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 hotel). 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.