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Umbria, Perugia & Assisi

The Heart of Italy

8 days from only £949pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Enjoy a guided tour of Perugia, capital of Italy's beautiful Umbria region and formerly one of the 12 Etruscan cities
  • Wander medieval Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis and home to the incredible basilica dedicated to his name
  • Cross into Tuscany to explore the timeworn, narrow streets of hilltop Cortona
  • Take the ferry across Lake Trasimeno to the time-capsule island of Maggiore
  • See Spoleto's ancient Roman and Romanesque architecture, as well as its formidable hilltop fortress
  • Sample the spoils of the verdant Umbrian countryside at a local producer of Sagrantino di Montefalco wine
  • Descend deep under Umbria's undulating landscape to explore the enchanting Frasassi Caves 
  • Journey through the history of one of Umbria's oldest towns, Gubbio.
  • Take the funicular up a volcanic rock-face to the hidden town of Orvieto, a former Etruscan stronghold boasting one of Italy's finest cathedrals 
  • Taste traditional fare at a rural restaurant
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, with hotel transfers 
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast (a three-night hotel dining option is available)
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager 

Selected departures from April to October 2019 & March to October 2020

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At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Inclusive of all local taxes
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Bed & breakfast
3 night dining option available
Expert tour manager
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Overview

Italy's rich mix of archaeological treasures, fine art and architecture, hearty cuisine and mountainous Mediterranean landscape has long proved irresistible to visitors. Unreservedly romantic and deeply influenced by religion, it's capable of stirring emotion in a way that's unrivalled worldwide. And despite possessing these attributes in abundance, Umbria slips under the radar. Its unique position as the only region in Italy that doesn't border another country or the sea ensures it remains one of the country's most authentic areas.

Umbria isn’t the place to see showy tourist attractions you'd recognise from the guidebooks at a glance. This region quietly goes about its laidback local life, proudly preserving its trademark hilltop towns and protecting its landscape of fertile green plains, which dip into valleys and slope up forested hillsides to the towering crags of the Apennine mountains. It's also fiercely proud of its incredible history traceable back to ancient Etruria, which expanded over central Italy between 750 BC and 500 BC, before eventually succumbing to Roman rule. Two of the destinations on this tour were among the 12 major Etruscan cities, including our bustling base, the magnificent university city of Perugia, and the charming Tuscan town of Cortona. We also visit pretty Gubbio and clifftop Orvieto, both former Etruscan strongholds, as well as spectacular, mountain-backed Spoleto and the famous pilgrimage town of Assisi, thought to have been the territory of the Umbri tribe. Both ancient civilisations remain elusive to this day, although traces can be seen in the ruins that lay hidden beneath Umbrian streets.

The calling card of Umbrian towns is that they've been built in improbable places – climbing up hillsides or perched atop sheer walls of rock. This defensive tactic has undoubtedly contributed to their impressive preservation as portals to the past. Their deliberately inaccessible positioning, made accessible by impressive escalator systems and funiculars, also meant that victorious invaders built upwards, siting medieval towns above crumbling Roman amphitheatres and secret Etruscan cities. Of course, as we're at the heart of faithful Italy, we'll also see magnificent churches, crowned by the awe-inspiring Basilica of St Francis of Assisi.

Between dipping into local town life, we'll experience central Italy's natural attractions, including the otherworldly caves of Frasassi and the tranquil Lake Trasimeno, as well as taste the fruits of the fertile landscape at a local winery and rustic restaurant.

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.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, a local restaurant lunch, entrances to Perugina Chocolate Factory & Museum, Frasassi Caves, Orvieto funicular, a boat trip on Lake Trasimeno, and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Useful Information

Dining Choices

This tour includes daily breakfast only, so you have the flexibility to enjoy the local cuisine at the town’s fine restaurants. If you wish to dine in at the hotel, you may pre-book dinner for 3 nights at £88 per person.

Please contact us to add this dining choice to your booking. 

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Rome Fiumicino Airport Perugia 2 hrs 30 mins
Perugia Airport 30 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins to 2 hrs 55 mins
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Air-Conditioning

The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.

Accommodation


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