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Discover Marche & Umbria

Group Tour | General interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £2295 Current prices from: £2295

A new tour to discover two of Italy's most authentic and least visited regions. Passing through famous cities, rolling countryside and small, yet spectacular fortified Borghi (traditional hill top towns), staying in historic villas right in the heart of Urbino and Montefalco. There is also time to enjoy the local cuisine of the region with opportunities to see the production of olive oil and wine, including tasting experiences.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in historic hotels in rural Italy
  • Wine, cheese and oil tasting
  • Visit some of Italy's lesser known and most historic towns and villages
  • Stay in 4-star accommodation
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bologna • Pesaro • Urbino

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bologna with British Airways. Transfer to Urbino via Pesaro, birthplace of composer Gioacchino Rossini. Stay at Hotel Bonconte (or similar) for 4 nights. Welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Urbino • Mondavio

Morning tour of Urbino, a beautiful town with the wonderful Palazzo Ducale at its heart. This perfect example of Renaissance architecture hosts masterpieces by Raphael and Piero della Francesca. After lunch, depart for the borgo of Mondavio, a medieval hilltop town surrounded by walls. (B)

Day 3: Gradara • San Marino

Depart for the borgo of Gradara, another of the region’s monumental Renaissance fortresses. Visit the main art gallery and walk the walls that enclose the borgo. Continue to San Marino for lunch and have time at leisure to enjoy the world’s oldest republic, which dates back to 301AD. (B)

Day 4: Recanati • Sirolo

Tour of Recanati, with its wonderful views that stretch from the Sibillini mountains to the Adriatic coast. The town was the birthplace of poet Giacomo Leopardi, whose statue now stands in the delightful Palazzo Antici Mattei. Other highlights include Palazzo Leopardi and the church and convent of the Capuchin friars. After lunch, continue to Sirolo, which lies on the southern slopes of Mount Conero overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Time at leisure to enjoy the town or walk to the beach. (B)

Day 5: Gubbio • Montefalco

Leave Marche for Umbria and visit Gubbio, one of the region’s most beautiful cites. Take a guided tour including the Duomo, Piazza Grande and the traditional blacksmith shops which can be found around the town. Drive to the borgo of Montefalco, known for its wine and referred to as the ‘Balcony of Umbria’ due to its enchanting hilltop location. Stay at Hotel Villa Zuccari (or similar) for 3 nights. Traditional dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 6: Torgiano • Perugia

Morning visit to the borgo of Torgiano, one of the undisputed Italian capitals of wine and olive oil. After a walking tour, visit the museum for olive oil and wine tasting. In the afternoon, continue to Perugia, the capital of Umbria. Take in the main sites including La Fontana Maggiore and the Etruscan Arch of Augustus. Perugia is also known as ‘the chocolate city’, so a chocolate tasting is a must. Time for dinner in Perugia. (B)

Day 7: Deruta • Castiglione del Lago

Drive to the borgo of Deruta, famed for its ceramics and majolica pottery. Visit the museum and some of the workshops before continuing towards Lake Trasimeno for an unguided visit to Castiglione del Lago; overlooking the lake, this is one of the most beautiful and dramatic borgos in the region, with huge medieval walls and towers. Farewell dinner at a restaurant by the lake. (B, D)

Day 8: Fly to London

Transfer to Rome airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Hotel Villa Zuccari
    Hotel Villa Zuccari

    Housed in a historic manor house in the Umbrian countryside, with parts dating to the 16th Century, Villa Zuccari is a superior property of 34 rooms. A number of facilities are offered including a restaurant serving local cuisine, as well as a bar/lounge, swimming pool and library. For the comfort of guests, all rooms have been sound-proofed and include air conditioning.

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Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • What's Included
    • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

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