Gems of Umbria & Tuscany

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Mediterranean

  • Steady pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

Follow the ancient Italian race of Etruscans through twisting volcanic tunnels and grand city ruins, tread the medieval cobblestones of beautiful Siena and San Gimignano and discover the town that inspired CS Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. Taste artisan Italian confection, then discuss it over a glass or two of Brunello's finest crisp red wines.

At a glance


  • Narni Discover the town said to have inspired The Chronicles of Narnia. Take a guided visit to the Convent of San Domenico, then attend a pasta-making demonstration with lunch.
  • Frantoio Spello Olive oil tasting at an authentic mill.
  • Perugia Guided walking tour.
  • Montalcino Brunello wine tasting followed by lunch. 
  • Orvieto Explore ancient Estrucan underground caves before a dinner prepared by a master chef.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

Follow the ancient Italian race of Etruscans through twisting volcanic tunnels and grand city ruins, tread the medieval cobblestones of beautiful Siena and San Gimignano and discover the town that inspired CS Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. Taste artisan Italian confection, then discuss it over a glass or two of Brunello's finest crisp red wines.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

UK - Rome

Day
1

Fly to Rome where you will be transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and enjoy dinner with wine at one of Rome's lively restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - Narni - Spoleto

Day
2

Your discovery of the green province of Umbria, made famous by the film My House in Umbria with Dame Maggie Smith, starts in the hilltop town of Narni, almost 800 feet high. Narni is the town that is said to have been the inspiration for the Chronicles of Narnia. Enjoy a guided visit of the Convent Of San Domenico basement, and see a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls. Then, a true highlight: learn the art of homemade Manfricolo pasta from a chef during a pasta demonstration, and, of course, enjoy lunch afterwards. Next is Spoleto, a former Roman city and capital of an important Lombard duchy from the 6th to the 8th centuries. During your walking tour with a local guide, take pictures of La Rocca, the former papal fortress that was used as a high-security prison until 1982; admire the Ponte delle Torri, erected on the foundations of a Roman aqueduct; and visit Piazza Del Duomo. This evening, a special dinner with wine awaits you at Vecchio Camino restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spoleto - Frantoio di Spello - Assisi - San Martino in Campo

Day
3

Enjoy an olive oil tasting at an authentic oil mill at Frantoio di Spello. Continue to Assisi and start your guided walking tour with visits to St Clare's Church and St Francis Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity and love for all God’s creatures. Arrive at your hotel in San Martino in Campo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Martino in Campo - Perugia - San Martino in Campo

Day
4

A short drive brings you to Perugia, the capital of Umbria and an important university town. A guided walking tour features the Piazza IV Novembre, one of the grandest squares in Italy, graced by the Fontana Maggiore (Great Fountain). Admire the Gothic cathedral, the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, and Perugia’s stunning medieval municipal palace and taste Italy's most delectable candy. An optional dinner outing is available. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Martino in Campo - Lake Trasimeno - Siena

Day
5

Stop in Passignano for a stroll along the promenade of Lake Trasimeno. Arrive in Siena, and follow your local guide on a walk through ancient, narrow lanes to Piazza del Campo. Hear about the biannual Palio, Siena’s spectacular medieval-style horse race that is held on this square. This evening, an optional dinner excursion to Monteriggioni is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Siena - Volterra - San Gimignano - Siena

Day
6

A scenic day starts with a visit to the town of Volterra, a former important Etruscan centre. Next is hilltop San Gimignano, the most picturesque of Italy’s perfectly preserved medieval towns with its tower houses and encircling walls. Return to Siena.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Siena – Pienza – Montalcino - Orvieto

Day
7

Famous for pecorino cheese, Pienza has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to a member of the Piccolomini family who became Pope Pius II in the 15th century and redesigned the town in perfect renaissance style. Continue to Montalcino, beautifully located in the Tuscan Hills, and enjoy a Brunello Wine tasting, followed by lunch with local specialities. Next, on to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock, where a unique visit to the Etruscan Underground Labyrinth awaits you. This evening, an exclusive dinner has been prepared for you by famous Italian chef Maurizio.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Orvieto - Rome

Day
8

Hear the history of this fascinating town from your local guide during a pleasant walk through the narrow lanes and visit the Cathedral with its San Brizio Chapel. Return to the 'Eternal City' for a drive past Rome’s main highlights. This evening, enjoy a special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment at Tanagra restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Rome - UK

Day
9

Transfer to the Airport for your flight to the UK

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Rome: Starhotels Michelangelo
  • Spoleto: San Luca 
  • San Martino in Campo: Alla Posta dei Donini 
  • Siena: NH Siena 
  • Orvieto: Grand Hotel Italia 
  • Rome: Fiume

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