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Umbria - The Essence of Italy

Umbria 7 nights Price from £1,998 per person
Departs: 16 May 2022, 29 Aug 2022
Departs: 16 May 2022

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Perugia, the capital of Umbria and one of the finest cities in Italy is the centre from which we explore this fascinating region. Umbria is filled with historic art towns, perched on their hilltops with wonderful views of the rolling Umbrian countryside planted with olive groves and vineyards. We will visit the most important of these towns including Orvieto, Arezzo and Assisi - each of which is within easy reach of Perugia. Works by some of Italy’s most important artists will be viewed, including frescoes by Giotto, Filippo Lippi and Piero della Francesca.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Four dinners – two at the hotel and two in local restaurants
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer


  • Day 1 - The Brufani Palace

    We fly to Rome and transfer to Perugia where we stay for the duration of the tour at the 4 star Brufani Palace Hotel in the centre of historic Perugia. Opened in 1884, the Brufani Palace is a traditional hotel in every sense with spacious public areas, well appointed bedrooms and a high level of personal service.
  • Day 2 - Discovering Perugia

    Perugia is the capital of Umbria and one of the country’s most beautiful hill towns, still retaining the air of a bustling market town. We will visit the National Gallery of Umbria and the church of San Bernardino and see frescoes by Perugino in a merchant’s hall. The rest of the day is free.
  • Day 3 - The small town of Todi

    We visit the small town of Todi with its fine Renaissance church, and then continue to Orvieto with its shimmering marble Cathedral and magnificent frescoes by Signorelli. We will see the very grand town hall here, the Palazzo del Popolo.
  • Day 4 - Spello

    Our first stop today is Spello, a small hilltop town of the utmost charm where we see the frescoes by Pinturicchio in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. We then go to Spoleto, one of Umbria’s great cultural centres, nestled in the foothills of the Appenines. It is dominated by one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Italy, famous for its frescoed apse by Filippo Lippi.
  • Day 5 - Gubbio

    The morning is spent in Gubbio with its dramatic piazza on a hillside and a number of grand Mediaeval palaces, including the Ducal Palace which was once part of the Duke of Montefeltro’s empire. There will be free time for independent exploration in Perugia later in the day.
  • Day 6 - Arezzo

    Today we drive to Arezzo in Tuscany where we see one of the greatest works in all Italy – Piero della Francesca’s frescoes, ‘The Legend of the True Cross’, in the church of San Francesco. There will be time for an independent lunch here before going to Sansepolcro, the hometown of Piero, where we see his ‘Resurrection’ in the Museo Civico.
  • Day 7 - The Basilica di San Francesc

    Today we visit Assisi to see the Basilica di San Francesco, the home of the Franciscan Order. The frescoes by Giotto tell the story of the life of St. Francis. There will be time to wander through the picturesque narrow Mediaeval streets and enjoy the marvellous views.
  • Day 8 - Departure Day

    We drive back to Rome for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart from London Heathrow at 12.45 arrive Rome at 16.10

Depart from Rome at 15.20 arrive London Heathrow at 17.05

Please let us know if you would prefer to fly to Perugia direct from Stansted

Departure Dates and Prices

16 May 2022

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Price from£1998

Single Supp.£398

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29 Aug 2022

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Price from£1998

Single Supp.£398

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Sina Brufani Palace
Perugia, Italy, Europe

Located in the centre of Perugia and with more than a century of history, the Brufani Palace is a real symbol of exclusivity in the city. Spacious halls and public areas have high painted ceilings and original parquet floors that have been carefully restored.

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