martedì 29 novembre 2016

The Grand Tour

LAST UPDATE 20/02/2017

10 days, from the 22nd of April to the 1st of May package travel (includes 10 days’ transport starting and returning from/to Rome, packet lunch and three course dinner, drinks, bulk accommodation).

„In Rom hab‘ ich mich selbst zuerst gefunden, ich bin zuerst übereinstimmend mit mir selbst glücklich und vernünftig geworden..."

Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life… Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome.”

from the 23rd of April, to the 1st of May 2017 (starting with the dinner of the 22nd of April), 9 days of full guided SUP (paddling) tour on the Tiber river, crossing all Umbria until Rome. Characteristic villages, ancient ruins, local food, wine from selected wine yards and beer from local brewery, bread milled in centenary mills …the river...until the arrival crossing all the eternal city of Rome.

The Tour starts from Città di Castello (in Umbria) and ends in Rome approx. at 6pm (more or less) the 1st of may. It includes:

Transport from Rome the 22nd of April and daily transport (including your own gear-inflatable board), food and drinks (lunch pack and 3 course dinner- from the dinner of the 22nd to the dinner of the 1st of May), bulk accommodation (with bathroom and shower common facilities-you need to take your sleeping gear), gadget.

Info:;  whatsapp +393472439715;

The tour is organised by: "Discesa Internazionale del Tevere" sport Group (ASD Discesa internazionale del Tevere) funded in 2005.
Address: Via Fucino 4, 00199 Rome, Italy; Tax File Number: 97374860589; VAT: IT 10781061006


Registration cost:  800 euro (if paid after the 31st of March 2017)

Early bird registration cost:

700 euro if paid by the 31st of March

Transport from Rome to Città di Castello the 22nd of April and daily transport (transport includes your own gear-inflatable board), food and drinks (lunch pack and 3 course dinner- from the dinner of the 22nd to the dinner of the 1st of May), bulk accommodation (with bathroom and shower common facilities-you need to take your sleeping gear), gadget.

Pick up point the 22nd of April is at 3:00 PM from Stazione termini (Rome central station)

Water bottle in the luch pack ( the Tour is a "disposable plastic free event", but you can fill up your water flask with drinkable water each morning), breackfast (but it will be possible to have breakfast in local bars/caffetterias); what ever is not specified in what it is included.

The registration fees do NOT include insurance of participants against accidents, sickness, , theft, property damage or loss. Participants are advised to arrange adequate personal insurance, if needed.

Refund policy: cancellation by participant: 90% by the end of February; 80% by the end of March; 70% by the 10th of April; 50% by the 20st of April 2017. No refund after the 20st of April 2017.

There is also the possibility to have a "drop off" at the airport at the end of the Tour the 1st of May.
Departure is from the Tour arrival point at approx. 18.50; the cost is of 30 euro per person.

Cost of bank transfer (or Paypal) fees need to be added to the total cost.

 Bank account owner: ASD DIT
 Reason: Tiber tour 2017 (insert the name of the participant)

Send the receipt to:


Participation rules


Tiber is a WW 1-2 class river with just few WW 3 class passages, according to the water level; to escape these latter portage is normally possible.

General indication on the difficulty of the river for the daily stages:
•23 April 2017: WW 1-2, 30km-Città di Castello-Umbertide
•24 April: WW 1-2, 28km-Umbertide-Pretola (Perugia)
•25 April: WW 1-2(-3), 27km-Pretola (Perugia)¬Sant'Angelo di Celle (Deruta)
•26 April: WW 1-2, 20km-Sant'Angelo di Celle (Deruta) - Madonna Piano (Monte Castel di Vibio)
•27 April: WW 1, 24km-Attigliano - Orte
•28 April: WW 1, 22km-Nera Montoro (Narni)-Otricoli (Terni), Fiume Nera
•29 April: WW 1, 18km-Ponte Felice (Civita Castelana) - Ponzano Romano
•30 April: WW 1, 15km-Ponzano - Nazzano
  1 May 2017-Rome: WW 1-2, 20km. Portage for the WW2 passages possible


 Tiber Descent is open to all paddlers with experience and equipment suited to river white water up to class 1/2/3, according to the different daily stages. For all daily stages indicated as WW 1-2:

 We recommend: inflatable or PE boards; epoxy boards are not suited; multiple short and flexible fins, as the collision with rocks is frequent; that boards be fitted with front and rear handles.

Obligatory Equipment -all stand up paddlers must wear:

•a helmet suitable for paddle sports
•a PFD (life jacket) suitable for paddle sports
•sturdy neoprene river sport shoes
•overall neoprene suit
•coil leash

The descent of the river is carried out in a group and will be led by experienced paddlers: kayakers appointed by the organization as "head" should never be overtaken, nor trail behind the "tail". Participants must follow directions and the timetable set by the organization at the morning and evening meetings or during the descent.

WARNING: the descent of the river is at your sole responsibility; the organization cannot provide a prompt service and safety in the water as unable to follow a large number of participants on a path so long; the participants are invited to follow the directions given by this regulation and those given during the event.

Rules of good conduct

•Communicate to the nearest experts the onset of problems, be they physical or related to equipment
•Respect the advice of the more experienced and decisions of the guides
•Never overtake the trailblazer
•Where required to follow the trajectory, pass in single file at a safe distance of at least 20 metres; if the orders or signals of the guides are not clear or understood, do not make the move
•Do not intervene in the recovery from the water of a paddler if you are not able to really help
•When ashore along the banks, put the paddle on the board

Tips to the paddle participants

Be aware that, from when you go into the water in the morning to when you disembark in the afternoon, you can rely only on what you have brought with you. So here we have...

Tips for beginners on clothing and supplies to carry aboard:

•It seems evident, but it is important to remember that it can be sunny or cloudy, it can get hot or cold, can be windy or rainy: the conditions can vary several times during the day. We may have to wait soaked and out of the water for hours in case of emergency. It is good to carry a spare dry wool or fleece (NOT cotton!) change of clothes: Socks, the “woolly undershirt of grandpa", cap. But it is also to bring your sunscreen!
•Keep in mind that wet cotton absorbs body heat and is harmful in the event of adverse weather conditions; wool or fleece on the other hand, even when soaked, retain part of your body heat.
•Sturdy shoes protect the foot and ankle both on the ground, during embarkation and disembarkation, and in the water in case of capsizing.
•Remember that you are doing physical activity, and so it is good to bring water to drink!
•Warm up before each departure, avoid getting wet right away if not properly equipped.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SOMETIMES WE EXPERIENCED LACK OF HOT WATER IN THE SHOWER....however I'm sure that Goethe in is Grand Tour had all cold showers!


The 2016 edition

Board and gear rental

If needed is possible to rent the gear

RIVER GEAR:                                    SUP, paddle, leash coil and helmet, PFD jacket

ACCOMODATION GEAR:                Sleeping bag, inflatable mat, linen travel sheet

 Participant will be responsible for the care of the gear (River and Accomodation, owned or rented)

The Tour is also suitable for canoe and bike and it is possible to rent them

Info:     whatapp +39 3398808312

Goethe's SUPper....

In 2017 will be held, in Italy, celebrations for the 200 years of Goethe's 'Italian Journey'.

As International Tiber Descent  and "Grand SUP Tiber Tour" we will celebrate the event with small readings of the book (in different languages) during our common dinners and with a special “Goethe’s dinner” on the 25th of April.

The Tour 3