UMBRIA TOUR • Umbria, known for its historical hill towns and beautiful countryside. More specifically, for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, local cuisine, particularly foraged truffles and wine, and influence on culture.
Fall is, in my opinion, the best time to visit this region. In the late fall, the valleys of Umbria are awash in autumnal shades of red, burnished orange and yellow; olives are going to press; and grapes are harvested.
We start our tour in Perugia, the regional capital. Perugia is the site of medieval Palazzo dei Priori, housing the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, not to mention it is a beautiful walled hill town with spectacular views, lovely squares, elegant coffee and chocolate shops and where you can find Etruscan remains that are visible in several places around the city. Perugia is also known for its annual Umbria Jazz Festival and Chocolate Fair.
After Perugia, we take off for the wine country and stay in a picturesque little inn with breathtaking views over the vineyards and on to the small hill towns across the valley.
While here we explore beautiful towns like Assisi, Spello, Bevagna and Deruta. We’ll also take a cooking class to learn how to make the local specialties and visit a few wineries to taste the local wine.
(maximum group size: 7 persons)
DAY 1 | PERUGIA 2 NIGHTS • Arrive this afternoon at our hotel in Umbria where we explore the city before having a welcome dinner together at one of my favorite restaurants.
DAY 2 | PERUGIA • After breakfast in our hotel, we meet our guide for a 3-hour walking tour of the city. This walking tour takes us on a leisurely stroll through the city discovering secret places as well as visiting some of its more famous sites. You have the afternoon free to explore the beautiful shops or relax in a café and enjoy a wonderful hot chocolate. Dinner is on your own this evening and I will be happy to help with suggestions.
DAY 3 | BEVAGNA 5 NIGHTS • This morning we visit the charming hill towns, Assisi and Spello, before settling into our beautiful villa overlooking the valley of vineyards. The views here will take your breath away. Our villa is so relaxing you may not want to leave! We have dinner at a wonderful local restaurant.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 | BEVANGA • Today we explore Bevagna and its surroundings. You have the afternoon to relax on the porch or maybe take a walk through the vineyards. We have dinner together at the villa.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 | BEVAGNA & MONTEFALCO • After another wonderful breakfast provided by our hosts, we visit a couple of different wineries in the area with lunch in the stunning town of Montefalco, which is often referred to as the “la ringhiera dell’Umbria” which is translated to mean “the balcony of Umbria. Dinner tonight is at the villa.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 | BEVAGNA • Today we enjoy an amazing cooking class in a true Italian kitchen! The class is hands on and afterwards; we sit and enjoy our food with some local wine to accompany it. This is always a great time for everyone! Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7 | BEVAGNA & DERUTA • This morning brings us to Deruta, known for its famous ceramic factories! Deruta ceramics are a milestone in the history of Italian pottery and probably the most popular among traditional Italian ceramics. This evening we have a special dinner for our last night together.
Breakfast and Dinner
DAY 8 | PERUGIA • This morning, we have a group transfer back to Perugia, where you can catch trains to any destination in Italy.
Tour Begins: In the afternoon at 4:30pm in our hotel in Umbria.
Tour Concludes: In the morning after breakfast of day 8 with a group transfer back to Perugia.
$4,450 Per person/Double occupancy
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- 7 nights double occupancy lodging in 3 and 4 star hotels
- All breakfasts
- 4 lunches with the local wine
- 5 dinners with the local wine
- All entry fees to parks and museums
- Wine Tasting
- All ground transportation
- All local guides
- Cooking class
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Air transportation
- Transfer to the hotel on the 1st day of the tour.
- Hotel tourist tax (see Roommates section below for details)
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Minimum Travelers: We only run trips with 4 or more guests. If a trip has fewer attendees at 45 days before the trip dates, we will cancel the trip. However, if this were to happen, we can give you the option of a private tour with a surcharge applied.
We have partnered with boutique hotels that meet the Ciao Darcy standards of service.
Double Occupancy: Double occupancy pricing is the price for (1) person to stay in a shared (i.e. double) room. In other words, each person staying in that room will pay the posted double occupancy rate. If you’re a couple or friends traveling together, please know that you’ll each pay the double occupancy rate.
Single Occupancy: Need some alone time? We hear you. That’s why we offer single occupancy rooms. The single occupancy rate is what you will pay to have the room all to yourself.
If you do not have a travel partner, you can purchase single occupancy room and have it all to yourself! We do not pair up trip attendees because we find there is not enough privacy in the rooms to allow strangers to room together.
Please note: Many cities in Italy and France have recently implemented tourism taxes on hotel stays in order to “to ensure the quality of tourist, cultural and environmental services in addition to the efficiency of public transports.” We are unable to include these taxes in the tour price as the majority of hotels require the tax to be paid in cash upon check- out. The tax is usually 1 euro per hotel star per person per night. (A four star hotel will usually be four euro per person per night).