18709
Italy
Choose Your Pace: Walking the Hill Towns of Umbria
Learn from scholars and local farmers as you walk the meandering hills of Umbria at the pace you choose, discovering its vineyards, olive groves, villages and sensational cuisine.
Program No. 18709RJ
Length
9 days
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2,159
Flights start at
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9 days
8 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Rome, Transfer to Foligno, Check-In, Orientation
Foligno
D
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Hotel check in is at 2:00 PM.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at the hotel. Water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: Welcome drink and orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Hikers will have the option of choosing between hikes of different levels of difficulty, organized into groups based on preference and ability. Sites visited may vary based on the hiking level you choose for that day. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
3
Olive Oil Walk, Bevagna, Medieval Paper Manufacturing
Foligno
B,L,D
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Three hiking options to choose from today. Easiest: walking on city streets and cobblestones. Intermediate: 4.6 miles, 719 feet elevation change. Most challenging: 5.6 miles, 719 feet elevation change in the morning and 2 miles with minimal elevation gain in the afternoon.

Breakfast: At the hotel. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: The intermediate and most challenging groups will begin the day with a panoramic walk from the hotel towards an olive mill to learn about olive oil production. The easiest group will explore the Foretress of Gualdo Cattaneo and then transfers with the intermediate group via private coach to the olive oil mill while the most challenging group walks to the olive oil mill.

Lunch: Plated meal at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The most challenging group will 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. The easiest and intermediate groups take a private coach to Bevagna and enjoy some free time and visit a medieval paper manufacturer to learn the techniques of this ancient art. After the most challenging group has arrived in Bevagna, everyone will transfer back to the hotel together.

Dinner: Plated meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
St. Francis Hermitage, Assisi
Foligno
B,L,D
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Three hiking options to choose from today. Easiest: walking on city streets and cobblestones. Intermediate: 2.4 miles, 1715 feet elevation change. Most challenging: 2 miles, 1064 feet elevation change in the early morning and 2.4 miles, 1715 feet elevation change in the late morning.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The most challenging group will leave in the early morning and transfer to Mount Subasio for a morning walk to the hermitage of St. Francis. The easiest and intermediate groups will transfer directly to the hermitage. All three groups will visit the hermitage together. After the visit, the most challenging and intermediate groups walk to Assisi. The easiest group is transferred to Assisi to spend some extra time in Assisi. 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: Plated meal in Assisi.

Afternoon: Guided visit of the Basilica of St. Francis and transfer back to the hotel.

Dinner: Plated meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Collepino to Spello along the Roman Aqueduct
Foligno
B,L
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Three hiking options to choose from today. Easiest: 1.8 miles, 646 feet elevation change. Intermediate: 3.5 miles, 1237 elevation change. Most challenging 1.5 miles, 1358 feet elevation change in the early morning and 3.5 miles, 1237 feet elevation change in the late morning.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The most challenging group will have an early morning transfer to the southern side of Mount Subasio to Madonna della Spella, an old chapel for shepherds on the mountain. The view from here covers a great part of Umbria. The walk descends down towards Collepino, a medieval gem of a hamlet, along meadows, through woods gently winding down. All three groups will walk from the tiny hamlet of Collepino. The intermediate and most challenging groups will walk to Spello, a former Roman town that is known today for its medieval character. The easiest group will be picked up halfway and transferred to Spello. The easiest group will have some time to visit the Capella Bahlioni in Spello with the Pinturicchio frescoes.

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

Afternoon: Transfer back to the hotel and enjoy some free time to see and do what interests you the most.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Perugia
Foligno
B,D
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Today's walk will be an approximate 2.5 hour city walk for all, at a slower "learning" pace to take in the history and beauty of Perugia. The intermediate and most challenging groups will have an afternoon urban trek of approximately 2 hours.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by private coach to Perugia (673 feet) where a stop will be made for a city walk. Perugia is one of the twelve 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 in Perugia.

Afternoon: The easiest group enjoys a free afternoon in Perugia before transferring back to the hotel. Others will enjoy a guided urban trek before transferring back to the hotel.

Dinner: Plated meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Montefalco, Wine Country
Foligno
B,L
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Three hiking options to choose from today. Easiest: 2.43 miles, 402 feet elevation change. Intermediate: 5.3 miles, with more than 1000 feet of elevation changes. Most challenging: 5.3 miles, with more than 1000 feet of elevation changes in the morning and 3.3 miles with 1086 feet elevation change in the afternoon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: All three groups start walking towards 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. After 1.5 hours, the easiest group will be picked up and transferred to Montefalco to explore. Once all groups are at the winery, enjoy an expert-led excursion through the winery and conclude with a wine tasting.

Lunch: Plated meal at the winery in conjunction with the wine tasting.

Afternoon: The easiest and intermediate groups will visit the Museum of St. Francis with the Benozzoli frescoes before being transferred back to the hotel. The most challenging group will walk back to the hotel.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Monte Patrico, Truffle Hunt, Monteluco
Foligno
B,L,D
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Three hiking options to choose from today. Easiest: 1.5 miles with 510 feet of elevation change. Intermediate: 1.5 miles with 510 feet of elevation change in the morning. 1.2 miles with 1443 feet of elevation change in the afternoon. Most challenging: 2 miles with 800 feet of elevation change in the early morning. 5.3 miles with 1000 feet of elevation change in the morning. 1.2 miles with 1443 feet of elevation change in the afternoon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: The most challenging group will begin to walk towards the truffle farm whereas the easiest and intermediate groups will visit the Sacred Wood and hermitage before they transfer by private coach to Monte Patrico (3280 feet) for an educational truffle hunt. Monte Patrico is located above the town of Spoleto, on the summit of the Calnerina Mountains known for its rugged beauty. Once all groups have arrived, the truffle farmer will give a talk and teach you how to properly hunt for truffles.

Lunch: Eat with the truffle farmer at his home.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, the easiest group will be transferred to Spoleto for a guided city walk. The intermediate and most challenging groups 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; it is 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: Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Departures
In Flight
B

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: After breakfast, transfer by private coach (approx. 2.5 hours) to the Rome airport. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.






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