Italy is renowned for spectacular scenery,
famous cuisine and wines, and of course for its
many delightful towns and villages.
We will savour it all as we explore the beautiful region of
Umbria - an area of deep green valleys, rolling hills, olive
groves and charming old stone villas. It is well known for
its many enchanting picture-postcard towns and villages
and also for the incredible cathedrals, castles and
monasteries in the countryside. We will also absorb the
timeless atmosphere in the many well-preserved medieval
town centres as we stroll the ancient cobbled streets.
We will stay in the region of Perugia, famous for its rich
chocolate and delicious fresh pasta. Some of our
sightseeing will take us “off the beaten path” to places
rarely visited by tourists, including the charming town of
Gubbio which sits at the base of the Apennine Mountain
range, a cruise on Lake Trasimeno to marvel at the beauty
of its islands, coastline and the surrounding mountains, a
visit to Orvieto - a ceramic centre located on a cliff high
above the countryside which boasts one of Italy’s most
impressive Gothic cathedrals, and of course Assisi and its
magnificent famous shrine - St. Francis Basilica.
Along the way we’ll enjoy the local wine, savour the purest
of olive oil and indulge in the finest chocolate and truffles
We begin with 6 nights in Assisi, at the lovely Hotel Assisi
La Terrazza, a perfect base for exploring this region. The
hotel is beautifully situated among the olive groves of
Assisi's hills overlooking the green Umbria valley. The
historic city centre of Assisi is approximately 800 meters
away to walk (or take the local bus which stops near the
The hotel's restaurant serves regional specialties
of Umbria as well as international cuisine. The hotel has a
wellness centre and swimming pool (not heated).
Our hotel in Perugia, for the next 7 nights, is the
Residenza Fontanelle Hotel. This property is laid out like a
small European village - a quiet oasis near a lively
shopping area and steps from public transportation which
you can take to other nearby towns and villages. On free
days the hotel will offer a cookery lesson, afternoon tea,
country strolls and a market visit.
* Those joining any of our tours to Europe must be able to
walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.