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Program #18709RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Highest elevation is 3280 feet during the visit to Monte Patrico on Day 7.

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended). Please see the "Walking Boots" note for additional information on proper footgear.

Itinerary for May 2 — May 10, 2014

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Day One: Friday, May 02 - Departures
In Transit: In transit on overnight flight from North America to Europe.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Italia is a family-run hotel located in the historical center of Foligno. Once an ancient noble palace, the hotel has been recently restored with a modern design and up-to-date amenities while maintaining its beautiful and complex architecture. The quiet surroundings and central location ensure a relaxing stay.

Contact info:
Piazza Matteotti 12
Foligno, 06034 Italy
phone: +390742350412
web: www.hotelitaliafoligno.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge and free wireless Internet access in public areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Saturday, May 03 - Arrivals in Rome and Foligno
Arrive To: Meet your group at Rome's Da Vinci Airport by 9:30 AM or 1:00 PM for the group transfer by private coach (approx. 2.5 hours) to Foligno (768 feet).

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Welcome drink and introduction of the guides and hotel staff, and a brief orientation of the week's walks.

Lodging: Hotel Italia

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Italia is a family-run hotel located in the historical center of Foligno. Once an ancient noble palace, the hotel has been recently restored with a modern design and up-to-date amenities while maintaining its beautiful and complex architecture. The quiet surroundings and central location ensure a relaxing stay.

Contact info:
Piazza Matteotti 12
Foligno, 06034 Italy
phone: +390742350412
web: www.hotelitaliafoligno.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge and free wireless Internet access in public areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Sunday, May 04 - Bevagna - “Olive Oil Walk” / Umbria Medieval Pape...
Note: 3.5 hours total walking.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Begin the day with a panoramic walk from the hotel to an olive mill, where you will learn about olive oil production.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Walk through vineyards and olive groves to the serene and handsome medieval town of Bevagna (662 feet). This town has two of Umbria's finest Romanesque churches. Visit a medieval paper manufacturer to learn the technique of this ancient art. Transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Italia is a family-run hotel located in the historical center of Foligno. Once an ancient noble palace, the hotel has been recently restored with a modern design and up-to-date amenities while maintaining its beautiful and complex architecture. The quiet surroundings and central location ensure a relaxing stay.

Contact info:
Piazza Matteotti 12
Foligno, 06034 Italy
phone: +390742350412
web: www.hotelitaliafoligno.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge and free wireless Internet access in public areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Monday, May 05 - Montefalco and the "Wine Country"
Note: 4.5 hours total walking.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk to the Colleciocco winery, north of Montefalco (1552 feet). This Umbrian valley offers wonderful views of the cities Assisi and Trevi. Walk through woods and open fields to the winery. Enjoy a guided excursion through the winery then conclude with a wine tasting.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the winery in conjunction with the wine tasting.

Afternoon: Continue walking through the southern part of Montefalco back to the hotel.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Italia is a family-run hotel located in the historical center of Foligno. Once an ancient noble palace, the hotel has been recently restored with a modern design and up-to-date amenities while maintaining its beautiful and complex architecture. The quiet surroundings and central location ensure a relaxing stay.

Contact info:
Piazza Matteotti 12
Foligno, 06034 Italy
phone: +390742350412
web: www.hotelitaliafoligno.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge and free wireless Internet access in public areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Tuesday, May 06 - A Day in Perugia
Note: 2 hours total walking.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel by private coach to Perugia (673 feet) where a stop will be made for a city walk. Perugia is one of the 12 Etruscan city-states, the regional capital, and home to one of the largest state universities in the country.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Enjoy free time this afternoon in Perugia. Return to Foligno in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Italia is a family-run hotel located in the historical center of Foligno. Once an ancient noble palace, the hotel has been recently restored with a modern design and up-to-date amenities while maintaining its beautiful and complex architecture. The quiet surroundings and central location ensure a relaxing stay.

Contact info:
Piazza Matteotti 12
Foligno, 06034 Italy
phone: +390742350412
web: www.hotelitaliafoligno.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge and free wireless Internet access in public areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Wednesday, May 07 - St. Francis Hermitage / Assisi
Note: 2 hours town walking on cobbled stones and asphalt.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Private coach directly to St. Francis Hermitage to begin today's walk down to Assisi where we will have an excursion (1300 feet). Assisi is visible for miles around, tucked under the ridge of Monte Subasio. The tranquil backstreets and homes with geranium-filled window boxes make you feel like you are walking back in time.

Lunch: Lunch in Assisi.

Afternoon: Walking at a good pace, one can see almost all the sights of Assisi in one day. Coach transfer back to the hotel. Enjoy some free time in Assisi before returning to Foligno.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Italia is a family-run hotel located in the historical center of Foligno. Once an ancient noble palace, the hotel has been recently restored with a modern design and up-to-date amenities while maintaining its beautiful and complex architecture. The quiet surroundings and central location ensure a relaxing stay.

Contact info:
Piazza Matteotti 12
Foligno, 06034 Italy
phone: +390742350412
web: www.hotelitaliafoligno.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge and free wireless Internet access in public areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Thursday, May 08 - Monte Patrico / Truffle Hunt / Monteluco / Ponte ...
Note: 3.5 hours total walking.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by private coach to Monte Patrico (3280 feet) for a “learning” truffle hunt. Monte Patrico is located above the town of Spoleto, on the summit of the Valnerina Mountains known for its rugged beauty. The truffle farmer will give a lecture and teach you how to hunt for the truffles properly.

Lunch: Lunch with the truffle farmer at his home.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, transfer by coach to the woods of Monteluco and walk down to Spoleto, one of Umbria's loveliest hill towns. In Spoleto (1299 feet) view the Ponte delle Torri, a bridge and aqueduct of ten towering arches linking Spoleto with the slopes of Monteluco; one of the greatest engineering works of the Trecento. Walk to the upper part of the town center before taking the coach back to the hotel.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Hotel Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Italia is a family-run hotel located in the historical center of Foligno. Once an ancient noble palace, the hotel has been recently restored with a modern design and up-to-date amenities while maintaining its beautiful and complex architecture. The quiet surroundings and central location ensure a relaxing stay.

Contact info:
Piazza Matteotti 12
Foligno, 06034 Italy
phone: +390742350412
web: www.hotelitaliafoligno.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, safe, mini bar, air conditioning and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge and free wireless Internet access in public areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Eight: Friday, May 09 - Collepino to Spello along the Roman Aqueduct
Note: 3 hours total walking.

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning our walk will begin from the tiny hamlet of Collepino and take us to Spello, a former Roman town that is known today for its medieval character. We will walk along a Roman aqueduct that once provided the town of Spello with water from Mount Subasio. It is an easy walk on a comfortable trail with beautiful views of the local Chiona valley and eventually the entire Umbrian valley.

Lunch: A special meal will be served at a local restaurant in Spello.

Afternoon: Enjoy a short orientation walk in Spello and some time to explore on your own in town. Transfer back to the hotel to pack and prepare for the next day's departure.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Italia

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Saturday, May 10 - Departures
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, transfer by private coach (approx. 2.5 hours) to the Rome airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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