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Italy Self Guided Walking / Umbria
Tour Dates: Mid-March through Mid-November

Our Umbria Walking Tour takes you through the Green Heart of Italy. We offer this tour as a Self Guided Walking Tour, and it may also be chartered as a guided tour for groups.

Price: €1100 Euros /double occupancy

Single Supplement: €250 Euros

Price Includes:
  • 7 nights hotel
  • 7 breakfasts
  • luggage transfers
  • trip information package that includes maps, route descriptions, suggested sights to visit
  • emergency phone numbers for our Italian staff support (shorter itineraries available)

Price does not include:

International flights, lunches, dinners

Tour Difficulty

You choose your own dates and number of days and we organize the hotels, luggage transfers, route information and provide local support.

  • Difficulty: Easy, travel at your own pace.

Tour Highlights

  • Ancient walled cities
  • Hillsides covered with olive trees
  • Etruscan tombs and Renaissance art
  • renowned wine regions
  • interesting hill top towns

Tour Overview

This self-guided tour is a fully organized vacation for the independent traveler who wants the freedom to walk at his or her own pace. You’ll have complete support behind the scenes. Our Italy representative will meet you at the beginning of your tour for an orientation. You will receive a packet with detailed route instructions, maps, suggestions for sights to visit along the route and emergency support phone numbers. You can take a spontaneous detour and always feel secure that your hotel room will be waiting for you. You will be able to travel at your own pace without a guide or support vehicle to hurry you along or to slow you down. Your luggage will be transported each day to the next accommodation, which will be reserved and prepaid. You don’t need to worry, as emergency support is just a phone call away.

Tour Map

Day 1 - Arrival in Perugia

Arrival at the Perugia train station : metro ride ( Minimetro) directly to the centre of the town . A lively city, nice boutiques, good restaurants, an art gallery with a superb collection of Medieval paintings and a very special subterranean town.

Day 2 - Valfabbrica to Assisi - 5 hrs walking time, 10 miles // Difficulty Level: Moderate

San Francis used to travel on foot from Assisi to Gubbio, we will retrace his steps along these rugged hills.Transfer from Perugia to trail start. The beginning is a bit tough then it becomes easier. Rolling hills and thick woods and an amazing arrival with a breath taking view of Assisi. Spend the next 2 nights in an Assisi hotel.

Day 3 – Assisi Loop – 3 hours walking time, 8.7 miles // Difficulty Level: Moderate

A relaxing day. If you want to walk you can have a 3 hours loop Have a brisk departure by climbing to the Eremo delle Carceri, S. Francis peaceful retreat. At the top of the trail 500 meters from the Eremo there is a nice picnic spot with tables and benches. Otherwise just visit Assisi, which has a lot more to offer than the St Francis Basilica, although the Giotto’s frescos are superb. Hotel in Assisi

Day 4 – Assisi to Spello – 6 hrs walking time, 11 miles // Difficulty Level: Moderate

Start from your hotel and walk a trail which cuts through the Subasio park and unfolds among olive groves to reach Spello a lovely village with cobbled streets and peaceful squares. Much less touristy and quieter after Assisi. Spend the next 2 nights in a nice Spello hotel with a view of the whole valley.

Day 5 - Spello Loop - 4 hrs walking time, 11 miles // Difficulty Level: Moderate

A circular walking loop from Spello to Spello visiting the Subasio mountainand the amazing hamlet of Collepino. Night at the Hotel in Spello.

Day 6 – Collemancio to Bevagna - 5 hrs walking time, 10.5 miles // Difficulty Level: Easy

A short transfer from Spello to Collemancio ( 20 minutes by car) where starts a spectacular walk to Bevagna visiting a genuine and rustic cellar of Dionigi family ( Sagrantino di Montefalco producer). Hotel in Bevagna.

Day 7 - Bevagna to Montefalco - 3.5 hours walking time, 8.7 miles // Difficulty Level: Moderate

A loop in the heart of the best wine area of Umbria. After visiting Bevagna which is known for its medieval market during the month of June; walk from Bevagna to Montefalco, have lunch at the enoteca on Montefalco main square, sample some wine at one of the best wineries of the area and return to your hotel in Bevagna.

Day 8 - Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the train station.

Who comes on a Nichols Expeditions Walking Tour?

Folks who enjoy our tours are a spirited mix of singles and couples of ALL ages from all corners of the US, Canada and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. Most folks seem to share the common bond of an active lifestyle, an appreciation for the outdoors and a love for fun. We will gladly supply references if you wish to speak with someone who has recently been on this tour.

Can I charter this tour?

Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.

The Food

This region has earned its reputation of having the best cuisine and wine in all of Italy. You will be staying in hotels and inns that serve gourmet meals with enough variety to please everyone.

Weather

Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Daytime temperatures are 60º to 85º F. and nights are 50º to 70º F. There is always the chance of rain, so to ensure your personal comfort please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with a hood and rain pants, too. For the sunny days, we recommend using SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen. If you are really sun sensitive, we suggest sun-blocking clothing.

Camera Gear

Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.

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Language

You do not need to be able to speak Italian, as you will be surprised at how many folks speak English in Italy. However, a good dictionary or a translation application on your phone can be quite helpful.

Money

The currency of Italy is the Euro. You will need Euros for beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for hotel staff. We suggest exchanging a minimum of €200 EUR (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).

Tipping

We suggest 10% for exceptional service in restaurants (most restaurants include a service charge) and a small amount for baggage and taxi service.

Cash & Credit Cards

US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.

Passport

U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Italy. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!

Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.

Travel Delays

Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!

Learn more about the Travel Insurance.

About Umbria

Umbria (Italian pronunciation: [ˈumbrja]), is a region of historic and modern central Italy. It is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a border with other countries. It includes the Lake Trasimeno, Cascata delle Marmore, and is crossed by the River Tiber. The regional capital is Perugia. Umbria is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and influence on culture. ~ Wikipedia

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