for a challenge with your next cycling vacation take a look at our Challenging Bike Tours category, with fantastic cycling opportunities in superb destinations including, Australia, Portugal, Italy and the the French Alps.

Practice Bicycle Tours choose only the best accommodation for your luxury stay, the perfect location to start and finish your bike rides. With quality 3* and 4* Hotels in the delightful village of Santo Stefano al Mare on the Mediterranean coast in the heart of the Riviera of Flowers, ideally situated between the towns of Imperia and Sanremo.

Albergo Lucciola 3 star Hotel Santo Stefano al Mare Liguria Italy          Best Western Hotel Anthurium 4 Star Santo Stefano Al Mare Liguria Italy

The Mediterranean coast is the absolute perfect base for your Italy bike trip and ideal for relaxing, the perfect cycling holiday.
A small selection of what awaits you off the bike when visiting the Liguria Region.  It wouldn’t be Italy without this Museum  Museo dell’Olivo.
Slow life down with a visit to Parasio in the old part of Porto Maurizio the Logge Di Santa Chiara offers spectacular views of the sea.
Spring is alive…with beautiful and characteristic botanical gardens at Hanbury’s Gardens in Ventimiglia
Let’s not forget to mention the native Ligurian vines such as Pigato, Vermentino, Ormeasco, Rossese, just some of our favourites and so is a visit to L’Azienda Agricola Maria Donata Bianchi

Italy is about ‘La Dolce Vita’ people watching, taking that long slow aperitif, sitting in the square like the locals.

‘Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday’
The one location, one hotel cycling experience is the brainchild of Bridget Evans (Owner/Operator).  On retiring from professional cycling, it was the pure pleasure of cycling that evolved the proven Practice Bicycle formula of one location.  To include everything enjoyable and removing the less pleasurable is our goal of your perfect cycling holiday experience.

Packing and Unpacking each day was tiring, stressful and time consuming. With insufficient time to relax, enjoy and experience the unique location before it was time to move on again.
With a life spent discovering the very best locations to Practice Bicycle, including endless ride options exploring in every direction all from the one hotel.
Experience the very best cycling of your life when you Unpack Once, Cycle Everyday!

For your added convenience we have quality carbon road bikes as an optional extra available to you with all our Italy bike trips.
Many of our guests prefer their own bikes for maximum cycling pleasure. Should logistics and travel arrangements make this too difficult then our bike hire is the perfect solution.
Depending on availability and size, the Italian bike brand Torpado is available in both straight bar road bike and dropped bar road bike. Also, if you are looking for something a little more comfortable the Focus Carbon road bike is your perfect ‘friend’!
Torpado Aluminium Straight Bar Road Bike Hire 50/34 x 13-26          Torpado Aluminium Road Bike Hire 52/39 x 12-25          Focus Izalco Race 9.8 Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano Ultegra 52/36 x 11-30

Italy bike trips are in the perfect cycling location the town of Santo Stefano al Mare, between Imperia and Sanremo on the Italian Riviera.

The closest airport is Côte d’Azur International Airport Nice (France) and serviced by many airlines including, British Airways, American Airlines, Alitalia, easyJet, Cathay Pacific, Jet2 and Ryanair.

For train lovers the Rail Europe network brings you direct to the Mediterranean with convenient stops in both Sanremo and Imperia train stations (Italy).

By rental car for those who are looking for some excitement with their holiday the Highway A10/E80 Genoa-Ventimiglia, Autostrada dei Fiori exiting at Arma di Taggia.
The motorway is connected to the Italian motorways that lead to Milan, Florence, and Rome.  From France, you can reach Italy via the A8/E80 Côte d’Azur motorway.

Your Imperia Bike Trip Italy includes:

  • 4 nights 4* Hotel accommodation on the Mediterranean Coast
  • Colazione Italian style buffet breakfast each morning
  • 4 Superb guided rides exploring the Italian Riviera
  • Classic welcome dinner experience Italian style
  • 3 Italian restaurant long lunches in a variety of unique settings
  • Highly experienced cycling guides every pedal stroke of the day
  • Support vehicle, ‘on the go’ assistance and a selection of sports drinks & nutritional bars.
  • Transfers Côte d’Azur International Airport Nice (France) or Sanremo – Imperia Train station (Italy) with private vehicle to your hotel (Midday tour arrival & departure days)

Imperia Bike Trip Highlights:

  • Santo Stefano al Mare charming Italian village on the shores of the Mediterranean
  • Ride the spectacular Riviera dei Fiori cycle path with panoramic views of the Italian Riviera
  • Explore historical centre of Imperia and Diano Marina, coastal town known as the City of Oranges after its Orange tree lined streets
  • Cipressa & Poggio hilltop villages amongst man-made terraces overlooking Sanremo
  • Discover the picturesque medieval town of Dolceacqua full of charm with its bridge described by the impressionist painter Claude Monet as a ‘jewel of lightness’
  • Ligurian Wines, from Rossese di Dolceacqua to Ormeasco di Pornassio the entire region offers fine wines.
  • Private 1st class tailored service every pedal stroke of the way
  • Unique small group experience & lots of fun
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