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Program #3573RJ
12 Days | 11 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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
Most scheduled activities take place above 3500, but no higher then 5700 feet (Monte Amiata).

Equipment Requirements
Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are required (ankle-high shoes are not required, but highly recommended).

Itinerary for Sep 30 — Oct 11, 2013

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Day One: Monday, September 30 - Overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Europe.
In Transit: Overnight flight.

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Residence San Gregorio is only a few meters away from the ancient walled town of Pienza in the heart of Tuscany, with the Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d'Orcia in their backyard along with a large private courtyard. The hotel was once a theater in the 1930s due to the patronage of the Pienzan baritone Benvenuto Franci.

Contact info:
Via della Madonnina4
Pienza, 53026 Italy
phone: +390579748175
web: www.sangregorioresidencehotel.it

Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, heating, mini bar, wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, beautiful gardens, an outdoor swimming pool (in season) and a jacuzzi, room service, laundry and dry-cleaning services, ironing service, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Two: Tuesday, October 01 - Rome to Pienza
Note: 1.5 hours of walking

Arrive To: Meet your group at the Rome airport for the group transfer to Pienza. Check in to your hotel. Take a guided walk in Pienza before attending a welcome reception and orientation.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Residence San Gregorio

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Residence San Gregorio is only a few meters away from the ancient walled town of Pienza in the heart of Tuscany, with the Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d'Orcia in their backyard along with a large private courtyard. The hotel was once a theater in the 1930s due to the patronage of the Pienzan baritone Benvenuto Franci.

Contact info:
Via della Madonnina4
Pienza, 53026 Italy
phone: +390579748175
web: www.sangregorioresidencehotel.it

Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, heating, mini bar, wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, beautiful gardens, an outdoor swimming pool (in season) and a jacuzzi, room service, laundry and dry-cleaning services, ironing service, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Three: Wednesday, October 02 - "Pienza and Its Produces"
Note: 5.5 hours of walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walk from the hotel to Pienza for a field lecture. Depart for the walk to Monticchiello (1667 feet), a small renovated village known for its Teatro Povera (Poor Theatre).

Lunch: Lunch with cheese tasting in Monticchiello followed by a lecture on the cheese making.

Afternoon: This afternoon, optional walk to Montepulciano where the landscape is beautiful (the last part of this walk can be a bit of a climb, altitude difference of 600 feet). Montepulciano is a medieval village perched on the crest of a hill of volcanic rock. Its buildings represent the perfect style of the Florentine Renaissance. Please note: Should you decide NOT to take the afternoon walk, you will be transferred by coach to Montepulciano where you will meet the group. At the town square at 5:00 PM, walk through the town to the coach transfer back to the hotel (15 minutes).

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Residence San Gregorio

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

Description: The Hotel Residence San Gregorio is only a few meters away from the ancient walled town of Pienza in the heart of Tuscany, with the Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d'Orcia in their backyard along with a large private courtyard. The hotel was once a theater in the 1930s due to the patronage of the Pienzan baritone Benvenuto Franci.

Contact info:
Via della Madonnina4
Pienza, 53026 Italy
phone: +390579748175
web: www.sangregorioresidencehotel.it

Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, heating, mini bar, wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, beautiful gardens, an outdoor swimming pool (in season) and a jacuzzi, room service, laundry and dry-cleaning services, ironing service, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Four: Thursday, October 03 - "Siena"
Note: 3 hours of walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to Siena for an in-depth walking field trip of this beautiful city draped on its hills and noted for its flamboyant ensemble of medieval buildings in honest brown (siena-colored) brick. On its lower slopes, you will find gardens and olive groves that fill half of the space within the old city wall. Above, you will find Tuscany’s tallest tower and dazzling cathedral.

Lunch: Lunch will be at a local trattoria.

Afternoon: Afternoon free to explore this city on your own. Meet at a previously determined point and return to the hotel by coach.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Residence San Gregorio

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Hotel Residence San Gregorio is only a few meters away from the ancient walled town of Pienza in the heart of Tuscany, with the Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d'Orcia in their backyard along with a large private courtyard. The hotel was once a theater in the 1930s due to the patronage of the Pienzan baritone Benvenuto Franci.

Contact info:
Via della Madonnina4
Pienza, 53026 Italy
phone: +390579748175
web: www.sangregorioresidencehotel.it

Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, heating, mini bar, wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, beautiful gardens, an outdoor swimming pool (in season) and a jacuzzi, room service, laundry and dry-cleaning services, ironing service, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Five: Friday, October 04 - "Monte Amiata & The Tuscan Mountains"
Note: 4.5 hours of walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach ride to Monte Amiata (5577 feet), the highest point and only real mountain in southern Tuscany. The mountains are covered with thick chestnut and beech forests, criss-crossed with brooks and streams. Monte Amiata is a broad-based mountain, visible for miles from the low hills with a well-maintained trail system in a gorgeous countryside. A circle of towns rings its lower slopes. The delightful spring-fed pools here belong to a geometrical system that more or less encircles Monte Amiata, producing an abundance of natural springs. This morning’s walk (approximately 5 miles, with an altitude difference of 1,300 feet) includes a bit of a climb; however, the scenery is well worth the effort.

Lunch: Lunch at a mountain hut, known for serving the best food in southern Tuscany.

Afternoon: Transfer by coach to Bagno Vignoni (1004 feet), famous for their hot springs. After dipping your feet in the soothing warm water, walk back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Residence San Gregorio

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

Description: The Hotel Residence San Gregorio is only a few meters away from the ancient walled town of Pienza in the heart of Tuscany, with the Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d'Orcia in their backyard along with a large private courtyard. The hotel was once a theater in the 1930s due to the patronage of the Pienzan baritone Benvenuto Franci.

Contact info:
Via della Madonnina4
Pienza, 53026 Italy
phone: +390579748175
web: www.sangregorioresidencehotel.it

Room amenities: Each room has satellite television, telephone, air conditioning, heating, mini bar, wireless Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, beautiful gardens, an outdoor swimming pool (in season) and a jacuzzi, room service, laundry and dry-cleaning services, ironing service, and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

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


Day Six: Saturday, October 05 - "Montalcino Walk"
Note: 5 hours of walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to Montalcino (1831 feet), home of the famous Brunello wine. After a short field trip of Montalcino, walk through vineyards towards the Abbey of Sant’ Antimo in the center of this charming valley.

Lunch: Wine with lunch at the local osteria offering their specialities.

Afternoon: Coach transfer back to the hotel for an independent afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Residence San Gregorio

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Camiano Piccolo Hotel is situated in a historic hamlet in Montefalco. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, and sitting 450 meters above sea level, the hotel offers a stunning panoramic view of the valley stretching from Spoleto to Perugia. Within walking distance is the historic center of Montefalco.

Contact info:
AZ.Agraria Fabrizi Dott. Piero
Via Camiano Piccolo, 5
06036 Montefalco (PG), Italy
phone: +390742379492
web: www.camianopiccolo.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning and a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a garden, swimming pool and outdoor terrace.

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

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


Day Seven: Sunday, October 06 - Pienza to Montefalco / Transfer Day
Note: 3 hours of walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach along the banks of Lake Trasimeno to Perugia (855 feet) where a stop will be made for a city walk. Perugia is one of the 12 Etruscan city-states and is the regional capital. It also has one of the largest state universities in the country.

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment in Perugia.

Afternoon: Continue coach transfer to Montefalco and hotel check-in.

Dinner: Orientation briefing followed by dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Camiano Piccolo Hotel is situated in a historic hamlet in Montefalco. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, and sitting 450 meters above sea level, the hotel offers a stunning panoramic view of the valley stretching from Spoleto to Perugia. Within walking distance is the historic center of Montefalco.

Contact info:
AZ.Agraria Fabrizi Dott. Piero
Via Camiano Piccolo, 5
06036 Montefalco (PG), Italy
phone: +390742379492
web: www.camianopiccolo.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning and a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a garden, swimming pool and outdoor terrace.

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

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


Day Eight: Monday, October 07 - "Assisi Walk"
Note: 2 hours of walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach directly to St. Francis’ Hermitage for a field trip. Afterwards, walk down to Assisi (1815 feet) for walk of the town. Assisi is visible for miles around, tucked under the ridge of Monte Subasio. Enjoy the tranquil back streets and homes with geranium-filled window boxes in this famous town. Walking at a good pace, one can see almost all the sights of Assisi in one day.

Lunch: Lunch at a local establishment in Assisi.

Afternoon: Field trip of the Basilica with the remainder of the day to explore Assisi independently. Return to the hotel by private coach.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Camiano Piccolo Hotel is situated in a historic hamlet in Montefalco. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, and sitting 450 meters above sea level, the hotel offers a stunning panoramic view of the valley stretching from Spoleto to Perugia. Within walking distance is the historic center of Montefalco.

Contact info:
AZ.Agraria Fabrizi Dott. Piero
Via Camiano Piccolo, 5
06036 Montefalco (PG), Italy
phone: +390742379492
web: www.camianopiccolo.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning and a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a garden, swimming pool and outdoor terrace.

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

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


Day Nine: Tuesday, October 08 - "Valnerina and Truffle Walk"
Note: 3.5 hours of walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Monte Patrico (3340 feet) for a morning truffle hunt, followed by lunch with the farmers. Monte Patrico is located above the town of Spoleto, on the summit of the Valnerina Mountains known for its rugged beauty.

Lunch: Lunch with the farmers.

Afternoon: This afternoon, transfer by coach to the woods of Monteluco and walk down to Spoleto (1495 feet), one of Umbria’s loveliest hill towns. In Spoleto, you will view the Ponte delle Torri (one of the greatest engineering works of the trecento, a bridge and aqueduct of 10 towering arches linking Spoleto with the slopes of Monteluco). You will walk to the upper part of the town center before taking the coach back to Montefalco.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Camiano Piccolo Hotel is situated in a historic hamlet in Montefalco. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, and sitting 450 meters above sea level, the hotel offers a stunning panoramic view of the valley stretching from Spoleto to Perugia. Within walking distance is the historic center of Montefalco.

Contact info:
AZ.Agraria Fabrizi Dott. Piero
Via Camiano Piccolo, 5
06036 Montefalco (PG), Italy
phone: +390742379492
web: www.camianopiccolo.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning and a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a garden, swimming pool and outdoor terrace.

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

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


Day Ten: Wednesday, October 09 - "Bevagna Walk"
Note: 3.5 hours of walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Panoramic walk from the hotel to an olive mill and learn about olive oil production.

Lunch: Lunch in the field.

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. After walking around the town, an excursion to a medieval paper manufacturer. Walk back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Camiano Piccolo Hotel is situated in a historic hamlet in Montefalco. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, and sitting 450 meters above sea level, the hotel offers a stunning panoramic view of the valley stretching from Spoleto to Perugia. Within walking distance is the historic center of Montefalco.

Contact info:
AZ.Agraria Fabrizi Dott. Piero
Via Camiano Piccolo, 5
06036 Montefalco (PG), Italy
phone: +390742379492
web: www.camianopiccolo.com

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, air conditioning and a refrigerator.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a garden, swimming pool and outdoor terrace.

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

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


Day Eleven: Thursday, October 10 - "Wine Country"
Note: 4.5 hours of walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Walking field trip from the hotel to Adanti Winery for a learning experience in wine making. The winery is north of Montefalco and in a valley that offers wonderful views of the cities, Assisi and Trevi.

Lunch: Lunch and wine tasting at the winery's osteria.

Afternoon: In the afternoon walk the southern trail back to Montefalco.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Camiano Piccolo Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twelve: Friday, October 11 - Departure day back to the U.S.A.
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Private coach to the Rome airport (approx. 2.5 hours) for flights home.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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