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Undiscovered Umbria Walk

10 days
from
$2,279 USD
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
W09UB
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Min group size:
1
Ages:
12+

This 9-night linear trip is a fantastic mix of wonderfully scenic walking, historic towns and panoramic hilltop villages. The walks follow a mix of quiet country lanes, paths and trails, using in part the St Francis' Way - so called after the route the saint took on his final visit to Assisi in 1226 - and the 'Sentiero degli Ulivi', the Olive Grove Trail. Along the way, admire the stunning valley vistas from the slopes of the 'bald mountain' Monte Subasio, discover the secluded hermitage of St Francis nestled amongst ancient oak forest, pass through olive groves that date as far back as Roman times and wander around the evocative centro storico of the walled town of Bevagna.

You stay in beautiful medieval towns including Assisi, 'the town of St Francis' with its UNESCO-listed basilica; flower bedecked Spello, which lies on the other side of Mount Subasio from Assisi; Montefalco, the famous wine village standing on its hill overlooking the Umbrian plain and Spoleto - the town of the amphitheatre and aqueduct. The walking is beautifully unhurried, leaving you plenty of time for independent exploration of these lesser known Umbrian gems.

Highlights

  • Ancient pilgrimage trails, boundless olives groves, verdant vineyards, flower filled towns, panoramic medieval villages
  • UNESCO Assisi, vibrant Foligno, spectacular Spoleto, historic Bevagna
  • Stay in the famous wine village of Montefalco - the Balcony of Umbria
  • Impressive limestone gorges, rare flora and fauna in the Monte Subasio Natural Park
  • Superb regional cuisine: highly prized black truffles, the finest of olive oils, famous Sagrantino wines

Key information

  • 9 nights hotel-to-hotel in HHH, 3 star and 4 star accommodation
  • 10 day land only / flight inclusive
  • 8 days walking, with shorter options on 3 days
  • The routes and paths you follow are generally well maintained. As there are frequent ascents and descents, you need to be reasonably fit and confident.
  • Countries visited: Italy

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and two evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Walking transfers on day 7 and 8

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local city tax
  • Train from Spello to Foligno (2€ per person)
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

8

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

The routes and paths you follow are generally well maintained. As there are frequent ascents and descents, you need to be reasonably fit and confident. Walking boots are essential and walking poles are recommended (but only if you already use them).

Day by day breakdown
Day 212.0km/7.5miles
Day 318.0km/11.0miles
Day 420.0km/12.5miles
Day 513.0km/8.0miles
Day 69.0km/5.5miles
Day 713.0km/8.5miles
Day 811.0km/7.0miles
Day 918.0km/11.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

Assisi
to
Spoleto
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Assisi

    Settle into your gorgeous 4-star hotel in the centre of Assisi's historical centre.

  • Day 2

    At Assisi

    Choose between a city walk, taking in the UNESCO St Francis' basilica and the town's many other sights, or walk through woodland to the Hermitage of St Francis, the saint's historic retreat, where a small oratory has been dedicated to his memory. Descend back to Assisi.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Assisi to Spello

    Set off across the olive grove clad slopes of Monte Subasio, enjoying the gorgeous view below. The longer option takes you on a mountain trail past the Abbey of San Benedetto to Spello. The shorter, easier route continues through olive groves and vineyards to Spello, the town of flowers, famous for its annual Infiorita festival when the streets are carpeted in colourful floral mosaics.

    A shorter optional walk is also available.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Spello to Foligno

    Follow a beautiful path along a Roman aqueduct to the cobbled streets of the hilltop, pink hued village of Collepino. Then it's downhill through olive groves back to Spello before taking a train to Foligno. Alternatively, continue along the historic St Francis' Trail all the way to Foligno.

    A shorter optional walk is also available.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Foligno to Bevagna

    There's ample time to discover the ancient market town of Foligno with its Romanesque cathedral, evocative Trinci Palace and many museums. Then walk along the Topino river across the lush valley, with gorgeous views of Montefalco, to the walled town of Bevagna, home to the 13th century Gothic Palazzo dei Consoli, the golden theatre and Roman temple and baths.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Bevagna to Montefalco

    Make your way through a patchwork of olive groves and vineyards to the hilltop wine village of Montefalco. Wander round its medieval streets, admire the superb views and enjoy wine tasting in one of the many Sagrantino wineries.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Montefalco to Trevi

    Set off on the lower flanks of Mount Serano, with expansive views over the fertile plain of the Clitunno river. Head uphill through olive groves to Trevi, known as the Italian capital of olive oil. Discover this old theatre town with remnants of the Mura Romana (Roman Wall) and Mura Medieval (Medieval Wall) still encircling the town. Pick up and transfer to Campello Alto, where you spend the night.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Trevi to Campello Alto

    Transfer back to Trevi. Then join the ancient St Francis' Trail to amble along to the hillside church of Madonna di San Arcangelo. Pass the secretive Eremo Francescano (Convento Pissignano) before heading to your hotel in the pretty village of Campello Alto.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    Campello Alto to Spoleto

    Pick up the St Francis' Trail as you make your way through olive groves and tiny medieval villages to Spoleto. Discover the town's Roman arch, 12th century Duomo and 14th century viaduct.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Leave Spoleto

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Food of the region is rustic and often called 'cucina povera'. Expect to try strangozzi pasta served with black truffles or a spicy tomato sauce, followed by simple grilled local meats and then a slice of pecorino cheese washed down with some of the superb Sagrantino di Montefalco wines. For a picnic lunch why not try the Umbrian staple, the porchetta sandwich - roast pig stuffed with herbs.

Weather

The dates run from May through to October which will take advantage of the nicest weather of the region. May and October have the lowest average temperature, with highs of around 22 degrees Celcius. In the morning and evenings the temperature may drop to as low as 13 degrees Celcius so it is worth having an extra layer for your top and bottom that you can take off as it warms up. October will also see more chance of rain. From June to September the temperatures will be much higher, rising to 35 degrees Celcius in July and August, with much lower chance of rain. The weather is always variable so this should be used as a guide only.

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided
Average daily distance on move on days: 14.5km (9 miles). 
No. of days Walking: 8

Terrain: Low altitude (max 800m).  Average 3.5-4hr walking daily. The routes and paths you follow are generally well maintained but may be uneven. As there are frequent ascents and descents, which are steep in places, you need to be reasonably fit and confident. Walking boots are essential and walking poles are recommended (but only if you already use them).

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked. 

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Undiscovered Umbria Walk

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We have chosen characterful and comfortable 3* and 4* hotels and a HHH country house. Accommodation ranges from a Renaissance-style palace in Assisi to a beautifully converted castle and convent with spa facilities in Campello Alto.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. When booking the 3 star hotels, the single supplement is £214.00, when booking the 4 star hotel option, the single supplement is £430.00.
For a solo traveller there is an adttional charge to cover transfer costs.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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