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From £2295pp
8 days & 7 nights
Itinerary Type
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Holiday Type
Rail Journey
Tour Highlights

Lazio & Umbria: A Journey through the Heart of Italy

Discover Lazio and Umbria, two neighbouring regions rich in history. This tailor-made holiday begins in the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome, where you can explore well-known attractions or seek out hidden gems. Continue to the lakeside town of Castel Gandolfo and the grand Papal Palace, once the summer retreat of the Pope. Then journey through the countryside by train to Umbria, a place of medieval villages tucked amid rolling hills. Here you spend four nights in the ancient walled city of Perugia, and visit Assisi, including the basilica that is the final resting place of Italy’s patron saint Francis of Assisi.


DAY 1: Arrive in Rome, Italy
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Arrive in Rome, Italy

Fly to Rome and transfer to UNAWAY Hotel Empire Roma for 3 nights. (N)

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

DAY 2: Rome
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Your day is at leisure to explore the ‘Eternal City’. Around every corner of Rome lie signs of its 3,000-year history, from ancient ruins to renaissance palaces. Beyond its historical attractions, Italy’s storied capital is also excellent for shopping, dining out and people watching.  (B)

DAY 3: Castel Gandolfo
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Castel Gandolfo

Enjoy a half-day excursion to Castel Gandolfo with a local guide. This town lies 25km from Rome and is set on a hilltop overlooking Lake Albano. After looking around the town, visit the 17th-century Papal Palace – the former summer residence of the Pope – as well as the picturesque farm on its grounds. This afternoon, return to Rome.  (B)

DAY 4: Perugia
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This morning, travel by train from Rome to Perugia, where you check in at Hotel San Gallo Palace for 4 nights. Your afternoon is at leisure to unwind at your hotel or to experience the pretty piazza and handsome palazzos of Perugia ahead of tomorrow’s tour.  (B)

DAY 5: Perugia
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Enjoy a morning walking tour of Perugia, the capital of Umbria. Highlights include the city’s ancient walls, sections of which date back to the third century BC, and the Renaissance-era Rocca Paolina fortress. Next, visit Casa del Cioccolato to sample some of Italy’s finest chocolate. Your afternoon is at leisure.   (B)

DAY 6: Perugia
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Today, you are free to enjoy Umbria’s charming capital at leisure, or travel by local train to the ancient town of Spoleto for independent exploration. Spoleto’s long history is exemplified by its restored Roman house and theatre, and the eighth-century, UNESCO-listed Basilica of San Salvatore.  (B)

DAY 7: Assisi
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Transfer to Assisi and embark on a half-day tour, including visits to the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco, which houses the body of Italy’s patron saint Francis of Assisi. The canonised friar was born here in the 12th century to a silk merchant and a noblewoman, and many of the town’s oldest churches have an association with him. Other landmarks include the imposing medieval castle of Rocca Maggiore, and the Temple of Minerva, built in the first century BC. (B)

DAY 8: Fly home
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Fly home

Transfer to Perugia Airport for your return flight to the UK.  (B)

Meal basis

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

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the Papal summer palace at Castel Gandolfo 
  • Sample fine chocolate in Perugia 
  • Admire the medieval architecture of Assisi  
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From £2295 per person
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From £2315 per person

What's included

  • International flights & domestic flights if applicable
  • UK departure & overseas airport taxes
  • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • Local transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • The support (if required) of an English-speaking local representative
  • Local guides & entrance fees where applicable

Important information

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