Country Roads of Umbria & Tuscany - Classic Group

Country Roads of Umbria & Tuscany - Classic Group

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Country Roads of Umbria & Tuscany - Classic Group

9 Days Starting and ending in Rome

Visiting: Rome, Vatican, Umbria, Perugia, Assisi, Monte Subasio, Cortona, Siena, San Gimignano, Florence

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

E822ZM19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English
From: $3195 $2672 Operator discount: -$437 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$87 -16%

NB: Prices correct on 19-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Live 'la dolce vita' during this 9-day guided tour of Italy. Explore the Vatican Museums, where your VIP pass gets you behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of Siena to the shell-shaped Piazza del Campo and see the Torre del Mangia, the second-tallest tower in Italy. Visit a family-run olive mill, where a third-generation olive maker will share how its olives become the decadent oil you’ll taste at the mill. In San Gimignano, eat the best gelato in the world — literally. You’ll meet a world champion gelato maestro who will welcome you into his ice cream parlor to indulge in his favorite flavors. Alongside a Local Expert, marvel at the cathedral at the center of Florence: Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, nicknamed 'the Duomo' for its awe-inspiring crown made by a master goldsmith.

Highlights

  • Siena: Visit Siena's medieval black and white striped cathedral with your Local Expert.

  • Siena: Enjoy a tasting of Panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert containing fruits and nuts.

  • Assisi: See St. Mary of the Angels Church and join your Local Expert to walk through the cobbled streets and beautifully preserved medieval laneways of this quaint town.

  • Assisi: With a Local Expert, find out why the Basilica of St. Francis is considered one of the crowning achievements of Europe.

  • San Gimignano: Visit the medieval Manhattan of Italy!

  • Florence: Join a Local Expert to view the multi-coloured marble cathedral, bell tower and baptistery, adorned by Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. Visit the political heart of the city, Signoria Square. See the area around Santa Croce Basilica, famous for the quality of its luxury goods.

  • Umbria: Explore the art of Italian cooking with Chef Lorenzo and take part in a truffle hunting walk followed by a tasty lunch.

  • Vatican: Gain priority access into the Vatican Museums and admire the famous Bramante Staircase. Witness the genius of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel and view the splendid dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Places You'll See

Country Roads Of Umbria & Tuscany - Classic Group

Country Roads Of Umbria & Tuscany - Classic Group

Country Roads Of Umbria & Tuscany - Classic Group

Country Roads Of Umbria & Tuscany - Classic Group

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Rome

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Location: Rome

Accommodation: Hotel St. Martin, Rome.

Accommodation Name: NH Roma Centro

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Transfers to your hotel depart from Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:30. Join your Travel Director at 17:30 to explore the Eternal City, passing the renaissance palaces and baroque churches scattered throughout the city. Get to know your fellow travellers over a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Umbria And On To Perguia

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Location: Rome, Vatican, Umbria, Perugia

Accommodation: Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia.

Accommodation Name: Sangallo Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Explore the Vatican Museums in the morning, where a local historian unveils the gems of the vast Papal art collection. Your special visit includes fast-tracked entry and behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase, a part of the Vatican normally closed to visitors. View the imposing Basilica of St. Peter, the largest in the world. Journey north to the Umbrian village of Baschi. Immerse yourself in the flavours and culture of the region and learn about the secrets of Italian food culture as you join Giovanni and his dog Chris for a truffle hunting session. Then join Chef Lorenzo for an entertaining pasta demonstration and delicious Highlight Lunch accompanied by Orvieto Classico wine. Join a Local Expert in Perugia to navigate the underground labyrinth of little streets, alleys and arches. Walk Corso Vannucci, resplendent in pale-pink stone, passing the princely Priors' Palace, cathedral and finely sculptured Great Fountain in the main square.

Day 3: Perugia Sightseeing & Free Time Relaxed Start

Location: Perugia

Accommodation: Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia.

Accommodation Name: Sangallo Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

During a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, visit an artisanal workshop to meet Marta, recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, and her weavers. See how the fascinating art of loom-weaving textiles has been passed down through the generations and learn how this ancient craft is being preserved. Afterwards, you will be free to enjoy the many delights of Umbria's capital city. For dinner, choose your ideal ambience and palate-pleasing menu from a hand-picked selection of Perugian restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. Buon appetito!

Day 4: Assisi, In Search Of St. Francis Relaxed Start

Location: Perugia, Assisi, Monte Subasio

Accommodation: Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia.

Accommodation Name: Sangallo Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Journey to Assisi, one of Italy's most beautiful medieval hilltop towns, set high up in the mountains and enclosed by fortress walls. In the valley, see the famous Church of St. Mary of the Angels, much venerated as the place of St. Francis' death, then continue up Mount Subasio to the upper town. Step inside the massive, 13th century Basilica of St. Francis with your Local Expert to learn how Giotto masterfully painted frescoes that inspired a variety of Renaissance artists. Continue through the twisted groves that carpet the side of Mount Subasio.

Day 5: Tuscany To Cortona, Siena And San Gimignano

Location: Perugia, Cortona, Siena, San Gimignano

Accommodation: Villasanpaolo San Gimignano.

Accommodation Name: Villasanpaolo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Follow the shores of Lake Trasimeno to Cortona, one of the oldest hilltop towns in Tuscany. After free time to explore, continue to the narrow cobbled streets of Siena. Standing in the shell-shaped Campo, imagine the frenzied atmosphere of the biannual Palio horse race and see the superb 14th century Town Hall. Explore Siena with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the medieval Cathedral. Alternatively, sample panforte, a traditional Tuscan dessert.  Travel to your home for the next three nights, a delightful villa near the medieval town of San Gimignano.

Day 6: San Gimignano Sightseeing And Free Time Relaxed Start

Location: San Gimignano

Accommodation: Villasanpaolo, San Gimignano.

Accommodation Name: Villasanpaolo

Meals Included: Breakfast

In the morning, your Travel Director will show you San Gimignano's medieval skyscrapers, serpentine streets and hidden squares. The town is also home to world champion gelato maestro Sergio Dondoli. At his artisan ice cream parlour on Piazza della Cisterna, the jaunty gelataio doles out his silky, frozen treats in a range of unique flavours for you to try. The rest of the day is at leisure; why not join an Optional Experience to Pisa and Lucca?

Day 7: Florence And Tuscan Countryside Experience Relaxed Start

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Location: San Gimignano, Florence

Accommodation: Villasanpaolo, San Gimignano.

Accommodation Name: Villasanpaolo

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The morning is devoted to the Renaissance city of Florence. A fascinating walking exploration with a Local Expert takes you to the marble-clad cathedral crowned by Brunelleschi's dome. See the baptistery with its beautiful Gates of Paradise and Giotto's splendid bell tower. Walk on to Piazza della Signoria with its open-air gallery of Renaissance sculptures, followed by free time to shop for top-quality Florentine leather or gold. Toast to your travels during a delicious Farm-to-Table Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant and enjoy tasting flavoursome dishes prepared with locally grown ingredients, sourced from the farm or nearby Tuscan region. Relax as the pairing of home-made pastas with the farm's own traditional Chianti wine rounds off your great Italian adventure.

Day 8: Country Drive To Ancient Rome

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Location: San Gimignano, Rome

Accommodation: NH Roma Centro, Rome.

Accommodation Name: Hotel St. Martin

Meals Included: Breakfast

Leave behind the tower topped town of San Gimignano. Enjoy rolling Tuscan hills as you journey through the Italian countryside, making your way to Ancient Rome. On arrival, enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 9: Arrivederci Roma

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Location: Rome

Meals Included: Breakfast

Bid farewell to the glories of Italy. Departure transfers arrive at Rome’s Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.

What's Included

  • Travel Director

    Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

  • Luxury Transportation

    Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.

  • Enhanced Hygiene Protocols

    Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.

  • Hand Sanitizer

    Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

  • Luggage Handling

    We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • Hotel and Restaurant Tips

    Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • Wi-Fi Availability

    Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Insight Flourish

    From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • Airport Transfers

    If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International and domestic airfare not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Experiences

    Costs of optional experiences and excursions not included in the tour itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, mini-bar, room service, and other personal items are not included.

  • Meals Not Listed

    Any meals not listed in the tour itinerary are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included.

Check out our Q&As

  • What are the main highlights of the Country Roads of Umbria & Tuscany tour?

    The main highlights include visiting Siena's medieval cathedral, tasting traditional Tuscan dessert Panforte, enjoying the comfort of luxury coaches with enhanced hygiene protocols, exploring Rome, Assisi, San Gimignano, Florence, and Umbria with local experts, a truffle hunting walk with Chef Lorenzo, a Dine-Around Evening in Perugia, tasting artisan gelato in San Gimignano, a Farm-to-Table experience in Tuscany, and priority access to the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel.

  • What is the policy on luggage handling?

    The tour includes luggage handling where your bags are carried for you and promptly delivered to your hotel door.

  • What are the accommodation options?

    Accommodation options include NH Roma Centro in Rome and Sangallo Palace Hotel in Perugia among others.

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 4 Dinners with Wine, 8 Breakfasts, and 1 Lunch with Wine.

  • Is there a Welcome Dinner included?

    Yes, there is a Welcome Dinner included at your hotel's restaurant, Unique al Palatino, in Rome.

  • What type of transportation is used on the tour?

    The tour uses Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. The coaches are sanitized before the start of the tour and maintain high standards with physical distancing measures.

  • What are the COVID-19 safety measures on the tour?

    The tour includes enhanced hygiene protocols aligning with the latest guidance following COVID-19, such as sanitized coaches, training for Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors, and Drivers in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols, working only with establishments adhering to high well-being standards, and availability of hand sanitizer onboard.

  • What is the starting point of the tour?

    The tour starts in Rome.

  • Are there any cultural or artisan experiences included?

    Yes, the tour includes a visit to an artisan workshop in Perugia to meet Marta, a recipient of a TreadRight Foundation grant, where you can learn about the ancient craft of loom-weaving.

  • What are the unique experiences offered on the tour?

    Unique experiences include a truffle hunting walk followed by a tasty lunch with Chef Lorenzo in Umbria, a Dine-Around Evening in Perugia, tasting world champion gelato in San Gimignano, a Farm-to-Table experience in Tuscany, and priority access to the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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