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Meravigliosa Umbria was launched in 2000.  The entrepreneur behind the idea was Petra, a Dutch woman who had been working in Umbria as a local representative for a large agency based in the Netherlands. She enjoyed welcoming and supporting tourists coming to Umbria. This combined with her passion for cycling and walking in the green countryside and charming medieval villages of Umbria... and Meravigliosa Umbria was born. Over the years the unspoilt beauty of this region began to be better known abroad and Meravigliosa Umbria grew, becoming also an agency for touring holidays in countries such as The Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Austria, South Africa and the USA.

2009 saw the founding of Ecologico Tours, which incorporated Meravigliosa Umbria. Operating as both travel agent and tour operator, Ecologico Tours takes care of both incoming and outgoing. We organise cycling and walking trips in Italy and the rest of Europe for groups or individuals, both for fit experts and for those who seek a well-deserved break for themselves and their families. All of the routes proposed are checked out by our team and by accredited expert guides, or by the local agents. For every holiday both telephone and face-to-face assistance is on hand. In 2015 Ecologico Tours moved to Switzerland to develop new opportunities in a beautiful country, ideal for lovers of winter sports and for walking and cycling holidays. For our tours in Umbria we have our local management: experience, service and professionalism at the service of our customers who are discovering the beauties of Umbria

All of our tours are Ecological, because they are organised to allow you to get around while showing maximum respect for the places visited and the environment in a broader sense. The holidays are enriched with multi-activity packages designed to aid the total recovery of energy and of both physical and psychological well-being. All the information about our tours can be read on our website and downloaded, or pdf files can be requested. There is no paper catalogue of our tours, as we try to avoid wasting paper and ink and strive to create less waste. We support the Trees for All organisation, participating in their project in the Philippines, and we invite all those who set off on a trip with us to contribute to this worthy cause.

Pedalling through lush countryside; breathing in the fresh air as you walk; exploring new places both near and far; getting to know different cultures and new people: this is what our holidays are all about, and doing all this in harmony with nature is also synonymous with adventure and freedom.

Discover all the advantages of our tours and the reasons for setting off with us!


Petra - Founder and CEO of Ecologico Tours.

Petra, Dutch by birth and in spirit, visited various parts of Italy during the '90s to enrich and complete her studies in history of art. However, she was spellbound by Umbria: by the characteristic medieval towns like Assisi, by the eclectic and cosmopolitan atmosphere in places like Perugia, and by the uncontaminated and unspoilt nature she discovered during her journeys from one place to the next in this region.

She worked for a long time with a Dutch tour operator, specialized in walking and Cycling tours. Then, putting to use the knowledge and skills she had built up through her studies and travelling, she founded first Meravigliosa Umbria (2000) and then Ecologico Tours (2009).

Petra is the mind and soul of the company. She designs the tours in Umbria and personally checks all the itineraries for these, as well as contacting hotels, local bodies and co-operators in order to plan with care all the tours to be enjoyed by our clients. She is available for our clients throughout their holiday to deal with any queries or requirements they might have.  



Paolo - Company Technician

Paolo loves travelling and outdoor life and has a wide knowledge of paths, routes and places to visit in many regions of Italy.

Paolo has a bike rental service in Assisi (Umbria) and takes also well care of our bikes. He is an expert in maintenance, thanks to years of working in companies where he has looked after all the technical aspects of production. If something isn't working as it should, he can fix it. The city bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes and e-bikes of Ecologico Tours are kept in perfect working order by Paolo, who is constantly checking & preparing them, test riding them to be certain of their complete reliability and deliver them in your Hotel. He gives our clienst assistance in case they have problems and he accompanies them with pleasure on our cycle day tours !


Isabella Area Manager Umbria

Isabella is a marketing and tourism expert and an interpreter and translator for the following languages: English, German and French. She has a master degree in foreign languages and literatures and graduate studies in hospitality and tourism subjects. She is our Area Manager in Umbria and our representative on site. She has a long experience in hospitality management and tourist information in Umbria.

She has a great passion for travel: she has been travelling to many countries in the world, getting to know different cultures, peoples, languages and traditions; she can understand immediately what the expectations and needs of tourists and travellers are.

She loves Umbria, her birthplace, very much: she knows the territory very well and always injects enthusiasm and energy when she talks about it.




Elessar - Responsible transport luggage and customer support

Elessar is an integral part of our team, offering assistance in Umbria. He is of Italian - Dutch origin, young and dynamic, caring and attentive. He speaks good English and is dealing with the care of your luggage, allowing you to fully enjoy the journey, effortlessly and unpacked. Elessar will make sure that you find your luggage at your arrival, in every hotel in which you are going to stay. He also takes care of the bike rental, offering complete and professional assistance to our customers, both by telephone and on-site. Courtesy and competence characterize his profile.



Cristiano Tour escort and Expert Guide, accredited by the Region of Umbria

Cristiano is a hiking guide registered by the AIGAE (Italian Association of Hiking Guides). He lives in Umbria and loves both walking and cycling (MTB and racing bikes). He studied at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Perugia, where his love for nature became more deep. After his university years, he wanted to dedicate himself more often to sporting activities and he donated himself a mountain bike and a pair of mountain boots and so started to explore Umbria on foot and by bike. This was his turning point, he became and still is very fascinated by the beautiful Umbrian landscapes, stunning places with a rich history, villages where time seems to stand still, mule paths, footpaths and country roads through woods, vineyards and olive groves ... a true paradise that he would like to share with you.



Cristiano Tour escort and Expert Guide, accredited by the Region of Umbria.

An enthusiastic walker, who began planning and carrying out short excursions around the Perugia area when he was young.

Today, as well as being a trusted member of our team, he is a voluntary guide for local walking groups and for the Club Alpino Italiano, for whom he is a hill walking escort. He accompanied many individuals and groups in the Sibillini mountains and in central Italy in general.

Cristiano's passion for walking is combined with an insatiable curiosity for history and anthropology, which is reflected in his deep knowledge about the areas he crosses.

Discover also his proposals for lovely walking day trips !




ECOlogico Tours & Meravigliosa Umbria

Registered office: Lumbreida 19B Marmotta

     CH-6565 San Bernardino, Svizzera/Schweiz/Suisse


skype petra.de.lind.van.wijngaarden

tel (0041) (0)79 2457505


Local contact in Italy 

mob. (0039) 346 3254167

e-mail*: info@ecologicotours.eu or info@meravigliosaumbria.com

www.ecologicotours.eu / www.meravigliosaumbria.com 


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