18709
Italy
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
Starts at
2,159
Flights start at
825
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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. 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: Up to 5.5 miles of walking for approximately 3.5 hours on cobblestones, pavement, and natural trails.

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

Lunch: Plated meal 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: Plated meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Montefalco, Wine Country
Foligno
B,L
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Up to 4 miles of walking for approximately 4.5 hours on cobblestones, pavement, and natural trails.

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 an expert-led excursion through the winery then conclude with a wine tasting.

Lunch: Plated meal 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Perugia
Foligno
B,D
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Up to 3 miles of walking for approximately 2 hours on cobblestones and uneven pavement.

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 in Perugia.

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

Dinner: Plated meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
St. Francis Hermitage, Assisi
Foligno
B,L,D
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Up to 1.5 miles of walking for approximately 2 hours on cobblestones and asphalt.

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: Plated meal at a local restaurant.

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: Plated meal at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Monte Patrico, Truffle Hunt, Monteluco
Foligno
B,L
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Up to 5.5 miles of walking for approximately 3.5 hours on natural trails, cobblestones, and uneven pavement.

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: Eat 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 in Foligno.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Collepino to Spello along the Roman Aqueduct
Foligno
B,L,D
Hotel Italia

Activity note: Up to 4 miles of walking for approximately 3 hours on natural trails, uneven pavement, and cobblestones.

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: 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.