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A Week In... Tuscany and Umbria

All Departures Small Groups Averaging 24 Tauck Guests



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$5,830 CAD
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Time of Year
Apr - Jul, Sep - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Perugia, Gubbio, Assisi, Spoleto, Torgiano, Arezzo, Rome
Week in Tuscany Umbria Escorted Tour


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TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS – Drive to the heart of Chianti country, where landscapes of verdant valleys, ancient vineyards and olive groves lead to hilltop Tuscan and Umbrian villages centuries old


ALL SMALL GROUP DEPARTURES averaging 24 Tauck guests – A small group size means a more personal travel experience highlighted by stays at chic smaller hotels in fabulous locations


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – An al fresco wine pairing lunch in the middle of a renowned Torgiano vineyard


TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – On tours of May 29 and September 13 – day 3 – guests will have an alternate itinerary featuring an opportunity to meet Author Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun) in her adopted home town of Cortona, Italy, for a talk on her life in Italy over the last 30 years. In addition to a guided walking tour of Cortona with a local historian and guide, you'll attend a fine dining lunch prepared by a Michelin star chef featuring local wine.




Exploration of the ancient city of Arezzo, with historic architecture spanning more than a thousand years


A Tuscan cooking class with the former head chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant





Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.



Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

The sun-dappled hill towns of central Italy seduce the senses with a festival of daily life which guests experience firsthand: wine tastings in bountiful vineyards, a chef-hosted cooking class, ceramic making, hand weaving, medieval crafts...

In Tuscany, spend two nights at a historic Medici estate-turned-luxury hotel in the Chianti countryside near Florence, with a cooking class at a farmhouse cooking school and a rooftop wine tasting lunch, a guided visit to a winery and a museum, and discovery of the ancient city of Arezzo, dating back to Etruscan times... Sightseeing delights during a two-night stay at a restored monastery in Umbria include a guided visit to medieval Gubbio, truffle hunting and ceramic insights... Two nights in Perugia at a palace hotel feature exploration of Assisi, an exclusive wine experience at a renowned vineyard, a hand-weaving workshop, a basilica visit, and special access to "Gaite" workshops in Bevagna... And in the magnificent city of Rome – an overnight is preceded by a visit to Spoleto and a guided tour of an ancient underground Roman church in Narni. Read Less

Truffle hunting in the Umbrian hills

Day 4

Trained dogs and "black diamonds" – truffles – in the hills of Umbria

In Italy, they're called tartufi; much of the world knows them as truffles. But whatever you call it, this rare, pungent (and highly perishable) fungus that grows under the ground in certain parts of Europe is one of the most expensive foods on Earth, highly prized by chefs and gourmets around the globe. Centuries ago, early truffle-hunters used pigs, with their keen sense of smell, to root these treasures out of the ground… but the piggies usually ate the truffles as soon as they found them! So they began training dogs to sniff them out... like the pooches you'll meet and go truffle hunting with after lunch and a tasting at a family-owned farm in Umbria.

The frescoes of Perugia's Collegio del Cambio

Day 6

Check out the remarkable frescoes of the Collegio del Cambio on a walking tour of Perugia

In medieval Italy, much of a community's power was wielded by the guilds – the associations of merchants or artisans who controlled the various trades. In Perugia, the capital of Umbria, one of the symbols of the guilds' power that survives today is the Palazzo dei Priori and its adjacent Collegio del Cambio, built in the 1450s as the headquarters of the powerful money-changers' guild – whose "Sala delle Udienze" (audience hall) is decorated with an exquisite set of frescoes, completed around 1500 under the supervision of the Umbrian painter Pietro Perugino (Pietro Vannucci), which you'll view on your visit. Perugino's most famous pupil was a very young Raphael, who may have worked on the remarkable frescoes you'll see here.

SINA Palace

Nights 5 and 6

A 19th-century hilltop mansion in medieval Perugia

At SINA Palace, perched in the historic center of medieval Perugia, expect touchstones of the past everywhere you look: massive stone fireplaces... grand chandeliers... antique furnishings... ornate frescoes... hanging tapestries... even ancient Etruscan ruins that you can view through the glass-bottomed swimming pool...

This was a new trip for Tauck and it lived up to be as wonderful as their other trips. It was fun to 'explore' these small, mostly unknown villages of Tuscany.

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Pre-stay in Florence at Hotel on the piazza was inspiring. Lodging accommodations were great experiences. The medieval village tour guides were passionate and knowledgeable and you really felt part of the history of each town. We loved cooking school, olive oil and wine tasting, and truffle hunting! Dining was five stars.

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Dining with fellow travelers and view from hotel room in Perugia!

Fantastic trip to less visited Italy. Great hotels and food combined with fascinating visits to ancient sites makes this a trip to remember. Our tour guide was the best.

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