Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs and Roman Aqueducts Electric-Assist Bicycle Tour


270 to 360 minutes (Approx.)
Free cancellation
1 - 10
Mobile ticket

Overview

Explore rural Italy and discover ancient Roman ruins on this 4.5- or 6- hour (6.5-hour on Wednesdays) Ancient Appian Way, Catacombs, and Roman Aqueducts electric-assist bicycle tour. Cycle on the Ancient Appian Way with an electric-assist bike with your guide. Marvel at Roman ruins such as the Aurelian Walls, the Circus of Maxentius, and the Tomb of Caecilia Metella. Delve deep into the 2nd-century San Callisto or San Sebastiano catacombs (only in the 6-hour version of the tour) to learn of Roman burial traditions and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.

This tour comes in two variants: a shorter 4.5-hour version and a longer 6-hour one. The two variants are identical in itinerary but differ in their inclusions. For more info please check the Important info section.

Inclusions

  • Helmet (mandatory)
  • Quality Electric-assist Mountain Bike (with anti-puncture tires)
  • English / German / French / Dutch - speaking guide (depending on your chosen language)
  • Guided visit of the Catacombs of San Callisto or San Sebastiano (ONLY IN THE 6-HOUR TOUR)
  • Handlebar bag
  • Bottled water

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Porta San Sebastiano, Via di Porta S. Sebastiano, 18, 00179 Rome Italy

Marvel at the imposing Porta di San Sebastiano, a gate in the 3rd-century defensive walls of Rome.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Via Appia Antica, Via Appia, Rome Italy

Ride on the "Regina Viarum", the Queen of the Roads - an ancient highway built in the 4th century BC, stretched between Rome and Brindisi (in its initial form, about 538 km long!)

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Catacombs of Saint Callixtus, Via Appia Antica 110, 00179 Rome Italy

In the 4.5-hour tour, a short pause to contemplate the massive burial underground, resting place to half a million souls.

In the 6-hour tour, a 45-minute guided visit of these 2nd-century catacombs, in all their complexity and mystery! Note: On Wednesdays, we will visit the Catacombs of San Sebastiano instead.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Circus of Maxentius, Via Appia Antica 153, 00179 Rome Italy

Stop by the monumental ruins of this Imperial Villa and its adjacent Circus (a private chariot racetrack), dating from the beginning of the 4th century AD.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella, Via Appia Antica, 161, 00178 Rome Italy

The largest mausoleum ever built on the Ancient Appian Way - dedicated to a young noblewoman from the 1st century AD.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Villa dei Quintili e Santa Maria Nova, Via Appia Antica 251, 00178 Rome Italy

Witness the sprawling remains of this 2nd-century villa, which raised the envy of Emperor Commodus (stop for this highlight included only in the in the 6-hour tour).

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Parco degli Acquedotti, Via Lemonia, 256, 00174 Rome Italy

A large park criss-crossed with the arches of several ancient Aqueducts supplying Rome with water.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 52, 00153 Rome Italy

A view over the remains of one of ancient Rome's largest thermal baths (highlight included only In the 6-hour tour)


Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Parco Della Caffarella, Via della Caffarella, 00179 Rome Italy

Bike through this island of countryside in the midst of the sprawling city of Rome... replete with rustic animal farms and large green pastures.

Meeting point

Via Labicana, 49, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that approximately 40% of the route of this tour takes place in the city. We ride carefully chosen city streets, but some traffic is unavoidable to connect the Ancient Appian Way Park to the Aqueducts Park. In the remaining 60% of the route (riding in the parks) we encounter no traffic.
  • You will cover an area of approximately 17 miles (27km), 60% of which takes place off-road. The difficulty level of this tour is intermediate (difficult with a child seat or child extension mounted on the bicycle).
  • Infants under 1 year are not allowed to participate for safety reasons.
  • Infants aged 1-4 years travelling on a child seat (with load capacity of up to 55 lbs or 25 kg) come on the tour free of charge
  • For children aged 5-8 years a child extension (child streamliner) is provided.
  • Children aged 9 and above can autonomously ride on an appropriately sized E-bikes
  • Minimum of 4 participants applies (total number of participants on tour). There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is 3 or less passengers on the tour. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative for your tour or full refund.
  • On Wednesdays, the route includes a deviation, so the tour will be half an hour longer (6, 5 hours).
  • On Easter Sunday (April 17, 2022), the Catacombs are closed (therefore, the 6-hour tour will not be running)
  • This tour doesn't include any food or drinks; however, the route offers a few possibilities to purchase some food or drinks (which can be consumed during a suitable break).
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Are the tours safe? The answer is: Absolutely! The tours follow carefully planned routes which have limited access to traffic, and some have no traffic at all, meaning you are able to enjoy your ride around the city in total relaxation and safety and you won't have to worry about traffic
  • We require that all customers wear a helmet on the tour (provided for free).
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch - This tour doesn't include any food or drinks; however, the route offers a few possibilities to purchase some food or drinks (which can be consumed during a suitable break).
  • Entry/Admission - Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
  • Entry/Admission - Villa dei Quintili e Santa Maria Nova
  • Entry/Admission - Terme di Caracalla

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Dan8675
May 2022

Went with klaas. Was an unforgettable experience biking through rome. Klaas was an amazing tour guide and the organization was very well run. Will recommend to all my friends visiting. -Dan from nc, USA

Ncarolinatravelor
May 2022

Best tour of our trip to Italy! Our guide Glas is an experienced cyclist and lead our tour safely, and with confidence. Great mix of history, leisure, and some off road mountain biking. The electric assist bikes made it easy for anyone to complete the tour. Very fun day.

randomuser77
May 2022

This will be an experience we will remember. The Via Appia and aqueducts should be considered as essential a part of a trip to Rome as the Colosseum and the Pantheon. I would highly recommend an e-bike for this tour, as the route is a little rough. Our guide, Alessandro, was friendly, enthusiasti...

SFBay29
May 2022

Wonderful guide. Fabulous lunch. Great experience for a first time mountain biker. I recommend it for anyone interested in the sites and smells and sounds of the countryside

Lissy S
May 2022

Great bicycle tour. Very nice and knowledgeable guide. Also great with kids. Our daughter (8 years) enjoyed tour very much.

Stephanos_T
April 2022

This is a unique experience. Amazing way to see a lot and enjoy a bikeride. Our tour guide told us just the right information, with short interesting stops.

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