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Traveling party of 5, 6, or 7 must travel from same origination point and must be advised at the time of booking. Discount on the land-only portion of core tour, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Does not apply to Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways. Not combinable with other group allowances. Travelers already traveling at a discount, such as children, do not count toward the party total. Offer reliant on space availability, and applies to new bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups or Escapes by Globus. Additional restrictions may apply.
Offer does not apply to Escapes by Globus. Must be a Journeys Club member at the time of booking to receive 5% discount on the land-only portion of Globus, Cosmos, Monograms, or Avalon Waterways core tour, package, or cruise, not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes/fees, tips, and supplements. Must have traveled within the last five years of your booking date to receive discount. Journeys Club discount is not available retroactively. Applies to new 2017 bookings only. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Does not apply to custom groups. Additional restrictions may apply.
Reduction varies by vacation and may not available on all packages. Does not apply to custom groups or Escapes by Globus. Additional restrictions may apply.
The name of this Italy tour—Gems of Umbria & Tuscany—says it all, as you'll visit some of the medieval hill towns and see some of the beautiful gems that call central Italy home. You'll begin and end in Rome, and in between you'll overnight in Spoleto, San Martino in Campo, Siena, and Orvieto. History fans will be thrilled throughout this Umbria and Tuscany tour. As you travel through the towns in these regions, you'll learn about the Etruscans, who lived here for centuries before the Roman Empire, and you'll see remains from periods throughout Italy's history, including medieval times. Orvieto sits atop a volcanic rock and has a labyrinth of caves carved by Etruscans. You'll visit these caves as well as Orvieto's cathedral, dating back to the early 14th century. In Siena, one of Italy's best-preserved medieval towns, you'll walk through its narrow lanes to Piazza del Campo, perhaps one of the finest piazzas in Europe. From Siena, you'll also take an excursion to Volterra, a former important Etruscan city, and San Gimignano, a picturesque, perfectly preserved medieval town with its 14 towers from the 13th century. In Narni, a guided visit of the Convent of San Domenico basement reveals a cell where prisoners of the Inquisition wrote graffiti on the walls. Of course, these regions are known not only for history, but also for wine and olive oil. That's why we've arranged a Brunello wine tasting in Montalcino, beautifully located in the Tuscan Hills, and an olive oil tasting at an authentic mill in Frantoio di Spello—just two of the unique experiences offered by Globus! From the historic gems and the wonderful piazzas to the special adventures, this Umbria and Tuscany tour offers all of this and much more. A vacation of a lifetime!
Day 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy.
Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, join your Tour Director and traveling companions, and leave the hotel for a special welcome dinner with wine at one of Rome's lively restaurants. (D)
Day 2: Rome-Narni-Spoleto.
Your discovery of the green province of Umbria, made famous by the movie My House in Umbria with unforgettable 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: [LF] 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. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Spoleto-Frantoio di Spello-Assisi-San Martino in Campo.
Enjoy [LF] 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. (B,D)
Day 4: San Martino in Campo. Excursion to Perugia.
A short drive brings you to Perugia, 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. Then, a special treat: visit [LF] the original PERUGINA BACI CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and taste Italy's most delectable candy. An optional dinner outing to Deruta is available. (B)
Day 5: San Martino in Campo-Cortona-Siena.
Enter Tuscany and stop in the town of Cortona, made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. 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. (B)
Day 6: Siena. Excursion to Volterra & San Gimignano.
A scenic day starts with a visit to the town of Volterra, a former important Etruscan center and an important location in the famous Twilight series. 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. (B)
Day 7: Siena-Pienza-Montalcino-Orvieto.
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 [LF] a Brunello WINE TASTING, followed by lunch with local specialties. Next, on to Orvieto, perched high atop a volcanic rock, where a unique visit to the ETRUSCAN UNDERGROUND Labirinto (labyrinth) awaits you. This evening, an exclusive dinner has been prepared for you by famous Italian chef Maurizio. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Orvieto-Rome.
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, and this evening, a special farewell dinner with wine and opera entertainment at Tanagra restaurant awaits you to celebrate the success of your vacation in Umbria and Tuscany. (B,D)
Day 9: Rome
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES
Special welcome and farewell dinners at a local restaurant; orientation
Visit the Convent of San Domenico; [LF] homemade pasta demonstration with a chef, followed by lunch
Guided walking tour, visit Piazza del Duomo; dinner with wine at a local restaurant
[LF] Olive oil tasting
Visit St. Clare's Church and St. Francis' Basilica
Guided walking tour, visit Piazza IV Novembre; [LF] visit the Perugina Baci chocolate factory
Orientation of the town made famous by the movie Under the Tuscan Sun
Guided walking tour, visit the Piazza del Campo
Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site
[LF] Brunello wine tasting and lunch
Visit the Etruscan underground Labirinto; dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the cathedral
Headsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily; 2 special lunches with wine in Narni and Montalcino; 5 three-course dinners with wine, including special dinners in Rome, Spoleto, and Orvieto
Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
Triple room reduction per person:
Extra nights per person in Rome:
in single room $124-$214, in twin $83-$153, in triple $75-$138
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