On this holiday 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. While the architecture is primarily Gothic, many towns boast a well preserved medieval centre, which takes us back in time 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, and will include the charming town of Gubbio which sits at the base of the majestic Apennine Mountain range, a cruise on Lake Trasimeno to marvel at the beauty of its three islands, its coastline and the rugged mountains that surround it, a visit to Orvieto located on a cliff high above the countryside and boasting one of Italy’s most impressive cathedrals - a masterpiece of Gothic architecture (Orvieto is also one of Italy’s greatest centres for ceramic artisans), and of course one of the real highlights of this tour will be Assisi and its magnificent famous shrine - St. Francis Basilica.
Along the way we will 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 hotel. The hotel's restaurant serves a combination of regional specialties of Umbria and international cuisine, and amenities include 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.