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If you’d like to discover what lies at the very heart of Italy – a region that’s every bit as beautiful and historically important as neighbouring Tuscany but remains largely unexplored – this tour of Umbria is set to surprise and enchant.
– 7nts in 4* accommodation
– Return flights and transfers
– Programme of daily tours & visits
– Bed & Breakfast
– Service of expert tour manager
– Checked luggage
– All local taxes
Please note, for those on departures staying at the Sangallo Palace Hotel, there is an option to add a 3 or 7-night dining package. Please ask us about this dining choice at the time of booking.
– Explore the enchanting Frasassi Caves
– Take a funicular up to the hidden town of Orvieto
– Visit the island of Maggiore in Lake Trasimeno
Day 1 – Arrival in Italy
Fly to Rome or Perugia, and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2 – Perugia & Free afternoon
After breakfast we embark on a tour of this bustling university city, which uses an escalator system to connect the lower town to the historical core above. A wander along the Corso Pietro Vannucci to the Piazza IV Novembre – the centrepiece of the city. This flagstone square boasts the gothic San Lorenzo cathedral, the imposing 13th-century Palazzo dei Priori and the intricately carved Maggiore fountain.
From the Piazza Italia you can take an escalator down to the atmospheric streets of medieval Perugia, an underground world hidden within the 16th-century Rocca Paolina fortress. You can also enter the foundations of the fortress through the Porta Marzia gate, one of the stone portals chiselled into the crumbling Etruscan wall that encloses Perugia.
Day 3 – Assisi
This morning head for Assisi, an elegant hill town dominated by the vast Basilica of St Francis complex. Wander the streets with a local guided and learn how St Francis came to be so highly revered in Italy. You’ll have some free time to explore the town centre afterwards.
Day 4 – Lake Trasimeno & Cortona
Travel to Lake Trasimeno, known as the ‘Sea of Umbria’ by locals. From the lakeside town of Passignano, take a ferry to Isola Maggiore. Take a ferry back to Casiglione del Lago, enjoying the view of the Castello del Leone before continuing to Cortona.
Day 5 – Spoleto & Wine Tasting
Enjoy a morning tour of Spoleto before heading into the countryside to visit a leading producer of Sagrantino di Montefalco wine. Here you’ll sample some wine and olive oil.
Day 6 – Frasassi Caves & Gubbio
Drive to the March region and delve underground to explore the Frasassi Caves, stunning karst caves, the largest of which is big enough to house Milan Cathedral. This afternoon, return to Umbria to visit ancient Gubbio, and explore the ruins of the ancient amphitheatre, Piazza Grande and Palazzo Ducale.
Day 7 – Orvieto & Agriturismo Lunch
This morning visit Orvieto, whose ancient ruins lie in underground caves. After a ride up the tree-lined funicular to the old town and discover the majestic cathedral. Afterwards, stop at a rural restaurant to sample a menu of traditional fare.
Day 8 – Return flight
Transfer to the airport for your return flight
Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia
The 4* Sangallo Hotel is located next to the 15th Century Rocca Paolina Fortress and connected to the old town centre via an escalator, this is a convenient base for your tour of Umbria.
Brufani Hotel, Perugia
This grand hotel has hosted royalty and celebrities since its opening in 1884, including our very own Queen Mother. Guests can enjoy the panoramic views from the terrace of the Collins Bar, and the atmospheric swimming pool, which lies under exposed medieval vaults and has a glass floor overlooking the 3,000-year-old Etruscan ruins below.
UK Citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy however must have a valid passport.
*All transfer times listed here are approximate and dependent on traffic
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